“It doesn’t matter if you flip burgers, bricks or houses. Just don’t sit on your ass all day flipping channels. Hustle.”
In today’s world it is almost necessary to have a side hustle. Something that helps supplement your main source of income. The above quote could not be more true. If you have time to just sit on the couch and watch TV for 5 hours after you get home from your day job, then you are wasting so much money earning potential.
In an ideal world, we’d all earn enough from our primary jobs to call it a day. But there’s a reason a good 44 million Americans are holding down a side hustle: They’re not making enough money from their main employers, and they need a means of compensating. The good news, however, is that 36% of workers with a side gig bring home more than $500 a month extra as a result, so if you’re willing to put in some time, you can boost your income without having to be at the mercy of your boss.
Here I will give you some ideas on what you can do in your spare time to make a little extra money.
Now aside from making money online. How about we change the scenery to the great outdoors. Do you own a lawnmower? It doesn’t have to be some extravagant $4,000 zero turn machine. It can be a $100 push mower. Do you live in a neighborhood that has houses that are close enough to push your lawn mower to? Do you see landscaping companies mowing that little old ladies lawn every week? They are charging probably anywhere from $50 to $100 (depending on the size of their yard) every time they show up. What’s stopping you from taking some initiative to go over there and say “I will charge you less money to mow your lawn for you every week if that is something you are interested in”. What is it going to cost you? A typical yard in a suburban area is what? 1/4 acre at most? That should take no longer than 30 minutes with a push mower and weed whacker. Costs will run you about $1.00 in gas and a little bit of sweat. I’m not saying to go out and undermine your local landscaper that has $1,000’s in equipment and the $100’s to $1,000’s he or she has to pay in LLC’s and other business documents and employees. I’m just saying that you need to start thinking outside of the typical 9-5 box. In the fall you can offer to rake up leaves or in the winter you can shovel driveways.
I recently joined Uber a few weeks ago. I haven’t gone out of my way to do it but my job is about 35 miles from where I live so what I do is before I leave for work I will log into Uber and see if anyone is looking for a ride that just so happens to be on my way to my job. By doing this 5 days a week I average about $100 a week just by driving people to places that are on the way to where I was going anyways. That also isn’t including the tips that MOST riders will give you that range anywhere from $5.00 to $15.00 which is paid in cash which is nice. I put emphasis on “most” riders because let’s face it, not everyone is pleasant to be around. Once you get approved to become a driver you can also sign up to be a delivery driver as well for local restaurants in your area that participate in Uber delivery. I personally haven’t done that yet so I can’t offer any insight on to whether it is good or bad but could be something to look into for a little more extra income for you. So if you would like to give Uber a try then sign up here.
AMAZON FBA SELLER
Amazon FBA stands for Fulfillment By Amazon. What that means is you sign up to become a seller on Amazon, you send product into Amazon fulfillment warehouses and they basically do the rest for you. They take care of storing, shipping and even customer service. All you have to do is mail them product and you make a listing and sit back and start receiving your money. There’s 2 types of seller accounts. An individual account (which is free) and a professional account which is $40 per month. I would obviously sign up for the individual account when you are first starting out to get a feel for selling on Amazon. You can always upgrade to the professional account once you get the hang of it. The professional account is obviously better but for starting out the individual account will suffice just fine. Of course I encourage you to do your own research on everything I write on here so please just to a quick google search of “Amazon FBA” and all your questions will be answered there. There’s also plenty of Youtube videos on the subject as well. What I will suggest however is DO NOT PAY FOR ANY COURSES ON AMAZON FBA! There is plenty of FREE content all over the internet. Amazon FBA is one of my personal favorite side hustles. It has the potential to make you A LOT of money for very minimal amount of work. With any side hustle though, the more you put into it the more you are going to get in return.
AMAZON TRADE IN
Since we are on the subject of Amazon let me quickly explain Amazon trade in. As the title suggests, you can trade in items that you no longer use to Amazon and they will give you Amazon gift cards. Google “Amazon trade in” and plenty of information will pop up that you can look over. You log into your account and Amazon will tell you if they want your items or not.