We’ve entered the era of the side hustle as a society. Particularly in the millennial generation, in which a lot of perfectly capable young people have difficulty finding stable careers, there’s a lot of focus on second jobs or side projects that can generate some income. Sometimes these are little things that might take up only an hour or two each day, and sometimes they’re genuine passion projects that people hope to one day turn into businesses or careers.
It’s a high-pressure way to live, but it’s also endlessly fascinating to see what people come up with. And really, that’s half the battle. Coming up with the right side hustle can be a tricky process. Fortunately, we’re here to help with a few ideas that, if not perfect for you, can at least help you to think outside the box.
Build On Your Interest In Fitness
If you happen to have an interest in fitness, go ahead and try to turn it into something profitable. You probably can’t just start doing personal training because you feel like it, but it’s a reasonable goal to work toward and makes for a great flexible side hustle. For that matter, you can also look into related businesses that just require some training and certification before you can start practicing. You can learn how to become a physical therapist or how to give a professional massage with some quick research, and start the process as soon as you’re ready. Any of these physical pursuits can give you the flexibility to gather your own clients and take on as much work as you’re able to. Plus, in theory, you’ll be doing something you enjoy!
Explore Your Creative Side
It’s an old cliché that writers have a hard time making money. But if you’re looking at it as a side hustle rather than a full-time profession (and you accept that you’re not the next J.K. Rowling), you can actually ignore that cliché. In fact, it’s arguable that there have never been more ways to make money as a writer. You can find opportunities through sites matching clients with freelancers, for a start. But you can also explore specific interests. These days, fan fiction takes up a pretty substantial corner of the internet, and when it’s good you can get paid, on occasion. People are even writing LitRPG about their favorite video games, or finding ways to contribute small stories to budding game developers. For that matter, you can even try to write and self-publish an eBook on any topic you happen to be interested in. With all of these avenues, writing can actually make for a nice side business.
Get Into Handiwork
Everyone needs a handyman from time to time, whether it’s to paint a deck, fix up piping, build a fence, or whatever else may come up around the house. This probably isn’t the kind of work you can just head out to do without any practice, but it doesn’t take long to become proficient at a few basic household upkeep and repair jobs. If you can prove that proficiency and offer a competitive rate, you might be surprised at how much extra business you attract. This is actually a good example of the type of side hustle that, with the proper attention, can blossom into a full-time job.
Think Like A Kid In Summer
You probably can’t accomplish much with a lemonade stand, but thinking like a kid looking for an independent summer job can actually net you some interesting ideas. For instance, you might consider offering to mow lawns around the neighborhood or do grocery shopping for the neighbors. You might even consider that dog walkers can make quite a bit of money these days! These kinds of playful, simple jobs can actually be fun, and they can earn you decent cash with relatively small time commitments.
Host Your Own Events
This is a bit unorthodox, but the idea comes from the fact that a woman who started a haunted hayride went on the ABC show Shark Tank a few years ago and wound up with a full-fledged business. It’s a pretty inspiring story and one that you might actually be able to imitate on weekends if you’re looking for a particularly creative (and involved) side hustle. A hayride might not be particularly replicable, but there are all kinds of ways to host similar events. A haunted house can be made just about anywhere. Or if you want to strike a lighter tone, carnival games can be rented, and you can set up a fun-filled mini-park or something of the like where you can sell tickets. It takes a lot of work, but this can become a pet project that can make you a little bit of extra income, and based on the example that inspired the idea, you never know where it’ll go!