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There’s one question that is on the mind of many millennials: How do you pay your bills? Between college debt and rising rents, having only one job might not be enough to pay all the bills.
Enter the side hustle. Or, truthfully, multiple side hustles.
I have so many random gigs and jobs, it’s hard to keep track sometimes.
Having additional jobs continuously proves to be worth the extra effort because I feel more at ease with my personal finances. I can pay my bills and afford a vacation here and there too. I’ve also grown my savings account thanks to my side hustles.
Here are some side hustle suggestions that could help you up your monthly incomes:
Use your existing skills
Working as a general manager and producer in theatre made me comfortable with sending from and managing multiple email inboxes, creating budgets and schedules, and performing various other management tasks when the need. I quickly realized that these skills are useful in any industry.
I have since gotten several long-term jobs and short-term gigs as an administrative assistant for a variety of companies and individuals, including a busy physical therapist in Manhattan, non-profit organizations, an LSCW, and a yoga studio in need of virtual help.
Employers love hiring people who already have the necessary skills (even if they were performed in a different industry.) Of course the majority of jobs have some sort of training, but the less effort they have to put in to get a new employee up to speed, the better.
Know and maintain a list of your skills and search for side jobs that include as many as them as possible. Keep track of the tech applications you’re experienced with as well.
Search in unusual places
Job posting and networking sites like Indeed, Monster, and LinkedIn have plenty of listings, but I tend to actually get jobs from less-obvious sources.
If something on a larger job search site piques your interest, of course you should apply. You should consider searching for gigs on roads less traveled though. There could be less competition for a position that is posted on a small forum than on Craigslist.
An example: I got that virtual job for the yoga studio on Playbill.com, even though the job had nothing to do with theatre. I’m sure others applied for it after seeing the Playbill posting, but probably not as many had the employer posted about the position on, say, Fiverr. They would’ve had a lot more applicants.
Social media has also played a part in my side hustle timeline. I’ve gotten multiple gigs from various Facebook groups, particularly ones that are meant for niche populations, like the Art Girl Army group, LGBTQ+ exclusive groups, and my alumni networks.
Check outside the obvious job listing sources and you may be pleasantly surprised at the opportunities that come your way!
Turn your hobby into work
I love writing. I used to consider writing to solely be a personal hobby, but now I use my writing as a profitable skill. I’ve been a ghostwriter and have written copy about all sorts of topics. I also started this blog, which I hope will become even marginally profitable at some point.
A hobby can eventually turn income with proper research, a business strategy, and appropriate marketing.
Are you crafty? Sell your creations online or in a market. Do you use photoshop for fun? You can offer those editing skills to people who need them and will pay for them. The possibilities are endless if you put in the work. It’s definitely a perk to enjoy your work, so see if your passion can somehow increase your income.
Of course plenty of hobbies are on the expensive side and may not be profitable, but don’t let that discourage you. Get creative and experiment: you may be able to figure out something out with enough research and effort. You won’t know unless you try!
Find work-from-home or online gigs
What’s better than working while wearing pajamas? Nothing, I tell you!
Online work can be an awesome side hustle for numerous reasons, though you have to use your best judgement and do plenty of research to make sure an online job is legitimate.
If you have the option to interview in person/via video call, absolutely do it – this will help you determine whether the gig is a scam. Be careful about giving your personal information out and read the fine print! Always!
My first and main side hustle is the yoga studio one. The owner and I have phone calls and in-person meetings occasionally, but 95% of my hours are done from my laptop. We primarily communicate via text or email.
I have also made a bit of money as a transcriber on Rev.com and by filling out surveys. There are some scams out there, but it is definitely possible to find gigs that allow you to work from anywhere.
I’ve really come to like working from home. My gigs give me a lot of freedom in terms of scheduling. Working from home has also made it possible to travel and earn simultaneously. Desk jobs simply can’t be as convenient.
The only notable downside to many work-from-home jobs is that they are typically contract based. I’ve yet to land an online gig that treats me as an employee rather than an independent contractor, though I’m sure those jobs are out there.
Have any tips for finding a side hustle or making extra income? Leave them in the comments!
Note: This blog post originated on my personal website. This version is an extended and improved version.