How would you like to make some extra money in your spare time?
Whether you need some fast cash or you want to buy something special, there are a number of proven ways you can make money as a side hustle.
We are not talking about hundreds of dollars all at once, but small amounts of money for doing small things.
There are so many ways you can do this, from filling surveys to using your creative skills and hobbies to do some productive work.
Some of them might require you to travel a bit, while there are others you can simply do in the comfort of your home.
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Whatever it may be, here are some sure shot ways for you to make money as a side hustle:
1. Market research participation
There are numerous websites that offer money, coupons, discounts and other incentives for filling out surveys and participating in market research.
However, that is not all. If you register with a market research firm, they will call you in for focus group discussions, answering polls, even testing products.
Participating in market research gives you some quick money without having to do a lot of work.
All you have to do is sign up online or with market research agencies in your locality.
2. Copy Editing
If you have a flair for the English language, working as a copy editor would be your thing.
A copy editor proofreads content and edits them, correcting grammatical and factual errors and spelling mistakes.
It is a highly detail-oriented job, and you need to be extremely resourceful, having a knack for accuracy.
If you have always been the grammar nerd, this is the job you should try.
3. Sell your old books online
If you have a lot of old books lying around that you are never going to read, it’s a good idea to sell them online.
It’s relatively easy on Amazon to sell books.
Make sure the books are in a good condition; torn and tattered copies have few takers, unless their extremely valuable, like a signed copy from the author.
Old college books and other textbooks sell for pretty high prices.
Doing freelance work is a flexible way to earn money without long-term commitments.
You can any of your skills to do freelance work, be it designing logos, or developing content, translating, editing images or even drafting plans.
Freelance work is easily available online on many platforms like Freelancer (freelancer.com) or Freelanced (freelanced.com).
You can find jobs right down to your specific skills and talents.
5. Affiliate Marketing
If you are a moderately influential blogger or have a large following on social media, you can talk to businesses about setting up affiliate marketing.
Affiliate marketing is when you feature a business’s products on your blog, video, social networks and so on, and get paid for it.
You can use the products in tutorials, or post reviews about the product.
You get a number of incentives other than money from different firms to feature their products.
6. Etsy or CafePress shop
Put your craft making skills to good use by setting up a shop on Etsy.
You can sell anything you make, like jewelry, pottery, handicrafts, paintings and other such decorations and ornaments.
You can even sell downloadables like templates, invitation designs and wall posters among others.
You can make a decent amount of money from your pastime by selling your work on Etsy.
CafePress is another such platform where you can sell your digital work.
If you are a canine lover, this is the best way to make money for you.
Networks like Rover connect dog owners and dog walkers, so your dog-walking is not limited to just one or two neighbors, but to different people all around town.
If you are good with the camera and have an eye for photography, you can make money out of it.
You can take photos and upload them on Shutterstock or iStockPhoto to make money for every download.
You can even take up work at weddings and other ceremonies. Sometimes people would want to hire photographers to shoot their pets or their children.
If you have a good camera, with a few different lenses, and are able to take aesthetic shots and beautiful portraits, you can make money out of photography.
9. Tuitions for school students
A lot of parents are ready to pay well for good tutors for school going children.
When both parents are working, they may find it hard to, their kids could be falling back on studies if there is no one to monitor them.
If you have a way with kids and can teach well, try looking for jobs as a personal tutor.
The greatest demand is for tutors in math, physics, chemistry, and programming. Look up tutoring jobs on sites such as Indeed.com and Care.com.
If you put your mind to it, you can make enough money to cover all your expenses by juggling jobs. Make sure you don’t bring too much stress on yourself such that it affects your performance in other areas.