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Financial GameChangers - The Side Hustle

April 30, 2018 • Adulting

Written by Jon Maroni, Business Development Officer

A side hustle is very simply a way to earn extra money beyond what you earn at your "day job." Finding a side hustle is an easy, approachable way to boost your income and can be a real Financial GameChanger. Whether it's waiting tables, delivering pizzas, freelance writing or child care, there are tons of job opportunities for a bit of side income. The greatest challenge to starting a side hustle is just that, knowing where to start. Here's a short list of common side hustles you can start today:

Drive for Uber or Lyft- working with Uber or Lyft part-time can be as flexible as you need it to be. As long as your vehicle meets their specifications and you're willing to go through the background checks, driving for a ridesharing service is an easy way to bring in extra income. If you have a car, you have a side hustle.

Rent out a room, or your entire place on Airbnb. Similar to ride-sharing services, Airbnb has revolutionized the earning potential of additional living space. Just make sure if you are renting that your lease allows you to rent out space through Airbnb.

Become a Notary Public. Notaries offer a vital service verifying signatures for legal documents and some charge for their services. The requirements vary depending on which state you live in but almost anyone can become a notary.

Rent out your car on Turo. The average car sits idle for most of the day, why not turn that idle time into money renting out your car?

Become a tasker on Task Rabbit. If you have a particular skill such as construction, painting, closet organizing or cleaning, get paid to do those tasks by people in your area. Some taskers have even turned those skills into full-time jobs.

Offer your services on Fiverr. Fiverr is one of the world's largest task websites, covering everything from voice-overs, website development to graphic design. If you have a skill, chances are there are people and businesses who could benefit from that skill. Get paid to do something you are already good at.

Shop around at discount stores and yard sales to see if there are any undervalued treasures to re-sell. You'll be surprised how much people can make simply by becoming an expert in a niche market. This man tells you how he made more than $500 his first month of buying and reselling on Amazon.

If you like to print postcards, draw Disney characters, or have any artistic ability at all, set up an Esty shop!

The great thing about a side hustle is that it can be as unique as you are. You have something distinct to offer, and chances are someone is willing to pay for it. Turn your passion into extra income and start your side hustle today. 

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