6 Ways to Earn Extra Cash
Want to earn extra cash but not looking for a brand new job? There are many easy side jobs that can fit into your off-time, even weekends, if you know where to look. Whether you have a talent, or love kids or pets, these side hustles can line your pocket without a major investment.
If clutter makes you shutter, becoming an organizer is a natural. Check with the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) to see how you can make money from putting everything in its place. Why not specialize in, say, seniors, single city dwellers or families?
Caring for an older person is one of the easiest and most gratifying side jobs. The tasks range from being a companion with light housework to getting groceries and errands to driving someone to their appointments. Working a relief shift for a full-time caregiver is another side hustle that can be compatible with your existing job. Check local laws to see whether you need to be bonded, and call your insurance company about gaining liability insurance if you are transporting someone.
Do you love kids? You’re in demand! Almost one out of four parents wanted part-time care, according to a survey in Entrepreneur magazine. Many parents who work nights and weekends can’t find daycare during that time. Offering to babysit does not require licensing, but caring for multiple children in your home will.
Dog-walker or Pet-sitter
Treat these as two separate jobs. A dog-walker requires stamina and knowledge about canine behavior, but it can be a great gig if you enjoy a brisk outing. If you prefer certain breeds over others, you can specialize. Becoming a pet-sitter for someone who is working or on vacation is a bit easier. Here, too, you can specialize in cats, dogs, birds or reptiles if you like.
Home and Yard Cleaning
If you’re willing to get licensed and bonded, you can set up your own maid or handyman service. Doing simple yard work like mowing, raking and shoveling, is quick and easy money. And believe it or not, one of the fastest growing side businesses is cleaning up pet poop from yards. If you have the stomach for it, you can even get a contract for an entire neighborhood.
A mashup of all of the above, a concierge functions as another – super helpful – member of a family. You can set your own job description: run errands, ferry children, shop, make phone calls. Legions of busy parents or professionals will be grateful.
A talent makes the perfect side-hustle. Do you make amazing cakes? You can teach as well as sell. Know computers? Teach an older person. Tutors are always in demand. Start small, with someone in your neighborhood. You can do it in their home or yours, or at the public library. Get information here.
How to Start an Easy Side Job
There are many franchise opportunities for side businesses. On the plus side, you get corporate support; on the downside, you have to consider franchise fees. Want to go solo? Advertise your services by creating a website, a Thumbtack notice, or register on Care.com. And there’s nothing wrong with the old-fashioned flyer and business card. Just be sure to check your local laws to see if you need any special licensing.
With a willingness to add some hours into your week and recognizing your talents, you can easily make some extra money and reach your financial goals. Who knows? You might even find a new calling.