Capitalize On These Side Hustle Ideas To Maximize Your Income
Almost all of us could use more money, and if you work a normal job you’ll generally have the weekends off. If you’re looking to maximize the amount of time you’re spending making cash rather than sitting around, a hustling on the side over the weekend might be just the thing. Whether you need a little bit more money to cover expenses, or you just want to make the absolute most money you can, the internet has made things a lot simpler. Let’s take a look at three great ways to get started on making your wallet just a bit thicker.
Side Hustle #1 – Craigslist Gigs
If you’ve ever tried job-hunting on Craig’s List, you know that there’s a lot of stuff out there. What you might not have known is that there’s a way to find “gigs” or short term jobs through the platform.
A quick perusal of the gig listing for your area should provide you with a good look into the kinds of things you can do. A lot of it is even unskilled labor, allowing you to contact someone, make the case for yourself, and meet with them in order to get some work done. There’s labor for skilled workers as well, if you take the time to look for it.
This is still Craigslist, so some caution should be advised. You’ll be dealing face-to-face with your employer, and probably dealing in cash. That said, you still might want to take a look even if you don’t have any skills. With a bit of persuasion you can make good money doing manual labor for people.
If you read my previous post, you’ll see that I capitalized on some Craig’s List gigs side hustling. And I documented all of the random, menial labor jobs I performed. Read my blog post to get a clear understanding of the process, and to find out how to avoid some costly mistakes.
Side Hustle #2 – Thumbtack
Thumbtack advertises itself as a place for prospective clients to meet professionals. It’s preferable that you have some kind of skill if you’re going to work for them, whether it’s plumbing, painting, or even photography.
If you have a hobby you’d like to monetize, Thumbtack is probably a good fit for you. There’s an astounding number of different types of professional working on the site, and you can make a good amount of cash depending on what you do.
Thumbtack operates through the whole US, meaning that you can probably find something no matter where you are. The contracts are bid on by different professionals, with the end choice being with the client themselves.
Side Hustle #3 – TaskRabbit
TaskRabbit is unique in that it’s basically a freelancing site for labor. This might seem like kind of an odd business model, but think about the last time you had to clean the fridge or needed something and couldn’t leave the house.
These are the kinds of things you’ll be doing for people on TaskRabbit. It’s mostly stuff that anyone can do, but will make life more convenient for someone else.
If you work for them, you’ll occasionally receive alerts that match your price range and the kinds of things you’re willing to do. If you’re the first to respond to the alert, then the job is yours and you’ll be paid at your determined rate.
Comparing the Three
Which of these you choose to go with will depend largely on what you can do. Craigslist gigs and TaskRabbit are pretty much doable by anyone. Unfortunately, the things available on Craigslist will depend on your area, and TaskRabbit only operates in certain, densely inhabited parts of the country.
Cragislist gigs can also be suitable for those who do have a specialized skill, a quick perusal in my area showed a need for such diverse things as mowing lawns, landscapers, plumbers, and HVAC installation posted within the last couple of days.
Thumbtack wins out for those who have a particularly specialized skill though. If you’re a painter or a photographer or can teach an instrument, it’s a great place to help find yourself a little bit of extra cash. If you can do your gig online, all the better since the service works nationwide.
If you’re looking for a way to make some extra money on your days off, at least one of these sites is certain to be able to suit you. It’s always a good thing to have a little bit of extra security, so why not take a look and make some money the next time you have nothing else to do?