I love side hustles! In case, you didn't already know from my articles here, here, and here – I think they are pretty vital, especially when it comes to the millennial side hustle. Having a side hustle is a great idea when it comes to earning cash outside of your full-time job.
And it also means you get you a little more wiggle room in your budget in case your financial circumstances change. (i.e. You lose your job, have to pay a ton of money for an emergency, etc. ) Yes, I know that a savings account helps in this arena also. But a side hustle means that you have money flowing in regularly, that has nothing to do with your day job.
I think that some people believe that it's pretty difficult to get a side hustle started. And for some, that can definitely be the case, but you do not have to start big. Some side hustles only take a few minutes to get started. So even the busiest person can start a side hustle. Today I want to talk about 7 side hustle ideas that anyone can do during the weekend.
Complete Surveys While You Watch TV
If you plan on having a lazy weekend, surveys may be right up your alley to make an extra buck! I know I've said it before but I will say it again. Surveys are a great side hustle. Surveys were my saving grace in college.
When I had downtime, I made sure to do surveys on my phone or computer while I was chilling out listening to music or watching TV. This was my first time earning money online too and it led to a number of other work from home ventures in my spare time.
One survey site I loved then and still love to this day is Pinecone Research. They pay you top dollar for every survey you do and are very selective about who gets to participate. Let's just say they are the Rolls Royce of Survey Sites. You can sign up here.
Another site that I like a lot, and IMO is way underhyped is Opinion Outpost. They have pretty decent and interesting surveys and they send you free samples to try from time to time as well. It's free to sign up, and the surveys usually do not take longer than a few minutes to complete. You can sign up for them here. If you want more survey sites to join, check out my post Make Extra Cash with these 7 Survey Sites.
Start a Blog
Full disclosure, blogging can be a lot of work. But if you are just looking to make a little passive income here and there, it is a side hustle that can be maintained by writing one blog post a week. This, of course, can be done in 1-2 hours on the weekend. As long as you have affiliates in your blog post you write, you are golden.
An affiliate means you are paid a commission for anyone who buys a product you talk about in a blog post. Which means you can be paid again and again for a blog post you wrote years ago. Sounds pretty sweet right? That's because it is!
If you are not sold on the ease of this one, you can always learn more about making money with affiliates. Michelle Schroeder is a blogger who made over $1,500,000 in 2018 with her blog. That is a lot of money. And her claim to fame was mastering affiliate sales. She even created a course called Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing which taught me all I know about earning more with affiliate income. If you already have a blog I recommend you sign up for her course here.
If you don't have a blog, then I suggest you start one! You can check out my step by step tutorial on starting a blog that actually makes money here.
Download These Apps
These apps have to be one of my favorite ways to make money on the side. There are apps out there that require you to download it on your computer or on your phone. And in return, they pay you every month in exchange for all the data they collect from you on how you use your device. I have a couple of these apps on both my phone and my computer.
For example, Survey Savvy Connect will pay you $5 immediately upon creating a free account. And they will pay you an additional $5 per device you register every month. All you do is download it and let it be. Download it for free here.
Another app I like is called The Nielsen Computer And Mobile Panel app. This app works the same way you just downloaded on both your phone and computer. And expect to be paid every month. You can download that app by going here.
Get Paid to Watch TV
Yes, there are websites out there that pay you to watch TV. Websites like Inbox Dollars pays you to read emails play games and watch videos online. It does not cost anything to sign up and they give you $5 in your account just for signing up. I like Inbox Dollars to play videos in the background while I work.
It is a very easy way to make money. I like that they pay you in cash, allow you to earn points and gift cards, so you just take your pick of how you want to earn. You can sign up here for that.
Participate in a Health Study
Focus groups are another great way to make extra money. And the pay is typically pretty good and can range anywhere from $10- $5,000+ depending on the study. There are quite a few Clinical Studies going on right now. Check out my list below and see if you qualify for any:
- Uterine Fibroids/Endometriosis
- Diabetes (Diet and Exercise)
- Crohn's Disease
- Chronic Cough
- High Cholesterol
- Ulcerative Colitis
Become an Instagram Influencer
That's right. Instagram gives you a way to start earning more online. If you love taking selfies on your Instagram account, you may want to consider selling jewelry via your photos. Right now Stella and Dot are giving any new stylists who join through the link below will get $350 in FREE accessories when they join.
It's a pretty flexible gig so selling via social media shouldn't be a problem at all. If you already like showing off the new items you buy on social media, this may be an easy way for you to make some extra income. You can sign up to start selling here. If you want to learn more, check out my article on Making Money from your Instagram Account Here.
I actually interviewed a Stella & Dot Seller and she told all of her selling secrets. You can watch the interview here.
You can even make money promoting other people's products on your Instagram account. If you want to know which brands are looking for influencers, sign up for my Blogging Money Update Newsletter where I send opportunities that range from $50-$5,000 3 times a week right to your inbox. Learn more about this newsletter here!
Sell Your Skills on Fiverr
If you have a skill you know how to do pretty well you may want to consider starting a gig on Fiverr. You can do anything from editing a photo, recording your voice recording a script or proofreading essays, Fiverr makes it Super easy to get a gig set up and to start getting clients. Also, for the record, you can charge more than $5 for your gig on Fiverr. I know the title of the site can be a little misleading. But I've seen people on Fiverr who charge as much as $500 for a gig! If you are ready to get paid for your skill, you can sign up here.
I hope this article gave you some good ideas on how to get your side gig going. And more importantly, I hope it showed you that getting it started may not be as difficult as it may seem. I believe all millennial's should have a side hustle because you never know when you may need it. And as the generation who has done job searches after a recession, it's better to be safe than sorry. So get going on a hustle now before It becomes necessary.
If you are looking for more ways to earn extra cash, feel free to check out my post 17 Side-Hustles that Could Potentially Replace Your Day Job.