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Mastering the Side Hustle: Ways to Make Money on the Side

The economy can often seem as unstable as the weather. Add a rapidly global job market, and it can seem nearly impossible to even think about cobbling together a career. Fear not! Change brings with it opportunity, and even if you can’t find the perfect job, there’s always something you can do if you’re industrious and creative.

What you get back from a side hustle is, like anything, equal to what you’re willing to put in. If you have a lot of time on your hands, you can make a pretty penny taking in odd jobs on the side. If you just want a little extra cash, or if your time is limited but you still want to supplement your income, there’s a way for you too. Before you start, make sure you have in mind what you want out of a side gig, whether it’s money, joy, or a career boost.




If you’re looking to make some extra cash from the comfort of your own home and, more importantly, on your own terms, start with your brain. Sharing your opinions on a blog can be a great way to earn extra cash, but it can be a major time investment. It’s also important to be specific and stick to one topic. Travel, finance, photography, or whatever your passion may be, a blog can be an excellent way to explore it while earning some extra money.

The sharing and gig economies 

If you have an extra room in your house or some spare time on the weekends, the extra money could be just a download away. Apps like “Airbnb” and “Uber” offer you great chances to loan out your car, home, or practically anything you can imagine for cold hard cash.

Making your hobby a business

If you like to take photos, make crafts, or are in any way artistic, you can put your creativity to work with sites like etsy.com and society6.com. These sites make it easy to put your arts and crafts up for sale. Sites like Society6 make it especially easy, by offering to do the work of printing your photos or art on a variety of surfaces and shipping it out while you sit back and collect. These are great options if you already have a loyal social media following, but if not then what's stopping you from posting right now?

Social media management

If you have the time and the ambition, you could look into a whole new career. Social media marketing is especially in demand at the moment, and freelancers can make a bundle. There’s a bit of a learning curve, and you may struggle at first, but the payoff could make it worthwhile.

What do all of these have in common? Focus. Whatever you want to do as a side hustle, make sure to target your energy towards one area. Otherwise, you’ll be all over the map. The term “jack of all trades and master of none” comes to mind. Pick your area, perhaps the industry in which you already have a career, and get to work!

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