Ways to Make Money on the Side

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Why do so many people look for ways to make money on the side? A typical reason would be to improve one’s standard of living. Many people also need extra money just to pay their bills. Others want to sock away money for a vacation, a new car, or a down payment on a house.

If you’re living from paycheck to paycheck, then making money on the side can provide you with extra cash to catch up on bills, accumulate money in the bank, update your wardrobe, create a college fund for your kids, take courses to advance your own career, and have some additional money on hand for occasional luxuries.

Extra money also comes in handy for gift-giving purposes. Everyone needs money for holiday gifts, birthdays, anniversaries, wedding gifts, graduation gifts, and so on. Also: If you have kids, outstanding student loans, or expensive hobbies, then there always seems to be a need for more cash flow!

Is a Side Hustle Always Feasible?

For those who already work 60-80 hours a week at a demanding job or self-employed business, you may not have the time or energy to pursue a “side hustle.” However, if you have weekends, evenings, holidays, and even early mornings (yawn) available, then earning money on the side can often be a realistic goal.

Granted, everyone needs time for rest and relaxation, but if you can find part-time gigs that fit into your schedule — especially from the comfort of your home (teaching online*, for example) — then opportunities exist to bump up your income. If you’re fortunate enough to be able to make extra money doing something you enjoy, then there’s much less of a chance you’ll end the week feeling drained, frazzled, or overwhelmed.

One of the biggest challenges for people pursuing part-time work, work-at-home opportunities, or freelance gigs is maintaining a balance in their lives. Since everyone’s schedules, energy levels, and family responsibilities are different, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to making extra money on the side. Each person has to decide for themselves.

If you’re looking for low-cost business ideas, self employment tips, or step-by-step instructions on how to start your own business, here are some resources* which will help you start your own business, make money online, and/or generate extra income from home:

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Order the Super Affiliate Handbook

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Thanks for checking out my latest blog post on ways to earn extra money or start your own home-based business. Stay tuned for more small business ideas, tips for freelancers, and informative business guides for entrepreneurs.

If you’re looking for more entrepreneurial ideas and ways to make money on the side, visit my blog post 250 Ideas for Self Employment .

Contact me if you have any questions or comments.

–Joel
Business blogger, entrepreneur, affiliate market

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*Disclaimer: I am a compensated affiliate of many of the products and services referenced in this blog post.

25 Side Hustle Ideas for Entrepreneurs

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I like the term “side hustle,” because it’s loaded with implications about what it means to be an entrepreneur. There are a lot of different kinds of entrepreneurs, but you’d have to look long and hard to find one that is lazy.

From my perspective, an entrepreneur is someone who’s an ambitious, high-energy, independent business person. I also see entrepreneurs as being inquisitive, trail blazing, and motivated to create value.

As I write these words, I’m reminded of famous quotes by George Bernard Shaw and Bobby Kennedy — both of whom are considered thought leaders of their time (and beyond).

“There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”

To me, that philosophy embodies the entrepreneurial spirit.

For some people, coming up with side hustle ideas happen spontaneously. Others may need to approach it in more of a methodical way, such as brainstorming, doing online research, or networking with other entrepreneurs.

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Side Hustle Ideas

If you’re looking for ways to make extra money, the following list of potential side hustle ideas can be a valuable — if not profitable — starting point:

  1. Make money selling products online. Here’s how to find a product to sell*
  2. Over 1,000 freelance writers have used this resource* to succeed from home, without the usual costs, competition or low-paid hustle. Here’s how*
  3. Being a videographer or photographer can be a creative and profitable sideline
  4. Personal trainer
  5. Entertainment gigs: Musician, Disc Jockey
  6. Food blogger, fashion blogger, travel blogger, lifestyle blogger
  7. Freelance graphic designer/website designer
  8. Cosmetologist, hair stylist, and/or esthetician
  9. Academic tutor
  10. Notary
  11. Consultant: Safety consultant, IT consultant, or dozens of other specialties
  12. Medical billing
  13. Home automation business
  14. Mobile oil change
  15. Lawn care
  16. Recycling: plastic,  metal, gold
  17. Event planning, princess party planning, wedding planning
  18. T-shirt business: [Free guide to getting started.*]
  19. Answering service
  20. Delivery service — either independently or through an established company
  21. Being a home-based travel agent
  22. Providing small-scale, local moving services
  23. Giving music lessons
  24. Making money on YouTube [Here’s one strategy*]
  25. Becoming a driver for Uber or Lyft
  26. Offering handyman services [Here’s how to make it work.]

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For more side hustle ideas, subscribe to my newsletter, follow this blog, or visit m blog post: 250 Ideas For Self Employment

Thanks for checking out my business ideas blog. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments.

–Joel
Freelance writer, entrepreneur, marketing specialist

*Disclaimer: I am a compensated affiliate of many of the eBooks, small business courses, membership websites, and eCommerce services referenced on this blog