“The key to wealth and happiness in today’s world is to create multiple streams of income using diverse business models and combinations of passive and active income in areas where your passions and talents can be most thoroughly engaged.”
– Jimmy DeMesa (Author of Be Happy!)
Money, you always wish you had a bit more. If there are some options to earn extra money other than the regular salary is fine. A side hustle helps you to make money outside of 9 to 5 job. It provides you the financial freedom to pursue your passions, buy things you want, and lower any financial worries.
Below are 15 unconventional ways to earn money on the side. They don’t need any remarkable skills or experience, or tons of spare time to incorporate:
1. Selling your photos
You can sell your photos online and make some extra cash. You need not to be a professional to do it nowadays. Every day, new photographs are needed for Company websites, brochures, social media, corporate presentations and thousands of other uses. This means if you have a camera and an eye for a good image you can sell your photos for good money.
You can sell your photos to stock photo agencies like Shutterstock, iStock, 123RF, Fotolia, Alamy, Pixabay, Adobe and other similar companies. Most work on a per download basis where you get paid a percentage every time someone downloads your picture.
2. Print on demand
Print on demand is a low-risk way to make money. You work with a supplier to customize products such as books, t-shirts, phone cases, or other merchandise. You add your design to a plain item, then the supplier prints and delivers your products to customers on a per-order basis so you don’t have to hold inventory in order to start selling.
Since you can take the lion’s share of logistics and operations work off your plate, thanks to Shopify apps like Printful, Lulu xPress, and Printify, you’ll have more time to focus on design, branding, and marketing your products. Since your customized products will be manufactured once a customer places an order, you also won’t have to pay for the items until you’ve sold them.
3. Teach online classes
Teaching online will be a fun and profitable business. You can start part-time to generate some extra income and grow it to become a full-time business if you like. Some of the top earners in this field have been very successful and the demand for online content is continually growing.
First, you need to analyze the high demand courses. Next, plan the flow of your course. Think about the topics you want to cover and create content for each section. You can host and distribute your content on platforms like Shopify, Udemy, Teachable, SkillShare, or LinkedIn Learning, all of which allow creators to monetize their course.
4. Sell food waste
Over 1/3 of all food produced globally goes to waste. The annual value of food wasted globally is $1 trillion, and it weighs 1.3 billion tonnes. This includes items beyond their best before date or that don’t look their best—including those with small marks or deemed the wrong size. You can collect this otherwise wasted food and monetize it. A new wave of companies is figuring out how to make new products from food that used to end up in the trash, from pulp popsicles to beer bread.
This idea is not only a smart, creative way to make money, but it’s a win-win. You’re making cash out of unwanted food, which in turn helps save the environment. Instead of getting tossed into a landfill, the food is reused and eaten.
5. Rent out Your Room
If you have a spare room in your living space and want to generate some side income, consider renting it out. Use Airbnb to put your home to work for you, whether you wish to rent out your entire home or a single room. If you’ll be traveling a lot this year, rent out your home to make some money while you’re away that can help pay for all of those adventures. And don’t worry, there are security protections in place that help make this option less terrifying than most would think.
6. Rent a Parking Spot
If you live in the city centre, near an airport or sports stadium, you might be in luck! Locations which attract a lot of people tend to be congested and difficult to park in. So renting out your garage or driveway makes a lot of sense. It’s one of the easiest ways of earning passive income without breaking a sweat. It’s usually daily commuters who can make the most of your parking space. Sign up to one of the many sites, such as ParkLet and JustPark. You can rent them out whenever it suits you. For example, If you drive to work, you can let someone else park in your space while you’re away.
7. Rent Your Car
One of the coolest new ways to build a passive income is to rent out your car. If you have a car that you don’t use very much, then it’s a good idea to give it for rent. Instead of sitting in your garage all day, it can bring you some money. Services Such as Turo, Getaround and Maven allow you to list your car for rent on your terms. You set the price and availability – so if you want to drive it, you don’t have to worry. Plus, they cover insurance as well!
8. Drive People Around
You can make a decent living becoming a driver for either Lyft or Uber. Instead of letting someone else drive your car, you can become the driver for these companies. This increases your profits, because you no longer have to pay salary to a driver. So you’ll be earning a lot more money. This is a less passive way to make money but it earns you more money. Also, it’s better for your car in the long-run. You’re going to take better care of your car than a random stranger driving it. If a living isn’t what you are after, driving people around can still give you that needed boost in your finances by only working part-time.
9. Get Paid to Listen
If you love music, you’ll love this gig. Simply head over to Slicethepie.com and start reviewing unsigned artists and bands to earn some extra cash. Your payment per review is based on the quality of your reviews. According to Slicethepie, “The better your review, the bigger the bonus payment.” The site also offers a referral program where if any of your friends sign up using your referral code and write reviews, then you’ll receive bonus payments for every review they submit.
10. Host tours in your city
Show travelers your city and earn money by becoming a Tour host. If you live in a tourist city, there’s an opportunity to host tours to visitors. These can be niche—like a tour of a famous monument—or activity such as a Food tour by bike, light photography at night, tapas on a boat, or yoga. Create and curate a unique activity people want to try. You could create your website or sign up online sites like Airbnb and advertise your tour plans. Rely on SEO tactics for this part. Then, arrange a date, time, and meeting point with the tourists who enquire.
11. Test websites
You get an opinion of a website when you visit it, and companies are always looking for feedback on their site. So you could get paid for sharing your thoughts, whether it’s on design, content, or usability. For people who have spare time at an office—maybe on their lunch break, this is a creative way to make money. Sites like UserTesting and TryMyUI pay $10 per 20-minute test. If you do regularly, these small tasks will help you to earn more.
12. Deliver Meals
This has become one of the fastest-growing trends worldwide, and as such, it’s also one of the best side hustles. Join apps like GrubHub or Postmates and deliver to-go food on your free nights or weekends. You also have the opportunity to get tips and the freedom to make your own schedule.
13. Help People Move
If you can help people move, you can easily make money in your spare time. Maybe you have a truck, or are strong and can lift heavy furniture. There are people all over that pay for help moving – from moving their own houses, to when they buy furniture and need someone to help get it home. If you’re just the muscle, you won’t earn as much, but if you have a truck too, you can earn a lot.
14. Become a Dog Walker
If you’re a dog lover, this job will suit you. Sign up with sites like Rover.com or Wag! to walk dogs or care for pets and earn some extra cash. Sign on at your convenience and help out local pooches whose owners are stuck at work or out of town on business. If the apps don’t service your area, contact local grooming and boarding to let them know you are available for pet sitting or dog walking.
Everyone talks about ridesharing – some people love it and some people don’t. However, it’s the best pick for the best side hustle because it’s one of the few jobs that you can do anytime, anywhere. With ridesharing, you can earn when you want, on your terms. It’s one of the only side hustles that is truly anytime, anywhere.
Remember, if you want to make money you need to put in the work. Whether you want to start your own side hustle or start a small business, find out what you enjoy and pick your favorite idea to make more money in your spare time.