Whether you just need to stay busy or pick up some extra cash to pay off the bills, there are plenty of side hustles you can do from home. Many people are looking for part-time work to help offset the cost of holiday spending or that vacation you have been longing for the past year. The more creative you can be, the more money you can make. Here are the top ten side hustles you can do from home.
Clean up so you can “clean up”
We all have clutter in our homes, whether at the back of the closet, in the attic or piling up in the garage. Now is the time to go through what you have and think about what you need and what you don’t. If you find something of value like clothing, antiques or even things that you may think have no value (but they might to someone else), consider selling them. You can go the old-fashioned route and set up a yard sale. Or you can take the modern approach and turn to the Internet to sell your wares. You can list them on eBay, sell them on Etsy or Facebook Marketplace, or simply make a note on social media sharing with the world what you have. If you don’t want to do the work, there are some companies that will declutter your home and list valuable items for sale online. You can keep some of the cash, but they’ll take a percentage. Still, it’s a great way to make money while you sleep.
Whatever your specialty, share it with others. Perhaps you’re good at sewing or building websites or carpentry or cooking or speaking Spanish. We all have unique skill sets, and you can make boatloads of extra cash by putting your skills on the marketplace. Online job boards, social media and even old-fashioned bulletin boards at your grocery store, church or school are great places to list your capabilities. People are willing to pay for services and skills that they cannot do themselves, and it’s a great way for you to stay proficient at your skills while others profit from them. And you will profit, too!
Become a personal chef
Many people are busy, but still want to eat home-cooked meals. If you have a bulging recipe book or just like to prepare tasty food, this is a wonderful way to help people eat better while making some extra money at home. Turn up the music and have a blast while chopping veggies, simmering stews and packaging up meals that you can sell to others. Don’t forget the power of social media when it comes to advertising the tasty creations you can make with this delicious side hustle.
Become a virtual assistant
If your skill is simply being organized, you can become a virtual assistant for someone from home. During the pandemic, we learned that many people can be quite productive working remotely. You can manage someone else’s schedule, handle their day-to-day planning and manage appointments from home as a virtual assistant. Whether you do this for an individual, a small business or a large corporation, consider creating an office space to become a virtual assistant in your home.
Rent out a spare room
Consider renting a spare room in your home to someone or even space in your attic or garage. Many people are looking for storage space, and the prices some storage units charge can be exorbitant. This could be a great way to make money without ever lifting a finger since someone else is simply using space in your home. If renting a room to someone, consider the impact it could have on your daily life, however. That’s why renting storage space can be less of a challenge.
Several online companies offer surveys that you can complete for cash or other benefits like loyalty program miles and points. All you have to do is answer a few questions to see if you qualify for the survey (some surveys are only relevant to a particular audience demographic). The surveys take a few minutes of your time, and you can do them while watching TV, walking around the neighborhood or while waiting on your laundry. You won’t make millions, but you can earn enough to cover a few cups of coffee or refreshments the next time you go to the movies this way.
Pet and house sitting
Know someone in your neighborhood that is going away? Many people need someone to stop by and water their plants, pick up their mail or check on their home. Pet owners need someone to care for them or even keep them at their own house. This side hustle could be a great way to make some extra money without relying on a particular skill other than being a responsible human being.
It’s a necessary evil if you have a garden. Cutting the grass, pulling the weeds and planting flowers can require a lot of work. Whether it’s your moment of Zen for the week or you have a green thumb and enjoy being outdoors, offer your services to others in your neighborhood. Chances are you’ll find someone willing to pay so that they do not have to do the yard-work, and you can rack up extra cash by doing it for them.
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Scan your receipts with the Fetch app
Fetch is a great way to make some extra cash in the form of gift cards to your favorite retailers. All you have to do is scan receipts from any purchases you make at places like the grocery store, restaurants, and the gas station, and you’ll get to keep a percentage of what you scan. You can get receipt rich with Fetch as it will pad your wallet with free gift cards from your favorite retailers just for taking a few extra seconds to scan your receipts. You can even connect your online orders and earn points from your ereceipts from the leading online stores, including Amazon, and Best Buy, and get extra points and rewards in the process.
Use shopping portals
Instead of wasting expensive fuel to drive to your favorite stores, consider online shopping and shopping portals instead. Many shopping portal websites will award you a percentage of cash back on the purchases you make at retail outlets like department stores and specialty boutiques. You can surf the web from your couch to buy the things you would normally buy and then every quarter, watch your mailbox. A check with free money is on the way.
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