Spring is here! This is personally my favorite time of the year. It’s not too hot; nature feels alive and full of energy. Spring is also an excellent time to start a side hustle.
What is a side hustle? It’s anything you do, apart from your 9-to-5 job, to bring in some extra income.
Spring marks the beginning of what we call, “The Summer Stretch”. From spring, all the way until its back to school time (here in the states anyway), people are more inclined to spend money.
Then at the end of summer, spending slows down and picks up again in October. These spending habits are generally accepted in the business World and Hustlers keep this in mind as well. There are summer blockbusters at the movies for a reason, after all.
That’s some free business Game from yours truly. Anyway, moving on…
So here is a list of 20 side hustles that are simple to start and can easily bring in a few extra hundred-dollars per month. And if you’re really ambitious, these can even be turned into full-fledged businesses if you want.
These are in no particular order – Let’s get to it:
(1) Photographer – Weddings, birthdays, special events, family reunions and the list goes on. Yes, you have to have skill, a good camera and lighting for certain shoots, but the rewards are well worth it.
(2) Chef – From catering full events to maybe just baking desserts, if you feel you can throw down in the kitchen then get to it! If you work it right you can even deliver to office parks on a regular schedule. Heck, I’ve known Hustlers who only used to sell water, soda, fruit cups, cookies and cake slices.
(3) Babysitter – If you’re stuck at home and love kids then why not? Day Cares make a killing. Now there are some legal things you have to keep in mind because you can’t grow too big – but in this day and time, this service is always needed.
(4) Bookkeeper – If you’re already an accountant why not help local small businesses on the side?
(5) Car Detailer – I’ve seen people hang out at do-it-yourself car washes and offer their services to fully detail cars. Interior, exterior, hand waxing and getting to all the little nooks and crannies. Depending on how good you are, three or four cars a day is all you need.
(6) Dog Walker – Love animals? Then this one is easy. It’s all in the scheduling. Only a few hours a day and you’re set. And you’re getting paid while you exercise and enjoy the outdoors.
(7) Event Planner/Wedding Planner – I honestly feel that some people are made for this style of work. You have to have vision, organization skills and a ton of patience but the rewards are worth it.
(8) Hair Stylists/Barber – Self explanatory. A small group of loyal clients is all you need for consistent extra income.
(9) Hauling/Mover – Have a truck? You can haul away unwanted junk or help people move. People are busy and relieving this burden is worth the price for them. And who knows, some of that “junk” may be valuable to someone else.
(10) Yard Sale Organizer – Get a group of people together in your neighborhood and have everyone bring all their unwanted items to a huge yard sale. You can sell your own “junk” in the process and charge the “vendors” just a few dollars for your organization skills. Then branch out to other neighborhoods.
(11) Interior Decorator – Add beauty and take away the stress of people who want to redecorate their home’s and condo’s. You really need solid people skills and a knack for design but this is easily doable as a side-hustle.
(12) Landscaper/Gardener – Interior decorating not your thing? Then why not help beautify the outside? This side-hustle is very simple to expand. Office parks, hotels and apartment complexes need this service as well.
(13) Fund-Raiser – If you have an inner passion to help others, you can put yourself in a position to help non-profit organizations raise more funds. Hint: non-profit organizations ALWAYS need more funds.
(14) Painter – Outside or inside, spring and summer are the perfect times of year for this service. Provide quality work and word of mouth will expand your Hustle. Get with private real estate investors who flip houses and don’t have time to paint themselves.
(15) Personal Trainer/Yoga Instructor – If you work-out often and are very knowledgeable about diet and nutrition then why not take all that knowledge and experience and bring in a little extra income? You only need a handful of clients for consistent revenue.
(16) Free-lance Assistant – Here’s an interesting one. As an entrepreneur myself, sometimes we get tired are wore out doing EVERYTHING in our business. It’s nice to have someone come by once or twice a week to do the things that we don’t want to spend much time on.
(17) DJ – This used to be an expensive start-up. Now all you need is a laptop, microphone and a killer playlist (and maybe some great speakers). Keep the crowds moving and your clients will be satisfied.
(18) Editor – If you’re the consummate book worm then this can be for you. Authors (me included) are generally pretty bad at editing our own work. Why not offer a helping hand? This requires some patience and above standard grammatical skills but there is some good money here.
(19) Consultant – Consultation can be a thankless side hustle (I speak from experience). At first they love you and then they feel like they could have done it without you. But if you have skills in an area you can offer those. Business to Business, fashion and technology rule the day here.
(20) Musical Instructor – From the classics such as guitar and piano all the way down to showing people how to use their digital music programs – you can easily carve a small niche for yourself. This only requires a few hours a week and can be started with very little money.
This is far from a comprehensive list of everything that can be turned into a side hustle. This list should however, be enough to get your wheels spinning about how easy it can be to bring in some extra income.
Just remember, side hustles are usually based off of a skill you have. They can also be doing something people don’t have time to do themselves, or don’t want to do.
Until next time keep it moving and keep it simple in the process.
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