Whether you’re saving up money to quit your job and travel the world or you’re looking to up your monthly contribution to your 401(k) without sacrificing happy hours and the occasional shopping spree, having more than one source of cash is (almost) always a good idea.
Enter the side hustle, your easy extra income stream. Some people throw themselves wholeheartedly into just one hustle in hopes of turning a passion project into a career (think selling handmade jewelry on Etsy), while others dabble in a number of side gigs. If you’re looking to earn income on your own time, supplement a dream trip, or simply want to pad your savings account, here are seven hustles to explore to help you earn an extra $1,000 per month.
1. Sell your stuff
While eBay is the most well-known platform for selling that expensive pair of shoes you only wore once, it’s hardly the only place to make a few hundred bucks after an end-of-summer closet purge. Explore Amazon, Craigslist, Poshmark, and even Facebook’s marketplace. Hey, you never know how much you can get for that iPod from college.
2. Clean someone’s house
f you’re thinking “but I can barely clean my own house!” worry not—there are tons of other gigs that fall under this service umbrella, and you can easily find them on sites like TaskRabbit or Zaarly. Whether you’re great at assembling furniture, attaching shelves securely to walls, or lifting heavy items, there are tasks posted daily and just waiting for you to pick up. If you’re really committed, some people have reported making up to $2,000 per week on TaskRabbit.
3. Become a social media consultant
If you’re a millennial with a solid following on Twitter or Instagram, use your skills for racking up likes for more than just an ego boost—offer up your services to local businesses that have no idea how social media works. You can offer to put together a strategy for them for a few hundred dollars, or take a heavier hand in growing their accounts for $1,000 per month or more. Don’t sell yourself, or your skills, short.
4. Help high school students write their college entry essays
Remember how stressed out you were when you had to write an essay that could potentially make or break admission to your dream school? A lot of high school students and their parents feel exactly the same way. If you have writing and editing experience, put the word out there that you’re available to help brainstorm ideas and edit essay drafts. There are a ton of services to help you connect with clients like College Essay Mentor and Varsity Tutors. Or, if you’re not interested in sharing a piece of the profits with a third-party site, try posting your services on Facebook and Craigslist. Then, make sure your clients praise your services with all of their friends so they hire you, too.
5. Rent out your stuff
Airbnb is a popular way to earn money by renting, but handing the keys to your home to a group of strangers for the week isn’t the only way. Take baby steps by renting out other big-ticket items like your car through sites like Getaround and Turo, or rent valuable things you’re not necessarily willing to part full time just yet with through Zilok, which will let you rent out things like cameras or stereo equipment, or StyleLend, which lets you share your high-end designer duds to people willing to pay for the privilege.
6. Become a professional organizer
From closets to events, you clearly have a knack for organization thanks to your type-A personality. And guess what? A lot of other people don’t. The next time someone complains about their messy pantry or mentions they have no idea where to start when it comes to planning vacations, ask if they need any help. Personal organizers can charge anywhere from $30 to $80 an hour for their services, or even several hundred dollars per room.
Another area of stress and disorganization for a lot of people: their inbox. Help them set up filters and folders to make managing email easier for them. Simply list your services on sites like Upwork and watch the clients roll in.
7. Be a wedding photographer or DJ for a day
If you have a knack for putting together a solid playlist or taking candid photos, ask your newly-engaged friends or acquaintances if they would consider hiring you for a lower rate than these services usually cost (a typical wedding photographer, for example, can cost anywhere between $2,500 to $10,000). While your DJ and photography skills might not be professional, weddings are expensive! Most people will jump at the opportunity to cut back on a cost or two, especially if they already trust you. And when you’re ready, try setting up a simple website showing off your skills, and your low prices, for other soon-to-be newlyweds to find you.