There's no time like the present to start working out the specifics of your dream side gig. Whether you want to create another cash stream, save more money, or a wonderful mix of both, finding your perfect side hustle is a mere matter of playing to your passions, accessibility, and availability.
Whether that means blogging about your MBS market knowledge or walking six large dogs at the same time, a lucrative side hustle that excites you is just a click away. Need some inspiration? Check out the gigs below to get your side hustle mojo flowing.
1. Freelance Gigs
If you are unaware of the resources out there that put you in touch with the best clients, becoming a freelancer can be a rough gig. Fortunately, there are a sprawling variety of websites and apps that connect employers in search of qualified experts to freelancers around the world.
If you have a background in the following areas of expertise, your skills are in high demand:
- Social media
- SEO analysis
- Digital marketing
- Graphic design
- Influencer marketing
- Data entry
Tip: If you don't have the time to create your own website to sell stuff, consider using selling apps to flip unwanted items and thrift store finds for a profit.
2. Selling Art Online
While creating a full-time career out of jewelry making or canvas painting may feel unattainable, turning your artistic pursuit into a part-time gig might be more doable.
With the help of online marketplaces like Society 6 and Etsy, it's never been easier to start your very own small art business. Once you've set up your virtual shop, people around the world will be able to purchase your art while you pocket major profits.
These types of online marketplaces introduce sellers to customers all over who may be on the prowl for unique jewelry, resin coasters, handmade blankets, or hand-carved wood figurines.
Whatever your craft may be, there's bound to be a market for it. Who knows, your creative genius might inject extra cash into your regular income?
3. Reselling Used Goods
Believe it or not, selling your used goods online is a great way to earn some extra cash. If you’re really passionate about flipping, you could even venture into starting your own resale business.
Whether that means scouring the nooks and crannies of your home for old baseball cards or heading to local thrift stores to find rare art, reselling the right assortment of goods could land you some serious dough.
Check out these popular resale sites to get your resale business rolling:
4. Dog Walking
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has spurred a wild (yet unsurprising) spike in pet ownership. With most people stuck at home, having a dog, cat, gerbil, chinchilla, rabbit, or any other furry friend around has become a top priority for many people.
Though the latter four animals won’t need walking, the dog market is wide open and waiting for you to dive in.
Get in on the fun by signing up for a dog-walking app that connects you to pet owners on the prowl for a regular dog walker or sitter.
Not only are these platforms incredibly easy to join, but they also require little experience to get started. Just exhibit your love for animals and brushed-up understanding of proper care and etiquette, and you’re golden!
Check out these pet care apps and sites to get started:
5. Airbnb Hosting
Airbnb has become the most popular alternative to conventional travel accommodation and gives guests a place to stay that is typically more relaxing than your average hotel stay.
For Airbnb, business is booming. As a host, if your place is centrally located or near hot tourist attractions or cities, you could make thousands every month by just renting your home to weary travelers.
Check out the list of top cities for the platform. Airbnb hosting could be the profitable side gig you never knew you needed.
- Los Angeles
- New York City
- San Diego
Whether it's inviting curious tourists into your home, walking neighborhood dogs, or freelancing, there's no time like the present to begin pursuing your ideal side hustle. What side hustle will you chase in 2022?
Let us know in the comments below.
Josh founded Money Buffalo in 2015 to help people get out of debt and make smart financial decisions. He is currently a full-time personal finance writer with work featured in Forbes Advisor, Fox Business, and Credible.