Side Hustles That Work for You

Everyone seems to be working more than one job these days, and it’s easy to understand why – wages haven’t kept up with the rising costs of living. In this post, learn how to balance the scales.

In this post, you’ll find numerous resources for finding the right side hustle for you, but I also want to challenge you to find the right fit for you.

Answer the following questions to start thinking about the right choice for you and your lifestyle:

  1. Do I have a vehicle? If so, can I afford wear and tear if I use it to engage in a side hustle that requires me to drive around town?
  2. How much time can I realistically put towards a side hustle? (Consider what you might be able to give up, such as watching TV, but also consider what you’re not okay with giving up, such as spending time with friends.)
  3. What types of side hustles will stretch my existing skills or help me get a job in the future? (This question was most important to me because there were skills I needed to build in order to take my career in the direction I wanted it to go.)
  4. How much money do I need from my side hustle?

Ask yourself the first question to make sure you have the mobility it takes to engage in side hustles. If you want to become an Uber driver or start making deliveries for GrubHub, make sure your vehicle is in mint condition and can handle the wear and tear of city driving. Also consider that you may need to set aside additional money for vehicle maintenance.

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Secondly, how much time do you actually have to put towards your side hustle? Two hours on a Saturday limits the side hustles that will be profitable for you. If you’re an Uber driver in a smaller city, two hours over the weekend may not bring in much cash.

Thirdly, make sure your side hustle works for you. What do I mean by this? Don’t pick a side hustle that doesn’t build on existing skills. For example, I have a degree in English, and the company I work for is interested in allowing me to start a company blog. By starting my own blog, I can both reap the benefits of having a side hustle, and I can also bring my employer proof that I’m capable of managing a successful blog.

Finally, think about how much money you need from your side hustle. If you are working to eliminate debt, calculate how much money you’ll need to bring in from your side hustle that will make a significant dent in your debt pay-off journey.

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Once you’ve thought about what you need from a side hustle, consider the following resources:

  1. I Like to Dabble is a blog that I personally love and use to find side hustles that work for me and my lifestyle. Check out these lists of side hustles to help get you started:
  2. Essie Michelle’s YouTube video on side hustles gives viewers a list of side hustles, and a review of each one (see below).
  3. One of my favorite blogs, The Land of Milk and Money, also lists viable side hustles:
  4. Check out job sites, like Depending on the amount of time you have to devote to your side hustle, taking on a part time job may be the right move.
  5. Finally, don’t limit yourself. Again, depending on the amount of time you have, pick up a part-time job or weekend job at Starbucks or a local grocery store.

Final words:

Don’t be afraid to try several side hustles. That’s the beauty of a side hustle: it’s not your primary income; therefore, you can try as many side hustles as you want before choosing one (or several) as your secondary source of income.

Happy side hustling!

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