Side hustles are a great way to make extra income to start tackling debt. I have multiple side hustles that I have used to pay my grocery bills and to start paying off my credit card. Here are my top picks for side hustles.
This is a great option if you specialize in a subject. I am a chemistry teacher so I tutor chemistry on the side. Depending on your experience with the subject and the level of student you work with, you can charge from $40-$75 dollars per hour. There are many online platforms that are great ways to build a client base and find tutor jobs. I began tutoring through an online site called Wyzant. Wyzant is great because you can tutor students in person or through their online platform. I have enjoyed seeing what chemistry students are learning across the country. You can also set up your tutoring as a private business. Most of my tutoring now is done through my private business. The private business takes longer to build but once you build it, you do not have to worry about giving a percentage of your fee to the company. A great way to get started is by posting your information at the library or a coffee shop. You can also check your local school district to see if they have a tutor list. Our district has a list of recommended tutors by subject so when parents call they will pass along information. I make about $250 extra dollars per week with my tutoring business. It is a great way to make good money in a short amount of time.
Curriculum Development Opportunities
If you are a teacher, check and see if there are any curriculum development opportunities that pay. I have participated in summer curriculum writing with my district for multiple years. I enjoy it because I make a little money and get to improve my instruction for the following year.
You can also look into Writing questions for online websites/testing companies and selling resources on teachers pay teachers. I write questions for a few companies and have made some extra cash doing so.
If your schedule is busy and you do not want to commit to bartending during the school year look for seasonal opportunities. Bartending at concert venues, sporting events or weddings are great ways to make extra cash without having to work as frequently as bartending at a restaurant.
There are many websites out there where people post for dog walkers. This is a great opportunity if you are free around lunchtime or in the afternoon.
There are also many babysitting websites. Teachers are perfect for summer Nannying jobs since we have experience working with children year round.
Working part time at a gym
Since my budget is so tight, I feel guilty about paying for a gym membership but working part-time at the front desk or cleaning equipment is a great way to cut the expense of a monthly gym membership.
Blogging will not bring in the money immediately, but if you enjoy writing and networking with other people online It will bring in some cash.
Selling Crafts on Etsy
Do you like to paint, draw or decorate? You can sell your crafts online to make some side cash.