The Art of the Side Hustle: 7 Realistic Ways to Make Extra Money

Let’s face it: being an adult is expensive. And if you’re looking for some realistic ways to make extra money, you’ve come to the right place.

Let’s face it…being an adult is expensive! The costs associated with being independent and indulgent sure can add up. To help pay the bills, you can find relief by picking up a “side hustle” in addition to your regular day job.  

A side hustle is a flexible second job that allows you to make extra money by doing something that you really enjoy. Some side hustles can take on the form of a small business if you’re willing to embrace your entrepreneurial side. While other side hustles require less commitment and allow you to earn extra cash on a more casual basis.

Think you’re ready to take one on? We’re here to help you get started! Below are seven simple ways to start making extra cash. 

Pick Up A Delivery Gig

Make your own schedule and some extra cash by becoming an Uber or Lyft driving-partner. No access to a vehicle? Become a rider for a food delivery service like UberEats or Foodora to earn some extra money and keep fit while working. Either service is a great side hustle for those working irregular hours and living in the downtown core. This option is especially great for those who love to ride their bike, it’ll barely feel like work! 

Rent Your Car

Owning a car isn’t exactly cheap, especially if it spends a lot of time sitting unused in your driveway or parking spot. Luckily, Turo is here to help you pay for it and all the other things you love! Like Airbnb but for cars, Turo allows you to rent yours to others who might need it. All you’ve gotta do is make a profile, upload some sweet photos of your ride, set your price, and wait for the requests to roll in. The insurance is covered by Turo and you get full control of when and who you rent the car to, so the risk is pretty low — why not let your car start earning money for you?

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Get Paid To Help Others With Everyday Tasks

Ask for Task is a genius way to make some extra money for doing small jobs that others in your area just can’t tackle themselves. Do you have amazing painting skills or impressive cleaning skills? Make extra cash fast with a side hustle as your neighbourhood’s go-to painter or cleaning person. 

Sell Beauty Products Online

A great side hustle for those with a beauty obsession is selling products as an Avon or Arbonne representative. You can easily earn extra cash by selling these beauty lines from the comfort of your own home when it’s convenient for you. Bonus – score freebies like product samples and discounts off your own beauty purchases with each company.  

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Get Paid For Taking Care Of Others

Sharing is caring and we love Care.com – an online community that connects families and caregivers. As a caregiver, you can register online to connect with households in your area seeking any type of assistance from babysitting to dog walking. Use your skills working with others to make extra cash in your community with a fun (and possibly furry) side hustle as a caregiver.

Dog Sit 

If you love animals, this is the perfect side gig for you. Through Rover, you can get paid to play with dogs all day! And that’s not even the best part about it! There’s so much flexibility in this kind of job — you get to pick your own schedule, the services you offer — whether that be boarding, walking, house calls, or daycare — and your dog preference.

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Sell Your Stuff

While this option isn’t something you can do on the regular, it is a great way to earn a little extra cash and clean your house while you’re at it. Almost everything you have can be sold – think gently used clothing, shoes, accessories, furniture, and even electronics. Take your gently used clothing, shoes, and accessories to consignment stores in the city and sell your old furniture on websites like Kijiji or Craigslist.

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