No matter how much you can save from your regular paycheck, sometimes you just need to earn a little more cash. Whether you’re saving for college, your wedding, a baby, a vacation, a new car, or something else important to you, if you want to reach your financial goals, at the end of the day there’s one simple truth: you need to be putting more money in the bank. Do it with a side hustle.
It’s become more and more common for people to take on side hustles to help them meet their savings goals. Some side hustles are actually second jobs, meaning you’ll receive a W2 for each year of employment, and others are simply a way to earn cash. If you decide to work a second job or if you make income from a side hustle, make sure that you check with your accountant to be confident that you’re filing your taxes correctly!
This spring, start earning extra cash and reach your savings goals with one of these 15 side hustles.
Mowing lawns is a great way to make some extra cash this spring. After all, April showers bring May flowers – and lawns that need mowing! If you have a decent lawnmower, you can work on your own. Or if you’d rather not find your own clients, you can work with an established crew that’s hiring. Just make sure you wear sunscreen and a hat to protect your skin from long hours in the sun while you’re making extra cash!
Nicer weather also means more people will want to spend time getting out of the house. So if they have young kids, they’ll need a babysitter to watch the little ones during their date night.
You can advertise your services as a babysitter on social media, on a website like Care.com, or you can go the old-school route and post a classified ad in local newspapers or flyers at local businesses.
Drive and Deliver Takeout
Here’s a way to make some extra cash that’s not old-school at all. Sign up to deliver food through a service like GrubHub, DoorDash, or UberEats! Before you start, research which of these takeout-delivery services is available in your area, popular, and treats its workers right.
Remember, gig work, or contract work, is not the same as employment. Therefore, you won’t be entitled to the same benefits. If you deliver takeout as a side hustle in addition to your full-time job, then this shouldn’t be a problem. It’s also important to remember that you’ll be relying on tips, which may not be as consistent as the income you’d receive from other side hustles.
Garden, Do Yardwork, and Landscape
Not everyone can afford a full-scale landscaping crew, but some people are willing to pay for a little extra help with their garden. They may need help raking leaves, preparing the soil, planting flowers or vegetables, and weeding.
If you have a green thumb or you’re just interested in this kind of work, advertise your services and see if you can drum up some business!
Maybe you’d rather work in the garage than the garden – then flipping furniture could be for you! If you can find a great deal on furniture, you know how to restore it and you can increase its value, then consider flipping furniture as a side hustle.
Start by finding inexpensive furniture for sale. You can look online in a forum like Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist. Or, go to thrift stores or Habitat for Humanity stores to see what’s available.
Remember, you’ll need to include the cost of any paint, brushes, and other materials that you purchased for the flip in the sale price of the furniture to cut even, let alone make a profit, so pay attention to your pricing!
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Have a Garage Sale
Do you have a lot of items in good condition sitting around your house that you aren’t using? If so, you may want to have a garage sale and turn objects that are gathering dust into cash. According to Chime, “Decluttering your life has a host of mental and emotional benefits, and spring cleaning is the perfect way to get rid of all that extra stuff in your house, apartment, attic or garage.”
Get organized and make a plan for how much you’ll price your items. You should also plan out how you’ll advertise your garage sale so that people actually come. Buy signs, place them around your neighborhood, and post them in local social media groups. Hopefully, you’ll have plenty of customers who will help you not only reduce the clutter in your home but also make you some money!
Drive for Uber or Lyft
When gas prices are normal, driving for a service like Uber or Lyft can be a great way to make some cash. Just like driving for takeout delivery services, you need to keep in mind that this sort of gig really is best as a side hustle, and not as your primary form of employment.
Drive people to the airport, home from the restaurant or bar, or wherever else they need to go. Remember that you may be relying heavily on tips, so this might not be the steadiest way to earn some side hustle cash – but depending on your schedule, it could be very convenient!
Put Your Gear up for Rent
If you have a nice bike or vehicle that you aren’t using, why not rent it out to make some extra cash? According to Grow, “Sites like Spinlister let you list your bike for an hourly, daily, or weekly rate. It’s free to list on the site, but Spinlister does take 17.5% of all transactions.”
If you don’t have a bike you want to rent out but you do have a spare vehicle, you can use Turo. This app lets you rent out your nice vehicle that’s just sitting in the garage. You invested in your vehicle – why not make some money off it? Just be sure to read the fine print.
Some people just don’t have the time for spring cleaning – but they do have the money to pay someone else to do their spring cleaning for them. If you enjoy cleaning and need to make some extra cash, advertise your services for spring cleaning, and make sure to include a spring cleaning discount to sweeten the deal.
Who knows, if you do a good job for your client, they may ask you to come back again, and before you know it, you’ll have a steady stream of side income!
Delivering takeout, driving passengers, and renting out your vehicle aren’t the only ways you can make money with your car. By signing up to work for a service like Instacart, Shipt, FreshDirect, or Thrive Market, you can make some extra cash on your schedule.
Keep in mind the rules about working as a contractor rather than an employee. Once you know the rules and you’re confident it’s a good match, start making cash to help you reach your savings goals.
Work as a Tour Guide
Spring brings visitors and tourism, which means there’s an increased demand for tour guides. If there is a local history museum or historical society in your area, see if you can sign up to be a tour guide to make some extra cash.
While you’ll need to be knowledgeable about your area for this side hustle, if you dedicate the time, you can learn what you need to know to be a solid tour guide!
Remember that tour guides often work off tips, too, so this may side hustle might not net you as much cash consistently as other options. However, if you like talking about your area and its history, this is a great way to help you reach your savings goals!
Be a House-Sitter
Many people travel over spring break and Memorial Day Weekend, which makes spring a great time to start working as a house-sitter. First, you should find out what the going rate for house-sitters is for your area, and then you should start looking for clients. Advertise your services as a house-sitter in local neighborhood groups on social media or in local publications, and see if you can bring in some extra cash with this side hustle.
Or Work as a Pet-Sitter
Just like house-sitting, pet-sitting is a great way to make some extra cash. Do your research about different breeds of dogs and cats before you meet with a potential client so that you are more knowledgeable and prepared for the job.
Just like with house-sitting, investigate the current going rate for pet-sitters in your area. Be a good communicator with your client (it’s natural for people to want to check up on how their pets are doing!) and see if you can make this side hustle a great stream of income.
If you have the credentials and any experience teaching, you may want to consider tutoring children or teenagers this spring. With finals coming up at the end of the semester, high schoolers may be looking for extra help. Younger children who have to take standardized tests for the state may also be in need of some extra academic support. If you have the credentials and the drive, you may discover that tutoring is a great side hustle!
Work at a Park
Because there are so many more activities and events held at parks in the spring and summer, you may be able to find a part-time job or event-based job at a park. For instance, you could become a zip line guide or you could take tickets at events like Theater in the Park to earn some extra cash. Find out if the parks near you are hiring!
Remember, no matter what you decide, it’s important to report your income correctly for your taxes. Speak with your account before taxes are due. Good luck making extra cash and reaching your goals with your side hustle!