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10 Perfect Side Hustles for College Students

10 Perfect Side Hustles for College Students

10 Perfect Side Hustles for College StudentsThe cost of a college education is not cheap. Students who make it all the way to graduation may end up owing thousands in student loan debt, making it hard to make ends meet once they get out into the real world.

To avoid debt, or just earn some extra cash, many students look for jobs. However, college students face unique challenges when it comes to making money.

Classes and practice schedules can make holding down a regular job all but impossible. Traveling back to their hometown on the occasional weekend or holiday may make it difficult to get hired as well.

If any of this hits home because you are facing the same problems, there are some solutions. Below are 10 perfect side hustles for college students that can help.

1. Babysitting

Babysitting is not just for the young teenager. Many parents are looking for sitters who have more experience, especially if their kids are energetic or have special needs.

Being good with kids and having experience could get you hired to care for children in your off school hours. You might even be able to get some of your homework done at the same time and still fit everything into your hectic schedule.

2. Tutoring

When you have a lot of knowledge in some subjects, such as math, you may be able to use that to your advantage. Hire yourself out as a tutor to others who need help and make some money to pay your bills at the same time.

Usually if you are good at what you do you can set your own hours with this side hustle. Additionally, the more success your students have the more you can get paid for this service.

3. Online Surveys

This side hustle doesn?t require a lot of skills and can definitely be done when you have a hectic schedule. Some survey sites pay only a few dollars for reviews on their products and other pay significantly more.

Some good ones to get started with are?Pro Opinion?and Opinion Outpost. You can also use a site like Swagbucks to take surveys, watch videos and more.

Obviously you will need a computer for this side hustle, but as a college student you likely already have one so why not put it to work for you?

4. Use Your Voice

Did you know you could hire out your voice? There are people and businesses that will pay you to do their podcasts and other voice over work from your own home or apartment.

5. Sell Photos

Perhaps you love to take pictures. You can sell your photos online for extra cash and fit it into your schedule whenever it works for you.

The amount of money you make for selling photos will vary, but you could earn as much as half the selling price.

6. Dog Walking

If you consider animals to be some of your best friends, maybe you should try making money becoming a dog walker. This side hustle is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, get your furry fix, and still get all of your studying done.

7. Tailoring

Experience with a needle and thread or sewing machine can benefit you as a side hustle when you are in college. Advertise a few times, do a good job mending or tailoring and you will be making money in a stitch.

8. Baking

Lots of busy people need baking or cooking done and have no time to do it. If you love to cook and are good at it, hire yourself out to others for this service.

You may be able to do the cooking in between classes and in the evenings to make the money you need. Let others sample your work to help you get started.

9. Cleaning

Although this is not a glamorous side hustle it is one that many people have the need for. If you have experience and are good at cleaning this side hustle is a great one you can do on your own schedule.

10. Car Detailing

Many people don?t take the time to clean their cars inside and out even though the need is there. You may not need a lot of equipment to do this side hustle either, but a little elbow grease may be required.

Even though crazy schedules can make working difficult for college students, there are ways it can be done. Try out one of these 10 perfect side hustles for college students to help you keep debt down and earn extra cash.

 

What other side hustles might be perfect for college students?

 

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How to Make Extra Money Decorating Homes for the Holidays

How to Make Extra Money Decorating Homes for the Holidays

How to Make Extra Money Decorating Homes for the HolidaysAs the leaves start to change and the air gets cooler, one can?t help to think about the upcoming holidays. There are only a few days until Thanksgiving and only a few weeks until Christmas!

That means it’s time to start thinking about your holiday budget and who you’ll be buying gifts for, if you haven’t started this planning already.

If your gift list is longer than your budget, you may need to make some extra money to avoid going into debt this year. One creative way to take advantage of the holiday season and make some money is by decorating homes for the holidays.

Here’s how you can get started with this seasonal side hustle.

Make Custom Wreaths and Garlands

If you don?t want to mess with full-scale decorating but have a crafty side, making custom wreaths and garlands is a way to make extra money.

Depending on the type of materials you use, these can have fairly low production costs and a quick turn time.

Set up Outside Lights

Depending on the amount of lights, this might be a daunting task for yourself. But, grab a buddy and you can make some money by hanging other people?s outdoor lights.

This might be a little more costly. You may need to have extra insurance as you?ll most likely be up on a ladder or roof.

Decorate Residences

If red ribbon and holly swags are your calling, decorating homes for the holidays can be your ticket to balancing your gift budget.

Many people see decorating the holidays as something tedious and not at all fun, especially when you put it up only to have to take it back down in a few weeks.

To make more money, you can charge to put up the owner?s own decorations, or you can charge extra to buy them totally new decorations and decorate with a theme. After Christmas, you can also charge to help take down and put away decorations too.

It might take a little bit to generate clients, but once you get started the options are endless.

Decorate Businesses

Every office needs some cheer, whether it?s for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Approach a few local businesses to find your first client. You can start with one and grow the number of offices you decorate as other’s see the results. You can decorate inside only, or decorate both inside and outside of business offices.

Once again, you can use decorations they have or buy new ones. Plus, you can also charge to take down and pack away decorations for next year too.

Consult and Design

Some people may like decorating but don?t know what to do with the decorations they have. By being a consultant or designer, you can map out the place and suggest where they place things and what to get to put their holiday decorations over the top.

With this option, they do the decorating after you design it for them. It shouldn?t take you as much time as actually doing the decorating.

These are only a few ways you can make money decorating homes for the holidays. There are plenty more if you put your head to it.

The good thing is that holiday decorating is seasonal and you can do it every year. Plus, you can do as much or as little as you want and you get to set the prices. Who knows, this could blossom in a new business and career path.

 

Do you have a seasonal side hustle? Have you ever thought about trying to make extra money by decorating homes for the holidays?

 

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Reasons a Side Hustle May Not Be Worth the Hassle

Reasons a Side Hustle May Not Be Worth the Hassle

Reasons a Side Hustle May Not Be Worth the HassleMany people are using a side hustle to get what they want.

Whether it?s more money, trying to become a full-time freelancer or just doing something you love, side hustling can certainly be a good thing.

This is why there are tons articles on what types of side hustles to start, on how much you can make, and how to turn it into a full-time business.

But, what happens when a side hustle becomes too much? Is it okay to stop side hustling? Can you really just be a person with only one?paying job?

The answer is yes. Here are some reasons why a side hustle may not be worth the hassle.

It Doesn’t Pay Enough for Your Time

Depending on the type of hustle, you might not get paid enough to keep doing it.

For example, if you love crafts, so you decide to knit sweaters and sell them. By the time you add cost for yarn, and how much your time is worth, your sweater price jumps up. A lot!

Because you know it won?t sell at this price, you lower to what it will sell for. This puts your per hour costs in the single dollar range. At this point, it isn?t worth your time to try and turn this into a business.

It’s Physically or Mentally Exhausting

When you are stressed from a busy day at work, or with your kids, coming home to take on another exhausting project is not always worth it. If you are getting sick from the stress of your side hustle, it?s probably not worth the money it’s bringing in. Sometimes you have to say no and do what makes you stress free and healthy.

It Takes Away From Your Family Time

All work and no play makes for a not so fun personal life. Side hustles are generally supposed to help you get ahead financially, or find a fun, new thing to do. They aren?t there to pull you further away from your family.

Family is important and you really don?t have that much time with them. If you notice your side hustle is keeping you away from important family time, either take a break or consider if you really need this hustle.

It?Hurts Your Day Job Performance

A side hustle is just that, a hustle on the side. It?s secondary to your day job.

If your day job performance starts to slip, it won?t be good for you. You may even risk losing your main job! You might have to decide whether you stay at your day job or go full-time with your used-to-be side hustle.

In the end, it all comes down to this. If you are putting in more than what you are getting out of it, your side hustle may not worth the hassle. Your time is valuable. That?s why you get paid to do a job. But if your side hustle isn’t worth it, you shouldn’t continue. It’s ok to give yourself a break, you deserve one.

 

When did you decide your side hustle wasn’t worth the hassle? Did you stop?

 

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3 Side Hustles for Older Adults

3 Side Hustles for Older Adults

3 Side Hustles for Older AdultsThe term ?side hustle? has become rather popular in recent years.

What does it mean? Simply put, your side hustle is work you do away from your regular job to augment your income.

In years gone by, a side hustle would simply have been referred to as a part-time job. If you are not quite happy with the salary you are taking home from your full-time job, picking up some extra cash through a side hustle is a great idea.

Unfortunately, many of the popular side hustle options seem to be geared toward a younger audience. Many of them are tech related, and often older adults do not have the technical knowledge to make money through those methods.

So, are you out of luck if you have a few decades of life in your past? Not at all. Read on to discover three side hustle options for older adults.

Drive

As an older adult, you probably have plenty of experience behind the wheel. Assuming you own a car and have a good driving record, you can put your vehicle to use as a money-making machine. By driving for services like Uber or Lyft, you can make money ?on the side? when you have time available.

You get to set your own work hours with this kind of side hustle, so you don?t need to worry about it interfering with your regular employment. Make yourself available to drive when you have spare time and make money along the way.

Teach

Do you have a skill which you could pass on to others? Maybe you know how to play a particular instrument, or maybe you are experienced in a given sport.

Whatever the case, consider offering private lessons as a way to profit from your skill. Thanks to the power of the internet, it is easier than ever before to make money in this way. Think carefully about the personal skills you have accrued over the years and determine which of those skills would have the most value on the market.

Walk

Believe it or not, there is money waiting to be made as a dog walker. If you would like to find more time to get outside and exercise personally, you can make that happen while making money at the same time.

As long as you are good with animals, finding work as a pet sitter/walker should be relatively easy. You aren?t going to make a ton of money this way, of course, but you can add to your income while also spending quality time with friendly pets.

This list should just be considered a starting point as you search for your ideal side hustle. It really comes down to you as an individual, and what you want to do.

Since you already put up with the stress of a traditional job, you don?t want to add to that stress by taking on a side hustle you hate. Find something you enjoy doing and view the income as an added bonus.

 

Have you ever had a side hustle? What did you do to earn extra money?

 

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6 Summer Side Hustles to Make You Extra Money

6 Summer Side Hustles to Make You Extra Money

6 Summer Side Hustles to Make You Extra MoneyAhh, summer! Days are long and the evenings short. More daylight means more time to do things, right?

Summer means vacations and vacations cost money. Summer can also cost you in extra outdoor activities and fireworks. With all these extra activities, you might need a little more money to help offset costs.

Besides asking for a raise or getting a second job, getting extra income isn?t a spontaneous thing. Good thing you can work some side gigs to bring in some extra cash. Here are a few summer side hustles you can use to make extra money.

Mow Lawns

If you have a mower handy and don?t mind trimming the lawn you can mow your neighbors? lawns for money. A lot of people dread this chore and/or don?t have time to spend an hour or two doing it. This is pretty easy and you can set your price within reason.

House Sitter

With a lot of people going away on vacation they need someone trustworthy to water the garden and feed the pets. You can start small with friends and work up your reputation and credibility. Just be sure to leave the place better than you found it and don?t break anything.

Become an Umpire

If you love sports you can become certified to umpire or ref recreation games. These positions don?t make a ton of money but you can bring in a bit, especially if you work a tournament or two. It?s a great way to also get involved within your community.

Life Guard

Knowing how to swim can save your life and the life of others. If you are comfortable with your swimming prowess you can apply to be a life guard either at a community swimming pool or lake area. You can also teach swimming lessons to make extra money.

Babysit or Nanny

With the kids out of school for the summer, their parents need extra hands to help watch them and get them to and from summer activities. Being a temporary nanny or part-time help can be a great money maker, but only if you like children. If you like it enough you could consider nannying full-time.

Detail Vehicles

Though cars don?t tend to get as dirty as they do in the winter, they somehow manage to collect dust and mud. Having an eye for detail and a passion for cars, you could charge a fee to wash and vacuum cars out.

The possibilities are endless! The long days and gorgeous evenings lend themselves to being more productive and bring in a few more dollars for your bank account. Side hustles can be done at any time of the year, but summer lends itself to more options.

If your summer side hustles grow and become more of a part-time business, be sure you are claiming the extra income and keeping track of business expenses to write off for tax purposes. Who knows, your summer side hustles could become your next career move.

 

What side hustles do you chose to do during the summer? Can you think of other good summer side hustles?

 

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