Using your side hustle to make money as a second income

Five Really Easy Ways to Earn Money on the Side

Everyone loves money, but nowadays we really like extra money. Side hustles are the big thing, and you can join hundreds of thousands of others in making cash on the side!

Want to get your bills paid down faster, reach a purchase goal in less time or go on a nicer vacation this year? Use some of these ways to earn some extra cash to get you there!

Resell Items for a Profit

We talked about the benefits of shopping at thrift stores before, and I’ll give you a hot tip: they’re AMAZING for boosting your income. You can regularly find items worth three or four times their value shopping here. In the side hustle world, they call this flipping.

Flipping is buying an item only to resell it to someone else for more than you bought it for, earning a profit. The term was used specifically for real estate, but has grown in popularity for reselling other items as the internet has taken off as a global marketplace.

Here’s what you need to do to start flipping:

  1. Get a budget and a business plan.
  2. List out what you’ll be selling, how you’ll take pictures, the best way to ship, etc.
  3. Start a spreadsheet to see what kind of profit you will be making.
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  5. List items, fulfill your orders and provide great customer service.

Of course, there is a lot more that goes into this type of side hustle, but by being dedicated, you can pocket a pretty penny doing this. Check out the article that eBay wrote on reselling items for cash to learn even more!

Crafting

Feeling a little artsy?

Do all of your friends and family tell you that you should sell your work to the world?

Then it sounds like a crafting side hustle is in your future!

In today’s internet-driven world, it’s easier than ever to sell your arts and crafts to people who want it! Websites like Etsy and ArtFire have made the process pretty seamless. Create an account, do your research and create something beautiful!

Chances are good that you’ll get yourself some buyers. Just don’t forget to promote yourself!

Do you feel your handmade goods look better in person? Join some local groups and arts and craft fairs to get eyes on your work!

Freelance Work

Are you really good at writing, giving business advice or tidying up resumes?

Use that particular set of skills to help other businesses achieve their goals!

Check out websites like UpWork, Fiverr, Freelancer and Elance to find some jobs that’ll help you make some side money.

If you have worked with others before, which you really should have before selling your services, get your clients to leave you reviews online. These testimonials will help you get more business and earn more money.

The highest-rated users on these sites earn up to $115 an hour! If you earn that consistently, that could be enough to take your side hustle full-time!

Website Testing

Do you always seem to find the one button that doesn’t work on a website?

Wish you could make the internet a more user-friendly place for everyone?

Well, you can get paid to test out websites to find these flaws!

To get started, I always recommend the website UserTesting to make some extra bucks each month. I’ve known a couple of people that have done this before, including my wife! You sign up with your email, create a profile and wait for your camera to come in.

Then, you use the camera to record your screen as you go through a website or app. This takes about 20 minutes and you get paid $10 per site. That averages to about $30 per hour if you can manage to get enough companies looking for people your age or profession.

If you do them consistently, you can start earning some major moolah!

Mystery Shopping

Mystery shopping is definitely a fun way to earn some extra money for something you’re already going to do anyway!

Tip: Never pay to be a part of a mystery shopping company!

When you get started looking at mystery shopping companies, make sure that they’re a member of the Mystery Shopping Providers Association, also called the MSPA. Check their website and look at the list of current members in their “Find a Service Provider” section.

If the company you’re looking into isn’t on the list, be wary! It’s a safer bet to stick with an accredited company that’s a member of the association.

Two that I’ve been recommended before are Best Mark and Market Force, so if you’re interested in getting paid to shop, check those two out first!

What do you do for your side hustle? Let us know in the comments below (but don’t give away all your secrets)!

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