Pick the Right Side Gig

Getting the right side hustle isn’t as easy as signing up to drive a ride share. Before picking up work on the side, ask yourself a few questions to figure out which kind is right for you.

Are you doing this for the money?

Not every side job needs to be lucrative. If you’re simply looking to build or maintain a set of skills—say you’re an accountant who also plays the violin—it may be less important to you how much you make from each gig.

But if money is your primary motivation, you’ll probably want to select a job that pays you more. That could mean doing data entry instead of painting, but if dollars are your focus, that may be okay by you.

Do you have any special skills?

The ability to translate documents into Mandarin or serve as a notary public may provide you specialized opportunities to earn more in your off hours. List out your skills to get a sense of what you might be able to offer as a side hustle. If you can’t think of anything “special” off hand, don’t worry. There are plenty of gigs that pay you just for being yourself, like UX testing or serving on an e-Jury.

Do you have a room, home or vehicle you could rent out?

Your home or car could become a passive stream of income for you, if you’re okay with others using them. While you’re probably familiar with Airbnb, Uber and Lyft, there are more unconventional ways you can make money with your house and car.

Carvertise, a service that pays people to advertise on their cars, says their users make around $100 per month, and if you have access to a private lawn, you can list it on Sniffspot, a space rental service matching dogs and dog owners with open grass.

Research alternative uses from homes and cars for more possible side gigs.

How much time do you have?

Be realistic about how many hours you have to pour into a side hustle. If it’s only a few hours a week, you might be better served by work that doesn’t require a lot of ramp up time, like survey taking, instead of building a name for yourself on gig sites like Fiverr, which might help you earn more over time.

After you’ve assessed your side gig suitability, continue onto the next lesson for seven simple part-time jobs anyone can do.

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