Being able to make money out of something that you enjoy doing is definitely an option you should explore if you’re trying to have a side income. Jobs don’t always have to be taxing or mentally challenging. The character of “Joker” in The Dark Knight said, “If you are good at something, never do it for free” and that is a statement worth living by. If you have a hobby or skill that you enjoy and do a lot, you may be able to turn it into a side gig and have a second source of income.
Here are some part time jobs that come with flexible schedules and a dash of fun:
Pet-boarding or dog-walking
This is a great option for animal lovers and especially if you live in a neighborhood that has dogs. You’re probably already well acquainted with the neighborhood dogs, so you can start by offering your services to the ones you are most comfortable with. As you gain confidence and a reputation for being a good dog-sitter, you can expand and turn it into a part time job! Pet sitters can earn a decent wage. Of course it takes some work to make sure the dogs are fed, watered, and exercised, but if you already love spending time with dogs, it shouldn’t be too tedious of a job for you. If you are looking to get a dog for yourself eventually, this is a great way to test the waters and see what taking care of a pet is really like. Additionally, studies have shown that people with pets, especially dogs, live longer and have higher levels of serotonin!
Explore your city by becoming a rideshare driver
If, like me, you love driving, this is the perfect job for you. I sometimes find myself driving around town with the windows down, listening to some music, and really enjoying myself! If this sounds like you, sign up with rideshare apps like Uber or Lyft. Since you can set your own schedule, you can even make some extra cash going to and from your regular day job. The job comes with small requirements like owning your own vehicle and having a good driving record, but outside of those needs, the companies don’t require much more. As a rideshare driver, you get to meet lots of new people. This could sound a bit off-putting to some of you out there – after all, sometimes we need a good drive in order to collect some alone time. If that’s the case, you’re still in luck. These platforms, along with many others, offer jobs for deliveries that you can sign up for which can incorporate driving, alone time, and some extra cash.
Are you a social media aficionado? You might want to become a social media manager
In a world where everyone is on social media, making regular posts is necessary in order to stay on top of the game. More and more companies are using social media platforms such as Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, etc., to market their products and services. This is a fun and important job that requires someone youthful to be in charge of it. Making daily content and posts can be entertaining if you’re already good at it and you can actually make a career out of it eventually! Startups are always looking for people to work part time as social media coordinators. Having this job on the side can enhance your networking skills as well. And, you can work as an independent contractor which gives you the liberty to set your own schedule and work from the comfort of your home most of the time.
Good at art? There’s a lot to explore in this area.
If you’re good at painting, you can offer your skills to new homeowners or new parents who are looking to paint a room or wall with specific designs. If you’re good at nail art, you can apply to local nail salons and become a nail technician. Not only do you create cool designs, you also get tipped really well by customers. Speaking from experience, once a customer starts getting their nails done professionally. It is hard to stop. You’ll notice that you have some regular customers eventually. Part time art jobs offer a variety of spaces where you can find your standing. And if you cannot find an establishment that includes your skills, you can always start your own business. You can sell paintings, wall hangings, henna services, icing skills for graphic cakes, and so much more!
Having multiple sources of income is highly beneficial especially if you’re young and have just started out with your career. Sometimes it can be difficult and time-consuming to find a career that you truly enjoy, so until you find your dream job, monetizing your hobby or interests is always a good idea. Aside from the above-mentioned skills and hobbies, you can also benefit from partnering with other platforms to publicize your talent. If you’re a good singer, you can post Youtube videos of your songs or upload them on Spotify and/or SoundHound. If you like making dance videos, TikTok is a fantastic way to grow your following as a dancer which will lead to partnerships and other benefits that can eventually lead to an earning. So, don’t let your skills and talent stay hidden, explore your options and find what the best way to earn a side income for you is. Below is a poll for people who were asked why they have a “side hustle” and contrary to popular belief – which is “to make ends meet” – more people voted that they prefer to have a side hustle. Why? Because it is a great way to put your skills, hobbies, passions and extra time to good use by having fun!