How to Make Extra Money in 2019 (22 Part-Time Gigs & Side Hustle Ideas)
Would you like to make more money? Silly question, I know.
Boosting your income is one of two main levers we can pull to fast forward our journey to financial independence. (The other lever is to decrease your expenses.)
For most, finding an alternative income stream is not too hard of an undertaking. But what if you’re young—say between 15 and 25 years old? Those on the lower end of that range are full-time students looking for part-time options to build their savings. Those on the higher end of that range may already have a full-time job and find themselves also looking for a part-time money-making gig.
As such, there are two main strategies young people can use to earn extra income: part-time jobs and side hustles. For the purpose of this article, we will classify a part-time job as a position where one works for someone else earning a paycheck or cash. We will define a side hustle as a money-making method in which one works for oneself.
Below I list several options for each strategy to help young people supercharge their income. Take a look, and see what stands out to you. In the end, you only need to choose the one option that sounds best to start growing your savings account balance to new heights.
Strategy 1: The Part-Time Job
Not all part-time jobs are created equal. But any job that provides a paycheck will do the trick. The obvious choices are to work at your neighborhood restaurant or retail clothing store. These types of part-time gigs are OK, but here are some other ideas that just might be a little fun, too.
- Work for your parents in an office
- Work at a movie theater
- Work at a daycare
- Wash cars
- Officiate little league or soccer games
Strategy 2: The Side Hustle
First, keep in mind that most good side hustles take some time to get going or learn. That said, the income potential (or scalability) may not be fully realized right away.
Typically, the best side hustles require some form of time investment and patience in the beginning to see a return. One of the things you will surely need to do to make more money is manage your time better than the average person.
Your side hustle doesn’t have to be something brand new or completely innovative. It also doesn’t have to be void of competition in your area. Don’t reinvent the wheel. You can make good money doing something that other people are already doing.
Also, make sure your side hustle is something that you like doing—or even better, love doing. If you don’t, it probably won’t last. With no boss to answer to, you’ll soon find yourself spending time doing something else.
Heed this warning from Atchut Neelam regarding using your time wisely:
“Time is your biggest asset. I reflected upon my habits and realized that I had wasted a lot of my own precious time. Hours were spent watching cricket or mind-numbing TV, gossiping with friends, scrolling through social media—and quite frankly, this realization made me feel quite ashamed. Had I spent just 10% of that time on my own development and learning new skills, my [side hustle]would have advanced sooner and my income would have been a lot more comfortable for me. Making the most of your time is one of the most important factors in success. I now devote at least one hour a day to work on my goals and progress with certain plans I have made. I believe that success is founded on discipline and focus.”
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— Atchut Neelam, from his BiggerPockets member blog post “9 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Was 20”
Here’s a list of more simple side hustle ideas. This list should, at the very least, get you thinking about some ways you can provide a service or value to someone else—and get paid to do so.
- Walk dogs or dog sit (consider using rover.com)
- Shovel sidewalks and driveways in the winter
- Mow lawns in the summer
- Tutor students
- Teach people how to use computers, the internet, or specific programs
- Do magic at kids’ birthday parties
- House sit (water plants, walk/feed pets, mow lawn, etc.)
- Sew (do alterations, make clothes, or create costumes)
- Make personalized t-shirts
And here is a list of a few higher-level side hustle ideas:
- Drive for Uber, Uber Eats, or Lyft
- If you have a skill like social media marketing or fixing computers, post your abilities to fiverr.com
- Buy a bouncy house and rent it out
- Become Google Ads certified (It’s free. You can then work on small campaigns for small businesses.)
- Build websites on WordPress (Train yourself using free videos on YouTube. You can then build websites for small businesses in your area. Sell door-to-door or find potential customers online. They can be anywhere in the U.S.! The more you do, the more you’ll be able to charge for your services.)
- Clean or pick up trash (One guy found that parking lots in his town were dirty and full of garbage. He approached the owners of the lots and said he would clean the lots once a week for a price. It worked. Plus, he can listen to podcasts and books on tape while working.)
- Start a YouTube channel (even if it’s just for personal accountability and creativity as opposed to being a moneymaker)
Which idea sounds most appealing to you?
Leave a comment below!