We’ve all had a point in our lives where we’ve looked at our bank account, and then looked at our bills and thought “I need money!” Being in a financial bind is never a good feeling, but thankfully, today there are more ways than ever to make money.
The good news is that you don’t have to dust off your resume and fill out job applications to make more money. There are all sorts of side jobs that you can temporarily do in order to earn the money you need to pay a bill or to make it until your next payday.
Here are five side jobs that pay well.
1. Rideshare Driver/Delivery Partner
If you own a reliable vehicle, know your way around town, and don’t mind having strangers in your car, consider becoming a rideshare driver. Companies like Uber and Lyft are always looking for new drivers to join their fleet. As a driver, your only job is to safely get passengers from point A to point B.
Most rideshare drivers make anywhere from $15-$35 an hour. Your earnings depend on how often you work and how many trips you complete. Drivers have found that they make the most money on the weekends and in the evenings when there’s a higher number of people looking to ride share.
Another option to use your car to make money is to become a delivery driver. You can work for DoorDash or Uber Eats to deliver food, or you could become a part-time helper for UPS delivering mail and other packages. Similar to ridesharing, these jobs can also pay anywhere from $15-$35 an hour.
2. Become a Freelancer
Freelancing is a great way to boost your bank account, all while earning experience and picking up new skills. The nice thing about freelancing is that while it can start off as a side-gig, if you find the right clients, you can easily become a full-time freelancer. This gives you the freedom of being your own boss, managing your own workload, and working the hours that best fit your lifestyle.
Some of today’s top freelance positions include:
- Writing and content creation
- Translating and transcribing
- 3D modeling
- Marketing (especially social media and digital)
If you’re interested in seeing what the freelance world has to offer, you’ll want to check out sites such as FlexJobs, Freelancer.com, Editorr, and Upwork. You can also find freelance and remote jobs on traditional job boards like Indeed, Monster, and LinkedIn.
3. Become a Handyman
Are you good at building or fixing things? Do you know a little about a lot? Are you handy around the house? If so, consider becoming a handyman as your next side job. Using companies like Handy, TaskRabbit, and Amazon Professional Services, you can find local customers who are in need of handyman services.
To get started, all you have to do is sign up and answer a few questions about yourself. Once you’ve approved you browse open jobs in your local area.
With access to hundreds of jobs, you can potentially make up to $22-$45 an hour per job. Handy says that its top professionals make more than $1,000 a week! This is a highly profitable side gig if you’ve got the expertise and time to put into it.
4. Become a Tutor
Students are always looking for tutors who can help them to improve their grades or to ace an upcoming test. If you’re a teacher or specialize in a certain academic area such as math, science, or English, consider becoming a tutor.
Thanks to the internet, you can tutor students from the comfort of your own home. There’s no need to travel to a local school or find a quiet area to offer your services. Most tutoring websites like Chegg or Tutor.com require that you be able to offer at least 5 hours of tutoring services a week.
As a tutor, you can keep your own knowledge fresh while helping others to meet their academic goals.
5. Offer Caregiving Services
Babysitters and elder care services are always in demand. What’s nice about caregiving services is that the hours are pretty flexible, so you can pick jobs that only work within your schedule. One of the best ways to find caregiving services in your area is to create a profile at Care.com. There you can set your availability and find jobs that you’re interested in.
Caregiving services also applies to pets as well. Pet sitting is a great way to make money, especially if you love being around furry companions. You can bring in some extra cash by working at a boarding facility or a doggy daycare. You could also offer dog walking, which is a job you can do on the fly.
Check out sites like Rover, Wag, and DogVacay to find local pet sitting and pet care opportunities.
Making extra money isn’t impossible. If you’re looking for quick ways to make a few extra bucks, be sure to keep these five side jobs in mind so that you can avoid financial problems in the future.