Making money has never been this easy

It’s always nice to have a bit of extra cash on hand, but where can you find the extra money? Well, if you’re willing to put in a little work, there are actually a lot of options for side hustles than you can do from the comfort of your own home. Earn a little extra without ever having to walk out your front door.

Minimal effort (but minimal payout)

If you’re looking for a side job where you barely have to do any work, taking online surveys is a pretty good place to start. You don’t get paid a lot (one source says that, at most, you’ll likely get around $5 for a full half-hour of work), but with that payout comes minimal effort that you have to put in. Just hang out on your couch and press a few buttons, and you’ll have a bit of extra money coming in.

You can also sell some of your old things. From clothes and accessories to books and house decorations–if you’re not using it, consider selling it instead. You’ll clear up space in your house and make a bit of cash while you’re at it.

Freelancing

There are a lot of things you can do as a freelancer to get a bit of extra cash flowing. One thing you can do is become a freelance proofreader. Finding a job is relatively easy, and you can make a fair bit of money: around $17 an hour, according to one source. As a freelancer, your hours will be pretty flexible, and you’ll be able to be in charge of a lot of your own schedule.

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Freelance writing is another side hustle you can hop on board with. As with proofreading, the hours are flexible, and the pay might vary from publication to publication, but if you have some skills as a writer and a bit of time to dedicate to it, it’s a pretty good side gig.

Teaching English

You don’t have to work in a high school to make money in the realm of education. Online teaching has become more and more popular, especially for language learners, and luckily for you, there are a wide variety of options to choose from when it comes to signing up as an English instructor.

There are a lot of sites you can work with, and some of them even plan the lessons for you; you just need to show up on your computer. Some websites do require that you have at least a four-year degree, and many sites require a weekly minimum in terms of their hours. Depending on the type of English you’re teaching, though (from basic conversation to grammar-centric lessons to business English) you can earn anywhere from $8 an hour to $25 an hour, or more.

If you feel you have a knack for teaching, this might be the side hustle for you.

Blogging

So we might all have that one friend who starts a blog and gives up after about two weeks. But that doesn’t have to be you. And if you play your cards right, blogging can actually make you quite a bit of money.

If you’re willing to hustle, side gigs can really help out your wallet.

It will probably take you a bit of time to really get going, and you’ll need to offer something special for your audience (adding a weekly picture of your dog with a caption might be cute for Instagram, but probably won’t earn you much cash). Once you get it up and running, though, and start to gather regular readers, you can really start raking in dollars.

From advertising on your website to selling your own product, blogging, according to one man, can earn you anywhere from $800 to $2,000 per month in your first year, with profits only increasing from there. It’ll take time, though, and quite a bit of work, but if you’re willing to do it, it can really pay off.

Hustle your way to financial success

Will any of these side hustles turn you into a mega-millionaire? Probably not. But they can earn you a fairly steady income of extra cash, which you can put to all kinds of good use, from investments to rainy-day funds and everything in between. If you’re willing to hustle, side gigs can really help out your wallet. Give them a try and see what you can do.

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