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Whether you’re chasing financial independence or just want some extra spending money at the end of the month, there’s no doubt picking up a side hustle is a great way to reach your goals.
With the technology of the 21st century, we’re more capable now than ever to monetize our skills to give our income a boost.
In this post, Forrest McCall from Don't Work Another Day put together a list of 5 side hustles you can try to increase your income today! Let’s get started.
Candles are an extremely simple product to make. You’ll need wax, fragrance oil, wicks, and jars to get started, outside of several helpful tools.
Most people fail to realize how simple making and selling candles can be. You'll just need to melt your wax, add your fragrance oil, pour it into jars, and let them cool. Yes, it's really that simple!
“But I don’t know anything about fragrances!!”
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Well, you don’t need to. Most fragrance suppliers have their own blends for you to purchase making it a breeze.
Looking to take your candle making side hustle to the next level? You’ll want to design labels for your candles and include product warning stickers as well as purchasing a UPC code.
You can then sell your candles online through a website or on other e-commerce platforms like Etsy, eBay, or Amazon to increase sales. Need more help? Check out this guide to making money selling candles from home!
Why I like it?
By utilizing your current connections, there’s a good chance you’ll have at least a few sales in the bag from friends and family. In addition, it is extremely affordable to get started, costing less than $150 with a large potential for growth.
If you haven’t jumped on the 3D printing bandwagon quite yet, this is your opportunity.
There are many different ways you can make money with a 3D printer from selling physical products to teaching classes or renting out your printer on the side.
You’ll need to get started by purchasing a printer as well as any other materials required, like resin. Your printer will often come with the software required to create the products you desire.
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Similar to learning how to make candles, learning how to use a 3D printer is just a few searches away.
After purchasing a 3D printer, you’ll want to test making several products and learn how to use your printer. This could take some time to master. Practice makes perfect.
Why I like it?
If you don’t have a 3D printer already, they’re becoming more affordable almost daily. You can purchase a high-quality printer for a few hundred dollars or less making it a great side hustle to get started for cheap. Additionally, owning a 3D printer offers several different ways to make money giving you the potential for multiple sources of income.
For those with the physical ability, offering landscaping and lawn care services can be extremely worthwhile.
Whether it's laying mulch, picking up fallen leaves, or performing routine lawn care like mowing grass, landscaping services are a great side hustle for weekends.
To find clients, try marketing your services on local classifieds like Craigslist or on the Next-door app. You can also consider passing out flyers in your neighborhood. Don’t forget the friends and family! They can also make for great customers.
Want to make even more money?
Consider offering more advanced services like aerating or fertilization. You might need to rent some equipment for these jobs, but they can also be extremely lucrative.
Why I like it?
Offering landscaping services is a great way to make money in your free time. You can charge upwards of $30 per hour for your time and it is a perfect side hustle for your weekends.
You’ve probably seen stories of people who make a full-time living by flipping furniture. The story likely starts out with them spending their nights and weekends restoring antique furniture as a hobby before turning into a profitable business.
The process is quite easy to conceptualize. You’ll need to purchase distressed furniture (often from a thrift store, yard sale, or local classifieds), revitalize it, and sell it for a profit.
You can get started for a few hundred dollars or less depending on the piece you decide to start with and the materials required.
Need some inspiration for your next piece? Check out Pinterest!
Why I like it?
Flipping furniture is a great way to make money and fulfill your creative needs simultaneously.
If you have any unique skill that sets you apart from others, you can monetize this skill in the form of freelancing.
What exactly is freelancing?
Freelancing is defined as “a person who works as a writer, designer, performer, or the like, selling work or services by the hour, day, job, etc., rather than working on a regular salary basis for one employer.”
Working as a freelancer is a great option in addition to your day job.
Why I like it?
Freelancing is a great way to pad your salary and can be completed on nights and weekends. The amount you can make is only limited to your ability to complete work. You can try these high-income skills for freelancers.
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Whenever people start a side hustle, they might forget that you’ll still have to “hustle”. These ideas are not get rich quick schemes. You’ll need to put in the time and effort to grow your side hustle and make money.
What are your favorite side hustles? I’d love to hear in the comments below!
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