Trying to find opportunities to supplement your primary income source will never be a bad idea if you can keep it safe and within the bounds of the law. In times of crisis, side hustle jobs can even become your last defense line when your usual means of employment disappears, whether interrupted or taken away because of the economic recession.
The selections we’ve laid out here will most likely vary from being quick-finish jobs to ones that will take up more time and resources but might have more promising rewards in the long-run. It’s up to you whether you choose one or the other.
Get into Songwriting Jobs
If melodies, rhythm, and vocal progression are second nature to you, you might want to try your hand at writing a song or two for a client. Writing in a consistent and timely manner is usually more important than the brilliance of your pieces, so don’t be afraid to try it out. Places like Upwork.com are a good start for where you might want to look for those types of side hustle jobs.
Consider Professional Escort Work
According to this website, the escort job profession has gotten a bad rap in recent years, with people taking it to be a dressed-up name for someone who solicits sexual services. In truth, escorting jobs can encompass an extensive range of services, although they usually refer to agency-trained people who accompany affluent individuals to events and parties.
One such agency advertises for applicants “that present themselves appropriately and can demonstrate the meaning of work ethic.” Often, a client needs someone to talk to rather than mingling with the crowd. If you think you can do that, it may be worth a shot.
Rent out Your Vehicle
Do you have an extra vehicle at home that hasn’t seen much use? Has the cost of fuel become an unnecessary expense? Maybe it’s time to let your car bring home the bacon for a change.
Besides the usual methods, car rental apps such as Turo and Hyrecar have proliferated within the market, making it easier for owners to put their vehicles up for rent and make a few extra bucks. Where it might get complicated is in claiming restitution for when something happens to the car. Issues like this will fall heavily on the agreement with the company’s Terms and Agreement, so take great care.
Apply for Audio Mix Recording Jobs
Fancy yourself as a bit of a home DJ? You can start putting those skills to use at websites like Upwork.com and Indeed.com, which are always looking for new talent to work on their sounds. Some of these may require you to have taken an audio engineering course, so be wary.
Become an Online Supplier for Rare Items
You don’t need to have a considerable amount of capital set aside to run an online venture like reselling rare items. Rare items can be as simple as a brand or variant of food no longer sold in stores around your area or exclusive collector’s items/editions that happen to be region-locked.
For example, Barnes & Noble bookstores sell book editions for popular titles that contain exclusive content, and their stores only exist in the U.S. You might find a global market for some of those books.
Bottom line: If you can take advantage of a market that doesn’t have an easy means of access to that product, you’re more than halfway there already.
Start a Tour Guide Service
As we’ve mentioned before, escort jobs come in all forms. Tour guides are essential yet overlooked jobs that are relatively easy to get into, especially if you’re confident in your ability to speak to crowds.
Familiarity with an area’s history, cultural significance, the places to go, and the events in which people might like to participate are some of the essential ingredients for a successful tour experience. If you’re thinking of setting up a tour in a more restricted or out-of-the-way area, you should be sure to secure the proper permits ahead of time.
Set Up a 3D-Printing Service
Setting up a 3D-printing service will probably require capital; however, the potential rewards are arguably worth it. If you show that you can design dentures, rare toys, and missing parts for all manner of items, demand from your target market can only get bigger. If you don’t have a lot of startup capital, you might choose to partner up with a third-party printer to handle all the orders you will get.
We do suggest, however, that you invest in the necessary research before beginning this venture. Put out a survey to gauge demand in the areas to which you can sell and see how much people might be willing to pay for the service. When possible, get the contact details of those who already want to place an order ahead of time.
Try Your Hand at Entourage Security
A security job can be very lucrative, especially if you’re headlining for a VIP during an event. Granted, acting as a security escort for a client might mean undergoing agency training and getting permits, so it’s up to you whether you think it’s worth the time and effort to become qualified for VIP security jobs. In the United States alone, security escorts earn an average of as much as $15.09 an hour, which seems to make for a good side hustle job to replenish your savings.
Join Online Competitions and Raffles
Competitions aren’t something you should ever try to turn into a steady income source, but it can never hurt to participate. Joining one or two contests or raffles is not likely to turn up much, but when you enter, say a dozen within a week, your chances go up significantly.
Since these have no guaranteed returns, you should make a habit of joining the ones that won’t take up a tremendous amount of time and resources. Occasionally, there might be a premium competition or two that you think you might have a good chance at winning, even though it will take up more time than usual. Whether you can afford to take the opportunity is up to you.