Wouldn’t it be great to earn some extra cash on the side without having to sacrifice all your free time? Fortunately, you can find plenty of options—and some don’t even require you to leave home.
Here is a handful of side-income ideas that you may want to consider:
Babysitting is something you can do a couple days a week or during the summer if you work in education. Maybe you have neighbors with young children who could use a little help once in a while. Plus, you can advertise your services on websites like Angie’s List.
2. Go into Merchant Sales
At first glance this may sound like a full-time job that requires you to get doors slammed in your face (both literally and figuratively), but there are plenty of opportunities in merchant sales that let you make extra money right from your living room on a part-time basis. Like Etsy, the online marketplace of homemade goods, there are many success stories that involve people really enjoying their new responsibilities and thriving. Just make sure that you can decipher the legitimate work-from-home jobs from the scams.
3. Become an Instructor
You would first need to be trained and/or certified in whatever you want to teach, but becoming an instructor—whether for dance, yoga, swim or academic classes—is a great side-income idea. You can teach one class on a Saturday or a couple classes at night during the week, depending on what schedule works best for you. Just visit your local dance studio or fitness center, for instance, and see if any job opportunities are available. You can also do a quick search on indeed.com or monster.com
4. Join Etsy
Etsy is a website that helps people sell homemade and vintage items, from jewelry and clothing to greeting cards and wedding decorations. If you have a creative side or are just looking to make a few dollars from selling some items around your house you no longer want, this is a great option to consider. Some people have become so successful with their businesses on Etsy that the money they make through the site is now their main source of income.
5. Become a Lifeguard
Similar to babysitting, becoming a lifeguard is another good option for those who work in education and want to make additional cash over the summer when they have time off. There’s even a website designed to help people find lifeguarding jobs. Of course, you’ll need to be properly trained and appropriately certified in order to qualify. But if you’re already a strong swimmer and enjoy sitting by a pool or at the beach all summer, this might just be the right side-income job for you.