Most of us have a love-hate relationship with money. We love having it but hate finding ways to get more of it. Maybe you enjoy your steady 9-to-5 job but know working it won’t necessarily bring in the big bucks. Or maybe you feel trapped in a dead-end job without any financial freedom to search for something better. If only there were a way to make extra money fast in a way that also works with your unforgiving daily schedule. Enter: the side hustle.
Today, 20% to 30% of workers in Europe and the United States work in the gig economy (side hustle business), awarding them freedom to work when they want, where they want, and to what extent they need. What’s even more interesting is an increasing number of seniors are choosing to explore this option as supplemental retirement income.
Whether you want to save for an upcoming vacation, ditch the full-time responsibilities for a part-time gig, or use this side income as an extra retirement plan, there are many paths you can take. Let’s take a look at 24 side hustles that will start earning you extra money today.
1. Be an online dating consultant
Yes, that’s right. This is now a thing. The online dating world is cutthroat. Whether you’re on Tinder, Coffee Meets Bagel, Match, or OkCupid, standing out among other users can be difficult. But that’s where online dating consultants come in. You can put your social media skills to good use by helping others choose flattering profile pictures and create engaging “about me” posts. For example, The Heartographer charges $349 for online video chats that help you create an enticing profile worthy of quality matches and first dates.
You don’t have to be a professional chef to make money from cooking …
2. Start a meal-prep business
Some of us find solace in the kitchen preparing a hot, home-cooked meal after a long day’s work. But for most of us, coming up with something edible for dinner is a horrid chore. A blogging couple actually make $100 a weekpreparing five frozen meals for a family that doesn’t have time to cook dinner every night. If meal prep isn’t your thing, many others are generating extra monthly income baking for local events or parties in their area. Who can turn down a good cupcake with the perfect icing-to-cake ratio?