Fun Side Hustles That Actually Make Money! 7 Ways To Earn Cash While Enjoying Yourself

Last Updated on May 31, 2021

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Side hustles get a bad rap. Who wants a second job, right? Wrong!

We helped you learn how to sell your stuff online, and how to turn your hobby into a small business. Now we’re going to show you how you to make money in your spare time. Here are seven ways to boost your bank account while doing something you love.

Become a Party Planner. If you love putting together big events and throwing parties, then this side hustle is for you. Start by offering your expertise to co-workers, friends and family. Soon you’ll have a list of clients who can provide testimonials to your work. Start small, like baby showers or kids’ birthday parties. Just make sure you learn everything there is to know about the industry first!

Rent Out Your Extra Space. Do you have a spare room, garage, basement or attic space? Consider renting out your space on sites like Airbnb. You can even rent out storage space that you’re not using. People are always looking for a little getaway, or somewhere to store their extra things. This side hustle will help you earn some extra cash without much effort.

Sign Up to Dogsit or Babysit. Check out Care.com for housesitting, dog sitting, dog walking, and babysitting opportunities. You can start with your friends’ dogs or kids and have them recommend you. Dogsitting and babysitting are all about referrals.

Try Your Hand at Freelance Work. Always had a dream job, but couldn’t find open positions in your field? Then this side hustle is for you. The best way to make money is by doing something you love, so become your own boss and pick up some freelance work from websites like  Editorr, FlexJobs, Freelancer.com, Servicescape, and Upwork. These websites offer everything from writing and editing to graphic design and coding.

Work at a Local Market or Festival. Many local communities host farmer’s markets and flea markets on a regular basis. If you have weekend availability, consider signing up for a job at the market. It’s a great way to add to your income. You also may be able to get deals and discounts on what’s being sold at the stalls. If you live in a resort town or an area that sees a lot of tourists, there may even be seasonal and yearly festivals that are held around town. Check the calendar on your town’s website for upcoming festivals, fairs and concerts.

Look for Seasonal and Part-Time Work. A great way to supplement your income is to get a second job. If you’re available, retail stores are always looking for extra help, especially around the holidays. These companies hire for many different positions. It’s a great side hustle, especially if you’re available nights and weekends.

Work at a Camp or an Amusement Park. Whether you’re a high school student, college student or teacher, you may be looking for extra income, especially during the summer months. Look into working at a summer camp. You can be a camp counselor, tutor or an activity coordinator.

See, there are plenty of fun side hustles. You just need to know where to look!