By: Kayla McDonald
Were you forced to stay home in 2020? Did your job cut hours due to Covid-19? Are you enjoying the time freedom but still needing extra money? If so, you’ve come to the right place.
Government shutdowns and unemployment has changed the job market forcing people to work from home and search for different ways to make money. One of the most popular methods to make extra money is called a side hustle or side gig. Side Gigs allow people to monetize their talents and special interests. Monetizing skills you already have is a great idea and convenient way to start a new career from home. But if you never sold anything or been paid for doing a simple task –– you may feel overwhelmed. That’s what inspired me five years ago, to develop a career guide with ten side hustles that people of any age can start from home.
In honor of what may be your 2021 New Year’s resolution, I’m listing my top picks of the best side hustles to jumpstart your career!
The 3 Best Side Hustles, According To Opinion Profit Club
1. Arts & Crafts Jobs –
The Art & Design industry is where many creative ideas are born and transformed into products or services. Money can be made doing things you enjoy like writing, drawing, painting and sewing. People in the arts who have these skills can get paid to write essays, advertising copy, video scripts and music. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Fine Artists, including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators earn an average of $63,060 a year. Love to draw? Start your career by designing t-shirts or company logos for a local business. Professional painting opportunities are growing with the real estate industry. You can get experience with residential painting by volunteering to help family, friends and nonprofit organizations paint homes. As you improve, offer to do paid gigs as a professional painter. Furthermore, people who craft can get paid for home-made creations. This is a side hustle people normally do as a hobby. Paid opportunities for arts and crafts projects often get overlooked. People who sell quilts, holiday wreaths, sculptors and custom items are making lots of money on websites like Etsy.
2. Auto Detailing Jobs –
The Automotive industry includes the design, maintenance and sale of vehicles. If you have an interest in anything with wheels like bikes, cars, and trucks, it’s a good chance you may excel in this industry! Automobiles are very important to the progression of society. They allow us to travel and deliver goods & services. Careers in auto detailing are necessary in order to develop vehicles and keep it operating properly. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Automotive Body and Related Repairers earn an average of $47,390 a year. Exploring a career in “Auto detailing” is a great way to make money from home. You can get started in this profession by hand-washing cars and vacuuming vehicles in your neighborhood. Use your spare time to learn about auto paints and how chemicals react to them. Newbies can practice by offering auto detailing services at no cost. As your skills improve you can charge a fee for hand-washing and vacuuming the interior of cars in your area.
3. Lawncare & Gardening Jobs –
The Lawn Care industry is a form of landscaping that is focused on managing grass or soil portions of land. While homeowners often refer to grassland as a “yard” businesses call it a “lawn”. Regardless of what we call it, lawmakers expect both renters and owners of such properties to keep grass cut, weeds pulled and litter removed. These laws and regulations increase the need for Landscapers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers
earn an average of $32,360 a year. If this sparks your interest, observe how homeowners and lawncare professionals maintain land. Do your research by reading books and watching videos for these jobs. Ask a mentor to show you how to cut grass, trim shrubs and plant flowers. Get practice when the weather is nice. Once your skills improve, offer to complete tasks for a fee.
You heard it here — working a side hustle in 2021 is possible. So if you’re looking to get out of debt or save money, working a side gig is a great way of reaching your goals. Is it the best way to earn extra cash?
Of course, you could ask your boss for a promotion or consider changing jobs—or even careers — But that can take some time.
In the meantime, master one of the skills above and start a side gig! These are only three of my top picks for 2021, subscribe to my newsletter for more side hustle ideas.