10 Side Hustles That Will Help You Pay The Bills While You Pursue Your Passion
Become a house-sitter.
Wouldn’t it be grand if you could pursue your passion AND make a bunch of money at the same time? The stereotype of the “struggling artist” doesn’t have to be you (unless you dig that grungy aesthetic). While fame and fortune are the ultimate light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel, something as trivial as money shouldn’t hold you back.
Don’t be a cog in the corporate machine. Don’t sell yourself short.
Go out and live your dreams and pursue your passions. Whether you are a singer, actor, painter, dancer, or just a dreamer, you owe it to yourself to follow your heart.
Ok, so what about the money you may ask? You know that you won’t get that big paycheck until you make it big. So how do you possibly pay the bills while you pursue your passion? Look no further, my friend. This article has the top side hustles that will help you make that cash on the side.
1. Work As A Handyman
Are you good with your hands? Good at hanging things up? Maybe even just good at lifting furniture? Apps like TaskRabbit can connect you to people in need of big to small handyman services. You could be making $50 an hour just hanging up frames! What a steal.
2. Walk Some Dogs
Another amazing side hustle that helps pay the bills is walking dogs. These adorable pooches crave your love and attention, while the owners will pay you for literally walking and playing in a park. If you don’t like dogs, I am sure there are cat sitting jobs too. If you like neither, then maybe fish sitting is for you (if that’s even a thing).
Depending on where you are in the world, babysitting can make you top dollar (generally anywhere from $12 to $20 an hour). Assuming the kids aren’t totally out of control, you could be making a pretty penny just by doing some arts and crafts and watching cartoons with little ones. I mean, you were maybe going to do that already right? Why not get paid for it?!
4. Start A Podcast
Podcasts are SO in these days. While this side hustle takes a bit more work than the others, it can be an absolutely rewarding and worthwhile endeavor. Third party endorsements are looking for that next fresh voice and that could be you. Once you gain more followers and interest, these podcasts can help you make some real money.
5. Become A Bartender
The drunker people get, the more money will be spent. As a bartender, not only will you rack up some tips, but you will also get to people-watch like never before, which can be good for your inspiration (and maybe even networking). Just think of all the tips (and ideas) you can potentially make on a Friday night or during a bottomless Sunday brunch! If you like booze and you like people, bartending is for you.
6. Drive For Uber Or Lyft
What’s better than making your own hours and getting paid to drive your own car? If you have a car, certainly check out this option. Depending on the time of day and what’s happening in the area, there might also be an added surcharge on your ride (aka more cash for you).
7. Make Deliveries For Caviar, Uber Eats, Postmates, Or Amazon
No worries if you don’t have a car, you can still hop on the delivery trend. While there are several services today that offer food delivery, they still need someone like you to drop the food off. If you have a bike or a scooter then you are good as gold. You get paid for your services and usually a tip too!
8. Work As A Freelance Writer
There’s never been more demand for content as there is today. As a freelance writer you will be able to have control over what you choose to write and who you write for. Websites such as Freelancer or Upwork offer a variety of freelance writing opportunities, as well as website, design, and programming jobs.
9. List A Room Or Your Entire Apartment On Airbnb
If you have a spare room, why let the space go unused? List it for rent! And if you don’t have a spare room but you do have an apartment (and a generous friend who will let you crash at their place on-demand), then list your place! If you get the thumbs up from your landlord, this is a great way to make some extra cash. Especially when it’s as easy as someone just staying with you for a couple days.
10. Become a House-sitter
Housesitting can be such a phenomenal gig. Sure, there might be tasks and chores to do, but most of the time you get paid for watching a movie and cuddling with a dog and / or watering a few plants. In fact, whatever work you would be doing at home to pursue your passion, you could just as easily do in another person’s home while earning some extra income. Yay!