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15 Side Hustles to Boost Your Income

You've been good, right? You're working. You're making money. And you're trying to save it. But between paying bills and paying off debt, you don't seem to be getting anywhere. One part of you says it's natural to want to have money left over for fun — and another part of you says it's important to put money into savings. Both are true.

Saving is not always the easiest, though, especially if you're new in the workforce and/or paying down student loans. Plus, it's easy to make money mistakes when you're just starting out, like living beyond your means (new sneakers, anyone?) or moving into an apartment you can't afford. But you can sidestep some of these blunders by budgeting for rent and other basics, and then looking at your disposable income.

Sometimes keeping any extra cash can feel impossible, which is a major reason why lots of people are looking for creative ways to boost their income. Full-time workers are finding side hustles that let them use their unique skill sets to make extra money in their spare time. To give you a better idea, here's a list of the fifteen best side hustles — completely legit ways to make ducats in your downtime.


1. Get in the Driver's Seat

Don't let meeting your financial goals take a backseat to daily life. Get behind the wheel, literally, and start making cash on the side by driving for Uber or Lyft. You'll make more money in busier cities like New York and Los Angeles. Some part-time drivers earn up to $20 - $30 dollars an hour!

2. Become a Pet Sitter or Dog Walker

Love animals? Then this side hustle is for you. Sites like Rover and Pet Sitter offer great part-time gigs where you can watch pets. These sites make it super easy for you to post your pet-sitting résumé and get hired fast. Pet-sitters who watch 2-3 dogs for two weeks out of the month can earn an easy $1,000 dollars.

3. Host New and Interesting People in Your Home

Vacation and short-term rentals are taking over the hospitality industry. Take advantage of this travel boom with HomeAway or Airbnb. If you have an extra bedroom, you can make some extra money by renting out the space to travelers.

4. Tutor, Coach, Teach

Did you crush the SAT? Help petrified high schoolers do the same by tutoring them online! Do you know how to play an instrument? If so, offer to teach music lessons. Do you excel in chemistry? Offer your expertise. There are lots of sites like Buddy School and University Tutor to help you get started.

5. Use Your Skills to Freelance

You can freelance on the side or as a full-time job! Search for 'freelance' on our Jobs page to find freelance jobs with PowerToFly partner companies. Or register with a site like Upwork, which makes it easy for individuals to offer their skills as freelancers in writing, graphic design, web design, and more.

6. Babysit During Your Off Hours

Don't let high schoolers push you out of this lucrative market! Babysitting offers great pay and flexible hours… and it's really not that hard (assuming you like kids). Plus, the more qualifications you have (educational background, CPR certification, child-care experience), the more money you can make.

7. Organize for Others

If you love color coding and all things organization, you can use those skills to start a very nice side gig. Individuals and companies actually hire people to organize their spaces.

8. Do Some Yard Work

You don't have to work for a major landscaping service to make some extra money on the weekends by doing your neighbors' yards. If you have equipment like a rake, snow shovel or lawn mower, you can offer your yard work services to those in your community all year round.

9. Sell What You Craft

Do you love making beautiful things in your downtime? Turn that hobby into profit through online platforms like Etsy! There are services that make it easy to not only market but also package your products. But if you start a side business selling your own products, make sure you secure the rights to your ideas first.

10. Deliver Food

If you have a car and some freetime after you leave your 9-to-5, you can earn a pretty penny by delivering food or groceries. Drivers who work for UberEats pick up food orders from restaurants and deliver them to customers. Or, if you prefer grocery shopping, you can shop for people and get paid through services like Instacart and Shipt.

11. Be a Handyperson

If you can handle basic household fixes, then you can make money on the side working as a handyperson. Apps like Handy connect you with people needing services like plumbing, cleaning, electrical work, etc… So if you have any of these skills, give it a shot.

12. Help Others Plan Their Travels

Are you a super planner and travel aficionado? If so, you can work from your computer as an online travel agent. There are many opportunities to help people book reservations and plan their dream vacation.

13. Get Paid to Move Other People's Stuff

People are willing to pay others to help them move – especially the heavy stuff! Services like Dolly Helper let amateur movers post their availability and rates (you earn more if you can provide a vehicle such as a truck or van), and then get hired when it's moving time.

14. Work-At-Home Call Center

Like working in your underwear? Who doesn't? Find a part-time remote gig working for a call center from your apartment, house, or hippie commune. There are lots of companies looking to employ someone just like you.

15. Help People with Computer Stuff

Do you have a knack for troubleshooting software issues? Can you convert a JPG to a PNG or save a PDF into Google Drive? Then consider a gig helping less computer-literate folk. At home tech support jobs are plentiful and often part-time.

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There's no need to be discouraged if you find your pockets empty. There are plenty of ways to earn an extra buck. Think about your skill set, your assets, your free time, and what you like, and then get to work!

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PowerToFly Holiday Gift Guide: Our Must-Have Work-From-Home Items

What To Buy For Your Favorite Remote Worker (Or Yourself!)

My friends were pretty jealous when I told them I'd found a remote job. They pictured me choosing my hours, working from the comfort of my bed, and rocking pajamas 24/7. All great things... in moderation.

Just a little over a month into my role at PowerToFly, I've already experienced many of the pros and cons of working from home. I know I'm not alone in this - the remote workforce is only growing (9 million people in the U.S. alone worked from home at least half of the time in 2017).

The beauty of remote work is that it lets you decide what kind of environment you'll be most productive in… but the downside is that if you don't build that environment for yourself, you might find you've got a lot of back pain (turns out, working from bed isn't so comfortable after all) and not much energy.

So in the spirit of the holidays, I asked my more experienced remote coworkers to share their must-have work-from-home items - the little things that keep them sane and smiling during their daily grind.

Whether you already work from home, are looking to do so in the future, or are shopping for someone who does (cough cough, Mom), this holiday gift guide is for you.


1. Blue light glasses to protect your eyes from long hours looking at the computer (and to keep you looking sharp at the same time).


Get them from Amazon for $21.99

Our Senior Marketing & Community Manager Lauren says: "I've never worn glasses EVER, but when I started working remotely my eyes got so tired. I've seen a huge difference after I started wearing blue light glasses, and no headaches!"


2. A bullet journal to help you stay on top of your goals. So you know you're being productive even when your boss can't literally pat you on the back.

Get it on Amazon for $9.06

Our Customer Success Associate Brinley says: "I use it for everything – hand-drawn calendar, to-do lists, and even personal stuff like budget planning and weekly goals."


3. A laptop tray so you can be productive from wherever you're most comfortable. (You haven't really worked from home until you've worked from your bed.)


Get it from Barnes & Noble for $39.95

Our Recruiting Manager Amy says: "I love my laptop tray!!! you can fit your planner, your laptop and most importantly, your coffee."


4. A productivity planner to help you become more intrinsically motivated. (Ideal for those lacking the artistic talents required for bullet journaling.)

Get it on Intelligent Change for $24.95

Our President and Cofounder Katharine says: "It helps me manage and protect my time so that when I have creative work that requires a lot of focus, I can break it down into short, intense chunks and be more efficient."


5. A stylish stone diffuser that brings your favorite scent to wherever you're working.

Get it from Vitruvi for $119

Our Senior Account Executive Anastasia says: "Right now I'm working in a room that smells like a forest after a light rain." I've definitely never heard anyone say that about their cubicle.


6. A gym/workout class membership to keep you active (and sane) during the week - because exercise makes you happy and being happy makes you more productive! And a little bit of human interaction doesn't hurt, either.

Our Mid-Market Account Executive Deveshe says: "It's important for me to get out, shake a leg and jump around. Otherwise I wouldn't step out through the week."


7. A Peloton stationary bike so you can get in a great workout even when it's too cold to leave the house. (And once you invest this much money, you know damn well you'll actually use it, or lose ten pounds from gnawing guilt alone. Win-win.)

Get it from Peloton for $2,245

Our Operations Manager Gina says: "It allows me to stay fit no matter how busy I am…I can exercise during my lunch hour or in between meetings if need be."


8. A backpack with a dedicated fleece-lined laptop compartment to keep all of your equipment protected and organized, whether you're traveling across the world or walking across the street to your favorite cafe.

Get this one from North Face for $73.99

Our Director of Customer Success Cristina says: "Love it for packing my laptop and tech items as it has tons of pockets Including fleece lined ones for tech."


9. Bluetooth headphones with immersive sound so you'll never miss a word your boss says.

Get these Bose SoundLink On-Ear Bluetooth Headphones with Microphone on Amazon for $159

Our Director of Business Development Amanda says: "I can get up and move around the house while I'm on calls."


10. A battery case for your phone so you can work wherever you want, without running out of juice.

Get it on Amazon for $108.99

Our Production Lead Rob says: "When traveling, I have to have my iPhone charging case."


11. A speaker to listen to your favorite music/podcasts when the sound of silence is just too much.

Get the Sonos Play:1 from Google Express for 149.99

Our Production Lead Rob says: "Working from home can get lonely sometimes so I love to play WNYC or podcasts when I feel like I need some company. I'm also a big vinyl collector and I have a turntable that can play wirelessly to a Sonos so even though my record player is in my living room, I can listen to it in my office."


12. An adjustable laptop stand that your wrists and your wallet (it's definitely cheaper than carpel tunnel surgery in the U.S.) will thank you for. Plus, this one doubles as a standing desk.

Get it on Amazon for $59.99

Our Customer Success Manager Lola says: "I'm using a box right now, but you definitely need something to elevate your computer."


13. A mate gourd and yerba mate, a.k.a the perfect workmates. Get the jolt you need without the jitters and gain your South American friends' approval at the same time.

Get the gourd and bombilla (straw) on Amazon for $23.99 And the Yerba for $13.95 (or make a trip to Argentina and buy it for $2)

Our DevOps Lead Emiliano says: "Very Argentinean, but definitely something that cannot be missing from my desk."


14. A foot massager to reward yourself for a job well done. Who says your home office can't double as a home spa? Work hard, relax hard.

Buy it on Amazon for $59.98

Our Product Designer Jedidah says: "Sitting in one spot can get strenuous on muscles in my leg, but with my foot massager I get to improve blood flow in that area, and enjoy a great foot massage which eases stress."


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My coworker Anastasia said it best:

I love that working from home you get to take charge of your surroundings - I'm never cold like I am in offices (the male vs. female divide there ha). And I like me some good ambiance which is obviously subjective too so I appreciate being able to control it alllll myself.

So take charge of your surroundings and make 2019 your most productive - and comfortable - year yet!

#treatyourself

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