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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!

Deloitte

Deloitte + PowerToFly: An Exclusive Evening With Women Finance Leaders

Join Deloitte M&A and PowerToFly (a women-run organization that introduces select women to executives at major corporations) for an invite-only event on February 28th. The evening will kick off with a panel discussion featuring Deloitte's women financial leaders, and will conclude with an opportunity to network with your peers and the Deloitte team over food and drinks.

The event will be held on Thursday, February 28th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at 30 Rockefeller Center, 32nd Floor, New York, NY.

Agenda (Subject to Change):

  • 6:00pm - Check-In & Networking over cocktails and light food
  • 6:20pm - Kick-Off from PowerToFly
  • 6:25pm - Welcome & Introduction from Susan Dettmar, M&A Consultative Services Practice Leader at Deloitte
  • 6:35pm - A Behind the Scenes Look at Deloitte with Nadia Orawski, Principal, Deloitte Consulting
  • 6:45pm - Panel Discussion featuring Deloitte's Women Leaders in Finance
  • 7:00pm - Audience Q&A
  • 7:20pm - Networking continues over beverages and light food

Deloitte is hiring, however, you don't need to be looking for new opportunities to attend.

About our Events: All RSVP'd attendees are welcome, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, or age. If you require accommodation to fully participate in this event, please email hi@powertofly.com, and we will contact you to discuss your specific needs.

Unfortunately, PowerToFly and Deloitte cannot admit outside recruiters to this particular event. Please email hi@powertofly.com if you have any questions about this policy.

About Deloitte: Deloitte is committed to recruiting, developing, and promoting a diverse workforce while providing unique opportunities across our businesses. Deloitte has been recognized by Working Mothers as one of the 100 best companies for multicultural women. Their benefits include up to 16 weeks of Paid Family Leave, pension plans, and gym & health subsidies.

Event Audience: This event is a great fit for a number of roles including Finance Managers, Integration and Execution Managers, and M&A Strategists.

Better Companies

Audible, Microsoft & HomeAway Leaders On Building Diverse Talent Pipelines

Presented by PowerToFly and Glassdoor

Register today to join this FREE webinar we are co-hosting with Glassdoor!

PowerToFly and Glassdoor have partnered to present a webinar on February 6th, where top talent leaders will share how they're building diverse talent pipelines.

Join leaders from Audible, HomeAway and Microsoft, who will discuss their current D&I strategies and share advice on how you can build your own diverse pipelines.

Moderated by Katharine Zaleski, PowerToFly's CoFounder & President, speakers will include:

  • Jamy Barton, Sr. Director, Tech Diversity at Audible
  • Lyndsi McNaughton, Sr. Global Sourcing Programs Lead - D&I at HomeAway
  • Luci Gomes, Global Director of Talent Acquisition Americas & Commercial, Marketing & Consumer Teams at Microsoft

The webinar will take place on Tuesday, February 6th from 1:00pm to 2:00pm EST.

The second half of this webinar will be dedicated to audience Q&A, and our panel is looking forward to taking your questions. If you have a particular question or topic you'd like us to explore, let us know on the registration form and we'll be taking questions in real time on the webinar too!

About our webinars: All RSVP'd attendees are welcome, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, or age.

Should You Start Looking for a New Job?

Take this quiz from our career coach to find out!

I'm 26 and I'm already on my fourth job. My dad is 60... and he's on his second. Clearly, we both fit the Boomer and Millennial stereotypes rather well. Thankfully, though, he's never judged me for "job hopping."

Instead, we've discussed our experiences and realized that he's as scared to quit his job as I am to stay at mine. No matter how old you are, deciding whether you should stick things out or move on isn't easy.

So, to help you organize your thoughts, we put together a "Should I quit my job?" quiz with the help of our career coach, Heather Coll (a member of the much less controversial Gen X).

These questions will help you figure out if it's time to move on - from your current role, company, or both. Because no matter what point you're at in your career, or which generation you're from, you deserve to be happy at the place where you spend most of your waking hours!!!



How'd you do? If you're ready to start job hunting and need help putting your best foot forward, Heather can help you with everything from crafting the perfect cover letter to nailing your interview. Or, if you're still not sure about your next steps, she can help you figure out how much longer you should stay where you are, and how to start looking for the perfect job once you decide to leave. Just don't feel like you have to decide by yourself, and don't let anyone judge you for your decisions - whether they're a cranky Baby Boomer, an entitled millennial, or part of some generation no one's even heard of anyway. You do you!

Microsoft Corporation

Meet Microsoft’s Women Tech Leaders

If you are a Dallas based woman in tech and you'd like to attend our event, please contact us at hi@powertofly.com to be considered for an invite.

Microsoft has partnered with PowerToFly to present a one-night-only evening for women in tech. The night will include a discussion with several of Microsoft's leaders, many of whom are Modern Apps Consultants, Secure Infrastructure Consultants, and Premiere Field Engineers. There will also be plenty of time to network with Microsoft leaders and top women in your field.

The event will take place on Tuesday, February 5th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar Street, Dallas.

Agenda (Subject to Change)

  • 5:30pm - Check-In and Networking over Food & Drinks
  • 6:10pm - Introduction by PowerToFly
  • 6:15pm - Keynote Address
  • 6:25pm - Panel Discussion featuring from Microsoft's women leaders including Luci Gomes - Global Director of Talent Acquisition Americas, Services, Commercial, Marketing & Consumer Teams
  • 6:35pm - Audience Q&A
  • 6:45pm - Networking Continues

If you are interested and available, Microsoft will be asking some attendees to interview for open roles on Wednesday, February 6th, the day after the event. Follow up interviews will take between three to four hours of your time and will be comprised of two technical interviews and one hiring manager interview. Let us know when you register if you are available and if so, if you'd prefer the morning or the afternoon. If you are not available on 2/6, Microsoft and PowerToFly will work with you to find an alternate follow up date.

Microsoft is invested in women-focused organizations and providing support to women once they are employees at Microsoft. Their employee network Women@Microsoft reaches over twenty thousand people worldwide. Microsoft's ongoing diversity partnerships include the Anita Borg Institute, National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), and MentorNet.

Visit Microsoft's page on PowerToFly to learn more about their open roles, benefits and diversity initiatives.

About our Events: All RSVP'd attendees are welcome, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, or age. If you require assistance to fully participate in this event, please email hi@powertofly.com, and we will contact you to discuss your specific needs.

Unfortunately, PowerToFly and Microsoft cannot admit outside recruiters to this particular event. Please email hi@powertofly.com if you have any questions about this policy.

Women & Diversity in Hollywood: A Look at 2018

In Spite of #MeToo, Women Directed Fewer Films in 2018 than in 2017

2018 was a banner year for women in politics, with more first-time congresswomen elected than ever before and the most women in Congress ever. Unfortunately, in spite of #MeToo and Time's Up, it wasn't a similarly good year for women in Hollywood. A study by the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative shows that women actually directed less films in 2018 than they did in 2017.

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