The Art of the Side Hustle: 5 Realistic Ways to Earn Extra Cash

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Earning money doesn’t have to stop at your 9-to-5 salary. Vv Magazine’s Cristina Avila rounds up 5 realistic ways you can earn some extra cash. 

Let’s face it… being an adult is expensive! The costs associated with being independent and indulgent sure can add up. To help pay the bills, you can find relief by picking up a “side hustle” in addition to your regular day job.  

A side hustle is a flexible second job that allows you to make extra cash by doing something that you really enjoy. Some side hustles can take on the form of a small business if you’re willing to embrace your entrepreneurial side. While other side hustles require less commitment and allow you to earn extra cash on a more casual basis.

Whichever type of side hustle you choose to pursue, make sure that you really enjoy it so that it contributes more to your life than just financial stability. Click here for tips to mastering a side hustle and achieving work-life balance. Once you’ve mastered the art of the side hustle, the cash you’ll earn will feel like free money! Are you ready to take on a side hustle? Here’s how to make extra cash.

Pick Up a Delivery Gig
Make your own schedule and some extra cash by becoming an Uber driver-partner. No access to a vehicle? Become a rider for a food delivery service like UberEats or Foodora to earn some extra money and keep fit while working. Either service is a great side hustle for those working irregular hours and living in the downtown core. This option is especially great for those who love to ride their bike, it’ll barely feel like work! 

Get Paid to Help Others with Everyday Tasks
Ask for Task is a genius way to make some extra money for doing small jobs that others in your area just can’t tackle themselves. Do you have amazing painting skills or can install a bookshelf with your eyes closed? Make extra cash fast with a side hustle as your neighbourhood’s go-to painter or repair person.  

Sell Beauty Products Online
A great side hustle for those with a beauty obsession is selling products as an Avon or Arbonne representative. You can easily earn extra cash by selling these beauty lines from the comfort of your own home when it’s convenient for you. Bonus – score freebies like product samples and discounts off your own beauty purchases with each company.  

Get Paid for Taking Care of Others
Sharing is caring and we love – an online community that connects families and caregivers. As a caregiver, you can register online to connect with households in your area seeking any type of assistance from babysitting to dog walking. Use your skills working with others to make extra cash in your community with a fun (and possibly furry) side hustle as a caregiver.

Sell your Stuff
While this option isn’t something you can do on the regular, it is a great way to earn a little extra cash and clean your house while you’re at it. Almost everything you have can be sold – think gently used clothing, shoes, accessories, furniture, and even electronics. Take your gently used clothing, shoes, and accessories to consignment stores in the city and sell your old furniture on websites like Kijiji or Craigslist.

RELATED LINK: The Art of the Side Hustle: How to Achieve Work-Life Balance

What other side hustles would you add to this list? What do you do to make extra cash? Let Vv Magazine know in the comment section or by tweeting us at @ViewtheVibe

Cristina Avila

Cristina Avila

Cristina is a Marketing Manager, Blogger and avid Shopaholic. Always looking for a great deal, you can be sure to find Cristina hitting up sales all across the GTA. A Toronto native, Cristina spends her free time trying new workouts, glued to social media and looking for the best new coffee spots. Connect with Cristina on Twitter or Instagram.
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