I love side hustles! I think they are vital, especially for millennials. Working easy side hustles is a great way to earn the cash you need outside of your full-time job, especially if you can do so passively.
Making money with a side hustle gives you a little more wiggle room in your budget. This can help you manage sudden financial changes, emergency expenses, or anything else life throws at you. Now that we’ve been living in a pandemic for almost a year, we know the value of being prepared for anything.
Yes, I know that establishing a savings account helps in this area also. But a side hustle means that you have money flowing in regularly that is separate from your day job.
I think that some people believe that it’s pretty tricky to get a side gig started. Even the term “business owner” can be a bit intimidating. And for some, that can be the case, but you do not have to start big.
Some side hustles only take a few minutes to get started, so even the busiest person can start a side hustle. Today I want to talk about seven side hustle ideas that anyone can do during the weekend. Let’s get into some weekend side hustles!
1. Complete Surveys While You Watch TV
If you plan on having a lazy weekend, surveys may be right up your alley to make an extra buck! I know I’ve said it before, but I will repeat it: surveys are a great side hustle. Surveys were my saving grace in college.
When I had downtime, I made sure to do surveys on my phone or computer while I was chilling out listening to music or watching TV. Completing surveys was my first time earning money online, too, and it led to several other work-from-home ventures in my spare time.
One survey site I loved then and still love to this day is Pinecone Research. They are very selective about who gets to participate but pay you top dollar for every survey you do. Let’s say they are the Rolls Royce of survey sites.
Another site that I like a lot, and IMO is way underhyped, is Opinion Outpost. They have pretty interesting surveys, and they send you free samples to try from time to time as well. It’s free to sign up, and the surveys usually do not take longer than a few minutes to complete.
Full disclosure, blogging can be a lot of work. But it is a great online business to have. If you are looking to make a little passive income here and there, it is a side hustle that can be maintained by writing one blog post a week.
There is a lot of earnings potential in this side hustle! And, of course, it can be done in one or two hours on the weekend. As long as you have affiliate products in your blog post you write, you are golden.
Affiliate marketing allows you to sign up to highlight a product or service, and are paid a commission for anyone who buys it because you talk about in a blog post. One of the great things about this is that you can be paid again and again for a blog post you wrote years ago. Sounds pretty sweet, right? That’s because it is!
If you are not sold on how easy this one is, you can always learn more about making money with affiliates. You just sign up for an affiliate network like Share-a-Sale, and start promoting! Michelle Schroeder is a blogger who made over $1,500,000 in 2018 with her blog.
That is a lot of money! And her claim to fame was mastering affiliate marketing.
Using apps has to be one of my favorite ways to make money on the side. There are apps out there that require you to download it on your computer or your phone. And in return, they pay you every month in exchange for all the data they collect from you on how you use your device. I have a couple of these apps on both my phone and my computer.
For example, Nielsen rewards you just for using the Internet as you do today. You can download it on your phone and computer. Then all you have to do is forget about it and expect to be paid every month.
Yes, there are websites out there that pay you to watch TV. Sites like Inbox Dollars pay you to read emails, play games, and watch videos online. It does not cost anything to sign up, and they give you $5 in your account just for starting. I like using Inbox Dollars to play videos in the background while I work.
It is an effortless way to make money. I like that they pay you in cash, allow you to earn points and gift cards, so you just take your pick of how you want to receive your money.
Focus groups are another great way to make extra money. And the pay is typically pretty good and can range anywhere from $10- $5,000+ depending on the study. Quite a few clinical studies are going on right now. This is one of the more exclusive side hustles I’m recommending, but you will get paid well if you qualify.
Check out my list below and see if you qualify for any:
6. Become an Instagram Influencer
Instagram gives you a way to start earning more online. If you love taking selfies on your Instagram account, you may want to consider selling jewelry via your photos. Right now, Stella and Dot is giving any new stylists who join through the link below will get $350 in FREE accessories when they join.
It’s a pretty flexible gig, so selling via social media shouldn’t be a problem at all. If you already like showing off the new items you buy on social media, this may be an easy way for you to make some extra income.
You can even make money promoting other people’s products on your Instagram account. If you want to know which brands are looking for influencers, sign up for Blogging Money Update.
Blogging Money Update is an email subscription that sends 10-15 sponsored opps to you that range between $65-$5,000 each. This way, you do not have to waste time logging in to multiple channels unless you know there is a sponsored opp waiting for you on the other side.
If you have a skill you know how to do pretty well, you may want to consider starting a gig on Fiverr. You can do anything from editing a photo, recording your voice recording a script, or proofreading essays, Fiverr makes it super easy to get a gig set up and to start getting clients.
Also, for the record, you can charge more than $5 for your gig on Fiverr. I know the title of the site can be a little misleading. But I’ve seen people on Fiverr who charge as much as $500 for a gig!
I hope this article gave you some good ideas on how to get your side hustles going. And more importantly, I hope it showed you that getting it started may not be as difficult as it may seem. I believe all millennials should have a side hustle because you never know when you may need it.
And as the generation who has done job searches after a recession, it’s better to be safe than sorry. So get hustles now, before it becomes necessary.