Pursuing an education isn’t for the faint of heart. It takes determination, dedication… and a whole lot of money. Trying to balance classes, homework, and a social life while holding down a job can feel like a juggling act, but it doesn’t have to. Here are six side hustles with relatively flexible hours that can help fund your education, provide some extra fun money, or pay for your daily bowl of Ramen.
There are a multitude of ways to use your wheels for cash. Take Uber or Lyft for example. On average, drivers make around twenty dollars per hour before fees and expenses, and pretty much wherever you’re located there is a need for reliable drivers.
Or, if you prefer to drive in solitude, you can opt to deliver food with delivery services like DoorDash, Grubhub, or Uber Eats. Either way, you get to choose your own hours to fit your lifestyle. Millennialmoneyman.com estimates you’ll make twelve to fifteen dollars an hour plus tips driving for DoorDash or Grubhub. Even if you don’t have a car, most food delivery services are still an option on two wheels, or on foot.
Learning comes easier to some than others. If that’s you, TutorMe, Chegg, Club Z, and Tutor.com, among others, are some online platforms that let you use the areas you shine in to help other students with their studies from the comfort of your own home. On average, you could make approximately twelve to twenty-four dollars an hour tutoring in your spare time.
3. Use Your Car for Advertising
If shuttling strangers or delivering food doesn’t inspire you, have you considered being a rolling billboard? Marketing agencies such as Wrapify, Carvertise, and StickerRide will pay you to wrap your car with advertisements. It’s like Nascar, but at normal speeds.
The best part is, you’ll be paid for going places you’d already be going, making it an excellent source of passive income. Rates depend on multiple factors, such as how extensive of a wrap you get, length of contract, and in some cases, number of miles driven. At the end of the campaign, they’ll remove the stickers for you, so there’s no permanent change to your vehicle.
4. Pet Care
Even the best pet parents sometimes need help taking care of their furry friends. Pet sitting is another great way to make money on your own terms, and who doesn’t like the idea of being paid to hang out with dogs?
Sites like Rover, Care.com, or Wag! offer a variety of opportunities for pet sitting, such as boarding in your home, staying with the pet in their own home, keeping the pet just during the day, or even simply dog walking. It’s the perfect side hustle for animal lovers. Earnings vary based on where you’re located and the type of care you’re providing, but indeed.com estimates an average of thirteen dollars per hour for pet sitters.
5. Donate Plasma
Giving part of your body in exchange for money might sound illegal, or at best, unorthodox. Hear me out. Plasma is the yellow substance that makes up over half of your blood and is used in many medications and treatments. According to redcrossblood.org, more than ten thousand units of plasma are needed every day in the United States. There is a pressing need for donors, which is why donation centers are willing to offer compensation when you donate.
How much? That depends on multiple factors, including location and body weight, but on average, you could earn around $50 – $75 dollars per appointment, according to money.com. On top of that, some places offer a bonus as an added incentive for your first donation. Most importantly, you get to play a vital role in saving lives.
Finally, freelancing is a great way to supplement your income. Whatever it is you’re gifted at, it’s likely you’ll find somebody willing to pay you for it, and you’ll get real life experience and build your portfolio at the same time. Freelance websites like Freelancer.com, Fiverr, Upwork, Thumbtack, and many more connect you with clients who are right for you. There is a need for graphic design, writing, editing, proofreading, photography, videography, transcribing, etc. Pay varies largely in this field and will depend on the type of work you’re doing and how much experience you have.
In conclusion, there is no shortage of ways to generate income on the side. Who knows? You might choose to turn your car into a taxi, deliver tasty treats to hungry customers, or become an academic mentor. These are just a few of the myriad ideas. We have a full list of 50 side hustles that work if you don’t see one here that fits you.
On the other hand, you could treat your car to a splashy facelift, love up on some four-legged friends, give the gift of life through donating plasma, spread your creative wings in the world of freelancing, or something else! After all, America is the land of opportunity. However you choose to pay the bills, perseverance, grit, and a little elbow grease will go a long way. Happy hustling!
Contributor: Chelsey Weiler
Chelsey Weiler is a budding freelance content writer and a stay at home mom from Robesonia, Pennsylvania. She values honesty, self-discipline, and hard work. In her free time she enjoys trying new restaurants, getting lost in a book, or exploring hiking trails with her husband.