Broke? Supplement Your Paycheck with These Side Hustles

Broke? Supplement Your Paycheck with These Side Hustles
by Avery Johnson
Photos Tonhya Kae | September 15, 2015
Let's be real: sometimes our full-time jobs don't provide the money we need, especially if we're just starting out.
After the bills are paid, rent checks sent, and mouths fed, it can be disappointing to see what little is left in our bank accounts. Whether you’re saving up for a trip around Europe, a new car, or even just a wardrobe update, having a source of income on the side can go a long way to making these budget-stretches possible.

If you work full-time or are looking to supplement your freelance gigs with a little something extra, these fun and flexible side hustles will help bring in the cash without added stress on your work week.

EMBRACE YOUR PETER PAN COMPLEX

Babysitting used to be the best gig on the block. You’d play games, break up the occasional scuffle, whip up some mac n’ cheese and read a bedtime story, then hunker down on the couch and watch your favorite TV shows and snack on some great pantry treats (Gushers and Dunk-a-roos, anyone?) before the parents came home.

Care to revisit?  Finance your next adventure by picking up a part-time nannying gig or offering your services as date night babysitter. Sites like Care.com make it all too easy to look up families in your area in need of an extra hand. Many listings include their pay range and estimated time commitment so you can pick what works. Sure, you may give up a weekend night or two, but your future self will thank you when you’re buying that dream ticket to Europe.

SWEAT IT OUT

Love your daily sweat sesh at the spin studio? Addicted to barre? Why not take your love to the next level and teach?

These days, you don’t need to be a fitness pro with loads of certifications to lead. Many boutique studios offer their own in-house training programs to equip you with all you need to know to get started and offer competitive pay and flexible schedules. The added perk? You get to take free classes.

Teaching fitness classes is not only a great way to deepen your practice while making some cash, but can bring balance to your work day–especially if you find yourself sitting in an office or in front of a computer from 9-to-5—and connect you with an inspiring community. If you don’t think of yourself as a teacher, see if the front desk has a greeter position you can fill a few nights a week.

STRUT THE MUTT

Are you a dog lover without a pooch of your own? Get your fix without all the responsibilities of ownership by walking dogs in your spare time. Close out the day with rounds of fetch at the dog park or get your legs moving during your lunch break. 

To land some clients, ask your dog-owning neighbors and friends or hand out fliers at local parks.
Side hustles are a great offset for limited funds, but budgeting takes patience and discipline. An extra gig will never fully compensate for bad spending habits.

GET SEASONAL 

Fall is finally upon us—which means the holidays are right around the corner. When you’re on a budget the thought of buying gifts might make you cringe, but did you know it’s actually a great time to score some extra income? Many retail stores are ramping up seasonal hiring in preparation for the madness. Part-time seasonal work is a great way to beef up your savings without committing long-term.

Head to your local shopping center during off hours and pop into stores to ask about their holiday hiring status. Ask to speak to a manager and explain your interest in helping out during the most wonderful time of the year.

ONE FINAL CAVEAT

Side hustles are a great offset for limited funds, but budgeting takes patience and discipline. An extra gig will never fully compensate for bad spending habits. Chat with a financial advisor at your bank or sign up for a budgeting seminar to brush up on your skills and put healthy money handling practices into place. Happy hustling!

Got some other tricks up your sleeve? Share them with us in the comments.