It’s side hustles week here at Financial Uproar. Today’s post will be all about giving you ideas of what side hustles you could be doing, while Wednesday’s post will look at overrated side hustles that you should run away from very quickly. Friday’s post will take a more in-depth look at a couple of side hustles that I think most everyone reading this can do, and easily.
Let’s do this thang, bitches!
1. Referee sports
This is one of my favorite side hustles. Games happen mostly during evenings and weekends, and it gets yo’ fat ass out of the house.
It will take a little bit of time and money to get started, but it’s not a big deal. Just about every sport will have an annual referee clinic for interested parties. They’ll get you certified and into a uniform for less than $100. You might have to buy a new pair of shoes, but that’s nothing in the scheme of things. Plus, you get the pleasure of yelling at high school kids, the worst types of people on the planet.
Refs can easily make $25 per hour, and they’ll pay your milage if you need to travel any long distances. As you become more experienced, you’ll get invited to ref higher level stuff or mens’ leagues.
2. Video games
There are thousands of baby boomers who have junior’s old Nintendo 64 in the attic gathering dust. There are also thousands of hipsters who insist on having these old games of their youth. That creates an opportunity for a guy like you to get in the middle of this.
It’s simple. You buy the old games from the parents for next to nothing, and sell them on eBay to overpaid millennials who are too lazy to do this themselves. The profit is enough for one guy I know to keep his vintage video game habit at a reasonable cost.
3. Be a MLM marketer
Nobody likes those multi-level marketing schemes, but screw it. If you’re looking to make the cash, it’s easy to harass your friends a few times a year. You don’t even have to be an ass about it.
I know a girl who does this in a very non-pressure-y way. She points out on Facebook that the new catalog of whatever is out, and if anyone wants to buy stuff they should hit her up for the info. Out of her 500 Facebook friends, 5-10 always are interested. The other 490 are free to ignore her, and do.
4. House cleaning
RELAX LADIES I MEAN THE FELLAS TOO GEEZ.
Have you seen the Kijiji ads for house cleaners? My god, they’re worse than all of these ads. If you can actually write a decent ad, not give off the crazy vibe, and show up when you say you’re going to, you will get all of the business as a house cleaner. Just about every market is begging for people who aren’t complete morons to come in.
Getting the first client is the hard part, after that they’ll tell their friends and you’re in business. The number of people who want a housekeeper is much higher than those who actually do have one, mostly because they can’t find someone worth a damn.
5. Cut grass
I’m of the belief that most anyone can cut their own grass, and in a reasonable amount of time too. You literally just walk in circles until it’s done. But for whatever reason, your lazy-ass neighbors refuse to do it themselves.
All you need is a lawn mower and a way to haul it around, and you’re in business. Hell, half the people you’ll get will have their own equipment. All you need to do is show up and not act like a serial killer. Plus, you can leverage it into shoveling their walk in the winter.
6. Work at a bar
THIS ONE’S FOR YOU, LADIES.
If you’re even reasonably attractive, you can find a gig working at a bar. You’ll rake in the tips, and maybe even find a fun gentlemen caller amid all the drunken guys pawing at you with all the subtlety of some sort of jungle animal in heat. The key is to lead those guys along until you get your tip, and then let them down gently.
Fellas, you could become a bouncer. Those pretty girls just want to get into the club, but you can pretend they’re flirting because they like you.
7. Write stuff
I hesitate to even mention this, since every side hustle list in the history of the internet just tells people to start a blog. But it’s an idea that you can leverage into bigger and better things, whether it’s selling advertising dollars or writing for better blogs. Just be prepared to spend months (if not years) working for next to nothing. It’s a side hustle for those people who maybe don’t need the money right away, but still want something to do that isn’t Grey’s Anatomy.
8. Do people’s taxes
Most people’s tax returns are incredibly easy. They have a T4, and maybe a little bit of investment income. Maybe they’ve contributed to their RRSP too. That’s about it.
With a little practice, you can do these types of tax returns in about 15 minutes. You don’t need any sort of professional training, and it’s easy money. H&R Block charges something like $60, if you do it for $20 you’ll get all sorts of business after a few years. Cheap people will hire you, and word will spread if you’re reliable.
9. Uber driver
If you have a halfway decent car and the desire for drunk people to ride in it in exchange for money, you too can make extra cash on the weekends. I suggest a barf bag.
Traditional cabs are the worst. Those guys never show up when they say they’re going to, and they intentionally take the route with the most red lights, especially when they’re not busy. Screw those guys. Let them wait in a line at the airport forever.
10. Flip cars
I know a couple of guys who do well buying cars with minor problems, fixing them, and then reselling them online for an easy $1000-$2000 profit.
You have to know the car market, but there are plenty of guys out there who can figure this stuff out without any capital. Offer to partner with a car nut — you provide the capital and the space to store it, and he does the fixing. You split the profit and everyone’s happy.
11. Online poker
The reason why most online poker players are eventual losers is because they get greedy. They enter tournaments with thousands of players looking for a big prize, rather than grinding away at the lowest stakes to make a few bucks per hour. Start small, get good, and only move up to the next level when you dominate your opponents.
This is a lot tougher than it used to be, since all the newbies left the space when the U.S. outlawed online poker. Still, there’s much more potential at this than there is betting on sports, where the house always wins.
12. Rent out extra space
How many people do you know who have an extra bedroom just in case someone comes to visit, even though they have no friends and their mother never comes to visit? I know more than a few, that’s for sure. This happens even though people underestimate just how much having an extra bedroom costs.
It’s easy to start putting your extra space to use. You can either AirBnb out your extra bedroom, or rent it out to someone on a month-to-month basis. Even if you don’t have a spare bedroom, maybe you can rent out your parking spot or even your locker. Hell, if you’re attractive enough, you could probably rent out your lap.
Chances are you have some sort of talent that high school kids would be willing to pay for. Or even university kids.
Whether you speak a different language, are good at math, or even have a worthless psychology degree, somebody wants to know the things you know. And sometimes, they’re even willing to pay good money for this knowledge, especially if you’re in a place where your skill is relatively unique.
One thing before I wrap it up. There’s 13 ideas here, but really, focus on just one and be really good at it. That’s the smart way to go about it.
And that about does it. I’m sure many of you have your own side hustles, so feel free to comment section that up, yo.