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Fall side hustles are a great way to pay off holiday expenses, especially during Christmas and Thanksgiving which can be very expensive.
I think it’s safe to say that everyone loves to make some extra cash. Doing so can enrich your life in a variety of ways and release you from the financial restraints causing stress in your life. What’s nice about side hustles is that you can do them from anywhere and without having a part-time job.
Reasons why you should start some fall side hustles:
- You are saving for presents and holiday decorations
- You don’t want to use credit cards or take money out of savings
- You don’t want financial stress to be a burden on your joy during the holidays
- You are driving long distance to see friends and family
- You want to put your focus more towards family and less towards finances
The sooner you start these fall side hustles, the more money you are going to make. I would suggest trying to participate in as many of these as you can so you have plenty saved up before the holidays.
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Start a blog
Blogging is a great way to earn some extra money. There are people who make $1 million or more a year from their blog! What I love about blogging is that it’s a creative outlet, I can work at my own pace and it also happens to make me money.
There are a number of ways to make money with blogging:
- Affiliate Marketing: You put a referral link on your blog promoting a brand or service and when a customer signs up through the link then you receive a commission.
Michelle Schroeder-Gardner of makingsenseofcents.com makes over $50,000 a month from affiliate marketing! If you want to know how you can too, I’d suggest checking out her course, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.
I’ve taken Michelle’s course and have already seen a significant increase in my income as a brand new blogger. The course is packed full of content, including bonus content and access to Michelle’s private Facebook group where you can ask questions and receive valuable information from a community of bloggers. If you have no idea what Affiliate Marketing is and want to learn more about it or you’re a blogger who wants to learn the best techniques to increase your income, check out Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing here.
Note: When you post affiliate links on your site, make sure they are from well-established companies you genuinely use and enjoy.
- Advertisements: Companies will pay you to place advertisements on your site.
Note: If you go with this route then be careful not to have too many or else you may look spammy.
- Create an e-course, e-book or other product and promote it on your blog.
- Sponsored Posts: Companies will pay you to promote their products.
Note: If you go this route, make sure to only promote products you actually love and use regularly.
This is probably the easiest side-hustle out there and if you take enough surveys, you can make a decent profit. About a year ago I was obsessed with taking surveys and was able to make extra money on a daily basis. Some days I made $5 to $10 and other days I was able to make even more.
Pay: Depends on how many you take. You could make up to $5-$10 a day or more.
Become a proofreader
If you are looking for a new job or even just a side hustle, this may be something that you want to look into.
You can create an entire freelance business by proofreading court transcripts, blog content or books. How much money you make depends entirely on how much you charge per page and how quickly (and accurately) you can proofread. If you become good enough at it, you could end up making up to $18 or more an hour. It takes time to learn and build a business out of it, but once you do, you can make a decent income.
Caitlyn, from Proofread Everywhere, has made over $43,000 from proofreading in the comfort of her home. Now she teaches others how to also turn their proofreading talent into a successful business.
If you want to find out how she makes a full-time income as a freelance proofreader, you can sign up for her FREE 76-minute workshop that will give you tons of useful information on becoming a professional proofreader.
Pay: Up to $18 an hour or more.
Pet sitting/dog walking
This is a great side-hustle because it’s very flexible with your schedule and you can make a full time income. According to Pet Sitters International, the pet sitting industry brought in $332 million in revenue at 720,000 households nationally in 2014. It’s especially perfect for the college student looking for a simple way to pay off bills and extra expenses. Also, who doesn’t love animals?
My absolute favorite pet sitting service is Rover, the #1 pet sitting and dog walking app on the market. Rover connects you to a nationwide network of pet owners in need of boarding, pet sitting, or dog walking services. What’s nice about Rover is that you get to choose your own schedule and rates. They also offer complimentary insurance, 24/7 vet consultations and 24/7 support for all who book through their site.
If you love animals and want to start pet sitting or dog walking, sign up for Rover here and receive a $25 credit for your first booking.
Pay: $25 to $60/day
Search Engine Evaluator
What’s really cool about this side-hustle is that you work on your own time and it pays up to $9 an hour or more! As a search engine evaluator, companies like Google will give you information to search for, you tell them how closely their results matched what you were looking for and then you get paid for your findings.
Pay: $9 an hour.
Do you love shopping? Well, companies will pay you to do just that!
Mystery shopping is where companies will pay you to be a customer in their store and provide feedback. This is an especially great side-hustle to do during the holidays – especially Christmas – because that’s the best time to shop. Some companies will ask you to take surveys, upload product photos, give reviews or submit reports. What a fun way to get out of the house and make some extra money!
Pay: Depends on the company and their rates.
Rent out your space
You can make a good profit through Air bnb by renting out your apartment or house. If you have a vacant house or travel often than this is a great option for you. How much money you earn depends on how much you charge and the length of time a customer stays, but it’s a great way to earn passive income.
Pay: Depends on how much you’re willing to charge.
There are a variety of ways to make extra money on the side, and one of them is by becoming a virtual assistant.
A virtual assistant does administrative tasks for a person or company (e.g. blog) from the comfort of their home. As a virtual assistant, you can assist with social media, create images, write content, answer emails, edit content, proofread and more. There are many tasks that you could be hired for and you could end up turning it into a legitimate side-business.
Pay: Between $18-$35 per hour.
Sell Stock Photos
Companies will pay for your photos and use them as stock photography. You don’t need to use fancy equipment, either. Cell phones have pretty nice cameras these days, almost as good quality as DSLR’s. You could sell stock photography on your own site or through a microstock site (e.g. Shutterstock) who gives you a certain percentage of the commission a customer pays for your photos.
Drive your car
This is one of my favorite fall side hustles. You can make a good income every month driving for Uber, especially during peak times. All you need is a phone, the Uber app and a car. With people constantly needing a driver to go places, this job is constantly in demand. If you are looking for an easy and flexible side-gig that earns you money quickly then this is perfect for you.
Pay: Depends on how often you drive and the locations you drive to.
Sell on Amazon FBA
You can make money by selling products through Amazon’s Fulfillment By Amazon (FBA) program.
How it works: You do research and find a product you want to sell. You ship it to Amazon who stores and processes the item. Then, you put the product up for sale on Amazon, and when a customer purchases it, Amazon ships it to them.
To summarize, it takes a lot of the leg work out of having to ship items to customers yourself.
Pay: It really depends on the products you are selling, but I’ve heard of many people becoming millionaires from this method.
Sell printables on Etsy
Selling printables on Etsy is a real side-business that you can do from the comfort of your home. The type of printables you can make is endless – budget trackers, wedding invitations, inspirational signs, calendars and more.
How it works is you use a graphics program to make your printables – I use Adobe Indesign or Canva – and then you upload them to Etsy. You could also sell your printables locally through Facebook or at street fairs. It’s a fairly straightforward and fun way to make some extra cash.
Pay: Depends on how much you charge. You could charge between $10 to $20 depending on the printable.
I read a blog post by Chelsea of herpaperroute.com and she sold her beauty blog for $50,000! It turns out that buying and selling blogs is a legitimate side business that can turn a good profit. Basically, how it works is you build a blog up to be desirable by buyers (which means, you need advertising, affiliate links and sponsorships) and then you auction it off on a platform like Flippa. It takes some time and a lot of learning, but it’s totally worth it.
Pay: It depends on the quality of your site. I’ve heard of people who sold theirs for $50,000.
Participate in a medical study
This is a great way to learn more about yourself and you get compensated for it! There are a ton of medical studies out there, such as insomnia, asthma, ADHD, depression, quitting smoking or alcohol, etc. You earn a certain amount depending on the length and requirements of the study, but it is a great way to earn money quickly.
Pay: Depends on the study, however I’ve heard of people who made $100 or more per study.
Host your services
Do you have a knack for logo design, web design, editing or marketing? Do you want somewhere to showcase your freelance work? If so, there are plenty of websites that host your services and market them to customers. I know many bloggers who use sites like Fiverr to hire logo designers for their blogs. Logo and web designers are always in high demand and make a good profit, so this is a great side-hustle to get into.
Pay: It depends on the service. Rates can range from $5 to $100 or more.
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