Tell me honestly now, are you really making the most of your spare time? Sure, you probably have regular catch up with friends and date nights with your partner. Some exercise happens in there, plus a bit of reading.
But I’m betting that a lot of your spare time is also being wasted on activities that don’t really add value to your life. Like watching far too much crappy television, arguing with strangers on the internet (why you no use correct grammar!?), and contemplating your pores.
You could definitely use that time more constructively. So why not use it to start up a little side business, earn some extra money and possibly even find a new passion in the process.
Side Hustles You Can Do In Your Spare Time
It’s almost guaranteed that you know something that someone else would pay to learn. You don’t even need to be the best person at it – just a moderate level of skill and talent can be enough to teach a beginner the basics. The great thing is you can set your own class times and choose whether you teach one-on-one or in groups.
If you were really good at a subject at school then you could tutor students in your spare time. Or maybe you are a wicked knitter and could use the local community centre to teach knitting classes on a weeknight. Great with technology? Offer to show seniors the basics of iPads, iPods and other iStuff at the library.
As well as earning a bit of cash, you’ll also learn how to teach and structure learnings, plus you’ll be getting more involved in your local community.
Run an Online Business
Starting an online business is super easy these days – thanks to sites like BigCommerce you can have your store set up and looking fabulous in under an hour. The hardest part is deciding what to sell.
Choose something that you have some knowledge about and are interested in. So vintage clothing is great if you regularly trawl the op-shops and vintage stores. Or if you’ve got a passion for wrapping and stationery then option up an online craft store.
Source your suppliers and develop a relationship with them. Decide on your stores policies (like shipping and returns) and communicate them clearly on your website.
If might take a bit of money upfront to start your store, or you could offer pre-orders with a discount in order to get some cash flow going into your business. Then all you have to do is wait for the orders to come in and head down to the post office once a week to send them out.
Sell Your Talents
If you don’t want to teach other people you can still make money from your existing talent or skill. This is a great way to make some extra money from something that you love doing anyway.
If you’re great at makeup then you could help people do their makeup for fancy events or weddings. Or if you can dance then people will pay you to perform at events like as Christmas Parties, store openings or nightclubs. Even something as simple as having a green thumb can earn you money by helping others with their gardens.
The easiest way to start is to place a free ad online on somewhere like Gumtree, or start calling related businesses to ask if they will refer you. Whatever you do, treat it like a real business by not over-investing and keeping track of your earnings and expenses.
Have you got any other ideas for side hustles you can do in your spare time? Share them in the comments below and help out a fellow diva!
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