It’s a new year and that probably means you have a New Year’s resolution on your to do list. For a lot of people that goal is earn more money. It’s certainly on my list.
To help you inch your way toward that goal, I compiled a list of my top five side hustles.
1. Sell it All!
I’ll be up front and admit this is a bit of a cheat because it’s a compilation of apps that help me do what I need to do. However, this accomplishes two of the top New Year’s resolutions on my list–make more money and clean house!
Step 1 – Go through your house and start collecting all the stuff you don’t need, don’t want, or have too much of. My kids just got a bunch of new stuff for the holidays so this is an easy feat. Be sure to snag the outdated cell phones, tablets, video games, etc. we’ll be using them too.
Step 2 – Start listing. I have a whole article on the best ways to sell through apps. I would also suggest eBay. I’ve been a member since 1999 and have sold hundreds of items there.
Step 3 – Know your alternatives. I have also looked at ways to sell your old cell phones and video games your kids don’t play anymore as well as used printer cartridges. Both of these are great ways to make a quick buck and clear things out of the house.
This one is a little less side hustle and more like full on side business. Upwork is a website that connects freelancers to companies looking to complete projects. In most instances, they’re one and done deals, but sometimes you strike gold and find a client that’s with you for a while. I have at least one right now.
The site is by far and away the best way to earn extra cash in 2019, but you have to be constantly working to find new clients. In other words, you need to treat it like a job, something I know some of my readers just don’t have the time for.
If you want to see how I did on UpWork, check out my review.
3. Healthy Wage
This is another side hustle that pulls double duty. Healthy Wage pays you to hit your weightloss goals. Better yet, because the site knows that the new year is when most people are making those weightloss resolutions, it’s offering deals all month long!
The payout is pretty good, but you have to put in the work to win. I did a test run last year around this time and made some bucks. I’m considering another go around this time around too. If you want more details on my test run, click here.
4. Amazon Flex
I’m still a fan of this one, though I don’t do it much anymore since I started freelance writing a little more frequently. Amazon Flex is a great way to earn a quick buck without a set schedule. Once you’re accepted in the program, you sign up for delivery shifts. The pay is pretty good, more than $25/hour in my area and usually, the shifts do not take the 3-4 hours they’re scheduled for.
You deliver packages on a set route and Amazon pays you in a day or two. It’s quick money that’s reliable. Plus there are plenty of delivery routes to choose from. I did a two-part review about a year ago. One looked at the Amazon Prime Grocery Delivery and the other looked at Amazon Package Delivery.
My last one is a set it and forget it kind of side hustle. I tried Trim out a few months ago and I’m a fan. The only issue I have is how much information to share with the company. I used secondary bank accounts and one utility bill to test the system and I was pleased. Since I’m not in the habit of sharing my personal information online (read my safety tips for side hustles for full details), I didn’t utilize Trim to its fullest. Just the same, the company made me about $60 by cutting my annual cable bill without altering it.
You can read my full review here.
Those are my best options because they make the most money for the amount of work that you do. However, if you’re looking for a little more, consider mystery shopping. I’m a fan of Intelli-shop. It’s my go to site for mystery shopping. I’ll sometimes use BestMark or Sinclair Customer Metrics, but I avoid MarketForce at all costs!