7 Under the Radar Side Hustles That Are Easy to Get Started
These days it seems like just about everyone is talking about the need for a side hustle. As a result, you may be pondering what extra earning opportunities are out there for you. Unfortunately, when looking for options, you may run into some major road blocks such as the need for college degrees, large upfront investments, and skills you simply don’t possess. Similarly, while ride-sharing services are usually near the top of most people’s suggestion lists, the fact is that the life of a cab driver isn’t quite for everyone.
With all that in mind, I thought I’d highlight a few side hustles options that require only a few basic skills, little or no financial investment, and (in most cases) some form of third-party backing to help point you in the right direction. Additionally, each of these options are true side hustles in that can be done in your spare time should you choose.
Seven Side Hustle Ideas You Might Not Have Previously Considered
Help people move
Moving is a pain — but you may be able to make some extra money by making it suck less for some strangers. While helping a friend pack boxes, carry furniture, and load up a truck will likely only earn you some free pizza and beer, there are now services that will reward you for such tasks using some strange currency called “money.”
While you may be able to find moving help gigs on sites like Craigslist, another potential option is U-Haul’s MovingHelper.com platform. By signing up, you’ll be eligible to be listed on U-Haul’s site and have people book your help for a set number of hours. Moreover, there are numerous different services you can offer, including packing, unpacking, U-Box delivery, and driving. You can even offer cleaning services to help customers leave their old homes in good shape. Given the variety of jobs, low barrier to entry, and built-in market that U-Haul commands, this could be a smart weekend side hustle gig for you.
On a similar note, how many times have you purchased a piece of furniture and proceeded to spend multiple frustrating hours attempting to assemble it? If you’ve mastered the art of Ikea furniture building, turning those bragging rights into cash is now an option.
TaskRabbit is a site where customers can hire people to perform a number of different odd jobs (including moving help, incidentally). However, last year the Swedish furniture retailer Ikea actually purchased the platform and now also uses it to offer its official assembly service. Like with U-Haul offering, one of the cool things about this service is that it’s advertised on Ikea’s website. The downside is that Ikea has set pricing based on merchandise value — something that a few assemblers working under the old Ikea system have complained about. Still, if you know your way around those little hex wrenches and can decode Ikea’s helpful/not-so-helpful direction guides, this could be a great way to make a little extra money.