“Mo money, mo problems,” a popular song lyric popularized by the Notorious B.I.G (Biggie Smalls) in the ‘90s, laid out the problems inherited as one’s cash supply grows. But, what if your problem is a lack of money to begin with? Certainly no one, not even Biggie Smalls, is arguing that there are somehow less problems with less money. Maybe the line should be “less money, most problems.” Never fear, we are here to show you a few practical side hustles that will help put some extra money in your pocket…Someone get P. Diddy on the phone!

1. Sell Unwanted Items at Home. This is probably the easiest and most well-known strategy to put quick cash in your pocket. The first option is doing a yard sale, where folks will likely try to negotiate prices. If you are unwilling to haggle or are unsure of an item’s value, then perhaps an online auction service like eBay or Amazon might be a better fit. Pros of online sites is the large audience you can attract. Cons of these services will require that you create an account and will charge you fixed or variable costs to sell your items.

2. Driving with Uber & Lyft. Unless you’ve been under a rock for the past few years, you’ve undoubtedly heard of drive share companies like Uber and Lyft. These companies hire drivers to give rides to customers through mobile app requests. The drivers can set their own schedule and are incentivized with higher pay during peak hours. These companies do have certain requirements for who can drive and which vehicles are permitted. Uber information can be found here and Lyft requirements here.

3. Rent out that Guest Room. If you have a guest room or an unused office room in your house, put that room to work for you. Services like Airbnb allow you to rent out a house, apartment, or single room to someone traveling through your city. Airbnb allows you to set your own price and when you want to rent.

4. Become a Mystery Shopper. Many customer service jobs rely on outside people to rate their performance. Rather than make a big scene, which allows the business to be on its best behavior, companies often seek mystery shoppers to rate the business without disrupting normal business operations. Banks, restaurants, and retail stores top the list of popular mystery shopper targets. To avoid scams online be sure to check credible sources like Marketforce and Intouch Insight.

5. Pet Sit or Dog Walk. This is probably the oldest trick in the book next to mowing lawns and lemonade stands. It is a classic for a reason. Pets can be high maintenance, especially for those who travel for work or pleasure. Putting out a Craiglist ad, or local paper pin up in your apartment complex or neighborhood is usually sufficient to garner attention. For those feeling a bit more active, or looking to branch out, there are lots of new dog walking apps available. Wag! And Rover have created a platform for dog walkers and dog owners, where you can set your own price and walk length preferences. Plus DOGS, enough said.

 

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