Need Cash? Try One of These 7 Side Hustles

These past couple of years, it seems like life as we had known it has been turned upside down from the effects of the pandemic and the severe hardship it’s caused for many people. A lot of us are still struggling to recover from last year while trying to maintain this year. Especially for the people who live in metro cities, keeping up with the expenses isn’t easy. A recent article on CNN indicated that although 235,000 jobs were added into the economy last month, many people are still having a hard time gaining employment. We all know how draining job searching can be. With new COVID variants seemingly on the rise, the potential outcome poses a threat for those actively working and the people still searching, prolonging progression. But no matter what things may seem like, all is not lost! I’ve gathered up a few side hustles that could cause you financial relief.

Starting an online shop is a great way to make money doing what you’re best at! From selling your artwork, clothing, or designs, sites like Etsy, Poshmark, and Zazzle are all free and creative ways to make extra money.

Working as a virtual assistant is a great way to earn money by online assisting bloggers and businesses by completing simple administrative tasks. Editing, bookkeeping, proofreading, scheduling meetings, and sending invoices are a few examples of what VA’s do. I’ve recently learned more about becoming a Pinterest assistant or manager as a fun and lucrative way to show off your strategizing and organizing skills.

Selling your creative skills is a sure way to get extra cash flow. Whether you’re a graphic designer, painter, or freelance writer, there are plenty of resources for finding creative jobs. With some digging, Upwork  Fiverr is an excellent site to find quality and fair-paying quick gigs. You can make anything from $50 for a post or thousands landing a big project for writers. Content is always needed.

Put your knowledge and interpersonal skills to work and look into designing an online course and tutoring. You can teach everything from English to math online at competitive rates on  Tutor, Course Hero, and VIP KID. Though it isn’t easy, designing a course about the subject or thing you know best can be lucrative to make money. You’ll need your own equipment and video editing skills to do this specific job, but with your teaching abilities and knowledge on how to appeal to people, this could be the perfect job for you. Check out to learn more about how to sell your course.

Marketing is an industry that will always be in high demand, a perfect way to get in where you fit in. If social media is a part of your daily life, running social media profiles for businesses could be a fit for you. Freelance social media managers make anywhere from $15-$50 an hour for their work\. The more experience you have, the more you can make.

Yes, it seems as if everyone is an influencer these days-I mean, you can make great money, so I get it–but the beauty in its oversaturation is that there’s room for everyone. Also known as an “Affiliate marketer,” posting, blogging, podcasting, or vlogging about a specific product for a brand earns you commission from how many sales you bring in. Now, this is one that I have yet to try because it definitely depends on your personality and can be more of a gamble, depending on how much business you bring.

Finding a side hustle is a great way to try something new and also collect a little bag! It isn’t a permanent or always steady source of income (unless you want it to be), but it never hurts to be proactive and earn extra cash however you can. Honing your skills and tackling something out of your usual norm can be rewarding and open up possibilities that you may not have imagined. Happy hustling!


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Jenelle Parrish is a writer based in Brooklyn, NY. Using her voice to share her struggles, stories, and journey, she only hopes to be a progressive tool for other young black women like herself.

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