How to Start a Side Hustle

January 11, 2019 5 min read


This year, Rowkin has embarked on a mission to inspire.  Personal growth, entrepreneurship, and motivation are all on our theoretical vision board.  At the start of every year, Google Trends reveals a surge in searches for “side-hustle”. What is a side-hustle, you ask?  A side-hustle is a way to gain extra income on top of your full-time job. It may be a passion project or a necessary means to supplement your income.  Either way, Rowkin is here to serve you up some tips on how to start a side hustle that will improve your life, and maybe even fatten your wallet.


1. Become a Professional Reviewer.

The aggregated star rating on products across the web are a huge factor in buying decisions.  Have you ever looked up a product on Amazon with the intent to buy, and then changed your mind when you realized it was rated under 3 stars?  Ratings and reviews are so highly in demand, that it’s an easy way to make extra cash.

Just about anyone can start a YouTube channel.  All you need is a Google account and niche subjectthat you are passionate about.  Begin by sharing your thoughts and opinions about products that you purchase on your own.  When your videos begin to gain some traction, companies will begin reaching out to you,asking you to share your opinions with your subscribers.  Once you reach a high engagement level, you can join YouTube’s ad ecosystem, where you can earn a paycheck just by having ads appear on your videos.  You can read more about earning money on YouTube from the YouTube Creator Academy.  Check out some of the YouTube reviewers who have reviewed Rowkin products below for ideas!

2. Start a Drop Shipping Business. 

What if you could earn passive income simply through marketing and branding efforts?  That’s the idea with drop shipping businesses. As long as you have a bit of upfront capital and a product with a market demand, you can purchase inventory from a wholesaler or manufacturer, who fulfils customer orders on your behalf.

Sound too easy?  Here’s an example: Let’s say that you have pet rats, and love to buy toys for those pet rats.  You are part of of a Facebook community for rat fans that have over a million members, so you know that there’s a healthy market for rat enthusiasts.  You could purchase inventory from a wholesaler like Alibaba, and then invest in an e-commerce platform such as Shopify.  Next, you would build a website to feature your products and an associated Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  You could advertise your offerings on the aforementioned Facebook group, or use Google AdWords to reach an audience already researching “ray toys” online!  As long as you’re upfront about potentially long shipping times (low prices should offset this as a potential purchase deterrent) , drop shipping businesses can be a great way to earn extra income with minimal effort.

3. Work Gigs Posted on Craigslist.

If you have a creative talent (music, writing, modeling, design), a technical skill (coding, website management), or are open to doing physical labor (like helping someone move), then Craigslist is a great place to look for gigs on a case-to-case basis.  While it’s important to be safe when meeting up with strangers from the internet, Craigslist is still a great resource for finding event-based or temporary side hustles that can see you through a rough financial period or pad your pockets with some extra dough.  

4. Become a Part-Time Dog Walker.

Who doesn’t love dogs? (Mentally-unstable people, that’s who.)  Wag and Rover are both dog walking and pet-sitting services that allow their contractors to choose their own schedules.  The application process to work for Wag includes a submission of your experience working with dogs, a few dog knowledge quizzes, a background check, and a reference confirmation.  One 30 minute dog walk could earn you up to $25 (plus tip), and you can choose to walk dogs whenever it is a convenient time and distance for you. What better way to earn some cash than walking a cute dog or two after work?

5. Get Paid for Grocery Shopping.

Fighting the crowds at the grocery store (particularly on Sunday) can be a nightmare for many people.  That means there is a high demand for people willing to pay for this kind of service. Instacart is one of those services, offering same-day delivery in Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Chicago, Austin, Washington D.C., Houston, Atlanta, San Francisco, and more.  Become a shopper for Instacart and earn extra income in your spare time picking out people’s strawberries and meat.

6. Reselling High-Demand Concert Tickets.

Some live music fans proactively purchase tickets to see their favorite bands far ahead of time.  Others, are procrastinators, that are willing to purchase Sold Out show tickets at a high price. You can make a pretty good side-hustle just from purchasing these high-demand tickets during their “Early-Bird” or “Pre-Sale” and then selling them as the date of the event gets closer.  This can be a great way to make a profit, if you are clever, easy to communicate with, and don’t hike your price unreasonably high.

7. Become an Instagram Influencer.

Everyone wants to live the glamorous life of an influencer.  If you travel frequently, dress well, and have a knack for snarky caption-writing, then you may have a future as a social media influencer.  While incredibly competitive, if you can grow an authentic following and maintain a high engagement rate on your posts (lots of likes and comments), then brands may start to reach out to you to feature their products in front of your large audience.  At first, you may offer to do this for free in exchange for a free product. Later, when your following grows, you can start charging to feature products and tag their company in your posts. Check out this article for a much more in-depth guide on living the influencer lifestyle.

8. Resume and Cover Letter Service.

According to this CareerBuilder Study on “resumes mistakes”, an estimated 77% of hiring manager disqualify a candidate for grammatical or spelling mistakes.  Not only that, but evidently 40% of hiring managers spend less than a minute looking over a resume. Many job seekers may understand the importance of having a good resume, but lack the skill, ability, or patience to make sure their resume truly shines.  That’s where you come in! Offer your services as a professional “resume and cover letter” builder on websites like Craigslist or Facebook groups for job-seekers. Your help could pad your pockets, and land them the interview of their dreams.

9. Take Surveys and Get Paid.

Want to earn a few cents for your time spent lazily lounging on the couch?  You can earn cash by sharing your opinions with brands who want to improve their products or services.  Start out with Survey Junkie, and start earning points now!

10. Rent Your Room Via AirBnb.

Go all Marie Kondoon your junk room and loan it out to travelers.  Airbnb is a fantastic option for homeowners wishing to rent out a room (or entire house or apartment) to out-of-town visitors seeking a more comfortable experience.  You can check out your earning potential and read more about the qualifications at Airbnb’s website.


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