Taking on freelance or side jobs is a reliable way to pad your budget, boost your finances, or pay down debt. However, depending on your goals and needs, you’ll have to consider which gig to go after carefully.
Julia Pollack, a labor economist at ZipRecruiter, told US News My Money, “You need to keep three things in mind: your priorities, strengths and deal breakers.”
With that, here are eight ways you can make $1,000 this month.
1. Educate or Tutor
Professionals don’t need physical classrooms to teach anymore. Now, they can monetize their lessons on platforms like Udemy or Teachable, says Chris Haroun, an instructor, and CEO of Haroun Education Ventures.
The need for online tutors and teachers is exceptionally high, as many schools throughout the country are still using remote learning during the coronavirus pandemic.
Instructors can also leverage sites like YouTube to post educational content, but monetizing YouTube videos can be hit-or-miss and requires substantial effort to amass subscribers.
2. Sell Your Belongings
Whether you’re interested in a minimalist lifestyle or motivated after watching Marie Kondo’s Netflix series, selling your unused or unwanted items can be a fast and easy way to make that extra $1,000. Try selling on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, Poshmark, eBay, and ThredUp.
Everyone has a skill they can leverage to make a little extra cash. For example, you could offer voice and public speaking lessons, copy-editing, copywriting, web design, coding, and more. Alternatively, if you have strong managerial skills, you could try your hand as a virtual assistant. Upwork, Glassdoor, and Remote.co are three sites where you can find freelance gigs.
4. Use Your Writing Skills
Persuasive writing and editing skills are invaluable, and one of the best ways to make money as a side hustle. You can find clients on the freelance sites above who may need blog posts, proofreading, or technical work completed. To make sure you hit that $1,000 goal, look for professional-level openings that focus on the quality of your writing, rather than quantity.
5. Leverage Your Language Skills
Many people need translation or interpretation services. If you speak more than one language, these types of gigs can be a lucrative money-making strategy. For those who only know one language, you can become a certified TEFL instructor and tutor children online through accredited websites.
6. Rent Your Space
If you have an extra space in your home, or a vacation home or apartment, leasing it on Airbnb or a vacation rental site can be an excellent idea. When visitors reserve your place through the rental platform, you receive a part of the rental price.
But before diving into this endeavor, research rules and guidelines from your local government, landlord, and the insurance company. Make sure you understand policy changes in place because of the pandemic and adhere to procedures.
7. Become a Dog Walker or Sitter
Why not take your love for animals and make some cash while you’re at it? You can sign up for dog sitting or dog walking gigs on Rover, Wag, or posting your offer on Facebook Marketplace and other online communities. Additionally, putting fliers around your local area and word-of-mouth can also help spread the word.
The amount you make will differ based on your area, app, how often you work, and your rate. Typically, you can define your rate and use the platform to plan boarding and walls with owners.
- Snider, Susannah. “How to Make an Extra $1,000 This Month.” U.S. News & World Report, U.S. News & World Report, 20 Aug. 2020, money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/saving-and-budgeting/articles/how-to-make-an-extra-1-000-this-month.