The Art of the Side Hustle and 3 Easy Ones to Start

Hi, my name is Paul Scrivens and I have a confession to make:

I’m terrible with money.

I grew up lower-middle-class which wasn’t a big deal to me. I had a roof over my head and food on the table.

I didn’t ask for much because I knew the answer was going to be “we don’t have money for that.”

Money was always a big deal because my parents liked to emphasize how much we didn’t have.

As a kid, this gets stuck in your brain.

I didn’t realize how much I hated the phrase “we don’t have money for that” until I started making money of my own.

Then I kind of told myself that I would never use that phrase again. If I wanted something I would get it.

When credit cards were introduced in my life it was game over.

I got EVERYTHING that I wanted and more.

Of course, this got me into trouble and because I didn’t understand budgeting this trouble just continued to snowball over time.

Fixing Things

First things first, I had to put a budget together to understand where my money was going.

It’s quite an eye-opener when you see how much money you spend at Chick-Fil-A each week.

Next, was coming up with a plan to help me pay off my debts.

While I was surviving with the money I was making, it was more like treading water without drowning.

My debts hung around my neck like a giant weight. I wanted them gone as fast as possible and the only way to do that was to make more money.

If you didn’t know already (I know you did), the basic happy money formula is:

Incoming Money > Outgoing Money = Money Happiness

But let’s face it, sometimes you need what you need. Emergencies happen. Life happens.

Ideally, you are always in a situation where the incoming money is more than the outgoing money but that isn’t always possible with the job you have.

Thankfully, the Internet completely changes the game for a lot of people.

It allows for side hustles that many people would never think of.

What Is a Side Hustle?

The word hustle has a bad connotation because it implies you’re putting one over on someone but in this case, hustle means you are grinding a little bit harder to bring in more money.

A side hustle is simply a small task that you do for others outside of your job. It doesn’t take up 40 hours and it’s meant to be done on your terms.

The goal isn’t to work yourself to death.

The goal is to put yourself in a situation where you are no longer treading water.

The goal is to put yourself in a situation where if an emergency happens you’re prepared.

What usually stops people from pursuing a side hustle is that they think they aren’t qualified for any of them.

That simply isn’t the case.

There is a side hustle for everyone!

In this post, we are going to cover the side hustle mentality along with some side hustles that you can pursue today.

The Mentality

Many of us don’t work as hard as our ancestors. Laziness is pretty rampant in the 21st Century because so much is done for us already.

The idea of a side hustle appeals to many people but they don’t succeed with one because they are lazy.

I’m lazy by nature so it took me a couple of tries before I got a side hustle to work.

Every time I failed I thought it was because of the side hustle but upon further reflection, I discovered that I would either quit too soon or I just didn’t put in the work required.

I actively have to fight against my own natural instincts daily to overcome my laziness.

Some days are easier than others.

The beauty of side hustles is that you decide what you do and when you do it.

The curse of side hustles is that you decide what you do and when you do it.

That means the success of a side hustle is 100% on you. You can’t rely on a paycheck to come in when you mess up or don’t show up.

You do things right and stay consistent then you are rewarded.

You do things wrong and don’t show up then you get nothing.

That’s all it comes down to when looking at the people that are successful with side hustles versus those that aren’t.

Side Hustles

If you think you can handle the mental part of side hustling then the next question becomes what side hustles are available?

And the honest answer is that the options are endless.

This post could easily be 1,000 side hustles that you can do from home but I won’t do that to you.

Instead, I’ve cherry-picked some of the better side hustles for beginners.

Now you must keep in mind, not all side hustles are equal. Some side hustles will earn you a couple bucks an hour (money is money) while others might earn you a couple hundred.

Your eyes might light up thinking you only want the big money ones, but if your skills aren’t up to the side hustle’s level then those aren’t possible right now.

For example, I can tell you that it’s possible to make $200+/hr making mobile applications for people but if you don’t know how to code then you can’t make that money.

In contrast, I can tell you that you can get paid (legit) money to take online surveys but you’ll only make between $5-$20 an hour.

The general rule of side hustles is the same rule that applies to regular jobs:

The more people that can complete a task, the less it’s likely to pay.

And that’s okay.

Remember, for most people the first goal is to simply make enough extra money so they can sleep better at night.

1. Online Surveys

This is one of those ones that I initially rolled my eyes at because they always seem like scams but there are legitimate companies that will pay you to take online surveys.

Again, you aren’t going to replace your full-time job by taking these surveys but you can definitely earn $500 a month or more doing this and all that is required is a computer and some time.

If you’re curious about what survey sites you should check out then take a look at this post on online surveys that pay cash.

2. Blogging

You’re reading a blog so of course I have to put blogging on this list. However, blogging is a bit different from other side hustles in the sense that it takes longer to make money.

Plus it takes work.

A lot of work.

However, the payoff can be one of the highest returns of any side hustle on this list. If you don’t need extra money right away then blogging is something that you should consider due to the return.

If you need money this weekend then put your blogging dreams on hold.

3. Become a Fiverr Pro

What is Fiverr?

It’s an online services marketplace.

This is where you might think that you aren’t qualified to offer any type of services but if you go through the type of services offered, you’ll find that there is something for everybody.

Writing greeting cards, critiquing resumes, transcribing audio, distribute flyers, and etc.

Seriously, there is something for everybody.

Take a look at this one. This person will create 99 inspirational quote images for you.

That’s it.

You could do that.

Plenty More

Just because there are 3 side hustles here that doesn’t mean there aren’t many more. In fact, here are 10 home businesses you can start on your own.

You can be an online transcriptionist, freelance writer, test websites, use programs like Swagbucks or eBates and other ways.

It’s important to understand that there is something out there for you that will allow you to make money online in a non-slimy way.

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