I’ve talked about online side hustles; now it’s time to switch over to a few offline ones.
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Not all side hustles need to be online. In fact, it’s better to have an offline venture or two going as well. Read through the list below and see if there’s one that fits your personality.
- Farmer’s Market – Pre-COVID had people selling their wares at weekly Farmer’s Markets. Now that life is starting to get back to some sort of normal, communities are once again allowing the markets. With the holidays coming up it’s the perfect time to sell baking, homemade jams and jellies, handcrafted wood projects, knit/crocheted items, custom signs, paintings, and so much more. Contact your local Chamber of Commerce to see what events are happening in your community, including Craft markets.
- Bottle Picking – This may seem like a bottom-of-the-barrel hustle to some, but it can really be quite lucrative. With so much emphasis put on recycling and cleaning up our environment, there’s no shame in doing our part. I have friends who fund little projects with the money they earn just from taking their quads out along the highways and backroads. I myself find a few cans occasionally when going out for a walk. I know if I walked a different stretch of road each time I’d find a lot more. Just this week I picked up several cans between my house and my father-in-law’s farm, which is less than a quarter mile away.
- Pet Sitting – If you have a love for animals, this can be a great little side hustle for you. Pet owners spend thousands of dollars on their pets annually; and that’s not including the day-to-day necessities. Busy people are willing to pay you for spending time with their pet so they can go on vacation, or just be reassured their pets won’t be bored while they’re at work. A bored pet is a destructive pet.
- House Sitting – Similar to pet sitting, but not as tiring (unless of course there’s a snowstorm). When you go on vacation don’t you feel better when you have someone checking in on your home? You can provide the same service to friends and neighbours for a small fee. It may mean cleaning the sidewalks, watering the plants, and just making sure their home looks occupied while they’re away. An unoccupied home is an easy target for criminals.
- Snow Removal/Lawn Care – This is a side hustle you can do at any time of year. The tools you need will depend on the season, but chances are it’ll be either a shovel or a lawnmower. You don’t need anything fancy or expensive; just a strong back (especially when it comes to snow removal) and the desire to help others. Keep your rates competitive, do a good job, and you’ll have repeat customers no matter the season.
The 5 side hustles mentioned in this post are low-to-no-startup cost, and can easily bring in a few hundred dollars a month. Your biggest cost will be table rental with the first side hustle, as you will most likely have the tools needed for the others.
They are also not passive income earners; you will need to do the work in order to get paid. However, you’ll likely meet and make some friends along the way who will tell others about your services. And, once you have some firsthand experience you can write your own guide to doing what you do. That in turn will create some passive income for you, and you can hire a house sitter while you vacation in Hawaii.