How to Find the Perfect Side Hustle

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Need a side hustle when you’re in a pinch?

What side hustle should you pursue when you’re in a pinch?

Find easy, accessible, or flexible opportunities. Whatever your situation is, time is of the essence.

Easy side hustles when your back is against the wall include:

  • Gig work. If you have unexpected expenses piling up, get some gig work. Think Uber, Lyft, or Door Dash. My former coworker would deliver for Door Dash after her 8-hour shift. With emergency after emergency landing in her lap, she had to act quickly. It’s not a forever thing, but gig work is a lifesaver until she can get past this hump.
  • Part-time job. If your current job isn’t cutting it, gaining any form of employment can help hold you over. For example, when my friend heard rumors of a layoff, he started working at an understaffed restaurant. The part-time job helped him bridge the gap between his pending layoff and his next job but also provides flexibility to apply and interview to other jobs.
  • Start selling stuff. You may have more valuable stuff around your house than you think. For instance, my coworker receives a lot of gifts for each holiday or celebration. Unfortunately, not everyone is a practical gift giver, so items eventually collect dust in the guest bedroom. Then, enough time passes that it’s deemed acceptable to regift or sell.

I tend to find these side hustles as a perfect band-aid. They’re an excellent temporary fix but eventually can make you exhausted if you’re spending too much time.

Need a side hustle for supplemental income?

What kind of person enjoys a side hustle for supplemental income?

Everyone.

But the best fit is someone who is already working a stable full-time job. It’s a fantastic way to diversify their income and build an extra cushion. Or it provides a mental escape from their routine 9–5.

Working an enjoyable side hustle can cure you of a lot of your dread in a 9–5 job.

The main two things I consider for finding a side hustle for supplemental income include:

  1. First, enjoy a hobby — then monetize it, so it becomes a side hustle.
  2. Find a side hustle that fits with your schedule. If you’re working a full-time job, it can’t overlap with those hours.

How I monetize my hobby:

As I sat down and determined my “why,” I initially wanted to find a side hustle to get my creative juices flowing. I love my 9–5 job and its stability but felt a little restless every day.

I can comfortably pay all my bills with my full-time job. But I’ve discovered how I enjoy writing as a hobby to organize my thoughts, network with other writers, and add value to my audience.

And there’s nothing wrong with monetizing your hobby to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

How I find a side hustle that aligns with my schedule:

Another recent side hustle that I found is participating in user interviews. I enjoy these because it’s a big bang for your buck. I can get paid $100 for an hour of my time.

These interviews typically range from 30 minutes to an hour. Therefore, I can easily incorporate these into my lunch break throughout the week.

Essentially, companies will look for a specific demographic that fits their research needs. Then, they will invite participants to an interview to share their thoughts on a product, service, or idea.

All I have to do is have a good internet connection, use my webcam camera, and provide my honest opinion. You have to answer some screener questions, and I don’t always get picked. But each interview I’ve participated in is a pleasure. Interviewers are courteous and appreciate your time.

A side hustle that provides supplemental income is a stepping stone to scaling up.

If you’re looking for supplemental income, you likely don’t financially need a side hustle. Instead, you’re looking to diversify your income or acquire extra spending money.

The best type of side hustle is one without pressure for my cautious nature. Sure, some people may thrive under pressure.

I’m not one of them. I get stressed out and have and break out in hives. I want a side hustle to complement my life, not dominate it. So if I need to withdraw from it temporarily, it’s not the end of the world. If I want to ramp up, I can.

Over the past three months, I’ve averaged about $400/month with my writing and user interviews. A lot of my writing revenue is from previous articles, and my earnings from user interviews result from a small investment.

My current side hustles fall in this category. I do plan on pitching to more publications to submit my writing. But for my mental health, I like to walk before I run. So while I’d love to scale them up later, this is my current sweet spot.

Need a side hustle before you quit your job?

If you need a successful side hustle before you put in your resignation notice, it can be a long road. It’s the supplemental income reason on steroids.

Popular options on building a scalable side hustle to quit your job include:

  • Freelancing or consulting on the side. My brother started consulting for digital marketing while working a full-time job. When he scaled it up, he could confidently leave and rely on his side hustle turned full-time gig.
  • Starting a business. My best friend took a riskier route. She couldn’t dabble in side hustling for long. She dedicated too much time to her full-time job and decided to quit first before building up her client base for video editing. Then, with an extra 40 hours a week, she threw herself into a high-stakes situation and came out on top.
  • Increasing your online presence. I have a friend starting her journey as a social media influencer. Months later, she’s scoring sponsored posts and brand partnerships.

Leaving your job takes a lot of unhappiness or courage. The people closest to me usually have a mix of both. They’re typically competitive people who want to strike out on their own because they know they can do better whether it’s achieving a better work-life balance or skyrocketing their income to replace a full-time salary.