Like a lot of people, I’m thinking about ways to make some extra money. I am not hoping to work full-time, but am interested in a side hustle (or two or three!) to generate extra cash in my free time. Any suggestions?


John G.


Hi John,

We’re glad you wrote in to ask about this. Making extra money is on many Member minds here at Amava and we’ve spent quite a bit of time checking out the landscape. With an internet connection, a cell phone and some ingenuity, you can leave the days of day jobs and LinkedIn behind.

In a nutshell, we’d start with what you like to do (or what you don’t mind doing anyway). We’ve found that’s a great way to approach this. 

For example, if you’re a person who enjoys driving, you can look into shift work with Amazon or get yourself set up to drive with Uber or Lyft or Postmates or Instacart. Those are classic side hustles for people who like to pick up extra money on four wheels. You may not make a lot of money doing this, but you can hope to make some money fast and run your own business. If animals are your passion, you can do pet sitting and dog walking for Rover and set yourself up on your cell phone and get paid to play with dogs.

If you are a person who enjoys crafts or nostalgia or just reselling in general, you can use a combination of Ebay, Craigslist and Etsy and make some cash back on things you already own (or made yourself) online. Plenty of people do this on the go, transacting business on their smartphones and accepting credit card payments or paypal or Venmo payments. You can also do some affiliate marketing if you’re a big fan of a particular brand that has a program. These are all ways to make some fast cash and be a small business owner. 

Another thing many of our Members have worked as freelancers using apps like Fiverr, Taskrabbit and Upwork to connect with freelance jobs. This can work well for writers, editors, virtual assistants, handy people, graphic designers and more. There are also gigs available if you have some training to transcribe or can teach english online. You can also pick up some freelance writing gigs for local businesses if you keep your ear to the ground in your community. Google searches will also show specific platforms that specialize in different kinds of side gigs, such as Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (MTurk), which allows employers and individuals to outsource processes and jobs to a virtual workforce (like data entry). Some people want to work wherever they are on their own schedules. Bloggers and freelance writers are a great example. People work hard to share their writing on social media, gain followers and then monetize their blogs with ads or get paid by small businesses (or large ones) for their work. 

Another answer to the “how to make money” question is by doing something you would do anyway or using something you already own. If you’re shopping anyhow, do it through a site like Raukten and get cash back. Leverage an asset that you have but are not using through sites like Airbnb or Turo to make some extra income. If you need some help figuring out how to do this you can take an online course to learn the ropes. You can even find things for free on YouTube channels that specialize in the sharing economy.

Speaking of online courses, you might consider upskilling to improve your chances to pick up some side income. Platforms like Udemy are a good place to start. You can also check out classes available right on the Amava site to get you started.

A  last thought is to make money online for sharing your opinions or insights. If you’re a survey junkie, this should be pretty easy, though always be on the lookout for scams. You can take surveys on a platform like Swagbucks in your spare time in exchange for Amazon gift cards or gift cards to stores like Walmart or even cash sent straight to your bank account. Inboxdollars is another similar platform for online surveys and there are other survey sites as well. A really fun part-time job to help you make some side income is being a mystery shopper, where you pose as a shopper to gain insights for market research companies. You can also do some user testing or join some focus groups. 

We hope this helps, John! It’s a lot to think about!

All the best,

Team Amava


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