In two weeks, I’ll be moving to a new place. I currently live in a studio apartment, and since I now have a dog, I’d like to live in a proper 1-bedroom. The problem is, Austin is expensive!
Seeing as I’m on a pretty tight budget, my three options are pretty much:
a) live in a janky part of town where the rent is cheaper
b) live with a roommate (ugh, what am I, 24? No. I’m almost 30.)
c) continue to live beyond my means and continue to rack up credit card debt
Should a woman have to sacrifice her safety because she can’t afford it? No. But that’s just the world we live in.
Anyway, I think I’m going to go ahead with neither option. Instead, I’ve been thinking about picking up a little side hustle to make some extra cash to afford my rent.
Fit Small Business put together a guide for people like myself looking to make some more money (so that they can, er, afford nicer places and such). As it so aptly points out:
“The best side business ideas are easy to start, have low startup costs, and you can do it in your spare time.” Here are some ideas to get you started.
1. Run a subscription site.
Starting up your own subscription site has a ton of benefits. They include being able to scale your business, having flexibility with where and when you can work (the best), and a stable, consistent income.
Who you should talk to: Sylvia LeRahl, CEO of Membership Fix
2. Be a bookkeeper
You don’t necessarily need to be a licensed accountant, or studying finance or business to get into bookkeeping. Bookkeping is just keeping track of other companies’ expenses – so as long as you have some time, a calculator and stay organized with spreadsheets, you’re good to go!
A bonus perk? You can make up to $1,200 a month, per client.
Who you should talk to: Rick Orford, Co-founder of Surplus Academy
3. Sell digital downloads
Things like online courses, or unique, customizable templates are easy to sell online. If you’d like to sell stuff you design/write/put together, make a website and open up a Shopify account. You don’t need to be a pro t-shirt designer to do something like this! Whether you’re a writer, marketer, graphic designer, branding expert, etc. you can put together something digital to sell, depending on your skill set.
Who you should talk to: Maggie Aland, Marketing & Review Editor, Fit Small Business
Starting your own business isn’t always easy, but it’s totally worth it! If you want some more good and unique side hustle ideas, be sure to check out the rest of Fit Small Business’s guide of Part-time Small Business Ideas.