6 tips for choosing the right side hustle for your lifestyle

Sep 10 2019, 7:30 am

We could all use a little extra cash.

If you’re set, props to you — but let’s be honest, most of us could do with some extra dough on top of our usual 9-to-5 earnings.

If you’re looking for ways to earn a few extra bucks, there are plenty of side hustles out there! No matter where you’re from or what your schedule is, you have to admit: we’re lucky to live in a time when the internet makes moneymaking so convenient.

There are plenty of options and paths you can take. With a little support from the team at Swagbucks.ca, we’ve outlined a few tips for choosing the best side hustle to fit your lifestyle.

Make money through online surveys and focus groups

You don’t have to spend money to start making money! Make some extra cash by participating in surveys and focus groups. They let you earn cash, gift cards, or merchandise, and all you have to spend is your time.

Swagbucks.ca offers the opportunity to make money taking surveys online or through the SB Answer app (available on iOS and Android), with topics ranging from which television shows you watch, to food shopping habits, to testing product samples. You can even download their app and earn on the go!

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Find a flexible side hustle that works with your schedule

This is one of the easiest ways to earn extra cash, especially if you’re already working a 9 to 5. For instance, your car or bike can be a huge asset if you’re keen to join ride-share and food delivery companies such as UberEats, Lyft, and DoorDash, which are always looking for drivers. Swagbucks will award $150 (15,000 SB) when a user completes their first delivery on DoorDash, or sign up to deliver food via Uber and get $80 after your first delivery. Rideshare drivers typically average $2,000 to $3,000 per month in larger cities such as Toronto!

If you’re driving, all you need is to be at least 21 years old, with one to three years’ driving experience, a valid driver’s licence, proof of car insurance and vehicle registration, and a four-door vehicle. You’ll also be required to pass necessary criminal record and driving background checks.

You can earn as little or as much as you like, depending on how often you drive. Our tip is to drive during peak times to get the most out of your side hustle.

Save money through cashback and coupons

No matter how much you try to cut back on your spending, there are always purchases you have to make. So why not try making money while shopping?

It might sound a little too good to be true, but this is actually the case with Swagbucks.ca. Members can earn cash back for purchases at online stores including Amazon, Walmart, Old Navy, The Bay, Indigo, and more. Swagbucks can also find coupons that get you 10-20% off your purchase, and maybe even free shipping!

Plus, if you refer a friend, you get an extra 100 SB (equivalent to $1) in your account. Currently, new members who join for free will get $10 towards their first purchase. No codes necessary — just sign up. Be sure to add the Swagbutton to your browser to remind you about your cashback and automatically add coupons to save you even more.

You can also earn SB for snapping photos of your grocery receipts and uploading them to the SB Answer app. For every new grocery receipt you submit, you’ll earn two SB. You can submit up to five receipts per week.

Members can cash out their points for gift cards to popular stores like Amazon, Starbucks, and even Paypal, also run by Swagbucks. Sounds good to us!

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Pick something you enjoy doing

One of the most important things is to make sure you pick something that you enjoy doing. If you want to make money using your existing skills or hobbies, you can join a freelance network such as Fiverr, which connects people with freelancers who specialize in fields like copywriting, graphic design, coding, and more.

The best part is, it’s free to join a network like Fiverr — and you decide how much you want to charge for your services.

Be a self-starter

If you have a creative skill that you can make use of, take advantage of that to make some extra cash. Thanks to online platforms such as Etsy, eBay, and Amazon Handmade, artists have plenty of outlets to sell their items — all without leaving the comfort of their home or studio.

Be sure to do your research on each selling platform before you launch your side hustle. Selling on Amazon Handmade, for example, will give you access to a huge online marketplace; however, you’ll be up against some stiff competition.

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Rent out your spare room

Take a page out of a lot of people’s books and list any spare rooms you have on Airbnb. If you’re a good host, you could make so much spare cash by doing so! Some tips from successful Airbnb hosts include stocking all the toiletries you’d expect at a hotel, making sure you label everything for clarity, and being kind to your guests.

For more information about how to make some extra dough today, visit Swagbucks.ca.