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A side hustle can be a great way to earn extra money and safeguard your finances. But some hustles bring in cash faster than others.
“In this economy, the need for freelance work is huge,” says DeAngelo McCoy, an entrepreneur. “I see it every day.” As inflation continues to rage, Americans are grappling with the rising cost of living, and the forthcoming holiday season will push many household budgets to the breaking point.
The gig economy can help. And during this time of year, there are many opportunities to start making money right away. These side hustles can help you get the cash you need to pay bills, buy gifts for family and friends, or add to your investment accounts.
Here are 10 side hustles that can help you make an extra $750 or more before December — along with advice from people who do them every day.
10 Side Hustles to Make You Money in Less Than 30 Days
- Take on part-time shifts for events.
- Resell items on e-commerce platforms.
- Edit podcast or video episodes.
- Offer freelance gigs online.
- Coach or consult people virtually.
- Become a part-time rideshare driver.
- Create and sell an online course.
- Deliver groceries or takeout from restaurants.
- Rent out your car.
- Rent a room in your home — or even your couch.
No. 1: Take on Part-Time Shifts for Events
During the holiday season, there are lots of events happening, and restaurants need extra help. The tips are also better during the holidays, as more people go out.
“One way to make money this month is by picking up shifts at different types of busy hospitality companies,” says Alex Atwood, who co-founded a side hustle platform called GravyWork to give people access to many different ways to earn money in the gig economy. “Whether it’s a restaurant, a bar in an airport, or an event like a corporate Christmas party, now is a busy event season.” Atwood, 47, says the gig economy has its lowest barrier of entry in 30 years, thanks to advancements in technology and pairing contractors with gigs.
“You can take on shifts at night or on weekends, and find opportunities close to you.”