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Today marks the first day of spring, a time to renew yourself personally and financially.
For starters, spring is a good time to assess how well you’ve been doing with those financial resolutions. It’s also a perfect time to give your money a good spring cleaning.
While there are many ways to improve your finances, here’s a tried-and-true way to earn extra cash: Pick up a new side hustle.
To get you started, here are six ideas for jumping on a new springtime side gig.
The spring season means flowers are in bloom and the grass starts to grow.
This is also when folks need to tend to their lawns and gardens. Many of these people have zero time. That’s where your landscape side hustle comes in.
“It’s a great side hustle that is vibrant during the spring, as everyone starts getting their yards and gardens back up and running to look great for the summertime,” says Dustyn Ferguson of Dime Will Tell.
“People are willing to pay to do a lot of this work, especially for laborious work like placing mulch, creating pathways, picking weeds, and even designing a garden,” he says.
Even if you don’t have the greenest of thumbs, don’t count yourself out; there are always other yard care jobs to be had, like lawn mowing or trimming trees.
Pet Sitting/Dog Walking
Spring begins the vacation season – the time of year when your neighbors and local pet owners will need someone to care for their pets while they’re away.
Pet-sitting can include feeding cats, caring for a pet in your home, and most of all, dog walking.
You can advertise your animal loving, pet whisperer skills by hanging flyers around the neighborhood, but your best bet is to join a dedicated pet-sitting app like Rover.com.
Tutoring and Teaching
The school year is almost halfway over, precisely the time students need tutoring help to boost their grades, and start preparing and studying for SATs and other exams.
“The second semester is often the busiest time as students who struggled in the first part of the year seek additional support to earn passing grades, or to boost skills and confidence,” says educational therapist Ruth Wilson.
“Tutors get the satisfaction of helping a young person achieve success, which makes tutoring as personally rewarding as it is financially beneficial,” she says.
To get started, you can market your own skills or sign up on a site like Chegg.com to find in-person or online tutoring opportunities in a variety of subjects.
Another side hustle in the teaching-related family is to teach something that you have a passion for. For example, you can perhaps teach group exercise classes at a local gym or even teach children’s yoga classes. Whereas you can promote yourself, you can also connect with companies that provide you with all the necessary tools and branding to launch your own side hustle. For example, Boston-based Pretzel Kids trains you to teach yoga and mindfulness to kids via an affordable weekend or online certification course. Once you’ve taken the course, you can then join the licensing program for only $19 a month. This gives you the rights to use all of the company’s branding to launch your own Pretzel Kids business. Pretzel Kids Founder Robyn Parets calls it a “kids yoga business-in-a-box.”
“Teaching Pretzel Kids classes using all of our tools and resources is a great way to do something meaningful, while earning money around your own schedule,” says Parets.
Here’s yet another way to earn money teaching something you love: If you’re musically inclined, how about offering guitar, piano or drum lessons? Or, are you a sports lover? Perhaps you can coach or referee in local youth sports leagues.
Become a Tour Guide
Do you know your hometown like the back of your hand? Do you live in an area with a rich cultural history? Consider becoming a tour guide or docent for a local historical society or museum.
“People want to travel, and as a tour guide, you can give them best views of your city. (It’s a) great gig if you are someone who loves exploring and sharing your love for your hometown,” says career blogger Sireesha Narumanchi.
Narumanchi recommends signing up with sites like Vayable to advertise your availability.
Sell Your Stuff
Decluttering your life has a host of mental and emotional benefits, and spring cleaning is the perfect way to get rid of all that extra stuff in your house, apartment, attic or garage.
So, think about selling appliances, electronics, books, toys, bikes, clothing or other unwanted items — either at a local flea market, garage sale or online.
But how do you make it a consistent side gig instead of a one-off sale? One way is to visit thrift shops or department stores, buy items on discount or sale, and “flip” them for sale online at a higher price on sites like eBay or Craigslist.
Of course, the one thing you shouldn’t discount is selling your own creations. If you’ve got artistic skills, you can sell your wares on sites like Etsy.
Rideshare services like Uber or Lyft have transformed the way we take public transportation, allowing motorists to earn cash using their own cars as a taxi service.
One reason this makes such a good spring side hustle is that the snow, ice, sleet and otherwise treacherous, wintry driving conditions are gone. You can share a scenic, springtime drive with others and get paid to do it.
Driving for a rideshare service also means you can set your own hours, drive when you want to, and get compensated quickly and easily. In fact, enrolling in direct deposit through Chime can get you paid two days early. Score!
Springing for a Side Gig
If you’re looking to rake in some extra income as the warmer weather approaches, this list should give you lots of ideas.
One more tip: Whether your side gig leads to a modest windfall or becomes something more lucrative, downloading the Chime banking app is simply the best way to manage your newfound earnings. In fact, the Chime app includes an automatic savings feature that helps you save money every time you’re paid. Are you ready to get a jump on spring with your new seasonal side hustle?