Side Hustle 101: How to make extra cash

Money is hard to come by especially if you don’t have a full-time job. When you are in high school, it seems like you could always use more money. For yearbooks, prom dresses and tuxedos, saving up for college or that sweet ride you’ve been dreaming of.

Now, you can either go to your nearest tree to pick some ripen dollar bills or you can get a side hustle. According to Urban dictionary a side hustle, “is a sideline that brings in cash; something other than a main job.”

The best part, you don’t have to be an adult to have one. In between school and my practice schedule, I was babysitting and pet sitting long before “side hustles” were a thing!

The market for side-hustles is large and if you put in the time, it can turn into your very first business. Mine did! So, what are you waiting for? Let’s get started.


Getting started: Side Hustle 101

1. Find out your skill set.

What do you like to do? Do you have any talents or passions? Write a list and see what you can come up with.  My suggestion is to start with 5 things.

2. Narrow down your list.

Now that you made a general list, hone in on it. Be feasible. What can you see yourself actually doing? Take your list down from 5 things to 2. Once you have 2, strategize both out, doing this could bring your list down to 1 that you’re more interested in.  

3. Schedule and plan.

Before you start your gig, make sure you have the time. You don’t want to start something and be unable to develop it because you are too busy. You must set time out to work on your craft and work to make your side hustle profitable. Remember every side hustle is capable of becoming a full- time job, don’t forget that.

4. Find something fun.

If you don’t think you are talented enough to have a side hustle. Think again. You can do all sorts of things without having a unique knack or skill-set. Pick something that you think you can make interesting, don’t pick of something that will bore you to tears.

5. Talk with your support system

Tell your loved ones about your ideas and ask for them for their support. More so often than not, your family and close friends will be your very first customers and critics! Better go call Grandma.

6. Get to work

WORK ON YOUR CRAFT. DO I NEED TO SAY MORE--I feel like I need to- Research. Research. Research. Read. Read. Read. Everything you do needs nurturing work on your craft and get cracking. 



Side Hustle Ideas for High School Students


Around the Neighborhood:

·       Baby Sitting

·       Pet sitting

·       Washing cars

·       Mowing Lawns



·       Online Surveyor (Survey Junkie, Swag Bucks)

·       Social media influencer

·       Vlogger (Make Youtube tutorials)

·       Blogger

·       Graphic Designer

·       Website Builder

·       Virtual Assistant

·       Gamer (Enter into tournaments)

·       Computer Techie

·       Software Developer


School related:

·       Tutor

·       Sports trainer

·       Resume builder


Blue Collar

·       Painting

·       Power washing

·       Mowing Lawns

·       Cleaning Service

·       Detailing Car



·       Artist

·       Freelancer

·       Photographer

·       Song Writer

·       Writer (Enter essay contest check out Reader’s Digest, Ebook)

·       Poet (Sell your poetry on)



·       Develop an app


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