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For years I’ve had that entrepreneur spirit in me. I have been finding ways to make extra money since I was in middle school. I have always wanted to have some extra money around whether it was for clothes or vacation. Here are six of the side hustles that I’ve done in the past. I am currently still doing a few of them.
In middle school, I decided to create calendars. As a teenager, I wanted to make some extra money so I decided to try this out. I’m not sure how many, but I did make a few sales. Teachers and a few of my peers purchased them. Even though I made money from them, I never tried to sell them again. I didn’t feel like going through the hassle of trying to come up with a design or picture for each month. I also didn’t feel like spending the small amount of money that I had to get them printed.
For years I sold candy. It was easy money. I actually did this hustle from middle school up until my freshmen year of college. Everybody has a sweet tooth. I capitalized on that. I probably made one hundred dollars per month back then. It could have been more, but I wasn’t as focused as I should have been. I should have kept some sort of record. In college, people would come to my dorm at different times of the day to get some candy. I should have kept doing that until I graduated, but again, my lack of focus messed me up.
If you had a computer and a CD burner in the late 90’s or early 2000’s you could have made serious money making custom mix CDs. I did very well back in the day making custom mixes. I loved this side hustle. Everyone didn’t have access to music like they do now. I used that to my advantage. I also knew the websites to check where you could get music a week or two early. Man, I was doing good. Nowadays, this side hustle wouldn’t make much money. It’s easy to get music now.
The next side hustle that I did was to take surveys. You will not get rich doing this, but you can make a hundred bucks per month if you try hard enough. If you have a lot of downtime at your job, this is something that you can do there. While I don’t do surveys as much as I used to, I still use Swag Bucks and Opinion Outpost from time to time.
I’ve been selling items on eBay on and off since 2009. I got more serious about it 2015. Sometimes it’s old things from around the house. Other times I go to yard sales or to the thrift stores and find items. You would be surprised what you could find in there. People can buy things for a couple of dollars and make a few hundred bucks off of them on eBay. To make that happen, you do have to research what you’re selling. I currently make a couple hundred bucks per month with eBay doing it part-time. If you are interested in starting with eBay, check out my course titled The Beginner’s eBay Course.
A few years ago, I used to sell t-shirts during St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Savannah, Georgia. Savannah has one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the country. I figured I should do something to make some money during that weekend, so I came up with custom shirts for tourist. I sold my St. Patrick’s Day shirts for four years. Three out of the last four years I made a profit. One year, I tripled my investment. I am currently working on other ideas and designs. Over the years, my strategy has changed. I don’t print shirts and sell them anymore. I use a site called Teespring to sell them. Also, I don’t have to use my money, so I will never take a loss. I also have a Facebook page for my tees as well. I test and post a lot of the new designs over there. Feel free to check them out when you get a chance.
These are just a few of the side hustles that I have had. I will be working on a few more to help me get my debt down quicker. I enjoy having multiple streams of income. One source of income does not cut it. There’s a lot that I want to do in life and I need money to do it.
What types of side hustles do you have? How have they worked for you?