Stretching a paycheck has become quite the challenge lately. It seems like you just make it to the end of the month with the money you have.
Saving money is almost out of the question when you are living paycheck to paycheck. That’s when you need to start thinking about a side hustle to help get ahead.
Some will only ever be a way to make a few extra dollars, but there are some others that can be turned into a legitimate business that pays more than what some of your friends are making right out of college.
Here are three side hustles that you can turn into a full-time business if you want.
1 – Junk removal
All you need to get started with this is a truck and enough money to put a sign on it. You can do it in your spare time, but chances are you will be turning business away until you decide to make it a full-time gig.
It works like this:
Get yourself a good-sized used pick-up that has a trailer. The work itself is very simple. You just offer to take away people’s junk. When somebody needs a basement cleared or a store goes out of business and has a lot of stuff to get rid of, then you are the guy they call.
You’ll need to do some advertising to get the word out, but sometimes a simple magnet sign with your contact info slapped on the side of the truck is enough. If you are internet savvy, then you could even do some marketing online through social media and buying Google ads.
Knowing how to dispose of the junk you pick up is essential, however. For instance, you’ll need to read a good source for mattress disposal to understand how to get rid of them along with other types of materials.
2 – Window washer
Another not-so-glamorous job that can prove to be very lucrative is to wash windows. Armed with a bucket and some squeegees, you can be the go to guy that helps businesses keep their windows clean and clear to make a good impression.
Make up some flyers to hand out to businesses with your offer. Start out with very competitive prices, but offer upsells for more money so you aren’t doing lots of work for little pay.
If all goes well, then you should have a steady recurring income as businesses will pay you a monthly fee to come by at scheduled times to wash their windows on an ongoing basis.
3 – Painter
Painters work very hard but also make some great money. If you are very detail oriented and work quickly, then you can make quite a bit by painting interiors or exteriors.
Be very clear when making an estimate with customers on how much it will cost. If you end up using more pain than you thought, you may actually lose money on the job.
Just start out with small jobs and build your way up to doing entire houses or working for businesses.