15 Innovative Ways to Pocket Extra Cash With Side Hustles

It is fascinating how quickly the job market is evolving and is offering quick money-making offers that did not exist until a few decades ago. Furthermore, the best part is that not all require you to be confined to a windowless room or chained to a desk and laptop. Some jobs are skill-based, some outdoorsy, and some pure fun.

Read on to learn 15 new ways to make money.

Cuddle People

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Believe it or not, you can get paid to cuddle people. Professional cuddlers, cuddlists, or cuddle therapists (as they prefer to be called) offer non-sexual cuddle sessions to their clients. These sessions help in soothing their clients. Take a certified cuddling training course; a certificate always comes in handy, and attend a cuddler convention to network. 

Organize Other People’s Things

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If you are a fan of Marie Kondo’s organizational skills and don’t mind organizing other people’s closets and cabinets, congratulate yourself because you have just found a great way to earn money. Sign up for sites like Thumbtack and Westtenth to inform people about your services.

Sell Stock Photos

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If you have a flair for photography, you can make money by selling your photos to popular stock photo sites like Pixabay, Pexels, Unsplash, and Shutterstock. It takes some time to build up an inventory, but once it does, you will earn cash each time your image is purchased.

Get Paid To Test A Bed

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There are not many jobs that pay to sleep, but this one does. In this job, you need to test beds, mattresses, and bedding. The companies hire people to test their new products during their development stage.

Be An Ethical Hacker

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If you are into the world of computers and on top of cutting-edge technology, ethical hacking can be a lucrative prospect for you. You need to use your skills to break into computer systems and get paid good money for it.

Crime Scene Cleaner

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Pursuing a job in crime scene cleaning is not for everyone, but if seeing and touching blood and remains of human body parts don’t make you throw up, then this is the job for you. As a crime scene cleaning technician, you will be required to take care of blood, human waste, and remains, and also clean and sanitize the area where a homicide or suicide has taken place. Reach out to companies that deal with biohazard cleanup in your area for a job. 

Rent Our Your Backyard

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While vacation apps like Airbnb have long been in the market of converting traditional home space into rentals, newer apps like Peerspace, Giggster, Swimply, and Splacer have entered the market with specialized offerings. You can rent out your backyard, pools, and living rooms on an hourly basis, which are turned into party venues.

Be A Professional Bridesmaid

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Usually a bride appoints her unwed friends and female family members as her bridesmaids, but at times when a bride doesn’t have many close friends or family who have the time or money to be a part of her wedding. In such a scenario, a professional bridesmaid comes to the rescue. As a bridesmaid on hire, you get to wear a decent dress, stand by the bride, and show off your dance moves on the floor. And you get paid for it.

Be A Live Mannequin

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Live mannequins or human statues are increasingly seen in shopping malls, art galleries, and corporate functions. Live mannequins are required to stand still for hours, without moving or speaking, in elaborate costumes or makeup. Live mannequins usually get paid by the hour, so if you are calm and composed and can remain in character for long hours, you have found a great side hustle.                                                                                                                        

Review Music For Cash

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You can now get paid to listen to new music tracks, review tracks, and provide feedback. Sign up to platforms like RadioEarn and Slicethepie to earn some money on the side.

Get Paid To Be A Friend

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Many people lack companionship and look for friends to walk with them in a park or attend a social event. Your job is to spend time with people looking for friendship, have interesting conversations, and look convincing while doing it. Rentafriend is a legitimate website that can connect you with people looking for a professional friend.

Waiting In Line For Someone

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It can be boring to wait in line, but not if you get paid for it. Waiting in line for someone else can be a profitable activity. Apps like Spotter or TaskRabbit help you connect with customers looking for someone to wait in line on their behalf for a concert ticket or other such activities.

Sell Your Services

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When we say services, they can be from a host of creative services like editing, ghostwriting, building websites, and typesetting to non-creative skills like walking a dog, running errands, and babysitting.

Host City Tours

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If you live in a town/city known for its history and culture and have a passion for and interest in your town’s history, you can conduct tours for visitors. It is a great way to earn some money. You can build your website advertising your services or use existing apps like Showaround, City Unscripted, and Withlocals.

Become An Influencer

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If you have a passion for fashion, movies, beauty and makeup, dance, or other similar things, you can become a social media influencer. Create your brand on Instagram or YouTube, and once you gain popularity and a good following, brands will reach out to you to partner with you. You can monetize your social media presence by promoting their products or services that align with your niche.

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