Some people have too much time on their hands. Add up the hours you’ve spent binge-watching Jenifa Diaries . Now imagine if you’d used that time to make more dough. Last year, 55 million people — or 35 percent of the U.S. workforce — took on a variety of jobs beyond their main employment, according to a study by the Freelancers Union and Upwork, the internet’s largest freelancing website. Get ideas from these hustle-tastic women to turn your extra hours into extradinero.
If You Have … 1.5 Hours a Week
Try: Playing Teacher
Who: Taryn Wade, 31, Crestview, Florida
Hustle: Grading SAT essays
Taryn, a school psychologist, started looking for additional work that would help her pay off student debt — with special attention to jobs that complemented her background. She discovered an SAT-essay grading job on Craigslist and vetted it with a dose of Google searching. (When applying for online jobs, do some sleuthing to ensure your personal info is going to legit contacts.)
If You Have … 3 Hours a Week
Try: Shopping for your way to success.
Cash: Between $100 to $1,000/week
Who: Mia Graffam, 26, Nashville, Tennessee
Hustle: Antiques Dealer
Mia, a tattoo parlor owner and artist, has always loved shopping for vintage art and furnishings. So she and her friend Ali Arakawa turned their shared interest into a small Etsy business called Fare Well Trading. While Ali runs the day-to-day operations out of New York, buying and listing most of the stock online, Mia helps with social media and, when she can, takes road trips to flea markets and yard sales to scout for inventory. “As long as our customers are happy, we’re able to work a tour own pace,” she says.
If You Have … 4 Hours a Week
Try: Turning your quirks into cash
Cash: $40 to $50/hour
Who: Molly Cole, 29, San Francisco, California
Hustle: Home Organizer
After Molly graduated from law school in 2014, she realized she needed another stream of income to afford her expensive city. A self-professed type-A personality, she gladly began organizing people’s homes on the weekends. She launched her own company (Cole + Co) and books gigs with everyone from new moms to tech bros through Thumbtack, an online marketplace for freelance projects. After an initial consultation with the client, Cole creates a game plan to help straighten up their game.
If You Have … 10 Hours a Week
Try: Picking up the slack for other people
Cash: $25/ hour on average
Who:Latain Palmer, 34, Brooklyn, New York
As a freelance graphic designer, Latain works on a project-to-project basis, so her paycheck isn’t always steady. She supplements her income by doing small jobs on apps such as Taskrabbit and Jop, which connect users to various service providers — everything from yoga teachers to handymen. Latain sticks to assistant-centric jobs like picking up and dropping off packages, light administrative work, assembling gift bags, and working the door at events. She sets the fee for her work by factoring in the 15 to 30 percent cut that the apps take.
If You Have … 16 Hours a Week
Try: Expanding your business
Cash: $200 to $300/ week
Who: Ashley Brown, 29, Atlanta, Georgia
Hustle: Freelance hairstylist
Ashley has styled hair for more than a decade but only began renting her own space in a salon less than a year ago. To supplement her cost of living, she created a profile on Colour, an on-demand hairstyling app that sends professionals to people’s homes or hotels for basic ‘dos. “Work is typically slower on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Sundays, so I’ll block off time and take Colour clients then,” she says. So look at your expertise and seek opportunities to create or expand a client base.