(TACT) Did you know that nearly 78% of U.S. workers live paycheck to paycheck? It's no wonder, then, that many people are looking to make extra money on the side to help make ends meet.
Luckily, there are plenty of opportunities to earn extra cash. The gig economy and technological advancements are paving the way for countless side hustles to make more money.
So what are the best side gigs to start earning extra money?
Keep reading to discover our five favorite side hustles to make easy cash in 2019.
1. Freelance Writing
Do you like to write? If so, it's never been easier to make money freelance writing from home on your own schedule.
The first thing you need to do is pick a niche to specialize in. Business, health, insurance, finance, cryptocurrency, and marketing are very popular niches. The best advice for choosing a solid niche is to combine your current knowledge and skills with your passions.
You'll need a few writing samples to start. You can write a few articles in Google Docs and save them. You can also write some articles for Medium or Thought Catalog so that you have published links when you're trying to land writing gigs.
If you don't have a budget for your own personal website yet, create a free portfolio with your sample articles on Contently. Many publications look at Contently to find writers to hire. The goal here is to have an online portfolio of your work when you submit for writing jobs.
You can also pitch your services to websites you would like to write for. Email prospective websites detailing your services and offer to write for them. This one is more time consuming but you can set your own pay rate.
Do you have knowledge you want to share? Or opinions you want to vent?
Blogging is a fun and simple way to get your message out and make $100 a day or more. Who knows, maybe your blog will become very popular and you can become an expert authority in your field.
You should know that blogging requires a long-term view. That is, don't expect to make big money right off the bat. It takes time to build a following of loyal readers. Making your first $1,000 will be hard work.
But once the ball gets rolling, the momentum carries you and it becomes much easier to meet all your financial goals.
Blogs are great as an income source because you can make money in a number of different ways.
For example, you can put third-party display ads on your site and earn money each time someone views it. It's not uncommon for intermediate bloggers to make $2,000 to $3,000 per month through banner ads.
Affiliate marketing is another way most bloggers make money. You don't have to sell your soul here. Just recommend products and services that you use and that you think will help your followers. Each time they click through one of your recommendations and make a purchase, you will receive a commission.
Selling products and services can also be lucrative. Many bloggers sell digital courses ranging from $15 to $5,000. Or they use their blogs to sell expert services. For example, a blog about web design may offer to create websites for others for a fee.
3. Rideshare Driving
All you need to get started is a car and some free time. If you don't mind taking strangers to their destination, this is an excellent side gig.
One of the biggest advantages of rideshare driving is that it is 100% flexible. When you want to work, turn on the app. When you want to call it a day, turn it off.
These services also make it simple to get paid. For instance, Uber will pay you on the same day through direct deposit if you don't want to wait until the end of the weekly pay period. Lyft will pay you weekly via direct deposit as well. Or you can get cash daily with their ExpressPay debit card, so long as you have earned $50.
4. Rent Your Home through Airbnb
Looking for a more passive way to earn extra income? Consider renting out your home, or part of your home, through Airbnb.
Airbnb has disrupted the travel accommodations industry in the same way Uber revolutionized the taxi industry. And you can profit through Airbnb with relatively little work.
Airbnb provides an online marketplace for people to rent out extra rooms or their entire house. You create a listing for your place and set your price. It's a good idea to look at other listings in your area so you can price your offer competitively.
Airbnb is ideal if you're going on vacation and want to earn some extra cash while you're away. Or maybe you have an extra room you've been using for storage that could be earning you money.
5. Amazon FBA
Are you good at finding deals? If so, you may be able to use your talents to sell items for a profit on Amazon through their Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) program.
Here's how it works: You find products at a discount and then resell them on Amazon for full price and pocket the difference. The best part is, Amazon handles the storage, sales, shipping and customer support for you.
Once you sign up for FBA, you create product pages for the items you want to sell on Amazon. Once you run out of a product, you can pause the product page until you acquire more stock. Send your inventory to Amazon and they handle the rest.
Many Amazon sellers graduate to selling their own branded products through overseas suppliers. This is how you can start selling products by the hundreds, or even by the thousands.
The most common route is to find something you want to sell on Alibaba, a large Chinese commerce site that has millions of products available through manufacturers.
Once you find a product you want to list on Amazon, contact a few manufacturers through Alibaba until you get a good price. You may have to purchase 500 or 1,000 units for your initial order. You can then have the manufacturer brand the product with your own logo and they will send the units directly to Amazon.
Many Amazon sellers start out small and then grow their E-commerce companies to millions of dollars in sales.
Final Thoughts on Earning Easy Cash
Side hustles are a great way to earn easy cash and create extra room in your budget. You can use the money to pay down debt, add to your savings, or fund investments.
Don't believe the late night infomercials, earning extra money will require some work. But the side hustles listed above are simple to start. If you consistently put forth a little work each day, you'll reach your income goals before you know it.
If you found this article helpful, please check out our smart money tips if you are living paycheck to paycheck.