If you wake up every day for the same 9 am to 5 pm or 9 am to 6 pm job, you’ve probably wondered how to get out of it. At least once or twice. Right?
It may seem impossible, but there are many ways to make a living that doesn’t require the monotony of punching a clock day in and day out. If you’re interested in increasing your income without sacrificing the freedom of creating your own schedule, here are four alternatives you can try.
1. If you own a car, use it!
For anyone with a driver’s license and an insured vehicle, then you can join in ridesharing companies. Participating in a rideshare service is an easy way to make some extra cash on your own time.
Companies like Uber and Lyft charge a small commission, but they allow individuals to register as drivers as long as their vehicle and insurance policy meet certain requirements.
There are also other services that are location specific, so if you happen to live in an area with a demand for drivers you can easily maintain a sustainable income. Earn even more by driving during peak request times, such as nights, weekends, and holidays.
2. Work from your laptop, be a Freelancer!
Influencers and digital nomads are all over the internet right now, but working remotely may be simpler than it seems.
If you have a marketable skill that doesn’t require you to physically work in a certain location, freelancing might be for you.
From a graphic and web design, content writing, coding, data entry, transcription, and even tutoring are all highly sought-after skills. These skills allow you to work from anywhere as long as you have a laptop and an Internet connection.
3. Be your own boss by creating your own business.
Similar to freelancing, creating your own business allows you to have the most control over your schedule, income, and day-to-day tasks. While it’s probably the most difficult option to get off the ground, it can also be the most rewarding.
If you’re an exceptional baker, artist, or even someone who is especially talented at creating handmade items, you can capitalize on anything that meets demand. Really think about your strengths and whether you can provide something that people would be willing to pay for.
For someone just getting started, e-commerce websites like Etsy and eBay make it easy for anyone to sell their wares. If you provide a service, market your brand with Google Business, Yelp, or other review platforms to get your name out there. With some determination and careful planning, you could trade in your dull office job to pursue your true passion.
4. Join the gig economy.
More and more people are looking for one-off gigs to make extra income. And there are a ton of services available that need people with flexible schedules and a hustler’s drive.
From delivering groceries to building furniture, apps, and websites such as TaskRabbit, Seamless, and Fancy Hands source dedicated individuals to perform a variety of tasks for people who are looking for a little extra help.
Many people are willing to pay top dollar to have someone else handle the errands they’ve been avoiding, so it’s the perfect way to line your pockets in a short amount of time. You can earn even more if you have a pick-up truck, tools, or anything else that will give you an advantage over your competition. Simply create an account and start collecting your cash.
Whether your dream is to travel, you want to spend more time with your kids, or you’re just unfulfilled at your full-time job, there are many different ways to do away with the daily grind.
If you’re willing to do something a bit less conventional, you can be the master of your schedule and income in no time at all.
You can also read our related article about work from home ideas for Moms.