The beginning of spring is often a happier time: The increase in sunshine boosts people's moods, according to a 2016 study by Brigham Young University. And along with more sunshine, spring also offers a slew of new opportunities to pick up some side work and make more money.
Whether you're a college kid on spring break or simply looking to cash in on new opportunities, here are seven side hustles you can do to pad out your wallet.
This year, three major holidays fall in the spring: Passover begins on April 8, Easter Sunday falls on April 12, and Eid al-Fitr starts on May 23. Each comes with its own feasts and celebrations and, as such, opportunities to pick up some catering shifts. In New York, caterers make an average of $20 per hour, according to Glassdoor.
There are plenty of websites that let you apply to cater, including Indeed, Simply Hired, and others you can find on the "gigs" section of Craigslist.
The average cost of a house cleaning is $25 to $50 per hour per cleaner, according to small business database Thumbtack. Sign up to do some cleaning on sites like Handy or advertise your cleaning services on TaskRabbit or Care.com.
For spring break, Memorial Day, or just to get away, 77% of people plan to travel in the spring of 2020, according to a recent Smarter Travel survey. The most popular flight destinations for U.S. travelers this March and April include Las Vegas, Orlando, Phoenix, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Los Angeles, and New York City, according to TripAdvisor.
If you live in any of the above cities or even another popular travel destination, and if local laws allow, consider renting out your home on sites like Airbnb to make some extra cash. As many as 38% of Airbnb hosts make between $100 and $499 per month renting their homes, according to data from lending platform Earnest.
Conversely, consider housesitting for those going away. Most housesitters charge between $25 and $45 per day, according to HouseSitter, with some charging as much as $80 per day. Advertise your housesitting services on sites like HouseSitter or TrustedHousesitters.
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Hawaii, Miami, and Bora Bora are three of the most searched summer destinations, according to the Travel Channel. In anticipation of those trips — and as the beach is a classic summer hangout, even for those staying close to home — many people will want to start getting in shape in the spring. And you can help them.
Becoming a personal trainer is a bit more involved than just signing up on a website: You'll need to get certified by an accredited organization, with certification programs costing anywhere from $399 to more than $1,100, and taking anywhere from 75 to 100 hours, according to Fitness Mentors. Once you've gotten certified, it's up to you where to take your services, from your local gyms to the park around the corner.
The majority of personal trainers in the U.S. make between $17 and $27 per hour, according to Zip Recruiter.
Over a third, 35%, of U.S. households call gardening a hobby, according to the National Gardening Association. Whether you're planting food or flowers, spring is a great time to help people dive back in and get growing.
On average, gardeners in the U.S. make $12.66 per hour, according to Indeed. You can find gardening jobs on Indeed and Zip Recruiter.
Even if you're not an accountant, tax season is an opportunity to help people prepare. Create a post on Craigstlist or a profile on TaskRabbit letting people know you're great at organizing and will help them tidy up an office or gather everything they need to file. Organizers on TaskRabbit charge anywhere from $18 to $117 per hour.
When it comes to a side hustle, says "The Side Hustle Project" podcast host Ryan Robinson, "the best time to start is always yesterday."
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