As more Americans pick up side hustles, many are thinking about how they can maximize their effort by doing several simultaneously, or stacking them. These kinds of efforts could have huge earning potential, as they could mean getting paid for multiple activities simultaneously.
If the idea appeals to you, "the first thing you should do is consider, 'OK, what are my skills, resources, and interests?,'" says Kathy Kristof, founder of Sidehusl.com. "Then start thinking holistically about what you can do." You might see opportunities to combine gigs that use complementary skills or pair varying degrees of activity.
Here are a few ways to stack side hustles.
Think about combining a side hustle that's active with one that hums along in the background.
For example, house sitters can charge $50-$100 for an overnight stay, according to Thumbtack. While you're house sitting, you could clock in some hours doing a more active gig such as virtual assistant work or online tutoring. Virtual assistants on Upwork charge between $10-$20 per hour, while Varsity Tutor tutors make an average of $17 per hour, according to Indeed.
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Another easy background side hustle option: charge scooters. Lime is an app for people to rent electric scooters. Juicers, as the people who charge the scooters are called, download the app, find scooters in their area that need charging, then take them home overnight to charge. While that's happening, you could work on other active side hustles.
You could also work in scooter pickup while you're doing another active side hustle, such as delivering food or groceries.
Side hustle expert Kevin Ha recommends doing the same side hustle on different apps, like delivering food for DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Grubhub.
"Whenever I do food deliveries with these apps, I'll always turn [on] all of the apps at once," he says, adding that, "my strategy is to find orders coming from nearby restaurants that are heading in the same direction. By doing this, I can turn what would have been a single delivery into two or three deliveries, all in about the same amount of time. "
Another way to stack side hustles "is to think about them in related groups," says Kristof. That is, consider some of your talents and strengths, and pick up additional side hustles within that category. Someone who is good with pets and already walking dogs, for example, could branch out into offering training or pet-sitting services, or create online courses on pet training.
"Let's say you're a good writer," says Kristof. "You could write for a site like Contently, edit for a site like Reedsy, and, perhaps, transcribe for Transcription Outsourcing."
Writers who offer their services on Contently make between 25 cents and $2 per word, according to Sidehusl.com, copy editors who offer their services on Reedsy make an average of $30-$50 per hour, and transcribers on Transcription Outsourcing can make $1.50-$5 per minute.
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If you create content such as videos, blog posts, or art, another way to stack side hustles is to create multiple revenue streams around it. Say you've just painted a watercolor. You could rent the original piece on TurningArt while selling prints of it on FineArtAmerica and Redbubble.
Side hustle expert Daniella Flores, who uses they/them pronouns, points to their blog, I Like To Dabble, as an example. "Within that, there's all these different income streams," they say, including passive income from advertisements and affiliate marketing. Flores makes between $2,800-$8,000 off their blog every month.
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