Living in a metropolitan city like Toronto can be a lot of fun. There are so many cool things to do and amazing restaurants to check out. But what no one tells you before you move to the big city is that it doesn’t go easy on one’s wallet. Yes, there are multiple events to go to, outdoor activities to take part in, new cuisines to try, but how to indulge in it all, without spending major chunk of your salary? Or what if that the job you love simply doesn’t pay enough to enjoy all that Toronto has to offer?This is where side hustle comes in. You might have come across this phrase a lot lately.

Side hustle is about bringing in extra cash from an activity or a job other than your main job. Side-hustle usually goes hand in hand with “gig economy”. Gig economy is a market characterized by prevalence of freelance or short term contracts. So why are the Millennials talking so much about side-hustle and gig economy?

Well, there are many reasons. Firstly, many people are doing more than one job to supplement their incomes to support their living expenses. We all know about the rising cost of living in Toronto. Even though Toronto is ranked one of the most livable and safest cities in the world, it is one of the costliest in terms of cost of living. Secondly, if you are the one who likes to save for the future and has dreams to accomplish (travels, luxury brands etc.), with not a very handsome salary, then you are most likely to be working more than one job. Thirdly, it allows many to pursue a passion that one might not be able to pursue in their main job. And lastly, why Millennials believe in side-hustle? Because who doesn’t want to be their own boss!

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Once you understand the concept of side-hustle, the next thing on your mind will be what are some ways to make extra money or what are some common side hustles?

Below is a list of top 10 side hustles in any part of the world:

  1. Dog-walking

Dog owners are always on a lookout for a reliable pet-sitter. If you love animals and don’t mind picking up after someone, you should think about being a pet-sitter. Pet-sitting is a great side hustle and pays good cash. It is one of the easiest side hustle one can imagine. You get to be in a nice furry company, you get to exercise by taking walks with the fur buddy and you get paid for it. One can find pet-sitting jobs on on-demand pet-sitter apps like rover and Wag.

  1. Teaching/Tutoring

Teaching is a pretty expansive category as it covers a variety of topics. If you excel at any topic, you can tutor students online, at centers or at home. Tutoring doesn’t have to stick to the usual academic fields. You can teach musical instruments, give out dance or yoga lessons, sewing classes etc. Pass on the knowledge you possess to someone else.

  1. Blogging

If you are a good writer and have a creative vision, you might want to try your hand at blogging. Blogging is a well-paid side hustle. You are usually provided with a topic, a word limit, some keywords to cover I the blog article and a deadline. The blog must also pass the plagiarism test, so make sure that the content is original. You can find blogging gigs at websites like Freelancer and Upwork.

  1. Baby-sitting

Do you have a knack for taking care of the little ones? Do the babies love you and always smile at you? If you answered yes to these questions, you might want to consider baby-sitting as your side hustle. Baby-sitting involves taking care of kids from the age of a few months old to 15 years old. Often, parents have meetings to go to, appointments to attend, or need some time alone to rejuvenate spark in their married lives, and thus need a reliable baby-sitter for their children. The major job responsibilities of a baby-sitter are following a routine set by the parents, prepping meals, making sure the kids do their homework, put them to sleep etc.

  1. Starting an Etsy shop

If you have the creativity and a knack to create something beautiful and useful for others, why not market your products by starting an Etsy shop. You can market anything that you sew, paint or build. Something as basic as bracelets have a huge market on Etsy. Start with something small and see where your creative vision takes you and your Etsy shop. Starting an Etsy store is a great way to make extra money.

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  1. Driving for Lyft/Uber

Driving for companies like Lyft or Uber is one of the easy ways to make money on-the-go. This can be a great side gig if you like to drive and don’t mind ferrying people around the city. However, you can best optimize your pay from these companies if you own a car that provides great mileage. A leased car comes with a limited number of miles and you get charged if you end up crossing that limit. So, its best to drive around in a car you own to get the best out of your side hustle.

  1. Managing social media

If you on Upwork or Fiverr, you’ll see a lot of jobs posted by small businesses who might need help with social media or other marketing tactics like graphic designing. This is a great way to make money while working from home and these marketing jobs pay well as well. If you have your own social media accounts, you already know the workings of them, so put them towards making some cash.

  1. Personal shopper

Companies like Instacart and Loblaws are hiring grocery shoppers to shop the groceries for their customers and deliver them to their houses. If you are a shopaholic, or just like to wander around the grocery store aisles, give this side hustle a try. Shop for others to curb your own shopping cravings.

  1. Caregiving

Caregiving is a feel-good kind of side hustle, where you take of the elderly or disabled, give back to the community and earn some money doing the same. There are many people who need help during some parts of the day and they would be happy to get that help from you. If you are caring and like to help people in general, this side hustle is for you.

  1. Doing chores/tasks

Companies like Adam Helps provides a platform to find small gigs near you. The jobs are more household or family-centric, like help in doing a few rounds of laundry, house cleaning, even babysitting or dog-walking. It can be something as basic as helping someone pack for their holiday or helping someone move to a new place. If you find a job that you like, just contact the job poster via the app and off you go making some instant money.

Where to find the side hustle jobs?

There are numerous websites and apps that offer a lot of opportunities for various types of side hustles. Once you have decided on the kind of side hustle that interests you, the next step is to find those part-time jobs. Websites like Freelancer.com, UpWork, Fiverr and apps like Adam Helps make it extremely easy and convenient to find the jobs while sitting in your cozy room. Another great part about these companies is how easy the entire process is.

The process starts with registering on the website/app, leading on to write a small bio about yourself and apply to jobs and drop a message to the people who might potentially hire you. There will be a slight competition since there are many others who would be interested in the same job, but with a little bit of patience, you will surely land one of the many jobs that you apply for.

There are tons of ways to make extra cash from your smartphone, your laptop or even just by running some errands for people in your neighbourhood. You are most likely good at more than just one thing. Monetize your excellent skills and don’t let the full-time job be the only job you have. Have your side hustle to fall back on, in case something goes wrong at work or you need a change of job. Be your own boss for a few hours each day by pursuing your side hustle.

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