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17 Of The Best Side Jobs For Millennials

Updated August 9, 2017 2.4k votes 379 voters 25.3k views17 items

If you haven’t heard, millennials are broke. And the only 20 and early 30-somethings who are actually keeping their heads above water are doing so because they’ve figured out the best side hustles for making a nominal amount of cash. Side hustles, or an extra job for all you grandpas out there, are how millennials make money – because they definitely can’t afford rent, bills, and a weekly brunch on whatever salary their normal job provides. The economy is always in flux, but the 2008 housing crisis forced everyone to either take on a second job, or to change their retirement plans indefinitely. In its most simplistic terms, that means that there were no “real” jobs waiting for millennials when they got out of college. Now the only way to live is to adopt a side hustle. Are you ready to step into the world of millennial finances?

The most important part about having a side hustle is for you not to be embarrassed about having to make some money on the side. (Hey, some people even like their side hustle so much they can quit their job.) Anyone who says they don’t have to tighten their belts is either lying through their teeth or they have a trust fund and they’ll be feeling the burden soon enough. Whether you’re a millennial looking for ideas on how to make some extra money on the side, or you’re just intrigued at what young people are doing for money, all of these are earnest, and viable ways of making a living in a time when it’s very hard to make money. Vote on the best side hustles for millennials, that is if you have the time to take a break from one of your three jobs. 

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    Uber Driver

    Photo: irish-girl / flickr / CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0

    If you're a millennial and you're not taking part in some form of ride share job then what are you doing? So what if you have to cart around drunks on Saturday night? If you're resourceful you can pay your phone bill in one evening and play all of your passengers those new tunes you've been cooking up in your bedroom. 

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    Offer Tutorials

    Photo: akk_rus / flickr / CC-BY 2.0

    What did you go to college for? It doesn't matter if it was some kind fancy of math, reupholstering, or video editing, people will pay you money to teach them how to do the thing you know how to do. Spend your weekend tutoring a couple of people with your beautiful knowledge and before you know it you'll have enough extra cash to buy a sash that reads "Smarty Pants."

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    Be A Professional Friend

    Photo: Anamorphic Mike / flickr / CC-BY 2.0

    Does everyone around you describe you as "swell?" Are you a good listener no matter what the topic? If so then you should hire yourself out to people as a professional friend. No matter where you live there are plenty perfectly normal introverts who just need someone to talk to, or maybe they just need someone to have a practice conversation with before their big date. Just kidding, people who need a professional friend aren't going to go on a date. 

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    Professional Cuddler

    Photo: imdavidk / flickr / CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0

    Are you good at hugs? How do you feel about lying around on a couch for hours at a time with your arms draped around someone with seasonal depression? As long as you're professional and don't try to start smooching everyone you work with then you should be able to start raking in that side hustle dough by offering up your cuddle services.

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