Side gigs provide not only a necessary cash flow and a bit of padding in your budget, but some peace of mind in case things change at your 9 to 5 job.

If you’re overworked and can't stomach the idea of picking up another crappy job, then let's define what a side hustle actually is. As a relatively new concept, a side hustle does not necessarily mean picking up a second job at the local grocery store on the weekend or tending bar one or two times a week. Heck, some profitable side hustles don't even require you to leave your home!

Not sure what we mean? Not too worry — we've compiled a list of some of the most unique and profitable side hustles that you can do from the comfort of your own home.

1. Sell Your Stuff

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With an abundance of apps out there to assist in connecting those looking to buy used, and those looking to sell their gently used items, selling your old books, clothes, movies...has never been easier. Empty out your closet a bit or organize your DVD shelf and make some cash on the side! It's all going digital anyway.

2. Write eBooks

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If you like the idea of writing your own content but are unsure of your ability to manage a niche blog, then you might want to give some thought to writing ebooks on the topic(s) of your choice. Generally, ebooks are longer versions of articles. These books tend to span thousands of words and have illustrated examples and practical tips on how to accomplish everything from everyday struggles like studying to difficult tasks like plumbing. This can be a great source of passive income as you can charge a few dollars per download and make a recurring profit.

3. Put Your Extra Space to Work for You!

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A bit of spare time and a spare room. That’s all you need to get started earning extra income as a host on Airbnb. Whether you want to become an entrepreneur and work for yourself or you already have a full-time job and just hope to make some extra cash in your free time, you can find what you’re looking for on Airbnb. You get to choose when and how often you host. You can share a spare room in your apartment, host your whole home the next time you’re out of town, or create a listing for a vacation house, if you have one. Airbnb makes it simple to earn extra money by putting your extra space to work for you.

4. Make and Take Calls

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Yes, we live in an age that primarily focuses on texts, social media, and email; however, there are still many people who prefer phone calls when they need customer service and companies that prefer using phone surveys to ask customers for feedback. This means companies need people to make and take those calls, and many of them are hiring on a rolling basis.

5. Do Surveys

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More than ever there are hundreds of companies that are willing to pay people for their thoughts and opinions. This is often in the form of surveys. The amount of money you can make taking part in these varies greatly from site to site depending on what is expected of you.

For some people this can be a somewhat enjoyable side hustle, but it can also be difficult to make a decent income off just completing surveys in a timely manner.

6. Share Your Leftovers

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Yes, this is a real and profitable side hustle, although to many it may seem a little odd. Do you ever cook way more food than you actually need? Perhaps you come from a large family and are adjusting to life with your spouse (and a much smaller grocery budget). There is a fairly new app out there called Leftoverswap which can be a great way to reduce waste, make or save money, and meet your neighbors. Simply take a picture of the leftover food, post it to the site and wait for someone to bite.

Side hustles are becoming a dominant part of today's work-life reality. It's not uncommon to know people who work 2 or 3 side hustles, depending on their situation and goals. While these are not always the most glamorous jobs, they do offer the benefit of making some extra cash from your own home and often on a fairly flexible schedule. Some people are even able to transition their side hustles into full-time jobs, picking up extra work as needed and doing something that they truly enjoy.

Got a friend who could use some help getting started on a side gig? Share this article and get them on track to reaching their money goals!

About the Author

Katie Winterburn

Katie Winterburn

Freelance Contributor

Katie is a freelance contributor to MoneyWise.

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