An extra income source could be the perfect thing for your budget in times of rising inflation and increasing interest rates. Not everyone is able to sit at a desk for hours on end and tutor or blog.
These side gigs can be very lucrative, but they might not appeal to those who are more active. These are the top side gigs for active workers if you’re looking for a job that will keep you busy.
1. Walking/Hiking Tour Guide
Andrea Woroch is a financial expert who suggested that you try your hand at being a tour guide. She said that if you live near a tourist-rich city, you can earn money by offering walking tours.
Christel Oerum is the founder and content director at Diabetes Strong. She said, “There are many online resources to get to know your local hiking trails, including information about their elevations and their attractions.” These resources can help you better understand your route, she says. It is up to the individual to decide whether they are hiking trails or landmarks.
Woroch says that you should sign up to offer your services through apps like Showaround and ToursByLocals in order to get your side gig started.
2. Travel/Destination Blogger
Dan Nelson, founder, and editor at APYGUY.com says that active people should combine their interests and/or skills with their desire to be physically active. If you are passionate about writing and the outdoors, consider freelance writing jobs that require genuine reviews of scenic hiking trails, national parks, and other places from an active perspective.
“There are many travel bloggers and destination blogs looking for writers to cover different experiences such as local hiking trails, biking trails, or camping sites. If you enjoy writing and are good at it, then combining this skill with an outdoor activity can be a great way to get active and make extra money.
3. Lawn Maintenance
Many homeowners don’t have the green thumbs they need and would be happy to let someone else take care of their landscaping. If you are able to operate a lawnmower or have the ability to transport it and enjoy working outdoors you can create a business simply by word-of-mouth. You can also add lawn services such as fertilization or plant care as you get more experience. You’ll have repeat customers if you do a good job.
4. Dog Walker
What could be better than spending a sunny day with your furry friend? If the answer is no, then dog walking can be a great option for you. Woroch stated, “Not only are you able to make as much as $1,000 a month pet sitting through sites like Rover.com but it also allows you to be active — taking a dog on a walk, hike, or to a local park is a great way for you to exercise the pet and give you a chance get in some extra steps or work out!
With apps like Wag and Rover, it’s as simple as creating an account to become a dog walker and choosing your availability. You can also add pet-sitting services to your offering to make even more money.
Steve Pogson is the founder and E-commerce Strategy Leader at FirstPier. He recommends speaking to neighbors about walking their dogs. He stated, “The word will quickly spread if people you know tell others that you offer walking services.” After you have established recommendations, you can contact local groomers and vets to promote your services.
5. A Personal Trainer or Fitness Instructor
There are many people who want to lose weight, but there aren’t as many personal trainers to assist them. Your skills in diet and exercise may be in high demand if you are passionate.
Alex Constantinou, the Managing director of The Fitness Circle knows that fitness is a very lucrative industry. He said You can provide individualized training to clients either in person or online, using your knowledge, experience, and skills. You can also broadcast lessons to students via your phone if you prefer online lessons. Better yet, there is no need to buy anything new, If you already own a home gym.
Woroch says, “You’ll probably need to get a special certificate to teach fitness classes in a local gym or health club, but this is an enjoyable way to make extra money while getting your sweat on.” You should look for a club that offers classes on weekends or before your job. You might as well be paid if you are going to exercise anyway.
6. Referee for Local Sport
Nelson suggests that you “consider refereeing basketball or soccer games if you are passionate about sports.” You should have experience in either sport and be familiar with the rules. Your local Boys and Girls Club or YMCA often needs referees. They pay per hour or per game. You could be scheduled for multiple games depending on the sport or season.
This side hustle was actually done by one expert. Sammie Ellard King, founder of up The Gains has taken part in many side gigs and covered for many of them. He said that he loved the opportunity to be a referee for football and supervise teenage games on Sundays. This can bring in some extra money.