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Side hustles 101: 7 ways to make real money on your own time

So, spring break has more or less left you for broke, and getting even a part-time job will interfere with your insane school schedule. Well, those student debts aren’t going to pay themselves! It’s time to pick up some side hustles to make up for all those horrible financial decisions you made over your mini-vacation.

1. Tutoring

Tutoring other students in subjects that you may have aced is a great way to earn some extra cash. Right before finals time, a lot of students are stressing and desperate to cram as much in as they can before their big exam. You can use all the free resources at the library as well. Setting up days around your own schedule to tutor can earn you an extra couple hundred bucks.

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Tutoring other students in subjects that you may have aced is a great way to earn some extra cash. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

2. Etsy

Are you good at creating things with your hands? Or maybe drawing, taking photos, or designing clothes? Then Etsy is the place for you.

Etsy is a website where you can set up a personalized shop and sell homemade or vintage items. One shop called cotelerthreads, reworks vintage clothes including college t-shirts and turns them into trendy lace-up tops. Other store called Corknation literally sells bottle caps without dents on them and wine corks and has had over 50 sales. He is truly turning a habit into a side hustle.

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Etsy is a website where you can set up a personalized shop and sell homemade or vintage items. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

3. Street Markets

If you are a crafty person but maybe don’t want to spend the time on a creating an internet shop and keeping up with random orders, then street markets are perfect for you. Street markets are incredibly popular in the St. Pete/Tampa Bay area. Most markets only charge a small fee of maybe $20 for table space. Here, you will have hundreds of people perusing through and looking at any crafty items you may have. Pro-tip: setting up an attractive booth and quality packaging for sold items will draw in more business.

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Street markets are incredibly popular in the St. Pete/Tampa Bay area. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

4. Plato’s Closet

If you still have the clothes you wore in high school because “What if I need it one day?” then this is your intervention. It’s time to take out everything you haven’t worn in the past year and drop it off at your local Plato’s Closet. Plato’s Closet takes your gently used clothes and gives you cash for them right then. This is a quick cash option than taking your things to a consignment shop and waiting for them to sell the item, then send you a check.

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Plato’s Closet takes your gently used clothes and gives you cash for them right then. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

5. Poshmark

Essentially, this is the same concept as Plato’s Closet, except it is an app. You also get to set your own prices for each item and shipping costs as well. This is a fairly easy setup process and is a great way to get rid of all those old Aeropostale t-shirts you will never wear again.  

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Poshmark is an app that allows you to sell your old things. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

6. Uber/Lyft

If you have a car made in the past 10 years, then Uber/Lyft is a great way to make some money on your own time. There is no actual product to be sold here, so you just need a clean and working car. The app lets you have full control over when you want to work and if you want to pick up a person or pass. Since USFSP is a downtown campus, there is always a need for drivers on both apps. During some major events, like concerts or holidays, and during closing time hours, 2 – 3 a.m., they add surcharges to rides as an incentive to get more drivers on the road. One current Uber driver said that during Gasparilla, he made $400 in one hour.

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If you have a car made in the past 10 years, then Uber/Lyft is a great way to make some money on your own time. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

7. WAG!

Ever wish people would just pay you to play with their dogs? Well, some people actually do. Wag! is basically Uber or Lyft but instead of picking up stumbling chad from the bar, you’re picking up a tail wagging pupper.

You must have some basic knowledge of dog behavior and harnesses, as well as filling out an application providing some type of background in dog walking. However, once you’re signed you can start walking some pups while their owners are at work. They offer options for dog walkers to overnight dog caregivers with completely flexible hours.

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They offer options for dog walkers to overnight dog caregivers with completely flexible hours. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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