Managing fun and funds on a single income can feel like a challenging feat. Having multiple sources of income comes in handy when you want to pay down debt or splurge on trips and expenses without making a dent in your account for your real-life necessities.
That's where side hustles come in, and while it's great to have a hustle you love, there are still ways you can gain financial stability while flexing your skills or time to make room for your passion projects.
While reports on Uber as a lucrative full-time job is questionable (an average of 60 rides a week = $50,000 annually), it's still one of the easiest and most accessible side hustles if you have a car. Uber automatically takes 25% of drivers' fares, so to make the most of your coin, drive in high traffic areas during peak times, or in areas where big events are taking place.
If you like the idea of driving around and making your own hours but don't necessarily want to chauffeur people, then DoorDash may be for you. With a driver's license and valid insurance, you can become a "Dasher" and deliver food from restaurants to the customer's doorsteps. DoorDash offers a flat payment for every delivery made on a weekly basis. Each order has a guaranteed minimum based on driving distance, if the order is placed in person, wait time, the size of order, traffic, parking and more.
Fiverr is a freelancing website that lets you monetize off of just about any online freelance skills, from graphic design to recording voice overs. Create a profile of your service and list the prices and services you offer from basic to premium. Hundreds of people are already on Fiverr, so make your services stand out you'll have to put work into creating a search engine-friendly profile.
Working as a virtual assistant is a great option if you're in between careers and want something that can be done at home while you juggle other projects. Virtual assistant jobs are typically done as part-time, contractual work and can vary in function from administrative to bookkeeping, transcribing and more. You can find jobs on Belay Solutions, Remote.Co and Fancy Hands.
5.Amazon Services and Amazon Flex
Are you a licensed professional or business owner and want to sell your services? Amazon Services helps to put your work out there and connects your services to their customers located in your area. No, Amazon will not promote your work as you the brand/business, but when customers in your area search for products that are related to your service, your service will appear with related products.
Typically this is for services like an assemblyman, handyman and home cleaning services as these are sought after services for most purchases like TVs and furniture. But Amazon does allow you to submit other profession services like health and beauty services and event services.
Another Amazon side hustle in the works is Amazon Flex, a package delivery service that lets you up packages from an Amazon delivery station and deliver to customers. It is currently available in select locations, but if your region is not listed, you can include it to hear of when the service will be offered in your area.
This is an easy way to stack coins while on your lunch break or during your down time. Paid surveys on sites like Survey Junkie are based on different values. Typically, the longer the survey, the more points you rack up. When you earn enough points, you can then cash out your rewards through gift cards or actual cash.
The major key is answering questions thoughtfully to ensure you actually get points. If your answers aren't of value, then you may not receive any.
7.Electric Scooter Charging
Bird electric scooters and Lime scooters are another form of ridesharing and are in many major cities. You can make money simply from charging a scooter. By downloading the Bird or Lime app, you can locate a scooter that needs to be charged on the app map, unlock the scooter to pick it up and take it home, charge it and return it to the directed drop off location. The catch is, the scooters need to be dropped off in the mornings, just in time for commuters to use them. The base rate of scooters is $5.00 each, but increases based on how difficult it is to reach a scooter (jumping over a fence, in an odd area etc.) and can go up to $25 each. This is a bit of grunt work, but can be worthwhile considering there's little brain work needed.
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Zoë Kravitz Has This To Say When Asked To Take Her Braids Out For Projects
Actress Zoë Kravitz is opening up about the entertainment industry's beauty standards and its impact on her life.
Since Kravitz --the daughter of singer Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet-- made her acting debut nearly two decades ago in 2007's No Reservations, she has been a force to reckon with.
Over the years, the 34-year-old has selectively chosen roles that best showcase the range of her abilities and has remained authentic to herself by speaking up about issues she feels are essential such as Hollywood's pushback toward Black hairstyles.
Earlier this year, in an interview with Elle magazine, Kravitz shared details about the struggles she faced within the entertainment industry because she wanted to wear a protective style, mainly micro braids, and how Hollywood has changed its tune following the murder of George Floyd and the rise of Black Lives Matter movement.
Zoë On Wearing Braids In Hollywood
In the discussion, Kravitz disclosed that before Floyd died in 2020, she was often "fighting" about how she would wear her hair on the set of numerous projects, including photo shoots.
The High Fidelity star recalled when she went to various photo shoots with her braids, a stylist asked her to remove them so that her hair could be done differently. Kravitz added that her direct response to the request would always be "pretend this is the way it grows out of my head."
Kravitz shared that the reason behind her statement is because of how long it takes to get her hair done, and over time, she noticed that her white counterparts weren’t receiving the same treatment when they would change their looks by dying their hair.
"[Pre-George Floyd], I was constantly just fighting [about my hair] and being asked to change it. I would do a shoot, and this still happens to be honest, where they'll say, 'Can you take your braids out? Because we want to do something else.' And I always reply, 'Pretend this is the way it grows out of my head," she said.
"You don't ask people that have long blonde hair to change their hair every time they do a shoot.' It's interesting that I'm often asked to pop them braids out. Do you know how long this takes? And it's also the way I wear my hair."
When the topic shifted to how long it usually takes for Kravitz to get her micro braids installed, The Batman star claimed that it can take about "12 to 15 hours." During those moments when Kravitz is getting her hair done by two braiders at a time, she uses it as an excuse to relax by smoking weed and watching films.
Zoë On Hollywood Becoming More Conscious
Further in the interview, Kravitz explained how Hollywood and the entertainment industry have changed in recent years and the work that still needs to be done.
Kravitz revealed that Black people in the entertainment industry are now being offered roles that "go beyond stories about being Black." The Big Little Lies star added that Hollywood still needs to grow in some aspects by making room for more Black female directors, particularly when it comes to telling the story of other Black people.
"I think there's more of a consciousness around making sure that Black women, Black people, get to be a part of stories that go beyond stories about being Black, and then also finding ways to bring that truth into a story. For a long time, it was about being—if it was a Black woman, with a white man, it was about that, you know what I mean? It couldn't just be a love story between two people," she said.
“I think that's really exciting. And ways I would like [the industry] to continue to grow—I want more Black directors. I want more Black female directors. In terms of telling our story, I would be excited to work with more Black female directors. So let's make more room for that."
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