5 Side Hustle Ideas to Make More Money This Fall
Whether tuition bills are due or you just need to start saving up for the holiday season, a fall side hustle can really help stretch your budget.
I personally like to start saving money for the winter holidays no later than September. This way, I won’t be stressed out and worried about how I’m going to pay for everything. A side hustle is the perfect way to add to my savings. And there are lots of great side hustle ideas out there.
To establish the best one for you, first determine how much you want to earn each week or month. Then consider what your skills and interests are. You don’t want to pick up a side hustle that you hate or that you aren’t good at.
Finally, make sure that you have enough time and energy to dedicate to a new gig. For example, if you know you work a ton of hours at your main job and have two kids to take care of when you get home, you may want to consider something that’s low effort.
Here are five good side hustle ideas you might want to consider this fall:
- House- or pet-sit
- Become a nanny
- Drive for a ride-share service
- Take on a seasonal job
- Work at an apple orchard or pumpkin farm
1. House- or Pet-Sitting
House-sitting may not be as easy as sitting on someone’s couch and watching Netflix all day. To find promising gigs, you may want to offer services like tidying up, walking the dog, feeding the animals, checking and organizing the mail, watering plants, and other light landscaping duties.
You can advertise your services on sites like TrustedHousesitters and — if you’re interested in pet-sitting — Rover.
$25 – $35 per night. But keep in mind that if you use Rover to find work for pet-sitting, they take 15 percent of your earnings.
With school starting back up, some parents in your area may be in need of a babysitter or nanny for their kids before or after school.
If you have a flexible schedule, you can make some extra money doing easy tasks like making breakfast for kids and getting them off to school.
This is a good side hustle idea for a college student or part-timer. Ask friends and neighbors if they’d be interested in your help, or else set up a profile on a site like Sittercity or Care.com to find clients.
$10-plus per hour, though you can set your own rates. Nannies tend to earn more than babysitters.
3. Ride-Share Services
If you have a car and are 21 or older, you may be able to start driving for Uber or Lyft in your spare time. My husband has been driving for Uber for over a year, and he recently started driving for Lyft, as well. I love how flexible this side hustle is. Both Uber and Lyft are widely used, so you can work as little or as much as you want — and at any hour — and still make money.
We’ve used the extra money he earns to pay off his car loan early and to fund vacations.
$12 to $20 per hour, and just under $400 per month on average. It really depends on how much you can drive, though. There are people who make $800 to $1,000 per month.
4. Seasonal Job
Getting a seasonal job is a popular option when it comes to fall side hustle ideas. Retailers often look for seasonal employees around this time of year as they gear up for the holiday shopping season.
Seasonal work is nice because you can earn money for a few months, but won’t have to be tied to that job when the holidays roll around.
That way, you can relax and spend time with your family.
You may want to consider seasonal Halloween stores in your area. My sister works at a local Halloween store every year around this time, and she says it’s easy money.
Check the minimum wage in your area.
5. Apple Orchards and Pumpkin Farms
Who doesn’t love going to apple orchards and pumpkin farms during the fall? It could be just as much fun to work at one and receive free or discounted admission when you’re not working.
Some of these seasonal farms are family-owned, but that doesn’t mean they won’t hire extra help. Plus, there are so many jobs you can do. You can help maintain the grounds, work in the on-site store, help with the rides and entertainment, or even assist with admissions on busy days. But the “fruits” of your labor will fluctuate widely from farm to farm.
Apple pickers can make up to $250 a day depending on their skill, according to NPR. For jobs at pumpkin farms, you may want to check your state’s minimum wage laws, as well as with individual farms.
A Final Thought on Fall Side Hustle Ideas
Start searching for good side hustles in your area and put your applications in early. After a fun-filled summer, fall is the perfect time to reset your finances and make the holidays easier on your wallet by earning extra money. Whether you prefer to work indoors, outside, or even from your car, there are some great side hustle ideas out there for you.