4 Ways to Side Hustle Without Selling Your Soul

A Side Hustle is a way make extra cash without quitting your day job. It’s a chance to pursue your passions without hurting your bottom line. It could also be a job you take, on the side, in order to pay for something you really want or need to pay for. Like Chiefs Season Tickets or credit card debt.

As a stay at home mom who drives the household bus, I love to find opportunities to make a little extra money! Ways that work around my schedule! Opportunities that don’t require a time clock, bodily fluids, or an app that follows me every second of every day.

The following Side Hustle ideas are ones I believe in and have used myself!

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A Side Hustle is a way make extra cash without quitting your day job. It's a chance to pursue your passions without hurting your bottom line. It could also be a job you take, on the side, in order to pay for something you really want or need to pay for. Like Chiefs Season Tickets or debt.


4 Ways to Side Hustle

1) Mystery Shop

Believe it or not, mystery shopping is frugal fun! Of course, it’s work too but who says work can’t be fun? My friend Kristen over at Believe In A Budget has given you all her secrets in The Ultimate Resource eGuide: Everything You Need to Know About Mystery Shopping and Other Side Hustles.

The Ultimate Resource Guide

The Ultimate Resource eGuide is an excellent resource for anyone interested in mystery shopping or side hustling! I have personally used one of the companies listed in this book with great success over the last year and am excited to try a few more! Through BestMark, I was reimbursed for four oil changes on my Tahoe. That’s four FREE oil changes plus a cash payment! Have I mentioned that it’s fun too?

The Ultimate Resource Guide takes the intimidation out of the process by breaking down the steps to become a successful mystery shopper!

It isn’t necessary to purchase the book. You can certainly sign up with companies all on your own, however, you will save yourself a lot of time by learning from Kristen’s experience.

Read more about my first experience as a mystery shopper at How I Got A Free Oil Change, and You Can Too!

2) Garage Sale

Garage Sales are my favorite way to declutter and make a little money at the same time! Hey, why not? With over 20 years of garage sale experience, I decided to share my tips and tricks with you by writing my very own eBook, The Garage Sale Handbook. It’s absolutely FREE! Just subscribe to Sunshine and Rainy Days and it will arrive in your inbox lickety split! Check it out!

The Garage Sale Handbook is everything you need to know to hold a successful garage sale! It’s an easy read with just 45 pages, including 16 printables, that will help you stay on track!

The Garage Sale Handbook

3) eBay

While you’re prepping for your garage sale, you may have read How to Set Garage Sale Prices and decided you have a few things that just aren’t garage sale material. No worries! You can sell it on eBay!

Sure, you can sell on Craigslist, OfferUp, or any of the other sell sites that are popping up too. I appreciate eBay for the fact that I don’t have to meet up with a stranger hoping the deal goes right or that they even show up.

Is eBay in your future? I’ll tell you what you need to get started in the post Get Ready To Sell On eBay!

What You Need to Sell on eBay

4) Blog

Don’t get me wrong, blogging isn’t an easy gig. You’ll work your behind off for absolutely nothing, zero, zilch in hopes that one day your beautiful site will take off! Many people have become incredibly successful with their blogs and earn a full time income. There are a few who even have their spouses working with them full time. How crazy is that?

If you’re ready to give blogging a shot, I have an excellent resource for you!

Abby from Just a Girl and Her Blog walks you through the blogging process step by step in Building a Framework. No need to jump from website to website trying to put the pieces together. She’s got it all for you, right here! Personally, I seem to learn best visually. Abby walks you through setting up your blog and even shows you through step-by-step video guides.

Expert interviews are also a part of this course and they are extremely valuable! I might have watched a few more than once!

The Exclusive Building a Framework Facebook Group is worth a lot in and of itself. Abby and her husband, Donnie spend time in the group answering questions and interacting with the community. It’s a safe place where any question is a good question. These two are the real deal!

Building A Framework

Are you inspired to Side Hustle?

Each of these Side Hustle opportunities have been tried and proven! Mystery Shopping has saved me money and put cash in my pocket. Garage sales have helped us de-clutter and add a few dollars to our bottom line. eBay earnings are used to purchase gifts for Christmas and, most recently, a Berkey. Blogging has been a lot of fun and added a few dollars to our budget but I’m still waiting for a viral post that gets me noticed and making the big bucks!


Side Hustles have become popular as a way to earn extra money to pay off debt, save for college, fund a Roth IRA, make vacations possible, or purchase those red high top Converse you’ve been dreaming of. The possibilities are endless!

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  • Elise @ Uphill To Easy Street Jan 27, 2016, 1:30 pm

    These are great (and I’ve done them all!). I also sidehustle with my etsy store and as a professional product reviewer! Gotta hustle if you want to change your finances!

  • kay ~ the barefoot minimalist Jan 27, 2016, 2:45 pm

    Fun post as always Jayleen! I’ve never tried mystery shopping, but I’d love to! I do remember that oil change post! 🙂

  • Sunshine and Rainy Days Jan 28, 2016, 11:49 am

    So true, Elise! Etsy has my interest. Now, if I could only figure out what to sell!

  • Sunshine and Rainy Days Jan 28, 2016, 11:51 am

    Mystery Shopping is an excellent way to save money and even earn money! I’m quite proud of my free oil changes! Next up is figuring out how to mystery shop at hotels for cheap vacations! I think you would love it, Kay!