“This summer I’ve been making an extra $1,000 a month, and it only takes a few hours a week,” said Mark Russo in a recent TikTok video. “I only had to invest a few hundred bucks upfront. And here’s the best part: anyone can do it, even you.”
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Mark Russo, who goes by the name of FinanceUnfolded on TikTok, is what some people might politely call a scammer.
But Mark is the real deal.
He’s not encouraging viewers to sign up for a life-changing online course (and yes, Hustler’s University, we’re talking about you). He’s not outlining the “fantastic” benefits of exploiting some obscure drop-shipping loophole in Chinese export laws.
And he’s definitely not asking for a single dollar from any of his 1 milllion+ subscribers.
Instead, the man behind FinanceUnfolded is advising people to get up off their behinds and monetize their spare time and passion.
In Mark’s case, he bought a power washer and a few cleaning supplies and began cleaning cars in his local neighborhood for $45 a pop.
Word spread, and Mark was soon washing up to five cars during the evenings and weekends. He even started offering a VIP valet cleaning service for $100.
But you don’t have to get your hands soapy to earn extra cash. There are loads of things you can do on the side, including:
- Food delivery.
- Buying and selling second-hand clothes and shoes on eBay.
- Freelance writing, editing or video production.
- Creating and selling your own fashion designs.
- Blogging or vlogging.
- Security or custodial work.
- Night-school teaching.
It’s called side-hustling. And it really works. The average side hustle income in the United States is around $1,200 per month. We told you that Mark wasn’t lying.
So what does it take to become a successful side hustler?
If you’re interested, then OnDeck has got you covered. Its team of business and finance experts put together a complete guide to starting your very own side hustle, including the 11 most common mistakes people make and how you can avoid them.
The step-by-step, easy-to-follow guide has advice on how much to invest upfront, how to manage your expenses, and how to make sure you’re charging enough to cover costs and make a nice little profit.
There’s also a crucial tip on maintaining a healthy work-life balance when side hustling. Because a good side hustle should be profitable and fun.
And if you’re the type of person who dreads the thought of filing an annual tax return, then you’ll find a simple solution in the guide below.