Bankrate’s most recent Side Hustle Survey of 2,550 adults revealed that a whopping 45 percent of working Americans have a gig on the side. If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon, now is a great time to start something from the comfort of your apartment.

And why not? Having a little extra cash to pay down debt, build up savings or simply to treat yourself can reduce the burden on your main paycheck.

Finding your perfect side hustle
If you have a full-time job with strict hours, you’ll need to find a flexible side hustle that can thrive in your apartment after hours. Here are the most profitable side gigs that anyone can try on for size:

Freelance anything
Take your skills from your day job and optimize them beyond your desk for a side hustle. Build a business as a freelance writer, copywriter, transcriber, graphic designer and more to earn that extra cash from your couch.

Sites like Upwork and Fiverr are great starting points to start building a roster of clients and depending on your time allowance, you can also reach out to an agency that hires for project-based contractors.

Ebay or Etsy seller
Got an eye for vintage furniture? Or maybe you’re super crafty and artistic? Opening up an e-commerce business can be a great way to fulfill your passion for something creative.

If you’ve been thinking of selling your own greeting cards or making witty wood signage, then e-commerce site Etsy is the perfect avenue to reach new customers. If you love visiting flea markets and spotting gems, an eBay store may be a better option for you to turn a profit.

Babysitting or pet sitting
If you love kids and getting on the floor with them to play, offer your babysitting services on nights and weekends through neighborhood groups, your complex’s community board or to friends and family. There are also a few apps out there, like college student-focused Wyndy, for on-demand services.

There are also some great pet sitting sites out there. Check out Rover, or PetSitters, get yourself listed and start making some cash while playing with a furry friend.

Online surveys and focus groups
Got a minute and lots of opinions? Apply to agencies online to fill out surveys and get into focus groups. Sites like Swagbucks and MyPoints offer paid surveys to consumers interested in spending a few minutes giving their opinion.

Marketing agencies conduct online focus groups if you already buy a specific product or follow a certain lifestyle. Maybe you’re an avid TV watcher or love to taste new snacks, so be sure to add yourself to the mailing lists of those in your area.

Create e-courses or webinars
Create an e-course or webinar about a niche skill that you have, from cooking to marketing. By using sites like Skillshare, you can monetize your professional skills that may be hard to come by.

Perhaps you’re a social media guru? Create an e-course about growing your social media following in an authentic way. All you need is a tripod and a good microphone to start filming.

Virtual assistant
There are only so many hours in the day and busy entrepreneurs often need a hand with their to-do list. Offer your virtual assistant services online with tasks like answering emails, updating websites, bookkeeping and more administrative tasks.

Sites like UAssistMe and Zirtual hire on-demand virtual assistants for an hourly-based rate and provide them with a set schedule and a client to work with based on their skills.

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