5 Side Hustles With A Cause
We all know the importance of a good side hustle. Not only do they help with a little extra money, but side hustles can broaden your network, turn into full-time gigs, and give you opportunities outside your 9-5. But they can also help others, not just yourself. Now is a great time to be giving back and why not use a side hustle to do it? Here are some side hustles with a cause and how to find them (you won't necessarily be in it for the money, at least not initially).
Look for the Overlooked
When looking for a side hustle with a cause, think about the people who aren't typically the recipients of volunteerism. For instance, the blind or visually impaired. There's an app called Aira that pairs people with blind people to help them go about their everyday lives. Try to find other demographics like that. You could become a coach at Dietitian Side Hustle or you can even work at apps, like Coin Up, that are helping different causes. Not only will your help probably be more desired, but you'll be able to work with people who don't always get the help they need.
Be Your Own Delivery Service
One of the best ways to pick up a side hustle with a cause is to deliver. This can be food, masks, prescriptions, or any other essentials people need. You'll want to deliver to those who are more vulnerable when running errands. This is something you can either partner up to do with an organization, like Meals on Wheels, God's Love We Deliver, Delivering Good, or go solo. Offering to help out a friend or neighbor is just as effective and welcome as volunteering with a charity. In fact, it's more personal. And you should be able to pick up some good tips.
Start Your Own Non-Profit
This may seem daunting, but start small. Remember that side gigs can turn into full-time jobs. This is a good opportunity to figure out a cause you care about and turn your side hustle into a way to help others. The key is to start local and keep the side hustle personal. Maybe you're interested in helping people clean out their homes — donate your garage for storage. Congrats! You've launched your non-profit. Now start raising money to upgrade the storage space. You can use apps like Donorbox or SimpleFund, which is for small nonprofits as well as large ones.
Get Back to Basics
Go old school and host a bake sale or a virtual party that benefits a cause. You can charge people a cover and give some of the proceeds to charity. Some of the traditional benefits, like raffles and car washes, can still work during the pandemic. You can even use apps like ZillyWin for raffles and fundraising. You'll be able to make some money yourself while also raising money. Plus, you can also have a little fun and encourage others to enjoy themselves too. This will help people, and yourself, associate giving back to enjoyment.
Help the Understaffed
One way to get a side hustle with a good cause is to look for the nonprofits or charities that are seeking part-time employees. This likely means that they need people to help them with administrative tasks or outreach and don't need a full-time staffer. This could be your side hustle. You can get paid for your time while still helping a good cause. Finding places that are understaffed may be about making phone calls and offering up your services for a small fee. Or listings for these sorts of jobs might be posted on state websites, like the Nonprofit Association of Oregon. The Foundation List also has a compilation of nonprofit job boards.
We usually think of side hustles as a way to make extra cash and boost your own career, but there can be more than just personal gain in a side hustle. They can be great ways to help others while also helping yourself. Whenever you pick up a side hustle, ask yourself how and if this can benefit someone else. I think that's a win-win.
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Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!