One of the latest trends, especially among millennials, is to have a side hustle. A side hustle is a means to earn money outside of your primary source of income. America has adopted this movement in a big way, with 37% of the population having a side hustle.
It’s not a bad idea for preppers to supplement your income. You can steer yourself closer to financial independence with a side hustle. The extra cash can pay for prepping supplies or even build a bug-out location without dipping into your monthly budget.
What is a side hustle?
Not too long ago, “side hustle” was simply known as working multiple jobs. But the big difference is all about who’s the boss. Showing up to your second job means clocking in and reporting to a manager. A side hustle, on the other hand, means working for yourself. You control your hours, the amount of work you do, and to a certain extent, how much money you make.
Some of the common ways to become a self-starter include:
- Monetizing your hobbies with an Etsy shop or a blog
- Reselling goods on eBay, Craigslist or another online store
- Task-based gigs like Uber, Lyft or Postmates
- Leveraging assets with Airbnb or investing
- Multi-level marketing, like pyramid sales
Preppers by definition are averse to ventures that involve risk. In fact, we put great effort into squandering the different risks because of the possibility of disaster. We like to know information ahead of time, educating ourselves on possible risks and maintaining control.
Given the way we think, it doesn’t come as a surprise to learn that preppers tend to choose side hustles centered around monetizing our hobbies or investing. You can see this in action visiting prepper websites. The site itself may be a side hustle, with advertisements providing extra income. Often, prepper blogs will also include an online store or affiliate links to a marketplace where you can purchase prepping supplies.
Some great side hustles recommended for preppers include becoming a bushcraft guide with your extra time, teaching survivalist group workshops, uploading how-to prepper videos on YouTube and crafting tools to sell online.
Side hustles preppers should avoid
Some hustles simply don’t align with prepper philosophies. Of course, if you can make one of these side hustles work for you, then go for it! But as a general rule, some ventures tend to go against the survivalist mindset.
Airbnb, for example, can be a great way to earn money utilizing otherwise unused rooms or property. But we all know the risk involved with opening up your home to strangers. Reselling goods bought on clearance is another popular hustle, but might not be a great fit for preppers. The downsides include the fact that you’re not building anything or honing a craft. It also requires too much of your time and attention.
Task gigs like Uber and Lyft are also to be avoided because you will be running your car into the ground at a drastically high rate. Prepping largely involves maximizing efficiency, and putting tons of miles down each day does the complete opposite.