Getting your real estate license is an amazing way to get you on track to financial freedom with a flexible schedule, but, in the beginning, it can take time to build up your business. Don’t worry though, during these early months there are plenty of ways that you can make some extra cash. Why not maximize your time by engaging in creative activities that could help your career and also pad your bank account?
Here are some ideas:
1. Bring cheer to the world through balloon twisting
Want to get paid to be the life of the party? Work for entertainment services like balloon tying or face painting! You can twist balloons for companies like Joey’s Balloon Company in Atlanta, Higher Hope Balloons in Austin, RJ’s Amazing Entertainment in Denver, and others just like them in cities all over the country. You can easily make over $250 in tips over the weekend while having a blast at birthday parties.
There really is nothing to lose with no experience needed and generally short training periods. Joey Webster, the creator of Joey’s Balloon Company, says that this is the perfect part-time job because of the flexible schedule and the skills you can gain as you interact with strangers in an unconventional way.
“I realized that making balloon animals for people is more social and more creative than stocking shelves in a retail store, or making someone’s sandwich at Subway. I love the guest interactions that come with twisting balloons in restaurants. This job has really increased my social skills and awareness in conversation. Also, nobody is ever mad about receiving a balloon animal. It’s a very positive experience.”
2. Create closing gifts for your fellow agents
If you love getting crafty, this side hustle is right up your alley. Sell creative closing gifts for your fellow agents. This could be a thoughtful way to gain some extra revenue. Morgan Taylor, a real estate agent from Atlanta, created ATLmade when she realized she was constantly looking for unique, personal gifts for her clients. Now, she makes gift boxes composed of local products that can be given as corporate, closing or thank you gifts.
“Even though real estate is my full-time job, I typically don't have to keep full-time hours. That along with the fact that I work from home most of the time, I had some free time to fill up. I enjoy that I am able to still keep my schedule flexible and earn some additional income.
I really love supporting local businesses and getting their products into the hands of more people.”
3. Be a movie star! (or at least an extra)
Live a little in the limelight, and get some extra cash while you’re at it! There are countless extra agencies in cities like Atlanta , Boston , Chicago , Austin , and more. Sometimes the best thing is to follow them on facebook and to look for posted roles that you’re compatible with.
Odds are that you will bump into a couple celebrities on this job. But some of the most important people you’ll meet will be the extras around you! A big part of the job is simply waiting around and getting to know the people you’re working with. Build connections and work on your interpersonal skills while getting in a little screen time! It’s a win-win.
4. Tutor and share your knowledge
High School. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Why not help struggling students enjoy their high school experience more by preparing them for their toughest classes. There are many companies like In Home Tutors that pay great for part-time tutors. This is a win-win. Not only are you a positive influence on students but you get to make connections with potential clients at the same time.
Rebecca Webster, a part-time tutor with In Home Tutors, feels like the job is one of the best ways she can spend her time.
“Tutoring is a great way to use your free time to impact kids in a positive way! It’s great watching kids improve over time because of the work you put in! The environment is laid back, the pay is great, and hours are extremely flexible.”
5. Be a catering host...and meet people.
How about a job with flexible hours, a fun working environment, and tasty leftovers? Try delivery driving for Sifted ! Sifted is a catering company with teams in Atlanta, Austin, Nashville, Denver/Boulder, and Seattle. They are on a mission to make lunch better for the high-growth tech startup world.
Sifted’s drivers (called hosts) not only drop off food, but they also stay and interact with the employees at the companies they serve. It’s a great way to expand your network, and it’s also very flexible as Emily Endara, full-time college student and Sifted employee explains.
“As a college student, Sifted's morning hours worked really well with my weird schedule, and not having to buy lunch was a really big deal for me… Another awesome part of the job is getting to go to really cool tech offices all over the city. I got to get to know clients at companies like Uber and Square and learned a lot about corporate culture and networking.”
There are 1000’s of other ways to support yourself while your real estate career gets off the ground. The key is to make sure your side hustle helps you achieve your goals as a real estate agent. Do this by finding positions that give you flexibility and allow you to build valuable skills and relationships.