Ten Quick Side Hustles that Require No College Degree

Lauren Warliga
6 min readNov 18, 2021
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In March of 2018, I found out that I was losing my full-time job of nearly 9 years. I was the medical benefits-holder in my household; I made more money than my partner-at-the-time. We lived paycheck to paycheck. This would surely crush us.

I was fortunate enough to have a little warning about my contract non-renewal and I began to prepare. I opened up my iPhone Notes app and started brainstorming.

What could I do to cover basic expenses until I found something else?

I started with what I knew. I had a driver’s license and a running, insured car. I owned a lawnmower. I was good with kids and had a clear criminal background. I liked animals, and they liked me. I had some hobbies that could potentially bring income. I was going to be okay for a little while.

If you’re in a position where you could use some extra cash, here are a few side hustles that just about anyone can do.

  1. Dumpster diving/trash picking: This one’s my favorite. I’ve spent the past year of my life driving around on trash days (yes, I now have my local area’s trash schedule memorized) and bringing decent finds home to sell on Facebook Marketplace. Some days are disappointing and others require that I go home and unload prematurely, my van is so full. I’ve found furniture, appliances, electronics, toys, and household items. I price them to sell and I flip them quickly to ensure that I can make room for new goods. I have gotten the hang of quickly eyeing up an object to determine if it’ll be worth lugging home, and I’m picky with what I grab. I don’t take grills, mattresses, or anything inside trash receptacles; I only take functional curbside items that I know will sell within a week. Some of my favorite finds have been a 7' dining table with 6 chairs from Ashley furniture ($1100 new and absolutely nothing wrong with it), an Ostrich beach chair ($90 new and in perfect condition), a 3" thick Frontgate pool float ($190 new and had a small chunk missing but totally usable), and two gorgeous artificial Christmas trees (over $100 each, easily). Look for moving signs; people in the process of moving throw out the best stuff. Also, check your area’s curbside/trash laws. In some areas, it’s not legal to take trash placed at the curb. The earning potential for trash picking is…



Lauren Warliga

Lauren brings insight and humor to weight gain, parenting, work, divorce, and bad dates. She lives in NC with her husband, kids, dogs, goats, chickens, & ducks.