The art of the side hustle can be surprisingly complicated. In theory, all you need is some free time and burning need for extra cash. In practice, you have to know your strengths well enough to convince someone to pay you for them. If self-promotion is your worst nightmare, you might as well let the stars tell you what side hustle you should have. Your bank account, which contains more hopes and dreams than actual money, will thank you.
Side hustling isn't limited to young adults, but it's easy to see why it's so popular among them. In those first bumbling years after college, it can take a while to find a job that supports three meals a day and paying off a veritable mountain of student loans. Some people may find that job immediately but look for creative fulfillment elsewhere. Whatever the motivation, if you're looking for a side job, you're not alone. Recent research has shown that more than 44 million Americans, most of whom are between 18 and 26 years old, are earning cash in their off time.
Whether you spend it or save it, having extra money laying around definitely can't hurt. The only problem is figuring out which hustling avenue to explore. If you're at a loss, consider using the Zodiac as your guide — here's what side hustle you should have based on your astrological sign.
Aquarius (Jan. 20 - Feb. 18)
Affectionate, creative, and friendly to a fault, Aquarius will fit right in on a movie set. Hollywood is a cutthroat business, but you don't need an agent, let alone movie credits, to get a taste of the acting game. All you have to do is work as a movie extra on your off days. Look for movies and television shows filming nearby, and keep an eye out for casting calls in the area.
Pisces (Feb. 19 - Mar. 20)
A Pisces often finds herself drawn to music, so you might as well put your talents to use. Although they may not wind up as your full-time job, music lessons can be surprisingly lucrative. Better yet, you're getting paid to practice, which is any musician's dream. Start advertising your services and get to work.
Aries (Mar. 20 - Apr. 18)
Independent and adventurous, every Aries has a few crazy stories to tell. Your daredevil streak has gotten you into some shenanigans, but you've made it through mostly intact. As a result, you have plenty of advice to dish out. Start looking into running a dating blog.
Taurus (Apr. 19 - May 20)
Dependable and hardworking, Taurus is exactly the kind of person anyone would want restoring their vintage car. It's a long process, to be sure, but the reward isn't only monetary — you can enjoy the feeling of a job well done.
Gemini (May 21 - Jun. 20)
Friendly and energetic, you have the kind of personality that puts people at ease. Just as importantly, you have an eye for aesthetics. When it comes to wedding photography, there's no better combination.
Cancer (Jun. 20 - Jul. 21)
You're a bit of a gentle loner, aren't you? But that doesn't mean you don't enjoy company — you just prefer the kind that doesn't talk back. Indulge in your love for animals by advertising as a pet sitter.
Leo (Jul. 22 - Aug. 22)
You're big on the spotlight, aren't you? Leo loves being the center of attention, which often leads them to the performing arts. Making money through acting is easier said than done, though, so you may want to turn your attention to a different kind of performance: creating podcasts. Trust me — even if you can't see them, you'll love how the audience hangs on your every word.
Virgo (Aug. 23 - Sep. 21)
Virgos are so hardworking that they probably don't need anyone to give them advice about a side hustle. After all, they've been doing this since they were 16 years old. You may not be the typical artsy type, but landscaping will give you a chance to flex your aesthetic skills while sticking to the practicality you know and love.
Libra (Sept. 22 - Oct. 22)
Libra, you'll delight in all the adorable requests that come from selling personalized baked goods. Cakes and cookies are about as happy and charming as food can get. Just try to stay focused; you aren't known for your ability to stay on track for long periods of time.
Scorpio (Oct. 23 - Nov. 21)
Mystery shopping takes a certain level of focus; on top of an accurate memory, your job is to objectively report on employees' performances. Strong-willed Scorpio is perfect for the job, even though it won't make them any friends.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 - Dec. 22)
Sagittarius, your sense of humor is often at war with your idealism. Fortunately, feminist cross-stitching gives you the chance to make all the puns about gender norms you can think of, and instead of getting offended, people will actually pay money for your wordplay. The best part? You can easily slip the materials into a carry-on, so you can work on your side hustle while traveling.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 - Jan. 19)
You're not big on being the center of attention, but you're honestly a bit of a know-it-all. Therefore, Capricorns are the perfect people to become part-time motivational speakers. Just think about all the aimless people who could use your advice — if you're on stage, they might actually take it into consideration.