As the world continues to embrace remote work, the gig economy blooms like a well-tended bud, offering myriad ways to rake in some extra cash without sacrificing our sacred chill time. Can we turn our chill sessions into profitable ventures? Absolutely. With the cannabis industry booming and remote work becoming the norm, there are ample opportunities to make some green while staying green. 

So, grab your favorite strain and get ready to explore five side hustles perfect for the modern toker looking to boost their bank account from the comfort of their couch:

1. Crafting & Selling Stoner Accessories

The cannabis community is all about authenticity and expression, making handmade, stoner-friendly accessories a hot commodity. From trippy tie-dye tapestries to custom rolling trays, if you can dream it, you can sell it. By tapping into your artistic side, you can cater to fellow cannabis enthusiasts who appreciate the unique and personal touch. Plus, turning your crafting sessions into profit-making ventures means your hobby could potentially cover your next dispensary visit.

With the cannabis community thriving on uniqueness and creativity, platforms like Etsy and Shopify are bustling marketplaces for those willing to infuse their crafts with a touch of green. Start with something simple, like crafting beaded hemp bracelets or painting psychedelic pot leaf designs on coasters. Resources like YouTube offer countless tutorials to help refine your skills. As your brand grows, consider leveraging social media platforms like Instagram to showcase your creations, turning your cannabis-inspired art into a profitable business that reflects the spirit of the plant we all revere.

2. Become a Virtual Budtender

With the cannabis industry projected to reach $73.6 billion by 2027, the demand for knowledgeable cannabis connoisseurs is sky-high. Virtual budtenders are becoming increasingly popular, offering strain advice, product recommendations, and consumption tips through online platforms.

Companies like Leafly and Weedmaps are leading the charge, often looking for knowledgeable cannabis aficionados to offer advice and recommendations online. To get started, familiarize yourself with the latest products and consumption methods by diving into online forums and industry publications. A virtual budtending gig not only allows you to share your passion but also helps demystify cannabis for novices and connoisseurs alike, all while puffing on your favorite strain from your living room.

3. Ticket Flipping for Easy Cash

With the event industry booming, the average markup on resale tickets can range from 30% to over 100%, depending on the event’s demand. Users of Lysted, the industry leading consignment platform, reported selling tickets part-time can add an extra $500 to $1000 to their monthly income. The secret lies in identifying high-demand events and understanding market trends, something that Lysted’s user-friendly interface makes it so easy you can do it from your couch. 

Whether it’s securing tickets for the next big music festival or a sold-out comedy tour, Lysted offers a streamlined process for listing and selling, ensuring you get the best return on your investment with minimal effort.

4. Offer Couch-Based Virtual Tours

Platforms like Airbnb Experiences have become hotspots for those looking to share their local knowledge with the world. Whether it’s a 420-friendly virtual tour of your city’s hidden gems or an online workshop on the fine art of joint rolling, there’s an audience eager to learn. Starting is as simple as crafting a unique experience idea, filming a sample video, and submitting your proposal through Airbnb’s platform. 

Virtual tours can serve as a teaser for future in-person adventures, establishing you as the go-to guide for cannabis culture in your area.

5. Remote Customer Service for Cannabis Brands

The green rush has escalated the demand for informed, friendly customer service representatives in the cannabis industry. Dispensaries, online retailers like Leafly, and CBD companies are on the lookout for remote employees who can help guide their customers to the perfect purchase. Sites like Indeed and ZipRecruiter are good places to start your search. Brush up on your product knowledge, and ensure your communication skills are as polished as your bong. This role not only offers the chance to support and educate cannabis consumers but also often comes with the perk of sweet discounts on your favorite products.

The intersection of cannabis culture and the digital age offers unprecedented opportunities to turn our love for weed into a viable source of income. From crafting unique accessories to providing expert advice as a virtual budtender, the possibilities are as vast as the strains available. So next time you find yourself sinking into the couch, consider how you can elevate not just your mind, but your wallet too. After all, in the world of cannabis and commerce, the only limit is your imagination (and maybe how much bud you have on hand).

Written in partnership with Tom White.