37-percent of Americans earn cash from working a side gig, according to a survey by Bankrate.com. On average, they make at least $8,000 a year.

Mainers are no exception. 

With the median household income in Maine at $53,024, according the U.S. Census Bureau, many are trying to find ways to make more money not just to get by, but live better. 

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From a detox center staffer who walks dogs using the app Wag!, to a teacher who runs an Etsy shop and a graphic designer who launched a Maine brand, we explore what motivates Mainers to get their hustle on. 

The week-long series kicks off the morning of May 6th on NEWS CENTER Maine.