Finding a side hustle to earn additional cash can help you reach your money goals. It was huge for us as we paid off $52,000 in debt in 18 months. Over time, the income from my side hustle of blogging trumped that of my 9 to 5 job.
The great thing about doing side hustling is the variety of types of work. Work options exist for almost anyone. Barriers are few for those considering using side hustles to earn money. It makes little matter what your physical or financial state is.
Popular Side Hustles
Making money online is one of my favorite ways to earn cash. This is because I can do so without leaving the comfort of my own home. However, there are lots of other ways to make money. And many succeed regardless of your location or time limitations.
Here are some things you can do to make extra money each month:
1. Get paid for your opinion
Many companies will pay people to fill out surveys. However, there are good survey companies and not-so-good survey companies.
My favorite is Survey Junkie. I like them because they will pay you cash via PayPal. And they have over 6,000,000 members and an A+ rating with BBB.
Keep in mind that taking surveys won’t make you rich. However, it can be a decent way to earn income on the side.
2. Searching the Internet
Did you know that there are companies that will pay you for searching the web?
Swagbucks is one of the most reputable companies for earning cash online. They will pay you to search the web from their site. And you get a $10 bonus for signing on! Bonus: They’ll pay you for other tasks too, such as watching videos.
3. Get Paid to Watch Videos & Play Games
InboxDollars will pay you to watch videos. Also, they will pay you to download and play games too.
I downloaded Final Fantasy XV and got paid $3.75 for playing the game. Right now they offer a $5 cash bonus for signing on.
4. List a Room in Your House
Do you have a spare bedroom or another unused area in your house? Do you have a finished basement that can house guests? If so, you can use this space to bring in a few hundred dollars each month.
My friend Steve makes over $1,000 per month listing his spare bedrooms with Airbnb. Senior Well Kept Wallet writer Claire used to do this too. She made an average of $600 by renting her studio apartment on Airbnb.
Listing a room in your home by using Airbnb is easy. Also, Airbnb screens tenants for you. And if you have problems, you can turn to Airbnb for help.
5. Create an eCommerce Store
Do you have a product to sell? An eCommerce store is a great way to get it noticed. Make sure to do your research first as this is a saturated market. So the more niche you can be, the better.
Want to make the process of opening your online store even easier? Check out Shopify which is an eCommerce platform that has nice looking templates. This way you won’t have to do any programming.
Tip: Learn more about Shopify with their free online training!
6. Invest in Crowdfunded Real Estate
Real estate can be a great way to make money as you sleep. However, it costs a lot to purchase a rental home. Using crowdfunding to buy real estate can be an affordable option.
Do you want an easy, low-cost way to invest in real estate? Consider using a company like Fundrise.
You need $500 to get started. And they have three main eREIT’s to choose from.
Another great option is a company called Realty Mogul. But they require a minimum of $1,000 to get started.
Yes, their minimum is higher than Fundrise. However, their annual fee is much less since it is between .30 and .50%.
7. Get Paid Using Your Car
If you’ve got a car, you can sign up to drive for a company like Lyft. So if you like driving, this may be the perfect side hustle for you.
You can set your hours and choose which jobs you will and won’t take. This means you are in control of your income when you choose this side hustle.
Right now Lyft is offering a $250 bonus for new drivers.
8. Deliver Food for Restaurants
Want to make money by delivering food to people? Check out DoorDash. DoorDash will pay you to deliver food while listening to your favorite tunes.
Depending on the rules of your city, you may not even need a car. In some cities, it’s possible to deliver by car, bike, or foot.
And the requirements are less stringent than for being a rideshare driver. Let’s say you’re too young to be a rideshare driver. Or you don’t have the correct vehicle. Delivery for DoorDash is an excellent alternative.
Restaurants let customers order online for takeout or delivery. But busy people don’t want to take the time to go to the restaurant. Instead, they order online and pay you to bring it to them!
With DoorDash you’re not employed by a single restaurant. This means you have higher income potential. Why? You have the choice to deliver for multiple restaurant partners.
9. Browse the Internet From Your Phone
Do you spend most of your time on the internet using your phone or tablet? If so, you can get paid for doing what you already do online.
With MobileXpression, you get paid weekly for your mobile activity. The more time you spend online, the more you earn.
You can download the MobileXpression app here:
10. Watch Your Favorite TV Shows
You can also make money watching your favorite TV shows with Perk. It doesn’t matter if you watch the show live or on-demand. You can use Hulu or another app to do this. Perk will sync with many video apps so you can earn rewards points.
While you’re watching your show, Perk also offers fun quizzes and games. Play them to help you earn extra rewards points.
11. Teach English from Home
Do you have at least one year of teaching experience? Then you might want to check out QKids. QKids pays up to $20 per hour for you to teach English from your own home.
- Native English speakers based in the United States or Canada
- Earned a degree or taking courses in a college program
- Available to teach a minimum of 6 hours (12 classes) per week
QKids assigns tutors students in China who wants to learn English. QKids provides the curriculum, and you do everything from a computer. Not too shabby, right?
12. Get Paid for Shopping in General
Wouldn’t it be great to make money for everything that you buy? Many websites will give you money back for things you buy every day.
Ebates is of the best sites for earning cash back. They’ll give you cash back for buying things. You can earn at retailers like Walmart, Amazon and others.
Get a $10 cash for signing on. Note that you won’t’ get the bonus until you make your first purchase through Ebates.
13. Make Money as You Shop for Groceries
Chances are you go grocery shopping at least once a month. Did you know you can earn money when you buy groceries?
I use an app called Ibotta when I shop. It pays me to buy certain types of groceries. The key is only to buy items you would normally buy. If you do, using this app is a no-brainer.
Another way to make money while shopping is to be a personal shopper.
14. Become a Personal Grocery Shopper
You can deliver groceries to others when you join Instacart. There are two different ways to be a personal shopper through Instacart.
The complete way is to be a full-service shopper. This means you buy and deliver groceries using your car.
If you don’t have a car, you can be a shopper or a manager. Instacart needs in-store shoppers who shop for orders. The customer picks up the orders right from the store.
To start the application process, click “Become a shopper.” Choose if you want to be a full-service or an in-store shopper.
15. Mystery Shop
If you like shopping, you can give mystery shopping a try. With Jobs2Shop, you find local mystery shop gigs in your town.
Once you’re on a mission, you might do one of the various tasks. You could earn money taking pictures of product displays. Or even by scanning product barcodes for price checks.
You can have the chance to do typical mystery shopping too. You’ll evaluate service and the cleanliness of the store or restaurant.
When you’re not mystery shopping, you can make cash other ways with Jobs2Shop. You can earn by taking surveys, playing games and completing offers on the site.
16. Start a Blog
This is one of my favorite side hustles. I make over $10,000 per month from blogging. Starting a blog is easy. This is true even if you don’t consider yourself a techie person.
You can start a blog for less than $3/month. Click here to get special pricing of $2.95/month with Bluehost.
17. Sell Your Pictures
Did you know that you can sell your pictures? Do you have an eye for a good shot? Does your smartphone have a good camera built in? If so, start making some money with it.
We live in a world of mediocre stock photography. Your stunning pictures could be what people need. People seek out good photos to make their website or print materials stand out.
To sell your photos online, check out a site called SmugMug. They will give you unlimited cloud storage. And they have a feature to display your work via Apple TV.
Right now you can get 15% off when you sign up with them.
18. Publish a Book
Real people are making money by publishing books online. Do you have valuable information to share? If so, consider putting it into book form. You can sell books online at little or no cost to you.
I wrote a book called You Can Retire Early. I earn a 10% royalty for every book that I sell. If you’ve got a knack for writing and great info to share, you can publish too.
19. Sell Your Hand Crafted Items on Etsy
Do you have a gift for making handmade items? If so, consider selling them on Etsy.
Store owners can make a lot of money if they sell a valuable product. Some popular ideas include baby products and digital downloads.
Selling on Etsy is a great way to use your creativity to make money. And you’ll give people unique products they love at the same time.
20. Peer-to-Peer Lending
It’s easy to help out others who need money. And you can get a return on your money at the same time.
Lending Club is a crowdfunded lending platform. They boast 3-8% returns on a historical average. However, you can earn as high as 25%.
This percentage varies based on the investments you choose. The risk involved with those investments dictates your return average.
99.9% of their investors have seen positive returns. Do you have an interest in peer to peer lending? If so, this might be a good place to start.
21. Invest in Stocks and ETFs
Investing in your 401k plan each month is a great starting point to retire on time. However, you could consider investing in a separate account too.
Ally Invest offers some of the lowest trade commissions for stocks and ETFs. These are funds that your 401k plan doesn’t always let you invest in.
Do you prefer for someone else to make investment decisions for you? If so, you can use Betterment.
You only need $1 to get started with Betterment. They will invest your money in a diversified portfolio. This means you can earn passive income ASAP.
Both platforms give you the option of investing in a non-retirement account. Conversely, you can invest in a Traditional or Roth IRA.
22. Answer Trivia Questions
Are you full of useless knowledge? You can turn it into useful knowledge and make money with Swag IQ.
This is a new trivia game run by Swagbucks. It’s a separate app just for trivia games.
They have one game each day. So put on your trivia hat and have fun.
Work and Burn Calories
Do you like working with your hands? Do you have the physical ability to do manual labor? Many side hustles will help you burn calories and earn money at the same time. Check out these ideas:
23. Deliver Pizzas
My wife Kim and I worked hard at paying off $52,000 of consumer debt in eighteen months. During that time I delivered pizzas to help bring extra cash into our home. Pizza delivery people get a per-hour wage. However, they can earn some serious tips too.
I earned around $15 per hour doing this on the side while I had a full-time job.
Check out the local pizza places in your area. Try to get hired if this might be a side hustle you would like.
Or you could deliver for multiple restaurants with DoorDash.
24. Watch Kids
Many families are eager for quality childcare for their family. Do you enjoy caring for children? Are you responsible and timely? If so, watching kids could be a great way for you to earn extra cash.
Advertise at places where parents and kids frequent. Think schools, sports centers or tutoring centers. Adding a profile on Care.com is a good idea to help you get kid watching gigs too.
25. Watch Pets
Do you enjoy working with animals? Are you good at caring for them? Watching pets could be the perfect side hustle for you.
People who are busy or going on vacation need responsible helpers. They hire them to walk their dogs and care for their animals when they’re away.
Advertise via neighborhood flyers. Or put ads on sites such as Rover.com or Care.com. Care.com has a directory of pet sitters too.
26. Get Paid to Exercise
You know you’re supposed to get regular exercise. And eat a balanced diet to be healthy. But do you need some added motivation in this area? Achievement pays you for the following healthy activities:
- Counting steps
- Eating meals
- Tweeting your friends
Achievement is free to use and connects with over 30 health-related apps. This means you’ll get paid to workout.
27. Deliver the Newspaper
Yes, the newspaper is still delivered to people’s homes every day.
But I would imagine a lot less these days.
However, that is beside the point. Are you looking for a side hustle you can do in the mornings before work? If so, delivering papers is a great option.
28. Mow Lawns
Many working families have little time or desire to maintain their lawns.
If you like mowing lawns, have flyers printed out and advertise to neighbors. Offer your lawn mowing and/or landscaping services.
The beauty of mowing lawns is that it takes little start-up money. Buy a lawnmower, and you’re good to go.
You can connect with clients on TaskRabbit too. TaskRabbit will pay you to do many different handyman gigs.
29. Paint Gates and Fences
This is another one of those small tasks that people don’t take the time to do. Do you live in an area where yards have gates and fences? If so, print out flyers and offer to paint them for cash.
I interviewed Chris Peach on my podcast. He told me of a neighbor kid who took a picture of a gate that needed painting. Then he put out a flyer with the picture. It asked people if they needed their gate painted.
He had some tear offs on the bottom with his phone number on it. Chris looked at the picture of the gate and wondered if it was his gate.
This kid was brilliant because I bet all the neighbors thought the same thing. If they wanted to have their gate painted, who do you think they would call?
30. Small Handyman Jobs
Leaky faucets, squeaky doors and other small repair jobs exist in most homes.
Advertise your handyman services in your area. Make a business out of helping others get small tasks done.
Many communities and apartment complexes have bulletin boards. You could post your flyers there for free.
Schedule repair jobs so that you’re working the houses in each area on one day. This will help you avoid wasting time and gas driving from job to job.
31. Wash Cars
Offer a door-to-door car washing service to local residents. You bring the cleaning supplies. They provide water and electric service.
You use their electric service for vacuuming out the inside of vehicles. Similar to mowing lawns, this takes little money to get started.
Get a vacuum, a bucket, some sponges and a few cleaning products. Remember to offer inside and outside cleaning for a full-service wash.
32. Clean and/or Organize Homes or Businesses
Do you have a knack for cleaning and organizing? You can make some serious money by offering your skills to residents. You could advertise to business owners too.
Many people don’t have the time to clean their homes. Organizing is one of those skills that everyone wants. However, few people have it.
Do you love cleaning and organizing? If so, consider advertising your services to homes and businesses.
33. Clean Windows
This is another one of those tasks that people don’t take the time to do. Remember that most window cleaning clients will want you to have insurance. This is so that any on-the-job injury won’t be at their expense.
You can advertise by distributing flyers. You can place an ad in a local newspaper too.
Use Your Skills
Do you have skills you can make money with? Why not put them to work?
34. Graphic Design
Graphic designers are in high demand. Both brick and mortar companies and online companies need graphic design help.
If you’ve got a gift for graphic design, look for online jobs. You can do these from the comfort of your home computer.
Check out 99 Designs to find people looking for a graphic designer.
35. Web Design
New websites and blogs are appearing every day. This creates a need for those skilled in web design.
Do you have the creative talent and technical skills to build a great website? If so, consider offering your services to online clients.
If you are looking for web design work, check out Upwork. They have people looking to hire someone as soon as today.
36. Create Drawing Based Videos
Have you seen those videos that use active hand-drawing to explain something? Did you know there is software you can buy to learn to make these videos?
You will have to invest in the software and spend time learning the program. However, once you learn it, this could be a lucrative side business.
A good way to get your first few jobs is on a website like Fiverr. Services on the site start at just $5. However, you can list your services for more than $5 too.
People of all ages, from young children to adults need tutors. They use tutoring services for a variety of different subjects.
Students need tutors in specific subjects such as math, science or English. And adults of all ages seek out tutors for things like learning English. Or learning how to operate technical devices.
Offer your services at local schools, coffee shops or on Craigslist.
This can be a great way to make cash as a college student. For one thing, the hours are flexible. And you can work around your school schedule.
You can also tutor overseas kids online via a site like QKIDS.
Do you have an eye for detail? An online proofreading job might be the perfect side hustle for you. Companies look for people to proofread their content before it’s published. This is a job you can do from the comfort of your home office.
Proofreading is a very valuable skill set. Quality content is what sets people and businesses apart. It separates them from the bad content that exists.
Do you want to increase your income as a proofreader? If so, consider taking a course like Proofread Anywhere. They have two course choices. They offer a course for general proofreading. And they have one for transcript proofreading.
Transcript proofreading tends to pay more than general proofreading. This is because it’s more difficult work.
39. Transcribe Audio Recordings
If you have a golden ear, you can transcribe audio recordings. One of the best platforms to use is Transcribe Anywhere. This company lets you transcribe general, legal and medical recordings.
If you have a legal or medical background, pursue these specialties. They tend to pay more per audio hour.
40. Get paid to Tweet
Some companies will pay you to tweet their info on your Twitter account. I saw a recent chance from Proctor and Gamble. They own name brands including Bounty paper towels. Although they didn’t accept my bid, these instances show up daily.
Check out Sponsored Tweets by Izea for more info on how to sign up.
41. Virtual Assistant
Companies and business owners are searching for virtual assistants. They need help with small day-to-day tasks. In other words, they need help making their businesses more efficient.
Are you good at helping others and completing tasks on time? Consider becoming a virtual assistant. This might be the right move for you.
To find virtual assistant jobs, check out a site called Outsourcely. Or you could pitch your services as a freelancer to online businesses.
My friend Kayla is a freelance virtual assistant. She earns over $10,000 per month! She’s even started an online course called $10k VA. This course will help you learn how to do the same.
42. Advertise on Your Car
Do you want some serious passive income? Some companies will pay to put a wrap on your car. They’ll wrap your car and pay you to drive your regular daily routes.
This amounts to cheap advertising for companies. And it puts money in your pocket at the same time.
You have the right to say “no” to an ad if you’re uneasy with its content.
Most companies pay between $100-$400 a month to advertise on your car.
43. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is one way to monetize a blog. It can lead to earning a passive income of up to six figures a month.
Do you have a blog, website, YouTube channel or podcast? If so, you can add an affiliate link to the content. And you can earn money every time someone visits your venue or clicks on a link.
You should be aware you won’t earn a lot of money right away. However, you could earn fast if you have an established audience.
You’ll want to learn how to do affiliate marketing the right way. Consider taking the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course.
Michelle Schroeder-Gardner created the course. She earns over $1 million per year from her blog. So she knows how to do affiliate marketing right.
44. Start Freelance Writing
Freelance writing is a side hustle I started doing three years ago. It’s been a great source of income for my family and me.
As a freelance writer, you can work from home. You can make your schedule too. And you can choose the workload that’s best for your life.
You could write for a major publication. Or you could get hired by a local company to write content for their website.
Similarly, you could write for a blog from anywhere in the world. This can be a great way to make money in your pajamas.
To help you earn more as a freelance writer, check out the course Earn More Writing. Holly Johnson is the creator of the course. She earns well over $200,000 per year as a freelance writer.
45. Repair Computers
The technically savvy are in high demand in local homes and businesses.
Are you a student or adult who has a lot of computer knowledge? If so, you can make money at computer repair. You can start by offering computer set-up/repair services to people.
You can begin by informing friends and family of services you offer. Advertising your services on Craigslist could work too. Or you can distribute flyers to local homes and businesses.
46. Do SEO for Businesses
Do you have knowledge in the area of search engine optimization? If so, jobs are waiting for you. Businesses want to focus on delivering their products or services.
They don’t have the time or knowledge to input search engine techniques. However, these techniques will help them maximize their reach.
Is this is a skill you have? Consider reaching out to local and online businesses. Show them how you can help them maximize their Internet reach.
You might be working with clients all over the country if you do this. Therefore, consider investing in a toll-free business phone number. This will help you build trust with your clients.
Online and brick-and-mortar stores have bookkeeping jobs available. Do you love numbers and enjoy a quiet workspace? If so, this might be the side hustle for you.
Don’t forget to have a current copy of Quickbooks to be efficient.
Check local want ads and online job sites such as Indeed. Craigslist may have available bookkeeping jobs too.
48. Financial Coaching
Are you good at managing your personal finances? Or have you paid off a large amount of debt? Financial coaching might be the job for you.
People and families are eager to learn to manage money better.
Advertise your services via Twitter, Facebook or your own website.
49. Edit Videos
Video editing for people or companies can be profitable. Do you have creative and technical skills? Why not use them to make videos/pictures into a cherished keepsake? Or you could help businesses create a powerful marketing tool.
You can buy software to edit videos. However, there are free ones that you can use to get started like Lightworks.
50. Sell at Farmers Markets
Farmers Markets offer a variety of items for sale. Besides fruits and vegetables, they often allow the sale of baked goods.
They allow the sale of handmade items and specialty foods too. Some ideas include flavored popcorn or homemade candy.
My wife and I love to stroll through Farmers Markets on occasion. We pick up some fresh vegetables and hummus from time to time.
Visit your state’s Farmers Market website for more information.
51. Become a Brand Ambassador
Stores and shopping clubs seek friendly, outgoing people to be brand ambassadors. Being a brand ambassador can mean many different things. Some will serve food samples to passing customers.
They’ll encourage them to purchase the item if they like it. Others will hand out free Red Bull cans to attendees at a concert.
If you like interacting with people, this job might be worth looking into. Also, Check Craigslist for available jobs.
52. Monetize Your YouTube Channel
It is crazy how much money you can make from having a YouTube channel. I interviewed a guy who used YouTube to pay off $70,000 in consumer debt.
First, you need to have a channel. Second, mark your videos so they can make money from advertisers. Lastly, you need to get a lot of subscribers.
This explanation is a bit simplistic. However, making money from YouTube is a real way to earn money.
Other Side Hustle Ideas
You may have the ability to make money with what you already own. Look through every cabinet, closet and drawer you have. See what you have that you can turn into some quick cash.
53. Sell Your Designs
One great way to make passive income is to create personalized designs. You can create designs for shirts and other items on a website like CafePress.
CafePress makes it easy for you. All you have to do is upload your design to the website. You get paid when a customer buys one of your products.
CafePress prints the item. Then they ship it to the customer for you. And they’ll handle customer service disputes too.
54. Rent Out Equipment that You Own
You may have items in your home or garage that you can rent to others. Ideas include campers, boats, and equipment like saws and ladders. Party tents or other party supplies will rent as well.
To find people to rent your items, advertise them on Craigslist or Facebook.
Tip: Consider using Facebook Ads. This could help attract more customers to rent your equipment. Learn how with the course Flourish with Facebook Ads.
55. Sell Items You No Longer Use
Do you have items that you no longer need and can’t rent? Why not consider selling them? You can use Craigslist, Facebook, or Letgo to help your items find a new home.
For used electronics and Lego collections you can give Decluttr a try. They offer fast payment for your stuff.
56. Sell Your Wedding Dress
Why stuff your wedding dress into your closet to never look at again? You can sell your wedding dress for cash and help another bride in the process.
You might have a picture-perfect dress. In fact, it might cost as much as your entire wardrobe. Selling your dress can put that money to better use.
57. Dropship Items for a Profit
How do you make money selling products that you don’t own? You open a dropship business. A dropship business connects buyers with the product’s maker. People call this retail arbitrage.
Have you ordered from private sellers online? If so, there’s a chance you’ve ordered a drop-shipped product.
To start your own business, pick a product you can buy low and sell high. Advertise the product on various online marketplaces. The company ships the product when you make a sale.
The beauty of drop shipping is that you never touch any of the products you sell. You only have to build an online store and make sales.
To get started, you can use Salehoo to find dropship partners.
58. Make an Android and/or iPhone App
Are you a techie person? If so, creating an app for smartphones can be a money-maker. I interviewed Steve Young (not the quarterback) on my podcast.
He was able to make serious cash developing apps. Don’t know how to program? You can hire people to turn your app idea into a reality.
59. Sell T-shirts
Not too long ago I interviewed Benny Hsu on my podcast. He makes six figures a year by selling t-shirts.
Do you have the right product and the right marketing techniques? If so, you can make a serious business out of selling t-shirts.
Check out CafePress which allows you to earn money with your designs. They sell t-shirts, clothing, and coffee mugs as well as a host of other products.
60. Create an Online Course
Do you have a gift for teaching? And do you have something valuable to teach others? Consider earning money by creating an online course.
You can market any skill online as a long or short course. This means you’ll have a flexible way to earn some cash.
Done creating the content for your course? If so, you can use Teachable to host and market it.
61. Earn Money as a Copywriter
Advertisers and businesses are searching for copywriters. They need them to help advertise their clients’ or their products and services.
In today’s virtual world, companies like to hire virtual copywriters. Copywriters help them market their businesses. Look for jobs on sites like Upwork.
62. Test Websites
Companies love to see how their websites are performing. They like to see if it’s easy for everyday users to navigate. That’s where sites like Usertesting and Testbirds come in.
Usertesting and Testbirds will hire you to test websites for people. After you test, you’ll share your feedback. Companies want to know how easy it is to navigate the site.
63. Be a Travel Agent
Love to travel and want to help others enjoy the same experiences you have?
Consider becoming a travel agent. You’ll book travel plans for family, friends, co-workers and others. And you’ll use travel portals like Tripping to do so.
You can charge your clients for your time to book the trip. And you’ll help them save time and money in the process.
You could use your travel accounts to book flights, hotels, and tours for others. As a result, you earn rewards points that you can redeem for your future trips.
64. Become a Voiceover Artist
A voiceover artist is a person whose voice you hear on TV commercials. You’ll hear them but never see them on camera.
I interviewed Carrie Olsen on my podcast. She shared how she got started as a voiceover artist. And it only took a few weeks of training. Now, she’s worked with major companies like Taco Bell, Disney and more.
What is your favorite side hustle?