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51 Side Hustles So You Can Make More Money

Last updated: May 22, 2019
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Looking for a side hustle to earn some extra cash?

You’re in luck.

It’s never been easier to take on a hustle and earn money on the side, even if you work a full-time job.

With the abundance of online platforms that allow you to work where and when you want, getting a side-gig rolling is simpler than ever.

Even if you don’t use an app to get work, the internet has made it super convenient to connect with people that need the services you offer.

So, if you’re looking for a way to supplement your income, look no further. We’ve outlined 51 side hustles that could help you make some money.

Related: The Best Work From Home Jobs for Freelancers

Drive for a Rideshare Service

Ridesharing is one side hustle opportunity with a relatively low entry point. If you have a car and some spare time, you can drive people around and put some coin in your pocket.

And the best part is, with platforms like Uber, Lyft, Via, and Juno, you can sign up today and have money in your account by next week.

Deliver for an Online Delivery Service

If driving around strangers isn’t your thing, you can use your car to deliver food, instead. Online platforms like Grubhub, Postmates, and Uber Eats all hire independent contractors to pick up food at restaurants and drive it to customers’ homes.

There’s also grocery delivery with Postmates or package delivery with Amazon Flex.

You can even use your bike or deliver on-foot if you don’t have a car.

Rent Out Your Spare Room (Or Your Whole Apartment)

Renting out your home, or just part of your home, on Airbnb or VRBO can bring in thousands of dollars a year. There is some upkeep involved, but the potential is limitless.

Rent Out Your Car

Getaround and Turo are to cars what Airbnb is to houses. In other words, if you’re willing to rent out your car to someone who needs it, you can make some extra income off of it.

Become a Dog-Walker or Pet Sitter

4 dogs on a walk in a park

With apps like Rover, you can earn money walking (or watching) other people’s dogs. Or, if you’d rather take the old-fashioned route, you can pick up some dog-walking customers by advertising your services in local restaurants, cafes and laundromats.

Work as a Babysitter

Babysitting is a classic side-gig. And sites like Care.com or SitterCity make it easy to market yourself to potential clients.

Clean Homes

House cleaning is another classic side hustle. If you’re looking for a wealth of potential clients, check out a website like HouseKeeper.com.

Complete Errands

While apps like Lyft specialize in Ridesharing and Rover specializes in dog-walking, other platforms offer generalized “errand” services. TaskRabbit, for example, gives users the opportunity to hire someone to do just about anything around the house.

Teach a Course Online

If you have a special skill set or knowledge in a certain field, you could make some money by creating an online course. With platforms like Udemy and Teachable, it’s pretty easy to create a course and upload it. Each time someone enrolls, you’ll receive a cut of the profit.

Teach a Course in Real Life

If the prospect of teaching online doesn’t sound interesting, you could always apply for a part-time job at a local school. Many colleges and universities hire “adjunct” professors to teach one or two classes per semester.

This requires a graduate degree, so it’s not for everyone.

Work as a Part-Time Chef

A person chopping parsley

Love to cook? Turn your passion into a lucrative side-gig. With HireAChef, you can connect with folks who want home-cooked meals but don’t have the free time or know-how to do it themselves.

Turn Social Media into a Job

If social media is one of your strong suits, try to get a job running social accounts for small local businesses. Local job boards are a great start, but don’t neglect popular gig sites like Upwork.

Do Some Freelance Graphic Design Work

Upwork is one of the go-to platforms for freelance graphic designers. Companies use the platform to search for designers to take care of one-off jobs for them. Sometimes, it can lead to repeat customers and eventually a full-time gig.

Start a Blog

Blogging takes work. But, if you put in the time and effort, it can be a decent revenue stream.

In order for a blog to be profitable, you’re going to need a ton of traffic. Once you have the traffic,  you can monetize it through display ads or affiliate marketing.

Ghostwriting

You don’t have to run your own blog to make money as a blogger. There are a lot of businesses and individuals who pay people for freelance writing.

If you’re someone who loves writing, this could be a great gig for you. Check out the copywriting section on Upwork to find people who are looking for ghostwriters to produce blog content for them.

Edit and Proofread for Students

If you’ve got a knack for language (and a background in English or journalism), this could be a great opportunity for you. Try scanning the “Writing Gigs” section on Craigslist for students in your area who need proofreading help.

Make YouTube Videos

Like blogging, YouTube is an arduous, but potentially, lucrative opportunity. YouTube actually pays people if their videos get enough views.

It’s not easy to build an audience. But, if you manage to tap into a niche this could become a high-paying side hustle.

Create Your Own Podcast

2 men podcasting

Podcasts have exploded in popularity in recent years. According to a study from Nielsen, podcasts are enjoyed in more than 60 million homes across America.

This is great news for advertisers, as that’s a lot of ears (and a lot of potential customers). If you can build an audience, you might be able to sell ad space on your show.

Offer Transcription Services

Many businesses depend on people to transcribe recordings from meetings, interviews, or focus groups. Instead of hiring an in-house employee to transcribe everything, though, they often hire freelancers on Upwork or other platforms to do it for them.

Design Websites

If you have web development skills, you can make a lot of money selling your skills.

In order to get started, you’ll first need to build your portfolio. So try offering your services for free to friends and family until you are confident enough to charge for your skills.

Put Your Video Skills to Work

Can you shoot and edit it video? If so, you should be getting paid for your skills. Reach out to some local businesses and see if they want to do a YouTube commercial or even create some training videos for their employees.

Photography

It may seem like everyone is a photographer these days, but few can be considered professionals.

If you know your way around a camera, you can make a lot of money as a wedding or event photographer.

DJ Parties

If you have mixing skills and an ear for good music, DJs are always in high demand for weddings and corporate events.

You’ll often need your own equipment, and don’t expect to just shuffle songs on Spotify. You really need to know what you’re doing to make this side-gig work.

Referee Youth Sports

A soccer referee tying a kid's shoes

Youth sports is a huge industry. And every game in every league across the U.S. has some sort of referee.

Sometimes the refs are volunteers, but more often than not, they are paid by the league. You’ll probably have to take a class or two, but other than that, it’s really easy to get started.

Work on Mechanical Turk

Amazon’s Mechanical Turk is a platform that allows freelancers to make small amounts of money for repetitive tasks that usually don’t take much time. It’s not the best-paying gig in the world, but it can definitely earn you a few extra bucks here and there.

Write Resumes

Writing cover letters is a skill that not everyone has, but it’s extremely important.

People searching for jobs are often willing to pay big money for a professional resume. If you want to take on a resume writing gig, you’re going to have to build your own resume and really sell yourself.

Do Your Friends’ Taxes

You don’t have to be a CPA to handle other taxes (although it doesn’t hurt). If you’re organized and good with numbers, doing taxes is a great way to bring in some extra money during tax season.

Retail Arbitrage

Retail arbitrage is the practice of buying things and selling them at a higher price. If you buy a bunch of soap dispensers on sale at Target, for example, you could actually turn around and sell them for more money.

Online Surveys

For years, people have made money and earned free items by participating in surveys. These days, it couldn’t be any easier.

Sites like Swagbucks give out free gift cards and cash to people who answer questions on their site. The pay isn’t great, but it’s better than nothing.

Publish an Ebook

Last year, more than 266 million Ebooks were sold online. If you have a book to publish, you could earn yourself some money.

It’s not difficult, either. Just by uploading your book to the Amazon Kindle store or another similar platform, you can make your book available to potential readers all over the world.

Open an Etsy Store

Etsy makes it easier for artisans to make a living off their craft. If you’re struggling to earn money from your art, you should definitely open up an Etsy shop.

There are no requirements, either, aside from having a product to sell. All you really have to do is upload images of your product, promote it, and start making cash.

Design T-Shirts

Green t shirts on a rack

With platforms like CafePress, Threadless, and Teespring, you can earn money off your t-shirt designs. You simply upload your design, put it up for sale, and the company takes care of the rest.

Sign Up for Fiverr

Fiverr is a website where you can offer any digital service for $5. Whether you retouch photos, write love poems, or anything in between, you can make money on Fiverr.

Of course $5 doesn’t seem like a lot. But, if you’re able to earn strong customer reviews, the company allows you to charge more over time.

Wrap Your Car

If you’re willing to turn your car into a moving advertisement, Wrapify will compensate you for every mile you drive.

Basically, the company sends you a vinyl advertisement to wrap around your car and pays you for driving around town. This works very well for people who drive a lot, so it’s something to consider if you’re already out on the road.

Invest

The stock market is a great way to earn passive income (as long as the market’s healthy). Certain tried-and-true companies like Coca-Cola and McDonalds pay what are called “dividends” as incentives for investors to keep their money in the company.

If you buy a handful of shares in a high-dividend stock, you’ll earn extra cash when they payouts happen each quarter.

You’ll need a good amount of capital to begin with, so this method won’t work if you’re just scraping by.

Attend a Focus Group or Study

If you look in the Gigs section on Craigslist, you can sometimes find organizations looking for people to attend focus groups.

And they pay, too. All you have to do is spend a few hours participating and they’ll send you a check in the mail shortly after.

Become a Notary

A notary is a person who is licensed by the state to sign off on documents that require an official signature. Usually, this person is responsible for signing wedding licenses, mortgages closings, and all kinds of waivers.

Typically, these folks are paid between $2 and $20 for every signature. Not too bad for a gig that requires little-to-no work.

Virtual Assistant

It’s common for busy folks to hire an assistant. But, not all assistants work in the same office as their boss.

These days, many people make their living as virtual assistants. Working from home, they handle schedules, take phone calls, and even book dinners for their boss. You can find plenty of VA jobs on Upwork or other similar platforms.

Wedding Officiant

In order for two people to get married, they have to do so in the presence of someone who is licensed by the state. Typically, the marrying couple pays this person $100 or more to conduct the ceremony.

Teach English Overseas

A lot of Americans move overseas to teach English part-time. While it would require you to move (if you currently live in the States), it’d definitely be a fun experience.

And, it’s only a part-time gig. So, you’ll still have plenty of time to earn money at your day job.

Teach English Online

You don’t necessarily have to pack up and move to teach English. In fact, you can do it from the comfort of your own home.

Many ESL educational sites (VIPKID, Qkids) require their instructors to have a TEFL certificate. But, if you have that, you can teach English through Skype!

Work as a Tutor

A man tutoring a high school student on a laptop

It’s also fairly common for tutors to work online. Instead of having to trek down to the local school or to a student’s home, you can conduct tutoring sessions online.

If you’d like to tutor, browse for gigs on Craigslist and Indeed. You’re likely to find parents who are seeking an SAT prep tutor to help their kids prepare for the big test.

Instruct Yoga

It can be tough to make a living as a full-time yoga instructor, but it is a great side hustle for people who don’t rely on it as their main source of income.

You usually have to be certified, so contact your local gym to see the requirements.

Buy a Property

Investment properties are a great income source if you have the money to invest. Just buy a property, rent it out, and watch the money come in every month. Sure, we’re simplifying it a bit, but you get the point.

Buy Some Websites

If you don’t have the money to invest in a property, you can make money flipping digital real estate, instead.

Because high-traffic sites are attractive to advertisers, many people make money by purchasing websites and selling them at a higher price on sites like Empire Flippers.

Buy a Vending Machine

Vending machines can be a decent hustle. Heck, one of Warren Buffett’s first hustles was pinball machines, and look what happened to him.

If you can plant your vending machine in a busy location, you can earn a few hundred dollars a week just by restocking it when it’s empty.

Sell Your Old Stuff

There’s hardly a better side hustle than selling your old things.

By cleaning out your house and posting your old stuff on Craigslist or eBay, you can earn a good amount of money without stepping foot outside of the house.

Sell Someone Else’s Old Stuff

A well-lit thrift store

Once you’re done cleaning out your own closet, find more stuff to sell. Thrift stores and antique shops are filled with items that could earn you a bunch of money online.

You’ll have to spend some time browsing through garbage. But, once you learn what to look for, you can earn hundreds of dollars by selling things you bought for nickels.

Work as a Professional Friend

Everyone needs someone to talk to every once in a while. That’s why RentAFriend.com exists.

On this site, you earn money by making yourself available for friendship. Whether you’re available for conversation or for outings like trips to the beach or concerts, you could earn money just for spending time with people.

Monetize Your Hair

Sounds crazy, but it’s real. There are a few different platforms (OnlineHairAffair.com, WorldOfWigs.com, etc) that invite you to sell your hair for cash flow.

Donate Your Plasma

It may be a last-ditch effort to earn some extra money, but you can earn a few hundred dollars each month selling your plasma for medical and research purposes.

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  1. Shirley Says:

    I would like to teach first grade students how to read.

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