side hustles

If your day job isn’t bringing in enough cash or you’re looking to supplement an existing part-time job, then it may be time to look into finding the perfect side hustle. Rest assured that there are plenty of ways to make money on the side that don’t involve taking online surveys for spare change or pouring over Craigslist looking for one time gigs. Here you’ll find a number of jobs that only require a certificate in order to pull in major money. The best thing about most of them is that you can choose to do to them either on the side or full-time if they turn out to be something you really love. While some of them require very little time to get certified in, others require a bit more work. The trick is to find the one that sounds the most interesting to you in the long run so that you can end up getting paid to do something you already enjoy.


If you’re looking for a flexible way to generate extra income, then becoming a notary can be a great way to do it. The job more or less involves witnessing the signing of important documents like professional contracts, mortgage documents, adoption papers, etc. to help prevent identity fraud. Though it varies a bit from state to state, you can usually get certified for less than or around $100. You may be required to take a course and pass a test as well, again depending on your state, but such courses usually only take about 3-6 hours. Check out the National Notary Association for more information on how to get started.


Though you don’t necessarily need a certificate to get hired as a bartender in some states, you’re going to up the odds of getting hired considerably if you do have one. In other states, you definitely need to be certified as required by state law. Luckily, getting certified to be a bartender isn’t all that hard. You can even get a certificate through an online mixology course, which generally costs around $50 or less.

Yoga teacher

If you already love yoga, then consider getting certified to teach it. Once you get your certification, you can enjoy all the benefits of getting your flow on, all while getting paid rather than paying to attend classes. Most yoga certifications require you to complete 200 hours of training at a certified school, but after you’ve completed the certification process the fees are not that bad. The most accredited organization is Yoga Alliance which requires a $50 application fee and then $65 a year in dues.

Event planner

Do you love planning events and parties for your friends or co-workers? If so, then you can turn it into a killer side gig by becoming a certified event planner. When it comes to getting certified, you’ll soon discover that there are several different certificates available, depending on what type of planning you want to do. For instance, some certifications involve planning events for high profile business clientele while others cater more towards smaller community group events.

Makeup artist

If you’re already obsessed with makeup and spend your days haunting the aisles of Sephora, then why not take it to the next level? Getting certified in cosmetology can open a lot of doors whether you want to work for a company or freelance. One of the perks of becoming a professional makeup artist is job security, as there are rarely shortages of people who need help with makeup for weddings, photos, movie shoots, or other events. Though it is possible to get certified online, we’d highly recommend looking into beauty schools in your area so you can enjoy all the hands-on experience you can get before opening up shop.

Web designer or developer

If you love computers, then it may be possible for you to make a great deal of money as a website designer or web developer. If this sounds like the right track for you, then look into becoming a Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW). There are testing centers around the world where you can pass the requirements to become CIW certified with test fees that are usually around $150. Granted, you probably won’t just want to show up to the test and hope for the best unless you really know what you’re doing. Luckily, there are plenty of online courses available. These range from classes you can take from CIW itself to courses on education platforms like Udemy.

Life coach

Okay, so it’s not like you can just set up shop as a psychologist because you’re really great at solving other people’s problems. There may, however, be an easier way. These days, life coaches are becoming a popular route for people who may not have hundreds of dollars an hour to pay a professional psychiatrist. Even if you charge less than someone with a master’s degree, however, you can still make a lot of money on the side. While there are no hard and fast rules about what it actually requires to become a life coach, some sort of training is obviously a smart idea before you get all up in other people’s personal problems. If you’re looking for a great training program, check out IFC which offers a variety of training programs that will help you become IFC certified. They’ll take you through everything you need to know to start coaching and even help hook you up with a mentor so you don’t have to go the path alone.