The best side hustles for extra income
Sometimes one job just isn’t enough to get you all the avocado toast and lattes you want out of life. Whether you need to make more money to cover your basic expenses or you want to save up for a bigger goal, a good side hustle can put your financial dreams within your reach.
To help you choose your perfect side hustle, we scoured the web for the very best options. No matter what your skills and interests are, there’s sure to be something on this list that will work for you. So, are you ready to hustle? Read on and prepare yourself to get that bread.
If you’ve got a cute apartment in the city or a spare bedroom in your house, you can make extra money by renting your space on Airbnb. Getting paid is pretty simple. First, take some cute pics of your space that will impress your future guests. Next, set up your hosting profile on Airbnb and set your rates. Then, when your house or room gets booked, you’ll get paid 24 hours after your guests check in.
Before you start, it is a good idea to check your local regulations around short-term rentals. In some cities, you could face a hefty fine for listing your place on the site, which is kinda the opposite of what you want to happen.
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Were you your neighborhood’s favorite babysitter in your teen years? Have you spent countless weekends watching your younger siblings to give your parents a break? Time to add that experience back to your resume. It’s still possible to make bank using your kid-wrangling skills as a grown-up.
Of course, when you’re looking for clients now, the Internet is a valuable resource. Try listing your services on sites like Care.com or look on your local Craigslist board. Parents are busier than ever these days, and they could always use extra help. If you play your cards right, you could even land a steady gig as a part-time nanny with a great family.
NEXT: Want to work with kids in a more carefree context? This gig could be just right for you.
3. Birthday party entertainer
If you’ve always harbored dreams of being a Disney princess or if you just happen to have an old clown suit laying around, why not try your hand at being a kid’s birthday party entertainer? You can enjoy all the fun of playing around with kids without the mellow-harshing responsibility of having to enforce rules or discipline. It’s pretty much a win-win.
To get started, work on your act, snap some pics or video, and begin advertising your services to local parents. Look at what other entertainers in your area are charging to get a good feel for how you should set your rates.
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If you’ve got great writing chops and plenty of passion, then blogging could be a homerun side hustle. While it could take a while to get your blog off the ground, by posting regularly and sharing your work on social media you can build a loyal following.
You might also consider blogging for other people or companies. Some CEOs actually hire ghostwriters to write their blogs for them, and many companies need help creating new content to keep their company blogs up to date. Check sites like Upwork and Freelance Writing Gigs to find blog-purtunities and start making money for your writing right away.
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5. Dog walker
As long as the weather is nice, this side hustle is the most supremely chill way to earn a few extra bucks on the side. Working as a dog walker or pet sitter is perfect for someone who loves animals and is great at taking care of them. Pop in your earbuds and binge-listen to podcasts while you walk for a little extra entertainment.
You can get started by listing your services on Rover, advertising on Craigslist, or working with a local service. You’ll do best at this side hustle if you have a flexible schedule so you can fill in for busy owners at odd hours. Plus, if you walk enough you might be able to justify finally canceling that gym membership you’re not really using.
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6. English teacher
Teaching English online can be a great way for a native speaker with a solid Internet connection to earn some extra cash. There are a whole bunch of websites out there that can help you connect with new students to get this hustle off the ground. Some of them may require that you have a college degree or TEFL certification, but not all of them do.
Some of the more trusted sites for English as a second language teachers include VIPKID, Qkids, and Cambly. This side hustle can work best for night owls and early birds, as many of the students are in other countries and time zones.
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Freelancing in your field pretty much rules because you get extra money and the chance to sharpen your skills and advance your career. Plus, it’s super easy to get started because you already have experience. To find some leads, check out freelancer marketplace sites like Upwork. You might also want to create your own portfolio website so it’s easy for you to point potential new clients to a space where they can see samples of your work.
In some industries, you might want to talk to HR at your main company before you start freelancing. You may have signed a non-compete clause when you were hired, and the last thing you want is for your side hustle to get you in trouble at your full-time gig.
NEXT: Put your green thumb to good use with this sunny side hustle.
Got garden skills? If you’re great with plants and you’d love to spend more time outdoors consider offering your services as a gardener. If you also already have a treasure trove of gardening tools, you’ll be way ahead of the game. You could list yourself on Thumbtack or Angie’s List to attract new clients, then let the good times grow.
You might also consider popping in at a local nursery to see if they need any part-time help. Thanks to Millennial spending habits, the plant industry is actually booming right now, making your green thumb more valuable than ever. Ten points to Hufflepuff!
NEXT: Make someone’s life a little easier and make your wallet a little fatter with this simple side hustle.
9. Grocery delivery
Stopping by the grocery store can be inconvenient for busy people or a downright ordeal for people with disabilities or chronic illnesses. That’s why grocery delivery services are becoming more and more popular. If you’ve got the time and a reliable vehicle, this side hustle can be a pretty easy way to take the pressure off your finances and brighten someone’s day.
Sign up to be a delivery person on Instacart or another similar delivery app and get ready to start bagging extra cash. Ridester reports that Instacart drivers make an average of $11 an hour, but can earn up to $20 an hour in some areas.
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10. House cleaner
If you had a nickel for every time you wished you had a maid, you probably wouldn’t even need a side hustle. While this might not be the most glamorous gig in the world, a good house cleaner is always in high demand. After all, it feels amazing to come home to a clean space, and you can earn some extra money on the side by being the one to tidy up.
If you don’t already have cleaning supplies, you might face some up-front costs stocking up for your new endeavor. However, the money you spend on bleach and scrubbers will come back to you tenfold once you get to work. Look into listing your cleaning services on a site like Handy to find your first clients.
NEXT: Need to get out of your house? This gig could help you get some much-needed alone time plus extra money.
If you moved back in with your parents and are regretful AF, look into housesitting as a side hustle. Not only will you earn more money you can put towards a place of your own, but you’ll also get to spend time away from the ‘rents when you’re taking care of your clients’ homes.
To find clients, check out HouseSitter.com or list your services on Thumbtack. Some people might just want someone to come by and water their plants, while others might feel better knowing their housesitter will be staying overnight. Either way, this side job is a low-stress way to increase your income.
NEXT: Love driving? Try being a take-out hero!
12. Meal delivery driver
From Uber Eats and GrubHub to Postmates and Eat24, it seems there are a million apps all promising to deliver hot and tasty takeout right to your doorstep as if you were an actual member of the royal family. Naturally, all of these apps need drivers to make their takeout magic trick work. If you’ve got a reliable car, a good driving record, and you love being on the road, look into driving for one of these services.
Each site pays drivers a little differently, but in general, you’ll make a standard delivery fee plus a little extra to cover gas. Throw in tips, and you might make between $11 and $20 per hour.
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Packing boxes and moving furniture is hard work, but somebody’s got to do it. Why can’t that somebody be you? If you’re strong and you don’t mind spending weekends hauling somebody else’s gear around, then a part-time gig as a mover could be a great fit for you.
Even better, if you’ve got friends who are also looking for some extra income on the side, why not join forces and start a moving company? That way, you can still have fun hanging out with your squad and you’ll all have a little more money in the bank when festival season rolls around again.
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14. Mystery shopper
Being a mystery shopper is kind of like being a spy, so super sleuths and shopping savants alike will love this opportunity to score a few extra bucks. All you have to do is get registered with a mystery shopping agency like Secret Shopper. Then, they’ll send you to local stores and restaurants to check out the experience.
Some Secret Shopper gigs cover online shopping as well, so you don’t even have to leave your house to get paid. Any side job you can do in your comfy pants (or no pants at all) gets an automatic spot on our nice list.
NEXT: What’s your special area of expertise? Why not share your knowledge and get paid at the same time?
15. Online courses
The idea that you’ll stop learning when you graduate from school is so ’90s. Lifelong learning is the wave of the future, and millions of people are turning to the Internet to continue their education. If there’s something that you’re an expert at, why not create an online course to share your wealth of knowledge?
Sites like Udemy and Skillshare make it easy for you to add your course to their marketplaces and start making money off your big ol’ brain. Whether you’re a graphic designer with an encyclopedic font knowledge or an accountant who knows tax code like the back of your hand, someone out there wishes they knew what you know.
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16. Painting houses
Here’s another side hustle that can be tons of fun if you roll out with your crew. Homeowners need to repaint their houses every five to 10 years, so odds are good that there are tons of people in your local area right now who are procrastinating on their next paint job. Get some friends together and start advertising your painting services.
You might have some startup costs involved, especially if you need to buy lots of brushes, rollers, ladders, and other gear. However, once you’re set up, you and your crew can easily recover the costs and make plenty more.
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17. Resume writer
Lots of people struggle with writing their resumes. It can be really hard to be objective about your own work experience, and many workers simply don’t know what recruiters are really looking for when a resume crosses their desk. On the other hand, if you absolutely rule at writing resumes, there can be serious cash in it for you.
Check sites like Upwork, Fiverr, and even Freelance Writing Gigs to find listings for resume writers. Once you land the gig, you can start perfecting people’s resumes so they can move on to an exciting new stage in their career and you can have a happy piggy bank.
NEXT: Start your engines, and let the best side hustle win!
18. Ride-share driver
Driving for Lyft or Uber can be a great side hustle if you love to drive and get a kick out of meeting new people. Depending on where you live, you might even earn a bonus just for signing up with a service. How much you can make will also depend on where you live and when you’re available to drive.
However, Money Under 30 notes that there are hidden costs to this side hustle. If you decide to drive for a rideshare service, put some extra money aside to cover car repairs. After all, more driving equals more wear and tear on your car, and you don’t want to end up on the hook for costly repair bills you can’t afford.
NEXT: Creative and crafty types have what it takes to make this side hustle pay off.
19. Shop owner
No, we’re not talking about a brick and mortar shop! Starting your own shop can be as easy as signing up for a seller account on Etsy. If you knit the cutest hats around, love painting pictures of your friends’ cats, or craft handmade jewelry, try selling your wares online.
It might take a while to make your first sale, but if you love what you’re making then your passion will carry you through until the money starts coming in. Even if you’re not super crafty, you can sell old clothes and thrift store finds on Etsy or Poshmark to give your bank account a boost.
NEXT: Got a good eye for pictures? You might be able to make a few bucks.
20. Stock photographer
Websites and blogs need a ton of pictures, and many of them turn to stock photo databases to find images that compliment their message or brand. If you’re a photographer, selling rights to your images via a stock photo company can be a great way to get some extra income. Shutterstock is a great place to start, as it’s one of the biggest online photo resources.
To join Shutterstock as a photographer, just submit 10 of your best shots and wait for approval. If your portfolio is accepted, then you can start making money by selling the rights to use your images.
NEXT: This side hustle will get you off the Internet and into the street.
21. Street performer
Singers, tap dancers, saxophone players, and even jugglers can line their pockets by adding street performing to their work experience. Simply set out a tip jar and share your talent in an area with lots of foot traffic and watch the dollar bills come in. Spoiler alert: this gig is definitely not introvert-friendly.
Depending on where you live, street performing or busking might require a permit or a license, so do your homework before you hit the streets. You don’t want to end up with an expensive ticket or fine because you set out to make money without doing your research first.
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22. T-shirt designer
If you’ve got a creative spirit and an eye for design, you might make some extra money on the side by designing t-shirts or other goods on sites like Threadless and Society6. On Threadless, submit your designs and each week users will vote to determine which designs get made. If your design is chosen, then you make money from every shirt that’s sold.
On Society6, you can start your own shop by uploading your designs. You can add your artwork to anything from coffee mugs and phone cases to pillows and curtains, then get a share of the profits when one of your designed products sells.
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The idea behind TaskRabbit is pretty simple. If someone has a chore they need to get done, they can simply post it on the site and workers (AKA “Taskers”) can set their own rates and communicate them to clients. Some of the most common jobs available on TaskRabbit include helping with moving, cleaning, furniture assembly, and organization. There are even some personal assisting tasks available there, too.
According to an article by Entrepreneur from 2017, the average Tasker makes $110 a month, though it is possible to earn more or less depending on what demand is like for the kinds of work you can do.
NEXT: This side gig is perfect for musicians!
24. Teach lessons
If you’re a skilled musician and you’ve never taught students of your own, literally what are you waiting for? From adults looking for a new hobby to kids getting into their first extracurricular, people of all ages and walks of life take music lessons. As an experienced musician, you most likely have a treasure trove of knowledge you can pass along to your students.
Sites like Thumbtack and TakeLessons help music teachers connect to students. If you find you have a handful of students, you might even arrange a recital in a community space so they can show off their skills, which in turn can bring more students your way.
NEXT: If music’s not your thing, you can still make money by sharing your knowledge.
Are you an actual math wizard? Did you rule your school’s French club? Are your essay writing skills beyond compare? Then you, my friend, may just have what it takes to be a world-class tutor. To get started, create a profile on Wyzant or University Tutor. Be sure to highlight your education and any other tutoring experience you might have.
Then, you’ll set your availability. In general, weekends and weekday evenings tend to be a tutor’s most coveted hours, so if you can make time during those periods you’ll be off to a great start. Finally, get to work sharing what you know and helping your students succeed.