Looking for some handy supplemental income or passive income? Here are some of the side hustle ideas that can get you the extra money you need while still at a day job.
There’s really no such thing as too much money, at least for most folks. Many of us even take up second jobs trying to make ends meet. But there are some side hustles you can do that can give you some extra cash without too much effort on your part. You can do this either as a part-time job or full-time once it takes off.
Profitable Side Hustle Ideas
1. Reduce Your Expenses
Before you work and get another job try to see if you can get more money for yourself by reducing your expenses. List all your expenses during the last few months and then figure out how you can save. If you drink a lot of exotic coffee, maybe you can go with a cheaper brand and try to drink fewer cups. Eat out less often. Exercise at home to save yourself the gym fees. Stop buying stuff you don’t really need or actually use. Quickly pay off any outstanding loans, credit card bills, such as your student loan. Keep the extra income.
2. Offer Your Services on Fiverr
Fiverr helped give birth to the Gig Economy. Although services start out at $5, some Fiverr sellers are earning six-figure-plus revenues annually. Fiver has about 200 categories of services that they offer to people with skills, and to companies in need of those skills. This platform is the perfect side hustle to get started. You can start with writing, making logos, editing videos, and offering tutorials on a wide variety of subjects. If you know how to do something well and you do it for fun, you can make enough money on it in your free time. In fact, some freelancers here earn in the 6 figures side hustling.
3. Be a Winning Logo Designer on 99Designs
Fiverr isn’t the only platform you have to use if you specialize in logo design. If you like to play around with programs such as Illustrator and Photoshop, you can get on 99Designs to prove your freelancing skills. Here, the companies don’t hire you on blind faith. Instead, your logo must first be chosen as the winning design for you to get paid.
4. Write Resumes
If you’re already on LinkedIn, you can use that website (and other similar platforms) to advertise your resume-writing services. You will have to do a few ones for free at first, but if your clients get hired then you can get rave reviews and actual paying customers.
5. Sell Your Clutter on Craigslist or eBay
You may have heard about de-cluttering. It’s about making your room (and maybe even your whole house) neater by getting rid of stuff you don’t even need. It makes for a tidier home that can actually reduce your stress as a result.
It can even get you a bit of money when you sell these old items. You can put up classic toys, used furniture, and appliances that you no longer use. Take a great photo of the item and sell it. If you’re great at selling stuff, you can even offer your selling services for family and friends who have lots of junk and sell them for a commission.
6. Hold a Garage Sale
If you have too much to sell and you don’t want to bother selling online, you can sell your stuff the old-fashioned way. Just hold a garage sale. You can still advertise on Craigslist to let people know about it, and you can spread the word via Facebook and other social media services. You can sell old magazines, books, toys, clothes—just about anything.
7. Rent a Room on Airbnb
This is a great option if you live in a city or town where tourists like to visit. You offer them a homier place to stay in, plus they get to see a more authentic glimpse of what life really is like in where you live. They save money on the deal, and you get to pocket some money too.
8. Be a Local Tour Guide
If you’re renting a room on Airbnb, then guiding them around the town can get you some more extra money. But you can also offer these services to the other tourists in town. You can get a nice group going if you have specialized knowledge regarding where the best (or cheapest) restaurants are, where the best coffee is served, or where books are sold. One good way of doing this is to offer your services for free, but you tell them that you accept tips and donations. This way gets you more tourists, and some of them can be very generous especially if they have a great time.
9. Be a House Sitter
Some rich people have second real estate that they don’t really use until the holiday season or during the summer. You can be a house sitter for one of these people so they know that their home won’t be ransacked or catch fire while they’re away. You can also house-sit for people who are going on vacation, which requires very little skill sets. Try to offer your services at websites like Care.com and HouseSitter.com.
10. Drive for Uber or Lyft
Plenty of people already drive for these ride-hailing services, and now so can you. If you have a car, then you’re good to go. You set your own hours, simply by setting a button on an app that says whether you’re available for rides or not.
11. Sell Your Old Smartphones on Gazelle
The Gazelle website specializes in buying old smartphones and then selling them to customers looking for a discount. They can even buy non-working phones from you, even the ones with smashed screens. Quite a few people have old smartphones just lying around, and now you have a place to throw them off that can earn you a few bucks instead.
12. Deliver Food for PostMates
The PostMates services provide eateries and other similar establishments a way for them to deliver their goods. As a PostMates driver, you can then deliver food, drinks, and even groceries. The pay isn’t much, but the bulk of the income is actually from the tips you receive. You can do the same at DoorDash.
13. Provide Answers on JustAnswer
JustAnswer and other similar websites can pay you to answer professional questions. All you need is to prove you’re a real expert by verifying your credentials and passing a rigorous application process. Subject matters include the law, finance and taxes, medicine (human and vet), computers and software, and electronics. Even somewhat uncommon topics can have questions answered, such as clock repair, parenting, firearms, and dream interpretation.
14. Be a Tutor on Zoom
Nowadays, you don’t need to actually visit home to tutor someone on topics you’re an expert on. Instead, you can teach people over the internet using a home camera on Zoom. You can be in the US and teach stuff to people in the UK.
15. Teach a Language
It’s great if you know a second language as you can teach that language and get paid for it. In the US, you can find people interested in various languages and who may pay you to teach them the language you know.
Even if you only speak English, it’s possible to earn money from teaching if you’re backpacking your way through countries where English isn’t normally spoken. Here are a few online courses places you can try these side gigs: Udemy, SkillShare, and UpWork.
16. Give Music Lessons
Do you know how to play a musical instrument? You can turn that knowledge into some easy pocket money by teaching others how to play the guitar, piano, or any other instrument. Record yourself playing your musical instrument, and use that as an advertisement as you tell others about your music lessons on social networking sites like Facebook. You can also give lessons on TakeLessons.com. TakeLessons is an ed-tech company with a robust, engaging learning platform and community for lifelong learning.
17. Give Driving Lessons
If you know how to drive, then you might want to get a license as a driving instructor. Your skills may be in great demand especially if you’re a master at driving cars with manual transmission. You can use websites such as Indeed.com where part-time driving instructor jobs are offered. You can use facetime for video lessons.
18. Do Small Jobs on Mechanical Turk
Companies use Mechanical Turk to provide immediate and temporary work services, and you can be part of the teams that provide those services. These companies are then saved from having to hire a large temporary workforce, while you can do interesting jobs such as participate in surveys or categorize images and products.
19. Be a Blogger, Publish a Blog
Blogging will take time, but then you can start a blog that can help you pass the time. Your blog can be about a topic which you’re passionate about, and your posts can offer insights and information you’ve gathered over the years. Once you’ve developed a loyal following, you can earn income through advertisements and by selling stuff on your blog for commission.
20. Write an eBook
Do you like to write fanfiction? If you do, then you can write a novel-length story based on a favorite fandom. Once you’re done using the characters of your favorite TV shows and novels, just change names and settings so you end up with an entirely original story. This is how 50 Shades of Grey came about—it started out as Twilight fanfiction.
21. Be a Babysitter
This is a classic service, babysitting, that never really goes out of fashion. It’s just that today you can use websites such as SitterCity or Care.com to let people know about your babysitter service. If you provide a terrific experience for kids and their parents, you’ll get great ratings for your services and you’ll become even more popular with potential clients.
22. Be a Dog Walker
In the old days, people offered babysitter services. Now you can just offer dog walking services instead of for the busy people in your neighborhood. Just print up a few pamphlets offering your services to the dog owners in your area, and slip these pamphlets in their mailboxes. Or, better yet, sign-up at Rover.com.
23. Wash Cars
This does require a small investment, but it’s a side job you could enjoy when you have spare time. This is another classic service that probably will always be in demand. This is especially true when you live near wealthy people who have nice cars but don’t have the time or the inclination to clean the vehicles themselves. You can wash and detail the cars for them and get paid nicely. You can use social networking sites to advertise your services, or you can just hand out fliers.
24. Create YouTube Videos for Affiliate Marketing
This approach combines 2 difficult money-generating schemes into one that can be much more successful. It’s extremely difficult to earn money through ads on YouTube videos alone. You might get 2 or 3 dollars for every 1,000 views. Using blogs for affiliate marketing where you direct people to sites that sell stuff (and then you get a commission) doesn’t work all that often either. But you can use videos more effectively for affiliate marketing.
25. Join Marketing Focus Groups
This is one way of earning money without any real skill needed. In fact, it helps if you’re just an average person because marketing companies want to know how people like to respond to their advertisements, services, and products. This is safer than participating in drug trials since you won’t have to risk suffering weird side effects.
26. Be a Personal Shopper
If you love to shop except you don’t really have the money for it, this can be a dream job. You can just instead shop for other people using their money. This works very well for you if you live near an affluent neighborhood. You can use social media networks to advertise your services or go with online resources like ThumbTack where rich people go to look for personal shoppers.
27. Be a Personal Trainer
If you’ve successfully lost weight or gained muscles, you can turn that experience and knowledge you gained into a money-generating scheme. You can create workout routines and schedules, while you also compose a meal plan for each day. People can see your fit form and realize that you actually do know what you’re talking about.
28. Be a Virtual Assistant
Plenty of professionals these days are looking for virtual assistants. Your job will probably be about sparing them from tedious administrative duties, like dealing with social media, answering routine emails, making travel arrangements, and scheduling meetings. You do need to know how to use Zoom for this to work, and you need to have a reliable Internet connection. Check out Zirtual.
Stop sulking about not having enough money, and do something about it. There’s no excuse for being penniless and jobless these days – you have plenty of side hustles to choose from, whether it be an online business or offline. All you really need to do is to actually hustle!
And, if the above list is not enough for you side hustlers, here are few other great sides hustle ideas to pick up: assemble IKEA furniture on TaskRabbit, be a bookkeeping nerd, take online surveys, host or produce a podcast, freelance writing, design a cool t-shirt and sell it on Etsy or Amazon, or be a mystery shopping guru.
Yes, we understand this side business is really out there, BUT this is a prime example of how even the most offbeat business idea can find a market.