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- Use an investment app
- 21. Make Deliveries for Amazon Flex
- 26. Flip Free Stuff
- 31. Help With Gardening or Landscaping
- Work for a caterer
- Be a brand ambassador
- How to Make Extra Money with a Side Business
- 22) Start a Painting Company
- 23) Do Landscaping
- 24) Shovel Snow
- 25) Edit Film and Video
- 26) Photography
- 27) Clean Houses
- 28) Clean Businesses
- 29) Industrial Floors and Windows
- 30) Cut Hair
- 32) Become a Tour Guide
- 33) Become a Virtual Assistant
- 34) Become a Personal Assistant
- 35) Start a Handyman Business
- 36) Be a Masseuse
- 37) Provide Real Estate Management
- 38) Rent a Room
- 39) Rent Your Vacation Property
- 40) Event Planning
- 41) Interior Design
- 42) Start a Vending Machine Route
- 43) Party Rentals
- 44) Promote Fitness Products
- 45) Find a Need and Fill It
- Work as a handyman
- Micro-Entrepreneurship Ideas
- 10. Earn $5 (or More) at a Time With Fiverr
- 5. Deliver groceries
- How to Make Money On The Side: 10 Great Side Hustles to Pursue
- #1. Start a Dropshipping Business
- 11. Rent out your car
- Save More Money. Faster
- Creative or Unusual Side Hustles
- 170. Become a fine art investor
- 171. Play poker online
- 172. Become a mystery shopper
- 173. Transcribe audio into writing
- 174. Sell roses for Valentine’s Day
- 175. Be an online juror
- 176. Housesit
- 177. Invest in dividend-paying stocks
- 178. Be an extra in a movie
- 179. Sell art in cafes or restaurants
- 180. Help people decorate for the holidays
- 181. Paint pet portraits
- Recent Articles
- About the Author
- Hustle At Work
- 50. Volunteer For Overtime
- 51. Employee Referral Program
- 52. Tuition Reimbursement Program
- 53. Get A Part Time Job
- 54. Get A Higher Paying Job
- What Are Good Side Hustles?
- Ways to Make Extra Money in College
- 187. Work as a camp counselor
- 188. Become a resident advisor
- 189. Work as a teacher’s assistant
- 190. Get a job at a dining hall
Use an investment app
Anyone can invest on the side and make extra cash! Choose the investment app that’s right for you, and your future self will thank you. Watch your investment grow over time, and you can even automate your investments if you’d prefer. Investing doesn’t have to be intimidating or require a lot of money to start. You can choose an app that allows you to invest as little as $1 to grow your portfolio. You could get started today!
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21. Make Deliveries for Amazon Flex
Sticking with the delivery theme, Amazon Flex delivery drivers can make up to $18 to $25 an hour.
Amazon pays by the delivery block and opportunities are available in more than 50 cities to deliver for Amazon.com, Prime Now, AmazonFresh and Amazon Restaurants and more.
You can earn a higher hourly rate by driving a larger vehicle, working during peak times and making tip-eligible deliveries.
26. Flip Free Stuff
With people constantly moving out or changing their style, there are countless opportunities to get free stuff. Peruse through Craigslist and stop to check out items that you see marked as “free” on the side of the road. With a little elbow grease, you could be able to spruce up the item and sell it for a profit.
31. Help With Gardening or Landscaping
Whether your neighbor or friend is going out of town, or simply need an extra hand in the yard, offer your services as a gardener or landscaper. You can agree upon an hourly wage and mow their lawn, water their garden, plant flowers, or help with anything else they need.
Still looking for ways to make quick money in a day? Take pen to paper.
Write down all of your skills and uncover how you could use them as a way to earn an income. You might surprise yourself by all of the potential side gigs you qualify for.
Work for a caterer
You can join a catering company to make some side cash as a server or wait staff. It’s a flexible position, and catering companies often allow you to determine your availability. (No wonder struggling artists who need to be available for auditions often turn to catering.) You can also register as catering staff for a hospitality and events staffing agency in your area, such as Waitron.
Be a brand ambassador
If you enjoy discovering new brands and sharing them with your friends, you might like working with companies to spread the word about their products in your free time. In many cities, brands post ads on Craigslist looking for people to pass out samples at grocery stores, liquor stores, pop-up events, or other venues.
Sometimes these opportunities can overlap with your other interests. For example, we found ads looking for people to pour wine samples at a tasting and ads seeking people who love kids to promote toys at a family-friendly event. You can usually find these ads in the “gigs” section of your local Craigslist site.
How to Make Extra Money with a Side Business
Want to know how to make extra money but still create sustainable income? Starting a legitimate side business takes time, but it could develop into a steady stream of income if you stick with it. Again, most of these jobs don’t require any special licensing, but check your local rules to be sure.
22) Start a Painting Company
Practically nobody likes to paint, but it’s a skill that almost anybody can learn. The cool thing is that people will pay you a lot of money to paint their house.
In our area, you could easily make a thousand dollars a week (or more) if you really went for it. If the making money online thing doesn’t work out, you can bet your bosom I’m starting a painting company.
23) Do Landscaping
Let’s face it: People hate yard work. They hate mowing. They hate trimming bushes. They hate leaves. Anyone who has enough money to pay someone to do these things frequently does. Start your own landscaping company and begin cashing in today!
24) Shovel Snow
What’s the only thing people hate more than leaves? You guessed it! Snow.
Turn your summer landscaping business into a snow removal service. Grab a shovel, knock on some doors, and pick up some jobs. Heck, go out and get a cheap snow blower if it helps. Better yet, put a plow on the front of your truck and push snow off of parking lots. Businesses pay thousands a year to keep their lots plowed, salted, and safe for their customers.
25) Edit Film and Video
People love to communicate through film and video. Whether it’s slide shows for graduations and weddings, or professionally made videos advertising a business, people will pay you to make their videos. All it takes is a camera, an editing program, and an eye for detail and you could be making extra income in no time.
Speaking of cameras, starting your own photography business is one of the best ways to make extra money. Even amateur photographers can make good money taking family photos, graduation pictures, and business headshots. Just get yourself a nice digital camera like the one we use, take a photography course, and start shooting for cash!
27) Clean Houses
Oh yeah. I forgot to mention that most people hate cleaning their house too. For years, Holly made a nice living cleaning houses. All she did was print flyers, knock on some doors, and ask for referrals from customers. She never had any shortage of work, and neither will you.
28) Clean Businesses
Homeowners aren’t the only people who pay for cleaning. Businesses need their workspace cleaned too. Create some business cards or flyers, and pick up a few corporate cleaning gigs to line your pockets.
29) Industrial Floors and Windows
In addition to the regular dusting and mopping, some offices need a little bit of extra help. You can make some serious cash by starting your own industrial floor and window cleaning business. Again, the more you hustle, the more money you’ll make.
30) Cut Hair
Do you know how to cut hair? You can make extra money by charging your friends for haircuts. If you’re a trained beautician, you can charge even more.
32) Become a Tour Guide
Don’t know how to make extra money but love to educate others? Become a local tour guide. Show others around your city for a fee, and make a few dollars along the way. Be sure to research and comply with any local laws before opening up shop.
33) Become a Virtual Assistant
Businesses are always looking to outsource tasks, and they’ll pay you for help. Virtual assistants work online, and can be hired on a per-project or ongoing basis. Websites like Outsourcely can help connect you with potential employers.
34) Become a Personal Assistant
Just like businesses, people will pay you to help organize their life. As a personal assistant, you may work virtually or in person. Tasks could include answering emails, booking appointments, shopping for groceries, doing laundry, and more.
35) Start a Handyman Business
If you have home repair skills, a handyman business may be a great way to make extra money. Where I live, demand for handyman services is so high that most handymen I’ve talked to make about $40 an hour. That’s good money if you can hack it.
36) Be a Masseuse
Want to make extra money on the side? Consider getting trained (and probably licensed) so you can start a a massage therapy business. You can run it part-time out of your own home and make some serious pocket change.
37) Provide Real Estate Management
Many rental property owners live out-of-town or prefer not to deal with their renters. So what do they do? They hire a real estate manager. By screening tenants and dealing with problems, you can earn a percentage of the monthly rent. It’s definitely something you can do part-time, or grow it into a full-time gig if you want.
38) Rent a Room
Got an extra room to spare? Take on a roommate to save money, or rent it out for some extra cash.
39) Rent Your Vacation Property
If you’re lucky enough to own a vacation property, you may already know that you can rent it out when you’re not there. If you haven’t done so already, check out websites like VRBO to list your property and start making money today.
40) Event Planning
Do you love entertaining and have a keen eye for details? Starting an event planning business may be a great way to generate some side income. As an event planner, you can help plan everything from weddings to company parties. Get your name out there and start networking right away.
41) Interior Design
If you love furniture, wall art, and paint colors, doing interior design work in your spare time is an excellent way to make extra money. There are plenty of people willing to pay for your talent, provided they’re happy with your work.
42) Start a Vending Machine Route
Ever see vending machines in office buildings and retail stores? Somebody has to fill them. You could get paid to do it by picking up your own routes.
43) Party Rentals
Ever wonder who owns those bounce houses you see at kids’ birthday parties? Well, that could be you…and you could make money doing it. Just buy the equipment, start advertising, and rent it out for all type of events. You can even add things like tables, snowcone machines, and cotton candy makers to drive up revenue.
44) Promote Fitness Products
If you’ve used any fitness products, you can earn extra money by promoting them to your friends. Use the products, get results, and earn commissions on referrals. Simple as that.
45) Find a Need and Fill It
Seriously, you can start a side business for almost anything. Just find a need and fill it.
I know somebody who makes a six-figure income by cleaning industrial screens and filters. Seriously, who the heck thinks of that?!? The person hauling in six figs, that’s who.
So find a need, fill it, and make some money!
Work as a handyman
If you can do basic home repairs — installations, repairs, light painting and caulking — you can square away some cash being a handyman. Whether your home repairs skillset is limited or sophisticated, just be upfront about what you can do well. Building a handyman business is reliant on good word of mouth.
To generate business, you can go the analog route and leave flyers and cards in the common areas of apartment complexes or hardware stores in your area. (And leverage your social media connections.)
These ideas are a little different than the typical hustle – they are more based on entrepreneurship and asset leveraging to make even more money for you. These can lead to passive income over time if done well.
10. Earn $5 (or More) at a Time With Fiverr
Become a seller on Fiverr.com and join the growing community of freelancers who offer professional services like graphic design, resume writing, data entry, voice over and more.
You can work as little or as much as you want and set your price at $5 per gig or higher — up to $10,000.
Fiverr’s website says that once a seller completes an order, the money is transferred to their account right away. Listing services is free and sellers keep 80% of each transaction.
5. Deliver groceries
Demand for grocery delivery has spiked during the coronavirus pandemic, with grocery delivery apps like Instacart hiring hundreds of thousands of new shoppers. Sign up to make grocery deliveries on Instacart, where shoppers make an average of $13 per hour, according to Glassdoor, or Shipt, where shoppers make up to $22 per hour, according to the site.
Make sure to adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) social distancing guidelines when you're at the supermarket, and ask your employer what kind of contactless delivery system is in place to mitigate your risks of contracting the virus.
How to Make Money On The Side: 10 Great Side Hustles to Pursue
#1. Start a Dropshipping Business
Dropshipping is one of the best side hustle job ideas. It allows you to sell a product directly to the customer without having to buy any inventory. Why’s that great? You don’t need to have a big startup costs budget, keeping your risk low. The manufacturer not only carries the inventory but also ships it directly to the customer for you. Your main focus should be marketing and customer service – the lifeline of the business. If you have a strong marketing background and want a side hustle that plays to your strength, this is it. It’s one of the rare side jobs that allows you to scratch a true entrepreneurial itch. You get to be the owner of your very own business.
11. Rent out your car
Instead of letting your car sit unused while you're working from home during the pandemic, consider renting it on sites like HyreCar or Turo. On HyreCar, car owners rent out vehicles for anywhere from $29 to $100 per day, according to the company's senior vice president of strategic partnerships Brian Allan. On Turo, listings range from a 2009 Nissan Versa for $20 per day to a 2016 Tesla for $199 per day. Renters earn between 65% and 85% of the trip price, depending on the vehicle insurance plan they choose.
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Creative or Unusual Side Hustles
For the more unconventional, here are some uncommon and creative ways to make extra cash in your spare time.
170. Become a fine art investor
Fortunes can be won and lost in the world of fine art investing. If your appetite for risk is high and you want the opportunity to make money outside of traditional investing, it’s worth checking out a company called Masterworks.
Instead of shelling out $3 million dollars for an Andy Warhol painting yourself (because who has that kind of money just laying around?!), Masterworks lets you invest in shares of in a painting — similarly to buying shares of a company. When Masterworks sells a painting down the road, the shareholders (aka investors) will receive a share of the proceeds.
171. Play poker online
If this is the first time you are hearing about this, then we actually do not recommend trying it. The average skill level of players on the internet has improved so much over the past few years that it’s virtually guaranteed that a new player will lose money over the long run. But hey, Ben, one of DollarSprout’s co-founders, made upwards of 6 figures playing online in poker in college, so we had to list it.
172. Become a mystery shopper
Mystery shopping means getting paid by a company to pretend like you’re a regular customer at a store, restaurant, or another establishment. You provide feedback on things like how clean the store was or how well the employees interacted with you. You’ll likely be asked to make a purchase, which most mystery shopping companies will reimburse you for.
173. Transcribe audio into writing
Legal, medical, and business are the most lucrative fields for transcriptionists. Transcribers listen to audio recordings and convert them to text files. Types of recordings can range from court proceedings to podcasts to business presentations.
Transcriptionists who specialize in a specific field, such as legal or medical, typically earn higher rates than general transcriptionists. On average, you can expect to earn $15 to $30 per hour as a self-employed transcriber. Transcription jobs tend to pay by the audio hour, so earnings depend on how efficiently you work.
174. Sell roses for Valentine’s Day
If you start growing them in mid to late December, they should be ready by February 14th. Set up shop outside of a Starbucks, or a romantic restaurant the week of, and make some quick cash.
175. Be an online juror
Attorneys use mock juries to test out their evidence and arguments before presenting them in court. Once you hear the case, you’ll meet with the other members of the mock jury to discuss the evidence and decide on a verdict. The lawyers will observe discussions from a distance and may ask questions about your decision. You can sign up to become a mock juror through sites like eJury and OnlineVerdict.
Consider joining local or regional Facebook groups for busy professionals who often travel for work; these groups might have plenty of house sitting opportunities.
People who leave for a warmer destination during the winter may also benefit from house sitting services. Ask around, tell your friends and family about your services, and begin making connections with people in your area.
Care.com is another option for finding homeowners who need someone to watch their homes while they’re gone. Sign up for Care.com and create a profile that outlines your house sitting experience. You can also detail the types of additional tasks you’re willing to perform.
177. Invest in dividend-paying stocks
Some companies pay out a portion of their profit to shareholders in the form of dividends. One way to make extra money passively is to invest in companies with dividend-paying stock. Dividends are usually paid every three months, but it varies depending on the company. This isn’t a get-rich-quick method. you need money to start investing in the first place, and you’ll get the most from your dividends if you reinvest them rather than cashing them out.
178. Be an extra in a movie
While you probably won’t have any lines as a movie or TV extra, you’ll get the chance to gain some experience on a movie set, make valuable connections, watch experienced actors perform, and make some money.
If you live in the New York City or Los Angeles metro areas, you’re more likely to find movie extra gigs than if you live in a rural town, but that doesn’t mean they’re impossible to find. Check newspaper ads, your state’s tourism site, local casting agencies, and websites like Backstage.com to find out if there are any movies looking for extras near you.
179. Sell art in cafes or restaurants
Most artists don’t have their own galleries where customers can walk in and buy their work. They’re expensive to maintain and require a steady flow of foot traffic.
Instead, many artists will have their work put on display in cafes or restaurants, where there are lots of people coming in and out every day. You would typically pay the cafe or restaurant owner a small commission on each piece of work that sells.
180. Help people decorate for the holidays
Another seasonal side hustle, helping people decorate for the holidays is a great way to make extra money during the winter season. Some people don’t enjoy decorating for the holidays, while others would like to but either don’t have the time or physical ability to do it themselves. You can help with a range of services, from full-house decorating and design to hanging string lights outside.
181. Paint pet portraits
Pets are an important part of many people’s lives. That’s why they like to invest in keepsake items such as pet portraits that will allow them to remember their pets forever. If you’re a good painter and love animals, you can make some great money painting pet portraits. Reader Martina Allen has a successful pet portrait side hustle. Her income varies, but she’s earned as much as $4,000 in one month.
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Hustle At Work
Sometimes, side hustling isn’t about starting something else, but it’s really about making better use of the job you currently have.
These examples below are ways that you could potentially earn extra money at work – without doing any of the “stuff” we’ve talked about to this point.
If working online or doing odd gigs isn’t your thing, don’t forget about these more “traditional” ways to make extra money. They’re still side hustles!
50. Volunteer For Overtime
If you are working at a job, this might not be a true side hustle, but it is a way to earn some extra money fast. In many companies, you can volunteer to work longer and earn extra pay.
If you don’t have an idea on what side hustle to do right now, this could be an option. I remember when I was younger I would always volunteer for the overtime opportunities. Not only did you get paid well, but you would stand out to your manager, which would also reward you at review and raise time.
51. Employee Referral Program
Again, not a true side hustle, but a great way to earn extra money. Many companies offer referral programs where you can earn anywhere from $25 to $1,000 per employee you refer. That could go a long way.
If you know someone who would be a great fit for your company, refer them and see if you can get a bonus for the effort.
52. Tuition Reimbursement Program
Many companies also offer tuition reimbursement programs to help pay for school. Maybe your short term hustle is to better your education. Why not have your company pay for it while you’re at it?
Check out our guide to understanding a tuition reimbursement plan.
53. Get A Part Time Job
Finally, if you don’t want to work for yourself, go spend your time hustling for someone else at a part time job. While not ideal for some, it can be a great way to earn some extra money in your spare time.
54. Get A Higher Paying Job
Career accelerators like Pathrise are a way to jumpstart your career and increase your starting salary. Pathrise, which provides people early in their career with one to one coaching and tools tools to get a better, higher paying job, can help you get an increased salary of over $12k for fellows who complete their 8-12 week part-time program.
Not only will you make more the first year, but this advantage will be the base for all your future salaries, resulting in higher salaries ever year after as well…
Your side hustle can help you make money online and earn some extra cash each month. But it can also help you develop new skills, build your personal brand or portfolio, and achieve more freedom. So, have fun with it! Take a risk by starting a business or pursue a new hobby you’ve always been curious about. A side hustle is your best opportunity to live life on your own terms. And with some more money in your pocket, there’s nothing stopping you from making your dreams come true.
What Are Good Side Hustles?
Here are 11 good side hustles to make extra money each month:
- Start a dropshipping business
- Start a wholesale business
- Work as a freelancer
- Become an affiliate marketer
- Launch a print on demand store
- Start a blog
- Sell information products
- Become an Instagram influencer
- Offer virtual assistant services
- Sell your photography
- Get a part-time job
Which side hustle appeals to you the most? Did we miss a great side job that pays well? Let us know in the comments below.
Ways to Make Extra Money in College
If you’re in college, don’t overlook the money-making opportunities available to you right on campus.
187. Work as a camp counselor
Working as a camp counselor may just be the most fun and rewarding way to make extra money as a college student. If you want it to have some relevance to your degree, look for camps within your field of study, like STEM camps if you’re an engineering major, health if your degree is in nutrition and exercise science, or camps for children with learning disabilities if you want to work in special education.
188. Become a resident advisor
Resident advisors, or RAs, live in dorms and act as a resource for other students. RAs typically get discounted or free room and board as well as a regular stipend. One tradeoff is that you have to live on campus. However, you’ll also meet lots of people, get to plan activities for your residents, and serve as a role model for younger students. That, in addition to having your own room, could make it a worthwhile college gig.
189. Work as a teacher’s assistant
Teachers’ assistants, or TAs, help professors with grading papers, projects, and tests. You may also work directly with students or even teach your own class. Requirements vary depending on your school and department. You can find the criteria for TA jobs at your university’s website.
190. Get a job at a dining hall
Working in a dining hall isn’t glamorous, but it’s an easy way to make extra money in college. At my university, there were almost always dining hall jobs open. You may come home smelling like Chinese food or mac and cheese, but it’s a job that you don’t have to think about after you clock out.