A side hustle (aka side job or side gig) is something you do to earn money outside of a traditional job. Taking on a side hustle is empowering because you are taking back controlof your own effort and your own financial health and well-being.
If you’ve been looking for ways to earn a few extra bucks with a side job, you’ve probably found hundreds of different strategies for making some extra cash. Depending on your unique needs and your skillset, earning a decent amount of cash quickly, might be well within your reach.
Some of the ideas listed below offer a quick fix for making some cash, others will take a good chunk of your time. What’s so great about a side job is that you can work at you own pace, whenever it suits your schedule. You can earn a little or a lot depending on your needs.
Either way, select a method that fits within your skill set and ensure that you deliver a serious amount of value. At the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about.
1. Sell items on Ebay or Craigslist
Selling items on Ebay or Craigslist is a great way to make money fast. You could also sell on local sites such as Letgo or Mercari. Any used items like furniture, household appliances, collectibles or anything else that you’re just not using or is collecting dust, can be sold online to make some money. If you’re serious about this, you can even do it professionally for others and collect a small commission for each sale. Taking quality photos and writing a good description is super important.
2. Drive for Uber or Lyft
One of the most widely available ways for making money is to drive for Uber or Lyft. The sharing economy has quite literally exploded, and both Uber and Lyft are at the forefront. The best part? You can turn on and off your availability through these networks with the simple click of a button, effectively allowing you to make money no matter what time of day or night it is. How cool is that?
3. Deliver for PostMates
Another option for earning a side income is to deliver for PostMates. Similar to working for Uber and Lyft, you can work whenever you want. While the pay might not be enormous, you do have the ability to earn tips. If you’re in a highly-trafficked area such as Los Angeles or New York City, this is a great way to earn some cash and you don’t even need a car.
4. Grocery Shop for Shipt or Instacart
Working a grocery shopping side job is huge right now. Instacart alone added almost 250,000 shoppers last year. Part of that is due to the fact that more and more consumers are wanting safe and convenient shopping options.
Instacart and Shipt are two of the most popular on-demand grocery services for side hustlers. Both let you set your own hours and have pretty minimal requirements for shoppers – you just have to be 18 years old, have a clean driving and criminal record, and access to a car and smartphone.
5. Rent your spare room on Airbnb
AirBnB offers a great resource for people that are willing to rent out a spare room or even their entire home. If you’re in a bind for some fast cash, AirBnb offers you an avenue for creating an income. You’ll get paid 24 hours after a guest checks in, which is to avoid any problems or potential scams that might arrive. Some people in high tourist areas even earn their primary income just by renting out rooms or homes on AirBnB.
6. Do micro-jobs on Mechanical Turk
Amazon’s Mechanical Turk platform is one way you can earn extra money. If you’re looking to take on micro-jobs that can be done in a few minutes each, by stringing them together, you could earn some cash that might help you out if you’re in a bind.
7. Write an ebook
I’ve long been drawn to the passive income supplied by creating an ebook and publishing an accompanied print-on-demand paperback. By using platforms like Amazon’s KDP self publishing and CreateSpace for Kindle, you can create an easily and sell an ebook that costs nothing to produce, and a paperback that earns you money only when it sells, removes a ton of the prior hassels that came with getting published.
8. Do mystery shopping
Companies of all kinds are looking for mystery shoppers. Mystery shoppers buy in secret, documenting their experiences with the retailer. This can be done at a physical store or an online store. If you do a simple search on becoming a mystery shopper, you can likely locate several services that will assist you. Or, you can simply contact companies directly to pitch your mystery shopping services to them.
9. Walk dogs
Almost anyone can walk dogs. If you live in a dog-filled neighborhood, create a few flyers on your computer and slip them into mailboxes. Identify yourself as a dog walker and pitch your price. Build up a steady stream of clients and your dog-walking service will grow over time.
10. Babysit or become a nanny
If you need to make some quick cash, you could always start babysitting or even become a part-time nanny. You use a variety of sites to do this like Care.com or SitterCity or even post your services on social media sites. You’ll get vetted and rated by consumers for your services, so it’s important to provide a top-notch experience.
11. Clean houses
Housekeeping is always an option. There are loads of private families and home owners that are renting out their homes on a short-term basis that need housekeeping or house cleaning services. You can list your services on a site like housekeeper.com or Care.com and many others to promote yourself.
12. Create YouTube Tutorials
Although this isn’t the quickest way you can make money with a side income, creating YouTube tutorials can help you earn a respectable amount of income as long as what you deliver is engaging and keeps people interested for long enough. You could also use free tutorials to upsell viewers on products and services you might be offering.
13. Become a personal shopper
Want to shop for others? You could effectively become a personal shopper. If you live in an urban metropolis with concentrated wealth, then personal shopping services are in high demand in your area. Scour the web and other online resources such as ThumbTack to find people looking for personal shoppers.
14. Use TaskRabbit
TaskRabbit.com refers you with people that are looking to complete specific tasks in your area. Tasks include things like lifting heavy furniture, assembling furniture and other odd jobs. You’ll need to register and get vetted but it’s a simple way you can make a bit of extra income.
15. Wash and detail cars
Wash and detail cars in your area. Hand out fliers in your neighborhood or post on social media offering your services. Mobile car washing and detailing has become a relatively lucrative business in more upscale neighborhoods.
16. Become a House Sitter
Become a professional house sitter and watch homes for people that go on vacation or have a second home and don’t spend much time there. HouseSitter.com and Care.com both offer house-sitting jobs.
One of the best online side hustles is transcription work. Tons of opportunities have become available in recent years.
Anyone can get started with this side job, you simply need a computer and decent listening skills. And if you want to take it seriously, it might be worth considering a small investment in a foot pedal and professional transcription software to increase your output time.
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Sources: 50 Profitable Side Hustles, Entreprenuer.com and millennialmoneyman.com