A lot of people these days are obsessed with finding the right side hustle for them. Side hustles can be a good way to make some side cash to cover small expenses such as a phone bill or gas money. If you want an opportunity to make more money I highly recommend you start an online business. An online business can take the same amount of time as a side hustle and can have much greater profit potential, learn more about making money online. That being said, the right side hustle can provide some decent income. Check out the 48 best side hustles below.
The 48 Best Side Hustles
This is the easiest way to make money as a side hustle. You simply make money by buying and reselling products that people are selling cheaply because they want to get rid of them. A lot of people don’t care about price when they are selling on Craigslist so they sell really cheaply (or give stuff away for free). There are a ton of great deals, and this is a low effort way to make consistent money. Read the full guide on Cragislist flipping.
2) Driving A Rideshare (Uber Driving or Lyft Driving)
When people think of side hustles, the first thing they think of is driving an Uber of driving a Lyft. People need to go places and these apps allow them to travel much more easily than calling a taxi or riding on public transit. These people need someone to drive them around, so this is where you come in. If you can drive a car, you can drive an Uber or drive a Lyft and start making money today.
3) Create A Product To Sell
If you can create something of value, you can start selling it and making money. Take whatever talents and passions you possess and start making a product for people. You can sell your product with Etsy, with social media, or by reaching out to bloggers in the product area for promotion
4) Help People Move
People moving across the country or even just to different apartments in their city need people to help them move. If you are in reasonable shape you can make a business out of helping people move, or you can work on-call with an established moving company.
The go to side hustle for teenagers around the world is babysitting. If you are good with children, as well as a friendly and responsible person you can make money babysitting. You can put posters up around your neighborhood with your phone number and credentials, then parents can contact you directly.
6) Pet Sitting
People spend a lot of money owning and taking care of their pets. Owning a pet is a big responsibility and whenever an owner needs to travel they need someone to take care of their pet. If you love animals you might as well get paid to hangout with someone’s pet for a few days or weeks.
7) Dog walking
Another great side hustle for people that love animals is dog walking. A lot of people that own dogs are simply too busy with their careers and other activities to walk their dogs every day. This is a great side hustle because you can get exercise and get paid at the same time.
8) Temp Work
Many companies need workers on a temporary or on-basis. They will often hire a staffing company to manage the hiring of their temporary workers. If you sign up with a hiring company they can call you when they have assignments for temp workers. There is often a lot of variety for job choices, as well as great opportunities to meet like minded people.
9) Online Surveys
You aren’t going to get rich by doing online surveys, but you might make enough to cover a bill or two. These surveys usually take between 5-20 minutes, and you can do them whenever it is convenient. They can be a great way to make money when you would otherwise be wasting time surfing the internet or watching Netflix.
10) Freebie Programs
Freebie programs and signup bonuses will not make you rich, but they are worth taking advantage of. If you do some searching of the web you will be able to find lists of freebie programs and signup bonuses like this article from the college investor.
This is a side hustle that every hobby photographer should do. As long as you have a decent camera and some photography experience you can make money from photography. You can a) Take photos and sell them to stock photo websites b) Do collaborations with brands or influencers on Instagram c) Side gigs such as maternity shoots, family pictures, or LinkedIn/business pictures.
12) Cleaning Houses
Many people are simply too busy to clean their own house so they will pay someone else to do it. You need a reliable side hustle to make you money so you can clean their house. As long as you aren’t scared of dirt, and you don’t mind working hard you can make money cleaning houses or apartments.
13) Lawn Care
Don’t disregard this as a side hustle only fit for teenage boys. Everyone that has a house needs their lawn taken care of. It usually doesn’t take more than a couple of hours, and since grass grows quickly you might be able to secure returning customers every couple of weeks.
14) Personal training
Everyone should be eating healthy, exercising, and taking care of their body. If you understand fitness and nutrition you can start making money today as a personal trainer. As long as you are knowledgeable and believe you can get a client results you can be a personal trainer.
The modern world has brought amazing economic opportunities. We are at a point where people will pay for you to spend time with them. Signup for RentAFriend and people will pay for you to attend a social event, wedding, or party with you, among other great activities.
16) Work as a mystery shopper
Retail stores and restaurants will hire mystery shoppers in order to objectively evaluate their customer service workers. Mystery shoppers are paid to shop and dine at companies that hire them. There are many agencies that connect businesses and mystery shoppers.
17) Product Demonstrator
Retail stores always need people to help promote new products to customers. One of the ways they do this is through product demonstrators. You can work as a product demonstrator in hopes of persuading people to purchase items,
18) Become A Virtual Assistant
This is a great work from home side hustle. To become a virtual assistant you need to think of a service you can provide to businesses or individuals. Think about some services businesses or individuals need help with online (social media, emails, IT, etc.). If you can provide these skills start marketing yourself and acquiring clients.
19) Social Media Influencer
If you have a large social media following you can start making money from promoting products and services on your social media. This is a form of marketing that companies will pay for (particularly on Instagram). A large social media following is all you need to start doing this simple side hustle.
20) Customer Interviews
Many companies will hire temporary or casual contractors to carry out interviews of their customers. This is a great way for businesses to develop customer loyalty as well as figure out what they need to do to improve their operations. This position often involves calling customers of a business and asking them a series of questions.
21) Credit Card Points & Bonuses
You can make more money by signing up for a credit card that pays higher rewards. Some credit card companies will have promotional offers where they give you free money for signing up for their credit cards, other will offer other incentives such as travel miles, or rewards programs.
22) Become A TaskRabbit
TaskRabbit is a great way to make money by helping people with their everyday tasks. TaskRabbit connects taskers with clients to help with simple things like house cleaning, moving service & handyman jobs. You will be notified of potential jobs near you, since TaskRabbit handles the difficult part of coordinating clients and taskers.
23) Pick Up Trash
People hate throwing away their old stuff. Tons of boxes and old stuff end up filling peoples closets, basements, and attics. When this happens people will hire people to come pick up their trash. You can start working for a company that does trash pickup (such as 1-800-Got-Junk) or if you have a truck you can start your own business.
24) Kindle Self-Publishing
Do you love to write? Do you have a creative mind, or an area of expertise you can teach people about. You can get started self-publishing on Kindle and start making hundreds of dollars per week. If you are a great writer or have an established following, you could make thousands of dollars and even reach a best seller list.
25) Sperm/Egg Donor
You can get paid to donate natural substances you produce. If you are a man you can donate sperm, and if you are a woman you can donate eggs. Couples that have difficulty reproducing naturally buy them. You can do a search of your local area for places to donate.
26) Blood Plasma Donor
Another substance you naturally produce and can donate in blood plasma. People make a side hustle out of this and donate every week. Conveniently, there more than 600 licences locations to donate plasma across the U.S. and Europe you can find at DonatingPlasma.org.
27) Focus Groups
Corporations set up focus groups to better understand their customers and their buying habits. To join a focus group you usually need to meet the criteria of the customers customers. There are tons of focus groups both online and in-person you can signup for.
28) Sell Your Hair
This can work for you if you have hair that is 10+ inches long. Companies will buy your hair and use it for wigs, or even custom art such as jewelry or handbags. People that have cut off their hair and sold it have made hundreds of dollars.
29) Clothing Alterations
Clothing alterations are a great side hustle you can run in your spare time. If you are good at dealing with clothes, you can do clothing alterations such as tailoring or sewing and start making money today. This is a great side hustle because it is a low time commitment.
30) Become a Brand Ambassador
Many retail companies need people to represent their brand, to drive business, and make a positive impression for their company. If you have good people skills and enjoy new social experiences you could become a brand ambassador, and get paid to socialize.
31) Computer/Phone Repair
Most people do not have the technical knowledge to fix their own cell phones or computers. If you possess this ability or the desire to learn you can make a great hustle fixing peoples software of hardware issues. This is a great side hustle because nearly everyone has a cell phone and computer.
32) Personal Shopping
This is a great side hustle for people that love shopping. For many people who are short on time it doesn’t make sense for them to do their own shopping, so they will hire other people to do it for them. This is where you step in and make a side hustle out of personal shopping.
33) Car Washing/Detailing
Car nuts absolutely love their precious vehicles. If you can reach out to people with cars and make a business out of washing or detailing their car on a regular basis, you can start a side hustle that produces recurring income for you.
34) Cover Letter & Resumes
A lot of people have the skills to get a new job, but they don’t understand the process of building a cover letter and resume. You can help them put their skills and abilities into a great format on paper, and they will pay you for it. It’s a win-win situation.
35) Customer Service
A lot of companies will outsource their customer service work in order to save money. They will hire people to work from home in order to answer emails, op-up chat messages, or calls for their company. The only requirements are usually fluency in English, and a positive attitude.
People with little writing ability will hire other people to write a book for them, but take no credit for the book once it’s completed. If you are a good writer you can make a side hustle out of ghostwriting. Remember, it’s just a side hustle you’re looking for money, not credit.
37) Handyman work
If you are good with you hands and own a toolbox you can start making money as a handyman. Most people don’t know how to do simple fixes when things in their house are not working. This is where you can step in and get paid to fix their stuff. Doing handyman work is one of the original side hustles, from before they were called side hustles.
38) TV or Movie Extra
Movie or TV directors always need extras for the background of their movies. All you need to do is dress the way they want, and act naturally for the scene they have. This is a super cool way to secure your 5 minutes of fame, tell your friends you were in a movie or TV show, and get paid for it.
You don’t need to look like Kim Kardashian or Brad Pitt to be a model. Both brands and stock photo companies need ordinary people to pose as models for their photos. Remember this, if ordinary people are the customer, they will usually have an ordinary person like yourself as the model as well.
40) Pet Grooming
People love the companionship that pets provide but they hate grooming them. People do not want to wash their pets, or deal with cutting their hair or nails. If you can groom pets you can always find customers who need their pets groomed.
41) Doing Translations
This is a super easy side hustle for anyone that knows 2 languages. There are companies that will pay people to do online or in-person translations. The stronger you are in each language the more desirable you are as a translator and the more you can be paid.
42) Vehicle Advertising
If you have a car you can turn it into a moving advertisement and get paid a few hundred dollars per month. This is true passive income as a side hustle, however most people will not do it because they don’t need the money badly enough.
One of the most popular side hustles in the entire world. However it doesn’t need to be recylcing old beer cans or scrap metal. You can simply recycle peoples old cell phones and get paid for it. People get rid of them when they are broken, you collect them, bring them to a recycling company and get paid.
44) Deliver for Postmates or DoorDash
These are two great ways to get paid to deliver food to people, and unlike Uber and Lyft you can drive with any working car. The work is very flexible, and people can tip you which can help to increase your income.
45) Social Media Management
Most companies understand the importance of having a social media presence in the modern world. However many companies cannot justify the cost of hiring a full-time in-house social media manager. To solve this problem they will hire a freelance social media manager, which you can do as a side hustle.
46) Transcribing Audio
A lot of companies hire external transcribers. This is extremely easy to get started with, all you need is a computer and internet connection. The types of transcription assignments varies widely so it will always be interesting and varied.
Some people set up a crowdfunding account as their side hustle. I am not sure who donates to these campaigns, but people have done it successfully in the past. This will be one of the less popular side hustles on this list.
48) Get A Part Time Job
The original side hustle and the solution your parents would have likely suggested as a side hustle (unless you have hip parents). People find the idea of a part time job boring, but it all depends on your mindset and the job you have. A part time job is a great opportunity to learn about an industry and meet new people, it all depends on the particular job and workplace.