60 Side Hustle Ideas: The Best Ways to Make Extra Money

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With rent prices climbing and inflation driving up the cost of living, it’s no surprise that more and more Americans are taking on side hustles. In fact, a recent study showed that 39 percent of Americans have some kind of side gig. 

While some hustlers choose to monetize their hobbies, others take advantage of extra space, set up small businesses, or learn new skills to make a little extra income. Explore our list of 60 side gigs to find the best way for you to make some extra money. 

60 Side Hustles Ideas 

#1: Dog Walk or Dog Sit for Your Neighbors

If you live in a pet-friendly neighborhood, consider pet sitting or dog walking as a way to make some extra cash. Websites like Rover or Wag! are a great way to connect with pet owners in your area. Most dog sitters earn between $30 and $50 a night, while dog walkers earn an average of $15 per walk. 

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#2: Make Your Own Etsy Shop

If you have an artistic talent you’re hoping to monetize, set up an Etsy store. Artisans and creators sell anything from jewelry to clothes to custom art on this online marketplace. You can make anywhere from $100 a month to thousands of dollars a month on Etsy. 

#3: Rent Your Storage Space

Do you have any extra space in your home, like a garage, spare bedroom, or empty closet? Consider listing any extra space on a peer-to-peer storage marketplace like Neighbor to generate passive income. Newly released data shows that hosts on the Neighbor platform average $294 per hour of work.

#4: Become a Loan Signing Agent

Get your public notary certificate on websites like Notary.net or the National Notary Association for $100 and offer your services as a loan signing agent. This job can pay between $75 to $200 a service. 

#5: Write Resumes for Profit

If you’re a good writer, you can apply those skills by helping job hunters write their resumes. Advertise this skill on LinkedIn or Upwork, and you can expect to receive between $50 and $150 per resume, based on the client and your experience level. 

#6: Virtual Assistance Services

Offer administrative support to businesses or entrepreneurs as a virtual assistant. Platforms like Upwork or Fiverr can connect you with clients, who typically pay between $15 and $30 an hour. Most job posters will grant you the flexibility to complete your daily (or weekly) tasks at your convenience, meaning you can log hours as a virtual assistant after your 9 to 5. 

#7: Online Tutoring

If you excel in a particular subject, whether that’s math, language arts, or science, consider online tutoring. Websites like Chegg Tutors or Tutor.com offer opportunities to earn $20 to $50 per hour. 

#8: Affiliate Marketing

The affiliate marketing industry is a popular new way for creators, or anyone with an online presence, to earn extra money. Partner with companies like Amazon Associates, ShareASale, or CJ Affiliate and promote products or services on your social media accounts, blog, or website.

You could earn a couple hundred dollars a month depending on your audience or niche. 

#9: Rent Your Car

If you have a car, you have a side hustle. Register with Turo or Getaround, and get paid to rent your car for others to drive. You could earn $30 to $100 per day, depending on the make and model. This is a great side hustle that won’t interfere with your full-time job. 

#10: Sell Your Unused or Unworn Clothing

If you have clothing items collecting dust in your closet, try reselling them on an online platform for profit. Poshmark is a marketplace website that allows you to list your clothing at the price you see fit. The average seller on Poshmark makes about $500. 

#11: Start a Blog

Do you have any thoughts or inspirations you’d like to share with an online audience? If yes, consider starting a money-making blog. Monetize your blog through affiliate links, advertising, or sponsored posts, and you could earn thousands of dollars a month. Some popular blogging sites include WordPress, Wix, and Weebly

#12: Write an eBook

Another way to share content is by putting together an eBook. This project is a one-time effort that will continuously generate a passive income. Use websites like Canva or Scrivener to create the eBook. Most bloggers charge a couple of dollars for their eBooks, which can rack up massive earnings once your book starts gaining traction.  

#13: Become a Driver

The need for taxis and designated drivers is only becoming more prominent. You can set your own schedule and get paid to drive people around in your area with Lyft and Uber. Most drivers earn between $15 and $22 an hour.

#14: Deliver for Uber Eats or DoorDash

If chauffeuring people around isn’t your style, you can earn around $18 an hour as a driver by delivering food through Uber Eats and DoorDash. Regulations are less strict for these companies, so if your car is too old to qualify for ride-share services, delivering is a good alternative for you. 

#15: Sell Your Photography

Turn your passion for photography into a side hustle. Offer your services for events or portraits, charging $50 to $150 per hour. You can also sell your photos on websites like Alamy or iStock. Earnings vary, but you can make $0.25 to $5 per download, depending on the licensing agreement.

#16: Mobile App Testing

Participate in mobile app testing for companies looking for user feedback. Websites like UserTesting pay $10 to $20 per test, offering a simple way to earn extra income while providing valuable insights.

#17: Social Media Management

If you have a knack for social media, offer your services as a social media manager. Businesses often pay $200 to $500 monthly to manage their online presence and engage with their audience. You can look for clients on LinkedIn and Upwork or advertise your skills in Facebook groups

#18: Fitness Coaching

If you’re passionate about fitness, become a part-time fitness coach. Offer personalized workout plans and guidance, charging $30 to $50 per session, either in-person or virtually. You can list your services on Thumbtack and Trainerize.me

#19: Rent Your Home on Airbnb

If you have a spare room or property, consider renting it on Airbnb. Rates vary based on location and amenities, but hosts usually earn anywhere from $50 to $500 per night.

#20: Graphic Design

Utilize your graphic design skills to create logos, banners, or marketing materials for businesses. On platforms like Fiverr or 99designs, you can earn $50 to $200 per project.

#21: Mystery Shopping

Become a mystery shopper and get paid to evaluate retail stores, restaurants, or services. Payments typically range from $10 to $50 per assignment, plus reimbursement for any purchases made. Get set up on the Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA)

#22: Create an Online Course

Take your passion to the next level by teaching others how to do what you love. You can create courses using an online academy like Udemy and earn anywhere from $500 to $15,000 a year.

#23: Decorate Cakes

Customers pay a pretty penny for customized baked goods. If you’re skilled at decorating cakes, start your own cake-decorating business on the side and earn between $15-$50 an hour. A few worknights spent baking can potentially make you hundreds of extra dollars per month. 

#24: Sell on Amazon, eBay, or Other Marketplaces

Selling products on Amazon, eBay, or Facebook Marketplace can earn you hundreds to thousands of extra dollars a month. You can sell new products or used items, and if you use Amazon’s fulfillment services, you won’t have to worry about packing, shipping, or meeting a high standard of customer service.

#25: Proofreading

As a proofreader, you’ll thoroughly scan documents, ensuring there are no grammar or spelling errors. Find a job through Upwork and expect to get paid between $15 and $20 an hour. As long as you’ve got a keen eye for detail, you can be a successful proofreader. 

#26: Explore Online Survey Sites 

Participate in online surveys on websites like Swagbucks or Survey Junkie. You can earn anywhere from $1 to $50 per survey (or gift cards and other rewards). You may not be able to replace your day job by taking surveys, but it’s a fun and easy way to make money online. 

#27: Podcasting

Start a podcast and monetize it through sponsorships or listener support. Earnings vary, but successful podcasters can generate income ranging from $100 to thousands of dollars per episode. If you don’t know where to start, create an account with Podbean or Buzzsprout

#28: Create a YouTube Channel

Building a successful YouTube channel remains one of the most popular side hustle ideas (especially in recent years). While gaining a following may take some time, YouTube has proven to be a rewarding and sometimes profitable way to pass the time.

#29: Survey Interviews

Did you know you can get paid for being interviewed? Respondent advertises a variety of interview projects in your area, and if you qualify, you can expect to earn $150 and $300 an hour. 

#30: Become an Influencer

If you have thousands of followers on social media, you can make money as an influencer by partnering with companies to promote their products. Influencers earn anywhere from $100 to $10,000+ per post, depending on their following. The best part? You decide the time commitment.

#31: Babysitting

Childcare isn’t just for preteens looking to earn extra money. Many people are looking for adult childcare providers to watch their children. Using Care.com or Sittercity, you can register to provide childcare during your off-hours and earn from $15 to $25 per hour or more.

#32: Language Translation

If you’re bilingual, offer translation services on platforms like Upwork. Rates can range from $0.05 to $0.20 per word. While it may not sound like much, 1500 words charged at a median rate of $.12 per word translates (no pun intended) to $180. 

#33: Home Renovation Services

If you have handyman skills, offer home renovation or repair services to make more money. Prices can range from $50 to $100 per hour, depending on the scope of the project. You can advertise your services on Craigslist or Nextdoor

#34: Sell Digital Services

If you’re skilled at programming, website design, SEO, video editing, or another digital service, you can sign up with Fivver to start picking up clients. You can earn between $2,000 and $5,000 a month or significantly more.

#35: Design T-Shirts

Creating and selling tees can be fun and easier than you think. Make an account with Teespring or another custom merchandise platform, and start creating. You can use social media to advertise your products and earn around $1500+ a month.

#36: Do Yard Work

There’s a good chance that people in your own neighborhood would gladly hire someone to take care of weekly yard upkeep. This can include mowing, trimming, cleaning, and planting. You can earn $100 to $1,000 a week and use social media to advertise your side hustle.

#37: Start a Home Staging Business

Staged homes typically sell faster than unstaged homes listed on the market. Try starting your own home staging business and listing your services on websites like Thumbtack or Houzz. Home stagers can charge anywhere from a few hundred to several thousand dollars per project.

#38: DJing

Do you like DJing? You could earn good money while DJing at events in your area. Showcase your skills on social media or on websites like GigSalad and WeddingWire. On average, DJs can earn anywhere from $100 to $500 or more per hour for private events.

#39: Furniture Flipping

If you’re handy with tools, flipping furniture is a great side hustle idea for you. You can buy used furniture at thrift stores, garage sales, or online marketplaces and then sell them for a few hundred dollars after they’ve been upcycled. Facebook Marketplace is a great place to sell goods. 

#40: Content Writing

Everyone needs content, from big business to small startups. If you have writing and editing experience, you can get paid between $500 and $1,000 per project as a ghostwriter. Upwork and Fiverr are the most popular websites for getting started. 

#41: Offer Handyman Services

Your hidden talent for assembling IKEA furniture could be put to good use. Using Taskrabbit or Airtasker, you can pick up a variety of odd jobs, charging around  $50 to $100 per hour.

#42: Dropshipping

Did you know it’s possible to start an e-commerce business without holding inventory? All you have to do is dropship products from suppliers directly to customers. Platforms like Shopify make it easy to set up your store. Average earnings range from $500 to $5,000 per month.

#43: Donate Blood Plasma

Get paid to donate blood plasma or participate in medical testing. Find a reliable facility in your town and research their rates. Depending on the facility and location, you could earn anywhere from $20 to $50 per plasma donation session.

#44: Errand Running

Offer to run errands for busy professionals (or seniors who may need assistance with tasks like grocery shopping, dry cleaning pickup, or prescription drop-offs). Charge an hourly rate or per-task fee, which could earn you around $20 to $30 per hour. Platforms such as TaskRabbit or Thumbtack can connect you with potential clients.

#45: Alterations and Sewing Projects

Become the go-to seamstress in your community and bring in a paycheck (all while putting your sewing machine to good use). Take on projects like dress alterations, customizations, and simple designs from the locals while earning a couple hundred dollars a week.

#46: Bookkeeping

If you have experience with accounting and keeping books, freelance bookkeeping is the perfect side hustle for you. Help small businesses with their books during your spare time to rake in some cash. You could earn between $15 and $30 an hour.

#47: Voiceover Work

If you have a strong voice (and some basic acting skills), consider offering your services on Voices.com or Fiverr, as a voiceover artist for commercials, audiobooks, animations, and more. You could earn several hundred dolls per project, depending on the length.  

#48: Event Planning

Do you love planning? Monetize your organizational skills and become an event planner for weddings, corporate events, parties, and other occasions. Earnings range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars per event, and websites like The Knot or Thumbtack can help you find clients.

#49: Freelance Graphic Design

A growing number of companies have chosen to outsource their graphic design projects rather than hiring an in-house designer. You can hire yourself out as a freelancer using Crowdspring or another design marketplace and earn $15-$20 an hour.

#50: Become a Home Inspector

You can get certified as a home inspector and schedule home examinations during your free time. You could earn $450 per inspection, so even just one inspection per week will help you cover your day-to-day living costs

#51: Home Organization

Offer professional home organizing services and charge between $30 and $50 per hour, or even more. Start by advertising your skills on TaskRabbit

#52: Personal Chef Services

Offer personalized meal preparation and cooking services for busy individuals or families. You can prepare meals in clients’ homes or deliver pre-made meals, with rates ranging from $20 to $50 per hour plus the cost of groceries. Platforms such as Thumbtack or Care can help you connect with clients seeking personal chef services.

#53: Coach Youth Sports

You can find coaching opportunities with local school and league sports teams. Being a coach is a great way to have fun while you make some side money. You could earn $5,000 to $15,000 a year.

#54: House Cleaning Services

Offer house cleaning services to busy individuals or families in your area. Rates typically range from $25 to $50 per hour, and websites like Care.com or TaskRabbit can help you get started.

#55: Car Detailing

If you’re skilled at waxing, cleaning, or polishing cars, you could provide professional car detailing services to car owners in your community. Advertise your services on Thumbtack or Yelp and earn between $50 and $100 per car

#56: Tax Preparation

Are you good at math? Give yourself something to look forward to during tax season by hiring yourself out as a tax preparer to help people with their taxes. On average, tax preparers can earn anywhere from $100 to $500 or more per tax return. During peak tax season, tax preparers can increase their earnings. 

#57: Become a Brand Ambassador

Brands–both large and small—are on the hunt for ambassadors to help promote their products. You can apply to be an ambassador for various brands and help promote their products in exchange for a paycheck. You could earn $5,000 to $15,000+ a year and receive free products. 

#58: Create a Niche Website

If you have a great idea for a niche website and are willing to work, you could earn money off the ads posted on your very own website. Sure, it might take some time before you start seeing a paycheck roll in for your site, but when you do, you could earn up to several hundred or even thousand dollars a month.

#59: Fixing Computers

Everyone runs into computer problems every now and then. If you’re handy with a computer, you can start a computer repair business on the side and earn $15-$25 an hour, or significantly more. 

#60: Become a Doula

After becoming certified as a Doula, you can assist women with childbirth as a side hustle. This gig isn’t for everyone, but it pays well if you can pull it off. You could earn between $500 and $1,000 per birth. 

Looking for More Ideas?

If none of these side gigs are calling your name, check out the following links with more side hustle ideas. 

Keep Track of Your Extra Cash

Whether you’re providing services to your neighbors, competing online tasks, or selling items on online marketplaces, side hustles are a great way to supplement your income. But remember: the money you earn from your side gigs needs to be filed on your tax return, so keep a detailed record of your earnings throughout the year.  

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