Are you looking for the best side hustle ideas?
As a self-described serial entrepreneur and hustler, I will tell you that side hustles are 100% worth the effort (and skill acquisition). Don’t believe me?
Look no further than all the big tech layoffs in 2022 and 2023. That should be enough to motivate you to start something of your own. However, don’t just take my word for it – keep reading below for the best side hustles!
First, why are side hustles worth the effort?
Let me start by saying this, taking a side hustle idea and running with it has revolutionized my family’s life and my own.
In 2015 I became highly interested in entrepreneurship, and by 2017 I launched my first blog/website (starting a blog is really just starting a website, more on that later).
From there, the results of owning a business have allowed us to:
- Pay off a combined $300,000 in student loan debt
- Sell my first blog for a substantial amount of money
- Create a large digital marketing & consulting company
All of this has allowed my wife to step down to be at home with our first child, but enough about me – because this is about you!
I share the above only to offer a little perspective as to how powerful starting a side hustle can be for you and your future. Here at Scale A Dollar, our goal is to help normal people like yourself not just make more money, but to leverage expertise and interests to create companies!
That is why today I will share with you some of the best side hustle ideas to consider. Also, be sure to become one of the first to get our FREE ebook on building and scaling a company in 2023!
52 Side Hustle Ideas for 2023
In this article you will find some of the best side hustles broken down into the following categories:
- Entrepreneurial side hustles
- Quick, extra money side hustles
- Passive income side hustles
- Part-time job side hustles
As you read, here is what I recommend you do to get the most out of this article:
- Really focus on just one of the quick, extra money side hustles as they are often short-term (but use the money wisely to pay off debt, invest, etc.)
- Focus on creating a “Top 5 Side Hustle” list from the entrepreneurial/passive section that could be a business for you
- Have a mindset that the side hustle of your choice will long-term be your ticket to freedom
Keep in mind how important making an extra $1,000 per month can be for your future. If you happen to invest $1,000 a month in stock index funds with a conservative 10% return, you would $2.2 million.
Don’t overlook the power of just starting a side hustle, sticking with it, and growing your future finances!
Entrepreneurial Side Hustles
A side hustle can become a lucrative side hustle, but when you own something – the odds are always in your favor. While it might take longer to get paid with some of these ideas, these are ideas that with effort can start rolling in $1,000’s a month.
1. Start a blog
My favorite side hustle idea for anyone is to start a blog.
While some people might envision themselves mercifully typing on a computer about their day-to-day struggles, really, you are just starting a website when you launch a blog.
To clear the air, a blog is just a medium between the consumer and the product/service/knowledge. Most bloggers are interested or even experts in a subject that they share with written content via a website.
However, you have to look at your blog as a marketing company. To start a blog I would recommend reading this entire step-by-step guide. However, if you are ready you can start a blog, do the following:
- Use Bluehost to self-host your blog and create a WordPress blog (or start your website)
- Come up with a short, sweet, and catchy domain name and identify your niche
- Download a theme, publish it once you have 7-10 articles written
- Make sure your articles are related to your niche, for example, ‘Camping Attire’
- Don’t give up, take courses, and treat your blog as a company
Obviously, these five steps are oversimplified. A growing blog typically takes 4-12 months to turn over income. However, I sold my first blog after four years (and did quite well) and have since started this one which I expect to reach the MLW level in less than 9 months.
2. Run Facebook ads
Running Facebook ads is a popular side hustle idea but it is also a popular business idea. Now, running Facebook ads is not something you just do in your spare time – there is a level of expertise that is required.
That said, you can make some extra cash and own your own business when you start a Facebook ad agency. To do this right, you want to:
- Take a Facebook ad course
- Work extra hard to land clients
- Provide a ton of value and results
- Rinse, repeat. You can form an LLC and use online billing to help you with your financials.
3. Launch a social media company
Working as a social media manager can be lucrative and it is a great way to make money online.
Now, keep in mind starting a social media company means you do more than design pretty images on Canva and post them on social media channels. You have to know how to create traction online.
- Facebook = wants users engaged on Facebook
- Instagram = algorithm is big on reels right now, not pretty photos
- Twitter = most companies don’t want Twitter
- Pinterest = a visual search engine that requires extreme knowledge
The best way to start a social media company is to take some classes on Udemey and do some serious research on Youtube/online. Don’t wing it. You will need to be an expert to manage social media accounts.
Offer some social media services to a small business at a discounted rate and then use the success there to land more clients (this is what my virtual assistant did).
4. Sell on Shopify
You can set up your very own e-commerce store with Shopify and earn money with very little website design background.
Now, getting eyeballs on your products and making sales will take work, however, Shopify does make the process less inundating. You can follow their step-by-step guide here that will teach you how to create, launch, and sell with your very own Shopify store.
Keep in mind your biggest obstacle after finding out what product(s) you want to sell is marketing your website. You can use a blog or Facebook ads to market your website to get more clients!
5. Start an Etsy business
Similar to starting a business with Shopify, a popular side hustle idea is to also start an Etsy website which is also an e-commerce website.
Etsy is ideal for those who make their own products – candles, custom signs, decorations, clothes, jewelry, etc. – but don’t always have a place to market or sell their goods. Typically, to run a successful Etsy store you have to sell stuff that is valuable and highly coveted.
It is essential to know that Etsy success has a lot to do with how well you perform as a seller and this will also lead to more store traction. They uphold high standards in the customer service department so it is vital to your success that you offer high-quality items and treatment.
6. Virtual Assistant
Many online business owners and traditional business owners are looking for help when it comes to handling the books, managing email, working on behind-the-scenes stuff, and just staying organized.
This is where a virtual assistant is needed and how you can stand the gap!
Whether you want to simply work as a virtual assistant or start your own VA company, you can make $15 to $45 per hour when you work as a virtual assistant. That said, typically most virtual assistants possess the following traits:
- Highly organized
- Can complete multiple tasks at a time without becoming overwhelmed
- Structured and routine
- Have savvy skills when it comes to email, computers, social media, and numbers
If this sounds like you, the pros to this side hustle is that you can work from the comfort of your own home and call your own shots as far as how much time you are willing to commit.
Virtual Assitant Course Info: https://www.thevirtualsavvy.com/
7. Create a landscaping business
Both of my brothers own traditional small landscaping companies. Small might not be the correct word considering they gross six figures per year, but they started these companies when they were just 18 offering small landscaping services.
From there they were able to acquire more expertise, tools, equipment, and clients which resulted in growing their company.
Most landscapers unfortunately take the wrong approach when starting a landscaping business. They try to be a landscape laborer and a business owner, instead of just a business owner. If you are seriously looking to scale your operation, you have to train really well and focus on landing more clients.
Of course, if you just want to mow some grass and trim some shrubs from time to time, yard work is a great side hustle!
8. Open a photo booth company up
My friend I met through entrepreneurial circles owns a photo booth company he rents on the weekends and for events for at least $500 a pop. Here is how he got started and now makes $20,000 to $40,000 per year:
- Start by purchasing a used photo booth on Craigslist, OfferUp, FB marketplace, etc.
- Next, buy a low cost, high quality used photo printer
- Get your props from the dollar store.
- Advertise your services on Craigslist and be sure to create a Yelp page, Facebook page, and Instagram account.
Let word-of-mouth marketing and advertisements bring you in the clients you need!
9. Start a photography business
I did the math.
The lady who did our newborn photos also offers Santa photos at $125 a clip – and this if for 10 minutes. Conservatively, if she sells 30 slots in a given day (which I know she sells more), that is $3,750 in one day or $7,500 in a weekend.
She also happens to take photos for:
- Unicorn photos
- Fall photos
- & Christmas
Let’s not forget each newborn session starts at $450. Now, doing the math is one thing and so is seeing the dollar signs, but it is important to keep in mind that owning and operating a photography business does take work.
A newborn photographer has to have the patience of a saint to work with little babies and don’t forget about all the countless hours of editing! Oh, and you need to know how to take photos and market yourself.
Here is how to start a photography business:
- Offer your services to a friend for free by showing them some of your shots
- Get as much practice by doing step 1 at least 4-10x.
- Use the photos and create an online website portfolio
- Let family and friends know on Facebook you are offering photo sessions
- Try to focus on one niche (i.e, weddings, birthdays, newborns, etc)
- Offer your services at 75% of the normal pricing to land clients
- Get more practice, do an AMAZING JOB, slowly raises prices with experience
- Post it all on Instagram and tag each client
10. Digital marketing
Since 2018 I have owned a digital marketing company. While this term is thrown around quite often, digital marketing simply refers to anything that is marketing-related done online.
For example, at HFE Marketing & Media we mainly focus on:
- Web Design for SEO performance
- SEO content writing
- Email copy
- Website maintenance
As it stands, I cannot take on any more monthly clients – but that wasn’t always the case.
I used my blog to help me land my first client by basically showing how blogging for their small business was essential to stand out amongst its competitors. Now, he gets at least 400 organic search hits a month on his website which is profound for his company.
With all the SEO success for my clients, I was able to land more and more SEO consulting clients – my latest business!
11. SEO Consulting
My web design service isn’t how I make most of my digital marketing money, it’s my client retainers that help the most.
By offering SEO consulting I am able to teach small business owners the importance of their online presence while simultaneously helping their websites grow. Search engine optimization (SEO) is a very technical niche and requires quite a few areas of expertise.
However, it can be learned! Prior to 2017, I had 0% background knowledge of websites, writing, SEO, and so on.
My top SEO tools:
- Keywords everywhere plugin
- Stupid Simple SEO Course
- Surfer SEO
- Text Optimizer Tool
12. Find a Freelance Niche
We will discuss freelancing from the perspective of doing it as a part-time side hustle, but you can also operate a freelance gig where you sell services as a business owner.
Put another way, you own a freelance business offering some of the following services:
- Freelance writing
- Freelance web design
- Freelance graphic design
- Freelance editing
- Freelance videography
- Freelance photography
As you can clearly see, there is quite a variety of freelance business ideas, but it first starts with gaining expertise in one and landing your first client. Similar to the photography business side hustle, be sure to land your first client by offering a free trial or project.
Use that first client to help you land your next client while honing in on your skills. Each client success story is a client success story you can use with the next! From there, you can grow your business. Freelancing is a great way to make extra money, but it is also a great side hustle idea to scale into a company.
Quick ‘Gig Economy’ Side Hustle Ideas
Often times gig economy side hustles offer good money with reasonable time commitments based on your preferences. However, the more money you make the more time you will often have to spend participating in the side hustle you select.
Always have a means to an end when it comes to making money with a side hustle that falls into the fast/quick/easy category! It is important to always assess how much effort your side hustle requires and keep in mind not all side hustles are created equal!
Quick Ways to Extra Make Money:
Below are some quick money ideas that can help you earn cash fast to help with student loans, debt, or savings!
(Table this up or 3 columns)
- Complete online surveys in your spare time with Survey Junkie, Inbox Dollars, Branded Surveys, and Swagbucks
- Shop for groceries and deliver with Instacart
- Get cashback credit card bonuses
- Deliver food or groceries with Postmates, Doordah, or Uber
- Drive people around
- Take advantage of Trim or Truebill
- Invest and get $5 with Acorns
- Land Free Stocks with Webull
- Play games with Mistplay
13. Fill out surveys
Listen, I will shoot you straight on this one – you won’t get rich filling out surveys but if you need to bring in $15-25 extra a week to fulfill your burrito habit, by all means, partake in surveys.
Most survey companies are looking for consumer data and opinions to then sell to advertisers/marketers. Surveys are a great side hustle idea that is super easy and to get started, simply download the following apps:
14. Deliver for Instacart
Instacart is the largest grocery delivery service and it just so happens to help people like yourself who love grocery shopping make serious money in the process of delivering groceries.
A popular side hustle right now is anything related to delivery.
After the COVID-19 pandemic more and more families went to using grocery delivery options. Once viewed as a niche, now just about all local businesses are partnering with delivery programs and Instacart is the leader when it comes to groceries.
How “Instacarting” Works:
- You signup and become an Instacarter
- Instacart workers can shop in the store or they can shop and deliver
- Some people prefer to shop, similar to working a part-time job
- You have to make yourself available to claim jobs in order to make money with Instacart
Ok, perhaps you don’t like shopping for groceries but you enjoy delivering food – then you can always use the next side hustle idea.
15. Deliver items and food with Doordash
One of the hottest side hustle ideas is the delivery niche.
Whether you are delivering groceries or food, delivery is blowing up, especially after the pandemic. Doordash is one of the bigger delivery companies that will hire you to deliver food to people.
The online world has opened up a ton of opportunities to those who are looking to participate in the gig economy. You can deliver food with Doordash in your local area on your own time and make good money doing so.
According to the company, the average driver makes $18 an hour. If done 40 hours a week, that equates to $36,000 a year. Keep in mind though, with delivery companies you are responsible for your fuel and the wear/tear on your car.
Other delivery companies
If Doordash doesn’t offer its services in your area, you can also consider some of these other delivery apps that will pay you to deliver food:
- Uber Eats
Or, you could just deliver pizza for a pizza company and collect tips.
16. Drive people with Uber or Lyft
Similar to slinging groceries and delivering food, you can also take people to and fro in your car.
While driving for Uber and Lyft has it’s pros and cons, the industry has proven time and time again to help people make money in their spare time in the gig economy. The most popular apps to work with are:
Here are a few pros and cons to consider:
- You get to set your own hours and determine when you work
- You can make more money during peak & high demand times
- Pay happens immediately
- Once you become a driver, you can do it anywhere
- You are responsible for all costs associated with driving (Insurance, fuel, oil, wear & tear, etc.)
- Need to be in a highly-populated area to get enough drives to make it worth it
- Your earned wages might not be as much as you work (hourly pay studies show it is not as lucrative).
Ultimately, at Scale A Dollar we think there are better side hustles you should consider BUT if you need fast money and have some time, being a rideshare driver can make you money.
17. Sell things online
While hosting a yard sale is a great way to make a quick $100, you can make a quick $100 or even $500 weekly if you become a good reseller using online platforms.
Selling things online is one of the best side hustle ideas because let’s face it – we all have things laying around we can sell. From old electronics to clothes, selling online is a great side hustle many are acting on.
Some of the top platforms to sell things online include:
- Facebook Marketplace
The tip to selling things online and actually making money doing so starts with following these steps:
- Take great photos of the things you are selling
- Write a good description & post it on multiple platforms to sell
- Price your item correctly
- Respond fast, but always tell them multiple people are interested in the item
Below are some of the more popular items to resell online:
Old smartphones and Apple Watches are hot commodities in the reseller market.
For what it is worth, the parts and refurbish industry for smart devices is in need of used electronics. Some items like old TV’s don’t perform well, but some laptops, smartphones, smartwatches, and headphones typically sell fast!
The best way to sell your item is to list it for the correct price (slightly lower than what others are selling for) and be sure you factor in shipping costs. Selling anywhere opens up the opportunity to sell your items quicker and media mail at the USPS is just over $3.
Top Platforms for Selling: eBay, Craigslist, OfferUp, & Facebook Marketplace
A former co-worker makes bank selling baby clothes on Facebook Marketplace and my wife sells old bridesmaid dresses with Mercari. If you have nice clothes and accessories that need a new home, consider selling them online.
You can stage your clothes and take great photos to help you with selling them, but the key is accurate pricing that is competitive.
Top Platforms for Selling: Poshmark, Mercari & Facebook Marketplace
Flipping furniture is a popular hobby that can be very lucrative.
My wife’s mom has an entire system down and here are the tips she recommends:
- Focus on one piece of furniture such as tables or dressers
- Finish them – all the same – every time with what is currently trendy. For example, all of her tables are have white bottoms, dark tops.
- Sell on Facebook Marketplace and Craig’s List. Take really good photos and price your items appropriately!
The only downside to selling furniture is that you’re geographically tied to selling where you live. It is super expensive to sell a dresser across the country, so keep this in mind.
Top Platforms for Selling: Craigslist, OfferUp, & Facebook Marketplace
18. Print on Demand Services
Some people sell things such as t-shirts and graphics online through Shopify, Etsy, their own pop-up stores, or Amazon Merch. With Amazon Merch, approved sellers get to sell their art/graphic design through Amazon and they handle the print-on-demand service.
Also, if you happen to own a 3D printer you can sell items you print. Perhaps you can’t quit your day job, but you can easily sell things online with printing.
19. Clean houses
Service providers of all kinds often start as side hustlers and this includes house cleaning services. Whether you want to start a side hustle to clean houses or you are aiming to scale a cleaning company, the choice is yours.
The three big questions you will want to make sure you can answer area:
- How much money do you want to make
- How much time can you commit to cleaning homes?
- Will you do it on your own time or hire it out?
You can leverage social media platforms and word-of-mouth marketing to land clients! I have a coworker who owns her own cleaning company cleaning commercial properties at night and she is at a point where she has to turn down work (she needs to learn to scale).
20. Donate Plasma
I don’t know if donating blood plasma is a side hustle or a seemingly desperate way to make extra money, but it works!
You can find blood plasma donation centers near you and you will typically receive compensation for every visit ranging around $30 per donation. Top places to donate include:
It is nice to know that blood plasma is put to good use as it is the essential ingredient in prescriptions for those who suffer from hemophilia.
21. Driver for a mobile laundry service
There are opportunities to pick up and deliver clean clothes to people. If you happen to live in a big city apps such as Rinse, Task Rabbit, and Press are laundry delivery services that usually charge by the pound.
Needing drivers to pick up dirty clothes and deliver the clean ones, these apps operate similar to other delivery and rideshare apps. It is really that simple.
The opportunity to make money with the mobile app market is growing, so keep an eye on this one as these services are likely to increase if they’re not already by you.
22. Write resumes
I have helped tons of friends and family members with their resumes over the years. One time, a friend asked, “How much do you want for writing my resume?”
While I didn’t accept, I realized that I could quickly make $50-$100 per resume, and the more I did the better I would be at helping others build their resumes. Just a super simple idea to help you start a side hustle!
23. Become a dog walker
You can walk dogs for fun or you can turn it into a full-time business. Either way, there is a high demand for dog walking and pet sitting services and you can easily start walking dogs if you enjoy pets.
To start, simply do the following:
- Visit Rover or Wag to become a walker
- Start your own dog walking company and charge $1-$1.25 per minute and advertise in your area
- Get paid with Venmo, Paypal or Cashapp
Passive Income Side Hustles
Filling out surveys, delivering groceries, and driving people around in your car can help you make some extra money – but they’re not going to make you rich and those ideas are certainly not passive.
Detailed below, you will find more passive income side hustles. Keep in mind, that these typically require time and money so these might be better referred to as “Passive Income Ideas” instead of just side hustle ideas.
Most of what you will find below is a long-term approach to creating more income and helping you make money, many of which require a small business owner mindset. Keep in mind, that the key is that all small businesses often begin when you start a side hustle and go from there.
24. Stock index funds
Investing in stock index funds might not be seen as a side hustle, but it is worth noting for a few reasons.
For starters, most people who act on any of their side hustle ideas we mentioned should have one goal in mind:
Use the money you make with your side hustle to invest in your future.
There is no better way to invest in your own future than to use a dollar-cost averaging approach to investing. Let’s hypothetically say you are able to make $500 a month with your side hustle.
Using the extra cash you generate, you are able to invest it with stock index funds month in and month out. You can start a brokerage account with the likes of Vanguard or eTrade and start to make money online with your money.
Look at what $500 a month invested at a conservative 10% return creates you:
- 10 Years = $60,000 in contributions, $103,776 in total account value
- 20 Years = $120,000 in contributions, $383,348 in total account value
- 30 Years = $180,000 in contributions, $1,140,163 in total account value
While it might seem like I am grasping at straws with this it should be extra clear how valuable a side hustle can be since it can generate you an extra $500 to invest!
25. Invest in real estate
Wait, one of the best side hustle ideas is to invest in real estate?
I know you are thinking, “But what if I don’t have any money?” but the truth is you don’t need to have a ton of money to invest in real estate. You might be thinking of traditional real estate investing.
However, nowadays there are alternative approaches to real estate investing called crowdfunding that you can do with just $10. With platforms such as Fundrise and Groundfloor, it is easy to become a real estate investor!
Keep in mind that these apps require a little bit of knowledge as to what route you want to go, but each has investment tiers you can use to guide you based on your level of comfort.
26. Write an eBook
Writing an eBook is very similar to starting a blog because each involves writing, marketing, and selling goods. That said, one of the more unique side hustle ideas has to be writing and selling an eBook.
Typically, to write an eBook that actually sells and creates income you want to be an expert in a subject.
For example, maybe you know a ton about brewing beer or making wine. All of your friends tell you how awesome your homebrews are. In this case, the perfect way to capitalize on your hobby is to write an eBook and sell it.
You can create an Instagram handle to help market your eBook and there are plenty of platforms to sell your final product including:
27. Create an online course
One of the best ways to create residual income with a side hustle is to create an online course to sell to others.
Creating an online course is not something you do for the extra cash. You will have to put tons of effort and expertise into your course just to get it off the ground. While you can certainly earn money with a course you create, you want to be mindful that creating a course starts with:
- Building a website or following is the first step (Assuming 1% purchase your course) to selling your course
- Create the videos, handouts, and content for the course
- Use a platform such as Kajabi, Teachable, LearnDash, or Podia to publish and sell your course
- Promote, promote, promote.
It will take some time to make money with your course and in most cases, this is going to require building an email list and using lead pages.
To learn more about creating courses, use this link.
28. Direct Sales/Network Marketing
Some people have mixed feelings about direct sales, but at the end of the day, it is a viable passive income side hustle for some.
The multi-billion (like $100+ billion) industry does allow for charismatic, determined, and driven individuals to grow a large team (or network, hence network marketing) which means the income can become passive.
A con is obviously the methods some use to grow their downline and the lack of transparency they use to do so. Any “Too Good to Be True” approach can leave a tainted view. Oftentimes, direct sales require a ton of effort that isn’t always clearly communicated.
Top direct sales companies people partner with include Avon, Amway, Mary Kay, Beauty Counter, and many more.
Yea, but aren’t these Pyramid Schemes? Some people refer to network marketing companies as pyramid schemes. While they may resemble a pyramid in shape and give the appearance that the person at the top makes all of the money, they do not operate as illegal Ponzi schemes – which are illegal.
Direct sales just rely on a large sales team similar to how real estate agents build their teams to sell houses but instead sell products such as skin care, jewelry, or clothes.
29. Affiliate marketing
An advertising model that uses a blogger, influencer, social media channel, and whatever medium you can think of to drive sales to their product is considered affiliate marketing.
Similar to branding, only tracking the conversion, affiliate marketing is typically used by bloggers and influences to promote products related to their niche.
For example, let’s say you are a personal finance blogger who writes about ways to make money (cough, cough). You might write a blog past reviewing Survey Junkie and include affiliate links like this one throughout.
When someone uses that link to complete an action like signing up for an account you get a monetary reward.
Some of my favorite affiliate platforms are:
- Aragon ⬅ My Favorite Affiliate
- She is Media
- CJ Affiliates
30. Flip houses
Ok, this side hustle should be talked about less and applied more in most social circles.
If I had a dollar for every person who told me they were getting into flipping houses and real estate I wouldn’t need a single side hustle on this list. All jokes aside, most people talk about wanting to flip houses but never get started.
I would highly recommend you do massive amounts of research and read a few books before flipping houses as a side hustle. There is plenty of literature surrounding the subject and you will want to make sure you are thoroughly educated prior to starting.
31. Rent your car with Turo
Have you heard of Turo?
Turo is like the Air BnB of car renting. If you haven’t heard of the concept, basically you sign your vehicle up and get approved to rent your vehicle.
From there, people will use the Turo app to rent cars when they travel making it an opportunity for you to hopefully capitalize on. There is some insurance and responsibility you will want to figure out but according to one article, the average Turo renter can make $706 a month.
Not bad, get started here with Turo.
32. Rent a room out
Finally, we have reached one of my favorite side hustles – renting a room out to someone in your home.
I won’t lie, I think renting a room is the best side hustle out there because you can make so much money hardly doing anything. Ok, maybe that is a stretch since you have to live with someone else, but you are sitting on a gold mine if you have an extra room in your home.
For starters, real estate is expensive so people are in need of places to stay. You can sublet your room for $600 a month in some areas (or more) and also split utilities. At $600 a month that is an extra $7,200 per year.
33. Own an Air BnB Property
Similar to renting a room out you can stick with the room rental idea or rent your entire residence out.
Air BnB gives you the option do either and depending on the market you live in/own in you can charge a premium to rent your place out. Keep in mind the associated risks with rental properties when you consider going this route.
To learn more about Air BnB, read more here.
34. Wholesale real estate
Wholesaling real estate is one of the more unique side hustles on this list and it will really call for something you may or may not have – a risk-taking mindset.
Basically, real estate wholesaling is a real estate investing tool where you are essentially the middle man between a seller and a flipper. As the wholesaler, you purchase a property that must be sold fast by the seller and then sell it to a flipper, keeping your cut from the middle.
Obviously, there is a lot more to this and if you want to read up on wholesaling real estate, start here.
Part-time Work Side Hustles
35. Tutor online or in-person
Teaching kids English online or tutoring, in general, is a great part-time job that many would classify as a side hustle.
The key difference between a side hustle and a standard part-time job is the element of flexibility. Tutoring kids offers the most flexibility because you get to decide when, where, and even how you do it in most cases.
Pros to Tutoring:
- Give back
- Can be lucrative
- Tons of platforms to choose from
- You can also do it in person
Cons to Tutoring:
- Most platforms are hard to get accepted with since the pandemic
- The average person tutoring online will usually only make $15-$20 per hour
- Weird hours if you work with students in China
- You have to know the subject thoroughly
36. Start a critter control business
I once helped my friend get a squirrel out of his fireplace. It was scary and I screamed when it almost got me.
Evidently, there is a high need for people who can safely remove critters from homeowners’ homes and local small businesses. Squirrels, raccoons, mice, birds nesting – you name it – can get into some weird places in homes and really cause some damage.
In the event you happen to be more of a risk-taker, a great side hustle for you could be starting a critter-getter business! Just a thought, but you could name it “Critter Gitter Done Right.”
37. Pressure Washing
You can rent a power washer/pressure washer at your local hardware store (or purchase one) and charge $40 an hour to power wash people’s homes, driveways, sidewalks, decks, and fences.
Keep in mind that you need to have some background when it comes to using the correct soap and PSI when completing pressure washing jobs, but if you like being outside – this is a good side hustle for you.
38. Mobile pet grooming service
Are you good with pets and do you have pet grooming experience?
Pet owners love mobile pet grooming services because they don’t have to leave their house and send their pet to someone they don’t know. Instead, they get to use you.
You can manage your social media accounts to land clients and even provide services/booking with social media. Most other service providers in this niche charge high amounts for these services, so be sure to competitively price your grooming prices!
39. Become a transcriber
Medical offices, legal fields, and corporations are often looking for meetings to be transcribed, especially when the meetings consist of pressing topics.
Most of the time, you will have to take an online transcription course to learn the trade and to get online transcription jobs, but they can pay well!
40. Work as a personal chef
Do you enjoy cooking and are you pretty good at preparing meals?
Consider working as a personal chef for a family, community, or company and offer fresh meals. You can advertise on Craigs List and social media to land your first few clients if you want to work solo – or – you can find a company near you that will hire.
Most personal chefs enjoy cooking for others and making money is just added bonus. To become a personal chef you will most likely need to somehow demonstrate your mastery of cooking or create a portfolio to share.
A skilled personal chef can charge $30-$40 per hour. Do that several times a week and you can make some serious money.
41. Freelance write
One of the top ways I have made money is by writing articles as a freelancer. With just a few hours per week (usually 5-6) I can often make $400-$500 writing.
Now, keep in mind, I have written well over 600 articles and freelance writing does require an element of expertise. However, the extra income has been beneficial when it comes to investing back in my blog and when we had to pay off debt.
Typically, freelance writing can be done in your downtime and a solid writer can charge $100 per 1,000 words. To make this happen, start by:
- Reach out to some bloggers or companies
- Offer to write them an article for free
- Ask them if they’re looking for some to consistently write for them
- Bill them with Paypal and aim to write one article per week
42. Freelance design
Graphic and web designers typically can offer their services to small businesses and do it on the side of their full-time careers.
To find freelance work you can use:
- Mturk by Amazon
Simply offer your services to friends and family whether you design graphics or websites. Most freelance designers charge $30-$40 per hour or do it based on the project at hand. Other businesses will want your services once you show them your work and be sure to always add a ton of value at first!
Are you someone with a distinguished eye? If so, proofreading and side hustling as an editor is a great way to make money in your spare time. To become a proofreader you will need to possess the following:
- Editing skills and experience
- Ability to work quickly and diligently
- Take a course
- The average proofreader makes
If you like keeping books shoot me an email! All jokes aside, as a bookkeeper you can charge by the hour or project and keep the financial records for a small business or company in your spare time.
The cool thing about bookkeeping is you don’t have to have a ton of experience, you can actually take a course to learn how here.
45. Complete Tasks with TaskRabbit
- Put together grills or furniture?
- Fix small electronics?
- Complete simple tasks?
- Do small chores?
- Move heavy things?
- Haul things?
If you can do any of these things, you would be a suitable candidate to become a Tasker with TaskRabbit. Whether you are looking for a new side hustle or just more money, completing tasks is a great way to do it.
Most of the time, you have to know someone in need or scour Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace for jobs. Now, with TaskRabbit you can easily find “Tasks” to complete and you get to charge based on the task.
TaskRabbit keeps a portion of the money you make since they house the app/platform to find the jobs all in one place.
46. Referee sports
During college, I would referee travel and scholastic wrestling tournaments making $100-$150 per day. The money was amazing and it was fun to stay involved in a sport I loved.
One negative to refereeing sports is dealing with heckling parents, and associations, and waiting for payouts. Some sports require belonging to a referee’s association and having regular meetings you must attend.
Additionally, these associations sometimes do not pay out until the end of a season. That said, there are some sports that are highly coveted when it comes to a refereeing side hustle – one being volleyball and basketball.
You can learn pretty quickly how to ref these sports even without playing them ever in your life.
47. Coach sports
After dog walking, coaching sports might be the most fun side hustle there is! While most coaches don’t do it for the money, you can get paid a $1,000 every season to coach sports at the high school level.
Some travel soccer and baseball coaches make several $1,000 per season and while thinking of coaching as a side hustle idea might not be common, in a sense that is exactly what it is.
Finally, an opportunity to earn a few extra bucks and give back at the same time is made possible thanks to coaching sports.
48. Personal trainer
A certified personal trainer can typically charge $50 per hour (sometimes less, sometimes more) to train clients.
Whether you do this by working part-time at the gym or you happen to teach clients online, you can make some serious side money when you train people to get in shape. Here are a few pro tips from the entrepreneurial side of things:
- Add a to of upfront value to your clients
- Do your best to lock them in on a monthly plan
- Use that money to build a website to grow your client base
- Offer online coaching and eBooks you sell
- Scale your personal training business online
49. Group fitness instructor
Are you someone who loves fitness and wants to have a fitness-related side hustle?
Consider becoming a group instructor and teaching classes at a local gym or boot camp center.
Right now, many group fitness instructors are getting free memberships while making $30 or so per 60-minute class. Most will teach:
- Orange Theory classes
- Water aerobics
- Boot camp classes
For some people who are always stuck at a desk, the thought of sitting behind their computer at home working on a side hustle just simply isn’t the answer they’re looking for. One of the best side hustle ideas that are often overlooked is catering and bartending.
If you like making cash in the form of tips and you’re cool with being on your feet – working as a caterer or bartender for events can bring in some serious side money.
Remember, cash is king, and think about the extra cash you can use when you make $250 a night on the weekends!
51. DJ for Weddings
Looking to make $500 to $1,000 one weekend night a month? Consider being a DJ for weddings.
A talented disc jockey can charge a fair amount for a wedding, special event, or birthday while having fun in the process. Most DJs are in charge of really running the show and keeping the timeline as far events are concerned.
Rule #1 to a DJ side hustle – DON’T play the same song two times. Also, tread lightly with the Macarena song.
52. Wedding Planner
While some might consider a wedding planner a full-time job and not a trendy side hustle idea, it can truly be both.
If you happen to be the person who loves organizing things, love, weddings, flowers, and planning – well then, wedding planning might be a great way to make extra money outside of your career. Aside from meeting with couples leading up to their wedding, most of the big events happen on the weekends, so wedding planning is actually an extremely viable and lucrative side hustle.
The Verdict on Side Hustles –
I am a huge advocate of side hustles because they help you simply get started… and starting is key to successfully scaling a company in the long run.
Oftentimes, as a business coach, I will get asked, “What is the biggest tip you have for someone starting a new business?”
My answer is always simple: Just do something and take action.
Unfortunately, most of those new to the business world and new to side hustling wait for “Perfect timing.” Remember, timing is never perfect. You have to simply take the first step and follow that up with another step.
A lot of building companies is simply just Trying, and Finding Out, or TFO. The best way to make this happen is to start with a side hustle. Try working it for a few months and in addition to making extra money, see what you learn.
As we part, here are the last few tips I would seriously recommend you consider:
- Make a list of your top 5 side hustles
- Narrow your list down based on what you are interested in the most
- Just start doing it and don’t quit to quickly – you are building skills
- Know your WHY (i.e. student loans, financial freedom, wealth, time, etc.)
If you are serious about learning how to scale and automate your side hustles, be sure to join the Master Side Hustle group here and keep working hard!
Frequently Asked Side Hustle Questions:
What are the top 5 side hustles?
Depending on who you ask, the top five side hustles are blogging, starting a YouTube channel, and delivering items such as groceries, walking dogs, and surveys.
How can I make an extra $2000 a month?
While making an extra $2,000 a month is a lofty goal, it can be done with a side hustle that is more along the lines of small business ownership. Look at it this way, you would need to make $66 a day to make an extra $2,000 per month.
That is roughly $16 per hour if you can work 28 hours extra a week on your side hustle. So while picking up a second job could net you an extra $2,000, the most viable option is a side hustle that allows for ownership, such as blogging, building websites, working as an affiliate marketer or freelancing.
What are the highest paying side hustles?
Ridesharing is not as high paying as it used to be, but the highest paying side hustles typically involve delivering food/groceries, completing tasks, freelancing, renting your car, or renting a room in your home.
What are good side hustles in 2023?
The 2020 pandemic created new demands making the top side hustles for 2023 and beyond things like freelance writing, video marketing/editing, virtual assistant work, delivering food, transcription, and tutoring.