Everyone wants a profitable side hustle, but not all jobs are created equal. While there are thousands of ways out there to make money outside of your full-time job, many of those opportunities, like taking surveys on the side, pay very low wages for the amount of time necessary to complete them.
However, there are many jobs you can do on the side that pay over $20 per hour and are extremely lucrative. In this post, I’ll be covering 15 of the best side hustles to consider if you want to make bank!
15 Awesome Side Hustles That Pay $20+ Per Hour
1. Start your own blog or website
Yes, blogging CAN be lucrative!
You may not make $20 per hour when you first start, but once your blog or business is established, you can easily make that and more.
If you’re interested in running a blog, here are some posts to help you get started:
- The No-BS Guide to Starting a Profitable Blog
- A Complete Checklist for a Successful Blog Launch
- 15 Things to Know Before You Start a Blog
If you’re interested in starting a blog, I recommend using SiteGround for your website hosting. In addition to being affordable and easy to use, they have the best 24-hour customer service in the industry.
Do you remember your algebra and geometry, or your physics formulas, or your SAT strategies? If, so you can work as a tutor for students in your city. Many local tutoring companies are looking for university-educated tutors who can work with their clients.
Most of my tutoring clients I got through a tutoring company new my university where I worked as an independent contractor. However, some of my regular clients came to me through channels like Craigslist and through personal connections. Ask around in your own networks to see if people have kids in need of some homework help – it could turn into a lucrative side hustle!
You can also try tutoring online if you’re looking for work that is location-independent, but keep in mind that it may pay less than in-person sessions.
When I was in college in Texas, I tutored high school students on the side and made anywhere from $20-50 per hour. Depending on how you find your clients, you can make up to $100+ per hour.
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3. Resume review
For any job, it’s important to have a polished and professional resume that brings out the best of your experience and skills. That’s why full-time professionals are increasingly hiring resume reviewers to help them tailor and highlight their own individual stories.
Freelance resume reviewers typically charge anywhere from $100-500+ for a resume review service and a 1-on-1 consultation.
4. College consulting
The world of college applications is a total black box, but if you’re a skilled writer or are familiar with college admissions in a professional context, you can work as a college consultant! Basically, college consultants help high school seniors tailor their applications to improve their chances of getting into their dream schools (usually top tier colleges).
It’s hard to say exactly how much college consultants make, as it varies significantly. Based on the few sources I’ve read, it looks like the going rate is $100+ per hour.
5. Graphic design
Graphic design is becoming more and more important as people flock to start online businesses and standardized brand aesthetics. So, if you’re a wizard at Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator and have an eye for sleek branding and design, you can work as a freelance graphic designer.
Most professional graphic designers charge by the project, which can range from $50+ for very simple designs to several thousands of dollars. Depending on how quickly they can complete their assignments, this can work out to well over $20 per hour. Many graphic designers who are just starting out use a website like Upwork to find gigs.
Do you know how to use a professional camera and edit photos in Lightroom? You can pick up a side job as a semi-professional or professional photographer. Photographs are timeless and, with a good portfolio and body of experience, you can get paid pretty decently for your work as well.
I’ve done photography for private clients for several years, mostly in low-pressure situations like senior portraits and engagements. When I was starting out, I made anywhere from $25-100 per hour. With some experience, I was able to earn $200+ per session. Wedding photographers can make thousands of dollars for each wedding, depending on the number of assistants and second shooters.
7. Yoga teacher
Get your down dogs ready, because one of the best side hustles in the world is becoming a yoga teacher. There’s a yoga studio in practically every city now, and if you’ve gotten certified, you can apply to teach classes during your free time.
Yoga teachers make anywhere from $35-75 per hour, depending on the studio and the teacher’s level of expertise. In order to become a yoga teacher, you must go through a certification course where you’ll learn about anatomy, poses, sequences, etc.
8. Wedding musician
If you are a talented musician who loves being in front of a crowd, you can help make someone’s big day special by working a side hustle as a wedding musician. Of course, you need to be extremely skilled at your instrument, and some instruments are a better fit for weddings than others. But if you know how to play piano, violin, viola, cello, or guitar, you could make some serious cash as a wedding musician.
As an amateur violinist, I made $75-150 per wedding (~2-3 hours) if I was playing in a group. Professional wedding musicians can make anywhere from $200+ per gig, depending on the size of the performance group and the wedding requirements.
9. Freelance writing
Do you have a passion for writing about a specific topic? Can you crunch out thousands of words in a few hours? If so, freelance writing may be the perfect side hustle for you.
Before you can really get momentum as a freelance writer, it’s important to establish relationships with editors and influential people in the industry. You can do this via Twitter or by attending conferences and networking events for publishing.
Similar to ghost writing, pay for freelance writing is usually word-based or project-based and therefore, the faster you can write, the more money you can make per hour. However, freelance writing assignments usually range from $50 on the very low end to $1,000+ on the high end, depending on the topic area and niche.
If you’re interested in freelance travel writing, talented writer Gabi Logan has a fantastic Travel Magazine Database full of contacts and pitching guidelines for over 500 travel-related publications. She also sends out a regular subscriber-only newsletter full of job opportunities for travel writers.
10. Fitness trainer
Fitness lovers and gym rats rejoice, because being a personal trainer can be a very profitable side hustle! With a little bit of training and a good understanding of anatomy and exercise, you can coach clients to improve their strength and their health.
On average, fitness trainers make ~$28 per hour. However, depending on your agreement with your gym and your own personal clout, results, and branding, you can make much more.
11. Web design/development
Usually web designers charge by the project, so the faster you work, the more you get paid per hour. Novice web developers can typically make ~$30+ per hour, while experienced developers can charge $100+ per hour.
If you want to learn the basics of web design but don’t have much prior experience, you can gain knowledge and sharpen your skills in an online course! Below are a few online education websites that offer web development courses:
12. Small business consulting
Business consulting is a fantastic way to use your skills in data analysis, structured thinking, process improvement, and organizational transformation. Even small businesses like e-commerce sites or restaurants can often use help figuring out the most impactful strategies and processes to meet and exceed their business goals.
It can help a lot if you have some prior consulting experience with a large firm, but if you have any business strategy experience at all, you can use it to help counsel your clients.
The rates for business consulting can vary widely, but when I’ve taken on my own one-off consulting gigs with small business owners, I’ve made anywhere from $100-200 per hour. You can command even more the bigger the company is or the more demanding the projects are.
Detail-oriented literature lovers might enjoy doing some proofreading as a side hustle. While this work isn’t for everyone, for the right person, it can be an extremely lucrative way to earn some extra money. Proofreaders, according to Salary.com, make an average of $24 an hour, but if you’re fast and efficient you can make even more.
To learn more about proofreading as a side hustle, check out Caitlin Pyle’s website and free 7-day course.
14. Ghost writing
If you love writing for the sake of writing and want to make good money in the process, you can try your hand at ghost writing. Basically, ghost writing is writing articles or books for people without any byline.
How much you can make as a ghost writer depends greatly on how quickly and efficiently as a writer. Many people charge by the page and not by the hour, but experienced ghost writers can make upwards of $50 an hour, depending on the type of content and the context in which they are writing. For full-length books, pay can be anywhere from $5,000 to over $50,000 for the entire project.
15. Expert interviewer
Those of you who have a very specific line of industry expertise or worked in executive leadership at a well-known company could be eligible to work as an industry expert. Experts can charge money to participate in 1-on-1 interviews through an agency like GLG. Basically, your name will go up in the agent’s expert registry, and people who are interested in asking your questions can set up a call for a steep price.
Back when I was a management consultant, we used networks like GLG to find and source knowledgeable experts that could help us answer our clients’ most pressing questions.
Expert networks pay a LOT, often several hundred dollars per hour. However, the bar to entry is high, and the agency networks usually only accept and promote people with very deep industry knowledge.