After quitting my full-time corporate job, I started Happy to Hustle to talk all about making extra income, whether on the side or for your full time gig. While traveling solo for 6 months, I quickly realized I needed to figure out some side hustles to make extra money so that I could continue my career break without having to go back to the corporate world right away.
I’ve been side hustling my whole life, since I was a high school student. I’ve worked as a dog walker, a wedding musician, an events organizer, a photographer, a resume reviewer, and more. Side hustles have enabled me to quit my soul-sucking corporate job, pay off student loans and credit cards more quickly, and fund over a year of travel around the world to 50+ countries. They’ve also helped me put more money into my savings and retirement accounts and learn new skills that I can use to pitch clients or add to my resume.
Basically, side hustles are the best.
With over $40K of student loans left in my name, monthly bills to pay, and ambitions to fulfill, side hustles have really changed the way I look at my career and my life. But not all side hustles are created equal! The best side hustles are the ones that enable you to grow your skills, pursue your passions, make worthwhile connections, and make a decent amount of money on the side.
To help YOU make extra money and challenge yourself, I decided to put all of my ideas to paper and write out all of the different side hustles I could find. Here’s my exhaustive list of over 100 side hustle ideas that YOU can start today!
101+ Easy Ways to Make Extra Money On The Side
33 Business Ideas to Make Extra Money
1. Start a blog
Blogging literally changed my life. Since I started my first blog in 2012, blogging has enabled me to travel more, quit my full-time job, learn tons of new skills, and try out entrepreneurship in a very controlled environment. I’ve also met tons of people who have become lifelong friends.
One thing big bloggers won’t really tell you is how HARD it is to start and maintain a blog. It can be difficult to build a following, gain traffic, and monetize. Blogging is NEVER a free lunch, but I promise the reward is worth the hustle.
There are a bunch of ways to make money from blogging, which usually depend a lot on your traffic and niche. But the good news is this: you can start a blog on literally ANY topic! Whatever you’re passionate about, there’s an audience out there waiting to learn from you.
2. Create an online course
You *probably* have special expertise that you think would be relevant for the world. If so, I recommend gathering your knowledge into an easy-to-use online course that you can sell…for MONEY! I’ve taken a TON of online courses (I’m kind of addicted to them) and I’d say that there’s a lot of room for improvement in this space. Teachable, Udemy, and Skillshare all have fantastic online courses, and welcome creators who want to share their experiences.
Some course topics that are especially popular these days include:
- Growing your traffic on social media
- Using paid advertisements to gain customers
- Writing better content
- How to code/design/develop websites and apps
If you’ve got a skill you think others can benefit from, think about starting your own eCourse today!
3. Provide student tutoring services
One of the best ways to make good money on the side is by tutoring students. Many K-12 students need help with improving their grades or standardized test preparation. Their parents are willing to pay good money for a smart, kind, and engaging tutor. When I tutored, I worked through an agency, but if you’re willing to hustle, you can definitely find your own clients as well.
Based on my experience, the most in-demand subjects for tutoring are Chemistry, Physics, Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus, so if you’ve got a strong skill set in basic math and science, you can find clients quite easily.
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4. Photograph portraits, weddings, or events
If you’re passionate about visuals and you have professional camera gear, you can make extra money on the side by selling your photography skills. There are SO many occasions that require a good photographer, from senior portraits and graduations to weddings and maternity sessions.
To get started, you may want to reach out to local photographers to see if you can assist for a few shoots to get a feel for how things work. You’ll also need a strong portfolio website and a few testimonials from past clients. You may want to try and get a few clients to work with you at a discounted rate to get a few shoots under your belt.
5. Start an events performance business
For the artistically talented, performing music (either with an instrument or vocals) at events is a fantastic side gig and, in my opinion, is one of the most fun ways to make extra money. You can look for clients who are looking for wedding performers, holiday party entertainers, and more. Be prepared with a few videos of your performances and a repertoire list of covers/pieces you can perform easily.
6. Work as a virtual assistant
If you’re organized and skilled at getting things done quickly, a job as a virtual assistant is the perfect side hustle for you. Businesses are starting to outsource more and more tasks, so virtual assisting can be a great way to earn extra cash, network with executives, and learn new skills.
7. Start a consultancy
Do you use specific skills in your job that you think may be applicable for other small businesses and eCommerce founders? Then working as a part-time consultant could be the perfect gig for you! You can create packages or simply provide advisory consultations by the hour. Common consulting areas include: business strategy, marketing strategy, social media, and more.
8. Walk dogs
We all know how hard it can be to take care of a dog when you’re working long hours and commuting. Needless to say, dog walkers are in SUPER high demand! You can try to pitch your services to neighbors and friends, put up signs in your community, or join an app like Rover to find dog walking clients easily.
9. Clean houses
Busy people are always looking for ways to outsource household chores, so you can start a house cleaning business to make extra money within your community. All you need is some cleaning supplies and a reliable form of transportation to get to your clients’ homes.
10. Provide a career coaching service
Are you established in your career and feel you can help others succeed? You can start a career coaching and resume review service to make extra money on the side. In this job, you can read resumes and cover letters and provide tips to job seekers on how they can portray themselves to employers in the best light.
11. Landscaping and gardening
Laying mulch, adding fertilizer, weeding, pruning…what do all of these things have in common? Yep, you guessed, it: garden work. People with a green thumb and a love for the outdoors can consider a side hustle helping others with their gardens and yards.
12. Home renovation contracting
If you’ve ever owned a home, you know that things break allll the time. There’s a never ending need for handy people to help out with painting, building, and fixing things around the house. For those who are good with tools and know how to renovate, paint, or build things, this could be a great side hustle opportunity.
13. Moving assistance
People who love to lift and can easily move heavy things can start a well-paying side hustle moving things for local families. Yes, people will pay you to help lift things around the house! Extra points on this one if you have a truck or large vehicle to help people who are moving locally transport their furniture from point A to point B.
Those of you who are good with kids may want to start a babysitting business, where you can help watch kids after school or in the evenings. Parents always want to find trustworthy and experienced people to babysit their kids, so it’s helpful to gather references and credentials such as CPR or Red Cross training. It’s an even better way to make extra money if you can find long-term clients who can guarantee you a regular schedule (e.g., 3 days a week from 3-8 pm).
15. Travel planning
Travel-savvy people can help others explore the world by offering travel planning services. Helping others plan and budget for their adventures is a great way to earn some extra cash, research interesting and sometimes unusual places, while also helping even more people travel the world.
16. Street busker or entertainer
Musical people can make some money simply setting out their cases and jamming out on the street in busy walking areas. You may need a city permit to get started with this, but otherwise it’s a side hustle with a VERY low startup cost. Some great areas to try making money from street performances include farmer’s markets, shopping districts, and urban riversides.
17. Music instructor
In addition to street performances and events, musicians can also make great money teaching kids how to play instruments. If you consider yourself an expert in a specific instrument, get the word out that you’re offering lessons and you may be able to find some great long-term clients. If you can offer in-house lessons, parents will love you even more.
18. Computer repair & construction
There’s no worse feeling than when your computer stops working. However, if you’re a computer whiz who knows how to troubleshoot, you can make a good side income fixing people’s old computers or helping them (especially gamers or people with complex computing needs) construct new ones.
19. Social media management
Are you a social media star who knows how to jumpstart growth on a variety of platforms? Offer your services to businesses and individual clients looking to grow their social media presence! You can offer consultancy services all the way to complete social media outsourcing, and if you can prove your strategies work, more clients will come flocking your way.
20. Sports referee
If you love to get in on the action in sports, consider a side job as a sports referee. Soccer and football leagues around the world are always looking for qualified referees who know the sport well and are fit enough to run around along with the action.
21. Personal trainer
Does helping people get in shape make you feel warm and fuzzy inside? Do you geek out about anatomy? If so, becoming a personal trainer can be a great way to make extra money on the side. You can work with a local gym to set your available hours and find clients looking to be matched with trainers.
22. Car washing
Especially in the summer months, the demand for car washing sky rockets. You can help out your neighbors and people in your community by offering in-depth car washing services. If you’re willing to clean a car inside and out to make it look brand new, this could be an easy way to make fast money for you.
23. Raking leaves & snow shoveling
In the fall and winter, yards start to turn into disaster zones as the leaves fall from the trees and the roads begin to ice over. You can take advantage of these conditions by offering yard cleanup services in the fall, and snow shoveling services in the winter.
24. College/grad school applications editor
Students are always looking for ways to maximize their chances of acceptance into universities and grad school programs. If you have a higher education degree and know a thing or two about admissions, you can offer your skills and expertise to help students refine their applications to schools.
25. Standardized test prep
Whether you’re an SAT expert or scored a 240 on your MCAT, standardized test preparation is a HUGE industry and one that always needs people who can offer 1-on-1 tutoring and preparation sessions. You can advertise your services at local high schools and universities, or partner with local tutoring companies, where your clients (and their parents) will be desperately looking for people to help.
26. Start a tour company
Do you know your own city like the back of your hand? If so, starting a local tour company could be a fantastic way to make extra money and build a lucrative side hustle. Common local offerings often include walking tours, history tours, food tours, pub crawls, and more. If you live in a city, you can bet that the majority of customers will be looking for tours on the weekends, so it’s the perfect side hustle to complement a full-time job.
27. Graphic design services
Photoshop wizards and Illustrator geeks rejoice! There are tons of opportunities to make some money on the side as a graphic designer. To get started making extra money with your designs, you can pitch your services to local startups and small businesses, or find clients online through various Facebook groups.
28. Pitching & PR services
As influencers are becoming more and more prevalent in the world of digital marketing, pitching services will be more and more common. I’ve already had several contacts in my various blogging groups asking people for recommendations for people who can pitch brands on their behalf. So, get ahead of the game and start your own PR agency and help influencers connect with brands and get compensated for it.
29. SEO services and consultancy
If you know a thing or two about search engine optimization and writing for keywords, you can offer your services to brands as an SEO consultant. Many people offer hourly 1-on-1 SEO coaching sessions and full site audits, or include these as part of larger packages that involve full SEO outsourcing.
30. Advertising services and consultancy
Every single social media platform has an ad market that some businesses want to tap into. However, many businesses have NO idea how they should spend their ad budgets to get the most eyes on their products. If you can take the time to learn and experiment with these various platforms (especially Google, Facebook, and Pinterest), and then can use these findings to create value-added advertising services for businesses, you’ll definitely find a lucrative side hustle waiting for you.
31. Rent a room on Airbnb
If you have extra space in your house and you live in a city where tourists often visit, hosting visitors on Airbnb could be the perfect side hustle. To run a successful Airbnb side business, make sure you have nice, bright photos of the room and you have a way for your guests to get in and out if you’re not going to be home.
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32. Work at kids parties
People who love kids AND entertaining can start a kids party business, where you help parents plan birthday parties and events for their children. It might sound weird, but it’s a really great way to make extra money quickly and easily. I met a guy recently who helped fund his way through school by making balloon animals at children’s birthday parties, and he sometimes got paid up to $150 an hour!
33. Work as a DJ or emcee
If you’re charismatic, high energy, know your music, and love a good crowd, working as a DJ or emcee for parties and clubs can be a great gig for you. There are always gigs in every city that require entertainment assistance, so if you’re smart about seeking out where the best parties are happening, you can jump start your DJ/emcee side hustle.
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34. Teach English online
One of the most quickly growing new jobs out there is teaching English online from the comfort of your own home. Websites like VipKid and Rosetta Stone are constantly hiring English native speakers to join their arsenal of teachers. As long as you have a college degree, a computer, a video camera, and a microphone, you can be eligible to work online as an English teacher/tutor.
35. Freelance writing
People who love to write and are passionate about particular topics can start a great side hustle as a freelance writer. You’ll be tasked with writing one or more articles at a set price, which can change based on the commissioning publisher or blog. Before applying for freelance writing gigs, be sure to have a few writing samples you can share with prospective publishers.
If you’d prefer not to write thousands of words each week but would rather help with shaping stories and editorial and adhering to style guidelines, you can help out as a freelance copy editor. Basically, you’ll be reading through a lot of drafts to provide edits and improvements before final publication.
Similar to editing but not quite the same, proofreading is basically reading through finished bodies of work to find errors. If you’d rather just read ALL the time, this could be a perfect way to make money from the comfort of your own home.
And, the last of the writing-centric freelance side hustles is ghostwriting. It’s much like freelance writing, except you’re writing (usually long-form) content/books on behalf of someone else. You don’t get a byline, but many gigs do pay a good price to make up for it.
39. Brand ambassador
Are you a natural extrovert with a penchant for persuasion? Many brands will hire you to work as a freelance brand ambassador, promoting their products in targeted areas like college campuses, bar areas, or festivals. As a brand ambassador, you can expect to make a little bit of money and potentially receive some free swag, too.
40. Secret shopper
Shopping aficionados will love the opportunity to make extra money with a mystery shopper side hustle. This side job requires working with companies to plan visits to store to check on things like inventory, customer service, and cleanliness. You can find out more about legitimate mystery shopping jobs here.
41. Yoga teacher
If you love getting your namaste on and teaching people how to do asanas, working part-time as a yoga teacher is a fun and awesome side hustle. You’ll need to get teacher certified first, but then, you can apply to work at a local studio to start teaching classes on your own schedule. If you can make a name for yourself in your local yoga community, sometimes corporate offices or events organizers will even hire you to teach yoga classes for their employees.
42. Newsletter writer
Many businesses want to outsource their email marketing to someone with more know-how and marketing skills. So, if you know how to run and grow an email newsletter, consider pitching your skills to local businesses who may need additional help with their email marketing.
43. Social media producer
Additionally, aside from newsletter management, companies may need someone to execute social media copy and help schedule and manage accounts. This is different than social media consultancy because you’ll likely be working freelance under a supervisor who will give you direction and feedback. However, it can be a pretty low key gig if you can get your workflows set up.
44. CrossFit coach
CrossFit is becoming a more and more popular high intensity fitness cult, and you can help to grow it even further by becoming a part-time CrossFit coach on the side. Many gyms are looking for trained, fitness-minded people who can help members push themselves (safely) and achieve results.
45. Rock climbing instructor
If you can climb rocks, either on indoor or outdoor courses, becoming a rock climbing instructor could be a great side gig for you. You’ll work with clients to teach them the technicalities of rock climbing, including helping them achieve more difficult courses, teaching them how to use certain equipment, and providing tips on strength-building exercises that can help in the future.
46. Running coach
Help beginner and advanced runners achieve their race goals by working on the side as a running coach! You can make extra money coaching beginner runners to complete their first half marathon, or advance runners trim down their PRs. You’ll also devise personalized training schedules for your clients and track their progress.
47. Teach an exercise class (e.g., Zumba)
Similar to the above few side hustles, you can also get trained to teach a variety of fitness classes, like spinning, zumba, barre, and more. Get in touch with your local gym to see what opportunities are available.
48. Executive assistant
While many companies hire executive assistants full time, many smaller ones hire them part-time. If you’re looking for a solid (and high-paced) side gig, working directly for a company executive on a variety of tasks can be a great way to spend your free time.
49. Executive communications manager
Like being an executive assistant, sometimes executives need additional help writing memos, drafting presentations, creating marketing materials, and more. You can take on some of these tasks as a freelance/part-time communications manager.
50. Executive travel coordinator
Executives also tend to travel a lot, and for those without a full-time assistant, travel coordination can be really tricky. You can help offer your remote travel planning services to jet-setting executives on the side.
51. Customer success manager (customer service rep)
Many companies need to have round-the-clock customer service people, and it can be a great way to make extra income by picking up a few customer service shifts at night each week. Companies also often recruit more part-time customer success managers/representatives for holidays and high seasons, too.
52. Curriculum reviewer
People with previous experience in the education space can work to review curriculums, lesson plans, and textbooks as a curriculum reviewer. This requires a keen eye for detail and a good idea for what ideal teaching resources should look like, but it can be a great way to make extra money for the right person.
53. Stand in line at restaurants
Now that “no reservation” restaurants are becoming super trendy, you can get paid money to wait in line at popular restaurants with long waits on behalf of someone else. You won’t become a millionaire, but it’s a good way to make an incredibly easy side income. You can most easily find these kinds of one-off gigs in the moment on Task Rabbit.
54. Take surveys
Before we go any further into this, I want to say: you’re not going to make very much money at all taking surveys. Many personal finance bloggers will tell you that it’s easy to make $300+ per month doing this, but I’ve tested a handful of these sites and do not think the earning potential is that high.
With that said, if you’re just hanging around at home and not doing much of anything anyway, you might as well make a few dollars in the process. Companies like SwagBucks, Survey Junkie, Pinecone Research, and American Consumer Opinion will pay you to take surveys online from the comfort of your own couch.
Many companies try their best to outsource bookkeeping, which means there are plenty of opportunities to do it as a freelance gig. If you’re super organized and good at maintaining records, this could be an easy gig for you. You can simply find part-time or freelance bookkeeping opportunities online for a variety of companies.
56. Create custom artwork for homes or businesses
Talented artists can work on the side creating commissioned artwork for people in their home city. I met a woman recently who frequently got commissioned on the side to make murals and artwork specifically for clients’ homes or offices, working fully on a contract basis!
57. Tailor & repair clothes
Those of you with a sewing machine and some textile skills can get paid to help people repair or modify older pieces of clothing. Before you dive into this side hustle, you just need to learn how to properly cut, hem, and repair clothing.
As a short person, I use someone like this all the time to tailor pants and maxi dresses to a length that won’t drag on the ground or look awfully stupid. I’d hire you!
58. Web development & programming
Web development is HUGELY in demand these days, with the need for developers growing each year. If you have strong coding/programming skills and you have a few projects to show for it, you can find freelance clients willing to pay you for gigs that you can usually do remotely.
59. Work odd jobs
If you have a skill we haven’t mentioned yet in this section, not all hope is lost! Chances are there’s probably someone out there in need of your expertise or (wo)manpower. Websites like Angie’s List, Upwork, Craigslist, and Task Rabbit can help you market your skills and find gigs where you can make some extra money.
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60. Sell your items on eBay/Amazon
61. Sell used clothes online
Closets full of unused clothes could become closets full of cash if you take the initiative to sell your clothes. Aside from local consignment shops, there are now several companies that will buy your clothes online to resell and pay you for them. Companies like ThredUp, Poshmark, and Tradesy all buy used clothes. Their guidelines differ so depending on what brand names you have, you may want to compare a few different ones.
62. Sell old books
If you’ve basically got a library of books lying around at home collecting dust, you can sell them to make a quick and easy pile of cash. Many used local bookstores, like Half Price Books, buy used books and will pay you in cash for them. BookScouter and Amazon are also great for reselling textbook-type books.
63. Create arts and crafts to sell
Crafty artisans can put their hobbies to work, making extra money by selling their beautiful handmade goods at local craft fairs, gift shops, and farmer’s markets. Or, if you want to reach an even wider audience, set up an Etsy shop and sell your goods there!
64. Homemade food items
Chefs and bakers can also make money on the side by selling their food items and goods. I have a friend who has a small bee farm operation at her house, and her side hustle is selling jars of local honey to friends and family during the holidays!
65. Repurpose vintage clothing
If you’re a beast at fashion design and love to sew your own clothes, why not repurpose thrift store finds and resell them? Turn old, frumpy jumpers into cute button downs or maxi dresses into stylish sundresses. Everyone loves a good vintage gem, and for the right audience, this could be a fabulous way to make extra money on the side.
66. Stock images and video
If you’ve got a bunch of beautiful photos sitting around in your hard drives, you can make money by licensing them to stock photo companies to sell to companies. Companies like Getty Images and Shutterstock are the biggest players in this field and the most likely to pay good amounts for stock photos.
67. Sell your art
If you’ve got old artwork in your home (either ones you bought or your own), you can sell it to make extra cash. If it’s your own art you’re selling, you can sell it in an online marketplace to get a good rate and a buyer who really cares about quality work.
68. Write and sell an eBook
Writers who would rather not ghostwrite can actually just pick up a side hustle writing their own book! The easiest and quickest way to do this is by self publishing your book as an eBook. However, you can also pitch your book to publishers once it’s done.
69. Novelty collector’s items
Thrift store junkies can make a good side income finding and reselling collector’s items, like antiques, comics, or baseball cards. This is a really niche way to make extra money but can be super lucrative if you find the right audience for it.
70. Throw a garage sale
If you’re in need of cash ASAP, what better way to clean house and make quick money than by organizing a garage sale? You can even ask your friends and family if they’re interested in throwing in some items that they would have donated anyway to make your selection even more appealing to prospective buyers.
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71. Seasonal wedding/event planner
While many wedding planners work full time, some hire for seasonal help/assistants during the warmer months of the year to help out with the sheer volume of people who have weddings/events during that time. If you love the thought of being part of many peoples’ big days (and are good with stress management), working as a seasonal wedding or event assistant is a fantastic part-time/temporary side hustle.
72. Ski instructor
Cold months bring snowy peaks and powdery hills, and many urbanites flock to the ski slopes for much-needed winter getaways. Ski instructors are in huge demand during this time. If you are a good skier, live near the mountains, and like teaching people, consider working as a ski instructor during the winter season.
73. Surf instructor
Similarly to ski instructors, surf instructors often work in popular beach towns during the summer months to help beginners learn how to ride the waves. If you know how to surf and you want to make some extra cash, this is a great (and fun) opportunity to do that while doing what you love.
74. Swim instructor
Summertime swim instructor demand skyrockets since kids are out of school. People who love the water might enjoy teaching kids how to swim during the warm summer months. Many pools/aquatic centers offer free training for potential instructors, so you can learn new skills for free and make a good side income.
Looking for a laid-back job that will simultaneously give you a nice tan? Consider working as a part-time lifeguard during the summer months. People who have been lifeguarding for a longer time can opt to get trained to teach future lifeguards important life-saving skills.
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76. Tour guide
There are SO many seasonal activities all over the world, many which require extra workers to work with the high volumes of tourists. When I was traveling in Norway to see the northern lights, I met some guys who were working as seasonal northern lights chase guides, which basically sounds like the coolest job ever. If you like people and want to help them experience the adventure of a lifetime, working as a seasonal tour guide could be a perfect side hustle for you.
77. Theme park attendant/cast member
Many theme parks around the USA and the world are only open during the warmer months of the year. This means that when they’re open, they need a BUNCH of seasonal workers to help keep the parks running and tourists entertained. In the summer, you can work as a seasonal worker/performer at a theme park near you to make some extra money.
78. Summer camp counselor
In the summertime, many parents send their kids to summer camp, where bubbly counselors take care of them and give them the experience of a lifetime. Being a camp counselor is hard work, but it can be a fantastic seasonal side hustle for the right person who loves kids.
79. National park jobs
During the summer, many national parks hire additional people to help with the park operations. If you enjoy the outdoors and live near a national or state park, you may be able to get a great side hustle there. What’s better than working in a beautiful park location and making extra money at the same time?
80. Resort and hotel concierge
Again, in the high seasons (which can be summer OR winter, depending on where), many hotel chains and resorts will hire seasonal workers to help with the high tourist demands. You can join the hospitality industry as a side hustle to make some cash and meet people from around the world!
81. Holiday season retail
Many companies hire extra workers to help with their retail areas during the holiday season, when sales and customers skyrocket. I had a good friend in college who used to work at a high-end jewelry store during the holiday season, making commissions on each sale he drove. Not a bad side gig, given he was a college student!
82. Cruise ship worker
You can work on a cruise ship, helping to entertain and serve guests while sailing across the sea! Many cruise lines hire workers for temporary jobs during their high seasons, so this could be a fun way to travel and work at the same time, while also making cash in a seasonal side hustle.
83. Help on an ice cream or food truck
Summer = outdoor food and beverage consumption. Therefore, ice cream shops and food trucks may need additional help during this time. It’s a relaxed, low-key side hustle that has you working around delicious ice cream or food all day…sounds like heaven to me.
84. Run a farmer’s market food stall
If you love to make a special foods or products, you can open up a stand at a local farmer’s market! I’ve seen everything at farmer’s markets, from empanadas to fudge, hand made soaps to cutting boards. Your product will (probably) fit right in!
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85. Advertise for other businesses
Have you ever seen those people who stand outside, holding signs for businesses nearby? Yeah, not the most glamorous job. But it’s an easy way to make a few extra bucks without having any prior experience.
86. Waiter or waitress
If you like serving food and drinks, you can make decent money working as a waiter or waitress. Restaurants are always looking for experienced and charismatic people to work, especially in the evenings and weekends.
If you want to make easy money, working part-time as a cashier in a store or fast-food restaurant is easy to do and doesn’t require a lot of experience. I worked as a cashier at Arby’s before as a side hustle. While it didn’t make me rich, it was a consistent side income stream that I could depend on. You could also work on restocking shelves or providing non-cashier services (like serving free samples) at your employer, too.
Working in a kitchen is hard work, but there’s no better way to lean how to make delicious food. If food service is up your alley, you could work part time as a cook in a local restaurant or catering company.
Every business needs help cleaning their shop and premises. You can work in the late evenings to make extra money by cleaning stores right after they close.
If you love cocktails and can make drinks quickly, you can make extra money as a bartender. You typically need to know basic cocktail recipes and tools before you can work. However, many restaurants who hire entry level bartenders will provide the necessary training to get started.
91. Drive Uber or Lyft
If you have a car and like driving, you can work for a ridesharing company like Uber or Lyft. This is especially lucrative if you live in a big city. I’ve met Uber/Lyft drivers who work full-time as software developers, engineers, and consultants. The rideshare side hustle is definitely a thing.
92. Deliver food
Delivering food via UberEats is an easy way to make extra money. The best part? You don’t need a car! You can walk or use a bike for this job. If you’d prefer not to have strangers in your car but still want a flexible transportation job, this is a perfect opportunity.
93. Grocery delivery
If delivering things catches your eye, you can also sign up to deliver groceries via services like InstaCart. This is easier to do with a car, but not impossible on a bike or by foot.
If you have a few hours to spare, you can work as a receptionist as an office or clinic. Your responsibilities will include greeting guests, giving instructions, and filing/processing paperwork.
95. Event staffing/catering
Many big events need extra hands to keep things running smoothly. You can work for a few days at a time at large events like weddings, conferences, or meetings. On the job, you’ll help to manage catering, logistics, and more.
96. Teach CPR
If you are CPR certified already, you can take an additional course to become a CPR instructor. From there, you can help businesses train employees to respond in life-threatening situations. The more lucrative opportunities come from private clients, like hospitals, whose staff needs to renew their CPR certifications regularly.
97. Assist with corporate workshops and events
Many large companies have employee-wide workshops and meetings to make big announcements and promote internal initiatives. If you have strong facilitation skills, you can pitch your services to lead thought exercises at these large workshops.
Other Ways to Make Extra Money
98. Test websites and user experience
So you’ve got an eye for design and you like the idea of helping people design beautiful websites. Good news: you can make extra money on the side testing website designs. User testing websites like Try My UI will pay you to test out new prototypes and provide feedback so that designers and product managers can make improvements.
99. Participate in research focus groups
You can make extra money by offering to participate in research focus groups. Joining these (usually) in-person focus groups typically pays pretty well. Moreover, participation exposes you to the ins and outs of consumer research. You can find paid focus group opportunities in your area on this website.
100. Community management
Do you have a great idea for a community that people would be willing to pay for? Can you deliver value by teaching some of your skills or offering in-depth advice? If so, you can create a subscription-based community product to field questions from your members. This also enables you to provide personalized advice without the time-consuming nature of 1-on-1 consulting.
101. Sign up to be an industry or subject matter expert
If you’ve got deep industry experience or topical research in a very specific area, you can sign up to share your insights on an industry expert network like GLG. In this side hustle, people can call you to ask questions about your previous experiences in a particular industry. Although you can sign up with varying experience, this is especially lucrative if you have worked in executive leadership.
102. Start public speaking
With the right attitude and charisma, one of the best ways to make money is through public speaking. Conferences are a fantastic way to get started with public speaking. The more engagements you have under your belt, the more invitations you’ll get in the future.
If you have a “set it and forget it” mentality, then investing won’t feel like a job at all. However, this is an excellent way to passively make income on the side while working full time. Although I am not an expert in investing, here are a few fantastic resources that can help:
- I Will Teach You to Be Rich by Ramit Sethi – The first personal finance book I ever read. I’d recommend it to anyone who feels like their finances are a mess and doesn’t know where to start.
- The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham – The classic book on stock investing that Warren Buffett used to amass his fortune.
- The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need by Andrew Tobias – I’m currently reading this book that touts itself as the only book you’ll ever need to learn how to invest. I’ll report back soon!
BONUS: Ask for more money from your full-time job
You may have decided to start working on your side hustles because you’re not getting paid enough at work. So why not ask for a raise? There is a right and wrong way to do this, however.
In my experience, the right way to do this is to list your accomplishments from the last few months. Try and put as many numbers and data points as you can in your presentation. Prove that you are performing at a level greater than your original job description.
When you’re finally ready to talk to your boss, go into the meeting with confidence and high energy. Have a number in your head for when the negotiations start. You’ve got this!
The Bottom Line
Side hustles are the best way to make extra money, pursue your passions, and grow your skills. I hope you feel inspired to
hustle your butt off try out a few of these side hustle ideas. My lifetime of side hustling has helped me land awesome jobs and build a well-rounded career quickly. If you’re passionate and dedicated enough, you may even be able to take your side hustle full time!
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