23 Side Hustle Ideas to Earn Extra Cash

Side hustles are a great way to make extra money. Whether you’re saving, paying off student loans, or just making your budget easier (thanks, inflation), they can make a huge difference.

Back when I was paying off student debt, I turned to side hustles to boost my incomes. In light of that experience, I put together this list to help you decide what side hustle(s) are for you. For more side hustles ideas, you might check out the Side Hustle Ideas Database

You can make money fast with some options, but you’ve got to put in some time and training with others. Each one has the potential to boost your finances. To make meaningful progress toward your financial goals, you need to leverage your unique skills.

Here are some ideas for side hustles (or try a few)!

1. Become a photographer

If you’ve got photography talent, consider turning it into cash! While people need photos year-round, think about marketing them seasonally—senior pictures in the summer or early fall, family portraits for holiday cards, Easter pictures in the spring, etc.

Make sure you keep in mind that starting rates could be lower as you grow your portfolio. You can even ask your friends to model for you.

2. Tutor online

There’s no need to be a top-of-the-class graduate to teach. You can teach online through Tutor.com, TutorMe, or Studypool if you know a subject well and have good communication skills. 

It can be quite lucrative; TutorMe advertises a minimum wage of $16 per hour. Be careful when browsing postings, though. It’s possible for some users to seek help with dishonest intentions, but others genuinely need help. It can be rewarding both personally and financially to offer honest help.

3. Become a transcriptionist

Transcription could be your niche if you’re good at typing, listening, and paying attention to details! The job of a transcriptionist is to listen to audio files and write them down. In addition to medicine and law, other industries need their services as well. 

Certification and training are required, but earnings can range from $20 to $45 an hour, depending on your ability. You can find transcription jobs on platforms like Rev once you’re certified.

4. Drive for Lyft or Uber

If you like driving, interacting with people, and having the freedom to work on your own schedule, consider driving for Lyft or Uber. Both platforms offer flexible scheduling, bonuses during busy times, and insurance coverage while you’re working.

If you want to drive for Lyft or Uber, you’ll need to fill out an online application and provide documents like your license and insurance. To make sure you meet the company’s requirements, you’ll have to undergo a background check and vehicle inspection. After you’re approved, you can start taking rides and earning money.

5. Deliver food

If you’re looking for a driving gig without much face-to-face contact, check out Grubhub, DoorDash, or Uber Eats. There’s no doubt that everyone needs to eat, and many people like having their food delivered. If you want to work for Grubhub, DoorDash, or Uber Eats, you have to download the app, make an account, and register. 

You’ll need to provide your personal info, your driver’s license, and info about your car. When you’re approved, you can log in to the app, set your availability, and start taking delivery requests.

6. Deliver groceries

Take a look at Instacart or Shipt if you’re comfortable driving and shopping. These services pay you to pick up and deliver groceries. You can make up to $22 an hour with Shipt. 

When you work for Instacart or Shipt, it’s important to optimize your route and schedule your deliveries efficiently. You can save time and make more deliveries by grouping orders that are close together. You can also get more tips from satisfied customers if you provide excellent customer service.

7. Resell thrifted items

This side gig requires some upfront cash, but it’s perfect for people who enjoy shopping and know their stuff. It’s simple: Buy low, sell high.

You can find deals at thrift stores, garage sales, and flea markets. Take a look at what’s trending and what’s selling online. There might be valuable vintage stuff hiding in plain sight or stuff you can fix up and sell. There are lots of platforms to resell on, including Facebook Marketplace, Amazon, eBay, Poshmark, Thredup, and GameStop. 

Don’t go into debt for this! The cost of borrowing money is high. Plus, you don’t want a basement full of stuff you can’t sell. Cash is king, so take it one item at a time.

8. Get paid for your creative talents

If you’re creative, there’s a market for you. Using sites like Fiverr, Upwork, or 99designs, you can find freelancers who specialize in writing, editing, graphic design, and voice-over.

Make a profile (like an online resume) that shows off your experience, rates, and specialties. Now you can make extra money from home!

9. Join a focus group or take surveys

Want to make money sharing your opinions? Join a focus group (like Focus Group) or check out survey sites like MyPoints.com or Survey Junkie. 

You can make more money by joining multiple survey sites and accessing a broader pool of surveys. Depending on the site, you might find different surveys, so you can diversify your earnings.

10. Clean houses

Cleaning houses could be a great job for you if you don’t mind getting your hands dirty. Many people prefer to pay someone else to do it. 

The start-up costs are low; you just need some basic tools. Some homeowners even provide cleaning products. I like it because I get to listen to music or podcasts and earn money at the same time.

11. Sell products on Etsy

Are you crafty? Etsy could be your platform. You can sell handmade items like jewelry, scarves, or paintings there. Setting up a profile and listing products is straightforward. 

Etsy charges a small fee per listing and takes a percentage of the sale, but it’s worth it because people trust the platform. You can even print shipping labels from home, making the process simple.

12. Give music lessons

If you’re a musician with teaching skills, giving music lessons can be a rewarding side hustle. You can set your own prices and hours, offering lessons in your home, a studio, or traveling to clients. 

Start-up costs are minimal if you already have the necessary instruments and space. You’re essentially offering your time, talent, and teaching expertise.

13. Teach English

If you enjoy helping others learn and have the time to lead online classes, teaching English with a company like VIPKid could be for you. 

While they require a four-year degree (in any field) and at least two years of teaching, tutoring, or coaching experience, they take care of lesson plans and grading for you. It’s another rewarding way to earn money while making a difference!

14. Rent your home or spare room on Airbnb

Do you have an extra bedroom or a garage apartment? You can rent it out on Airbnb. For instance, renting out a guest room and bathroom to two guests in Nashville could make you over $4,221 a month. That’s a great passive income source! 

Feeling a little nervous about hosting strangers? You’re right, it’s a valid concern. Luckily, Airbnb protects your home against host damage, up to $1 million. Guests can also get host liability insurance in case they get hurt on your property.

The hosts and guests on Airbnb can rate each other, so you know who you’re welcoming into your place.

15. Babysit

Do you remember babysitting when you were a kid? As an adult, you can still make money doing it. There’s always a need for sitters, whether it’s for date nights or busy days. Don’t be afraid to let people know you’re available to watch their kids for a fee.

Also, if you’re worried about spending too much time away from your kids, some families might let you bring your own kids (just ask). This could turn into a paid playdate!

16. Become a user tester

Have you ever wondered why some things don’t work? It’s hard for businesses to fix problems without customer feedback. You can sign up for UserTesting, Analysia, or TryMyUI as a user tester. You’ll get paid to test websites, apps, and products. There are a lot of tests that pay around $10 each.

17. Dog walk or pet sit

If you love animals, why not turn it into a money-making opportunity? You can pet-sit for people when they’re away or walk dogs during the week. If you’re good with dogs, you can even offer training services.

You can advertise your services on social media, put up signs in your neighborhood, or use websites like Rover or Wag. They let you set your schedule and fees, but they take a cut of your pay. 

If you prefer keeping all your earnings, try starting your own pet-sitting business and ask friends and family to spread the word for you.

18. Do tasks for people

Are you good at fixing things or running errands? You can find gigs on sites like TaskRabbit or Handy. There’s lots to do, from hanging shelves to assembling furniture. There’s even jobs for plumbers and electricians on Handy.

19. Become a freelance writer or proofreader

Freelance writing may be for you if you’re good with words. You can write emails, blog posts, or other content. Alternatively, you could work as a freelance editor or proofreader if you prefer to correct rather than write. Get the word out among your contacts or use platforms such as Fiverr and Upwork.

20. Mow lawns or do yard work

Busy people don’t want their lawns resembling scenes from “The Jungle Book.” They’ll pay for yard work like mowing, raking, hedge-trimming, and leaf-blowing. 

You can work with a local landscaping company, check out TaskEasy, or go solo. Even in winter, you can make money shoveling driveways and sidewalks in snowy areas.

21. Become a coach

Coaching isn’t just for sports; there’s lots of opportunities out there. Sports coaches, career coaches, Enneagram coaches, and financial coaches can all be your thing. It’s about helping others improve in areas where you’re good at or passionate about. 

You may need certifications for some coaching roles, but if you’re passionate about it, coaching can be a rewarding side gig.

22. Sell baked goods

If you’re good at baking, selling baked goods can be a profitable side hustle. Baking for family and friends is a great way to start, then you can show off your creations online. 

Make sure you check your local laws before selling homemade food. If you are able to delight people’s taste buds, you’ll gain loyal customers.

23. Become an event planner

Do you like parties and pay attention to details? Event planning could be your thing! Whether it’s a birthday, wedding, or business event, you’d help clients make their visions come true. 

To get experience, start with smaller gatherings like family gatherings. You can decide how many events you do each month, and who knows? Your event planning career could even turn into a full-time gig!

Don’t worry if these 23 side hustle ideas aren’t for you! You can find more ideas at the Side Hustle Database. There’s also a side hustle quiz you can take to find out what type of side hustle you should do.

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