Do you need some extra money? Saving is a great way to achieve that goal, but you can only save as much as you make. The alternative to saving is to make more money, which has unlimited upside potential. This article contains a list of side hustles and jobs to help get you that money. Ideally over time you will be able to invest your new income in reducing debt or buying investments that make you money, which will in turn result in more money available each month. Before you know it you will not even need a side hustle.
Sell your stuff
Do you have items around your house that you are not using, and are gathering dust? Why not sell this stuff and get some money back? Old phones, video games, computers, clothing, jewelry can all be turned into cash. There is a market for almost everything.
Sites to sell your stuff
Plato’s Closet – Consignment store for selling clothing.
eBay – Almost anything you have can be sold on eBay.
Craigslist – Craigslist has a marketplace, and it can be an especially good place to sell larger items, not suitable for eBay, that will have high shipping cost.
OfferUp – Similar to Craigslist, sell your items locally.
Swappa – Phones, Laptops and more.
Gazelle – Phones and other electronics.
Letgo – Baby items, child items, cars, electronics, fashion, home and garden.
Poshmark – Fashion, home decor, beauty and more.
thredUP – Thrift clothes.
Card Cash – Gift cards.
Gift Card Granny – Gift cards.
What happens when you run out of stuff to sell?
Now that you have learned the ropes of selling on these platforms and made some money, you can actively seek out items to sell.
With this strategy, you can buy items from stores like Walmart, Marshalls, and TJ Maxx. Ideally these items will be on clearance. Then you turn around and sell them for a profit on sites like eBay. Thrift stores are another great source of resalable merchandise for this strategy. If your interested in learning more, here is a list of stores to find items for retail arbitrage.
There are various “Buy Nothing” Facebook groups you can join where people give away unwanted stuff. Much of it is valuable and could be resold.
Yard sales, estate sales, storage unit auctions and liquidation
Yard sales are a great place to find items that are being sold very cheaply. When someone dies, they hold an estate sale to sell all of that person’s stuff and there can usually be quite a few high value items to resale.
When someone fails to pay their storage unit, the content goes up for auction and this can be another great way of finding items to sell for a very low price.
When a store goes out of business or cannot sell product that they bought, they sell it to liquidation companies. You can then purchase these low-priced items yourself and sell them. Liquidation.com is one such company that you can connect with to buy liquidation items. One thing to watch out for is that the liquidation items can sometimes be returns, and they may not in the best shape, so you want to be especially wary of stuff, like electronics.
Item flipping is where you buy something and then sell it for a higher price. It works for almost anything including, furniture, cars and houses. A great way to make extra profit using this strategy is to add some value before the flip. For example, you might buy a nice couch, but it smells bad because the person was a smoker. You pay to get the couch cleaned to get rid of the smell and then flip it for more money.
Give people rides
Deliver food and packages
Are you more of an introvert and don’t like making small talk with passengers? Package or food delivery could be the way to go for you.
Amazon Flex – Deliver packages for Amazon. Pays around $18 to $20 an hour.
Uber Eats – Deliver food for approximately $8 to $15 an hour.
Door Dash – Food delivery. Pays around $14 an hour on average.
Shop at stores and deliver items to customers.
Instacart – Shop and delivery from grocery stores and other store types. Pays between $13 to $17 an hour.
Shipt – Shop at Target and other grocery stores. Pays between $16 to $22 an hour.
Babysitter, dog sitter or dog walker
Help take care of a pet or a child.
Care.com – Babysitting, dog sitting, and dog walking.
Rover – Dog sitting.
Housesitter.com – Water plants, feed the fish and make sure a home is taken care of while the owner is gone.
If you have an artistic skill, software development skill or anything else, then freelancing might be the way to go for you. Typically, you can make more freelancing than you can at your day job, if you get connecting with the right consulting agency.
If you don’t have a special skill, don’t worry, there are plenty of jobs you can do, like be a virtual assistant or data entry.
Upwork – Here people post consulting jobs that you apply to.
Fiverr – On this site you create jobs that offer a service for a price that you set.
If you have good attention to detail, you can proofread documents for people in order to spot mistakes. You can make $19 to $46 an hour in this profession.
ProofreadingServices.com – Pays $19 to $46 and hour.
ProofreadingPal – Requires a graduate degree, and 5 years experience. Pays $5 to $45 an hour.
If you are a fast typer then being a transcriptionist could be a good fit. Typically, you convert audio or video files to text.
Places to find transcriptionist jobs
GoTranscript – Pays $36 per audio/video hour. Average earnings of $150 per month.
FlexJobs – Pays $25 per audio/video hour.
Notary public service
The job of a notary public is to be an impartial witness to the signing of a document. Notary Public officials are employed by the states and the rules for each state is different. One of the more lucrative fields in this area is a loan signing agent. The loan signing agent signs the documents and walks the borrower through the loan signing process. In terms of pay a notary loan signing agent can make $75-$125 per document signing appointment. Here is a step-by-step guide for each state, if you are interested in learning more.
If you enjoy trying out new products or giving your opinion, then user testing might be worth a try. There are a variety of platforms that want to collect data on your user experiences. All this can be done from the comfort of your own home.
User testing websites
UserTesting.com – A platform to get feedback on customer experiences on websites, mobile apps, prototypes and real world experiences. Pays $10 per test and up to $120 per live conversation.
User Interviews – Give feedback on new products. Pays $50-$100 an hour.
Respondent.io – A company that pays you to participate in research studies and focus groups. Each survey pays from $20-$400.
Amazon Mechanical Turk – Perform tasks that require human intelligence. Pays on average of $4.70 an hour, but some people have been known to make as high as $60,000 a year.
Have your stuff do the work for you
Rent out a room
Sites like AirBnb let you rent out your room, guesthouse or entire house to different people who are staying in the area. On average people make $90 to $600 a night renting out a room, depending on location and amenities. You can also use Craiglist to find a roommate as well.
Rent your car
A car can be one of the worst investments you can make. This is due to the final value of the car being close to zero in most cases. However, with sites like Getaround and Turo you can rent your car out to people and make some money. The average host on Turo makes $535 a month.
Wrap your car
It may not look pretty, but you can typically get paid around $100 to $300 per month to wrap your car.
Rent your pool
Do you even use your pool anymore? Why don’t you rent it out to other people who have no pool of their own? Swimply lets you rent out your pool, the average payout is $45 an hour.
Rent your garage
Sites like Neighbor will let you rent out your garage to people who need a place to park or store items.
Property manager and co-hosting
There are many property owners, who are remote, do not want to deal with finding tenants, collecting payment, or dealing with property repairs. They hire a property manager to handle it all for them. A property manager typically makes 10% of the property rent.
A co-host handles the turnover between guests from sites like Airbnb. Typical responsibilities include handling the listing, greeting the guest and arranging cleaning between guests. They typically make 10% to 20% of the booking fee.
Online survey sites will pay you to take surveys in the comfort of your own home.
Online Survey Websites
Swagbucks – Earn $0.40 to $2 to take surveys.
Survey Junkie – Earn $1-$3 on average.
In person tasks
Task sites connect a customer needing to get a task completed with you.
Task Rabbit – Same day handyman, moving and delivery services. Average pay is $36 an hour.
Thumbtack – Jobs site for home improvement, wellness, pets, business, vents, lessons crafts, photography, repair services and more.
Be a tutor
If you are a patient person, who enjoys teaching, then tutoring can be a rewarding way to make some money on the side and help someone else out at the same time.
Tutor.com – Online tutoring in Math, Science, English and other subjects. Pays $12 to $14 an hour.
Care.com – In addition to their other services they also offer tutoring, starting at $17.25 an hour.
VIPKid – Teach English to children in China. Pays $14 to $20 an hour.
Create an online course
Do you have any special knowledge or skills that you could pass on? If so, creating an online course could be a great way to make extra money. In most cases you will need a way to show that you have succeeded in the area that you are teaching, be that social proof or otherwise. The other challenge here is marketing the course and finding students. Teachable and Kajabi are two platforms that you can use to create and sell your digital course.
Become an influencer
If you don’t mind putting yourself out in the spotlight then influencing may be a great side hustle for you. The way influencers make money is through paid ads, sponsorships, selling their own products, and affiliate marketing. In some cases people are so successful that they replace their main job with their influencer gig! Here are some platforms that you can become an influencer on.
Sell stuff online
Print on demand
Merch by Amazon and Teespring allow you to create items like T-shirts, hoodies and leggings. Once they sell the site will create the item and send it to the customer without any need to have inventory on your side. The two key responsibilities you have in this model is to come up with a good design and advertise the design.
This is a similar model to print on demand, where you do not have to have any inventory. This time you are taking an item that another company produces and selling it as your own. You will need to set up a website to sell the items and advertise them. When you sell an item the company will ship that item to the customer for you.
Here you buy products from a factory and have them put the name of your brand on the items. You will need to buy inventory for this method, so there is a higher startup cost. Many suppliers have a minimum order quantity and that will also add to the startup cost. One major benefit over dropshipping and print on demand is that the profit margins are a lot higher. Alibaba is a very popular site for sourcing private label items.
For wholesale, you buy an established brand at a discounted price and then turn around and sell those items. It’s easier than private label, because you don’t have to build brand recognition. The downside is that you may run into other competitors selling the same product, which could eat into your profit margins. Wholesalers will almost always have a minimum order quantity.
Platforms to sell on
Amazon – Amazon will bring customers to your listing and makes it very easy for that customer to buy from you. The downside is that they take a referral fee of 10% to 20% of the sale price of the product.
Etsy – Esty will also bring customers to your listing for you. It is geared towards handmade toys, collectibles, art, home goods, vintage furniture, jewelry, clothing and holiday items. They take roughly 8% of the total sale cost.
eBay – eBay also has a build in customer base that can bring people to your listing. However, it’s harder to make money on this platform, because customers are often looking for inexpensive products.
Shopify – This platform allows you to build your own online store and handle payments from customers. All the profits are yours to keep, but you will have to figure out a way to get customers to the site.
Provide online business services
Many local businesses don’t have the time or resources to build up an online presence. If you can provide a service that will get them more business then it can be a win-win for both sides.
Search engine optimization
The goal of search engine optimization (SEO) is to rank a website in the top of google for certain keywords, which in turn brings customers to the businesses website.
This involves running ads through sites like Google and Facebook to drive customers and sales to the business website or even walk in customers.
Pinterest virtual assistant
Create Pinterest pins, schedule pins and run advertisements to drive customers to the business website.
Write a book
If you have writing skills than creating a book might be a great way to make some money on the side. In the past this was a difficult process, involving publishers and rejection letters. With the advent of self-publishing and digital books you can now easily get your book published online and make sales in no time.
Book self-publishing websites
Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing – Self-publish a digital book on the Amazon platform.
Apple Books for Authors – Self-publish on the Apple Book platform. They have fewer customers than Amazon, but still can get you some readers.
B&N Press – Self-publish your book on bn.com.
Real world jobs
A lot of jobs listed here are online jobs, but real world jobs can be just as lucrative. I’ve listed a few below to give you some ideas.
Who doesn’t love to shop? Mystery shoppers get paid to shop at stores and rate their experiences. They typically get paid between $7-$20 an hour, although experienced shoppers may be able to command a higher salary. Here are some companies that can employ you as a mystery shopper:
Cleaning houses will allow you to set your own hours and can be a great side job. You can make about $13 to $18 an hour housecleaning, although some people who run their own services make a lot more. You can get started on Care.com or create your own site and local listing.
This is somewhat of a seasonal job, but it can bring in good money. Pool cleaners typically charge $60 to $90 an hour.
There is some startup costs to buy the equipment, but you can make it back quickly as customers typically pay between $25 to $75 per room. This is a great job for repeat customers and many places of business will use this service monthly.
Car wash and detailing
Customers pay anywhere from $50 to $150 per vehicle. There are also a lot of opportunities to upsell to the customer, with services like a superior wash or steam cleaning of carpets.
Landscapers typically charge between $45 to $75 an hour. There is some startup costs to buy the equipment for this one, but it also lends itself out well to subcontract out the work as you become more successful.
To become a home inspector, you are going to have to become certified. Don’t let that stop you though, in most states certification can be achieved with 60 hours of work or less. A home inspector makes about $450 per visit on average.
Junk hauling refers to the job of removing unwanted junk from homes and business. Customers typically pay $300-$350 per job on average. The big up front investment here is getting a truck that is big enough to haul junk away.
Are you strong? Then being a mover might be a good side hustle for you. The average pay for a mover is $16.11 an hour.
As you can see there are a lot of options for making some extra money on the side. If you just need a small amount of money and then plan to stop quickly than some of the more task focused ones should work well for you. However, if you plan to do it for a while, my recommendation would be to pick a side hustle that has the potential to grow bigger and even replace your job. This way the more time you put into it the more of a return you will get.