Finding a side hustle to help bring in some extra cash was huge when we paid off $52,000 in debt in 18 months. Eventually, the income from my side hustle of blogging exceeded that of my traditional 9 to 5 job.

The great thing about doing something on the side is that there are options for almost anyone. There are virtually no barriers for those serious about using side hustles to bring in some cash, no matter what your physical or financial state is.

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Popular Side Hustles

Making money online is one of my favorite ways to make extra cash because I can do so without leaving the comfort of my own home. However, there are lots of ways to make money regardless of your location or time limitations.

Here are some things you can do to make some extra money each month.

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1. Get paid for your opinion

Many companies will pay people to fill out surveys and also surf the web. However, there are good survey companies and not-so-good survey companies.

My favorite is Survey Junkie as they will pay you cash instantly via PayPal. They have over 6,000,000 members and an A+ rating with BBB.

Keep in mind that while taking surveys won’t make you rich, it can be a decent way to get income on the side.

2. Searching the Internet

Did you know that there are companies out there that will pay you for searching the web?

Check out Swagbucks which is one of the most reputable companies when it comes to making money searching the internet. Get a $10 bonus just for signing up!

3. Browse the Internet From Your Phone

If you spend most of your time on the internet using your phone or tablet, you can get paid for doing what you already do online. With MobileXpression, you get paid weekly for your mobile activity. The more time you spend online, the more you earn.

You can download the MobileXpression app here:

4. List a Room in Your House

Do you have a spare bedroom or another unused area, such as a basement, that you can list for guests? If so, this might be a great way to bring in a few hundred dollars each month.

My friend Steve makes over $1,000 per month by listing his spare bedrooms with Airbnb. Senior Well Kept Wallet writer Claire used to make an average of $600 by renting out her studio apartment on Airbnb.

You can easily list a room in your home by using Airbnb. Tenants are already screened for you, and if you have problems, you can turn to Airbnb for help.

5. Create an eCommerce Store

If you have a product to sell, an eCommerce store is a great way to get it out there. Make sure to do your research first as this market is very saturated, so the more niche you can be, the better.

To make the process of opening your online store even easier, check out Shopify which is an eCommerce platform that has good looking templates, so you don’t have to do any programming.

6. Invest in Crowdfunded Real Estate

Real estate can be a great way to make money while you sleep. However, because it costs so much to purchase a home, using a crowdfunding platform to buy real estate can be a more affordable option.

If you want an easy, low-cost way to invest in real estate, consider using a company like Fundrise.

You only need $500 to get started, and they have three main eREIT’s to choose from.

Another great option is a company called Realty Mogul which has a minimum of $1,000.

Even though their minimum is higher than Fundrise, their annual fee is much less since it is between .30 and .50%.

7. Get Paid Using Your Car

If you’ve got a car and like driving, signing up to drive for a company like Lyft may be the perfect side hustle for you.

You can set your hours and choose which jobs you will and won’t take, meaning you are in control of your income when you choose this side hustle.

Right now Lyft is offering a $250 bonus for new drivers.

8. Deliver Food for Restaurants

Want to make money by delivering food to people? Check out DoorDash which will pay you to deliver food while listening to your favorite tunes.

Depending on the rules of your city, it’s possible to deliver by car, bike, or foot to nearby customers.

And, the qualification requirements are more flexible than being a rideshare driver for Uber or Lyft. If you’re too young to be a rideshare driver or don’t have the correct vehicle, this is an excellent alternative.

More restaurants now let customers order online for takeout and delivery orders. Busy professionals don’t want to take the time to go to the restaurant (even the fast-casual ones) to get their meal. Instead, they order online and pay you to bring it to them!

Since you’re not employed by a single restaurant, you have a higher income potential because you have the opportunity to deliver for multiple restaurant partners.

9. Get Paid to Watch Videos & Play Games

I know this sounds too good to be true, but InboxDollars will actually pay you to watch videos. Not only that, they will pay you to download and play games as well.

I downloaded Final Fantasy XV and got paid $3.75 for just playing the game. Right now they offer a $5 cash bonus for just signing up.

10. Watch Your Favorite TV Shows

You can also make money watching your favorite TV shows with Perk. Whether you watch the show live or on-demand with Hulu or another playback app, Perk will sync with many video apps so you can earn rewards points.

While you’re watching your show, Perk also offers fun quizzes and games to help you earn extra rewards points too.

11. Teach English from Home

Do you have at least one year of teaching experience? Then you might want to check out QKids which can pay up to $20 per hour for you to teach English from the comfort of your own home.

Requirements:

  • Native fluency English speakers who are based in the United States or Canada
  • Earned a degree or currently enrolled in a university program
  • Available to teach a minimum of 6 hours (12 classes) per week

The way it works is that you are assigned a student in China who wants to learn English. QKids provides the curriculum, and you do everything from a computer. Not too shabby, right?

12. Get Paid for Shopping in General

Wouldn’t be great to make money for everything else that you buy? There are many websites out there that will give you money back for things that you buy every day.

One of the best sites is called Ebates which will give you cash back for buying things at retailers like Walmart, Amazon and more.

Click here to get a $10 cash for signing up, and you make your first purchase through Ebates.

13. Make Money While Shopping for Groceries

Chances are you go grocery shopping at least once a month. Did you know that you can earn money when you buy groceries?

I use an app called Ibotta which will pay me to buy certain types of groceries. The key is to only buy items you would normally buy. Then using this app is a no-brainer.

Another way to make money while shopping is to be a personal shopper.

14. Become a Personal Grocery Shopper

You can deliver groceries to others when you join Instacart. There are two different ways to be a personal shopper through Instacart.

The complete way is to be a full-service shopper as you buy and deliver groceries using your personal automobile.

If you don’t have a car, Instacart also needs in-store shoppers who shop for orders that the customer can pick up.

To start the application process, click “Become a shopper” and decide if you want to be a full-service or an in-store shopper.

15. Mystery Shop

If you like shopping, you can also give mystery shopping a try. With Jobs2Shop, you find local mystery shop gigs in your town. Once you’re on a mission, you might take pictures of product displays or even scan product barcodes for price checks. Of course, you can also have the opportunity to evaluate customer service and the cleanliness of the store or restaurant too.

When you’re not mystery shopping, you can make additional cash by taking surveys, playing games, and completing offers on Jobs2Shop too.

16. Start a Blog

This is one of my favorite side hustles as I make over $10,000 per month from blogging. Starting a blog is very easy, even for those who don’t consider themselves technologically savvy.

You can start a blog for less than $3/month. Click here to get special pricing of $2.95/month with Bluehost.

17. Sell Your Pictures

Did you know that you can sell your pictures? If you have an eye for a good shot and have a smartphone with a good camera built in, why not start making some money with it?

In a world of mediocre stock photography, your pictures could be exactly what people need to make their website or print materials stand out.

To sell your photos online, check out a site called SmugMug. They will give you unlimited cloud storage and have a feature to display your work via Apple TV.

Right now you can even get 15% off when you sign up with them.

18. Publish a Book

Real people are indeed making money by publishing books online. If you’ve got valuable information to share, consider gathering it into book form and selling books online at little or no cost to you.

I actually wrote a book called You Can Retire Early and get a 10% royalty for every book that I sell.

19. Sell Your Hand Crafted Items on Etsy

If you’ve got a gift for making handcrafted items, consider selling them on Etsy.

From baby clothing to woodworking products and more, Etsy store owners can make hundreds of dollars per month or more if they sell a valuable product.

Selling on Etsy is a great way to use your creativity to make money and give people unique products that they love at the same time.

20. Peer-to-Peer Lending

Nowadays it is easy to help out others who need money and get a return on your money at the same time.

Lending Club is a platform where they boast 3-8% returns historically, although you can earn as much as 25%.  This percentage varies based on the investments you choose and the risk involved with those investments.

99.9% of their investors have seen positive returns, so it may be a good place to start if you are interested in peer to peer lending.

21. Invest in Stocks and ETFs

Investing in your 401k plan each month is a great starting point to retire on time, but you should also consider investing in a separate account too.

Ally Invest offers some of the lowest trade commissions for stocks and ETFs that your 401k plan doesn’t let you invest in.

If you prefer for someone else to make those difficult investment decisions for you, you can also use Betterment.

You only need $1 to get started, and they will automatically invest your money in a diversified portfolio so you can earn passive income ASAP.

Regardless of which platform you choose, you have the option of investing in a non-retirement brokerage account or a Traditional or Roth IRA.

22. Answer Trivia Questions

Are you full of useless knowledge? You can turn it into useful knowledge and make money with Swag IQ.

This is a new trivia game run by Swagbucks, but it’s a separate app just for trivia games.

There’s a game each day, so put on your trivia hat and have fun.

Work and Burn Calories

If you like working with your hands or have the physical capability to do manual labor, there are a ton of side hustles that will help you burn calories at the same time. Check out these ideas.

23. Deliver Pizzas

When my wife Kim and I were working hard at paying off $52,000 of consumer debt in just eighteen months, I delivered pizzas to help bring extra cash into our home. Not only do pizza delivery people get an hourly wage, but they can also earn some serious tips as well.

I earned somewhere around $15 per hour doing this on the side while I had a full-time job.

Check out the local pizza places in your area and talk with them about hiring on if this might be a side hustle you would like.

Or, you could deliver for multiple restaurants with DoorDash.

24. Watch Kids

Many families are eager for quality child care services for their family. If you enjoy children and are responsible and timely, this could be a great way for you to rake in some extra cash.

Advertise at schools, activity centers such as gymnastics clubs and other places where parents and kids frequent. Putting up a profile on Care.com is a good idea to help you get more gigs too.

25. Watch Pets

If you’re good with animals and enjoy working with them, this could be the perfect side hustle for you. People with busy schedules or people going on vacation need responsible animal lovers to walk their dogs and care for their animals when they are out of town.

Advertise via neighborhood flyers or on sites such as Rover.com or Care.com, which has a directory of pet sitters, too.

26. Get Paid to Exercise

You already know you’re supposed to exercise regularly and eat a balanced diet to be healthy. If you need some added motivation, Achievement pays you for the following healthy activities:

  • Counting steps
  • Sleeping
  • Eating meals
  • Tweeting your friends

Achievement is free to use and connects with over 30 health-related apps, so you always get paid to workout.

27. Deliver the Newspaper

Yes, believe it or not, the newspaper is still delivered to people’s homes every day.

I would imagine a lot less these days.

However, that is beside the point. If you are looking for a side hustle that you can do in the early mornings before work, then this is a great option.

28. Mow Lawns

Many working families have little time or desire to maintain their lawns and landscaping.

If you like mowing lawns, have flyers printed out and advertise to neighbors that you offer lawn mowing and/or landscaping services.

The beauty of mowing lawns is that involves very little start-up money. Just buy a lawnmower, and you are good to go.

You can connect with clients on TaskRabbit too.

29. Paint Gates and Fences

This is another one of those small tasks that people often don’t take the time to do. If you live in an area where many yards have gates and fences, print out flyers and offer to paint them for cash.

I interviewed Chris Peach on my podcast who told me about a neighbor kid who took a picture of a gate that needed to be painted. Then, he put out a flyer with the picture asking people if they needed their gate painted.

He had some tear offs on the bottom with his phone number on it. Chris looked at the picture of the gate and wondered if it was his gate.

This kid was brilliant because I bet all the neighbors thought the same thing. If they wanted to do something about their gate, who do you think they would call?

Probably the kid who was out there hustling trying to make the neighborhood look better.

30. Small Handyman Jobs

Leaky faucets, squeaky doors, and other small repair jobs are readily available in most homes.

Advertise your handyman services and make a business out of helping others get small tasks done.

Many communities and apartment complexes have a bulletin board where you could post your fliers for free.

Be sure to schedule repair jobs in such a way so that you’re working all the houses in a certain area at one time to avoid wasting time and gas driving from job to job.

31. Wash Cars

Offer a door-to-door car washing service to local residents. You bring the cleaning supplies; they provide the water and the electricity for vacuuming out the inside of vehicles. Similar to mowing lawns, this takes very little money to get started. Get a vacuum, a bucket, some sponges, a few cleaning products and you are good to go.

Remember to offer inside and outside cleaning together for a full-service wash.

32. Clean and/or Organize Homes or Businesses

If you’ve got a knack for cleaning and organization, there’s some serious money to be made by offering your skills to local residents and business owners.

People often simply don’t have the time to clean their homes, and organization is one of those skills that everyone wants, but not everyone has.

If you love cleaning and organizing, consider advertising to local homes and businesses for your services.

33. Clean Windows

This is another one of those tasks that people simply don’t take the time to do. Remember that most window cleaning clients will want you to be insured so that any on-the-job injury is covered.

You can advertise by distributing flyers or by placing an ad in a local neighborhood newspaper.

Use Your Skills

If you have skills that you can make money with, then why not put them to work.

34. Graphic Design

Graphic designers are in high demand, both in brick and mortar companies and in online companies.

If you’ve got a gift for graphic design, look for online jobs that you can do from the comfort of your home computer.

Check out 99 Designs to find people looking for a graphic designer.

35. Web Design

With new websites and blogs popping up every day, there is a serious amount of business available for those who are skilled in web design.

If you’ve got the creative talent and the technical skills to build a great website, consider offering your services to online clients.

If you are looking for web design work, check out Upwork which has people looking to hire someone as soon as today.

36. Create Drawing Based Videos

Have you seen those videos that look hand-drawn explaining something? Well, did you know that there is software that you can buy to learn how to make these videos yourself?

You will have to invest in the software and spend time learning the program, but once you have it down, this could be a very lucrative side business.

A good way to get your first few jobs is on a website like Fiverr. Services on the site start at just $5, but you can list your services for more than $5 too.

37. Tutoring

People of all ages, from young children to high school students, to college students and even older utilize tutoring services for a variety of different subjects.

Students often need tutors in specific subjects such as math, science or English. And, adults of all ages will often seek out tutors for things like learning English or learning how to operate technical devices.

Offer your services at local schools, coffee shops or on Craigslist.

This can be a great way to make cash as a college student as the hours are flexible and you can work around your school schedule.

You can also tutor overseas kids online via a site like QKIDS.

38. Proofreading

If you’ve got an eye for detail, an online proofreading job might be the perfect side hustle for you. Many companies are looking for people who will proofread their content before it’s published. This is a job you can do from the comfort of your home office.

Believe it or not, proofreading is a very valuable skill set because quality content is what sets people and businesses apart from the rest of the crummy content that is out there.

To help you earn more as a proofreader, consider taking a course like Proofread Anywhere. There is a course for general proofreading and one for transcript proofreading.

Completing transcript proofreading will usually pay more than general proofreading as it’s more difficult work.

39. Transcribe Audio Recordings

If you have a golden ear, you can also transcribe audio recordings. One of the best platforms is Transcribe Anywhere which lets you transcribe general, legal, and medical recordings.

If you have a legal or medical background, pursue these specialized opportunities as you can make more per audio hour.

40. Get paid to Tweet

There are legitimate companies that will pay you to tweet their info on your Twitter account. Recently I saw an opportunity from Proctor and Gamble who owns Bounty paper towels, Crest toothpaste, and Charmin toilet paper. Although they didn’t accept my bid, these opportunities show up almost daily.

Check out Sponsored Tweets by Izea for more info on how to sign up.

41. Virtual Assistant

Companies and self-employed business owners alike are searching for virtual assistants to help them with the small day-to-day tasks that help them run their businesses efficiently.

If you’re good at helping others and completing tasks in a timely manner, then becoming a virtual assistant might be the right move for you.

To find virtual assistant opportunities check out a site called Outsourcely, or pitch your services as a freelancer to online businesses.

My friend Kayla is a freelance virtual assistant, and she earns over $10,000 per month! She’s even started an online course called $10k VA to help others do the same.

42. Advertise on Your Car

If you want some seriously passive income, some companies will pay to put a wrap on your car, and then pay you to simply drive your regular daily routes as they advertise for different companies.

You have the right to say “no” to a particular ad if you’re uncomfortable with the content of the ad.

Most companies pay between $100-$400 a month to advertise on your car.

43. Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is one way to monetize a blog and can lead to earning passive income up to six figures a month.

You can earn affiliate income from a blog, website, YouTube channel, podcast, and more. It only takes a minute or less to add an affiliate link into something you’d be producing anyway (like a blog post) and theoretically, you can earn money every time someone visits your post or clicks on a link.

For transparency’s sake, you should be aware you probably won’t earn a lot of money right away unless you already have an established audience to market to.

To learn how to do affiliate marketing the right way, you should consider taking the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing Course created by Michelle Schroeder-Gardner who happens to earn over $1 million per year from her blog.

44. Start Freelance Writing

Freelance writing is a side hustle I started doing about three years ago.  It’s been a great source of income for my family and me.

As a freelance writer, you can work from home, set your own schedule and choose the workload that’s best for your life schedule.

Whether you write for a major publication or are hired by a local company to write the content for their website, this can be a great way to make money on the side while in your pajamas.

To help you earn more as a freelance writer, check out the course Earn More Writing. Holly Johnson is the creator of the course, and she earns well over $200,000 per year as a freelance writer.

45. Repair Computers

The technically savvy are in high demand in local homes and businesses.

Even high school students who are great at computer knowledge can make money by offering computer set-up and repair services to those in their neighborhood.

You can start by telling your friends and family about the services that you offer. You can also consider advertising your services on Craigslist or distribute flyers to local homes and businesses.

46. Do SEO for Businesses

If you’ve got knowledge in the area of search engine optimization, jobs are waiting for you. Businesses want to be able to focus on delivering their products or services.

They often don’t have the time or knowledge to input search engine techniques that will help them maximize their reach.

If this is a skill you have, consider reaching out to local and online businesses about helping them maximize their Internet reach.

Since you might be working with clients all over the country, you might invest in a toll-free business phone number to establish credibility with your clients.

47. Bookkeeping

Both online and in brick-and-mortar stores, there are bookkeeping jobs readily available. If you love numbers and enjoy a quiet workspace, this might be the side hustle for you.

Don’t forget to have a current copy of Quickbooks to be extremely efficient.

Check local want ads and online job sites such as Indeed for available bookkeeping jobs.

48. Financial Coaching

If you’re good at managing your personal finances and/or have paid off a large amount of debt, financial coaching might be the job for you.

There’s still many, many individuals and families who are eager to learn how to manage their money well.

Advertise your services via Twitter, Facebook or your own website.

49. Edit Videos

Video editing for businesses or individuals can be a lucrative business. If you’ve got creativity and technical skills, consider using them to make people’s videos and/or pictures into a cherished keepsake or a powerful marketing tool.

While there is software to edit videos, there are also free ones that you can use to get started like Lightworks.

50. Sell at Farmers Markets

Farmers Markets often offer a variety of items for sale.

Besides fruits and vegetables, Farmers Markets often allow the sale of baked goods, handmade items and specialty foods such as flavored popcorn or homemade candy.

My wife and I love to stroll through Farmers Markets on occasion. We pick up some fresh vegetables and even hummus from time to time.

Visit your state’s Farmers Market website for more information.

51. Become a Brand Ambassador

Grocery stores and shopping clubs are regularly seeking friendly and outgoing people to be brand ambassadors. Being a brand ambassador can mean many different things. Some will serve food samples to passing customers and encourage them to purchase the item if they like it. Others will hand out free red bull cans to attendees at a concert.

If you like interacting with new people, then this job might be worth looking into.

52. Monetize Your YouTube Channel

It is crazy how much money you can make from having a YouTube channel. I interviewed a guy who used YouTube to pay off $70,000 in consumer debt.

First, you need to have a channel. Then you need to make sure that your videos are marked in the settings so that they can make money from advertisers. Lastly, you need to get a bunch of subscribers.

This explanation is oversimplifying it a little, however, making money from YouTube is a real and viable way to earn side hustle cash.

Other Side Hustle Ideas

You may have the ability to make money with what you already own. Look through every cabinet, closet, and drawer to see what you can turn into some quick cash.

53. Sell Your Designs

One great way to make passive income is to create personalized designs for t-shirt, housewares, and more on a website like CafePress.

CafePress makes it easy for you. All you have to do is upload your design to the website. You get paid when a customer buys one of your products. CafePress prints the item and ships it to the customer directly.

54. Rent Out Equipment that You Own

Many items in your home or garage can be rented out to others. Some ideas include campers, boats, equipment such as saws and ladders, and party tents or other party supplies.

To find people to rent your items you should consider advertising them on Craigslist or Facebook.

Tip: Consider using Facebook Ads to attract more customers to rent your equipment. Learn how with the course Flourish with Facebook Ads.

55. Sell Items You No Longer Use

For items that you no longer need and can’t rent, consider selling them. You can use Craigslist, Facebook, or Letgo to help your items find a new home.

For used electronics and Lego collections, you can also give Decluttr a look if you need fast payment.

56. Sell Your Wedding Dress

Don’t want to stuff your wedding dress into your closet to never look at again? You can sell your wedding dress for cash and help another bride in the process.

Even though you might have a picture-perfect dress, it might cost as much as your entire wardrobe. Selling your dress can put that money to better use.

57. Dropship Items for a Profit

How do you make money selling products that you don’t own? You open a dropship business and connect buyers with the manufacturer. In some corners, this side hustle is known as retail arbitrage.

If you order from private sellers online, there’s a chance you’ve ordered a drop-shipped product.

To start your own business, pick a product you can buy low and sell high. You advertise the product on various online marketplaces and the manufacturer ships the product when you make a sale.

The beauty of drop shipping is that you never touch any of the products you sell. You only have to build an online store and make sales.

To get started, you can use Salehoo to find dropship partners.

58. Make an Android and/or iPhone App

If you’re a techie person, creating an app for smartphones can be a real money-maker. I interviewed Steve Young (not the quarterback) who was able to make some serious cash developing apps.

Even if you don’t know how to program, you can hire people from overseas to turn your app idea into a reality.

59. Sell T-shirts

Not too long ago I interviewed Benny Hsu who makes six figures a year by selling t-shirts. With the right product and the right marketing techniques, you can make a serious business out of selling t-shirts.

Check out CafePress which will allow you to make money from designing t-shirts, clothing, and coffee mugs, as well as a host of other products.

60. Create an Online Course

If you have a gift for teaching and have something valuable to teach others, consider making money by making an online course.

You can market any skill online as a long or short course which makes this a flexible way to earn some extra cash.

After you’ve created the content for your course, you can use Teachable to host and market it.

61. Earn Money as a Copywriter

Advertisers and businesses are often looking for copywriters to help them advertise their clients’ or their products and services.

In today’s virtual world, many companies are happy to hire virtual copywriters to help market their businesses.

62. Test Websites

Companies love to see how their websites are performing and to see if it’s easy for everyday users to navigate. That’s where sites like Usertesting and Testbirds come in.

Usertesting and Testbirds will hire you to test websites for people and to share your feedback as you navigate to different places on the website.

63. Be a Travel Agent

Love to travel and want to help others enjoy the same experiences you have?

Consider becoming a travel agent and booking the itineraries for your friends, co-workers, and other customers on travel portals like Tripping.

You can charge your clients for your time to book the trip and help them save time and money in the process.

When possible, use your travel accounts to book flights, hotels, and tours for others. It can help you earn some extra rewards points that can be redeemed for your future trips too.

64. Become a Voiceover Artist

A voiceover artist is a person whose voice you hear over the TV commercials even though you never see them on camera.

I interviewed Carrie Olsen on the podcast about how she got started as a voiceover artist with just a few weeks of training. Now, she’s worked with major companies like Taco Bell, Disney, and more.

What is your favorite side hustle?

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