22 Creative Side Hustle Ideas

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Finding a side hustle to earn extra cash can help you reach your financial goals. It was huge for us as we paid off $52,000 in debt in 18 months.

Over time, the income from my side hustle of blogging has become more than I made at my previous 9 to 5 job.

The great thing about doing something on the side is that options exist for almost anyone. Barriers are few for those that want to earn more income.

There are lots of ways to make extra money. Many people succeed regardless of location or time limitations.

Here are some things you can do to get some extra cash month:

1. Get Paid For Your Opinion

Online surveys are one of the easiest ways to make money on the side. Surveys won’t make you rich but can still provide extra income. It’s possible to take them at home or on the go. Most surveys only take up to 20 minutes to complete. 

My favorite is Survey Junkie because you can take multiple surveys each day. You also get paid in cash or gift cards. Survey Junkie also has a 4.5 out of 5 Trustpilot score making them one of the most-trusted survey sites.  

Survey sites make it easy to earn cash and gift cards. You wont earn a lot, but surveys can still be a fun way to make money in your free time. So you might try joining several survey sites to boost your earnings.

2. Test Websites

Online surveys are one way to make money sharing your opinion. But a better-paying option is testing websites, although they require a little more effort.

You can earn $10 per 20-minute test. That’s $30 an hour to provide honest feedback for large websites.

You only need a computer, phone or tablet with a web camera and microphone to start.

Then you record yourself completing a set of assigned tasks. Speak aloud as you perform each task to describe how it feels to use the website. After finishing, you upload your video and receive payment. 

It’s possible to complete most tests in your free time because you record your responses. Some platforms will let you test websites with a live moderator. The moderator usually assigns you tasks in real-time using Skype.

Live tests usually pay more but can take at least 90 minutes.

3. Get Paid Using Your Car

Your car is useful for more than running errands and getting to work. These ideas help you make money by using your car in your free time.

Drive people

You can drive people around town with Lyft or Uber. As a rideshare driver, you choose when and where you drive. This flexibility lets you drive as often as your schedule permits.

You may decide to drive all day or only in the evenings. Either way, you can earn a consistent income. 

Lyft requires you to be at least 21 years old and have a four-door vehicle. Also, look for ways to earn bonus cash. One way is getting a new driver bonus and monthly contests.  

Deliver food

Maybe you prefer the idea of delivering food instead of people. Postmates partners with local restaurants and pays you to deliver food.

You might deliver fast food, fancy cuisine or coffee. Each delivery could be for a different restaurant. And you can earn tips for your hard work too. 

It is easier to qualify to deliver food than be a rideshare driver. You only need to be at least 18 years old, have a valid driver’s license and valid insurance.

It’s possible that you won’t need a 4-door vehicle to join. In some cities, you can even deliver by bike or scooter.   

Rent your car

On the days you don’t need your car, rent it to others through Hyrecar. With this idea, you don’t have to drive your car to make money. Instead, someone else drives your car and pays you.

The traveler can pick up your car at the airport or a local landmark. You may also have the renter pick up the car at your current location. 

Trustpilot: 4.1 out of 5

4. List a Room in Your House

Do you want to make money with your home? Airbnb is a fun way to make money while meeting world travelers at the same time.

You may have a spare bedroom, finished basement or guesthouse to rent. The best part is that you don’t have to buy rental property to get started.

Some hosts list their homes when they travel if they don’t have an empty room. This tactic can help you pay for your own travels. Or help pay for a house you don’t live in full-time.

Short-term rentals can be less stressful than being a full-time landlord. You can rent your space as little or often as you choose.

It’s possible to make more money being an Airbnb host in certain cities. In fact, you might be able to earn at least $1,500 monthly. 

Related Post: How to Make Money with Airbnb ($1,500 or More)  

5. Watch Kids

Babysitting is another classic way to make extra money. You might watch children for a date night or all weekend. Some parents may also need a live-in nanny.

Start asking your friends and family if they need a babysitter. Care.com also connects you with local parents needing a sitter.

6. Thrift and Flip

Another way to make money selling is by practicing the “buy low sell high” retail arbitrage mantra. You might buy discount items (such as toys, clothing, or electronics) at yard sales and sell online for a profit.

There are plenty of places to sell online including eBay and Amazon.

Check out The Selling Family to start your flipping business. Their Amazon Boot Camp course can help you master Amazon FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon). You’ll learn how to find and sell profitable products.

7. Sell Your Handcrafted Items on Etsy

Handcrafts are a popular item to buy online because they are unique. Etsy is one of the largest online stores for handmade items.

You can sell physical items like shirts, candles and decor. Selling digital items the buyer can print lets you avoid shipping costs. This means you can pay fewer expenses for each item sold.

Don’t forget to try selling on Facebook and Craigslist. It’s free to list your items on either site, and you reach local buyers. 

8. Become a Personal Assistant

Busy families can use your help as a personal assistant. Clients may have you run errands or transport their children around town. Instacart lets you deliver groceries from local supermarkets. 

It’s also possible to help people without leaving your home. You can work with clients as a virtual assistant through TaskRabbit. Some of your tasks may include booking travel, scheduling meetings or data entry.

This is a good idea if you are organized. Having office experience and good phone communication are also helpful.

9. Clean Homes or Businesses

Cleaning homes and businesses is another way to earn a steady income.

Offering free estimates can attract new customers. Also, leave business cards and paper flyers in public places. Placing a magnetic cleaning service sign on your car is another cheap way to advertise.

If you live in a vacation destination, try connecting with Airbnb and VRBO hosts. You should also search Craigslist ads to find people needing your help. 

Offering to organize homes is another way to grow your income. After all, you are already cleaning their house. Thus, it may only take a little extra time to declutter it as well. 

10. Become a Freelancer

Freelancing is another exciting online option and could potentially replace your full-time income. The possibilities can be endless when you establish your personal brand. 

Some of the most popular freelancing ideas include:

You can join freelance networks like Upwork to connect with clients. A second option is pitching your skills to potential clients. 

11. Become a Voiceover Artist

Do you have a golden voice? One of the coolest ways to make extra money just might be being a voiceover artist. You can record commercials, jingles or podcast intros. 

Who knows where your voice will end up?

To get started, consider taking an online course like Get Traction in Voiceover by Carrie Olsen. She shares how she got started as a voiceover artist. Now, she works with companies like Taco Bell, Disney and more.

12. Tutoring

Education is essential to students across the country and world.

You can put your knowledge to work by tutoring subjects like math or English. Let’s not forget about science, history or foreign language either. SAT and ACT prep are two other high-demand topics.

You can tutor students of any age. At a minimum, you can expect to earn $15 an hour. Charge more if you tutor hard subjects or have an advanced degree.

Starting a tutoring business is one way to reach local students. Another option to explore is tutoring international students online.

This option is better if your daily schedule doesn’t let you meet local students. You can tutor from home and earn up to $22 per hour.  

13. Repair Electronics

Maybe you have a skill for fixing things. Being able to fix broken electronics is a valuable skill. You can sell your repaired electronics on Swappa.

When an item sells, you ship it and receive payment through PayPal. For instance, the average 2018 MacBook Pro sells for at least $2,000. 

Try Decluttr if you don’t want to find a buyer. This option can be best if you want cash fast. They send payment the day after your item arrives. Decluttr accepts phones, Apple products, wearables and game consoles. 

14. Start a Blog

One of the most rewarding ways to make extra cash can be through starting a blog. Although it took several years of hard work, I now make over $10,000 a month from blogging.  

One of the best ways to earn blogging income is with affiliate marketing. You earn money each time a reader buys a product you recommend.

It’s even possible to make money from posts you wrote a few years ago. As long as a post gets traffic, you can continue earning income.

15. Create an eCommerce Store

Bluehost is one of the best places to launch your blog. Their hosting fees are low and they offer 24/7 tech support.

You don’t need to be a computer expert to have a blog. A love of writing or making videos is what it takes to be successful.

There are many ways to make money online. You may partner with a business that ships items from their warehouse. Or you might make your own items.

One proven side hustle idea is selling a product like phone cases, clothing or electronics. The trick is finding an item people want with low shipping costs.  

Selling online can be profitable but is also competitive. You are more likely to make a sale if you have an attractive online store. 

More than 800,000 businesses use Shopify to design the store and collect payment. They provide custom templates that are mobile-friendly. You only have to upload your product and shipping details to start selling.

With Shopify, the setup process can be less stressful than coding your own custom website. 

16. Transcribe Audio Recordings

If you can listen and type at the same time, consider audio transcription. Transcribe Anywhere teaches you transcribing basics and how to find clients. You may start with transcribing conference calls and general events. 

The number of open transcriptionist jobs may surprise you. Most niches can use your skills.

Legal and medical transcriptionists earn the highest rates. Although, you must have a relevant background to qualify for these gigs.

17. Mystery Shop

Do you wish you can make money shopping? As a mystery shopper, you shop and give feedback to stores and restaurants. Maybe you rate their cleanliness, customer service or food quality.

Every gig is unique and each brand may have you look for different topics. 

18. Get Paid to Watch Videos and Play Games

When you need a break from surveys, try making money watching videos. You can watch short videos on almost any topic that interests you.

TV commercials and app trailers tend to pay the highest per view. Some videos only take 30 seconds to watch to receive payment.

Besides watching videos, it’s possible to get paid to play games on your phone or computer. Sometimes you only have to download a game to make money. In other cases, you may have to reach a certain level before getting paid.

For example, you can make $15 by reaching level 13 in World War Rising. 

Instead of getting your video fix at YouTube, check out Swagbucks. They offer many video and gaming options. Plus, Swagbucks also offers paid surveys and online shopping options.

Every 100 points you earn are worth $1 in rewards. You can begin redeeming your points for gift cards with a $3 balance.  PayPal cash is available with a $25 award balance.

19. Wash Cars

Washing and detailing cars can be another way to make extra money. It can be an easy way to make money as a teen.

Start by asking your friends, family and neighbors if you can wash their car. Also, offering to clean inside and outside the vehicle can bring more customers.  

You may have to spend a few dollars on cleaning supplies. Having a vacuum isn’t a bad idea either.

20. Small Handyman Jobs

Not every homeowner has the time or skill to complete little projects. As a handyman, you can complete these small tasks. Maybe you can paint gates or fences. Pressure washing is another recurring task.

And let’s not forget about home repairs like leaky faucets and loud doors.

This idea requires more effort and skill than others. However, fixing things can be a constant way to make $100 in a day.

You can put a flyer or business card up at local bulletin boards or businesses. Asking your neighbors is another easy option. 

Try scheduling all your repairs in one area on the same day. It will minimize the amount of time you spend driving between jobs. This way, you use less gas and have time for more repairs.  

21. Help People Get Healthy

People may want you to teach them how to be healthy. One way is as a nutrition or macros coach. Being healthy requires more than regular exercise, as you know. It is a lifestyle.

As a coach, you can teach your clients proper exercise and diet routines. Maybe you can share the same actions you take to stay fit.

You can also become a personal trainer. This option can be a better one if you focus on specific workout routines.

Unlike a fitness coach, you would spend less time focusing on diet and mental habits. Perhaps, you may focus more on proper exercise forms and methods. 

Related Post: Legit Ways to Get Paid To Walk

22. DJ

Being a DJ at parties and wedding receptions can exciting. It’s also a good way to make money on the weekends. You should have a vast music library and sound system.

If you have minimal DJ experience, start by asking if you can DJ your friend’s events to build experience. This way, you can pitch larger businesses in the future and get a gig.  

Summary

These side hustle ideas show how easy it is to make extra money. We all have unique skills. So take advantage of the ones you have.

Now it’s time to put them to work to achieve your money goals.

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    Comments

    1. These are great suggestions and no doubt that in this economy, and to prepare for retirement, the more streams of income, the better!

      • I agree that you can never have too many streams of income. People all too often put their eggs in one income basket, which could be detrimental if they lose that income stream.

      • Here’s another tip: When I was between jobs, I used to tag photos for some app that helps blind people. I’ll have to get the name of it when I get home. It seemed like a scam, but they actually paid. It was only $8.50/hour, but it was easy. It became a bit popular and there was a waiting list to log on.

        As for other tips, all I can say is “a penny saved is a penny earned”. If you are running out of ideas to make money online, start saving. Some quick “low hanging fruit” tips to save some quick cash include – switch to MetroPCS or Boost for your cellphone (I only pay $20/month), switch auto insurance to Insurance Panda ($25/month), and start using GasBuddy (it saves me like $100/month at least. I drive a lot).

        • Hey Phil, were you able to find out what that app was to help the blind?

          • I’m interested as well!

            • Me too!

          • Be My Eyes is the name of the app you are looking for. Microsoft also offers an app to translate text to speech through the smartphones camera, but I don’t think that’s the one you want. Be My Eyes is a free app and is offered for iOS as well as Android.

            • Thank you for mentioning that!

    2. You can’t ever have too many side hustles! We are constantly looking out for new ones to pay off our whopping $600k in student loans, so thanks!!

      • I’m glad to hear that you are tackling your student loan debt. I would imagine that with $600K of debt you will have careers with decent incomes as well. But there is no doubt picking up some side hustles will be helpful in paying it off even faster.

      • That would be a dream come true for somebody like me. I’m about to give up on studies due to the inability to raise fees.

    3. This is an awesome list! Although some of the side hustles you mentioned aren’t an immediate source of money, they’re definitely worth investing some time in! I love that you put blogging first. 😀 Developing a blog to a ‘full potential’ is definitely worth it!

      I’ve also made some good money babysitting in the past. It was fun too! But of course, you’d have to have nerves of steel when dealing with children, especially if you don’t have your own yet!

      • That is a good point that not all side hustles make money right away. It took me years to start making over $1,000 per month with my blog.

        You are so right when it comes to babysitting. There is no way I could do that. I don’t have the patience for it.

    4. This is a good list! I love that you created an ecourse for $5. hat really is an incredible value! I’m just curious, how much income does that bring in for a typical month?

    5. I love all of these ideas! I also think it’s really important to support small businesses, even if it’s a side hustle.

    6. If you have knowledge to share, the education world can realistically provide you with a livable income through a combination of side-hustle gigs. Will you get rich? No. But you CAN feel good about the fact that the work you are doing is making a difference for kids.

      Since tutoring is usually limited to when kids aren’t in school, consider tacking on things like substitute teaching, online tutoring to clients in different time zones, and creating educational materials for teachers and tutors.

    7. This is a great list with wide variety and diversity.

    8. I have a great offline side hustle that I started over 35 years ago that I grew into a yearly 6 figure income. I clean up litter outside retail, office and commercial properties with inexpensive hand tools on-foot. It’s almost as easy as going for a walk! I’ve written a book, Cleanlots, that details how to start and operate a parking lot litter removal business. I provide FREE support.

      • That is awesome, thanks for sharing!

      • Hey, Brian. I understand the importance of clean lots. As a previous store manager, having clean lots was one of my pet peeves. I know how easily they get ignored. In other words, I think it’s a great idea and would love to know more.

      • Wow. This is a great idea! I would love to get a copy of your book. Where can I find it, and what’s the cost? Thanks for sharing!

    9. Hey Deacon, you should check out tonerconnect.net. It’s a site I’ve used before, and it’s helpful to anyone in an office setting. They have great service with a nice payout.

      • That looks very interesting, Cade. I will be sure to check it out!

    10. This is very helpful information. I appreciate it. I do a paid for surveys site and I make around $200 a month. Doing it won’t make you rich, but it covers my electric and water bill. It’s really not hard.

      • That is awesome. I’m glad to hear you are making some decent side income with surveys!

      • Hi! May I ask about how many hours you spend per week completing surveys? I was looking into it as some side income…Thanks so much!

      • Which site? They all seem like they just want your personal info…

    11. Hi Deacon,

      Thanks for the ideas. I’m really learning more towards the online suggestions, like freelancing, ebooks, and surveys. One thing, though. I’m also trying to look for ideas that don’t really require trading much of my time (which would probably be the downfall of freelancing and writing ebooks). Also, I’m looking for something that can payout bigger (surveys doesn’t seem that lucrative).

      Here’s another idea you can add: I’ve come across something called “Digital Flipping”, from a free course I discovered on Udemy. It’s similar to selling products and services except you outsource all the work.

      • I haven’t heard of digital flipping, but I’ll look into it!

    12. This is a great post! I love the information and you have a good list here! You’re definitely bringing up an awesome point, and this is a topic that I love to talk about.

      • Thanks, Jasmine!

    13. I didn’t see anything about owning rental property, but it’s a great side hustle for me. I clear about $70k a year free cash flow and have a full time job also. I have a book called “real-estate pickin” that can get you started. I wish you the best of luck.

      • That’s a good one! We have a few other posts about it.

    14. Don’t forget about taxes. Many of our clients have side hustles and didn’t set aside a penny for taxes the whole year only to get surprised by a huge tax bill. We have an article on our site on how to avoid such a situation.

      • That’s a good tip! Saving for taxes is definitely important.

    15. Can you please tell me where, and how, to find businesses that will pay you to put an advertisement on your car? I have heard of this before, but I’ve never had any luck finding a company that actually does this. Thanks!

      • Hi Jessica,
        There are a couple listed in a post right on our site! One is Carvertise and another is Wrapify. Be sure to check it out!

      • Try carvertise.com

    16. I like this list. This list contains more feasible options and legit online side hustle ideas.

      • I’m glad you like it!

    17. The side hustle is the true way to job security because there is no more security in today’s world of traditional employment. It doesn’t matter how many college degrees you have. If your employer doesn’t like you, they’ll find secret ways to have you terminated.

      • Side hustles are definitely key to getting ahead!

    18. This is a great list, Deacon. New research from GoDaddy indicates 50% of Millennials have a side hustle as well as 24% of Boomers–everyone is gigging. I’m on the team at Babierge (baby + concierge). We’re a baby gear rental service powered mostly by gig economy moms who enjoy delivering and setting up gear at hotels, vacation rentals, or at a grandparent’s homes. The popularity of side gigs has helped us grow really fast. Not all side gigs are the same, of course. So, it’s good to have a long list to work from, when wondering which is right for you, and to learn more about what you actually earn, how enjoyable the work is, if you’ll acquire new skills, grow personally, make friends, be part of a community, and feel good about the work you are doing.

      • It’s crazy how many people side hustle these days!

    19. Hey Deacon,
      This is a great list! I hadn’t heard about test birds yet for testing websites. I’ll have to check it out. What about focus groups though?

      • That’s a good idea! We have that listed in some of our other posts. 🙂

    20. Do you have any ideas for side hustles in books?

    21. I have an extra room in a 55 plus mobile home community and have not been able to find anyone. Is there a site that caters to people in this situation? I live in the Hudson Valley in N.Y.

      • If you can’t list it through sites like Airbnb you might try advertising locally through radio programs, newspapers, notice boards at nearby colleges, etc. There are lots of ways to advertise that you have a room available for rent.

    22. Hey Deacon,
      Thanks for the very big list. The Get Paid to Tweet option is quite interesting. Do you have a list of legitimate sites that offer the same? Or, could you please share more information on how to search these types of gigs?

      Thanks

      • You could try out Fiverr. But there are others too, such as Craigslist or Indeed.

    23. Hey, thank you for providing so much information. How do you start a blog?

      • We have a post on our site that can help you get started with a blog in just 10 minutes. Check it out. I wish you luck!

    24. Hey Deacon,

      These are all very creative ways to make some side money. I eventually want to try #60 and #61.

      Thanks!

    25. I love it. I’m looking for ways to publish a book. Do you have any ideas?

      • We have a post on our site called 7 Ways to Make Money as a Freelance Writer. In it, there are a few helpful tips about writing your own book. There’s also lots of information, tips, and advice on the web about writing your own book. I suggest you do some research on the topic to get you started in the right direction. Good luck with the book!

    26. Eh they usually need a good reason to terminate you to avoid getting sued. I never graduated highschool battled drugs in my younger years and have felonies from that time. I now have my own licensed and insured HVAC company. Considering the fact 4 years ago I was homeless Because of my poor choices. So I guess my point is it all matters at how much drive you have. If there’s enough steam behind you to crush goals and live a happy life. These items are called side hustles for a reason. I’m sure their not meant to be full-time jobs. But it sounds like there’s a lucky few that squeeze through a few of them and actually do okay. But it also sounded like they maintained their full time jobs while doing it. I just don’t want to see people get confused, think these are an easy way out to make “enough to survive off of” right away, instead of actually looking for or holding on to an actual job. I never went to school for what I do, all I had was a will to learn and a bust ass attitude 😁

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