100+ Best Side Hustle Ideas to Make $500+ in Your Spare Time

Shaun H. Ruff


side hustle ideasEvery side hustle starts with an idea!

I put together this monster list of side hustle ideas to help get your creative juices flowing.

No more excuses 🙂

Even better, most of these side hustles don’t require a huge initial investment or even any special skills. And while not all qualify as “business ideas,” each has the potential to earn you money in your spare time.

These are worth anywhere from $50 to $50,000 a month — it all depends on your execution.

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1. Notary Public Service

Notary certification is granted by your state and generally costs less than $100.

Once you’re certified, you can get paid to notarize documents, or become a loan signing agent. These mobile notaries can make anywhere from $1,000-8,000 a month overseeing mortgage signings in their spare time.

mobile notary service

Check out some of the training resources at Loan Signing System to learn more.

2. Food or Grocery Delivery Service

With services like Instacart and DoorDash, you can earn money delivering groceries and take-out orders in your town.

I sat down with one full-service Instacart shopper who made $10,000 in his first 6 months!

And you don’t have to worry about keeping your car spotless for passengers!

3. Rental Properties

Real estate investing is one of the oldest and most popular side hustles in the books. New platforms like Roofstock make it easy to shop for income-generating properties—often with tenants and property management already in place.

I liked Austin Miller’s creative approach to building his rental portfolio, which was up to 17 properties worth $1.2 million when we spoke.

The kicker? They were all acquired “free”—without any of his own money.

4. Customer Interviews

Many companies use customer interviews to get feedback on new products.

User Interviews and Respondent.io are a pair of cool services that facilitate those interviews online and over the phone.

The best part? The average compensation is $50-150 an hour!

Here are some other companies that facilitate focus groups and paid research studies.

5. Online Surveys

These won’t make you rich, but can be an easy way to supplement your income and you can do them in your downtime (waiting in line, watching TV, etc.).

If you love this stuff, check out:

  • Swagbucks – Earn up to $35 a survey with this mega-popular app, and get a $10 bonus just for signing up!
  • Survey Junkie – Earn up to $40 a month and cash out beginning at just $5.
  • InboxDollars – Get a $5 bonus just for signing up!
  • YouGov – Long-running survey panel, with data often cited in the media.
  • American Consumer Opinion – Join millions of free members and earn up to $50 per survey.
  • Opinion Outpost – Cash out at just $5 via PayPal or Amazon gift cards. Each survey enters you into a $10,000 quarterly drawing.
  • Pinecone Research – Earn $3 for each 15-20 minute survey. They’ll send you a $3 check after your first one.

6. Flipping Items for Profit

My favorite eBay seller is Rob, the “Flea Market Flipper,” who built a 6-figure business buying low and selling high. He and his wife Melissa consistently earn thousands of dollars a month, flipping items part-time!

flea market flipping family

They put together this free training on how to get started and make your first sales in as little as 2 weeks.

Suggested Playlist: Flipping Profits

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7. YouTube Channel Host

If you generate a lot of video views, you can earn money with YouTube’s revenue sharing program.

I’ve been dabbling a bit more with YouTube lately, and recently passed $500 in monthly ad income.

YouTube is an exciting platform because it’s both a search engine and a viral engine — giving you two ways to get discovered. You may not even need to be on camera yourself.

8. Build a Helpful Website

Write content on a topic you care about and build an audience in your niche.

My friend Jodi earns $5k+ per month from her part-time blog for girl scout troop leaders, and Katie Emery earns $6k a month from her gray hair blog.

Want to start a blog of your own? Check out my free 6-part video course on how to start your own site.

9. Affiliate Marketing

Refer website visitors to buy products online and earn a small commission on each sale. This is actually how I’ve made the bulk of my living over the last 10+ years, so it definitely works!

One effective affiliate marketing model is to create “comparison” content that helps readers make a buying decision. Following this strategy, a couple podcast guests reported earning $20,000 a month within the first year of launching their site.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to building your first affiliate website.

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10. “Alternative” Investing

Alternative investments include peer-to-peer lending, real estate crowdfunding, business lending, and even cryptocurrency.

This is one of my favorite side hustles because it’s automated and passive. Check out options like Fundrise, which allows you to invest in revenue-generating commercial real estate for as little as $10.

fundrise homepage

Another example of buying cash flow is to buy an online business. For example, Stacy Caprio bought a small portfolio of sites that—after a couple early mis-steps—was profitable enough to leave her job.

11. Bookkeeping / Accounting / Tax Preparation Service

Help other businesses with their accounting and finances. This can be a great option for people with an accounting background from school, your day job, or just for people who aren’t afraid of math.

Virtual bookkeepers can earn $60 an hour or more. Here’s a free training on how to get started.

12. Selling Printables

I’m a fan of side hustles that let me get paid over and over again from work I do once, and printables definitely fits that bill. By uploading digital files to Etsy, you can reach a wide audience of buyers—without having to fulfill individual orders.

printables on etsy

Rachel Jones reported earning $10,000 a month from her portfolio of Etsy printables. Examples might include habit trackers, meal plans, budget templates, chore charts, intake forms, and more.

13. “Software with a Service” Consulting

There are consultants for practically every area of expertise. What are you a relative expert in that others might pay for your advice?

One of my favorite angles is to piggyback on the popularity of a particular software tool, like Brad Rice did with Salesforce (earning over $200k a year part time!). As adoption of the software grows, so too does the demand for qualified support.

With platforms like Clarity.fm, you can get started very quickly and earn $60/hour and up.

14. Baking

Do people love your desserts? Maybe you could provide cakes, cookies, or cupcakes to some corporate event in town.

A friend of ours has built a pretty serious following for her custom cookies—and sometimes sells out in just minutes!

cookie examples

15. Virtual Assistant Service

Virtual assistants generally charge $15-40 an hour to provide remote administrative support to clients. If that sounds like a fun side hustle you can set up shop on your own or jump on board with an established VA company.

To learn more about starting your own virtual assistant company, check out the free video training from my friend Abbey Ashley, who started her VA business on the side.

16. Raw Land Flipping

This sounds a little crazy, but my guest Mark called his raw land investing business “the best passive income model” because he doesn’t have to deal with “problem tenants, toilets, or termites.”

raw land investing

More recently, I sat down with one of Mark’s students who’d built his land flipping business to $10k a month in his first year.

17. Book Flipping

Use the free Bookscouter app to scan barcodes and see what old books are worth. You can do this both for the books collecting dust on your shelf and for the ones at garage sales or the library book store.

One Side Hustle Show guest reported earning up to $4000 a month flipping books!

18. Niche Newsletter

One of the side hustles I’m most excited about right now is curated email newsletters. Could you source the best articles on your topic of choice on a daily or weekly basis?

These are super valuable for readers since you help cut through the clutter in your niche. As your audience grows, you can monetize with ads, affiliate offers, or your own products or services.

Tools like Substack and SendFox make it super easy to get started.

19. Teaching an Online Course

Udemy is an online education platform with thousands of on-demand courses. You can create your own course around a topic you’re an expert in and set your own tuition rate.

I did this several years ago and have earned over $20,000 in (mostly) passive income from it!

If you have an existing audience, you might be able to sell the course directly (without giving Udemy a cut). In this episode with Nate Dodson, he shares the framework he used to earn $40,000 a month teaching people how to start a microgreens business.

20. Mystery Shopping

Companies pay mystery shoppers to:

  • verify their in-store shopping experience
  • rate their customer support staff
  • evaluate the competition

Some mystery shoppers report earning over $10,000 a year!

One easy way to get started is with the Field Agent app. The free app pays you to complete small tasks in your neighborhood, like photographing the inside of a store or checking inventory levels.

field agent mystery shopping

I found several of these tasks near me, from companies like Home Depot and Walmart, with the payouts ranging from $3-8 per assignment.

21. Tutoring

Put your education to use helping students learn in a comfortable one-on-one setting. WyzAnt is one of the largest operators in the online tutoring world.

In this post, Matt Fuentes shared how he built his tutoring business up to $1000 a week.

22. Picking Up Trash

Brian Winch has been doing this for over 30 years and calls it “America’s simplest business.” He says you can earn $50,000-$100,000 a year to walk local parking lots and clean up the garbage.

Check out the interview I did with Brian to learn more.

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23. Renting Out Your Attic or Garage

The Neighbor self-storage platform connects people with storage needs with those who have extra space. If you’ve got some excess storage capacity in your garage or elsewhere, list your space here to fill it and get paid.

neighbor app

According to the site, top hosts are earning up to $10,000 a year running their own mini self-storage operations.

24. Reselling on Amazon

In this popular side hustle, you find bargain deals locally and ship them off to sell on Amazon. Thanks to the Amazon FBA program (Fulfillment by Amazon), the e-commerce giant handles all the logistics.

I sat down with a $1 million seller to learn how she sources profitable reselling inventory from local stores.

I even made a bit of money when I tried it myself.

25. Online Arbitrage

With a trained eye—and often some software to help—you can buy products from one website, and resell them for a profit on Amazon. Online arbitrage pros can earn $10,000+ per month from home.

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26. House Hacking

If you have extra room in your house, you can earn money renting it out to visitors on Airbnb.com. It’s a pretty cool way to make money and meet interesting people from around the world at the same time.

With a little bit of traction, you could even cover your entire rent or mortgage by hosting guests on Airbnb. Have you tried it?

27. Airbnb Co-Hosting

In addition to a small portfolio of her own short-term rental properties, Zeona McIntyre has built a side business “co-hosting” other Airbnbs.

She essentially acts as the property manager, coordinating guest check-ins, maintenance, and cleaning. In exchange, she earns 20% of the booking fees—with none of the risk or upfront cost.

28. Rental Arbitrage

A popular—but controversial—side hustle is known as rental arbitrage or Airbnb arbitrage. How it works is you enter into a long-term lease on a property, with the intent (and landlord’s consent) to rent it out on Airbnb.

One entrepreneur I interviewed reported earning almost $200,000 a year doing this, without owning any properties himself.

29. Private Labeling

In this side hustle, you identify hot-selling products and try to improve them.

On The Side Hustle Show, 7-figure Amazon seller Greg Mercer shared his top 3 Amazon FBA product sourcing guidelines and tips.

30. Renting Out Your Car

In select markets, you can rent out your car on a daily or hourly basis to earn extra cash through companies like HyreCar.

The average car sits idle 22 hours a day, so this is a unique opportunity to capitalize on those idle hours. The company handles all the insurance.

Similarly, a couple friends used the Turo platform to essentially get a free Tesla!

31. Kindle Publishing

Selling ebooks on Amazon is one of the income streams I’m cultivating. I love the idea of having my work for sale on the world’s largest store!

From my very first author royalty check in 2012, I keep learning more about self-publishing and am hopefully getting better every time I put pen to paper … or fingers to keyboard.

Since then, I’ve earned over $70,000 in author royalties:

lifetime author royalties

32. Part-Time Remote Work

With legit jobs ranging from entry-level to executive and freelance to full-time, FlexJobs is the leading work from home jobs site. At press time, there were more than 30,000 openings in dozens of career categories.

flexjobs homepage

They charge a nominal monthly fee to access their listings, but you’ll easily earn it back (and then some!) with one job. Save 30% w/ promo code FLEXLIFE.

Alternatively, the free Steady app is a cool gateway to all sorts of part-time, full-time, local, and remote income opportunities. Users report earning an extra $5,500 a year — check out our full Steady app review for more info.

steady app screenshots

33. Becoming an Adjunct Professor

You may need a graduate degree for this one, but it can be a fun way to share your knowledge with the next generation of students and earn some good money on the side. Plus, some adjunct professor jobs allow online teaching and pre-recorded lectures.

34. Proofreading

Do you like to read? If you have an eye for detail you can set up shop on Upwork as a proofreader and bid on jobs large and small.

I actually offered this service on Fiverr for a while and made some decent money.

35. Ridesharing

Earn extra cash driving your fellow citizens around with Lyft or Uber.

One cool “hack”: Both companies offer “Destination Mode.” This allows you to tell the app which direction you’re headed—and only accept riders along your route. It’s a relatively easy way to monetize your commute!

If you don’t have a car of your own, HyreCar can help get you on the road.

36. Freelancing on Fiverr

Fiverr is one of the most popular freelance marketplaces in the world.

Check out these fine Side Hustle Nation posts/interviews for more on how to make Fiverr work for you:

37. Print on Demand T-Shirts

Upload your clever or artistic t-shirt design to Merch by Amazon or Redbubble, and collect a small profit every time it sells. You never have to touch any physical inventory; the platforms handle the shipping and fulfillment.

For years, this had been worth $50-200 a month for my wife and I, very part-time.

Another platform to check out is Printful, which has tons of print-on-demand products and lets you syndicate your listings to Etsy and other stores.

38. Your Own E-Commerce Store

Sell products online through your own store or through Amazon or eBay. In this episode, Connor Meakin walked me through how he bootstrapped his e-commerce business to 6-figures in his first year.

Next Step: Set up your shop with a free trial of Shopify, the leading shopping cart provider.

39. Freelance Writing

With millions of websites all competing for attention, freelance writing is a service that’s constantly in demand. Someone’s got to create all that content, right?

Gabe Arnold even turned his writing side hustle into a full-blown agency!

40. Sports Coaching or Officiating

School teams are sometimes in need of coaching help and this can be a fun and active side hustle.

Similarly, recreational sports leagues are often in need of referees and umpires. This can be a fun way to spend your evenings and earn a little extra cash.

41. Podcasting

A large podcast following can translate into serious sponsorship dollars. It costs less than you think to start and has honestly been a life-changing project for me.

But you don’t have to take my word for it. My friend Steve Young turned his part-time podcast into a full-time business with multiple streams of income.

42. Pool Cleaning Service

If you live in a warm climate, this could be a fun and interesting side hustle to enjoy the summer outdoors.

43. Knife Sharpening

Matt Rowell started a knife sharpening business in his spare time, and now earns $30-60 an hour.

Every house in the country is a potential repeat customer!

44. Selling on Etsy

Etsy is the world’s largest marketplace for unique hand-crafted goods. What can you make?

My friend Kara started selling wine-themed wedding décor on Etsy as a side hustle and since turned it into a full-time business.

side hustle on etsy

45. Alterations

Handy with a sewing machine? The market for clothing alteration is ripe for disruption because of a lack of transparency in pricing. I’ve had some suits altered from a couple different places with dramatically different rates.

Free marketing tip: Post flyers at the gym or other places where people may have lost a lot of weight and need their clothes altered.

46. Child Care or Caregiving

Is it just me, or does “babysitting” sound amateur compared to “child care”?

There’s also an opportunity in elder care as the population ages, and sites like Care.com can help match you with customers.

47. Pressure Washing

Pressure washing is oh-so-satisfying and can be a great seasonal way to earn some extra cash. Rates may range from $100-250 or more per house, which is pretty cool considering a high quality pressure washer may only cost $400.

This is one where you can breakeven and start turning a profit pretty quickly.

48. Car Wash and Detailing

A mobile detailing service is a super low startup cost side hustle. You could get clients in bunches at office parks, shopping malls, schools, sporting events, and other places where cars like to gather.

mobile detailing side hustle

49. Gutter Cleaning

Gutter cleaning is a relatively simple and low cost business to start. You could get clients on an annual or semi-annual recurring schedule like the dentist.

50. Personal Chef Service

Could you picture yourself making meals in someone else’s kitchen? This could be a good way to monetize your cooking skills— without the risk of starting your own restaurant.

Some friends of ours pay $180-200 a week for meals delivered to their house.

HireaChef.com connects you with families and events looking for private chefs, or you might just post on Facebook or NextDoor.

With platforms like Eatwith, you could even begin charging to host meals.

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51. Residential or Commercial Cleaning Service

It may not be glamorous, but cleaning is something nearly every business spends money on. And since it usually gets done in the after-work hours, it’s a good fit for side hustlers.

Anthony and Jhanilka Hartzog built their cleaning business to $25k a month — and contract with other pros to do the work!

52. Cracked Screen Repair Service

People play $150-300+ to replace cracked screens on their phones, but the glass itself usually costs less than $25. Could you teach yourself this in-demand skill?

cracked phone screen

53. Cover Letter and Resume Service

There is a massive opportunity to help job seekers with their resumes and cover letters, especially if you have HR experience. Since the payoff of landing a new job is so high, it’s worthwhile for applicants to get some professional help on their documents.

54. Craigslist Gigs

There’s a little-known section in the bottom right corner of Craigslist specifically for side hustlers. It’s called “gigs”:

craigslist gigs

Check it out and see what kind of gigs you might be able to find nearby or online.

55. Small Business Marketing Service

Many small companies don’t have the staff or know-how to do all their marketing themselves. Could you help them put their best foot forward online and on social media?

56. Dividend Investing

This has been one of my favorite ways of “buying cash flow” lately, and is a simple way to get paid over and over again from work you do once.

I’ve focused on companies that have a long history of paying—and increasing—dividends, and slowly built up my portfolio. Every quarter they come in like clockwork. Dividends are one my most passive income streams.

Set up a free brokerage account at M1 Finance and get started right away.

57. Pet Sitting and Dog Walking

When homeowners travel, it opens up an opportunity to come by and take care of their animals.

pet sitting as a side hustle

To set up shop, try Rover.com. Several Side Hustle Nation readers report earning $1000 a month watching other people’s pets!

58. Pet Waste Removal

It’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it! More and more homeowners are outsourcing the chore of picking up the dog’s back yard deposits. In just a few months, Erica Krupin had landed 80 recurring weekly clients at around $15 apiece.

59. Pet Grooming

Just like their owners, pets need haircuts too. A mobile pet grooming service can be a low-cost part-time business.

60. Doula Service

Doulas can earn $500-$1000 per birth.

61. Drop Shipping

Drop shippers set up their own storefront, but never touch the actual product. Instead, the items are shipped directly to the customer from the manufacturer or wholesaler.

I had the chance to sit down with Rene Delgado to learn how he sold $300,000 worth of bounce houses in his first year in business.

62. Brand Ambassador

Big brands are always looking for assistance with their on-the-ground marketing efforts, and pay pretty well for the help.

Kenny Azama explained it’s a relatively easy (and fun) way to earn $1000 a month part-time, and could even turn into a full-time gig. When we spoke, he was earning $2k a week on a cross-country RV road-trip as a brand ambassador!

63. Estate Sale Service

Estate sales are often managed by third-party companies, who take a percentage of the proceeds in exchange for handling the event.

64. Event DJ-ing

Is DJ-ing a lost art in the era of pre-made playlists? Either way, there are still plenty of events that hire live DJs.

Check out sites like GigSalad to set up your profile and get booked.

65. Furniture Flipping

Building furniture from scratch is a bit of a challenge, but I bet you could refinish furniture some else built!

This popular side hustle involves sourcing inexpensive dressers, desks, and tables from yard sales, Facebook Marketplace, or Craigslist. Next, you fix them up and resell them for a profit.

With a little effort you can turn a $30 dresser into a $200 Pinterest-worthy piece.

66. Graphic Design Service

Quality graphic design is always in-demand, and there have never been so many outlets on which to sell your skills. The most popular design-focused site is 99designs, but you can also check out Crowdspring, DesignCrowd, or other freelance marketplaces.

One fun example of a side hustle graphic design business gone global is Design Pickle, where the founder told me, “I sucked at design.” So instead, it became his job to match customers with contractors. Less than 3 years later, the little side project was doing $400k a month in revenue!

67. Handyman Service

This is certainly not a great option for my less-than-handy self, but I’m positive someone else with the right skills can make it work.

You might try setting up a profile on TaskRabbit (where I connected with an on-demand handyman) or Thumbtack.

68. Home Inspection Service

Certification is required, but inspections can be scheduled at your convenience and only take a few hours.

69. Mobile Mechanic

Matt Bochnak of Chicago started fixing motorcycles in his garage to earn extra money. It was a good gig, but it became a great one when he started filming his repairs and putting the videos online.

Eventually, Matt turned this classic blue collar hours-for-dollars side hustle into a $20k a month online business.

If you’re comfortable fixing cars, check out YourMechanic.com, which helps match you with customers in need of car repairs — and pays up to $70 an hour.

70. Local Newsletter or Facebook Group

Could you start a small email newsletter or Facebook group for your hometown? Could you sell advertisements or directory listings to local businesses?

Melissa Fassel-Dunn did this for her town (a Boston suburb) and turned it into an almost 6-figure business.

My friend Bill Nowicki took this idea one step further, and started a local podcast for his town.

71. Home Organization Service

After you’re done Marie Kondo-ing your own place, maybe others would hire you to “spark joy” in theirs. With some creative local marketing I bet you could build a client roster and help other families declutter their space.

72. Ironing / Mobile Laundry Service

Holy crap do I hate ironing! I’m certain a decent chunk of the population is with me on this one and would be willing to pay to make that problem go away.

I actually connected with a reader who was doing this in Australia, and earning $400 a month. She didn’t mind the work and was thrilled to be “getting paid to watch movies”–how she passed the time while ironing.

73. Junk Hauling Service

This is a great side hustle business if you already have access to a large truck or van. Bonus points if you can re-sell some of the junk!

I sat down with Brian Scudamore, the founder of 1-800-GOT-JUNK, to learn how he took the business from a summer gig to doing around $1 million a day in revenue.

74. Transcription Service

Transcription—turning audio recordings into text—is often a part-time work-from-home position. Many transcribers specialize in a given industry, like medical, legal, or podcast transcriptions.

Several sites, including Rev.com, hire transcribers. If you’re fast, you might be able to earn up to $15 an hour.

To learn more about transcribing work, check out this free 7-day mini course on how to get started.

75. Flyer Distribution Service

One listener wanted to find a way to get more FitBit steps—and get paid for it. So he approached a local business and offered to distribute flyers door-to-door.

Then he realized it wouldn’t really be any more work to drop off 3 or 4 flyers at each house, effectively earning $75-100 an hour for taking a walk!

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76. Modeling

Stock photographers are sometimes in need of subjects for their work. Strike a pose!

Your odds are better if you’re in LA, New York, or Atlanta, but there can always be “on location” shoots nearby.

Check out Central Casting or Auditions Free to see if there are any movie extra jobs near you. Bonus points if you can get your Screen Actors Guild credentials or IMDB credits!

Movie extras typically earn minimum wage, but then again, you might have a brush with celebrity.

78. Moving Service

Moving is never fun, but can be a good way to earn some extra cash on the weekend if you’re strong and don’t mind carrying other people’s stuff.

79. Host Trivia Nights

Bars and restaurants are always looking for creative ways to get customers in the door, especially mid-week. One compelling option is an entertaining trivia game, that you can get paid to host.

80. Party Planning / Wedding Coordinator Service

Put your organization skills to good use. Build relationships with venues, wedding photographers, or other service providers in the space. You might need to do your first couple of gigs for free or a low cost to establish yourself.

81. Personal Training

People are always looking to get in shape and if you have a passion for fitness, this could be the perfect side hustle.

82. Local Rental Business

High school teacher Steve Nadramia began renting out portable hot tubs, and now does $1000s a month in bookings.

These types of “unconventional” rental businesses are exciting because the return on investment is so much higher than traditional real estate. For example, in Steve’s case, he might buy a hot tub for $2000, and rent it out for $400-500 a month.

83. Photography Service

Turn your photography hobby into an income stream. This is my wife’s favorite side hustle, and earns her an extra $10,000 a year.

Side Hustle Show guest Vincent Pugliese shared how “freelanced his way to freedom” and went from earning $30k a year to $30k in a day.

84. Product Licensing

Who says ideas are worthless? With product licensing, you sell the rights to your idea to large companies, who then pay you royalties for every sale they make from that idea.

For example, Nate Dallas earned $300,000 from Mattel after licensing them an idea for a Pictionary spin-off.

85. App Development

The mobile app market is hot, but one developer likened it to the gold rush—where the ones who made the most money were the ones selling the gear and the shovels.

Still, if you can learn to code apps or jump on the fast-growing “no code” trend, you’ll have a in-demand skill you can use over and over again.

86. Real Estate Wholesaling

In this side hustle, your job is to connect motivated sellers with real estate investors. You earn the difference between your negotiated contract price and the eventual sales price.

The best part? It doesn’t put your cash or credit at risk. On the podcast, J. Massey shared some more tips on how to find distressed properties.

87. Friend for Hire

RentaFriend.com facilitates (strictly platonic) paid companionship.

Friends report earning $20-50 an hour to hang out with strangers. Yeah, this sounds a little creepy and weird but I guess if you’re lonely and you’ve got the money…

88. Snuggling

Yes, this is a real thing, and it has some proven health benefits. So, naturally there’s a business angle.

Sam Varnerin’s snuggling side hustle has turned into a pretty lucrative business. She told Student Loan Hero, “I work around 18 hours a week, charging between $80 and $100 an hour, and make between $3-4k a month.”

Sam started part-time through the SnuggleBuddies.com agency, which allowed her to earn $40 an hour on her own schedule, before striking out on her own.

89. Teaching Music

With a love for music, teaching, and working with kids, you could start a part-time music teaching business. In our town, we see instructors setting up shop at children’s fairs and the weekly farmer’s markets to advertise.

90. Music Licensing

Singer-songwriter Cathy Heller found a unique way to “reverse-engineer” her dream job by licensing her catchy tunes to big brands and TV shows.

Alternatively, licensing stock music is a bit of a numbers game, but can be a cool way to earn passive income from your art.

91. Teaching Yoga

Becoming a yoga instructor could be a fun and healthy part-time business.

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92. Local Tours

Do you want to show off your city to visitors? You can create your own unique tour experience with the help of websites like ToursByLocals.com.

For example, Alexandra Kenin leads urban hikers through the hills of San Francisco at $50 a pop.

93. Translation / Interpretation Service

A translation service could be an excellent way to put your bilingual skills to good use. There are always translation jobs on Upwork, as a place to start.

94. Vending Machines

Matt Miller’s vending machine empire started with just $36 and a bag of gumballs. He’d been flipping used books, but found it took too much time. Looking for something a little more automated, he settled on bulk vending.

95. Voiceover Acting

Companies are always on the look for professional voiceover talent. Once you start listening for it, you’ll hear voiceover work everywhere.

One Side Hustle Show guest reported turning her voiceover side hustle into a full-time gig in just 4 months, earning up to $3000 an hour in the process.

96. Web Design Service

There’s no shortage of crappy looking websites out there. Pitch the benefits of good design and help them out.

In an inspiring Side Hustle Show episode, Chris Misterek shared how he taught himself the necessary skills and began earning $3000 a month.

97. Window Cleaning Service

Window cleaning can be a nice little weekend side hustle with low startup costs; you may already have a ladder, a bucket, and a squeegee. Johnny Robinson built his window cleaning service to $700k a year — while a full-time college student!

98. Mechanical Turk

Mechanical Turk is a micro-jobs platform built by Amazon. The downside is that most tasks pay pennies.
The good news is they’re relatively simple and fast to finish, so you may be able to earn a modest side hustle income in your spare time from home. In fact, one reader reported earning $50,000 in his spare time over the last few years.

The hourly wage won’t be anything amazing here, but I wanted to include it as an option in case you wanted to check it out.

99. Yard Work Service

Nearly every yard in the country requires some sort of maintenance.

Plus, more and more homeowners have started outsourcing this chore, which means there’s a side hustle opportunity.

100. Storage Unit Auctions

Popularized by TV shows like Storage Wars, bidding on abandoned storage lockers can be a viable side hustle—and a bit of a treasure hunt.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a side hustle?

A side hustle is anything you do to earn money outside of your day job. However, side hustles carry a more entrepreneurial connotation than merely taking on a second job.

What’s the best side hustle for me?

The best side hustle for you depends on your skills and experience, the time you have to devote to it, and your overall interests and goals. Check out our full list and you’re sure to find a side hustle idea that sparks a flame!

What are the most popular side hustles?

By raw numbers, the most popular side hustles are freelancing, network marketing, real estate investing, and participating in the “gig economy” through apps like Uber and Lyft. Be sure to check out the full list of ideas to see which one could be a fit for you.

How do you start a side hustle?

To start a side hustle, I recommend the “lean startup” model. That means keeping upfront investments low until you find paying customers. Then, use their feedback to change and adapt as needed. But all side hustles start with an idea. Check out our full list of side hustle ideas for more!

Why should you have a side hustle?

A side hustle can be a great way to build extra income and extra skills outside a traditional job. It can be a way to escape a job you don’t like, a shortcut to financial independence, or just a way to practice entrepreneurship in a low risk manner.

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