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


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Every side hustle starts with an idea!

And because a lack of good ideas is an excuse I hear daily from readers and listeners, I put together this monster list of side hustle ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

No more excuses :)

The beauty of these side hustle ideas is that many don’t require a huge initial investment or even necessarily a highly specialized skill-set. And certainly, not all qualify as “business ideas,” but 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. Food or Grocery Delivery Service

With services like InstacartDoorDash, and Postmates you can earn money on your own schedule delivering groceries and take-out orders in your town. And you don’t have to worry about keeping your car super clean for passengers.

2. Virtual Assistant Service

Virtual assistants provide administrative support to clients from their home office. 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 and shares:

  • Where to find thousands of potential clients.
  • How to make a full-time living working from home.
  • What clients are really looking for in a VA. (hint: it’s not prior VA experience)

Click here to learn more about becoming a virtual assistant.

3. Teaching English Online

Earn up to $20 per hour teaching English to young students in China via video chat with VIPKid. If you’re eligible to work in the US or Canada, a bachelor’s degree and a year of educational experience are the only prerequisites.

Note: Because of the time zones, this is probably better the closer to the East coast you are.

Remember to immediately schedule your video interview after completing your application. This is the single most important component of the application process. You will be asked to confirm a time for a live video interview with a VIPKID teaching team member. Live interviews must be scheduled and typically will happen within a couple days (sometimes up to a week) from the time a candidate applied.

4. Customer Interviews

Many companies use customer interviews to get feedback on new products. Respondent is a cool service that facilitates those interviews that take place both in-person and online. (You can totally do this from home; just look for the ones that say “remote”.)

The best part? The average compensation is $140 an hour!

User Interviews is another option that averages $50-100 an hour.

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:

  • Survey Junkie – Earn gift cards or cash out via PayPal.
  • Swagbucks – With this mega-popular app you can earn up to $35 a survey and get a $10 bonus just for signing up!
  • InboxDollars – Get a $5 bonus just for signing up!
  • Vindale Research – 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.
  • Prize Rebel – Earn the equivalent of $10-12 an hour doing surveys or completing other tasks.
  • American Consumer Opinion – Join millions of free members and earn up to $50 per survey.
  • Toluna Influencers – Speak your voice and give feedback on top brands while earning up to $15 per survey.
  • Branded Surveys – Earn $1 as a sign-up bonus and cash out when your account hits $10.

6. Flipping Items for Profit on eBay

The long-running marketplace can be a tough, low-margin, competitive environment, but that’s not to say there aren’t any opportunities left to make money on eBay.

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!

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

7. Blogging

Blogging is difficult to monetize but can be a fun outlet to practice your writing or build an audience around a particular idea.

Brock McGoff turned his side project men’s fashion blog into a 6-figure online business, and my friend Jodi earns $5k+ per month from her part-time blog for girl scout troop leaders.

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

8. Notary Public Service

Notary certification is granted by the state and the cost is generally less than $100.

Once you’re certified, you can charge your own fee to notarize documents, or become a loan signing agent like Brian did and make $1500-2000 a month overseeing mortgage signings in your spare time.

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!

Note: Please do me a favor and don’t buy into anyone’s sleazy affiliate marketing “program” or “system.” There are unfortunately a lot of slimy salespeople out there making their living taking advantage of newbies.

If you want to learn more about affiliate marketing, check out my chat with Michelle Schroeder-Gardner, who consistently earns over $50k a month as an affiliate — all while traveling full-time.

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

10. Driving

If you’re free mornings, nights, or weekends, you can earn extra cash driving your fellow citizens around.

Sign up with Lyft or Uber to get started.

One cool “hack”: Both companies offer “Destination Mode”, which basically allows you to earn money on your regular morning and evening commute by telling the app which direction you’re headed and only accepting riders along your route.

11. “Alternative” Investing

For me, alternative investments are vehicles like 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 properties for as little as $500.

Related: 79 Alternative Investment Platforms to Earn Stronger Returns, Build Cash Flow, and Diversify Your Portfolio

12. Airbnb Hosting or Co-Hosting

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?

The next step: In addition to a small portfolio of her own short-term rental properties, Zeona McIntyre has built a side business in “co-hosting” other Airbnbs. She essentially acts as the property manager, coordinating guest check-ins, maintenance, and cleaning, in exchange for 20% of the rent — with none of the risk.

13. 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 Getaround and Turo.

According to Turo, the average car sits idle 22 hours a day, so their service is a unique opportunity to capitalize on those idle hours. The companies handle all the insurance.

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

14. Selling on Amazon

One of the most popular side hustles lately has been Amazon’s FBA program, in which you find bargain deals locally, and ship them off to sell on Amazon.

I recently 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.

15. Private Labeling

In this side hustle, you identify hot-selling products and bring your own to market to compete with them.

There’s an art and science to this, including negotiating with suppliers (often overseas), but in this episode of The Side Hustle Show, 7-figure Amazon seller Greg Mercer shared his top 3 Amazon FBA product sourcing guidelines and tips.

16. Teaching Online

Udemy is an impressive online education platform where students can connect with teachers from all around the world in any subject. 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!

Related: The 134 Best Udemy Courses for Entrepreneurs, Freelancers, and Side Hustlers

If you have an existing subscriber base to sell to, you might be able to sell the course directly and not have to worry about losing margin to Udemy. One resource with some great information on creating your own online course for “passive” income is my podcast with Ankur Nagpal, the founder of Teachable.

17. Baking

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

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18. Losing Weight

Yes, with sites like HealthyWage you can actually get paid ($500 or more!) to lose weight. It works like a bet, where you put the money upfront and get paid out your prize when your hit your goal.

Check out their calculator to see how much your prize could be. For more, here’s our full HealthyWage review .

19. 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 — especially if you can teach online or with pre-recorded lectures.

20. 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.

21. Being a TaskRabbit

Task Rabbit is an on-demand errand-running service that enlists regular people to help out. You can earn money in your spare time completing real-world tasks on their unique platform.

The platform also allows for virtual work like online research and other tasks that can be done remotely.

22. Earning Money with Credit Card Rewards

Take advantage of the various sign-up bonuses and cash back offers doled out by banks. You’ve got to promise to do this responsibly, but it’s actually earned my wife and I thousands of dollars in free money and travel over the last few years.

What’s the easiest way to get started? Try a new cash back card on for size.

For instance, the Chase Freedom Card is offering up to 30% cash back — $150 after you spend $500 — with no annual fee.

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Learn more and compare this card to other cash back cards here.

If you know you’re gonna spend $500 in the next 3 months, that’s #freemoney.

(If you’re worried about your credit score, don’t be. I’ve opened probably a dozen credit card accounts in the last few years and still have a 750+ credit score.)

The Next Step: Check out my free course, Credit Card Rewards 101: How to Earn Free Cash and Travel by Spending Smarter

23. 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.

24. E-commerce

Sell products online through your own store or through Amazon or eBay. In this episode, Will Mitchell walked me through how to find a profitable import product.

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

25. Raw Land Flipping

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

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.

26. Book Flipping

Use the free Bookscouter app to scan barcodes and see what old books are worth. You can do this both for the ones 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!

27. Tutoring

Put that education to use by 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 shares how he built his tutoring business up to $1000 a week.

If you already have experience teaching or tutoring, you might consider VIPKid, where you can teach English online to students in China.

28. Picking up Trash

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

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

29. Focus-Grouping

I made $100 an hour at an in-person focus group. Here are some companies that facilitate them near you and online.

30. 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.

I generated 20,000 downloads with my first “serious” book launch in 2014, and another title earned nearly $18,000 in its first year.

31. Sperm Donor

I wouldn’t necessarily call it a business, but it sure sounds more fun than donating blood (or plasma).

32. Postmates Delivery

Ride, drive, or walk to make local deliveries in your town with the Postmates app and earn up $25 an hour doing so.

If you like the idea of doing pick-up and delivery, you might consider becoming an Instacart Shopper as well. I sat down with one full-service Instacart grocery shopper who made $10,000 in his first 6 months!

33. 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 decor on Etsy as a side hustle and since turned it into a full-time business.

Etsy also now allows for print-on-demand, digital, and dropshipped products. I’m testing this out for myself!

34. Selling on Fiverr

Fiverr is one of the greatest sites in the world. The basic premise was “what would you do for $5?” Over the years, they’ve gradually moved beyond that $5 starting point, but Fiverr remains an interesting “Buy Button” freelance marketplace.

Check out these fine Side Hustle Nation posts for more on how to make Fiverr work for you both as a buyer and a seller:

I’ve used Fiverr for graphic design, book covers, website optimization, article writing, and even the old intro voiceover for The Side Hustle Show. I’ve experimented as a seller on Fiverr, starting with selling non-fiction ebooks.

Getting a little more adventurous with my gigs, I got featured on the homepage and was flooded with orders, ultimately earning $920 in 10 days.

35. Selling on Teespring

Teespring is a print-on-demand t-shirt platform, where you can custom-design your own shirts and sell them through the site.

I created an “Every Day I’m Hustling” shirt and sold enough for the campaign to ship, but didn’t earn much on the experiment because of some not-very-effective Facebook advertising. Still, some opportunity here and a friend of mine is doing REALLY well with this. If you can create awesome designs and reach the right people with good Facebook targeting, Teespring can be very profitable.

On the podcast, my friend Benny shared how he built a 6-figure business on Teespring in under a year — even after a pretty discouraging start!

36. T-Shirt Printing Service

Create silk-screened t-shirts for events and organizations. Bonus points for creating the designs yourself.

My wife and I have gotten into this ourselves lately, but we’ve been letting Amazon do the printing through their Merch by Amazon program. It’s awesome!

37. Ghostwriting

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

You can start out on your own, or find gigs through the popular aggregating service Contena. (Use coupon code Sidehustle15 for 15% off any membership!)

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

38. Sports Coaching

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

39. Podcasting

With a unique angle to your podcast, you can attract a large following, which 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.

40. 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 and buy income-generating properties 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.

41. Pool Cleaning Service

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

42. Knife Sharpening

Every house in the country is a potential repeat customer. In this post and podcast episode, Matt Rowell shares how he got started and now earns $30-60 an hour sharpening knives.

43. Swagbucks / InboxDollars

Also not really a business, but you can earn gift cards, cash, and other rewards by answering surveys, watching videos, playing games, and shopping online with both Swagbucks and InboxDollars.

(While rare, you can occasionally earn up to $35 a survey.)

At press time, both companies are offering a $5 bonus just for signing up!

44. Alterations

Handy with a sewing machine? I believe 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.

45. Child Care

Is it just me, or does “babysitting” sound amateur compared to “child care”? Register on sites like Sittercity to begin building a client base.

46. Caregiving

This business continues to grow as the population ages, and popular sites like Care.com can help match you with customers.

47. Brand Ambassadorship

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!

48. Building Niche Websites

Building niche sites is a popular side hustle because after some initial research and time investment they can be a relatively hands-off income source. These types of sites generally cover a very specific topic and earn money through advertising, affiliate relationships, or digital products.

This tutorial lays out the process step-by-step for creating a simple niche affiliate site.

Want more? Here’s a step-by-step guide on the fastest cheapest way to build a website.

49. Building an Authority Website

While niche sites get a lot of attention, an authority site has a better chance of withstanding the changes in Google’s algorithm and turning into a long-term asset.

You may not even need to be an authority when starting out. My friend Perrin got a new puppy and was disappointed with the information he found online, so he got to work and 20 months later HerePup.com was valued at $200,000.

50. Car Flipping

If you’re a savvy negotiator and know your way around cars, you can buy low and sell high and turn a profit quickly with this side hustle.

51. Car Wash and Detailing

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

52. Carpet Cleaning

Carpet 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.

53. Catering and Cooking

If you have a passion for cooking, a catering business has a lower barrier to entry and time commitment than say, opening a restaurant.

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

54. Residential or Commercial Cleaning Service

It may not be glamorous, but it’s something nearly every business spends money on and usually gets done in the after-work hours.

Cassandre Poblah actually earned $1000 a month doing this part time, and Chris Schwab’s cleaning business does $60k a month — without him ever lifting mop.

55. Computer Repair Service

There are more computers in this country (including tablets and smartphones) than there are people. The repair market is very fragmented which means there is opportunity for solo-operators to break in.

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John Rouda offers monthly IT support and maintenance contracts for local businesses, calling it one of his “for-profit hobbies.”

56. Computer Tutoring

Some of the computer skills we take for granted are still lacking for portions of the population.

If you can find them and sell them on the necessity of technical skills for their careers, there might be a business opportunity here.

57. Consulting / Coaching

Consulting is an ambiguously broad field, but there are consultants for practically every area of expertise. What are you a relative expert in that others might pay for your advice?

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

In this episode, my friend Kai Davis breaks down his step-by-step methods of building a consulting business in 20-hours. Later, Jonathan Stark shared his framework for getting a new consulting business from zero to $5k a month.

58. Cover Letter and Resume Service

Especially if you have experience in HR, there is a massive opportunity to help job seekers with their resumes and cover letters. Since the payoff of landing a job is so high, it can be worthwhile for applicants to seek some professional assistance on their documents.

It would be interesting to see this sold on a pay-for-performance model, where you only get paid if the applicant gets the interview.

59. Craigslist Arbitrage

Craigslist and other markets are still filled with inefficiencies that a trained eye can exploit for profit. There are some great stories of regular people doing just this.

For instance, Ryan Finlay of ReCraigslist.com, makes a full-time living buying and selling on Craigslist and stopped by the podcast to tell me about it.

60. Craigslist Gigs

There’s a little-known section in the bottom right corner of Craigslist (at least at press time) specifically for side hustlers, called gigs:

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

61. Small Business Marketing Service

Many small companies don’t have the staff or know-how to do all their marketing themselves, especially when it comes to putting their best foot forward online and on social media.

You can help them with that, much like Sean does in his business.

62. Customer Service

Some companies are now employing part-time customer service representatives to work from home and handle incoming phone or live chat service requests.

63. Get Paid to Go on Dates?

The dating site WhatsYourPrice.com actually lets suitors pay women to go on dates with them.

64. 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 built up my portfolio slowly over the past few years. 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.

65. Dog Walking

Yes, some people are too busy to walk their own dogs. Post flyers in your neighborhood or set up a profile on WagWalking.com.

66. Doula Service

Doulas can earn $500-$1000 per birth, if you’re into that sort of thing.

67. Dropshipping

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

Next Step: 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.

68. Estate Sale Service

Estate sales are often managed by a third-party company, who takes a percentage of the proceeds in exchange for handling the event. To learn more about this side hustle check out Robert Farrington’s post on Budgets are Sexy.

69. Event DJ-ing

I feel like DJ-ing is something of a lost art in the era of pre-made iTunes playlists, but there are still plenty of events that have a live DJ.

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

70. Freelancing

There are millions of people supplementing their income by freelancing in their spare time. You’ll find them on sites like FreeeUp or Fiverr.

On The Side Hustle Show, I really enjoyed hearing how both Gabe and Gina set their freelancing businesses up for recurring revenue.

71. Furniture Making

If you’re skilled in carpentry, maybe people would like to buy your hand-crafted furniture. OK, this one reminds me of Ron Swanson.

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72. Field Agent

Field Agent is a free smartphone app that pays you to complete small tasks in your neighborhood, like photographing the inside of a store.

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

73. Graphic Design Service

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

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!

74. 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.

75. Home Inspection Service

Certification is required, but this is a viable side hustle because the inspections can be scheduled at your convenience and only take a few hours.

76. 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 $5k a month online business.

77. Human Billboard

If you’re not afraid of potentially embarrassing yourself on a street corner, there are always businesses looking to hire sign-spinners or people in costume to attract attention.

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78. 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.

79. Interior Decorating

With an eye for design, interior decorating could be a fun part-time business.

80. Investing in Websites

If you have some idle cash and want to put it to work, buying a pre-existing cash flow may be the fastest path to side hustle income.

Stacy Caprio bought a small portfolio of sites that–after a couple early mis-steps–was profitable enough to leave her job.

81. 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.

82. Junk Hauling Service

This is an especially feasible 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 had the chance to sit 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.

83. Transcription Service

Transcription, which involves typing out recorded voice notes, 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.

84. 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!

85. MLM Sales

MLM (multi-level marketing) programs are frequently derided as pyramid schemes — and many of them are — but some people manage to do quite well with them, often starting out part-time. Amway is probably the most well-known.

My friend Kellie is crushing it as a Beachbody coach, and shared some of her best network marketing tips here.

A word of caution: The failure rate in network marketing is 99%–much higher than in other business models. Before you dive in and drink the Kool-Aid, make sure this is something you can really stand behind and can see yourself doing long-term.

86. Mobile Oil Change Service

Save people time by bringing the shop and supplies to them. If you’re comfortable fixing cars, you might actually check out YourMechanic.com, which helps match you with customers in need of car repairs.

87. Modeling

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

88. Movie / TV Extra

Your odds are better if you’re in LA or New York, 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.

89. 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.

90. Mystery Shopping

Companies will pay you to verify their in-store or on-the-phone experience, or to spy on their competition. It’s possible to make over $10,000 a year being a mystery shopper.

We live near a place called the National Food Lab and I occasionally get called in for taste tests. They pay cash and it’s really easy; just answer a few questions and you’re on your way.

91. Organize a Bundle Sale

An online bundle sale brings together a bunch of digital products for a limited time. Each contributor earns a cut on every bundle they sell and you take a percentage as the organizer.

92. 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.

93. 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.

94. Rent Out Used Baby Gear

BabyQuip.com presents a compelling alternative to getting rid of baby stuff as soon as you’re done with it — which has been our strategy so far!

The platform connects parents with traveling families or grandparents who live in town and need a crib and a stroller for a few days.

The average BabyQuip Quality Provider makes $650 a month part-time.

95. Personal Chef Service

Could you picture yourself making meals in someone else’s kitchen? This could be a good way to break into the food services industry without the time commitment and overhead 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.

96. 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.

97. Pet Grooming

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

98. Pet Sitting

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

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To set up shop, try Rover.com. These three people are all making over $1000 a month watching other people’s pets!

99. Photography Service

This is my wife’s favorite side hustle. Turn your photog hobby into an income stream.

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.

100. Product Licensing

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

I had the chance to sit down with Nate Dallas, who earned $300,000 from Mattel in this way, after licensing an idea to them for a Pictionary spin-off.

Later, Stephen Key stopped by to drop his wisdom on product licensing and why there’s never been a better or easier time to get started.

101. 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.

Similarly, a freelance app developer gets paid whether or not the app goes on to become a hit. Learn to code apps and you’ll have a skill you can use over and over again.

102. 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.

103. Rec Sports Officiating

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

As an amateur softball player, I’ve seen some of the same umps every season for the last 10 years so they must enjoy it!

104. RentaFriend

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…

105. Snuggling

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

For Sam Varnerin of Boston, her 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.

106. Software Mogul

Software is one of those “perfectly scalable” business models, in that you can theoretically create something once and sell it over and over again.

The cool thing is, you don’t even know how to write code. Christopher Gimmer built his SaaS business by getting outside help on the technical side.

107. 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 even at the weekly farmer’s markets to advertise.

108. 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.

109. Teaching Yoga

A certain level of expertise and certification may be required, but becoming a yoga instructor could be a fun and healthy part-time business.

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110. Tour Guide Service

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

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

111. 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.

112. Travel Agent Service

Are you a seasoned traveler? Do you always know where to get the best deals and the best experiences?

It might be surprising that despite widespread access to travel information there is still a healthy demand both for insider travel knowledge and the hands-off experience of letting an expert handle the booking.

113. Vehicle Advertising

According to Wrapify, you can earn up to $500 a month by putting an advertising “wrap” on your car.

One reader in Chicago reported making $400 in a month from this, just making her normal commute.

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114. Vending Machines

Matt Miller’s passive income 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.

115. 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.

I’ve done exactly one paid voiceover job, and I can attest, it’s harder than it looks! Though since then, I’ve had a bit more practice behind the mic thanks to the podcast–and in reading hundreds of books to my kids.

116. Web Design Service

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

Even though I’m not super-technical, I was able to build out a pretty nice looking site in a few hours using this rapid-launch method.

117. Window Cleaning Service

Window cleaning can be a nice little weekend side hustle, and requires minimal startup capital; you may already have a ladder, a bucket, and a squeegee.

118. Working on Mechanical Turk

Mechanical Turk is a service provided by Amazon to help companies complete micro-jobs that sometimes only pay pennies for each one.

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. One reader reported earning $50,000 in his spare time over the last few years.

I’m not sure the hourly wage will be anything amazing here but I wanted to include it as an option in case you wanted to check it out.

119. Yard Work Service

Much like the cleaning service above, it’s not the most glamorous side hustle in the world but the fact is nearly every yard in the country requires some sort of maintenance. That means there’s a big business opportunity.

120. YouTube Channel Host

Google (which owns YouTube) pays channel-owners to host their ads on their videos, meaning if you generate a lot of YouTube views, you can earn a lot of money with their revenue sharing program.

I’ve been dabbling a bit more with YouTube lately, and recently passed $200 in monthly ad income.

Several YouTube users report earning more than $100,000 a year, and I recently sat down with Gabby Wallace, who turned her English teaching channel into a full-time business.

121. 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.

122. Local Rental Business

Corey Jeffreys wanted to get into rental real estate, but lacking capital, bought a bounce house and began renting that out instead.

In his first year, he turned that $800 investment into $3,000 and has gone on to build the business into a 5-figure side hustle.

123. Pet Waste Removal

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.

124. Reader’s Choice!

Help me out by adding your part-time business idea in the comments below!

And yes, I know the list has grown beyond the promised 99 ideas :)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a side hustle?

Broadly speaking, 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 a number of factors, including 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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101 thoughts on “99 Side Hustle Ideas to Make $500+ in Your Spare Time”

      • Renting out an extra room sounds like a pretty smart idea. App development also sounds like a pretty good idea, I found the link you left about how Benny Hsu made 30000 in 30 days quite useful. I have always been unsure on how you can start a blog but the 6-part video that you left was very helpful to understand how better. I also liked the idea of car flipping. I think it could work quite well especially here in Hawaii. I have personally found that dividend investing to be very useful in increasing income. I was also completely shocked that you can be paid to be someone’s friend. That is crazy that you found that.

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      • I charge $50 to a $100 an hour spending time with older women of all nationalities that just want sone company and a cuddle buddy. Sometimes we go out to dinner, The movies, Nice walks on the beach or Special events. Nothing sexual. Just great company.

        You’d be amazed of how many women just want some casual company. I’ve been doing this for going on 4 in a half years and I’ve never had a problem totally respectful and I really enjoy spending time with beautiful older women that just need a little company.

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    • I agree with Laila. I’m impressed with how diverse your list is. Most versions I read end up with a lot of repetitions.

      Thanks for the list. Very useful.

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  1. So how many of these side hustles have you done, Nick?

    Here’s my list:
    affiliate marketing
    blogging
    building niche websites
    freelancing
    housesitting
    web design service
    selling on amazon

    And something not on the list – Personal Martial Arts Instruction :)

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  2. I am a Professional Organizer. I charge 25.00 per hour. I really help people get organize. I organize their work spaces, home offices, closets, garages, kitchens and pantry. Sometime I help clean and stage houses for Sale.

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    • You can certainly charge more than that! I’m in NYC and charged $125/hour for this. My pipeline of business comes from my existing client base. I am a real estate broker so I have access to those looking to purge or get organized before or after a move.

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  3. Nick, this was incredible as a college student having a side hustle is a must and you have actually helped me find a few :)

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  4. I own and operate a small eCommerce store in the United Kingdom and use dropshipping for some of my products in the store.

    I wish it was easy but it’s far from the truth. You’re building an actual business and you have to deal with everything. From customer complaints through to marketing, it’s a lot of hard work.

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  5. From what I have seen the vehicle wrap advertising can be good, but it depends on your driving habits, typical routes you take, and the number of people who will be seeing you.

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  6. This is a great list! Leaves no room for someone to say they don’t know how to make extra income. There are endless opportunities if you expand your thinking and open up to other options. I love the details of this list and how it’s conveniently in alphabetical order!

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  7. If you have a place to sell stuff you could try liquidation.com to buy overstock stuff and sell it. You can get stuff relatively cheap and sell for decent profit margins.

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  8. This list is the Best! My SH list so far:
    Movie Extra
    Freelance Photographer/filmer
    Freelance graphic designer
    Seller on craigslist
    Revamping old stuff
    And currently working on a blog/sell my diy site
    Did I miss it or is photographer not on the list?

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  9. We started a new side hustle today selling beef jerky at my work and friends. We can give twice as much jerky and still make money-hope it keep going!

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  10. Side hustling is a family affair for me! My dad-in-law collects scrap metal from the roadside the week or so before the city comes around to collect it. He sorts by type and make a monthly trip to the scrap yard to collect his hundred or so bucks.

    I like to shop at thrift stores for items to repurpose or refinish and then sell them on CraigsList. I’ve even found valuable old books for less than a dollar worth $20 or more online! People are wasteful and throw things away that are worth money ALL the time.

    And my hubby buys broken down vehicles and either repairs them for resale or parts them out online. You’d be surprised how quickly used vehicle parts will sell, but new replacement parts are expensive!

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  11. Love this list, Nick! I started side hustling in 2010 with my first blog, though I didn’t know that’s what I was doing at the time.

    Then I started babysitting (ie child care =)) and freelancing and offering some services to bloggers. Finally, an Etsy shop and another blog before I realized that I much prefer internet business to having a day job and stopped side hustling for going full-boar.

    I made enough side hustle income to fund my wedding, my honeymoon (4 weeks in Nepal and Indonesia), and the down payment on our house, not to mention all of our savings.

    I hope readers start on some of these ideas!

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  12. I can’t say enough about dog walking and pet sitting. I’ve been doing this for over two years, and my business has grown to the point where I was only home 4 days last May. The place I’m at now has a pool, and the next place has a pool table. I love dogs but can’t have one of my own, so I also get all the puppy snuggles I could want. And the startup cost is very low.

    Now I’m looking for a side hustle that I could combine with sitting gigs. Something low tech because holy crap, I am a nitwit at computers! I used to transcribe interviews at my local university, which paid well before they started hiring people overseas for practically free. I may have to look into medical transcription. Thanks for a great list!

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    • Sounds like the dog-sitting biz is working out just fine! But yes, it could be supplemented with some kind of online work too. Keep me posted Sarah, and thanks for stopping by!

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  13. Firewood!!! I live in a semi-rural area about 1/2 hour North of Newcastle, Australia (houses on normal blocks, 1/2 acres blocks, “lifestyle” type blocks). A few people here will deliver a trailer load of cut up firewood for various amounts of money locally and into the more residential areas in the city. If you have the room to store firewood to season and a log splitter, its a good side income (for winter). I also know a lady who was struggling to find work after moving here. She started doing before and after school care and earns more doing that, than she did working full time in an office previously.

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  14. I can tell you how I earned extra Money for my family, working just 3 nights a week for a few hours, I could make between 100 – 300 a night!! I was a Bathroom Lady @ a Local, busy Nightclub. You want to make sure the Club has a Ladies Night..and several concerts every couple Months. Just go and talk to the Manager/ Owner of the Club and tell them you will take care of the Ladies for them, provide extra Security, keep bathroom clean..Leave it clean..Free of charge..Have a tip jar Handy and give out soap, paper towels, mints, breathwash, combs..splash of body spray and be SUPER Friendly! Have Fun! I supported 3 kids ..worked late hours but the money is amazing! Quick Money too but you only get tips so be friendly..

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      • Actually I brought my Son N Law with me to work the Men’s Restroom AND HE Always made more money than me! That’s because Men always have their wallets on them and sometimes Ladies are “on a Date”..Ladies Night and get drinks free and didn’t bring cash..etc..Men need breath mints combs nice smelling colognes..Offer a hand towel and Smile and give personal service. Know the regulars by name! Bigger Tips!

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  15. Nick, there may not be a legitimate car wrap advertising company unless the “big” advertisers do it.

    There are several advertising on Craigslist that are scammers. i contacted one, he sent me a check for 2500. i was to keep half of it and give the other half to a designer to design the wrap for me.

    I took it to my bank and they said it was bogus. They kept it as it had someones name and address on it. Several days later he asked me where the money to the designer was. i told him the bank took it and told me he was a scammer. i told him he should run as they had probably called the FBi on him. i never heard from him again.

    So I probably would advise people to stay away from that.

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  16. Very good list and thanks for the laugh. Sperm Donor… I may have business cards made up for my new side hustle. Seriously, there are some great ideas on your list and it goes to show that when there is a will there will be a way.

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  17. Fantastic list! I just got into side hustling last year. started making winter coats for dogs and then moved on to advertising American universities abroad. So far, most money i’ve ever made in such a short period of time.

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  18. I have been decluttering our home of too many unread books by using Amazon. It is generating about $75 a week. I am going to look closely at the other items in your list.

    Carol asked about ways to work with children other than babysitting. You could try selling some sort of activity for children. Art lessons, craft club, garden club, how to bowl, etc. What skills do you have that would be fun to teach to children and parents where you live would pay you to teach them?

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  19. I was a flower girl when I lived in Hawaii, I would work evenings after my 10 hour shift at a resort as a manicurist. The Flower business owner would cut and prepare gardenias, orchids. carnations in a water vial. I also carried Hawaiian Leis . I would drive to restaurants and clubs that she had prearranged permission with the business owners, I would walk around without being salesy carrying my pretty basket of flowers and smile at everyone. The flowers would sell out in a couple of hours and I would go home with an extra 300 to 500 a night. if I lived in a big city now I would do this on my own. it was the easiest money I ever made. some nights I’d sell out in an hour!

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    • Sherri

      Your ideas are intriguing. I used to sell flowers for a florist shop on holidays, on a street
      corner. He had permission & license to allow him to do so. I was paid a commission for
      my time. Loving flowers, and being a great sales person, and being the character that
      I am, I’d sell out almost all the flowers. He would unload a ton of them. However, I worked
      9-10 hrs. so the amount I earned turned out less than min. wage.
      A friend suggested taking a train ride, ( easy enough to do living in southern California), and
      carrying a whole bunch of roses. He swears he’s done it and people begged to buy from him, and
      he’d sell out between two major cities. Great way to spend the day, and he walked away with a pocket full of money.
      Would you approach the owners yourself directly to get permission to walk around with the flowers, if , as you say, you live in a big city , which I do? I’d love to know how it worked for you, and what your ideas would be for yourself. Please reply. Thanks.

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  20. Amazing businesses
    Out of all these, I want to enquire about podcasting and party planning.
    Do you know step by step procedure for starting these businesses?
    Thanks,
    Andrew

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  21. Sport betting could be to add to the hustle list, I think. However, you must know what you’re doing very well. After all, it isn’t a gamble if you have a good strategy and if you’re an expert on any sport.

    Also, online poker is a good idea for some folks.

    But once again, you have to have cold blood, money and a lot of time.

    ———————
    I’d be happy make some money playing chess. However, I have no idea how to monetize my chess skill.

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  22. iSecretShop is real mystery shopping. They have a web site and app. Don’t get discouraged with the first few. It’s based on a points system. The more points you get, the better the shops. You have to take a few little ones and work your way up. Another one is Jancyn. I’ve shopped apartment communities, car dealerships, local yogurt/ice cream shops, restaurants, etc.

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  23. I have been on fiverr for many years as freelance English – Dutch & Dutch – English translator and it’s going well. Today I have also started a niche website to see if this is something for me as a extra hands off income stream.

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  24. This list offers some great ideas and inspiration for folks looking to increase their income. There’s really no reason that anyone with some ambition, a good work ethic, and “people skills” can’t earn some extra money (or a full-time income) pursuing some of these self-employment ideas. I’ve done a little research, myself, to compile a list of small business ideas, and stumbled upon a few possibilities which you didn’t cover:
    1) Pressure washing
    2) Pest control
    3) Hot dog cart business
    4) Storage unit rental
    5) Security services
    6) Property management
    7) Massage therapy
    8) Consignment business
    9) Home staging services
    10) Laser tag business
    12) Staffing/recruiting
    13) Rain gutter cleaning
    14) Sharpening business (knives/tools)
    15) Window tinting
    Your list (and mine) represent just the tip of the iceberg! There are literally hundreds of small business ideas and freelance gigs that be created to generate extra income.
    Anyway… Keep up the great work. Your website is an excellent resource for entrepreneurs!

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  25. Pressure washing. Specifically driveways and decks. After a while you could buy the right equipment for doing house siding as well (must be careful you don’t blow paint/shingles/windows out). Just make sure of local storm drain and EPA regulations before you do this…. Otherwise I think this would make a GREAT side hustle.

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  26. I love these ideas. Some I have already done are writing book reviews, writing & selling my ebooks, proofreading, selling on Craigslist and eBay, entering writing contests, affiliate marketing, mechanical turk, donating plasma, and notary service. I want to try amazon’s fba selling next. I recently quit my job and I’m having a blast doing gigs.

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    • Notary service would be great, but it really depends on where you live. For instance, to become a Notary in Louisiana is quite a feat. Since we continue to use Napoleonic (Civil) Code, notaries here have many abilities that are reserved only for attorneys in other states. The exam is extremely difficult.

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  27. This is the BEST list that I have seen in a long while. I have so many tabs open from clicking on these links! I am a current high school senior but I’ve been side hustling practically my entire life, from lemonade stands and my childhood “art” to selling on Ebay, and pretty soon, on Etsy. This list gave me some great ideas and advice and I can’t wait to put them into practice!

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  28. Incredible list…some I’m thinking about implementing. But after I get my on the side pressure washing business going – Joel listed it in his list. Some other possible side hustles:
    1) Specialty jams and jellys (check your local health codes), but this would be a great side hustle during the summer months when there are festivals, street fairs, and so on.
    2) Cursive writing tutoring – another side hustle I’m working on – so many school children are not being taught how to write cursive – I was in a restaurant a while back, where the menu was in cursive…I overheard a younger person asking his date what the menu said – he couldn’t read cursive.
    3) Household inventory service with documentation – helping people create lists of what they have for insurance/estate planning…you may have to get bonded, but being able to document precious items may be a good gig.
    4) Gardening services – specifically, getting a garden ready for planting, cleaning out a garden – this part of gardening can be a hassle LOL.
    5) Related to #4, setting up a garden and providing tutoring on gardening through out the growing season.
    6) Depending on where you are, junk hauling…people spring clean, but do they want to spend the time taking the stuff to the dump, recycling, ect?
    7) Thank you note writing service – think of all the brides/grooms in your area who might need someone to step up to the plate and write those thank you notes for the wedding gifts
    8) Gift wrapping service – are you creative with wrapping presents? This could come in handy, especially around the holiday time in your area – also, corporations in your area may need a service like this. (I’m particularly fond of this idea and have implemented it – it’s starting to gain some traction, but I think it will be mostly seasonal).
    9) Smart phone tutor – so many smart phones with so much functionality – may be good for those who are of, uh, more mature (like fine wine) age.
    10) Outdoor excursions – like camping 101 who have never ventured outside the urban area but are keen on learning to camp, hiking treks to fun, unknown to most people in your area – the niches are endless on this one.

    Thanks for your blog Nick! So glad I found it yesterday LOL…

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  29. Right now my side hustles are selling on Ebay, a bit on Amazon and Mercari and doing phone work as an independent contractor (customer service). I have a daughter with autism in high school that I have to be available for and I have some illnesses that prevent me from working full time or doing anything physically strenuous. One of my problems is that I have a partially paralyzed vocal fold. I just had a cold and am still trying to get my voice back! So I need another hustle to add to the list for when I cannot work my $10. per hour phone job. Ebay slows down in spring and summer also. I am interested in the Notary service, how do I get started and what is involved? Also, I am interested in Prosper. What else am I missing? I tried blogging but when I’m not well I am not good at putting words together! I wish i knew how to build websites, seems like a good income there.. where can I learn without going back to school? Thanks for this blog.. very helpful and cool!

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  30. I’m curious how it would work if you combined the “Craigslist selling” model and drop shipping but connecting people who are selling relitively small things they can ship directly to the buyer, being the middle man you take the difference? Or is that what it was about and I missed the point completely lol

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  31. Craft fairs are also a great side hustle. I do very well at high end, handmade only craft fairs and festivals. Its a marketplace that attracts people who prefer handmade and have the income to easily afford high end crafts. I am a baker/food crafter (not the same as a food vendor. Food crafts are jams, sauces, cookies, breads, toffee, honey, maple syrup, etc. – foods made at a kitchen and brought to the event, not prepared at the event like sandwiches and burgers, etc, made by food vendors). I make hand made baking mixes, an oatmeal bar cookie in 4 flavors and a gluten free truffle cookie in 3 flavors. As with farmers markets, craft fairs mean immediate cash. I accept credit cards, too. No waiting for a paycheck to come.

    Another idea is to talk to crafters who are making cool things you think you could sell online and set up a drop/ship situation with them.

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  32. I have been thinking of promoting livechat softwares. It seems this can also be a good product to be sold as an affiliate product. Since most sites would be happy to implement such support tools on their sites. I am working on the roadmap to get started with it, BTW really big list of ideas you have shared. Will surely get some help from it.

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  33. If you love to shop, being a personal shopper could be your niche. People pay you to do their gift shopping or grocery shopping for them. You could make excellent money during the holidays.

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  34. This kind of goes with Amazon, eBay and Craigslist selling but dumpster diving is a good source of products to sell. I have found a few dumpsters in my area that regularly throw out valuable items I sell on one of the previously mentioned sites. My first week I found a large box of brand new toner bottles that cost $2400 on Amazon. I sold them for nearly $18oo individually over the couse of a month. Printing companies are good sources. I have gotten multiple printers, some working and some not but these are not $100 Walmart printers so even broken they can sell for enough to make it worth it or you can part it out too.

    Overall, I have been selling these items for about 6 weeks now and have pulled in $3400 with tons of stuff I have yet to sell. It is also a good source of exercise as I take my dog at night and we hit up large office parks, commercial parks or retail areas sometimes walking 5 miles or more.

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  35. Website reviewing through User Testing. The hourly rate can be amazing. Sometimes up to $60 or even $100 an hour. The trick is that it can be hard to qualify for tests. Still, I typically do a couple a week at $10 a pop and end up making an extra $80 -$100 a month for not much more than an hour total. A great way to make some extra pocket change.

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  36. My advise is to start with skills you already have AND combining it with recurring affiliate offers
    Depending on the type of services you can provie there are wide variety of strategies available: for example you can even work for free in case your client’s soft is bought via your affiliate link – that way you almost guarantee monthly income since you are 100% sure everything works properly because you’ve been setting it up :)

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  37. Painting house numbers on the curb – sales pitch is that it’s a safety benefit (fire, ambulance can find you faster), a convenience (particularly reflective numbers that help at night), even a legal requirement (in some towns). Capitalization super low. Add to your number-stencil inventory ones for locally popular sports teams, offering colors that declare team loyalty. Branch into mailboxes, mailbox posts, on-house numbers. If someone has missing or illegible numbers chances are it has been an irritant but not a priority – easier to sell something that scratches an itch. Outright artistic renditions or legible!-but-fancy fonts more practical on mailboxes. Fairly affordable capitalization to branch into outright replacement mailboxes, posts. Great earning opportunity for youngsters right in their own neighborhood.

    To do right will take some time per house: background one day or early in the day, numbers/logo late in day or next day. It’s a bit of a renewable resource in that even done well, the numbers fade. Maybe offer a refresh discount if you did the original.

    If you find a jurisdiction that changes its address scheme you could probably quit the day job and hire help; once lived in a county that went from per-street addressing 101, 102, etc to a countywide set of unique numbers to help 911 response.

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  38. I would be so grateful for a list of ideas on how to market side hustle services. I lean toward, Carpet Cleaning, Errands, Food Delivery, Car Detailing, etc…. I do not know of any other means of advertising other than CraigsList….

    Thank you!!!!

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  39. Hi Nick, this list of opportunities is amazing! And yet, there are still people out there (and they’re high in numbers) that will say ‘there is no job’ .. there is a job if you’re willing to put in the work!

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  40. I must say that these side hustle business ideas amplify your earning power. Teaching is a great and respected job. But sometimes people like more challenging jobs such as affiliate marketing, dropshipping, estate sale service etc.

    I love blogging. From last four years, I am becoming better day by day. It not just helped me to become a better blogger but enabled me to become a better person.

    It improved my way to talk, how I listen and how I react.

    I believe that every person should choose a business for overall growth.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  41. Hi Nick,

    Thank you so much for this list. I have been deliberating on starting a consulting/coaching business for so long now (2 years). I am not working at the moment as I took a career break after my MBA to start a family and now look after my child. Consulting for SME’s has always been my passion, it was actually my MBA long term goal but since I am yet to attain my short term goal (getting a job and more experience) I am hesitant to start my coaching business. My fear of not starting has been around how a new employer will perceive me when I am ready to go back to work. Are there people who openly run a side hustle and their employers know? I am in the UK and currently starting to look for a job but it is taking longer than expected, I also would like to know how this applies in the USA as I will be moving over in two years. Can you advice, anyone with experience in both markets please advice.

    I will really appreciate your thoughts.

    Thank you.

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    • My boss definitely knew about my side hustle while I was working, and I think it actually made me a better employee since I was “practicing” business stuff on the side.

      I know not every employer would feel the same way, but I think with how prevalent side hustles have become it’s probably not something you need to be shy about. Definitely open to hearing how others have dealt with the situation though.

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  42. Hey Nick! Love your blog :)

    Another idea I’ve seen a lot of, but don’t see on your list here is 3D printing. While there are a couple of options with this, one is creating your own products to sell using the 3D printer for small-scale, customized production and manufacturing.

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    • I agree with Derrick that Neighbor.com is definitely worth looking into, especially if you have been interested, but hesitant, about trying Airbnb as a host. Storage is a much simpler test case of making income from your home than the hospitality space.

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  43. I host with STOW IT (www.stowit.com) and make a few thousand a year renting out my barn and land for vehicle storage. I have RV’s, cars, motorcycles and more. Takes very little effort.

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  44. Thank you, Nick!!! Some of these ideas I used to think about regularly, then with all of the mental drain at my 9to5 sweatshop, I stopped focusing on side hustles. (Part physical exhaustion and frustration, complacency, etc.)

    This post has renewed my ZEST FOR LIFE!!!! Ok, that may be a tad dramatic, but it truly refreshed my belief that I am in charge of my own $$$ freedom and I CAN do it myself and have LUCRATIVE hustles. My roadblocks are often ‘HOW, HOW and HOW??’

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  45. Hey Nick, this is a fantastic list! I’ve been reading a lot about Mechanical Turk lately so it’s something I’m thinking on trying next. Probably worth a shot to see what sort of results I get. Thanks!

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  46. You mention “Build niche websites” in your list, but going beyond that, I’ve found an additional way to make side income, that’s often forgotten, is website hosting. I charge small/medium-sized businesses a hosting fee each month, and it makes for a nice little side-stream of income. Love it!

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  47. So I have been using Swagbucks since the end of 2014. I’m not going to say its a get rich quick thing, I do it in my spare time and make anywhere from $.50 to over a $3.00 a day. Others can make more by being more invested in the site and offerings, but like many people I have a full time job and family, I cant invest a lot of time, that being said, spending a small amount of time on Swagbucks has made it possible to help fund things like special occasions, Christmas, and Vacations. I do small things that add up over time like running the videos, checking out the discover area’s, searches and maybe doing a few surveys.

    In the five years I’ve been using swagbucks the total amount of money I’ve made is $1500 or 150000 SB’s. Not a bad payout.

    If you have a little bit of spare time to run some videos while you watch tv or scroll on your phone give it a shot, like I said its not much but it adds up. I’m about to go on a cruise in less than 20 days and Swagbucks has made it a little easier to do that. A little side cash never hurt anyone.

    If you have any questions don’t be afraid to shoot me an email at sutashiisweep@gmail.com

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  48. Great list! Some things I could think of are:

    Firewood sales: If you have property or access to cut trees.

    Laminate flooring installation: This could easily turn into a full time business with very little outlay. ( I have a part time flooring business now)

    Teach CPR / First Aid: Instructor certification required but not expensive. (I did this for years with good results)

    Grow micro greens: Huge market and little outlay. (I’m just starting)

    That’s all for now :-)

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  49. Hi Nick thanks for a great post! Here is what worked for me and I’d like to suggest this be added to the list:

    Instead of giving physical tours of a city as a tour guide, how about creating passive income by creating audio tours that are sold online? Platforms like VoiceMap specialize in enabling people to craft unique experiences that run on smartphones. They handle the product distribution and the technology, and you make royalties with every sale.

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  50. This is a monster list. So funny that you included “vending machine,” which I actually tried out.

    I had a soda machine in a parking garage and it made good money…until the refrigeration unit failed, and then had to spend 6 months of profits to replace it. A real lesson learned.

    All in all, vending machines are not too bad.

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  51. Wow what a list! Thanks for sharing. I have lots of hustles to check out and I will be referring some friends and family to some of these links as well. There were quite a few I had not heard of, so this was really very helpful!

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  52. Thanks for the great article!

    When i was in college, i worked as a moving helper.

    This program is sponsored thru Uhaul, where you make you’re own “moving company” with your own name and prices.

    Uhaul charges a % of what you make, so you don’t lose money ever. You can set up your schedule to help people on ONLY saturdays, or any days. I charged 60 an hour, for two guys, 2 hour minimum.

    A HUGE perk is that many people realize some items don’t fit in a truck, or they don’t need It. I would bring back pool tables, couches, any college kids dream..

    I would repurpose, refinish, and resell many items I’d get. Not to mention tips!

    This requires great customer service and communication. Many people are stressed when moving and adding to that will get you a bad review on Uhauls website.

    If you live in a busy city, or even a smaller one. There is ZERO overhead. And ANYONE who rents a Uhaul is asked if they need help moving and they are then referred to the list that your company is on.

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  53. Private tutoring is an easy way to may a second income and it pays very well. For example, earnings range from £30 to £100 per hour in London.

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  54. Wow, I thought this was 99 side hustle ideas, but the list just kept going!

    We started a financial independence blog as a side hustle.

    I don’t know if I would recommend this to people who are trying to make money anytime soon. However, what we found was that we really enjoy blogging and find it rewarding to help others through it. Also, since we are so busy blogging now, we are saving money by staying home!

    So while blogging might not bring in an income for some people right away, it will certainly be an inexpensive hobby for someone who enjoys writing! I say go for it!

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  55. Thanks to your 99 Side Hustle Ideas I’ve earned over $7,000 from your idea focus groups in 1 yr. I used to only make pennies on online studies..$.25 etc.. a study. Now making $50-$300+ doing online & focus groups. This is all cash $ works great for me being on Social Security. Plan on checking out a few more of your ideas. Thank you for all your help!!

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  56. Thanks for this wonderful post, honestly this list of side hustle ideas are endless and all stated in the post are on point. However, this is applicable to the lockdown due to covid-19 outbreak, we can displace our side hustle prowess and earn extra cash, even as we are working from home.

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