It’s never been easier to make extra money on your own time and on your own terms.
Whether you’re looking for a side hustle idea you can turn into your primary source of income, or just for a way to make a few extra bucks, I’ve got you covered.
There’s gold in this list. I haven’t personally tested ALL of them, but I’ve used several of the ideas below to earn hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past decade.
Yes, we live in exciting times!
They won’t all work for you, but I’m confident something will. And remember, reading is great but results only come from taking action.
Ready? Let’s do it!
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No list of money-making ideas would be complete without including an old favorite: online surveys.
Don’t expect to earn an amazing hourly rate with these options, but you can earn gift cards, cash, and other rewards by answering surveys, watching videos, playing games, and shopping online with several reputable apps and services.
Respondent – This is by far the best paying online survey outfit I’ve found. Usually the surveys are one-on-one interviews either in-person or over the phone / video chat, and they pay an average of $140 an hour.
User Interviews – My runner-up to Respondent. Great resource for connecting with online and in-person consumer research studies.
Springboard America – Higher payouts than many other survey sites, but requires a $50 minimum to cash out.
Prize Rebel – Earn $10-12 an hour doing surveys or completing other tasks. Just avoid the low-paying ones.
Survey Junkie – Earn gift cards or cash out via PayPal.
Opinion Outpost – Cash out at just $5 via PayPal or Amazon gift cards. Each survey enters you into a $10,000 quarterly drawing.
American Consumer Opinion – ACOP is a popular market research company that pays $0.05 to $0.50 (in their own point system; redeemable for cash via PayPal) for completing short screener surveys and up to $50 worth of points for longer market research surveys.
Saving money is making money and it’s actually even more effective since it goes straight to your bottom line — meaning you don’t have to pay taxes on it like you would with extra income.
Here are some of my favorite quick n’ easy ways to save without drastically changing your lifestyle of spending habits.
Get free money from a bank.
You’ve got to promise to use this strategy responsibly, but it’s made my wife and I thousands of dollars over the past few years.
That’s #freemoney :)
If you know you’re gonna spend $500 in the next 3 months, it’s a no-brainer, right?
Or if travel’s your jam, you can do even better (though the minimum spends are higher to earn the bonuses). On certain travel cards, you can earn the equivalent of 40-50% cash back or greater in the form of travel points and rewards.
My “daily driver” is the Capital One Venture card, which earns 2 points for every dollar I spend and currently has a 50,000 point sign-up bonus (worth $500) after you spend $3k in the next 3 months.
You can apply right from your phone and often get a decision instantly.
And no, since I know you’re asking, this hasn’t hurt our credit scores. If anything, having more available credit has probably helped them.
Just please be smart about it and pay it off each month!
Trim is a slick new free tool that helps identify hidden leaks in your budget and opportunities to get better deals.
It takes less than a minute to set up, and lines your wallet in 3 different ways:
- Getting you cash back when prices drop on stuff you bought.
- Negotiating better deals on your cable or Internet service.
- Finding and canceling subscriptions you don’t use.
Does it work? Two days after signing up I got this message:
Of course I can’t guarantee the same result but I’ll take $20 for doing almost nothing any day of the week!
A couple weeks later Trim came back saying they’d negotiated $347.88 off my Comcast bills over the next 12 months! Cha-ching!
Ting has been my cell phone service provider for years. It runs on the Sprint network and the average bill per line is just $23 a month! Making the switch from Verizon saved my wife and I over $800 a year.
The free ibotta app pays you cash for taking pictures of your receipts after you buy certain items from more than 80 chains, including Walmart, Safeway, Kroger, Publix, Costco, and Target.
The rebates normally range from $0.25 to $5. The cash will hit your Ibotta account within 48 hours and you can pull it out with PayPal, Venmo, or exchange for gift cards.
On average, Ibotta Savers who use the app every month earn over $130 a year!
At press time they were even giving a $10 sign-up bonus for new users.
Ebates is a long-running site that pays you cash back for doing your online shopping through their portal. A recent computer purchase from Dell netted me $160 cash back! (They were running a special offer.)
They’ll even give you a free $10 bonus when you create your account!
Before you start your next diet, you might want to check out this cool service that lets you put a friendly wager on your weight loss. If you meet your goal, you can cash in — to the tune of $500 or more! (Here’s our full HealthyWage review.)
If it’s been more than 2 years since you last shopped for car insurance, you’re paying too much.
Here’s the dirty secret of the car insurance industry: your cars are worth less every year due to depreciation, but you keep paying the same amount.
Check out Esurance for a quick and painless quote process and some of the best rates in the business. It’ll take just a few minutes (you can even do it on your phone) and could put $200 or more back to your bottom line.
Drop is a super-passive way to add extra cash back rewards to your offline shopping.
You pick the 2 stores you frequent the most–places like Target, Safeway, Starbucks, and Trader Joe’s–and you’ll earn an extra 1%-ish cash back on whatever you buy there.
Just download the app, link your credit or debit card, and you’ll earn extra rewards points for the purchases you make every day. It’s similar to Dosh below, very hands-off, but I’m essentially earning an extra 1% cash back on routine grocery shopping and Target runs.
This one is super passive — once you’re set up you’ll earn rewards automatically, which you can then cash in for gift cards to places like Amazon or Starbucks.
It took a few months to earn my first free $10 Amazon gift card, and have earned a couple more since then!
Important: Use referral code Sidehustle when you join for 5000 free Drop points (worth $5)!
A friend turned me onto Dosh, and I’m pretty excited about this one. It gives you cash back (generally 7-10%) for dining out at local restaurants, and up to hundreds of dollars cash back on hotels.
It’s definitely worth checking out at least to see if some of your favorite local spots are included — and for sure before you book your next trip.
Even out in the ‘burbs by me there are quite a few deals, and you can see I’m up $35 on the app already.
The cool thing about Dosh, especially for the local purchases, is the cash back credit happens automatically after you create an account and link your card. You don’t have to fumble around with the app or show a QR code to your waiter or anything like that.
They’ll even give you $5 in free starter cash when you download the app and link a credit card.
Find out if stores owe you money. Paribus is a cool free service (owned by Capital One) that scans your inbox for online shopping receipts to see if the prices have dropped since you bought.
If they have, they’ll go to bat for you and try to refund you the difference based on the price protection policy of the store.
It probably won’t make you a ton of money, but it also takes just a couple seconds to sign up and gives you peace of mind when shopping.
I just got a $10 Amazon credit after Paribus noticed that one of my orders wasn’t delivered on time. They sent a note to customer support on my behalf without me having to do anything.
(Disclosure: Paribus compensates us when you sign up for Paribus using the links we provided.)
Lyft – You’ve probably heard of “driving for dollars” with services like Uber and Lyft, but it doesn’t get much simpler than this. One driver of mine on a recent trip put it this way: “When I want to make money, I turn on the app.”
Lyft is currently offering a $1000 first month guarantee for new drivers. (Conditions apply.)
Uber – Uber is the proverbial 800 pound gorilla of the sharing economy. Their pioneering ridesharing platform offers the opportunity to essentially start your own taxi service and earn money on your own schedule driving your neighbors around.
HyreCar – If you don’t have a car but still want to get in on some of these driving side hustles, HyreCar will rent you one, and says the average driver nets $1000 a week even after the rental fee.
And if you have an underused car, you can rent it out to others like on Turo below.
Uber Eats – If you don’t like the idea of driving other people around or having other people drive your car (see Turo below), delivering takeout orders with Uber Eats could be an option for you.
DoorDash – Make up to $25 an hour as a food delivery driver for DoorDash.
Instacart – Get paid to shop for and deliver other people’s groceries. Enjoy weekly payouts and a flexible schedule. Check out our full Instacart Shopper review here, with insights from a side hustler earning an extra $450-500 a week.
Postmates – Ride, drive, or walk to make local deliveries in your town and earn up $25 an hour doing so.
Turo – Turo is a leader in the peer-to-peer car rental space. If driving people around Uber-style isn’t your jam, you might consider this as an alternative.
Your car probably sits idle at least some of the time and the idea behind Turo is to put that idle time to use — and earn $500 a month or more.
They’ve even got a cool little “carculator” on their site to estimate how much you might earn.
Naturally nicer, newer cars in popular travel destinations earn the most, and I’ve actually heard of people taking out leases on cars specifically to rent them out on Turo.
A couple friends used the Turo platform to essentially get a free Tesla!
Listing your car is simple and takes about 10 minutes.
GetAround – GetAround is a similar concept to Turo, and has car owners earning up to $10,000 a year and rental periods as short as one hour.
There’s no rule that says you can’t list on both markets, but you’ll just have to remember to update the availability calendar if certain dates get booked on one platform and not the other.
RV Share – Rent out your RV when you’re not using it for $200 or more per day on RV Share, “the largest and most trusted RVing community. Top renters are earning $15-30k a year.
Outdoorsy – Rent out your RV on the Outdoorsy.com peer-to-peer marketplace and earn $150-$350 per day. The company handles bookings and payments, and carries $1 million in insurance should anything happen to your rig on the open road.
Wrapify – When you sign up with Wrapify, your car gets covered with a giant advertisement and you earn money based on how far you drive. A typical commuter in a popular area could earn $50-100 a week.
Not bad for making a drive you had to make anyway!
Carvertise – If you have a 2005 model year car or newer and drive 800+ miles a month, you may qualify to earn $300-650 per campaign with Carvertise. The company has been around since 2012 and is one of the more established players in this space.
Investing is a way to get over and over again from work you do once. If you’re looking for ways to earn extra money, consider how the cash you already have is growing (or not) on its own.
Real estate may be one of the oldest and most popular side hustles in history, and there are several ways to get started without a ton of upfront capital.
Fundrise – Fundrise was my first foray into “alternative” real estate investments (and I have since joined their affiliate program). They have several “eREITs” that own or hold investments in commercial properties all around the country, and have paid consistently quarterly dividends in the 6-10% yield range.
DiversyFund – Diversfund is a newer “eREIT” that targets “value-add” apartment complexes. These are cash-flowing complexes in need of upgrades – but once the improvements are made, the value of the complex and rental incomes increase.
The strategy seems to be working. Diversyfund has seen 15%+ returns in its first couple years! It’s important to note that you should only invest money you don’t expect to need for a while; the company suggests a target 5-year holding period during normal market conditions.
DiversyFund is open to non-accredited investors with a minimum investment of just $500.
PeerStreet – Accredited investors can make short-term rehab loans with property as collateral on the fast-growing PeerStreet platform. Interest rates are typically 7-10%.
“Turnkey” Rentals – Roofstock is a cool online marketplace for investors to find houses all over the country — many with tenants and property management already in place.
Raw Land Flipping – Mark “The Land Geek” Podolsky calls this “the best passive income model,” and broke down how it works on The Side Hustle Show. Later, I caught up with a student of his who was doing really well.
Loan Signing – Notary publics (not hard to become one) can make around $100 an hour for completing loan signings for new home buyers on their own schedule. Check out Mark Wills’ Loan Signing System to learn more. Use promo code sidehustle for 10% off.
Virtual Assistant – Virtual assistants provide administrative support to clients from their home office.
- 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)
Gig Economy Rockstar – Steady is a cool new app and website that consolidates all sorts of “gig economy” opportunities. For example, you can find work from home gigs, flexible “anytime” options, and even regular full- and part-time jobs.
In browsing through the listings, I found the usual array of delivery and rideshare gigs, but was pleasantly surprised by some of the other offerings. There were a number of local opportunities I’d never heard of in brand ambassadorship, political advocacy, mystery shopping, transcription, and more.
Steady acts as a portal to all these gigs and gives you a convenient central location to browse. After you create your account, you’ll be able to see everything available online and in your local area.
The app also provides a centralized platform to account for all your various gig earnings, and see which ones are truly the most profitable for you.
Massage – Both Soothe and Zeel operate like “the Uber for massages,” sending licensed massage therapists directly to the customers who request them. According to their website, Soothe therapists earn 2-3x more than they would at a traditional spa and have more flexible work hours.
Customer Service – Become a Crowdio customer service agent and get paid for every live chat interaction you resolve. They supply the customers and all you have to do is take good care of them.
Top NexRep agents are earning $15-25 an hour doing customer support and phone sales for growing businesses.
Fashion Consultant – StitchFix hires part-time virtual stylists for both men and women to help customers create the perfect look.
Drone Pilot – Certified drone pilots can register at DroneBase to take on aerial photography and inspection jobs nearby.
Car Repair – Join YourMechanic and earn $40-50 an hour making “house calls” to fix cars and trucks.
Brand Ambassador – Side Hustle Show guest Kenny Azama says you can easily earn $1000 a month repping brands at local events.
Photo Editing – FixThePhoto hires remote part-time photo re-touching and editing experts. If you’re a Lightroom or Photoshop pro, these could be worth checking out.
GigSalad – GigSalad is the marketplace for entertainers, DJs, photographers, bartenders and more to connect with customers hosting parties, weddings, or other events.
Talkspace – Talkspace is the platform where you can chat directly with licensed therapists on demand. On the flip side, if you’re a licensed therapist, you can set up your profile and begin earning up to $3000 a month taking your practice online.
DoulaMatch – Like the name would suggest, it’s a marketplace for doulas and those seeking them.
HelloTech – Earn $25 an hour making tech support, troubleshooting, and device installation house calls near you.
“Tech support to your door.” Are you the go-to guy or girl in your social circle for technical help? If so, you can earn money helping with computer setup, networking installations, TV mounting, and more for homeowners and businesses in your city.
HelloTech is free for “geeks” to join and you get paid directly to your bank account for each job you complete.
Tutoring and test prep is more than a billion dollar a year industry. If you were a decent student or have some subject matter expertise, you can use these services to earn extra cash and help students at the same time.
VIPkid – VIPkid is a unique platform on which teachers get to help Chinese children learn English online via teleconferencing sessions. According to their website, you can earn up to $20 an hour doing so, and if you’re eligible to work in the US or Canada, the only prerequisites are a bachelor’s degree and a year of educational experience.
(And the educational experience is pretty flexible: teaching, mentoring, coaching, and tutoring all count.)
Just remember to schedule your video interview immediately 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.
Note: Because of the time zones, teaching sessions are usually early in the morning Eastern time.
Teachers Pay Teachers – It’s not one-on-one tutoring, but this is a popular marketplace for lesson plans and other educational materials by educators for educators. One blogger I know began putting some of her content on this site and now earns $5000 a month part-time.
Wyzant – Wyzant (pronounced like “wise ant”) is a popular online and in-person tutoring platform helping students in a wide variety of subjects and grade levels.
Tutors are free to set their own schedule and rates, and the rates actually seem pretty attractive. For example, when I searched for math tutors nearby, the Wyzant search engine suggested tutors from $40-60 an hour.
SitterCity – This is a huge marketplace for child care, with parents posting jobs every 2 minutes and rates usually in the $10-20/hour range. It could be the perfect side hustle to find a fun gig near you.
Care.com – With more than 19 million members, Care.com is the largest marketplace for child care, senior care, pet care, and house sitting.
UrbanSitter – If you love kids, this could be the perfect side hustle. Set your own babysitting rates, availability, and geographic area you cover. Because UrbanSitter charges parents a monthly membership fee to access the directory, you keep 100% of your earnings.
Airbnb – Airbnb is one of the most well-known sharing economy platforms and is disrupting the entire hotel industry. One Side Hustle Nation guest rented out his spare room to essentially live rent free, and another rents his entire apartment while traveling the world.
I’m a fan of Airbnb as a user (I’ve stayed in Airbnbs in Spain, Portugal, Italy, Turkey, Japan, Mexico, and several cities across the US) and think it’s definitely a great way to monetize an underutilized asset under your own roof. We’ve even seen people buying investment properties solely for the purpose of turning them into Airbnb rentals.
Your rates are going to be dictated by your local competition, which could be anywhere from $40 to $300 a night. And as Jasper pointed out on the podcast, if you have hotels in your city or town, you know there’s at least some demand.
SHN Bonus: Get $35 off your first stay.
Home Away – A well-established vacation rental site specializing in whole-house rentals.
VRBO – Vacation Rental By Owner, another marketplace for short-term vacation rentals.
Homestay – This platform focuses on booking stays where the homeowner is present, where most of the Airbnb stays I’ve booked have been for the “whole” house or apartment. When I ran a search for an upcoming trip to San Diego, I found rates from $27-65 a night.
Production Locations – If you’re in LA, you can make $1-3k per day(!) renting your house out for TV commercials, TV pilots, and movie shoots.
If you’re going to list on one of these sites, you might as well cast a wide net and list on all of them. Just make sure to update your availability calendar when bookings come through on different platforms.
I call this the age-old “buy low, sell high” business model, and it still works today. In fact, with the distribution channels available to you today, you can reach more customers than ever.
Ebay – The auction site is still going strong and can be a good place to list your products. Side Hustle Show guest Darrel Fitzpatrick told me how he sold $100,000 worth of stuff (mostly used electronics) on Ebay by buying locally and re-selling online.
Amazon FBA – FBA is “fulfillment by Amazon” and is Amazon’s unique way to crowdsourcing its inventory from individual sellers like you and me. Not only can you take advantage of Amazon’s world class logistics network, but you can also tap into their massive audience of buyers.
Amazon FBA as a business comes in several “flavors”: retail arbitrage, private labeling, and wholesaling among them. Check out these resources to learn more:
- The Top 3 Amazon FBA Private Label Product Research Strategies for 2018 and Beyond
- How to Scale Your Amazon FBA Retail Arbitrage Business: From Flipping Textbooks to $4 Million in Sales
- Reselling on Amazon with a $1 Million Seller: Let’s Go Pick Up Profit
- Wholesale on Amazon: From Part-Time Hobby to $13 Million in Amazon FBA Sales
BookScouter – Use the free BookScouter app to find out what books are worth — either the ones you have lying around collecting dust or ones you come across at garage sales or library book stores.
Decluttr – Decluttr is an interesting service that takes the pain out of listing individual items on Ebay. Instead you scan them into Decluttr, they give you a price, and you ship everything you have (books, DVDs, electronics) to them in one box — they’ll even cover shipping. You can definitely make more selling your stuff on your own, but the convenience factor is tough to beat.
Gazelle – Trade in your old cell phones to Gazelle. They make it super easy and your old devices could be worth $25-200 or more.
Build Your Own E-Commerce Store – Start a 14-day free trial of Shopify and put your products up for sale to the world.
Etsy – Etsy is the largest peer-to-peer marketplace for handcrafted items. You’ll find thoughtful pieces for your home, office, kids, closet, and more.
My friend Kara turned her side hustle of selling wine-themed wedding decor into a full-time business.
If you’ve got an artistic and crafty side, you can tap into Etsy’s wide audience of buyers.
Drop Shipping – With drop shipping, you can sell physical products online without having to buy any inventory upfront. Instead, you work out deals with the manufacturers or distributors to ship the items directly to your customers on your behalf. On a popular episode of The Side Hustle Show, Rene Delgado broke down how to get started.
Sneaker Flipping – Side Hustle Nation reader JV Ortiz contributed this piece on how he earns $10k a month reselling popular limited edition Nike and Adidas shoes.
“Flea Market Flipping” – My buddy Rob Stephenson is “the Flea Market Flipper” and makes a great living finding odd items to resell. He told me the story of finding a prosthetic leg for $40 and turning around and selling it on Ebay the next day for $1000. There are profitable deals everywhere!
Make Extra Money from Your Art and Designs
Merch by Amazon – Amazon’s print-on-demand t-shirt program makes a great side hustle. You upload your designs, set your price, and then let Amazon do all the work of printing and shipping your orders.
Elaine Heney made over $50,000 doing this part-time and shared some of her tips on The Side Hustle Show. (My wife made over $2k doing this in her spare time last year!)
Teespring – With Teespring, you create your own unique t-shirt designs and then market them to relevant audiences, earning the spread between your purchase price and the cost to produce. The interesting thing about Teespring is unless your campaign hits a minimum critical mass of orders (that you set), nothing gets printed and nobody gets charged.
My friend Benny earned 6-figures in his first 6 months as a Teespring seller, and stopped by The Side Hustle Show last year to fill us in on how it works.
Minted – This specialty store offers wedding invitations, stationery, home decor, and other items from independent artists and photographers like you. Earn cash prizes for one-off contests and commission on ongoing sales of your work.
Redbubble – Join the network of more than 350,000 independent artists selling their creative work on Redbubble. You have 100% control over the price for your work, with most artists earning 10-30% of the retail price as their take-home.
Cafepress / Zazzle / Spreadshirt – These are the 3 largest print-on-demand t-shirt (and other merchandise) sellers. How it works is you upload your designs and create your own storefront. When someone buys, you earn a royalty on the sale, but never have to touch the inventory or ship the product; the company does it all for you.
I actually tried to upload some “hustle” related designs / quotes to a Spreadshirt shop last year, but never made any sales. I found the interface really clunky and confusing but maybe I should give Cafepress and Zazzle a try. (In fact, it probably makes sense to syndicate far and wide since the hardest part was coming up with the designs.)
I think this has the potential to be a really cool passive income stream, especially if your designs can begin ranking on their own in Google.
What do you think of my designs?
Threadless – Create your own store and submit your t-shirt designs to Threadless, a fun community of independent artists and fans. Like other print-on-demand clothing sites, you make the spread between the purchase price and the cost, usually around $10 a shirt.
Threadless says they paid out $1.5 million to contributing artists last year!
Envato – Envato is broad family of brands that connects creators of digital assets with those who need them. If you can create website templates, WordPress plugins, stock videos, jingles, graphics, and even 3D models, this is the place for you.
DesignCrowd – DesignCrowd is another crowdsourced graphic design marketplace where you can submit your creative design ideas based on client specs and win money when they choose yours as their favorite.
SHN Exclusive: Get up to $100 off your next design project.
99designs – 99designs is a well-known crowdsourcing marketplace for graphic design. If you’re a talented designer with a competitive streak you can enter design contests here and win cash prizes if your design is chosen.
Crowdspring – In addition to graphic and web design contests, Crowdspring also supports business naming contests, product naming, taglines, and marketing copy competitions. Creatives keep 100% of their winnings.
Vayable – Vayable is a cool marketplace of unique travel experiences hosted by local insiders. If you have a passion for your city, love meeting new people, and have always wanted to be a tour guide, here’s your chance.
Options in San Francisco include a $49 “Scout for Street Art” walk with Russell, a $109 “Bike Wine Country” ride with Freida, and a $66 “Historic House Boat” tour with Victoria.
My friend Alex hosts hundreds of “urban hiking” tours a year on the side from her day job — at $49 apiece!
What unique experience can you offer travelers?
GetYourGuide – Become a tour provider in more than 2300 locations around the world. Get paid to show off your city to travelers.
ToursByLocals – If you already are a professional tour guide, you can use this platform to connect directly with your customers and earn a better living.
Style Lend – Rent your designer clothes ($200+ retail) through this new fashion sharing platform. The company will store your clothes for free and pay you each time someone rents an item of yours.
Swap.com – Sell your women’s and children’s clothes through Swap’s online consignment store and earn an average of $150 for each box of clothes you send in.
ThredUp – ThredUp will send you a free “Clean Out Kit” to send in your unused clothes for consignment sale. You can even use their online payout estimator tool to see what your items are worth.
Poshmark – Sell your designer clothes through the Poshmark app, which makes it easy to photograph and list an item in just 60 seconds.
Grailed – Grailed is basically Poshmark for guys.
Tradesy – “Turn your closet into cash” with the Tradesy second-hand marketplace for women’s clothing.
BagBorroworSteal – Sell your designer handbags and accessories on consignment, or take a lower offer price and get paid right away.
Worthy – Worthy is the place to sell your unwanted (mostly diamond) jewelry.
Style For It – The only online site dedicated for plus size women to consign and buy pre-owned current fashion.
Blogging and podcasting are obviously passions of mine, and can be very effective ways to reach a wide audience.
(I broadcast from my kids’ bedroom closet with a $70 mic and reach 30,000 people a week — it’s incredible!)
My primary revenue streams are affiliate marketing and sponsorships on the show, but content creators can make money in lots of different ways, including selling their own products and services, advertising, live events, end even donations.
One interesting new monetization idea for website owners is Repixel, which allows you to monetize your traffic without any ads on your site.
Click here to check out my free video course on how to start a blog.
EatWith – “Bringing chefs and foodies together one meal at a time.” Set your own menu, schedule and dining experience and earn up to $700 per event.
Chef’s Feed Experiences – Put your culinary skills up for sale by hosting group meals on the ChefsFeed platform. During my discussion with Glenn Carter, he shared the story of one New York chef earning $1000 a month part-time on this site (back when it was called Feastly).
Bon Appetour – Get paid to cook and host meals for travelers in your home.
Hire a Chef – The United States Professional Chef Association has put together this directory of personal chefs available for hire.
Vonnie – Teach virtual cooking lessons with the Vonnie app.
Fiverr – For me, Fiverr has been a fun and eye-opening side hustle experiment. Since I started on the site, I’ve earned over $11,000, met some awesome people, and found an alternative distribution platform for some of my work.
How it works is you come up with a base “gig” — and then add relevant upsells or packages to increase your order value. One of my most popular podcast episodes was with a Fiverr seller who used the platform to launch a 6-figure freelancing business.
I’ve implemented some of his tactics and learned a few of my own along the way.
TopTal – If you’re an expert developer and willing to put your skills to the test, you can earn great money working remotely for clients on the TopTal platform. They’re serious about the “top talent” thing though, only hiring the top 3% of applicants.
FreeeUp – Earn up to $50 an hour depending on your skillset on this new freelance platform that matches you with businesses that need your help. Two rounds of Skype interviews are required to maintain the high quality of service providers on the FreeeUp platform.
Upwork – With Upwork, you can create a profile and bid on jobs that meet your criteria. There’s a bit of an art and science to it, and while you’ll hear some complaints about cheap clients and stiff competition, I keep hearing success stories of people finding quality work.
For example, Jesse Gernigin stopped by The Side Hustle Show to share his tips for making your proposals stand out on the platform.
ShiftGig – The Shiftgig platform connects companies with in-person temporary workers in a variety of fields.
Craigslist Gigs – There’s a section in the lower right side of Craigslist where companies and individuals post jobs and gigs.
Superside – Join the global team of Superside freelancers and get paid to serve clients in your area of expertise on your own schedule. They advertise a “steady stream” of work and no hunting for jobs.
Fancy Hands | Zirtual | Time Etc | BELAY – Just a handful of the virtual assistant companies that hire part-time remote workers. Pay generally ranges from $10-20 an hour. You can also check out this free training on how to start your own virtual assistant business.
Mechanical Turk – Earn a small fee ($0.01 to $3) for each micro task you complete. Over the last couple years, Mike Naab earned over $21,000 in his spare time completing surveys and other small jobs on the mturk platform.
Growth Geeks – This unique freelancing platform is specifically built for recurring monthly engagements. You’ll find gigs for Instagram, infographics, SEO, and more ranging from $49 to $500 a month and beyond. Apply to become a certified Geek to get your service on the marketplace.
Scribendi – Scribendi hires proofreaders and editors to work remotely and correct client documents.
ProofreadingServices.com – An online proofreading and English tutoring service looking for work-from-home English tutors.
Rev – Transcribe interviews and lectures on Rev.com and earn $9 an hour and up.
Campspace – If having guests in your home Airbnb-style makes you a little uncomfortable, maybe having them outside would be a little better? With Campspace you can turn your backyard into a mini-campground and earn $10-30 per person per night.
Gamping – “List your land” for rent to travelers and campers to turn idle property into an income stream.
SellYourTrees – “Don’t pay to remove your trees, let us buy them from you instead!”
MindSumo – MindSumo is a cool service that asks for your input on certain questions on behalf of its corporate clients. Rewards of $550-1600 are given to the best or most creative answers. When I was browsing, I saw questions like “How would you improve the car buying experience?” and “How can we make laundry less of a hassle?”
SquadHelp – Companies post naming and branding contests on SquadHelp and you can win cash for coming up with the best name or slogan.
Naming Force – A similar crowdsourced naming service.
Namestation – New companies are often looking for help coming up with names for the businesses or product lines. Namestation lets them crowdsource suggestions from creative people like you. They say their top contributors earn up to $300 a month part-time.
Innocentive – Win cash prizes for your game-changing problem-solving ideas. With millions of dollars rewarded since 2008, companies are paying serious bucks. This site has a more science/invention angle.
Product Licensing – Serial inventor Stephen Key says companies are always looking for new products and are happy to pay licensing fees to creative people like you who bring those to them. Nate Dallas, a dentist in Georgia, netted $300,000 in royalties for the rights to a Pictionary-like card game he sold to Mattel.
Quirky – Quirky is a cool product licensing and invention marketplace where you can share your ideas and products and earn a revenue share on anything that sells.
Udemy – With Udemy you can create a video course in your area of expertise, set your own price (up to $200) and put it up for sale on their platform of more than 30 million students.
Udemy recently made some pricing and promotion changes that have dramatically cut earnings, but I’ve still earned over $10,000 on the platform and was consistently earning $200-600 a month. Here’s a post I wrote about my Udemy course launch.
A few Side Hustle Nation guests have found success on Udemy as well, including Scott Britton and Phil Ebiner. I like Udemy and platforms like it because you can create the asset once, and sell it again and again.
What could you teach?
Skillshare – I’ve also syndicated my courses to Skillshare, where they don’t earn as much but still bring in some incremental passive income.
Translators Cafe – “Where linguists and their clients meet.” Register for free to get notified of new translation jobs that get posted.
ProZ – Join over 300,000 professional translators on this big translation marketplace.
Unbabel – Earn $8-18 an hour translating one of 28 languages for customer service teams around the world.
Verbling – With Verbling you can set your own hourly rate for online language lessons. Most tutors appear to be in the $10-25 an hour range, and Verbling says some are earning a full-time living on the platform.
Rover.com – Earn $20-$60 a night pet sitting for others in your town. Basically it’s Airbnb for dogs; you set your own rates and availability, and Rover handles the payments and covers insurance and vet assistance.
Hmm, we’re always hosting our friends’ dogs anyway so maybe this could be a viable side hustle!
Dog sitting is a serious business and several people report earning $1000 a month from it. The platform also supports dog walking and doggy day care.
SHN Bonus: Get $20 off your pup’s first visit.
Wag – Earn up to $25 an hour as a Wag Walker, taking pups for strolls in your spare time.
Pawshake – UK-based pet lovers can register as a pet sitter on Pawshake and earn money watching their neighbor’s animals.
Meowtel – The leading platform for cat-sitting.
Pond5 – Pond5 is a super cool site with not only photography, but also music, video, sound effects, and illustrations. As an artist, you can set your own price for your work and earn 50% royalties.
SnapWire – Earn 50-70% royalties when companies buy the rights to your beautiful photography on SnapWire.
Foap – Submit photos from your phone to Foap’s unique stock photography website and earn $5 for every image you sell.
Lobster – Earn 75% royalty when other companies buy the rights to your social media images. Upload your whole library or use the hashtag #ilobsterit to list photos individually.
TaskRabbit – Task Rabbit is one of the largest sharing economy platforms, and you can create a profile specializing in everything from running local errands, assembling furniture, local admin temp help, and even virtual support jobs.
Rates vary widely based on what service you’re providing, but I’ve seen tasks anywhere from $15 an hour all the way up to $100 an hour or more for specialized handyman skills.
SHN Bonus: Get $20 off your first task through this link.
Airtasker – Australia’s version of TaskRabbit.
Bark – UK marketplace for service professionals. Join the network to get found and get jobs around your schedule.
Thumbtack – Thumbtack is a unique marketplace for both virtual and in-person on-demand work. Buyers submit requests for what they need and if it seems like a fit for your skills, you pay a nominal fee to bid on the job. You’re free to set your own price and keep 100% of the proceeds.
The Thumbtack marketplace is pretty extensive, with services including accounting, house painting, voice lessons, quilting, web design, and even legal work. The company paid out over a $1 billion to their pros last year, and it looks like a great platform to begin making money in the sharing economy.
Takl – “Use your skills to help others complete small jobs and household chores.”
Handy – Earn up to $22 an hour as a cleaner or up to $45 as a handyman. Or handyperson?
According to their website, their top professionals are taking home more than $1000 a week. If you’re skilled in painting, plumbing, electrical work, or cleaning with a friendly service attitude, this could be an interesting side hustle.
MeetACarpenter – Post your carpentry skills and tap into an audience of more than 750,000 users across the US and Canada. (The parent company for this site actually operates a couple dozen niche marketplaces.)
Jiffy – Jiffy’s network of on-demand home service professionals is free to join and you’ll just pay a percentage of every job you book through the site.
Neighbor – 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.
According to the site, hosts are earning up to $15,000 a year running their own mini self-storage operations.
JustPark – If you have extra parking, why not put it to good use and get paid for it?
Stow It – Stow It is the peer-to-peer marketplace for extra storage and parking spaces. “Turn your attic into extra cash.”
YourParkingSpace – This UK service boasts 250,000 hourly, daily and monthly parking spaces nationwide. List yours for free.
StoreNextDoor – In the UK, use StoreNextDoor to find renters who want to store stuff in your spare bedroom or attic.
Peerspace – Peerspace is a marketplace that lets you find and book unique space for any activity. Similar to Airbnb, hosts can earn extra cash by listing their space on Peerspace and guests can book for short-term events, productions, meetings, and more.
BabyQuip – This “baby concierge” service is the peer-to-peer marketplace for baby gear rentals, mostly catering to traveling moms and families.
FriendWithA – A growing peer-to-peer rental site for bikes, sporting equipment, tools, and more. Get a $10 bonus on your first rental when you join through my referral link.
MyEquipment4Rent – List your power tools, yard care equipment, cleaning supplies, and other gear on this peer-to-peer rental site.
ShareGrid – ShareGrid is the largest peer-to-peer site for high-end camera rentals. Rates start around $50 a day for DSLR bodies and go up from there depending on what you have to share.
FatLlama – “Airbnb for your stuff,” FatLlama wants to reinvent ownership by letting you rent out your seldom-used items for extra cash.
Spinlister – Rent out your “ride” on Spinlister — your bike, your skis or snowboard, of surfboard.
I found bikes listed in San Francisco from $25-70 per day, and thought it was nice that they listed the appropriate rider height fit so I could filter out the ones that were too small.
OnSource – Complete photo inspections of damaged vehicles and $18 + mileage for each 10-minute inspection.
Field Agent – Download the free Field Agent app to find top secret tasks nearby, that might include checking a store for certain products, photographing a display, or asking a store employee a question. Each task pays $3-12 and are relatively quick to complete if you’re in the neighborhood already.
Gigwalk – Become a Gigwalker and look for similar in-person “gigs” that can generally be completed in just a few minutes with your smartphone.
BestMark – BestMark is an industry leader in mystery shopping, connecting people like you (discreetly) with their clients, which include Fortune 500 companies.
Fluid Market – It takes about 10 minutes to list your truck or van on Fluid Market, and you can earn up to $2000 a month letting others use it when you’re not.
Dolly – If you have a truck or van — and a strong back — you can earn money with Dolly’s peer-to-peer moving platform. Help your neighbors pack and move across town.
Buddytruk – Earn up to $40 an hour helping neighbors pack and move across town. You bring the truck and work together to get the job done.
GoShare – Put your truck or cargo van to work helping people move and up to $62 an hour.
uShip – If you’re making a long road trip, you might as well take a look and see if someone on uShip needs to move or send something to where you’re headed. Rates vary based on the size and weight of the items, along with the distance of the journey.
CitizenShipper – Bid on moving hard-to-ship items from Point A to Point B. Near me there was a motorcycle, a couple dogs, and a boat up for bid, with prices ranging from $500 to $1000 based on the distance.
Boatsetter – With Boatsetter you can rent your boat to you landlocked peers. A quick search of boats nearby yielded plenty of results with rates ranging from $230 to $950 per day! How often do you really get out on the water?
GetMyBoat – GetMyBoat.com is another peer-to-peer boat rental platform with listings all around the world.
Voices.com – I think we can all agree that getting paid to talk is a pretty sweet gig, and Voices.com is the #1 marketplace for voice over talent. Voice actors and actresses can join at either the guest or premium levels ($33.25 per month, billed annually), which lets you create your own profile on the site and audition for publicly posted jobs.
ACX – The Audiobook Creation Exchange is an interesting platform to connect authors with professional narrators to — like the name suggests — create an audiobook version of their book.
Narrators can accept projects on a flat fee basis, or do the work for free in exchange for a percentage of future royalties. That option seems compelling because if you can build up a library of different titles that sell well, you can essentially earn passive or residual income from work you did once.
Clarity – Clarity.fm is my favorite by-the-minute consulting platform, and I’ve earned over $7000 lifetime through the site. You can set your own hourly rate, add your areas of expertise, and accept consulting calls in your spare time.
Coach.me – The coach.me platform boasts more than 1 million users and you can set up an online coaching practice in the areas of leadership, health, business, habits, and more. Earn $100 an hour or more working one-on-one with clients.
CoachUp – Channel your athletic glory days and help young athletes level up their game. You can set your own rate and CoachUp private coaches report earning an average or $45 an hour.
LiveCoach – “The world’s largest coaching platform.” Set your own rates and keep 80% of the fees from clients you connect with through the marketplace. Free to join.
Noomii – Noomii (think “new me”) is the web’s largest directory of life and business coaches. They charge coaches a $397 annual fee to join, but have a money back guarantee if you don’t earn at least that much business from connections made on the site.
Relayo – Not strictly for coaching, Relayo offers live chat with experts in a variety of industries with rates ranging from free to $60 an hour and up.
Konversai – Provide live video coaching and consultations to clients around the world on the Konversai peer-to-peer platform.
Amazon Kindle – Amazon is the largest peer-to-peer marketplace in the world for authors. You can publish your work and tap into a massive audience of buyers, especially if your book solves a problem in a unique way or you can market your way to the top of the charts.
My self-publishing side hustle has taken a back seat of late but this is another fantastic place to put your “buy button” and earn residual income from an asset you create once.
I remember my first royalty payment from Amazon of something like $42 and being thrilled, thinking “I did it! I’m a professional author!” Since then I’ve earned quite a bit more in author royalties — nothing lifestyle changing mind you, but a pretty awesome way to build both authority in your niche and earn passive income along the way.
Scripted – Scripted is a high-end content marketplace where writers can set their own rates.
Donate Plasma – As long as needles don’t bother you, you can earn $20-50 per plasma donation.
Clinical Trials – The National Library of Medicine runs a database of studies all across the country you may qualify for.
Sperm and Egg Donation – Sperm donation sounds like a lot more fun than donating plasma, but egg donation is a much more involved (and potentially risky) process. The upside is it compensates accordingly — $8000 and up!
Litter Pick-Up – Brian Winch started his parking lot clean-up business as a side hustle in 1981, and has since built it into a multi-six-figure business. He says you can still earn $30-50 an hour part-time targeting local property management companies.
What’s Your Price – Calling all the single ladies! On this unique dating platform, you set your price for a first date and get paid when someone takes you out.
According to their blog, women are charging anywhere from $10 to $300 for a night out — and probably getting a meal out of the deal too.
Rent a Friend – According to Rent A Friend you can earn up to $50 an hour on this strictly platonic match-making site. You might get hired to accompany new “friends” to the movies, dinner, the gym, or whatever you include in your free profile.
CuddleUp – CuddleUp is a “cuddling for hire” service. If the options above weren’t creepy enough for you, join CuddleUp.com for free, create your profile, and start accepting cuddle requests. In browsing the site, I found rates ranging from free to $99 an hour. Also see Snuggle Buddies.
PantyDeal – Yes, it’s a dedicated marketplace for used underwear, and there are supposedly more than half a million buyers.
DietBet – DietBet costs a bit of money upfront (that’s the “bet” part), but if you lose weight — and verify it with pictures on the scale — you could win a profit from others who couldn’t stick to their diet.
Rentgrata – Apartment dwellers can chat with prospective tenants and earn referral fees.
Rent a Mourner – Get paid to mourn at nearby funerals in the UK.
Purple Ocean – Earn money delivering video psychic readings for clients via the Purple Ocean app.
PowerLedger – If you have solar panels or another source of excess electricity, you can sell your surplus to your neighbors with the help of PowerLedger.
Create My Tattoo – This is the 99designs of tattoo art. Users submit their requests and designers come back with proposed ink designs. The customer picks their fave and the artist gets the prize money.
The Expert Institute – Become an expert witness in court. The Expert Institute connects subject matter experts (you!) with attorneys and corporations who happily pay for your analysis and opinions.
Twitch – The twitch.tv network is mostly for livestreaming video games but the most popular players are estimated to be bringing in $300,000 or more per year!
FareFetch – FareFetch is a unique human-powered flight search engine. If you have a knack for saving money on flights, apply to join their network of part-time flight-booking gurus and earn $20-30 an hour.
Job Spotter – Indeed’s Job Spotter app will give you reward points for snapping pics of Help Wanted signs in your town. Then, trade those points in for Amazon gift cards. This won’t make you rich though; according to some reports it can take submitting several different signs just to earn enough for a $1 gift card.
I’m confident you can use at least ONE of these platforms to earn some job-free dollars!
Let me know which ones look the most compelling by leaving a comment below. Also feel free to chime in if I missed your favorite sharing economy app — I’ll strive to keep this resource as up-to-date as possible.
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