The 25 Best Remote Side Hustles to Make Money From Home


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What are the best remote side hustles to make extra money from home?

Here’s a crazy stat: 58% of workers already have a job they can do from home — at least part of the time. That means there’s never been a better time to pick up a remote side hustle.

And there are tons of options to choose from!

In this post, I’ll break down my top picks based on:

  • Almost 20 years of making money online (and working from home full-time since 2008)
  • 100s of interviews with remote side hustlers
  • The potential earning power of each one

Ready? Let’s do it!

1. FlexJobs

Your easiest remote side hustle option may be to pick up some flexible, part-time work.

This is where FlexJobs comes in — it’s the leading work from home jobs site.

With over 50 career categories, FlexJobs has jobs ranging from entry-level to executive and freelance to full-time.

flexjobs homepage

They charge a nominal monthly fee to access their listings, but you’ll easily earn that back and then some with one job.

When I filtered to only part-time positions, I found over 1,000 remote jobs!

flexjobs part-time remote jobs results

2. Remote Bookkeeping

If you have an accounting background—or are just good with numbers—this might be a good fit.

Why? Bookkeeping is often one of the first roles new companies hire for, and can easily be done from home.

make extra money by starting a bookkeeping business

For example, Kate Johnson reported earning $60 an hour or more with her virtual bookkeeping business.

Here’s a free training on how to get started.

3. Freelance Writing

Freelance writing is a fantastic side hustle — you can use skills you already have and just need one client to get started.

In the past, I got paid to write articles on creative ways to save money at Starbucks, or to summarize and re-purpose some of my podcast interviews. I made around $75 an article from home, but have paid freelance writers anywhere from $10 to $500+ to help me create content.

Where can you find work? Here are some resources to check out:

  • ProBlogger – A free remote jobs search site specifically for freelance writers.
  • BloggingPro – A free job board that is updated daily with paid blogging jobs, blog writing jobs, and freelance writing jobs.
  • Freelance Writing Jobs – A list of paid freelance writing and writing-related jobs that are hand-picked from various job sites, classified ads, and company websites. 
  • Online Writing Jobs – Freelance writing jobs for website content in various industries. Join for free. Required to submit an application and a writing sample. Pay varies per project but ranges from $15 – $50.

To learn more about making money as a writer, check out this free guide from the American Writers and Artists Institute:

AWAI - blueprint to make money as a writer

4. Virtual Assistant Service

There’s a growing demand for work-from-home administrative support professionals, or virtual assistants. Virtual assistants have been around since the dawn of the Internet, but the industry has really exploded over the last several years.

To find VA work, you’ve got a couple options.

The first is to get onboard with an established VA agency, like BELAY Solutions. But the pool of applicants is always deeper than the demand, so these companies are notoriously hard to get accepted to. (Most brag about only hiring the top 1-3% of candidates — and even then, may only pay $12-16 an hour.)

The other option is to set up shop as your own virtual assistant business. My friend Abbey Ashley, who started her VA business on the side, put together a free training that 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.

5. Web Design Service

You might be surprised, but many businesses have a really outdated-looking site — or they don’t have one at all.

Thankfully, web design is a learnable skill, and can still has great earning power.

My advice: pick a niche to specialize in, and become the go-to provider for businesses in that space.

For example, Ryan Golgosky from 180sites.com primarily builds sites for pressure washing companies. (Really!) When we spoke, he shared how this strategy — and a unique pricing plan — built his web design business to $100,000 a month.

180sites homepage

6. Build a Helpful Website

While building websites for clients is a great remote side hustle, it may be even better to build one for yourself.

Now to be totally upfront, there’s a lot to learn to make this business work, but when it does, it can be extremely lucrative.

For example:

Their sites are monetized with advertising and affiliate partnerships, which scale as your traffic increases.

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

Pros:

Low startup costs

Great long-term earning power

Can sell the business down the road

Cons:

Slow to see results

Lots of skills to learn

7. Start a YouTube Channel

Another way to make money from home is by posting content on YouTube.

Once you’ve built up a following, you can monetize your videos with Youtube’s built-in ad platform.

Lately I’ve been earning around $500 a month from my YouTube channel, but some some YouTubers make millions from their content!

To get started, I’d recommend choosing a niche and creating “question and answer” content. Examples might include:

  • how to do _______?
  • what are the best ______?
  • how does _______ work?

Those types of videos give a new channel the best chance of ranking in YouTube’s search to start getting views.

8. Self-Publishing

Self-publishing on Amazon is one of my longest-running remote side hustles. I started in 2012 and still remember the thrill of receiving my first author royalty direct deposit.

(It was something like $46.42!)

I’ve added several more books to my portfolio since then and consistently earn a few hundred dollars a month.

new side hustle book cover art

One of my books is actually free on Kindle if you want to check it out:

The Side Hustle: How to Turn Your Spare Time into $1000 a Month or More

9. Focus Groups and Surveys

While online surveys won’t make you rich, they’re definitely an easy way to make extra money. If you’ve got time to kill while waiting for the subway or watching TV, here are some options to check out:

  • Swagbucks – Earn up to $35 a survey with this mega-popular app, and get a $10 bonus just for signing up!
  • Survey Junkie – Take 3 surveys a day and earn up to $100 a month.
  • Branded Surveys – One of the best-rated survey sites with millions paid out.
  • KashKick – Get paid to answer surveys, test games, and try new products.
  • InboxDollars – Get a $5 bonus just for signing up!
  • American Consumer Opinion – Join millions of free members and earn up to $50 per survey.

The better-paying option is to get matched up with paid research studies and remote focus groups through companies like User Interviews

user interviews

Here, the average payouts are $50-200 an hour, and new studies are added all the time.

The downside is they usually pay via Amazon gift cards instead of cash. Check out our full User Interviews review to learn more — I’ve earned $105 so far, in about an hour and a half.

10. Remote Real Estate Investing

You might not think of being a landlord as being a work from home side hustle, but there are ways to get it done.

For example, my friend Dustin Heiner manages his portfolio of rental properties from several states away. He just has a team of property managers and contractors “on the ground” to help out should the need arise.

Alternatively, you might take a look at a platform like Arrived, which lets you invest in cash-flowing rentals for as little as $100.

arrived real estate

The company pools money to buy rental properties, manages them, and then distributes the cash flow every month.

11. Test Websites

As a website tester, you record your computer screen and your voice as you use a certain site or app. You may also need to write survey responses as part of the job or use a webcam.

Essentially, you’re giving your opinion about the usability of a website or app with the goal of improving the user experience. You discuss your likes and dislikes, suggest improvements, and discuss any difficulties you have with the site or app.

Learn more about remote website testing jobs at these sites:

  • User Testing – Rewards vary based on the assignment, but average in the $20-30/hour range.
  • TestingTime – Earn up to $65 per every 30-90 minute study.
  • Trymata – Earn $5-30 per test.

12. Sell Printables and Spreadsheet Templates

One of the most interesting remote side hustles I’ve come across is selling printables.

These are digital files you upload to a marketplace like Etsy. Think:

  • budget templates
  • chore charts
  • habit trackers
  • meal planners
  • intake forms
  • wall art
  • and more 

And the best part? When someone orders, the file delivery happens automatically.

etsy printables

On The Side Hustle Show, Rachel Jones explained how she earned $10,000 a month from her portfolio of printables.

If you have an eye for design and can be quick to act on trends, you could capture lots of customers.

Similarly, Emily McDermott built a cool remote side hustle selling spreadsheets on Etsy. She specializes in budgeting templates, and has sold over $250,000 worth of them!

13. Voice Over Acting

Could you get paid to talk? Doing voice overs is another way to earn money working from home.

You’ll need a quiet home studio with a good microphone and a computer with audio editing software. Rates range depending on the client and your experience, but can be anywhere from $10 to $10,000!

For example, Dom and Nicole Draper reported earning $4,000 a month with their voice over acting business.

Here are some places to get started:

  • Voice.com – Get matched with remote voice over job opportunities. 
  • Voice123.com – A leading platform to find voice over work.

Related: How to Earn up to $3000 an Hour With Your Voice

14. Transcription and Captioning

Sites like Rev.com pay you to transcribe audio or video clips.

Members of Side Hustle Nation report earning anywhere from $5-12 an hour doing this. (Fast freelance transcriptionists can earn more though; as this free mini-course explains.)

To make this work, you need fast and accurate typing skills, and excellent language skills. 

15. Customer Service (Non-Phone)

Live chat customer support is a common part-time work from home job.

Naturally, you’ll need to be a fast typist and proficient in English. Hours vary on the company and job, but often range from $8-20 an hour.

Check out sites like FlexJobs and Arise for current job postings.

arise work from home

16. Editing and Proofreading

One of my early remote side hustles was editing and proofreading non-fiction books for self-published authors. I found clients through Fiverr, Facebook groups for authors, a self-publishing training program, and word of mouth.

My rates were generally between $0.01 and $0.02 per word, which worked out to around $30 an hour.

If you don’t want to stress about finding clients on your own, here are some companies that offer remote editing and proofreading jobs:

  • Edit 911 – Edit dissertations, theses, and books. This one requires extensive experience, education, and accomplishments.
  • Enago – Edit academic papers from a wide range of subject areas.
  • ProofreadingPal.com – Proofread and edit of all types of documents, from academic and business to books and resumes. Top editors earn $500 to $3000 a month. 
  • ProofreadingServices.com – Full-time and part-time proofreading remote jobs, with pay from $19-46/hr. Accepts applicants from all countries.
  • Scribendi – Enjoy more of a community feel since this freelance editing job includes working with other staff members. Payment varies per project. 
  • Wordvice – Part-time editor positions. The workload fluctuates seasonally. Graduate degree required.

17. Graphic Design

There are lots of ways to make money from home as a graphic designer. 

For example, you could create print on demand products to sell on Amazon, Etsy, or Redbubble

You could take on client work, or even start a graphic design agency.

One great place to look for remote graphic design jobs is SolidGigs — a hand-curated list of freelance jobs updated daily.

The team at SolidGigs combs through dozens of freelance job boards every weekday and posts the top 1% of jobs to their freelance job stream.

find remote side hustles on solidgigs

Their design category is definitely one of the best and most active on the site.

They also have a growing library of great resources—courses, templates, interviews, scripts—for helping you actually get the gig.

Side Hustle Nation readers can try SolidGigs free by clicking here.

18. Microtasking/Micro Jobs

Microtasking is getting paid to perform brief online tasks from home. Some examples are data entry, creating product descriptions, research, surveys, and copy editing.

You decide which tasks you want to tackle and when. These don’t pay particularly well, but the results can add up if you don’t have anything better to do.

In fact, one reader reported earning over $50,000 on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk.

Here are some other microtasking sites:

  • ClixSense – Get paid to do simple online tasks.
  • Clickworker – Earnings vary based on the task.
  • Appen – Help companies train, test, and tune their machine learning and artificial intelligence programs. 

19. Social Media Marketing

Social media marketing and management are popular work from home side hustles.

Your responsibilities might include:

  • Creating social media content/posts (text, images, videos)
  • Increasing followers/growing a community
  • Managing social media engagement and conversations
  • Moderating online communities
  • Commenting on social posts
  • Curating relevant content
  • Scheduling content in online tools like Buffer or Hootsuite
  • Running ads and campaigns
  • Increasing brand awareness
  • Generating leads

On The Side Hustle Show, Brien Gearin shared how began landing $1500/mo clients to manage their Facebook ads campaigns.

20. Tutoring

Tutoring is a terrific way to take your knowledge and share it with others. Plus, it can be done remotely over Facetime or Zoom. 

For example, Matt Fuentes transitioned his in-person tutoring business to online, and makes around $1000 extra a week.

Here are online tutoring platforms to help you connect with students:

  • Cambly – Earn $10-12/hr teaching English online.
  • Skooli.com – Online tutoring jobs for professional teachers and subject-area experts. Pay is $25 an hour.
  • Wyzant – Set up your profile to get discovered by students. No teaching certification required.

21. Teach an Online Class

While one-to-one tutoring can be rewarding and even pretty lucrative, it’s still trading time for money. One side hustle with a little more scale is to teach an online group class through a platform like Outschool.

teach on outschool

The peer-to-peer education marketplace focuses on students ages 3-18, and has courses on nearly every topic imaginable. On The Side Hustle Show, Jade Weatherington shared how she was earning $10,000 a month on the platform, primarily teaching middle school English writing classes.

I even connected with an Outschool teacher with a series of popular video game classes!

22. Academic Scoring

You can earn money from home scoring or rating student essays, tests, or exams.

For example, Educational Testing Service (ETS) hires online, work from home “Raters” to score Advanced Placement tests.

Typical rates range from $10-20 an hour. Your hours may be flexible, but the work is seasonal and there are usually deadlines for completing the scores.

23. Data Entry

Data entry is a common work from home job, but the pay isn’t great — around $12 an hour on average. 

The only reason I’m including it in this list is because some people find satisfaction in this type of work.

One potential place to look is SigTrack, a service that helps check petition signatures against voter databases to see if they match. Demand is highest during election seasons, and you get paid based on accuracy. 

24. Translation

If you’re bilingual, consider a work from home job as a translator.

You’ll need good grammar skills, cultural knowledge, conversational competence, and the ability to articulate complex concepts.

Fast, accurate typing skills and a quiet environment will make your job go faster, which increases your earning potential.

Check out these remote translation job sites:

  • Gengo – Rates vary based on language.
  • Multilingual Connections – Freelance, remote translation projects. 
  • Translation Services – This company offers translation services in more than 100 languages. At press time, part-time and full-time remote positions were available with competitive pay and flexible hours.
  • Stepes – An online database of on-demand translation jobs for freelance translators. You can work from your smartphone with their mobile messaging based translation model. 
  • Unbabel – Work on the go and get paid weekly.

25. Online Arbitrage

With online arbitrage, you buy inventory from one website to resell on another (usually Amazon). It’s amazing to me that this is a thing, but it very much is.

When I sat down with Chris Grant, he described selling $75,000 worth of products in a typical month! 

Online arbitrage is a beginner-friendly remote side hustle because you can start with any level of inventory investment you’re comfortable with, and scale up as you learn more and see results.


Where Else to Look for Work From Home Side Hustles?

You don’t need to spend all day looking for work from home side hustles! Here are the best sites to find a remote job.

  1. FlexJobs — The largest remote jobs database.
  2. Virtual Vocations — Hand-screened telecommuting jobs that offer “real pay for real work.”
  3. HireMyMom.com — Helps professional women find flexible, legitimate, home-based work. (Unlike many of the other job sites listed here, HireMyMom doesn’t aggregate job listings from other sites. All jobs on HireMyMom are posted by the employer, and in most cases, these jobs cannot be found anywhere else.)
  4. Remotive — “Find your dream remote job without the hassle.”
  5. SkipTheDrive — Specializing in flexible, remote, and hybrid jobs.
  6. We Work Remotely — Remote jobs from the “best remote companies in the world.”
  7. Working Nomads — For professional career seekers who dream about working remotely and traveling the world.
  8. Hired.com — This tech-focused platform mainly offers “traditional” job postings, but occasionally you’ll see well-paying remote and part-time opportunities as well.
  9. FreeUp — A fast-growing freelance marketplace specializing in e-commerce, digital marketing, web development and virtual assistance.
  10. Dynamite Jobs — A growing marketplace of remote work opportunities from remote-first companies.
  11. Upwork — The web’s largest freelance marketplace. 

What’s the Best Remote Side Hustle for You?

We’ve thrown out a lot of different remote side hustle options in this post. Did any resonate with you? 

When it comes down to choosing the best option, it’s always dependent on your interests, experience, and long-term goals.

For some, it’s about flexibility and freedom. For others, it’s a change of careers or an entrepreneurial challenge.

The most important thing is to pick something and take action! Otherwise, tomorrow is going to look a lot like today.

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23 thoughts on “The 25 Best Remote Side Hustles to Make Money From Home”

  1. Yeah, but Nick, there’s no opportunity!

    Definitely sharing this post any time someone tries to throw that one on me. Never has there been MORE opportunity, as you exhaustively illustrate.

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  2. Hey Nick, Great information.
    BTW, there are other universities that pay more and have fewer hours/work requirements than SNHU. For the pay and requirements, I doubt SNHU would be worth it.

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  3. Hi Nick,

    I must say This is the huge list of work from home jobs. I am a blogger and believe that blogging is the best way to make money working from home. But the same time it is always go to try every single option available today.

    This will help to find the best job.

    Glad you have shared this list.

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  4. Wow this is an extensive list of work from home jobs. I recently just got out of a job so hopefully I would be able to get a job from one of these sites. Thanks for the post.

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  5. Solid list. I’ve been working remotely for the last two years, love it. There’s an insane amount of opportunities these days for part-time, full-time, contract/freelance, or for passive income.

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  6. That’s a master list! Always wanted to earn some money on the side and had even signed up for a couple websites but I found that it is better to use a site that caters to your niche. I used Toptal for my side PM gigs and I earn well over $3k a week by just spending a few hours daily. It’s amazing, and what is more that I haven;t heard half of the sites you have listed. So, weekend is sorted going through them. Thanks!

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  7. I love, love, LOVE your site, Nick! This is one of the best lists I’ve seen for truly profitable side hustles. I’m tutoring English online and thoroughly enjoy it. I can make about $400-500 per month by tutoring an hour a day, and it’s fun. I’m saving most of that income to invest, but I’m using part of it to fund some other endeavors (starting a blog, etc.) My goal is to not touch my salary while I start my side hustles. So far, so good.

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  8. Thx Nick!

    A huuuuuuuge list for work at home, how much time did it take to make such a list? )

    For the last 4 years I have been working from home, and I actively intervene in this area, but I even did not realize that there were so many options!
    I will definitely show this article to my wife, she has long wanted to find something for a not full day, and I didn’t like everything that I showed her, now I think she will find what she needs)

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  9. Thanks for such a great and useful list of resources! One more online tutoring platform welcoming tutors specializing in different disciplines is https://eurekly.com. Online tutoring is a very convenient way of earning your living from home.

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  10. Thank you for sharing such a helpful list.. I have a great experience working on upwork (that was Odesk and Elance before) and fiver..

    can you please guide me which ones are best for call centers type of projects?

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  11. Hi Nick, This is very helpful. I tried the survey thing and it is a bit time-consuming, but I may keep giving it a try. :-) There is another work-from-home opportunity for those with a writing background and a college degree! The company is called Ultius, Inc. and I have been writing with them for about 3 years now. I am a mom and when my child was a bit younger I went through divorce. This meant I needed to find a whole different way to make my schedule fit in everything including earning income. I found this company and started writing freelance with them. I can work on the projects that suit my wheelhouse, there is no pressure to write on topics that I do not know, and I earn about $10 per page. Since my background and degrees are in writing, I can usually write two to three pages per hour which means the compensation for my time is very, very good! They also have supportive staff so I know I have people I can reach out to if I am ever having trouble. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to earn income from home by writing. :-)

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  12. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing article and I cannot imagine the amount of work and effort it may had took you to get everything done. Really appreciate the quality of articles you produce, keep up the good work coming.
    Regards
    Kathy

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  13. Excellent information provided to people who are interested in this… Thank you so much for sharing this amazing article

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  14. Hey Admin,

    In the Quarantine days, I had read several articles on this topic and no one explained like this one. thank you for sharing this informative article with needy people like us and I hope you will keep going it in the future.

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  15. Wow. This is just the perfect resource that I have seen till now on home jobs and ways we can earn. Please keep up the quality articles coming, love reading em :)
    Regards
    Samuel

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  16. I am a Digital Marketer and I am expert in SMM, SEO and Google Ads. I read your blog and found that I can make my career also in the field of Graphic Design, it seems interesting as you describe in your blog.

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  17. Have you heard of TUTOROO? It is a marketplace connecting students with qualified tutors. They are looking for more part-time language tutors who can teach online or in person. Just register your profile on their site at https://www.tutoroo.co/signup-as-a-private-language-tutor and they will help you find your students. You can choose your hours and set your hourly rate depending on your qualifications and experience. Visit their site to learn more. Hope this helps!

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  18. I would like to add to this collection about remote work the platform https://englishpapa.com/ where you can teach those who are interested in English and get paid for it, even at home, which now distinguishes it from other opportunities on the network, because if you are a resourceful and communicative teacher who is ready to share your skills, then you will have no problem in creating a learning plan for your students and bringing them to the result

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