Whether you have felt the sting of a lackluster economy, need extra money to pay an unexpected bill or just want to have extra money to add to your child’s college account or pad your travel savings, a side hustle can be quite appealing. A side hustle is a side business, side job or a short term money making venture that allows you to make extra money outside of your main source of income. There are plenty of ways to make extra money on the side and here are some of the best. So, keep your day job, the steady paycheck, the retirement account and insurance policies your job provides. Choose the best ways for you to make money on the side.
What’s Popular Now
1. Amazon FBA
The Amazon FBA program allows you to ship your products to Amazon and let them handle the sales and shipping through Amazon.com. One strategy is retail arbitrage: buy items low from a store and resell them for a higher price on Amazon. Another strategy is to find a great product you can rebrand or improve and sell those products through the program.
2. Host Dinner Parties
Do you love to entertain and connect with people? There’s a rising interest in dinner parties for profit. Here’s how to get started.
3. Create a Coloring book line for Adults
Many adults have embraced the childhood love of coloring. Create a physical or digital coloring book and help adults lower their stress levels while you profit.
4. Trash Valet
Many businesses and consumers are willing to pay extra for personalized garbage removal. Starting a trash valet service involves distributing containers and emptying them promptly and in compliance with laws. Here’s how to make extra money with a trash valet business.
5. Record Voice-Overs for Clients
If you’ve got a distinctive voice and a convincing speaking style, then companies will pay you to do voice-overs for their online ads. Offer your services on Fiverr, Upwork, and your own website.
6. Party & Event Promotion
Are you a people person who loves connecting with others and having a good time. The party & event promotion business may be just for you. Choose a niche, find a venue and create your marketing plan.
7. Massage Therapy
Every year, millions of stressed-out Americans spend billions on massage services. Pick a discipline like Swedish, hot stone or Shiatsu, get certified and put your healing hands to work.
8. Vending Machine selling
Thanks to a slew of available franchises, running a vending machine empire is easier than ever nowadays. Popular options include Fresh Healthy Vending and Apex Coffee Machines.
9. Create a physical and/or digital product
A physical or digital product of your own usually delivers the best profit margins. For instance, selling crafts and digital planners can be highly lucrative. Etsy is the perfect platform to sell your creations.
10. Fiverr Sales
The key to making money on Fiverr is up-selling customers via package deals. Assemble a few service packages to test the waters and refine your technique.
11. Subscription Boxes
Subscription services like Dollar Shave Club and Foodzie are becoming increasingly popular with big spenders. Identify a niche, put together an appealing package and start shipping.
12. T-Shirt Sales
Starting your own t-shirt business is easy. Just create a unique design (or hire someone on fiver or Upwork to create it) , outsource its manufacture and sell them locally or via the web. Alternately, sell your designs via Zazzle, or CafePress.
13. Real Estate Investing
Whether you’re flipping single-family homes or renting apartments, real estate has created many millionaires. Perform in-depth market research before diving in with both feet.
14. Graphic Design
If you possess artistic talent, mastering apps like Photoshop and Inkscape isn’t hard. Focus on producing beautiful flyers, brochures, business cards and signs for local businesses.
15. Uber/Lyft Driver
If your car and driving history are in good condition, ride sharing can be quite profitable. Focus on a niche like ferrying Pokemon Go players around town.
16. Life Coach
Are you the one your friends look to when they are facing life’s challenges because you provide excellent advice? Provide your great advice on a larger scale as a life coach.
Food & Drinks
17. Create a Food Product
Whipping up your own signature food product is within your reach. Experiment with pesto, salsa and mustard recipes, find a good manufacturer and market aggressively.
18. Food Tour
Organizing a tour of food and beverage hot spots in your area is easy and highly remunerative. All you need is a van and an itinerary to get started.
19. Sell Baked Items
Do your friends rave about your delicious baked goods? Anyone with the ability to bake can start a small bakery specializing in breads, cupcakes, confections or any other baked good for that matter. Start by selling to friends, families, coworker and at farmers markets.
20. Make Money with Recipes
If you’re a fanatical foodie, compiling your DIY recipes into a cookbook is a no-brainer. Publish on Amazon Kindle, market your book via blog content and profit.
21. Gourmet Popcorn
In the U.S. the popcorn industry is a $1 billion market. Create unique flavors and find great markets to sell your delicious popcorn product.
Every year, millions of people discover the health benefits of juicing. You can capitalize on the trend via juice recipes, juicer affiliate sales and niche beverage lines.
You needn’t be a top chef to start a catering concern. All that’s required is some startup capital for gear, some quality staff members and a vision.
24. Hot Dog Cart
If you play your cards right, a hot dog cart can be launched for well under $1,000. Make your cart stand out with unique toppings.
If You Love Children…
If you love kids and have some free time on your hands, babysitting is a good way to make extra money. Many parents need someone they can trust on evenings and weekends to care for their kids. You’re wonderful reputation will spread quickly.
26. Create a Toy or Game
While interactive apps are obviously big draws, old-fashioned toys and games are still popular. Create a new Monopoly for Millennials and watch the money roll in.
27. Kid’s Party Planning
Parents are always willing to spend good money on kid-themed parties. Forge connections with caterers and entertainers to make your party-planning enterprise incredibly profitable.
Whether it’s for the SATs, end-of-the-year exams or remedial education, students around the country are more than willing to pay for expert assistance and mentoring. You can provide tutoring services in-person or online through wyzant.com , Tutor.com or Care.com.
29. Kid’s Fitness Program
If your expertise is fitness and you have a great rapport with kids, start a children’s fitness program. Teach nutrition and give them daily routines to follow. Meet weekly or provide a virtual workout they can follow.
30. Kid’s Transportation
Hauling kids to and from school, athletic competitions and community events can be a goldmine. Just be sure to have a safe vehicle and proper insurance for the journey.
If You Love to Write….
31. Freelance Writing
Many websites, magazines and newspapers are seeking content from great writers. Peruse the staff writing positions available on problogger.net or seek writing assignments on Upwork, Textbroker.
32. Self-publish a book
There are numerous authors that earn millions via self-published books on Amazon Kindle and CreateSpace. If you have a story to tell, your audience is out there somewhere online.
33. Greeting Cards
Create your own greeting card line, targeting a specific niche or write for an established brand like Blue Mountain cards.
Content is king, as the saying goes. Modern web marketing demands loads of it, so sharpen your digital pencil, take courses to sharpen your skills and dive in.
35. Wedding Vows & Toasts
Have a knack for romantic writing? Prospective brides and grooms can use your assistance putting their feelings into words for their Wedding day. In addition, many “best men” need held creating the toast for the groom.
36. Enter literary contests
If you don’t feel like drafting a full novel, writing contests are the next best thing. Submit your best 5,000 words to a variety of contests and play the odds.
If you Love Pets…
37. Pet Sitting
If you’re an animal lover, pet sitting is a great way to earn income on the side. Set yourself apart by offering specialized “vacations” for clients’ animals.
38. Pet Training
Great dog trainers can earn up to $100 per hour for their services. Getting licensed and joining the Association of Professional Dog Trainers is worth the effort.
39. Create a Healthy Dog Treat
Dog owners spend hundreds of dollars on their furry friends annually. Dog treats are easy to create and deliver solid return on investment for entrepreneurs.
40. Design Pet Clothing & Accessories
Many will shell out for dog sweaters, insulated harnesses and more if the gear looks good. Design pet accessories, play around with designs and market like crazy.
41. Dog Walking
Man’s best friend requires a lot of attention and care. If you love animals and have a way with dogs in particular, a dog walking side job is a no-brainer.
42. Pet Grooming
A mobile pet grooming outfit rarely requires a big upfront investment. Just buy a few brushes and some shampoo and get down to business right away.
If you Love Sports…
43. Host Tournaments
Have a special interest in basketball, tennis or golf? Take a love of your favorite sport and host your own local tournament and charge an entrance fee for participants. Obtain sponsorships for additional revenue.
You don’t need to be a baseball or soccer expert to coach a team. All you need is time, passion and a willingness to learn the ropes. Contact local schools and community organizations to find opportunities.
45. Recreational League Referee
Soccer, softball, baseball and volleyball leagues always need referees to officiate games. If you’re highly knowledgeable about any these sports, it’s a good way to earn extra dollars.
46. Start a Sports Apparel Business
Most don’t realize that many massive sports apparel businesses like Jogbra started in a garage. Come up with an original idea, license it and move on.
47. Sports Camp
Running a good sports camp isn’t hard if you find the right instructors. Find a niche, get good people on your team and market to potential customers.
48. Personal Fitness Trainer
If you have any kind of exercise expertise, you can parlay it into big money with the right following. Create that following and cash in on it.
49. Sports Blogger
Considering the size of the sports industry, there’s no reason why you can’t profit from talking about your favorite team. Start a blog, integrate ads and cash the checks.
50. Assist the Elderly
Senior citizens don’t always have the ability to perform basic tasks for themselves. Assisting the elderly is often decently lucrative and rewarding. Offer delivery, transportation, meal assistance or check with local nonprofits to find out the needs of local seniors.
51. Auto Detailing
Cleaning car interiors is one often-overlooked opportunity that’s easy to break into. Just put up some ads on Craigslist, buy some cleaning supplies and you’re golden.
52. Mobile Laundry
Picking up dirty laundry, washing it and dropping it back off to owners is an oft-unexploited opportunity. Make a name for yourself and ramp up your rates incrementally.
53. Sewing & Alterations
Nowadays, sewing at a high level is a lost art. You can make tons of money reattaching buttons to shirts if you are skilled. Partner with a nearby dry cleaners to gain additional clients.
54. Moving Services
If you’ve got a pickup truck or van and don’t mind breaking a sweat, helping locals move from one place to another is a good way to get the most from your vehicle and make some extra cash. If you don’t own a truck, check into rentals at Home Depot or google “local truck rental”.
It’s easy to get started with housecleaning, and the pay can be solid if you know how to network and acquire new clients.
56. Carpet Cleaning
Deep carpet cleaning machines, brushes and chemicals are some of the items you will need to start your carpet cleaning business. After you gain experience, print a few business cards and hand them out to the local community to get started. Another option to consider is obtaining a Stanley Steemer franchise.
57. House Painting
You don’t need to be a professional to get started with house painting. Just grab some tarps and a few brushes, and you can get started with a bit of Craigslist promotion.
58. Run Errands
High-powered professionals are often so busy that they don’t have time to shop for themselves. Running their errands can be a part-time job or full-time position.
59. Tax Preparation & Auditing
During the tax season, local and nationwide tax firms need additional help in preparing and filing returns. The best part is that you don’t even need to be a CPA to get started.
60. PC Repair
It’s astounding how many people don’t know how to fix their PCs or troubleshoot performance issues. If you’re handy with technology, it’s a viable option.
61. Window Washing
There are many commercial and residential window washing opportunities. Perform market research in your area and determine the markets with the most needs.
62. Mobile Car Wash
You can set up a mobile car wash with a hose, a pressure nozzle and some suds. It’s a great way to make a few extra bucks.
A solid Canon or Nikon DSLR is the difference between a professional photographer and a Flickr amateur. Get a good camera and start snapping away for money. Sell your photos on istockphoto and fotolia.
64. Distributing Flyers
Local businesses are always trying to broaden their reach and expand visibility through flyers. Distributing them around town is an easy way to make part-time cash.
65. Refinishing Furniture
Underneath layers of grime and dirt, many old pieces of furniture are often hidden gems. Refinishing old furniture is a simple way to make side money.
66. Home Improvement
If you’re adept at troubleshooting plumbing leaks, shingling roofs or fixing odd problems around the house, consider a home improvement business. Obtain the necessary training and research the licensure requirements.
67. Rummage Sale Flipping
You may not find a Stradivarius, but rummage and yard sales can potentially yield some serious bargains. Peruse your local flea markets, buy things that are undervalued and resell them online for a profit.
68. Self-Storage Sales
When self-storage unit renters go into default, their possessions are often sold off via auction. You can scoop up bargains and flip goods for a healthy profit margin.
69. Storage Rentals
You can become a storage space maven without building your own secured storage complex. Rent wholesale space at wholesale prices and sublet to your own clients.
70. Notary Public
Becoming a notary public is quite easy. You basically just need to fill out some paperwork. Once you’re certified, you can charge for notarizing documents.
One strong new trend in urban areas is the rise of bicycle-powered pedicabs for toting around everyday commuters, visitors and tourists. It’s great exercise and the tips are usually pretty high.
72 . Tour Guide
During tourist season, local attractions like historic sites often need guides on short notice. Apply at your nearest state park or historical attraction towards the end of spring.
73. Farm Stands
The organic craze is in full effect nowadays and your garden can be a goldmine if you plan it right. Set up a roadside vegetable stand at a popular location and sell your produce.
74. Start a Nursery
Sprouting sought-after plants early in the spring in a makeshift greenhouse or in your own home for later sale to gardeners is a cheap way to pull down more lucre.
75. Recycle Scrap
Thanks to surging metals prices, old propane tanks and junk copper are money in the bank. You can find plenty of ways to capitalize on the trend by scrounging for scrap.
76. Leaf Raking
Every fall, lawns across the country are inundated with dead leaves that many homeowners don’t have time to clear up. All you need is a rake.
77. Lawn Mowing & Landscaping
Regular mowing contributes to a robust lawn. Fortunately, many are too busy to do it themselves. A part-time lawn-mowing business can net you $20 per hour or more. From weeding to mulching to tree trimming, maintaining the grounds of any home requires consistent attention. You can make a decent amount of scratch through light landscaping without buying a lot of gear.
78. Brush Clearing
Even in the lightest of woods, unwanted detritus and clutter can pile up faster than you’d think. Clearing brush and scrap wood isn’t glamorous, but it can pay pretty well.
Homeowners will large garden plots oftentimes can’t always get around to performing regular garden maintenance. If you’ve got a green thumb, a freelance gardening gig is a wise move.
80. Gather Acorns
Oak trees are everywhere and some enterprising individuals gather them by the bushel to sell to feed companies, local farmers and arborists.
If you’re an expert swimmer, it’s easy to pick up some part-time money lifeguarding at the local pool or beach. The flexibility of the schedule is a big plus.
82. Car Advertising
Using your vehicle to advertise is a great way to earn passive income. Leverage placards, bumper stickers and skins to get the word out for advertisers.
83. Used Books
While most book sales have gone digital, there’s still a market for antiques and collectibles. Scour yard sales and the like for deals. Sell your best finds on Ebay or Bookscouter.
84. Flip Used Cars
Buying used cars, fixing them up a bit and flipping them will always be an attractive proposition. Check Carfax before making your purchase.
85. Mystery Shopping
If you have great observation skills, a position as a mystery shopper can be the right gig for you.
86. Join a Focus Group
During the Summer :
87. Concerts & Festivals
During the summer concert season, local festivals always need extra help with directing traffic, checking passes and punching tickets. There’s always a local concert or festival going in your region.
88. Wedding Photography
The summer wedding season provides ample profit opportunities for those that are handy with a camera. It’s a stellar way to earn extra cash on the side.
89. Camp Counselor
An especially good idea for educators who have the summer off, being a camp counselor is perfect for those that live in an area with a lot of state parks and natural areas.
90. Fruit Picking
Local orchards and berry farms often contract temporary workers to meet demand during the summer months. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of such farms across North America.
91. Rent Parking Space
During 4th of July celebrations in medium-sized towns and cities, parking space is always at a premium. Rent your driveway or extra lot space to bring in some side income.
92. Street Performance
During summer months, the downtowns of cities across the country are flooded with tourists. So, break out a guitar, pick out a spot and start playing for tips and donations.
93. Renting Your Lodging
If you’re going to be out of town for a big festival in your city anyway, you might as well rent out your apartment or home to festival goers for the week.
Though golf carts are all the rage these days, many still appreciate a good caddy on the links. Local golf courses are a good place to pick up additional cash in the summer.
During the Winter:
During the holiday season, Amazon hires thousands of part-time staff to deal with the massive influx of additional orders. Jobs include order processing, warehouse stocking and customer service.
Like Amazon, UPS feels the pressure to cope with excess demand during the holidays. You can easily snag a part-time job moving boxes if you’re willing to do some manual labor and enjoy a workout.
97. Bricks-and-Mortar Retailing
Every holiday season, every “Big Box” retailer in the developed world is looking for stockers, cashiers and salespeople to staff their stores when the shoppers come flooding in.
98. Private Party Catering
During any holiday, the private party industry is absolutely booming. If you’ve got bartending or serving experience, you can easily snatch a one-time event job and earn generous tips.
99. Snow Removal
Whether it’s shoveling off local sidewalks and drives or snowblowing municipal streets, snow removal is always an arduous task. Consequently, it can pay quite well under the right circumstances.
100. Capitalizing on Supply Crunches
If you’re in a hurricane-prone area, buying gas-powered generators when they’re cheap and selling them when they’re out of stock at local retailers is a smart play.
101. Christmas Tree Farming
It’s a bit labor-intensive, but you can use any extra land under your control to plant acres of Christmas trees and sell them when they’re in high demand.
102. Winter Boat Storage
Live near a lake and have extra garage or barn space? Parlay unused indoor square footage into money by leasing it out to boat owners.
103. Brand Ambassador
Becoming a brand ambassador isn’t easy. However, it can be lucrative if you know how to network and put a good face on a business.
104. Mail Delivery
The United States Postal Service can be a great place to get a part-time job. Go to your nearest Post Office and look into delivering mail.
105. Newspaper Delivery
A better option for those looking to earn extra money while holding down a full-time job is newspaper delivery. In addition to wages, newspaper delivery drivers often earn holiday tips.
106. Census Work
Every four years, the United States government likes to keep tabs on population changes. You can earn some quick seasonal cash by distributing and collecting censor forms.
Seasonal catering gigs only come around once a year. Regular, part-time bartending provides wages, tips and networking opportunities year-round with minimal commitment.
108. Security Guard
If you can become an independent security guard, you can pretty much name your price. Develop a niche specialty and market yourself to local outfits.
109. Customer Service
One of the best short-term jobs you can find is customer service for seasonal businesses. Dust off your resume, grab a headset and bang out a few good weeks on the phone.
If you know your coffee, you can earn a substantial side income as a barista. Either snag a job with a local shop or start your own coffee cart.
111. Sign Spinner
A good sign spinner in a major metropolitan area can make great money depending on their employer. Opt for real estate agencies to get the best returns.
112. Package Handler
During the holiday season, FedEx and UPS package handlers can clean up in a short time period.
113. Retail Sales
As long as you’re working on commission, retail sales are a great way to make money on days like Black Friday or Christmas Eve.
Making Money Online
114. Create an Online Course
Do you have a special skill or talent you can teach others? Sell your course through Teachable, Udemy and/or on your own website.
115. Online Surveys
Contrary to what you may have heard, online surveys can make you money. As long as you know where to look, it’s a solid side income. Find out the best sites for surveys.
116. Web Design
HTML5 and CSS3 are easy technologies to get up to speed on in a hurry. Anyone with a web connection and a laptop can start a web design business.
117. Copy Editing
Even the best writers need editors to proofread their work. The job requires an eye for detail but can ultimately be quite profitable for the right individual.
118. Domain Flipping
People still respect a clear and concise “.com” domain name, and you can make a lot of money by reserving such domain names and selling them to willing buyers.
119. Virtual Assistant
Virtual assistants help clients around the globe by assisting them with administrative, professional, work and running errands online. Work for companies like Zirtual. Seek work on Upwork or Fiverr.
120. Medical Coding & Transcription
Converting doctors’ notes into text is another way to earn extra cash online. If you’re willing to undergo the necessary training, there may be possible long-term employment opportunities.
121. Data Entry
Many companies outsource data entry responsibilities to online freelancers with solid skills. You can work in online data entry from your own home office.
122. Paid Coding
Sites like Upwork and Guru allow you to translate your programming chops into real money by coding websites and software on the side.
123. Sponsored Reviews
Like or not, the modern web runs on reviews. You can get paid to chip in your two cents on a variety of sites by posting your honest feedback on products and services.
124. Answering Questions
Yahoo Questions and similar Q&A platforms are the perfect way for the knowledgeable to leverage their smarts for profit. Answer a question, get paid. It’s that easy.
125. Ad Placement
Believe it or not, you can actually get paid to post short ads on various networks around the web. It’s not hyper-lucrative, but it does pay.
126. Accruing Digital Rewards
Not all online earnings come in the form of cash. You can win Amazon gift cards, points and more and then sell them for real money on a variety of web platforms. Check out Swagbucks and In Box Dollars .
127. Human Computation
Amazon’s Mechanical Turk allows firms to delegate tasks to teams of human workers to complete complicated, distributed projects.
128. Tech Support
More and more, companies are outsourcing tech support services to the developed world. You just need a PC, a headset and a knack for solving problems.
129. Virtual Order Processing
You can actually earn decent wages online by processing sales from your home office for real world and e-commerce firms.
130. Digital Mock Trial Juror
Sites like Ejury allow you to play juror in mock trials to assist lawyers in preparing for their trials.
131. Get Paid to Post in Forums
Forum marketing is a subtle yet highly effective way to raise brand awareness and sales. You can actually earn money posting in a variety of forums.
132. Affiliate Marketing
The best thing about affiliate marketing is that you don’t need to sell an actual product to make money. Just refer sales and collect commissions. Check out the affiliate programs by Amazon, Share a Sale or Flexoffers.
133. Mobile Apps
With a bit of coding experience, you can design a successful Android or iOS app that can be extremely profitable. Don’t have the technical expertise? Hire a coder on Upwork.com.
134. Ebay Reselling
It’s easy to get started with Ebay reselling. Just identify bargains, purchase goods online or in local stores and resell them to willing buyers on Ebay.
134. Drop Shipping
A potent form of e-commerce arbitrage, drop shipping is like affiliate sales in many ways and can be just as potent.
135. Sell WordPress Themes
The web’s most popular Content Management System supports tens of thousands of themes. Design your own and sell them to other webmasters.
136. Resell Hosting
You don’t need to own a data center to become a hosting provider. Just purchase space from a known web host at a discount and resell it to smaller clients.
137. Paid Reviews
Big companies and retailers are more than willing to pay freelancers to review their products and post them online.
138. Niche Blogging
Find a profitable niche and build a blog and monetize it with Google AdSense, affiliate links and sponsorships. Add an e-commerce component by selling products on your website.
139. Run an Amazon Store
You don’t even need a website of your own to get started with affiliate sales. Just open an Amazon Webstore and refer traffic to it. You can also create your own site and place an amazon store on your site.
140. Publish Kindle E-Books
Writing and publishing a book these days is easier than it’s ever been. Amazon gives you access to millions of e-book buyers through its Kindle Store.
141. SEO Consulting
Search Engine Optimization is the keystone of online sales. Once you have acquired the necessary expertise, Webmasters, SMBs and major local companies will pay top dollar for your SEO expertise.
142. Virtual Headhunter
Monster.com and LinkedIn aren’t the only ways to get a job. Virtual headhunters connect job seekers with employers and pocket a commission in the process.
143. YouTube Marketer
Posting tutorial videos and guides on YouTube is the perfect way to make money from in-video advertising.
144. Take Advantage of Bank Incentives
Banks often offer incentives like free gear, airline points and even cash for opening an account and maintaining a minimum balance.
145. Legal Support
The legal profession will always require a lot of support staff who can review documents, organize their research and publish it in an easy-to-digest format.
146. Financial Planner
If you’ve got some accounting experience, you can quickly start your own financial planning consultancy online.
Online broadcasting is becoming big business. Podcasting networks like Libsyn make it easier to publish your podcast. Check out the success of the Entrepreneur on Fire.
148. Usability Testing Consultant
Websites aren’t very useful if ordinary users can’t make sense of them. Companies like
User testing will happily pay usability testers to make sure that their websites are easy to navigate.
149. Online Party Planning Business
Planning a great party is a specific skill that few are blessed with. Being a virtual party planner is a fun way to make money on the web. Coordinate online launches and other parties.
150. Virtual Translator
Use your fluency in a foreign language to earn money by translating audio presentations, videos and the written word for schools, colleges and companies.
151. Cost-Cutting Consultant
In tough economic times, trimming the fat is a must for businesses of all sizes. Web-based cost cutting consultants are in-demand more than ever.
152. Peer to Peer Lending
153. College Prep
Assist students and their parents with college admissions and financial aid matters. Create strategic plans for high school students that will allow them to reach their goals.
154. License Your Music
For the musically talented, licensing songs is a natural way to accrue long-term revenue. When you come up with a catchy tune, license it to content creators on the web.
Regardless of specific skills or expertise, there’s a way for everyone to earn a solid side income either online or off. You’re really only limited by your drive and imagination, so pick a method and get started!