Okay, so you want to make some extra cash, but you’re not quite cool enough to be a super suave consultant…and can’t earn a pile of money by winning marathons since you haven’t ran in the last decade… Yeah, I hear ya. Some people’s side hustle ideas are completely ridiculous… It’s about time that we had a real list that nearly everyone can read, then simply pick one of the suggestions on the list, and earn some real money!
Well people, now is the time for this master list… 40+ side hustle ideas that anyone can do.
Let’s get started, my friend.
40+ Side Hustle Ideas That Anyone Can Do
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No crazy training, no countless years of college education, just straight up nose-to-the-grindstone work and earn some dollars. Side hustle ideas that anyone can do! Giddy-up!
1) Pet Sitting
No rocket science here. Take care of a pet, make sure they don’t run away, give him/her back to their owners when they return, and make between $25-$50 a day. Watch a pet for a week and you could earn $350! Now THAT’s pretty awesome!
How to Get Started: Simple Side Hustle Ideas – Pet Sitting
2) Baby Sitting
If you’re respectable, trustworthy, honest, and have a kind heart, then you’re probably a great candidate to offer your baby-sitting services. The going rate these days is 12.50 an hour.
How to Get Started: The Ultimate Guide to Babysitting
3) Virtual Assistant
This role is going gang-busters right now. So many websites and blogs are earning serious money these days, and they need help with the daily tasks so they can drive it to an even higher level of success.
You just have to prove that you can:
- Respond to emails
- Set up PR meetings and interviews
- Market their product
- And maybe even edit a few things on their site from time to time
Many bloggers are patient and will teach you the ropes as you go – you just have to be willing to hang around for a while and implement the learning!
Become a VA and earn an average of $16 an hour. Prove your worth and you could earn far more than that.
How to Get Started: How to Become a Virtual Assistant (even if you have no admin experience)
You know how I just said that there are so many blogs going gang-busters right now? Well one of those blogs could be yours…if you would just start it…
Last year, I earned $22,400 with this blog. It’s not quite a full-time job income, but it’s not chump-change either! Plus, there are so many bloggers out there that are earning 6-figures (sometimes even a seven-figures) a year! If you have a good idea for a blog, just follow the helpful links below to get it set up and running. And no, you don’t have to know anything about blogging or web-building to get started…I didn’t!!
- How to Start a WordPress Blog on iPage for $24
- 2 Steps to Make Your Blog Look Awesome (and actually make some money!)
- Top 10 Blog Topics for Your New WordPress Blog
- 10 Things You Need to Do to Set Your Blog Up For Success
- 6 Things I Did to Start Earning Money With My Blog
- Top 10 Paying Blog Topics For Your New WordPress Blog
How to Get Started: How to Start a WordPress Blog on iPage for $24
5) Freelance Writing
We were all taught to write stories in school – some are better at it than others – but it’s a basic skill that most of us have and can develop further if we want to!
- First, think about what you like to write about.
- Then, search all the blogs that write about that topic and shoot them an email!
Starting out, you can expect to earn $15-$20 per article. And, the more seasoned writers could earn $100 or more!
This side hustle is one of the best because of its flexibility and the potentially amazing hourly rate!
How to Get Started: How to Make Extra Money as a Freelance Writer
6) Furniture Refurbishing
You may not know how to refinish furniture today, but it’s really not all that hard. Watch one YouTube video and you’re basically qualified to give it a shot.
The reason I like this side hustle so much is because people are basically giving away their old, outdated furniture when they want something different.
This enables you to essentially…
- get started with little-to-no investment (buy up that old furniture for cheap or maybe even nothing at all!),
- sand down some furniture,
- paint it/stain it, and try to make a sale!
The only thing you could lose is your time…but more likely, you’ll be selling pieces for $100+! And that’s pure profit!!
How to Get Started: Side Hustle Spotlight – Flipping Furniture With a Young Pro
7) Car Flipping
Car flipping sounds scary…
- What if you get a lemon?
- What if you accidentally pay way too much for it?
- You might not be able to sell it when you’re done. What then??
There’s a few basics of car flipping that you need to know:
- Know your price points – Pick out a few cars that sell easily and get to know their values (just scan online often). Toyota and Honda cars are a great place to start.
- Get a sense of the repair costs – If you’re buying something for cheap, you’re going to want to know what it costs to repair before you make the purchase. Take it to a mechanic friend and understand the likely costs…then add in a safety factor in case anything else goes wrong with it.
- Be Honest – Buyers get nervous when they find out you’re selling a car that you bought just 3 weeks ago. Be upfront with them. Tell them you found a deal that you couldn’t pass up, so you bought it, fixed it up a bit, and now you’re selling it for a small profit. They’ll appreciate the honesty and they’ll start to get more excited about the car they’re buying (instead of worrying that it sucked for you and now you’re trying to pawn it off on them).
I’m not a mechanic. I actually tend to break cars more when I try to fix them… But, I have successfully flipped 4-5 cars in my life – all for a $500+ profit (Here’s the recap of my last flip). It’s not hard. Just take it slow, get the basics down, and you could earn some decent side hustle income!!
How to Get Started: Make Money By Flipping Cars?
8) Rent Out a Room
Do you own a place that has a spare bedroom? Or maybe even an entire basement that you never use?
This unused space could be putting cash in your pocket (like, $500+ a month)!! All you need to do is rent it out! Check out the link below to learn more.
How to Get Started: 7 Tips for Renting Out a Room in Your House
9) Create an Online Course
Some people say the money in online courses has come and gone, but that’s simply not true. If you have instruction for people that are interested in what you have to say (and what you have to say is actually valid and helpful to those that are looking), then you could absolutely sell your course!
Create an over-the-top course that people are salivating for, and you’re likely to succeed. Believe it or not, some people are earning $30k a month with their online courses!
How to Get Started: How to Create Online Courses – These Make $1 Million a Year
10) Buy and Sell Products (Used or New)
Have you ever heard of Ryan Grant? My guess is probably not…but he’s earning hundreds of thousands of dollars by doing just this:
- Buying clearanced products from Walmart stores, and
- Selling them for way more on Amazon
Side hustle ideas don’t need to be rocket science… Find a deal somewhere and sell it online for more. Your side hustle could really be as simple as that.
11) Make Crafts for Etsy
Everyone can make a craft – that includes your 3 year old daughter. And you know what? Most of us that are over the age of 13 or 14 can make a craft that someone else actually wants.
- Wood art
…the list goes on and on. Just browse what’s currently on Etsy and poll a few of your friends with your ideas, and you’ll be on your way! It really is just that easy. And, the start-up costs are next to nothing!
Oh, and some people are actually so successful with their Etsy side hustle ideas that they end up earning a full-time income with it!
How to Get Started: How to Make Money Selling Crafts on Etsy
12) Rent Out Your Truck
Have you ever bought a truck in your life? If you have, what question did your friends ask you after a month (or more typically…a couple days…) of owning it…?
“Hey….I didn’t realize you had a truck. Could I borrow it for a few hours? All I need to do is pick up a stove and drive it across town…”
Believe it or not, this happens ALL THE TIME. So why not formalize the idea and start renting it out?!
You could start out small with a simple Facebook or Craigslist ad to see what kind of demand there is in your area. Then, if it takes off, you could start your own website or app to support the interest in real-time! This could really turn into something BIG!
How to Get Started: Make Money With Your Car – Rent it Out On Turo
13) General Transcribing
Have you ever heard of transcribing? It’s simply typing out what you hear in an audio clip and getting paid for it. Pretty simple, right??
Typically, general transcribing is used to put conversations, business meetings, and press release calls to paper.
What are the typical earnings?
$20 an hour or more.
If you’re a speedy typer, then this side hustle could be right up your alley!
How to Get Started: How to Work From Home and Make $25 as a Transcriptionist
14) Set Up Blogs For Friends
Setting up blogs as a side hustle might sound intimidating, but quite honestly, all you need to do is set up a blog once and you’ll have the basics down (that’s what it was like for me).
So, if you have built your own blog in the past or are willing to set one up as practice today, then you’re officially qualified for this cash cow idea!
There are quite a few people out there that would gladly write a post for someone else’s blog, but they’re just too intimidated to start their own. So, what if you could start it for them for a fee? I bet they would happily do this, and it would earn you some quick cash too – probably something like $25 an hour!
How to Get Started: Contact me at derek (at) lifeandmyfinances [dot] com. I have a business proposal for you…
15) Repair iPhone Screens
Even thougth iPhones have been around for years, they still break in the exact same fashion — the screens crack. And, the high cost of a new iPhone drives thousands of people to repair shops to try to get their iPhones fixed instead of paying $800-$1,200 for a brand new one. So, what’s the going rate for screen repair? $189.99…and you could fix about one phone per hour. There’s definitely margin to be made here!!
How to Get Started: How to Start a Successful Phone Repair Business
16) Search Engine Evaluator
Ever hear of this? Most people haven’t, but it’s definitely a real thing. Search engine giants want to make sure their tool is actually giving appropriate suggestions for people and their searches, but they don’t really want to pay their costly employees to do the testing. So, they offer it up as a contract job to the public!
And, this is where you come in!
Here’s how it works:
- The search engine companies basically give you a list of words to search
- You put the search words in…
- And then you report back what the results were – if they were valid to the search or not.
That’s it! It’s pretty simple, and it pays $12 an hour. Not terrible for such a simple job that you can do from home!
How to Get Started: How to Get Paid $12/hr as a Search Engine Evaluator
17) Data Entry
If you read the prior side hustle idea and thought it sounded way too boring…then you might want to skip this one. 😉
Ahhh data. It basically makes our world go round, but it doesn’t get entered into computer systems by itself! Someone has to put it in there!
The pay isn’t great, but if you can mindlessly put data in while listening to music or a podcast, it might not be a bad way to make a little extra money!
How to Get Started: Where to Find Legit Data Entry Jobs From Home
18) Rent Out Your Driveway
If you live near a stadium or arena where there are constant shows or sporting events, this could be a goldmine of a side hustle for you!
Let’s say you can…
- fit 20 cars in your driveway/yard
- charge $10 per spot
- and do this 2 times a week.
Guess how much you could earn every month??
Whoa! Now that’s a side hustle idea!
How to Get Started: Buy a poster and write, “$10 Parking” on it…
(This may need city approval…be sure to look into that too!)
19) Baking Business
Some people are better at baking than others, but if you can nail a certain recipe, I bet you could find a way to earn some moolah with it! Follow the links below if you’re looking for details on how to get started.
On average, at-home bakers earn $10-$15 an hour doing what they love.
How to Get Started: How to Start a Home Based Baking Business
My wife might just kill me if she knew I put this on the list of things that anyone can do (she’s an up-and-coming photographer herself). But the reality is, technology is improving and cameras shoot great pictures even if the operator isn’t that skilled.
So, if you’re looking to earn some extra income and you’ve got a camera, start learning about photography and shoot pictures wherever you go! Then, just let your friends and family know you’re in the biz. You’ll almost certainly get some word-of-mouth clients.
Photographers earn $30+ an hour. I just say “+” because there really doesn’t seem to be a ceiling for amazing photographers. If you get to be the best, you can make an obscene amount of money as a photographer.
How to Get Started: The First Step to Becoming a Successful Photographer: Don’t Go to College
21) Wedding Planner
If you love weddings and you have a knack for planning, then this is probably a natural fit for you. Help a bunch of new adorable couples make their special day one that they’ll remember for the rest of their lives.
How to Get Started: How to Become a Professional Wedding Planner
22) Event Planner
Were you thinking about the side hustle above…but you’re not really all that into weddings? Maybe you had a bad experience, or maybe you just don’t want to deal with all the bridezillas. Whatever the case, event planning might be more up your alley.
Plan and book the:
- transportation, and then
- be there to monitor the party to ensure everything is going smoothly.
Event planners actually earn a bit more than wedding planners and rake in an average of $23.50 an hour.
How to Get Started: How to Become a Certified Event Planner
Almost everyone had a subject they excelled in when they were in elementary school. Chances are, you still have some of those skills….and I’m sure you can still add and subtract, and as for those other subjects, you can probably just refresh your memory on the fly as you go.
Tutors earn an average of $15-$20 an hour and it’s quite rewarding when your student begins to succeed in the classroom. Check out the link below to get started!
How to Get Started: Tutor Certification and Tutor Careers: How to Become a Tutor
24) House Flipping
My wife has flipped a house and she’s certainly no carpenter. My sister and her hubby aren’t skilled tradesmen and they flip houses all the time!! (often for a $25,000 profit)…. Really, it seems like almost anyone can do this. Sure, you might not have all the skills necessary to do every fix-up job in the house, but if you understand the values of homes and get the appropriate repair estimates, you should be able to calculate your potential profits before you even make an offer to buy a place!
Oh, and if it were me, I would be sure to do it with cash. You’ll get a better deal on the front end and you’ll earn more in the end because you won’t lose any money in interest during the process!
How to Get Started: Flipping Houses for Profit – Tips For How to Flip a House
25) House Cleaning
You’ve cleaned your own house by:
- mopping, and
- washing the windows…
You’re officially qualified to clean someone else’s house for money. 😉 Alright, well maybe it’s not exactly that simple. You’ll probably need some references before a stranger lets you into their house. But, all this means is that you’ll have to start with friends and family! Ask them if they’d be willing to get you started and give them a heck-of-a-deal rate. Then, once you’re more established, ask them to recommend your services to someone else (make some business cards!).
What can you expect to earn here?
My brother-in-law has a vacation rental property that rents out every week. He doesn’t live close enough to do the clean-up himself, so he hires a house cleaner. They do all the usual stuff (vacuum, wipe counters, etc.) and they also strip sheets and do a little laundry. On average, they work for 2-3 hours and earn $150+! That’s $$50-$75 an hour! BOOM! Now that’s a great gig!!
Don’t want to be a vacation rental cleaner? You don’t have to. Just clean for a family that needs your help once in a while. You’ll still earn in the $20-$25 an hour range.
How to Get Started: How I Started a Small Cleaning Business
26) Direct Sales/Multi-level Marketing
You’ve heard of the big names in direct selling:
- Pampered Chef
- Mary Kay
- Beach Body
…and there’s plenty more where that came from!
These companies pay you for selling their product, but they start paying you big money if you can build up a team of people that sells the product. Some call it a pyramid scheme and ignore the business entirely, but quite a few of the multi-level marketing companies are actually legit (including the ones listed above).
When you start out, you’ll probably earn of average of about $0.02 an hour (not exaggerating here), but the growth potential is there to earn much more – especially if you’re excited about the product.
How to Get Started: 7 Tips For Network Marketing Success
27) Drive For Uber
It’s pretty simple to drive for Uber.
- sign up through their link,
- upload your driver’s licence,
- make sure you have a newer, dependable car
- and you’re basically ready to go.
The pay isn’t amazing obviously, but if you want to make some money without going through the hassle of setting up your own business, then this is probably one of the best side hustle ideas out there.
How to Get Started: Make More Money with Uber – You’ve Now Got Two Options!
28) Stage Houses
You might immediately be thinking to yourself, “This is a thing???”
Yes, yes it is.
People want to get top dollar for their houses, so they do typically do these three things:
- Hire the best realtor in town
- Find a person that will help stage their house to look open, airy, designy (pretty sure that’s the technical word ;)), and highly functional
- Hire a photographer that will make their house and every room look amazing
These actions help houses sell fast and for top dollar.
If you want to get paid to stage houses, you’ve got to prove that you have a sense for design, AND you need to have a bunch of stuff that you can fill their house with (end tables, beds, pictures, books, trinkets, etc.).
Just starting out, you’ll probably be able to charge $20 an hour. But, some of the highly sought-after stagers actually make $300 an hour!
How to Get Started: Home Staging is Not a Minimum Wage Job
29) Deliver Pizzas
Alright, I know. I just took all the glamour out of these side hustle ideas with this option… But it IS a real option out there, and pretty much anyone can do it! All you need is a car and a smartphone (or an uncanny knowledge of the streets in your area…or an archaic GPS I guess…).
According to the recent “help wanted” ads I’ve seen in my area, the average driver could earn $15-$16 an hour. That’s not too shabby for an easy side hustle!!
How to Get Started: Seriously? Just go apply to the seven pizza places in your one mile radius. One of them is bound to hire you.
30) Mow Lawns
Other than my obviously nutty sister that loves to mow her own yard every Monday (it’s her ritual that she looks forward to every week), most people dread the thought of mowing their grass…
- It’s loud,
- dirty, and
- it takes time…time that people would rather use to do…pretty much anything else.
If you could offer someone a decent deal on mowing their yard, they’d probably take you up on your offer. And, if you get enough yards within a very localized area, you could earn a pretty hefty sum per hour – possibly in the realm of $60 an hour!
This side hustle idea is simple, easy, and potentially high-paying. The only real challenge is getting customers. Check the link below if you want to take this side hustle idea to the next level!
How to Get Started: Make a Good Income by Mowing Lawns
31) Snow Removal
What do you do if you start your mowing gig, but then the snow starts flying?
Snow removal of course!
Again, almost anyone can put this side hustle idea into action. All you need is a truck with a plow on it (this could run you $3,000-$4,000) or you could tote around your snow-blower from house to house (oh, and you’re going to want to be an early riser – people like their driveways and walks cleared early!). Whatever method you choose, clearing snow could be the side hustle that earns you the money you’ve been looking for!
How to Get Started: How to Make Money Shoveling Snow – Getting the Most Out of It
32) Medical Research and Donations
This side hustle idea is definitely interesting, and it can actually be quite lucrative!
Here’s the list of what you can do to earn money through medical research and donations:
- Blood plasma: $50 per donation
- Eggs: $8,000-$14,000 per donation
- Sperm: $35-$125 per donation
- Surrogate mother: $24,000-$45,000
- Paid clinical trials: Varies
For all of the above options, it’s not as easy as just showing up somewhere and saying, “I’m ready, who pays me the money when I’m done?”… There’s a process for everything. So, check with your local office what you might need to do before you actually get started. Then, decide if the dollars are worth the effort!
How to Get Started: 9 Ways to Make Money by Selling Your Body to Science
33) Rent Out Your House as a Vacation Home
My friends live in Saugatuck, MI – a nice little touristy town with great shops and an excellent beach (that they live a quarter-mile away from). Every year, they go on vacation and visit their parents in another state. Meanwhile, they rent out their house and earn some major bucks while they’re gone (like, I’m talking $1,800 a week!).
How do they do it?
- They set up their home on VRBO.com
- Have someone book a 2-week vacation while they were gone on theirs
- Then, they return home to a somewhat messy house and a loaded bank account! 🙂
How to Get Started: VRBO: Renting Out Your House
34) Dog Walking
I like dogs.
I also like walking.
Boom! I’m ready for a side hustle!
Heck, some people start this as a side hustle and then end up earning more than their day job (you’ll earn $20-$30 per dog-walk), so they start walking dogs full-time! It’s a real thing, especially if you live in a big city!
How to Get Started: How to Start a Dog Walking Business
35) Rent Out Storage Space in Your Barn
My friend knows a guy that has a big barn in his backyard. For years, it sat empty and he really wasn’t interested in filling it up with his own junk (since that’s what typically happens when you have a bunch of space…you find a way to fill it). So, he decided to start his own unique side hustle and rent out storage space to people with RVs and boats!
Here’s how the quick math works:
- He has room for 50 boats and rents out the space for $200 a month
- On average, people leave their boats with him for 6 months out of the year
- 50 boats * $200 * 6 months = $60,000!!!
All he has to do is move them in and out when his customers need them. It’s definitely NOT a full-time job, but his salary reflects one!
How to Get Started: What Do I Do Now? Trying to Get Into Boat and RV Storage
36) Closet Organizer
Do you hate a mess? Does it give you satisfaction to sort and organize? If yes, then maybe you should look into the side hustle of closet organizing!
And, believe it or not, closet organizers make between $30-$80 an hour. You really need to prove that you’re one of the best, but once you get a few clients and some recommendations, you could actually make some decent money doing this!
How to Get Started: How to Start a Professional Organizing Business
37) Sell Photography
We all know that photographers can earn money by shooting a wedding or doing family portraits, but there’s actually another way to earn money that might even earn you more dollars…and better yet, passive dollars.
If you take amazing photos that other sites might want to use, then it’s probably worth your time to learn about iStockPhoto or Shutterstock (learn about others in the link below). They’ll license your photo and put it up for sale on their site. If the photo is awesome and could be used for many articles around the web, chances are that it will sell multiple times…which means that you’ll earn multiple payouts for that one picture.
Load hundreds or thousands of amazing photos and you’ve got a pretty good chance at earning some real money!
How to Get Started: 5 Websites That Pay $100 Per Image or More
38) Rent Out Your Car
Do you live in the city where most people don’t even own cars? Well, if they’re going out of the city on a trip, they’d probably like to use one…and they don’t necessarily want to pay for a regular rental car!
So…what about your car?
Before, this would have been difficult – you know, to first let people know that your car is available for rent, and second to actually find someone that wants to rent it.
Thankfully, sites like Turo and GetAround now make it possible to rent out your ride!
- Just sign up with one of these services,
- list your car,
- have someone sign up for the rental,
- meet at a location and hand over the keys,
- then they return it and the money is in your account!
It’s pretty slick. It’s not fool-proof (things can go wrong obviously), but it’s yet another way to create a side hustle where you didn’t know one existed!
How to Get Started: 4 Ways to Make Money Renting Out Your Car
39) Start a Driving Range
I’ve always wanted to do this…
- Buy a plot of land that’s flat and seemingly worthless,
- Mow it (or seed it if there’s no grass),
- Put some flags out there at random yardages,
- Buy some golf balls marked, “Range” (so people don’t steal them…), annnnnnnd
- Tell people to come with their golf clubs and money.
The process is obviously a bit more complex than that, but not by much! If you find a location that has a few courses, but no driving ranges, then there might just be a market for it!
How to Get Started: How to Start a Driving Range Business
40) House Sitting
Some people have basic houses that need little upkeep – they have no need for house sitters.
On the other hand, some might have houses with aquariums, farm animals, or obscure pets that can’t be taken to a typical boarding facility. And, still others are just paranoid and feel better if a trusted person is staying in their house.
- Want to chill in someone else’s home?
- Watch their TV?
- Maybe even eat their food?
- Oh, and how would you like to earn money doing it?
It’s quite the gig.
I’ve done it, and I’ve actually paid people to sit my house as well (we have 2 dogs and a cat…). It’s a real thing and you can expect to earn between $25 and $45 a day. Cha-chinggg!!!
How to Get Started: How to Become a House Sitter in 2019
41) Become a Nanny/Au Pair
Nannies are mommy and daddy helpers – they:
- read to the kids,
- help with homework,
- do laundry…
Pretty much anything that’s needed (within reason), the nanny could be the one to take care of it all.
So how much do nannies earn? In the less populated areas, nannies make between $10-$15 an hour. In the more densely populated cities, nannies can earn upwards of $17 an hour. It doesn’t sound like much, but if you’re working 4+ hours a day, 5-6 days a week, that can quickly become $300 a week! Not too shabby!
How to Get Started: How to Become a Nanny: Career Guide
40+ Side Hustle Ideas – Find a Need, Fill It, Make Some Moolah!!
You came here looking for side hustle ideas. With the 40+ side hustle ideas above, I trust you found one that will work for you. Now it’s time to work it and make some money!
And, you might not realize it now, but if you’re willing to work hard and fulfill a need that’s out there in the market, you’ve got a chance to not only make a side hustle income, but perhaps even more than that! Best of luck to you out there, and keep on hustling!!
Which side hustle option do you like best? Which will you choose?
My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.