Side hustles can be a great way to make extra money outside of a job, but sometimes hectic schedules complicate things. While there are plenty of side hustle opportunities, there are times when it seems like none of them will realistically fit into your daily or weekly schedule. And that’s where flexible side hustles come in handy!
10 Flexible Side Hustles That Can Fit With Any Schedule
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It’s true that some side hustles don’t work well with particular schedules, but there are also a number of good options that are extremely flexible and allow you to make money when it’s convenient for you.
This article features 10 different flexible side hustles that you can pursue if you need a great deal of flexibility related to the hours that you’re working. Maybe you have an irregular schedule at your existing job or family commitments that make it hard to work a more traditional schedule. In any case, you’ll love the flexibility that these side hustles provide.
1) Dog Walking
You might be surprised by the earning potential of working as a dog walker. According to the CEO of Wag, dog walkers make an average of about $17.50 per walk, and some make $20-$40 per walk (source).
There is plenty of demand for dog walkers from many pet owners that don’t have the time or aren’t physically able to walk their own dogs. There are opportunities in big cities and small towns, so regardless of where you live, this could be an option.
As a dog walker, you can schedule your working hours whenever it fits for you, around your other commitments. You can use apps like Wag and Rover to make it easy for clients to find you, or find clients on your own through local marketing or your network of family and friends.
2) Selling on eBay
Although the gig economy has led to a big increase in the number of side hustles available, some of the old school side hustles are still great options, including selling on eBay.
eBay is a massive platform with millions of people who are looking to buy all kinds of stuff.
- You can find things around your house that you want to get rid of, or
- head out to some yard sales or the flea market and buy things to resell.
Selling on eBay takes a little bit of practice because you’ll need to learn what you can resell quickly and what will bring the best profits, but with a little bit of effort, this can be a great way to make extra money around your existing schedule.
If you’ve never flipped products before, How to Sell on eBay for Beginners is a good place to start.
3) Renting Out Your Stuff
Instead of selling things, how about renting them out?
There are a lot of possibilities for making money with rentals that you may not even be aware of.
- You can rent your car (Turo),
- bike (Spinlister),
- storage space (Neighbor),
- yard (Sniffspot),
- baby items (BabyQuip), and more!
One of the great things about a rental side hustle is the fact that you’re making money because of the assets that you own, not because of the time that you’re working. As a result, you’ll have plenty of flexibility.
There are many different services that you could offer as a freelancer (like graphic design, coding and development, photography, voiceovers, editing, and more), but freelance writing is one of the best opportunities for a few different reasons:
- With millions of blogs and websites publishing content, there is a strong demand for writers.
- Many freelance writing gigs, especially for blogs, involve on-going work. Once you have a few clients, you won’t need to spend time looking for more work.
- You don’t need a lot of experience to get started.
While the highest-paying freelance writing jobs may go to professionals, there are plenty of opportunities even for beginners. As a freelancer, you’ll be able to do the work whenever it fits into your schedule. You’ll probably have deadlines that you need to meet, but as long as you meet the deadlines, you can do the work around your existing job or other commitments.
Working as a freelance writer is also a side hustle that can be scaled from part-time to full-time, if that’s something that you want. Because of its flexibility and excellent earning potential, working as a freelance writer is one of the best entry-level work from home jobs.
Blogging can be an excellent, and flexible, side hustle if you have the patience to wait for your work to pay off. While you can start making money immediately by working as a freelance writer and writing for existing blogs, if you launch your own blog, it will take some time to build up traffic and begin making money. In general, I’d recommend that you plan to work for at least six months on your own blog before making anything significant.
Working for six months or more without seeing much payoff can be a big challenge, and that’s why most bloggers don’t survive their first year of blogging. But if you have a long-term focus and you’re more interested in building something for the future than you are in making money right now, blogging is an excellent choice with very high earning potential.
Of course, you can work on your blog any time you choose, so it offers a great deal of flexibility. You can also choose the topics you want to write about, so you can start a blog based on your own personal interests or hobbies.
Related: How and Why to Start Your Own Blog
If you have some typing skills, working as a transcriptionist is another flexible way to make money. Companies like Speechpad allow you to sign up for transcription work and make money whenever you’re able to work. (Speechpad is one option, but there are many others as well).
Whenever you’re able to work, you can…
- login and see the jobs that are available,
- complete the work, and
- get paid.
You can work as much or as little as you want, whenever you want.
The only downside to transcription work is that some of the jobs pay low rates, and you may be able to earn more money with some of the other options covered in this article. But in terms of flexibility, this opportunity scores extremely high.
Another flexible option for making money is to test websites and apps. (Platforms like UserTesting are looking for people like you to test websites and apps for their clients.)
As a tester, you’ll get paid for any tests that you complete. The compensation will depend on the platform that you’re using and the amount of time needed for the test, but you can typically make up to $60 per test.
In order to get started, you’ll need some very basic equipment:
- an internet connection and
- a computer or device with a camera and a microphone.
The typical laptop will suffice.
After you sign up as a tester, most platforms will ask you to take a sample test in order to get familiar with their process and to make sure that you qualify (basically, you need to be able to follow directions). Once you’re approved, you’ll be able to see all of the testing opportunities that are available. You can do the testing work whenever it fits into your schedule, but be aware that the tests won’t be available forever, so you may want to take them as soon as you’re able.
8) Delivery Driving
Working as a rideshare driver for Uber or Lyft is a popular side hustle, but not everyone has a vehicle that will meet their requirements for drivers. On the other hand, the vehicle requirements are lower for working as a delivery driver, and in some cases, you can even use a bike.
- Through the Amazon Flex program, you can pick up shifts and deliver packages to Amazon customers.
- Food delivery apps like DoorDash and Grubhub also provide excellent opportunities.
Another perk of working as a delivery driver, instead of working as a rideshare driver, is the fact that you won’t have strangers in your car.
Some of the best opportunities for maximizing your income and getting the most tips will come on the weekends, making this an excellent weekend job.
9) Scooter Charging
If you work in an urban area, you could easily earn some extra money by charging scooters for companies like Bird and Lime. Once you’re signed up as a charger, you can use their apps to find scooters near you that need to be charged.
- You’ll simply pick up the scooter,
- take it home and plug it in, and then
- return it after it’s charged.
It’s extremely flexible and you can pick up the scooters whenever it works for you. Most chargers try to find scooters near their home or place of work that can be picked up on their way, so it impacts life and schedules as little as possible.
Kevin from Financial Panther has written an excellent guide to making money by charging scooters.
10) Donating Plasma
Unlike blood donations, you’ll actually get paid for donating plasma. The donation takes a little bit longer, but typically an hour or less (maybe longer your first time).
Donation centers like CSL Plasma and Octapharma are located in almost every city and you can donate whenever it’s convenient for you.
You’ll be able to donate twice per week and you can make up to $300 – $400 per month with this simple side hustle.
Flexible Side Hustles – Final Thoughts
Even with a busy schedule, there are still ways to make some extra money. Check out the details of the options covered in this list and find one or two that seem like a good fit for you. Before you know it, you’ll be making money while still doing the things that you need to do.
What flexible side hustles do you like best? Are you doing any of them? Tell us in the comment section below!
AUTHOR Derek Sall
Derek has a Bachelor's degree in Finance and a Master's in Business. As a finance manager in the corporate world, he regularly identified and solved problems at the C-suite level. Today, Derek isn't interested in helping big companies. Instead, he's helping individuals win financially--one email, one article, one person at a time.