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Top 15 High Paying Side Income Ideas

It seems like everyone is talking about side hustles these days, and there are many. But some side income ideas, like taking surveys or leaving reviews, pay next to nothing for the time you’re putting in. Earning $5-$10 per month is just not enough to trade your precious time for. The good news is, there are many things you CAN put your time into that will pay off. 

This is a staff writer post, written by Lindsey Smith.

Maybe you want some extra money to pay off debt, or maybe you want to add money to your vacation-once-the-pandemic-is-over fund. Some people want enough to pay for sports for their kids, or buy a new pair of shoes each month. Whatever your reasons, these 15 high paying side income ideas will have you in the fast lane to your goals.

writing articles for money1) Freelance Writing

Everyone has knowledge and passion in one subject or another, and chances are good that you’ll find someone who will pay you to write…

  • blog posts,
  • articles,
  • social media posts, and
  • other writing related projects so they don’t have to. 

Of course, some niches pay more money than others, but you can expect to make between $50 – $100 per piece of writing to start

If you enjoy writing, or you just read a lot of online content and know what clients expect from you, this could be a really great side hustle. It has zero overhead if you already own a laptop or computer, and have an internet connection.

Related: How I Made $25,000 Just By Freelance Writing

2) Freelance Graphic or Web Design

If you have the training or are interested in learning, doing graphic or web design for small businesses is one of the most profitable side income ideas. Most of these businesses don’t have someone doing this in-house, so your skills and expertise could be really useful to them. 

Reach out to some local businesses near you and see if they need your services. I know a lot of them would like this kind of thing taken off their hands so they’re free to do what they are passionate about.

Related: How to Make Money Freelancing: 6 Tips to Get You Started

3) Copywriting

This is one of the top side income ideas, because you can keep it small or grow it into a full-scale business. Running Facebook ads for local businesses takes up a few hours a week, and pays at least $1,000 per client. Most small businesses don’t have the time or inclination to study how to run a Facebook marketing campaign, but could really benefit from tapping into that market.

High Paying Side Income IdeasIf you decide to scale, you could be writing:

  • full sales campaigns,
  • product or course launches,
  • sales funnels,
  • optimizing existing copy for conversions,
  • emails,
  • sales pages,
  • the list goes on and on.

There is so much to choose from, you’ll never get bored. And because you’re helping businesses do the most important thing they can do: sell, it pays really well.

4) Virtual Assistant

If you enjoy organization, scheduling, and directing, being a virtual assistant might be a great choice. Freelancers and solopreneurs need you to help keep them organized and functioning.

Virtual assistants run a wide range of varied and specific tasks, from:

  • scheduling calls,
  • to answering emails,
  • to taking notes on client calls,
  • anything and everything administrative the client needs, you could be called on to do.

If you have administrative experience, you can likely just advertise yourself as a virtual assistant. If not, there are several courses you can take to learn. Many VA’s earn $500/month, per client for a set number of hours each month. 

Related: Best Paying Part-Time Job (and How to Get Them!)

5) Bookkeeping

Another side hustle helping small businesses, bookkeepers take care of the day-to-day financial transactions. They handle things such as collecting payments for businesses, adding to financial records and ensuring accuracy, payroll, and issuing reimbursement to employees for expenses related to work.

This is not the same as an accountant, who prepare documents and do forecasts. They are analyzing the data, bookkeepers are efficiently and accurately recording it.

As a bookkeeper, you can earn anywhere from $25-$50 per hour, depending on your experience. 

Related: How to Become a Bookkeeper

6) Tutoring 

Online teaching and tutoring have exploded during 2020 and into 2021, as the pandemic continues to keep kids out of school or in school for limited periods. There are also many overworked parents who’ve taken on homeschooling. And being able to shift the burden of teaching, even for a subject or two, to someone else, is worth it to them.

Even without  a pandemic, there are always parents looking to hire tutors in any subject taught at school, and if you can do ACT or SAT prep, you can earn even more.

Many tutors are paid around $30 per hour, up to $100 per hour for test prep. If you’re really good in a subject, or have experience in the field or in teaching, you could earn a good income on the side.

7) Teach English Online Through VIPKid

When you need flexible hours, VIPKid can give you some of the best off-hours around. It’s also very rewarding – you’ll be teaching Chinese children english.

You don’t need teaching experience either – just a bachelor’s degree, and experience working with kids. And yes, raising your own kids, and babysitting, both count. No need to worry about planning lessons either. Everything is taken care of via the VIPKids platform. You just set your schedule, and get to work.

You also have the potential to earn up to $22 per hour, making it a high paying side income idea.

8) Share Your Knowledge or Skills Through an Online Course

Another one of the best side income ideas? Sharing knowledge and skills for money.

Maybe you…

  • know how to crochet, or
  • do basic auto repair.
  • Maybe you can teach one of the other skills listed here, or
  • show businesses how to tackle something in a systematized way.
  • Maybe you’re great at humor and you can show people how to write jokes.

If you have a skill, consider teaching it or creating and selling an online course.

There are multiple platforms that you can teach from, like Teachable, or Skillshare.

It is labor intensive up front – you’ll need to plan, write, and record an entire course. And then market and sell it. But it’s a great side hustle because once the initial work is done, it’s a relatively passive income stream.

9) Translation

If you’re lucky enough to know more than one language, you can start a high paying side hustle as a translator.

Many businesses need someone who can communicate well with customers in other countries, or right here at home. There are also so many niches out there who need text translations that are done by a human being. Books, marketing materials, all need the nuance of someone who speaks the language.

Working a few hours a week helping to translate for people can be a rewarding way to use your gifts, and pay you well.

Related: How to Become a Translator

10) Deliveries

Put your car to work and deliver groceries, takeout, or anything else under the sun. Covid has also made this industry bloom, though it was pretty solid pre-pandemic. Now that everyone is so used to using delivery, we won’t be going back for a long time.

  • Instacart,
  • DoorDash, and
  • Postmates

These are all companies that pay a good portion to people who work for them.

If you pick up deliveries for a few days a week, you can rack up a good side hustle. The best part is, you can work as much or as little as you like.

If you find that you have a spare couple of hours ahead of you, you can turn your app to available and make a little money.

Related: 50+ High Paying Side Hustles for Single Moms

11) Landscaping

Lots of people take pride in their lawns, but don’t always have the time it takes to keep it looking its best. They’re usually looking to pay someone to take care of it for them.

If you love being outdoors, this is an awesome, high paying side hustle.

You can offer services like:

  • lawn mowing,
  • weeding,
  • mulching,
  • planting,
  • trimming, and
  • edging.

In the fall you can offer leaf raking and removal, and cleaning gutters. In the winter, snow shoveling.

Think about advertising in local online groups, or putting up flyers in shops. Ask clients as you get them to refer your services, and before you know it you’ll have a full roster of people. Be sure to ask people whether they have their own tools they’d like used, or if they want you to use yours, and plan accordingly.

Related: 11 Ways to Make Money With Your Gardening Addiction

kill your net worth - work too far away12) Auto Detailing

If you love cars, this may be one of the best side income ideas for you!

The caveat with starting an auto detailing business is that it needs to be mobile. The overhead of having a place for cars to come and park is too much, but if you take your services on the road, you’ll make a great profit.

You can find customers by advertising in local online groups, and hanging fliers at dealerships. Once you get some happy clients, don’t be afraid to ask for referrals.

Car detailers usually clean the outside and inside of vehicles.

You could offer things like…

  • wash and wax,
  • removing scratches,
  • carpet shampoo,
  • leather conditioning,
  • removing pet hair, and
  • washing the inside plastics and windshield.

Before you start advertising yourself, make sure you have the equipment you need, and a way to transport it. A truck, SUV or van will give you the room to store your cleaning equipment. You’ll either need permission from your customer to use their own hose, or you’ll have to transport a water tank with you.

13) House Cleaning

This is one of those lucrative side income ideas. And it’s especially great for those who like the comfort of knowing exactly what is expected, and working alone.

House cleaners can earn anywhere from $25-$100 per hour, depending on how well they clean, and the income level of the neighborhood they’re working in.

How to Drum Up Business

Ask family and friends for referrals, and advertise in local online groups. People are always looking for house cleaners, either as a recurring job, or for move-in and move-out services. If you live near a tourist area, consider advertising for vacation home cleaning services, since people who own them are not always living nearby.

This is a side hustle that can get you paid pretty quickly, so if you’re looking to start flowing cash right away and you find peace in getting down and scrubbing a house clean, this is a great option.

14) Babysitting

I love this side hustle. And it’s especially good for stay-at-home moms, who want to focus their time on their kids, but still want to make some side money. Giving other parents peace of mind, knowing their children are well taken care of, engaging in fun activities, and loved while in your care is what makes child-care so rewarding.

side hustles you can start this weekend - babysitting

When planning to start this as a side hustle, know what kind of time commitment you’re willing to make.

If you only want something short term, offer evening and weekend…piece work babysitting. If you know you’re in this for a longer amount of time, go ahead and advertise for daily childcare. 

You can list yourself on websites specifically designed to advertise childcare, or ask family and friends for referrals. Double check with your state-laws first, so you know how many children you can have in your care before you need to be a licensed day-care.

Related: How Can I Start My Baby Sitting Business?

15) Dog Walking

Spending your free time with doggos you love is one of those side income ideas you’d do for free. Luckily, you can get paid pretty well for being a quality dog walker or pet sitter.

Once you bond with some of the animals, their owners will probably retain your services until you stop offering them. There’s nothing better than having someone who loves your dog as much as you do.

The price you charge may depend on where you’re located.

  • Bigger cities tend to pay more, upwards of $30 per walk.
  • Smaller areas may pay more like $30 per month.

However, with enough clients, you can make this into a pretty lucrative and loveable side hustle.

Best Side Hustle Ideas – Which Will You Choose?

There aren’t a lot of people who would turn down the opportunity to make extra money – everyone has something they’re saving for. Even with only a small amount of time to dedicate to it, you can make what you need with any one of these high paying side hustles.

Have you tried any of these side income ideas? Which one are you dying to try? Tell us in the comments below!

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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.

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