By now, most people know what the term side hustle means. Side hustles are something people do in addition to their regular jobs to make a little extra money. But if you choose the right side hustle, you can make a lot more than a little extra money.
I’m a huge fan of earning more money, and I think everyone should have a side hustle. Side hustling can allow you to earn that little bit of extra money that can help you achieve your financial goals faster – whether it’s paying off student loans, saving for retirement, or building PASSIVE INCOME!
Most of these are side hustles are from my own experience or from what I’ve personally seen work first hand with a sprinkle of online examples. All of my adult life has been in the Navy living around military bases so keep that in mind. Think higher population areas, higher than average turnover in tenants (we typically move every few years), a lot of single dudes ordering out and drinking all the time, needing sober drivers you get the idea, so my list plays into this and can be used to fit where you live just be creative, you’ve got this!
We’re all given the same 24 hours in a day, (25 Hours a Day if you’re Nick Bare) and what we do with that time can set us apart from the crowd. He, like myself, has a military background and I’ve been following him for years. In his book he talks about embracing the suck,the mental pain, and learning to enjoy it, even turning it into a strength and living like you’ve got an extra hour in the day. Some of us have more demanding jobs or home lives, but thankfully, with today’s technology you can take on a second or third job and do it on your own down time. Or decide to start a business and all of a sudden you have a business. You can get a website up and running in hours if you’re so inclined and you can find customers all over the world faster than ever before. Technology has made so much possible for us, I want you to take advantage of all the opportunities that are out there if you’re looking to beat debt once and for all.
Drive in your spare time. Nights or weekends are usually the big money and busiest times and some drivers report making somewhere between $15-$25 an hour on average. Be sure to account for your gas mileage, too many people get burned on this.
2. Buy And Resell Stuff
This was one of the first side hustles I ever did. I would go to garage sales, estate sales and flea markets (which were a little harder because the best stuff had been picked thrugh by the people selling in the first place) and then start selling the items on eBay or Amazon.
Today, the technology has improved so much that there are a lot of people who make this their full time job. Search for flippers on YouTube and you’ll see all kinds of people who are hustling and reselling stuff.
Ok, so this is crazy, but I’ve seen people make some serious BANK on buying things people can’t wait to get rid of and touching them up, cleaning them up or just reselling them at a huge profit! Look theres some legwork, but if you like to surf sales, deals and estate sales, this might be the side gig for you.
3. Deliver Food And Groceries With Postmates
Making deliveries is one of the easiest, most accessible side hustles of 2020. It might not be the most lucrative, but it can provide you with a steady stream of income delivering food, groceries, and supplies to customers.
You can easily pick and choose the hours you work and everything is done through an app on your smartphone making it straight forward to earn money. Making deliveries as a side hustle is not going to make you rich, but you can save the money you earn to launch your own company and increase how much money you’re able to make.
4. Pet sitting and walking
Create a profile on Rover.com or Care.com and start up your own pet sitting service. Do you know that Americans spent $69 BILLION dollars on their pets last year? Most of us treat our pets just like children, so it’s no surprise that people will spend good money to have their dog well cared for while they are away.
It’s not just for teenagers anymore. The going rates for babysitting in most markets is $15-$25/hour depending on the number of kids, city, hours, requirements, etc. What about offering to watch a friend’s child in your home? You can likely save them on daycare and bring in pretty good money for a day. Some of the “Stay at home wives” make serious money doing this part time. They also get to charge a premium because EVERYONE is looking for a babysitter in and around military housing. Maybe it’s the same in areas near you?
6. Help People Move
If you have the ability to help people move, you can easily make money in your spare time. Maybe you have a truck, or are strong and can lift heavy furniture.
There are people all over that pay for help moving – from moving their own houses, to when they buy furniture and need someone to help get it home.
If you’re just the muscle, you won’t earn as much, but if you have a truck too, you can really earn a lot.
Dolly – An app that connects people looking for help moving. It’s only available in certain cities so check their map.
7. Sell on Etsy
Etsy is the go-to marketplace for everything handmade including jewelry, clothing, and home decor among other things. If you’re good at making things that people want to buy, setting up your own shop on Etsy can be one of the most lucrative side hustles available today.
There’s a $0.20 listing fee and a 5% transaction fee whenever you sell something. If the sale comes through an advert hosted by Etsy, there will be an additional 15% charge but this is optional in most cases. It’s a small price considering the new potential customers you gain.
8. Mowing lawns
Invest in a mower, hedger and a few other small pieces of equipment and you have yourself a fantastic business! You can make about $20-30/hour on average doing lawn maintenance, it just takes hard work and sweat equity.
9. Detailing Cars
You may need to get a little practice in on your cars, friends, family, neighbors to develop a system and get good idea of how long its takes to finish different types of vehicles. For best results advertise, this can be a sign, online, in the paper just get some deals coming your way and word of mouth can be very powerful from there. This can easily scale into big money with buying your own equipment, going mobile, hiring help, and having multiple price options like the car washes do (you know normal wash all the way up to full detail and tire shine)
10. Sell Your Photos
Some people already have thousands upon thousands of pictures just sitting there, and some of them are OUTSTANDING and BREATHTAKING! They don’t have have to be personal, family or anything like that, it can be simple designs, buildings, landscapes and nature, people need images for all manner of things, including blog posts, magazines, and websites.
Selling your photos has two benefits. It’s a great side hustle you can do from home and a form of passive income. You only have to take and edit a photo once but you can sell that image an infinite number of times.
Upload your photos to Shutterstock,or any of the many other similar sites and every time that photo is downloaded by a customer, you make some extra income.
Pick up some extra hours after school tutoring kids in your home, at the library or make a deal with a local shop to use their space. Let’s face it, there are a lot of kids who need extra attention and teachers have a special gift. The parents of your students will appreciate that they can use a tutor that their kids already know and love.
12. Become a Virtual Assistant (VA)
Not everyone has time or certain skills to do things in their business. So a VA is someone who typically can be an extra arm for a business owner or specializes in one thing, like social media. There are so many ways to start a VA business, find your passion and specialty and start asking around for who needs help.
13. Deliver pizzas
You’re working for someone else, but the money can be pretty amazing for a side gig. I had to put this in, near military bases and colleges holidays and weekends alone can easily surprise you how much these drivers can bring in. Those cash tips can add up really quickly.
14. Work Odd Gigs
This is one of my favorite ways to make money if you really have no idea what you want to do. Have you ever noticed people doing odd gigs around town – maybe working an event, or helping at a fair, or something that’s just a one-off.
Well, you can find these gigs online and get paid to do 1 or 2 day random events. If you go to Craigslist -> Gigs, there are a bunch of listing for people looking for help with a random event.
It’s not consistent work, but it’s quick and easy to get paid.
FlexJobs is a job board that specializes in remote jobs across dozens of fields including advertising, event planning, graphic design, and business development. There are part-time and full-time jobs, employee and freelance jobs, and on-site jobs that offer flexible and alternative schedules.
A lot of people would like to work from home but are reluctant to look for a job that allows it because there are so many work from home scams out there. You don’t have to worry about finding a scam job on FlexJobs. Each post is researched and vetted, and all of them have an element of flexibility, whether it’s the ability to work entirely from home or to create your own work schedule.
15. Flip furniture
Chalkboard paint and antiquing is very in as well right now, as well as plain old sanding and refinishing. It’s a small investment in paint and the proper supplies as well as learning techniques, but once you make the initial investments of learning, you can take almost any piece of unwanted furniture and turn it into a desired treasure. I haven’t taken any of the courses available on techniques, but I watched a YouTube video and made my son’s dresser from nice, albeit scratched dresser for $100 total he was born. It’s a special piece me and the wife did together and it’s solid cherry and will last a very long time, and well heck it didn’t turn out half bad. I was tempted to sell it because similar pieces were going for $400-600 on Facebook Marketplace in our area.
16. Online Freelancing
There are so many ways to make money online freelancing. If you can read, write, program, make videos, or are open to learning a variety of skills, you can make money freelancing online. You could even do bookkeeping for other businesses online!
Some areas that are easy to get started with are online transcription work (think of all the podcasts that need thins), online virtual assistant services, and even online social media management.
The bottom line is that the potential is limitless if you are even a little tech savvy or have writing skills.
17. Rent your vehicle out on days you’re not using it
18. Cleaning houses
Do you enjoy cleaning and making a place smell and look good? There are a lot of services out there, but people like to use people they know and trust. You can start with as little as $20 in minimal supplies from the Dollar Tree or Walmart and get started. Make a few calls around your town or city to get the going rates.
19. Air B&B an extra room, your basement or loft space
I suggest both using Air B&B to save money when you go places as much as I do renting your own space out on the platform. Like anything else, it might be hard to get started, but provide excellent customer service, ask for reviews and you’ll be booked in no time.
20. Become a notary
While it may take an application, course, and exam, once you’re a notary you can charge people a fee to witness them signing documents. I thought about this one long and hard, but sure to check your states laws. I backed out because of all the free options available to the military on and off base in the area. This is something that can have a whole lot of upside if you are willing work odd hours and weekends when everyone else is closed. Nationalnotary.org is full of information to include the process and specific information on your state and links to their laws and regulations.
Side Hustle Wrap Up
Anyone one of these can be huge in helping you come out on top during the turmoil in today’s economy, as well as beat down any kind of debt you have or simply accelerated your wealth building and path to early retirement. Who knows, many of these have the potential to grow into a business of their own if that is what you’re looking for. The $100 Startup is a great book full of examples of people who started small with as little as $100 and went on to make a living doing what they loved. For a lot more free information online on side hustles I recommend www.sidehustlenation.com