Are you looking to earn some extra cash? Have you ever considered trying out a side hustle?
I created this list of 21 side hustles for anyone who is looking to earn some extra money. Side hustles are a great way to increase your income this year. A side hustle is basically a side job or hobby that can make you some extra money. If 2020 taught us anything it’s that nothing is guaranteed. Don’t let yourself get caught off guard without a financial plan.
One of the best choices you can make for your personal finances is diversifying your income and creating multiple streams of income. Don’t limit your income to just one source. Give yourself multiple ways to earn money and your budget will thank you.
A side hustle that may require an upfront investment:
Here are some examples of side hustles that may require you to put in some of your own money before you start to make money. Just think of these as an investment in your future and it’s always a good idea to invest. In this case you are investing in yourself.
1. Become a notary public
This may not be what you think of when you hear “side hustle” but hear me out. This is a great option because you can do notary services part-time while still maintaining another job. You will most likely have to take a course and then pass an exam. You may also have to do continued education every few years. Research the requirements for you state. This option can definitely earn you some extra money.
2. Take/sell photos
For this you may need to invest in a nice camera, if you don’t already have one but it could be worth the investment. People are always looking for photographers for milestones like birthdays, baptisms, graduations & engagements. If you’re interested in photography this is the side hustle for you. You can find photography classes online or even watch free YouTube videos to learn the basics.
Selling stock photos to different websites or advertisers is another great idea if you like photography. People are always looking for stock photos. They can be used for blogs, social media, advertisements and other projects. People are willing to pay in exchange for not having to take the photos themselves.
You can offer bookkeeping services to local businesses or companies. Many times you can find companies that will allow you to do bookkeeping from home. You can even do booking in your spare time if you have another job. If you are good with numbers and perhaps you are proficient with excel, QuickBooks or any other bookkeeping software you can do this as your side hustle. If you are not qualified to be a bookkeeper you can find programs at your local community college or adult school. You can also take online bookkeeping programs/certifications. Again, it may be an upfront investment but it’s a great option for earning some money on the side.
4. Make items to sell
If you invest in a cri-cut machine or a T-shirt press and you can make and sell your creations. A cri-cut machine can do so many things. You can create custom vinyl decals, cut shapes out of paper and even cut fabric. With just one cri-cut machine you can customize cups, banners, wall signs, T shirts, etc…
Are you a talented baker or decorator? Invest in some supplies for baking or treat decorating and sell some treats. If you are creative and you have a steady hand you can make beautiful treats that people will buy for parties or other events. There are a ton of tutorials for baking/treat decorating on YouTube that you can watch if you need to improve your skills.
This is one of my favorite options for a side hustle. It’s a great option for someone who is creative. You can sell your designs or treats on Facebook marketplace, Instagram, Esty or local pop-ups.
5. Flip furniture
This is another great idea if you’re creative or crafty. Do you have some old furniture that you can sell? You can also go to a local thrift store or garage sale and buy some inexpensive pieces. You may also have to invest in some supplies like paint, sand paper, stain etc… Giving life to old pieces of furniture is also a nice way to reuse things that might have been thrown away. This is a great option if you have a space to work in like a garage or a backyard and you can make a good profit by selling the updated furniture.
A side hustle that may not require an upfront investment:
6. Junk hauling/moving service
Do you own a truck? You can offer services to haul away junk. Perhaps you’ll find people who don’t have a truck or people who are not able to move their own junk. You can capitalize on that while also helping people.
You can also offer moving services. There are times when people need a truck but maybe they don’t want to rent a U-Haul. Also, if someone needs to buy a big piece of furniture but has no way to get it home you can help with that as well. Big box stores often offer delivery services but at a hefty price. You can offer competitive rates to pick up and delivery large items in your area.
7. Become a wedding officiant
Do you like being in front of a crowd? Depending on the state you live in you can become a wedding officiant online in one day. Some states require extra steps like registering with the state registry but other states only require the online certificate. Research the requirements in your state and decide if this is something you would like to do on the weekends. This is a side hustle that can turn into a full-time job. The wedding industry is huge and everyone who gets married needs an officiant. The best part is most weddings take place on nights and weekends so you can do this while still maintaining another job.
8. Vehicle advertising
Do you have a car? Are you open to advertising on your personal vehicle in exchange for money? This is a great side hustle because it’s basically passive income. You can check out Carvertise or Wrapify for more information. If you don’t mind driving around in a car with advertisements this is definitely something to look into.
9. Makeup/ Hairstyling services
Now, you can go to school to learn to do makeup and hair and that is a great profession. However, if you’re naturally talented or self-trained you can offer your services to people who maybe don’t want to pay the high prices for salon services. A great way to get yourself out there is to post your clients on social media that way people can see your talent. This side hustle can generate a lot of income if you’re able to squeeze in multiple clients per day.
10. Rent out a spare room, garage space or parking space.
Have you ever considered rental income as a side hustle? If you have an extra space that someone else could use you should consider renting it out. This doesn’t have to be a long-term commitment. If you’re looking to make some extra money for a wedding or a big vacation you can rent out a space for 6 months or a year just to make some extra money.
11. Offer services to your neighbors
There are so many services that people are willing to pay for. Put up some flyers or find a neighborhood Facebook group and offer services such as dog walking, babysitting, cleaning houses, car washes or shuttle services. These services are always in demand.
There are also websites like task rabbit that allow you to connect with people to do specific tasks for them. If you know how to build furniture, hang lights or other general handyman tasks you can look into task rabbit or promote your services on craigslist or social media.
Now let’s talk about utilizing the internet and social media for a side hustle:
12. Create and sell E-products/ printabes or E-services
Are you an expert in a specific area? Create an E-book that teaches the reader how to become an expert like you. This can be anything from “Learn the basics of cooking” to “How to do well on a job interview.” Use Canva to create your E-book then sell it to anyone who might want to learn about that topic.
Create an online course. If your area of expertise is best shown through video, create a video series. You can sell access to your videos or use Skillshare to get your videos out there.
Create and sell digital products. Again, you can use Cavna for this. Create templates, calendars, info packets etc… There is no limit to the amount of digital products that you can create and sell.
If you’re good with technology, graphic design, coding or other technological services check out Fiverr. It’s a great way to get your services out there for people to see. There are so many people that struggle with technology. You can make money by helping people with their digital needs.
13. Sell new or gently used items online
Do you have kids who are always growing out of their clothes? Or do you tend to buy things that only get used a few times and just take up space? Try selling these items on Ebay, Craigslist or Facebook marketplace. People are always looking for a bargain and second hand items are a great option. Selling your items online is a great way to clear out space in your home and make some extra money.
14. Tutor or teach online
Are you a dancer or a fitness instructor? Do you know how to speak more than one language? Are you able to tutor students? Offer classes via Skype or Zoom. This is a great option because you can socially distance while still teaching and interacting with others.
15. Get paid to take online surveys
You can get paid just for giving your opinions online. It’s not a joke. Online surveys really do pay. Some websites you can check out for this are Swagbucks, Opinion Outpost, Pinecone Research, Survey Junkie and Inbox Dollars.
16. Freelance writing
Are you a talented writer? You can get paid to write online. You can write guests posts for blogs or online articles. Check out Medium, Best Pickest, Dollar Stretchr, Money Pantry and Freelance mom for some opportunities.
17. Affiliate Marketing
Do you have a large social media following or the protentional to create a large following. You can make some serious money with affiliate marketing. This is a great option if you understand the social media algorithms. If you’re consistent and you continue to grow your following you can create a good income stream for yourself.
18. Manage social media for a company
Are you good with social media? Do you understand the algorithm or know how to engage well with people online? Then you should look for opportunities to manage a social media account for a brand or company. Social media is so important to a company’s image. Often times companies want to hire an outside source to manage their accounts. This is a great option and it’s something that you can potentially do from home in your spare time.
A side hustle job with long-term goals and no immediate gain:
You can start a blog pretty easily and for very little upfront cost but it won’t make you money right away. In fact, it may take years of consistent hard work to start earning some money. That being said, it could be worth it. If you’re willing to put in the time and be consistent then you can potentially create a huge income source for yourself. There are numerous ways to monetize your blog.
Similar to blogging you can start a YouTube channel for little or no money but you won’t make money at first. It could take years before your channel becomes monetized but once it is monetized there is no limit to the amount of money you can make. Consistency is the key with YouTube. You have to show up, create content and build an audience. Putting in the work now might be a great investment into your future.
Speaking of investing in your future, invest some money now. This probably doesn’t seem like a side hustle but hear me out. Investing now, the younger you are the better, is a great way to create wealth for your future self. Meet with a financial advisor and invest what you can. You’ll be surprised that even a small amount of money, invested over a long period of time, can become a huge sum of money. A side hustle is a way to create more income for yourself. Why not make investing in the stock market yours? If you make investing your side hustle your future self will thank you.
Now that’s a lot of side hustles…
Did you find a side hustle on this list that you would consider doing? As I mentioned before diversifying your income is a smart idea. Don’t rely on one source of income. Give yourself multiple income streams so you’ll never be without a source of income.
I hope this was helpful. My biggest tip when looking to earn extra money with a side hustle is invest in yourself. You may have to spend some money to get your side hustle going but it could be worth it. If you decide to become a content creator all the months of unpaid work might be worth it in the end. If you decide to sell your services you can offer free or discounted services at the beginning to get your side hustle going but once it takes off make sure to charge what you are worth.
To create a profitable side hustle find something you’re good at and monetize it. You also have to put yourself out there to make money. Harness the power of social media to promote your services. It might take a little work at first but remember happy customers bring more happy customers. So, once again, invest in yourself… and in the stock market. You’ll thank me one day.