How to Side Hustle in the Fall

Fall side hustles are a great way to make money before the holidays.  We all know the holidays, whether it’s Thanksgiving, Christmas or Hanukkah can be expensive!

It’s always nice to have extra cash to help you get through the holiday season. If you want to make extra money, you can start a side hustle (or two!) at anytime to save money.

Of course, the earlier you start to side hustle, the more money you will have to use at the holidays.

I love to side hustle because it’s a flexible way of earning income without having a part time job. Plus you can side hustle from home or on the go. Basically, anywhere!

Fall Side Hustles Are Great for All Ages

Everyone can participate with fall side hustles. You might want to start a side hustle if you are:

  • Trying to save money for holiday presents
  • Driving long distance to see your family or friends during the holidays
  • Not wanting to use credit cards to buy presents
  • Don’t want to use your savings to pay for the holidays

As many of you know, I started side hustling years ago! I’ve shared countless ways to earn extra income without having a part time job.

How to Organize and Track Your Side Hustles

I like to keep a notebook to track all my earnings. I simply make a list of the side hustle and how much it pays.

I use a planner to track my schedule, especially if I’m offering a service like pet sitting or completing a mystery shop. This really helps me stay organized.

These cash envelopes are a great way to track and store your income if you receive cash.

List of Fall Side Hustles

Rent out your space on Airbnb

Over the past couple of years, I have stayed at several Airbnb’s and saved a ton of money.

I’ve been able to rent an entire house, condo and apartment instead of a room at a hotel. This has been a great way to explore and live like a local, bring my dogs and simply have more space.

Have you ever thought about renting out your home for a weekend? Or even a bedroom?

Here’s more information on how to become an Airbnb host.

Start a Blog

Starting my blog was one of the best decisions that I ever made! It took me nearly four months, but I shared my very first income report and made around $60.

Blogging has totally changed my life for the better. While blogging started out as a side hustle, it eventually became my full time job.

I was able to quit my day job in less than a year and have been blogging full time ever since.

Here is a tutorial that walks you through how to start a blog.

Not sure what to write about? Here are 120+ Awesome Blog Post Ideas.

{Resource: 10 Ways Your Blog and Business Can Benefit from Pinterest}

Learn or Offer a Skill as a Fall Side Hustle

One of the highest earning side hustles is offering a skill, whether it’s a skill set you already have or learn more about.

As many of you know, I started a side hustle as a Pinterest virtual assistant in 2015. Between my blog and offering this service, I was able to earn almost six figures in my first year alone.

Sell Printables on Etsy

You don’t need any experience to design printables that you can sell with your very own Etsy shop. Etsy Printables will help you learn how to make over 55+ ideas, such as checklists, gift tags, birthday invitations and bachelorette parties.

Learn more about how to make Etsy printables here and how Etsy works if you want your own business!

Offer Virtual Assistant Services

A virtual assistant is somehow who works remotely and assists bloggers and businesses with an array of services. You can also learn more about virtual assistant skills here.

If you love Pinterest, become a Pinterest virtual assistant. Many Pinterest VAs earn $1,000 or more per month!

If you are on Facebook and want to start a side hustle, these guys can help you get started.

If you love writing, then you should consider becoming a virtual assistant writer.


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Pet Sit or Dog Walk

Rover is a great resource if you would like to walk dogs or pet sit. This is a booming side hustle and perfect if you love animals!

Per Rover, you can make up to $100 (or more!) a week when you become a sitter. Pay varies, but I personally would make anywhere between $20 – $60 per day, but it really depends how much time you invest in this side hustle. Learn more here

The Best Fall Side Hustles to Earn Free Cash Back


Ibotta is a cell phone app that lets you earn cash back rebates from your purchases. This is by far one of my favorite ways to earn cash back. The money can quickly be transferred into your PayPal account.

I also love this app because you can use it every single time you go to the grocery store or places like Target or Walmart.

You just scan your receipt, see what items you purchased have a rebate, and then redeem the rebate.

This is one of the best fall side hustles to do especially because of all the extra food and purchases you make at the grocery store during the holidays.

What I like best about this app is that many of the rebates aren’t brand specific.

This means you can typically find a rebate that is for something like “$0.50 off any brand of milk” or “$0.75 off any brand of bread”.

The savings add up fast!

Join Ibotta and earn a $10 cash bonus!


You can make mad cash back every time you shop online with Rakuten. I’ve earned hundreds of dollars back since I signed up with them a few years ago

They even give you a $10 cash bonus when you sign up.

Join Rakuten here!

Take Surveys as a Fall Side Hustle

One of the very first ways I made extra income was to take surveys online.

I love taking surveys because I can do them in my spare time.

While surveys won’t make you rich over night, they are a great way to make some extra money.

I like to take multiple surveys and watch all my income grow with each survey company.

Then I cash them all out at the same time!

Last year I even paid for Christmas presents with all my savings from surveys and cash back cell phone apps.

This really made Christmas more affordable!

There are a ton of survey companies out there that let you earn money this way.

Remember, every company should be free to sign up with – you should never pay to sign up with any companies!

Because I’ve been with all these companies for so long (some as long as ten years), I have been able to figure out which companies really help me earn the most cash back, which I am happy to share with you!

Usually I do these surveys when I’m watching TV, because they are pretty mindless and easy to do.

Let’s face it – there are so many great shows to watch on Amazon, Netflix or on cable TV.

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This is a great way to earn money with fall side hustles and fun πŸ™‚

All of these survey companies are legit. They aren’t a scam and you can earn cash back, as well as rewards. The surveys are very easy to do.

The more surveys you participate in, the more money you will make!


Aside from being able to shop online, Swagbucks lets you watch videos that earn you points! These points can then be exchanged for gift cards and cash back.

You can earn gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, Starbucks, Walmart – basically places you normally already shop at. You also get a $5 bonus when you sign up here!


iSay survey panel is one of the oldest and most recognized survey companies around today.

iSay is really fun because in addition to taking surveys, you also get polled and see how your results compare to other people.

There is a loyalty program as well as the regular rewards program.

With this program, you earn gift cards (like Starbucks, Target, etc.) as well as Visa pre-paid cards as well that are essentially cash! Sign up here with iSay.

VIP Voice

VIP Voice lets you earn rewards for completing surveys as well as writing in an online, virtual journal, which makes it different from other survey companies.

Sign up here to get started with VIP Voice.


This is one of my favorite survey companies. You answer really current questions related to the economy and you also get to see the results.

You can cash out for a ton of different gift cards, like Visa, Walmart and more.

Sign up here and receive 2,000 bonus points!


This is similar to other survey sites – you earn points for taking surveys and then you redeem your points for a pre-paid Visa gift card or rewards.

I like Pinecone because you get to give your opinion on products (and even test them out), so your input influences whether or not products hit the shelves.

You can sign up here! 

Opinion Outpost

These surveys are on current events, products, food, medicine, etc., and you can earn cash back or gift cards, like Amazon, PayPal and more.

Sign up here to get started with Opinion Outpost.

Survey Junkie & My Soap Box

I’ve been using Survey Junkie for years! You simply take surveys and get rewarded. It’s one of the very first survey companies I started working with when I started side hustling! Click here to get started with Survey Junkie! 

My other favorite survey app/review site is My Soap Box. If you like voicing your opinion, check this one out!


The Nielsen program is an updated app I’ve been using for the past few years. You download the app…and that’s it.

Nielsen is a professional research company for media and marketing, including the Nielsen TV ratings.

With the app, you just surf the internet as usual and Nielsen uses the data to learn more about data.

I like this app because it’s a ‘set it and forget it’ side hustle that make me money every month!

Sign up with Nielsen here and get a bonus!

My Points

My Points was the very first survey company I started with when I was in college. I have been using them for ears. Sign up here!

How to Side Hustle With Mystery Shopping

One of my favorite ways to side hustle is to mystery shop.

Aside from making money, most mystery shops will reimburse you for your purchases from dining out and shopping.

This course provides over 40 direct links to companies about mystery shopping, panel studies and other side hustles immediately.

Many people believe the myth that mystery shopping is a scam, but this is far from the truth!

I have made great income from mystery shopping. I have been able to shop at popular retail stores and buy presents for friends and family at no charge, thanks to mystery shopping.

Usually I am able to purchase something that will be reimbursed, as well as receive a cash bonus for completing the shop!

Additional Side Hustle Posts

If you want to continue reading more about side hustles, here is a list of free blog posts about side hustles.

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  1. Interesting. I never thought about side hustle for different seasons.

  2. Thanks for these side hustle ideas. I’ve not heard of some of them and it’ll be great to check them out.

    1. Kristin Larsen says:

      Thanks, I’m always on the quest for new sides hustles too!

  3. Hi Kristin, I really enjoy reading your inspiring content – it keeps me on track and determined to succeed, when I am having a wobble! Your ideas for side hustles are great – I like the idea of multitasking on surveys, whilst watching TV.
    Thanks, from a newbie blogger

    Helen |

    1. Kristin Larsen says:

      Thanks so much, happy blogging!!

  4. Love the look of your site! I always come here for inspiration πŸ™‚

    1. Kristin Larsen says:

      You’re so nice, thanks!!

  5. Carrie O. says:

    Hi Kristen,
    I just signed up for YouGov using your link. I’d never heard of that one before so thanks for mentioning it. Also, (a non-related question)…. Do you use the Divi theme for your site? I’ve been debating buying it and I thought I remember you mentioning it in one of your newsletters. Just wondering how you like it. Thanks!

    1. Kristin Larsen says:

      Hey! I used to use Genesis and a child theme for the longest time. I switched over to Divi 4-6 months ago and really like it. It’s drag-and-drop and super easy to make changes. It was a little bit of a learning curve for me because it seemed too easy haha. I still have some kinks to work out but LOVE it! My other site,, is also a Divi theme if you want to look at it, as it looks totally different but the same theme πŸ™‚

    2. Kristin Larsen says:

      I originally used the Genesis theme for the first 1.5-2 years, and then switched to Divi, which I use now. It was a bit of a learning curve but it’s pretty easy to use!

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