If you are looking for an epic list of side hustle ideas, I am here to help. In case you didn't know by now, I love to side hustle. I even started this blog so I could share all my crazy experiences with side hustles so I could pay off my credit card debt.
I also regularly update this side hustle blog post so I can share new side hustle ideas with you all the time. This way there is something for everyone!
Side hustles are great because there are so many different layers. You might want to side hustle and earn an extra $50 a month. Or, maybe you want to make an extra $1,000 or more per month. Either way, you have come to the right place!
By definition, a side hustle is not the same thing as a part-time job. It's a side job that you do in your spare time to earn income.
There are so many different reasons to have a side hustle. Here are a few reasons that I started doing different side hustles. Maybe you can relate to one of these reasons:
- Get out of debt
- Save for vacation
- Pay bills
- Save for college
- Extra spending money
- Pay off student loans
- Pay off your mortgage faster
- And more!
34+ Best Side Hustle Ideas to Make an Extra $1000 a Month
I've compiled an epic list of side hustles ideas for you to try. I have done the majority of side hustles on this list, so I can speak from first-hand experience that this side hustle list is legit.
Start a blog
I started this blog in January 2015. It took roughly four months of blogging in my spare time to make my first $40!
I went from making $40/month to over $4,000/month in the span of six months. That’s crazy!
Next, grab these free blogging guides! I always recommend starting a blog as a way to make money, and these workbooks and guides are great for reference!
- 120+ Awesome Blog Post Ideas Cheat Sheet
- Blog Template Layout Worksheets
- 7 Ways to Boost Your Blog Income Overnight
- 10 Steps to Take When A Blog Post Goes Viral
- The New Blogger's Guide to Guest Posting Guide
Blogging has totally changed my life. I was able to quit my day job and become a full time blogger in only ten months. My blog started as a side hustle and now it is part of my overall business model.
I even share my online income reports so other people can see how I got started and know that anything is possible.
Here's a list of some of my blog income reports from the past four years as a full time blogger:
- June 2015 online income report $66.10
- July 2015 online income report $515
- September 2015 online income report $1530.94
- October 2015 online income report $3634.28
- December 2015 online income report $4238.99
- April 2016 online income report $5,920.53
- October 2016 online income report $7157.04
- December 2016 online income report $11,195.28
- March 2017 online income report $19,752.67
- September 2017 online income report $68,856.02
- January 2018 online income report $41,502.90
- April 2018 online income report $109,878.70
As you can see, I did not get rich overnight. But I stuck with it, and my income started growing very quickly. There is no way I could have ever made this kind of income at my day job!
My online income now comes from my blog, and includes things like affiliate marketing, ads on my website, my products and courses, freelancing and coaching.
Create a service or virtual assistance business TO HELP OTHERS
Think about turning your hobby or something you excel at into a service that helps others. This could be creating stock photos, writing newsletters, researching articles – there is a ton of things out there that people need help with.
If you cook, make meals for someone who is short on time. Provide cleaning services, run errands for someone or help someone get organized.
People are super busy and often times will pay for help if it makes their lives easier.
If you are interested in learning how to become a Pinterest VA, this program can help you get started with your own Pinterest freelance business quickly.
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.
This cell phone app helps you make money off your grocery receipts.
Yup, for real!
You use it after you go grocery shopping and use your receipt. It’s basically a rebate app, so you can earn anywhere from 50 cents to $5 off everything you buy.
My favorite part about Ibotta is that it’s not always brand specific, like a lot of coupons are.
So you’ll be able to scan “any brand of bread” for 50 cents off, etc. If you do coupon – you can STILL use Ibotta and get a rebate.
For the diehard couponers out there, this will often result in getting an item for FREE. When you sign up for free, you will receive a $10 cash bonus when you make your first scan!
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 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?
Here's more information on how to become an AirBnB host.
Tip – Staying in an AirBnb can be so much more fun than a traditional hotel. You can learn more about how to use AirBnB here. Using the link, you will also get a coupon for $40 off your first stay anywhere!
I have made thousands of dollars over the past few years from taking surveys online!
There are a handful of companies that I love to use and earn cash back into my PayPal account, as well as reward points that I can use at places like Target, Walmart and Macy's.
Here is a list of the best survey companies to make money:
Become a dog walker and petsit
This is a really great side hustle that can be pretty consistent. I used to dog walk for 30 minutes and charged $20 per walk.
Most of my clients needed me 3-4 times a week and this was regular income.
This was a great side hustle job at the time as I was working from home and could really commit to this.
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.
Please make sure you love pets or it is not fair for everyone involved 🙂
Rakuten is my absolute favorite company to use when I’m shopping online. Hello, it’s free money!
Every time I shop online, I always start at Rakuten. They have a list of all the places you normally shop at and you just click on the store you want to visit online.
After you make a purchase, you earn a percentage of the sale! They literally give you cash back on every purchase you make.
The cash back ranges from 1% to 14%. The money is then deposited into your PayPal account.
I’ve made over $700 from shopping online and earning cash back. Join Rakuten here!
Get Paid to Be On Facebook
If you are on Facebook and want to start a side hustle, these guys can help you get started.
Most Facebook Ad specialists make a minimum of $1,000 per client per month, and only work a handful of hours in their spare time!
Create a course
I created the Pinterest Presence course for fellow bloggers and businesses. My monthly page views skyrocketed from 1,000 to 160,000 in under a year, which was crazy.
So many people asked me how I did it, so I created Pinterest Presence to help other people.
If you have a skill that could help others, why not create a course? You can start with a free course or charge for your course. Think of what type of skill set you have that can benefit other people.
Here's a few ideas:
- Craft tutorials such as knitting, how to use a CriCut machine, calligraphy and more!
- Mechanic / car related
- Interior decorating
- Professional services like bookkeeping
- and more!
Learn more about the Teachable platform if you would like to create a course to help other people.
Freelance in A similar field of work
Every couple years, I help similar companies in my field of work (outside of blogging) with updating their records, renewing certifications with the state and filing paperwork. Each job ranged between 10-15 hours and paid around $300.
If you want to work online, you should consider becoming a virtual assistant. You can work from home, at a coffee shop and even on vacation.
You can also learn more about virtual assistant skills here.
If you love writing, then you should consider becoming a virtual assistant writer.
If you love Pinterest, become a Pinterest virtual assistant.
Sell your services via the TAKL app
This is a service-based app where you can sign up and perform services for people in your area
The app determines the going rate for the area and all payment is processed online, so no need to exchange cash with your customer.
Here's just a few services you can offer on TAKL:
- Hauling away debris
- Lawn care
- Washing vehicles
- Assembling furniture
- Hanging decor on the walls
- and more!
Make money at auctions
The Second Hand Millionaires are the champs of going to auctions, purchasing items at a great price and then flipping them.
They are sharing all their secrets, hints and tips here.
Become a vendor at the farmer's market or craft fair
Sometimes the best way to sell something is to get out in your community.
This works great if you are selling something perishable, a craft you have made, etc.
This is a great way to make extra income, test your products and get feedback.
This post will teach you how I got started, what all goes into becoming a vendor and how I became the farmer's market manager (which was a paid part time job!).
Sell on Ebay
If you aren't sure how to even get started on how to sell and ship things on Ebay, this tutorial will walk you through everything you need to know.
This is a classic side hustle and still lucrative.
Jayleen from Sunshine and Rainy Days breaks down all the tools and methods she uses to sell on Ebay.
Write a book
This is such a great way to make money and can turn into passive income. Anyone can write a book and self publish it on Amazon.
As an example, I'm in a book written about 17 bloggers who make six figures per year. My friend and best selling author Sally wrote the book!
My friend Angela J. Ford is an amazing author (fantasy and sci-fi) and publishes her books on Amazon!
Sell electronics for parts
When my MacBook broke beyond repair, I placed an ad on Craigslist to see if anyone wanted a broken Mac. A bidding war broke out!
I kept the hard drive, and then scrapped the parts for around $350. Not bad!
If you have any old laptops, computers, phones, etc. wipe them clean and consider selling them for parts.
I had no idea this was such a lucrative business until the guy I sold my laptop told me how much parts go for online.
Potato chip taster
I have completed a few of these taste tests and wish I could complete more! I have paid to sit for an hour and taste various food products and provide my opinion.
Coffee study panel
I completed a 2 hour panel study on coffee and was paid $150.
This study panel was completed with about a dozen other people. We sat around a large table and answered questions from a moderator on all things related to coffee. This was a lot of fun!
Become a mystery shopper
Mystery shopping is becoming more and more popular as there are a ton of websites you can sign up with.
I have completed shops that include trips to the aquarium, sporting events, Walt Disney World, theme parks, fancy restaurants, casual restaurants and department stores.
It's super easy and fun!
You can learn more about mystery shopping from these posts:
I recommend Side Hustle to Success if you love any of the places I mentioned above.
Yes, I have been paid to sniff things and give my opinion. I have sniffed dryer sheets, soap and dish detergent.
Each of these sniff tests took about 30-45 minutes and I was compensated between $20 – $45 for my time.
If you like talking to people and are outgoing, this would be the perfect side hustle. You get to set up at different venues and pass out free samples.
This is not for the faint of heart. I tried this a couple times and it was too much for me.
After the initial 4 hour exam of blood work, a physical and filling out paperwork, I was able to donate plasma twice a week, with each visit taking roughly an hour.
Unfortunately, I fainted after donating and that was the end of that side hustle! However, most people are fine and donate on a regular basis.
Compensation was $20 or $25 each visit and was loaded onto a pre-paid Visa card I could use anywhere.
Yup, did this. I worked at a private pharmacy, helped package it and then delivered it. It was pretty crazy and you can learn more about it here.
Look at your local college for paid studies
This study was done through a local college. I found the ad posted online through the university’s local newspaper/website.
I was with a team of 3 other people around a computer and the study was how well we worked as a team solving a problem in a video game.
Students receive grants to test theories/studies and use the grant money to pay for their research, which includes paying others for their time. I was paid $50 for 90 minutes of my time.
Get a part-time retail job
One year I wasn’t able to go home over the holidays so I sought out a part-time holiday job.
Because I worked a full time, Monday to Friday job, I opted for 1-2 evening shifts and 1 weekend day.
This amounted to 12-16 hours a week and between $140-$190 a week before taxes.
Another bonus was the company discount, which was a 35% discount for seasonal employees.
I even stayed on with the company after the holidays for a few months as I enjoyed working with my fellow employees and genuinely liked the company I worked for.
Sell your old textbooks
Do you really need to keep all your textbooks from college? Get rid of them on Amazon.
Selling your college textbooks back to your school is one of the worst ways to make money and very rarely pay well.
When I completed my 2nd college degree, I had a textbook that I purchased new for a little over $300. This was a new textbook and could not be purchased used anywhere- trust me, I looked!
When I went to see how much the school was offering to buy it back, I was offered ZERO dollars because the school wasn’t sure it would be using the textbook again.
So I sold the book online and it sold for roughly $250. Sell (or buy) your school textbook here.
If you are a college student, don't forget that you also get Amazon Prime for a discount. 🙂
Get rid of your stuff
When I moved, I got rid of a ton of stuff on Craigslist and through Facebook groups.
Since my goal was to become more of a minimalist, and I just had stuff laying around, I decided to try my luck. I have sold everything from patio furniture to books to leftover pavers from a home improvement project.
My biggest tips would be to provide a full description with lots of pictures.
Sell on Etsy
I personally love Etsy. I used to have my own shop and made a nice part time income over the course of two years. You can sell pretty much anything on Etsy, whether it's crafting, edibles or even things like tutorials!
I've purchased Christmas card templates, cat toys, beer kits, cheese kits and a ton of other stuff on Etsy. If you can imagine it, you can sell it on Etsy.
Create products on Zazzle
Zazzle lets you create and design all your own products, and then sell them on your website or Zazzle's website! You earn a commission of each sale and set your own rates.
Sell your Halloween costumes
Sell Halloween costumes on eBay
This is most profitable in August, September and beginning of October. If you wear a costume once, keep the packaging. You can resell a gently used costume, often at a great price.
I have also sold dog costumes my dogs have worn. My dogs wore their costumes for a couple hours on Halloween, but that’s it!
I have the photos and memories and don’t need to keep every costume or outfit they wear. People will often pay almost full retail for dog costumes, and I have easily made back the money I initially spent!
Participate in a medical study
This is a great way to accomplish a couple things- improve your health and get compensated for it!
I participated in a particular study that compensated me $100 for each return visit and this study lasted several months. It eventually rolled over into a similar study and I was compensated a similar amount. You can read about my adventure here.
There are a ton of medical studies out there, such as quitting smoking, asthma, ADHD, depression, etc.
Accept a short term position
I accepted a 3 month contract position on top of my regular, full time job.
The contract position was similar to my full time job title but gave me the opportunity to branch out to a slightly different line of work that I hadn’t done before.
This position turned into 6 months and there were numerous benefits to accepting the contract.
While the pay rate was just good, not great, I was able to work from home, learn a new niche in my field of work, make new contacts and update my resume!
If you have time, why not see what else is available in your career niche?
Clean or organize someone's house
This was a referral through a customer and I got paid hourly to organize and clean a master closet. This took an afternoon and I made about $100.
Help small businesses
This side hustles relates to my day job. A couple of businesses reached out to me to see if I could help with some organizational paperwork.
I helped these small businesses with renewing business licenses, reviewing CEU classes, resale certificates, etc. This was an easy job for me, I enjoyed it and completely worthwhile.
As you start trying out these epic side hustles, don't forget to try to save money!
Start saving, even if it’s only a few dollars a week.
Digit lets you save money each week from your checking account.
What I really like about Digit is that it analyzes my bank account and determines how much I can really save per week. Some weeks it might be $5 and other times it might be $20.
You don’t have to worry about overdraft and can contribute less or more if you need to.
Whether you want to start an emergency fund or a vacation fund, you have to start setting some money aside. If you’re like most people and struggle with saving, you should consider using Digit.
As of now, I don’t know an easier way to save money! You can learn more about Digit here.
Best Side Hustle Ideas in 2020
So there you have it – my epic list of side hustle ideas. It's crazy to think I have tried about 95% of these.
Hopefully, you can find a side hustle that works for you.