The Best Side Hustle Gigs To Earn Extra Income
Have you always wanted to get into the side hustle business but figured you didn’t have the knowledge or expertise? Don’t think there are any good opportunities in your area? The great news is that there are actually many opportunities for those looking to be their own boss and earn money on their own time.
If you are talented at or passionate about anything, there is likely a side hustle gig for you. With a little bit of creativity and research, you can turn anything from your houseplant hobby to your art skills to your next money-making opportunity. Read on to learn about more opportunities for side hustle gigs to either make some extra cash or kiss your 9-to-5 goodbye.
With all the food delivery options available, including Doordash, Grubhub, and Postmates, you’ll have no problem signing up to be a food delivery driver. And with the COVID-19 pandemic, both food and grocery delivery services have become a dire need. Typically, you set your own schedule each week, and you can work as much or as little as you’d like.
You pick food up from the restaurant and deliver it to the customer’s house. Additionally, most delivery drivers make between $15-$20 an hour and get to keep 100% of their tips (after taxes).
Similar to food delivery, grocery delivery uses the same process but typically tacks on an extra step. With many grocery delivery services, you will likely have to do the shopping for your customer. This is a great option for those who love shopping, but if that’s not a good fit for you, maybe look to food delivery instead.
Some grocery delivery services such as Shipt can earn shoppers up to $22 an hour plus tips, which, by the way, you also get to keep 100% of. Shipt shoppers can set their own schedule and work as much as they want or as little as 1 hour per month to stay on the payroll.
You’ve heard of flipping houses, so now it’s time to talk about its cheaper second-cousin: flipping items. Although this side hustle takes a bit more time and skill, you can end up earning quite a bit of money if you put in the effort.
People who flip items for a living spend hours eyeballing yard sales, peddler’s malls, Goodwills, and Facebook Marketplace for items of great value being sold cheaply second-hand, and then around and resell them on eBay for a lot higher. There’s good money in it, too, if you know what to look for, but you’ll want to really do some research before starting.
One increasingly popular side hustle is working for a rideshare service such as Uber or Lyft. This service picks up those who can’t drive themselves and takes them where they need to go; kind of like a taxi, you are working for yourself, on your own time, and you get to keep all your tips.
You can also feel like you’re doing a good thing by keeping drunk people out from behind the wheel. You have to have a newer-model car and insurance, and you have to keep your car clean and well-maintained. Additionally, it may cost you more in wear-and-tear and gas, so keep that in mind.
Blogging is a super-easy way to make money online, especially if you’re good at writing or having a topic you’re very knowledgeable in and/or passionate about. Odds are, no matter what your area of expertise is, there is likely a band of other interested consumers on the internet ready to engage with your content.
Start posting, start drawing traffic to your page (be sure to look up SEO optimization to keep traffic coming), and rake in the dough with programs like Google AdSense and affiliate marketing.
If you’re good at literally anything, there is a whole customer base for you. If you know how to draw, program, write, proofread, write music, sing, play an instrument, read tarot cards, edit videos, give parenting or nutritional advice, whatever – there is someone out there willing to hire you to work for them.
Websites such as Fiverr, Upwork, and Freelancer can connect you to interested buyers where you can make a sizable income. In some cases, you’ll need to start low and work your way up the totem pole before you can really start making money, but if you’re looking to turn your side hustle into a career, this may be one of the ways to go.
Websites such as VIPKid connect people from America with Chinese children to help teach them English, and, similar to the other services, you can make $22 an hour and work on your own time. This is a great option for those who love teaching and working with kids. You work in 25-minute sessions and can do as many or as few as you’d like.
There are also likely some local tutoring centers in your area that would be willing to hire you for part-time work, either face-to-face or remotely (though during COVID-19, most of the work will likely be remote).
Small Business Social Media
Another often-looked-over opportunity is to help run the social media accounts for small businesses. This may seem simple, but it often pays very well and takes little to no time or effort on your part once you get the hang of it and get a client base.
Most of the time, you will be posting on their behalf, responding to messages and inquiries, and creating, testing, and posting digital advertisements. In particular, Facebook is an especially prolific way to earn money online, as there is a huge audience of consumers.
This list is hardly exhaustive. Feel free to keep Googling side hustle opportunities, or specifically search for opportunities relating to your talents and interests. For example, I turned my green thumb and love of houseplants into a business where I purchased half-dead plants at meager rates, brought them back to life, and sold them at a higher price.
Nearly every skill or passion is marketable somehow, and with a little time, effort, and creativity, you can easily earn some extra cash or even turn it into your new career. The possibilities really are endless.