Working around the clock has left you feeling exhausted, but your bank account is still nowhere near where you want it to be? Perhaps it’s time to consider making some changes to your business plan. Don’t worry, we aren’t talking about adding another grueling couple of hours to your work schedule. Truth be told, some of these side hustle gigs require a help of freelancers, but as your business grows stronger, it can be transformed into a steady stream of passive income.
We came up with 111 ideas that you can easily transform into that much-needed passive income, as well as a ton of guides on how to get started. These gigs won’t waste a ton of your time or energy, but they will bring some extra money your way. What’s not to like?
- Become an Entrepreneur with Amazon FBA
Fulfillment by Amazon is a program that enables you to sell your product while Amazon takes care of all the unnecessary labor of packing and shipping.
My first experience with Amazon FBA didn’t go according to plan. Luckily, I turned that failure into something positive, and I thrived ever since. This mega guide on how to sell on Amazon is my gift to you, and it covers all the basics of Amazon FBA. Check it out!
Getting Started: How to Start an Amazon FBA Private Label Business
- Start a Blog
Blogging is a fun activity that can improve your quality of life and give you an opportunity to express yourself – and even make money while doing it.
However, don’t mistake this as a get rich quick scheme; you probably won’t make money right away. As with all things, a high-earning blog takes time and effort. If you are passionate about writing and stick with it, you will be able to join the many other professional bloggers that are turning a profit off of site traffic.
Getting Started: How to Start a Profitable Blog
- Open a Shopify Store
Shopify is a great option for individuals who are just introducing themselves to the world of e-commerce. In time, it could even become a substitute for that dreadful nine-to-five gig you’re currently working on. The great thing: even if you don’t make it big, it can still be a fantastic side-hustle money maker.
Getting Started: Shopify for Beginners
- Pick up a Freelance Project on Upwork
Upwork is one of the world’s biggest freelance platforms. If you have any specific skills to offer, you should definitely give it a chance. Upwork jobs range from content writing to app testing – there’s something for everyone! Get started today and learn how to become a top-rated freelancer on Upwork.
- Sell Tee-Shirts
Many business start-ups can be extremely costly and time-consuming before they present you with any return on investment. Luckily, the tee-shirt business is easy and cheap to get into! If you have a knack for it, you can easily turn a nice profit.
Getting Started: How to Start a Tee-Shirt Business
- Start a YouTube Channel
Considering the sheer number of professional content creators out there these days, it’s pretty clear that YouTube has definite potential as a business venture. The best thing about YouTube is that even if you eventually get tired of it, your videos will still continue to generate income off of ad revenue; making video creation one of the best ways to create a passive income source.I made some videos a while back and somehow they’re still generating about $70 a month without me doing anything — pretty nice, right?
Getting Started: Making a Successful Youtube Channel
- Write an E-Book
Articles and blogs are great, but readers are willing to pay more for something with more substance. In this case, only an e-book will do. If you are knowledgeable on a topic and willing to write about it, people will be willing to buy it. This is truly passive income.
- Affiliate Marketing
With affiliate marketing, you earn a commission by being a company’s affiliate. This is one of the most common side hustles.
- Matched Betting
Don’t be scared away by the name 🙂 we’re not talking about traditional gambling!With matched betting, your money is kept completely safe. This is a technique that allows you to profitize on the free bets that are offered by bookmakers. It’s all in the math, so it’s risk free! It just takes some time to get to know the ropes.
You’re probably thinking: “At only $5 per task, the profit margin is pretty slim.”Well, let me let you in on something — Fiverr isn’t just a $5 gig site anymore. People charge much more – even up to $1000 – and luckily, those $5 tasks are usually super simple and take only minutes to complete.
A friend of mine wrote an e-book on how to make money on eBay and sells it on Fiverr. He has a consistent 2-3 daily sales and all he has to do is send an e-book with a few clicks. Easy money, and almost completely passive.
Trust me, the money adds up over time.
- Invest in Cryptocurrency
We’re sure you’ve heard of Bitcoin, as the press simply can’t stop talking about it — and with good reason! The investing potential is enormous; get in the game before it’s too late.
Getting Started: Beginners Guide to Cryptocurrency Investment
- Graphic Design
If you have a formal background in graphic design, put it to work! Even without a solid knowledge of design, programs like Adobe Illustrator, Stencil, and Visme are helping to make it so pretty much anyone can create marketable designs.
Businesses are always on the lookout for new logo designs, and there are tons of individual design projects out there, too.
- Mystery Shopping
Mystery shopping is one of my absolute favorite side-hustles for the sole reason that I get a ton of free stuff (read: food!) out of doing it. However, it isn’t merely eateries that are accessible – an extensive variety of organization are helping people make this into a full-time moneymaker.
I recommend getting started with CloserLook.
- Complete Surveys Online
Organizations are always looking for statistics, and they will pay you for your opinions. Most of these surveys don’t pay highly, but the surveys are easy and enjoyable to complete. Swagbucks is probably the most famous survey site; they also offer a lot more, such as: polls, tasks, videos, web-searching, and cash back on your online purchases.
This is a side-hustle I cherish. You can make a full-time salary out of this, and work from home, too! Pet-sitting can be done in a few styles:
- Pet boarding, which involves having the puppy come live in your home for a period of time.
- Pet sitting at the owner’s home while they are away.
Let’s be real: who doesn’t want to get paid to play with cute dogs?
- Dog Walking
In the instance that you would rather not visit someone else’s home or have their puppy inhabit yours, you can still earn cash from furry companions by offering to walk the pooch! Check out Wagwalking.
Much like pet-sitting, you remain in the home of the individual who is away. Sometimes, individuals will hire house-sitters to help prevent theft. This can not only earn you some money, but help you save some cash on utilities at your own home.
If you like kids, babysitting is a great gig. It’s a minimal amount of exertion for a pretty reasonable amount of cash. Depending on the age group of the kids you watch, they might be spending a good chunk of your time with them sleeping — get paid to sit in front of the TV! Or, take advantage of that down time to work on some of your other hustles.
Register on Sittercity to get started.
- Web Testing
You can get paid to test websites. It’s a straightforward assignment that involves recording yourself navigating a site and speaking your thoughts. Business that seek testers are just looking for a natural reaction to gauge how user-friendly their site it; you can’t go wrong!
Some of the websites that will pay you to test are UserTesting, WhatUsersDo, UserTest, Enroll, and UTest.
20. Virtual Assistant
When I initially heard this term, I didn’t understand what it meant and assumed it just meant a virtual PA. This is sometimes true, however, it can be a multitude of other things. For example: online networking for someone’s blog. Some people have even made six figures doing this!
This is a very basic and old-fashioned side-hustle. Whether you just have an extra room or a full apartment, renting it out could yield you a huge amount of money, depending on the location.
Are you good with a needle and thread? If so, this can be an extremely lucrative business. Try opening up a store on Etsy or offering clothing repair services.
Similar to sewing, there is an undeniable interest for individuals who are skilled with knitting. You can make and sell garments such as hats, gloves, scarves, and anything else you can imagine.
Do you have enthusiasm for beautiful things? Look into setting up an online store and offering high quality adornments.
Everyone loves sweets! Offering handcrafted treats can provide a great stream of income. You could offer cupcakes, cakes, cater parties, and more. Make sure you investigate what kind of direct expenses would be required before you get started.
- Car Washing
All you need is a bucket and rag!
Find an area you’re permitted to wash vehicles in, and watch them – and the money – roll in.
I often see adverts looking for parental figures. They are particularly popular, and compensate amazingly. Check on sites like Indeed or Gumtree.
- Customer Service
More occupations are being offered remotely, and this is one of them. Many companies will hire agents to work from home; all you need is a working PC and telephone.
Turn your car into a taxi! You could join a team to become an official cab driver for a regular wage or try something more flexible like Uber or Lyft where you pick up customers whenever you’re available.
One of my friend’s spouse’s does this as a side gig and he frequently reserves for parties and weddings. There is an initial cost for equipment, but the hourly rate for a DJ is high.
31. Freelance Writing
- Since entering the blogging scene, I have gone over numerous bloggers who are also independent scholars. While you can definitely be a freelance writer without a blog, having one helps showcase the style and quality of your written work and brings in more customers. Give iWriter a try to get started with this common side-hustle.
Similar to freelance writing – only your name won’t be distributed to readers, and thus won’t impact your image. You will compose under the appearance of another site or individual, whether it be for site content or books.
You’d be amazed what some people would pay to have someone else do for them. Menial household chores are one of them! Use this to your advantage by setting up a pressing service in your neighborhood.
- Furniture Making
Are you good with your hands? You could set up a furniture business utilizing your specialty. Upcycling has become truly prominent, and there’s a decent market for second-hand things. Think “vintage”.
- Pet Grooming
Back to pets!
Pet owners revere their furry friends and love to burn cash on them. Pooch prepping tends to be a job that people would rather pay for than do themselves; take advantage of it!
Even if you’re not 10-feet-tall and thin as a whippet, there are still plenty of modeling opportunities that could be accessible to you. Get paid to look good!
Handy with a paintbrush? My better half is a painter/decorator. It astounds me to no end how many individuals will compensate a decorator simply to pain their home.
- App Developing
If you have the know-how on coding, you could make the next WhatsApp or Instagram! I’ve heard extraordinary things about individuals who’ve made a fruitful application and earned millions off of it.
- Lease Your Garage
Did you realize that you could lease your garage? On the off chance that you live in a high-demand area (such as downtown or near an air terminal), people might be willing to pay for the convenience of parking. Round up money by doing virtually nothing!
- Enter a Competition
On the off chance that you’re thinking, “What on earth is she on about? You can’t make a business entering competitions.” — you absolutely can, and can make bank off your winnings. Seek out competitions that suit your skill sets.
41. Perform at Kids’ PartiesIf you’ve ever been to a children’s party, odds are they had some kind of performer there. If you like to entertain kids, you can get paid to do it.
- Rent out a Bouncy Castle
A little far-fetched, but I needed to incorporate this one as it’s something my folks did when I was young. I am still crushed that they sold it.
- Organize Children’s Groups
When you have a little one, you often end up taking your youngster to various child gatherings and classes. You could profit off of the high demand for these groups and run one yourself. You could set up a singing class or a play group.
- Rent Out Your Old Wedding Items
When I got hitched, I rented a few things as opposed to buying them because it ended up being a lot cheaper. The woman I rented from ran a business out of her home – I just needed to return the items after my wedding. It seems like an incredible business idea to me.
- Window Cleaning
Low startup costs, and has potential to develop into a major business if you’re great at it and find a good clientbase. Give it a try!
- Are you interested in photography? You could begin a low-maintenance business and eventually turn it full-time. Make sure you read into showcasing, set up an online portfolio, and even start a blog. A friend of mine has a small portfolio of stock images. It pays for about a lens a year – and those lenses are expensive!
For enthusiasts of the game, this can be an awesome approach to earn a bit of additional money while still having the opportunity to watch games. A lot of the young ladies in my hockey group are umpires one match and then play in the next one. The compensation at larger-scale events is surprisingly better.
- Lease Your Car
This is a great opportunity if you telecommute and tend to leave your car sitting throughout the day doing nothing. Lease out your car to someone who needs one briefly.
Many people turn up their nose at the idea of cleaning for a living; but what’s wrong with serious, challenging work? Wealthier people often pay for cleaners – the demand is high, and so are the rates.
If you’re good with a sewing machine, consider offering alterations as a side-business. Individuals love sticking to local organizations, so people needing their clothes modified would love this!
Are you knowledgeable in math and science? Maybe you’re an excellent writer. Either way, if you’re well-educated, mentoring can be an amazing money earner. Parents and guardians will pay tons of cash to help their kids learn; I know I wouldn’t hesitate to help my little boy succeed.
Interested? Check out Studypool.
Flipping is the process of buying and selling products and property for a profit. A lot of people don’t know what things are worth, and you can take advantage of that by reselling things you find for cheap. Once you get rolling, it’s a fairly passive source of income.
- Instruct Courses
Udemy is a site where you can set up courses and offer them at a price. On the off chance, you think you’re not sufficiently qualified to run a course, you should take a look at what individuals are instructing. There’s a huge number of different topics!
Ensure that you are qualified and adhere to the correct procedures for this. This is a job you can run from your home. A friend of mine used to do this, and she simply offered manicures and spray tans.
- Teeth Whitening
I’ve specified this one because of a young lady I know. She offers teeth whitening services out of her home as a side-job and earns $50 in under 60 minutes. Make sure you’re qualified!
- Instagram Marketing
Believe it or not, there is cash to be made on Instagram. If you can figure out how to get good at it, there are organizations that will pay you for supporting posts, send you free goodies, and give you associate codes so that if anyone purchases something off one of your posts, you will earn a commission.
- Teach English
If you are a native speaker of the English language, this is a great side-hustle. You can get paid simply to talk to someone! Sites like Cambly, VipKid, or DadaABC will pay you to have conversations with Chinese students to help them practice speaking English.
They pay $20+ per hour, and you can get started with next to no experience, no degree, and no knowledge of Chinese.
The only downside is sometimes you may be teaching very early, or very late due to time zone differences.
- Fix and Resell Electronics
When things are broken, most people’s first instinct is to discard them and purchase new ones. You can exploit this by repairing the broken products and offer them others.
- Music Instructor
Are you a musical maestro? If you are gifted with a melodic instrument, consider mentoring someone who is just beginning. It’s a fun side-hustle and likely won’t feel like work.
Once again, make sure you meet all the requirements.
Once you are qualified, you can set up a portable business or salon in your home. The young lady who does my hair does this, and it’s great for me because she is less expensive than a salon.
Some organizations will pay you to record voice-overs from the solace of your home. Try sites such as Filmless, Voice123, or Voices.
- Compose Music
One of my companions used to do this on the side to procure extra cash. He ended up having such an overwhelming success that he has now left his place of employment and is doing this full-time! Within a month he was making significantly more than he was at his office job.
Many entrepreneurs would be happy to pay you to take care of their records for them. My significant other has a bookkeeper who telecommutes to deal with his assessments once every year.
- Land Flipping
Similar to flipping products, you can do this with the land as well! A friend of mine does this: he purchases properties at a decent cost and offers it at a profit.
I have played games for a considerable length of time and had a number of mentors. Most of them have been present or past players. Some games will earn you more cash than others, but it can be a ton of fun, regardless – especially if you love the game.
You won’t be able to do this all the time, but there is a definite benefit from gathering things to reuse (ex: old tins or jars) and offering them for scrap. You can earn money off scrapping, or, sometimes people will even pay you to take unwanted items away.
- Fitness Coach
Did you know I am a qualified health specialist? I didn’t finish the last year, which would have made me a fitness coach, as I had my daughter. In any case, I fit the bill to instruct classes! There are tons of low-maintenance fitness coach courses around, and you can do those alongside your ordinary work.
- Nursery Worker
Things like cutting lawns, removing weeds, and other fundamental yard work are all things people will pay you for. Make an inquiry or two and let people know you are interested and available; this could be an awesome beginning to a side-business.
If you have a van, conveyance driving could be a great cash-maker for you. Many organizations are continuously contracting conveyance drivers. Simply check Gumtree or occupation destinations, and you’ll probably discover a few.
- Flower Vending
I would love to get involved in this side-business. You could begin in a shop to get some experience, or stretch out on your own if you’re a gardener. People always need blossoms – whether that be for weddings, funerals, Valentine’s Day, or just because!
- Cosmetics Artist
Most of the cosmetics craftsmen I know are experts who do additional work as an afterthought; however, I do know a few who are self-trained and get people who want more information about their cosmetics. In the long run, this can be turned into a side business.
I don’t know about you, but there are always things around my house that I just don’t have the energy to do. If you’re handy around the house and make a few inquiries, there’s always a steady source of this kind of work available.
I have several companions who are capable specialists and share their work on social media with great reactions. They are currently offering their work and have even had exhibition shows.
- Supper Delivery
I’m sure you have seen moped and bikes zooming around delivering for businesses like Dominos or Deliveroo. They are always hiring — do a Google search, and I’m sure some will come up.
- Bicycle Tour
If you know your area well and it attracts visitors, you could offer tours to travelers. There are even courses available for this.
- Event Planning
As any individual who has ever composed a gathering knows, it can be extremely stressful to pull an event together. This is the reason people contract organizers to help them reach out and achieve their goals.
Do you have a beautiful voice? If you are a solid performer, consider enlisting yourself for weddings and other occasions to make a decent side salary from it.
- Auto Boot Seller
You can purchase things second-hand or shiny and new – and offer them for a benefit.
If you are a stay at home parent, this could be an ideal side business for you. Many guardians prefer a childminder over a nursery, as they tend to be less expensive.
- Life Modeling
Have you ever done an existence demonstrating class? I hosted for a hen gathering once, and it was splendid! I was paid heavily.
- Servant in the Buff
One for the gentlemen…
Have you heard of this? It’s essentially a steward’s position in the buff. If you aren’t shy have a pleasant physical make-up, this could be one for you.
- Waste Clearance
Many individuals are unprepared to dispose of their junk. Maybe they don’t have a car, or maybe they simply lack the time.
When I say “junk”, I mean things like old manky couches. You can set up a business removing these; all you need is a van.
Another awesome side-hustle with potential for full-time work, later on, is editing. There are many writers, bloggers, and columnists who require their work to be edited. Regardless of how frequently you read and reread your work, you will almost always miss something. Getting an editor to double-check it is a standard practice.
Vlogging is a side hustle where you set up a Youtube channel and profit through advertisements, subsidiary connections, or promoting your products.
- Business Coaching
I am active in the blogging scene, and I see a lot of mentors who are unfathomably effective. If you think you would make a decent mentor, this could be a possible side business for you. Check out Clarity FM platform.
- Outside Decorating
A friend of mine is a painter/decorator full time. He gets so much work; there are tons of private properties he has worked for.
Continuing from the painting suggestion above, plastering is something that so many people need but are unwilling to do themselves. A friend of mine has been doing this for family and friend’s homes, and he will be able to charge a considerable amount for it later.
- Associate Marketing
If you have a blog, this could make you a considerate amount of cash. I have been earning off of subsidiary deals through my personal blog.
- Drop Shipping
Do you know what drop shipping is?
Odds are you’ve heard this expression before, but might not be sure what it means. Drop shipping is essentially where you cut out the middleman and print on request. It’s almost passive, as I only send orders to the supplier for drop shipping when orders arrive. I never manage them otherwise.
- Brand Ambassador
This can be a side hustle or full-time work. On the small scale, you could wear the brand and help advertise it.
- Telephone Acting
I don’t have any personal experience doing this but have seen others who have found success with it.
One of the principal occupations that people should consider when seeking extra cash is bartending. I did this in my teens and when working abroad and absolutely loved it.
- Auto Flipper
An awesome side activity if you are a handyman. Vehicles often go for modest prices because individuals can’t be bothered to get them repaired.
- Face Painting
Kids love getting their face painted! If you’re talented – or willing to learn – you can set yourself up as a painter at kids parties.
- Selling Kids’ Clothes
Set up a website, Etsy shop, or Instagram and you are ready. You could offer weaved infant garments and contract someone to sew them for you (or save money and do it yourself, if you’re skilled with a sewing machine!).
- Flip Websites
Before I began blogging, I didn’t realize this was a thing. People purchase websites, improve them, and sell them for a profit.
- Narrate Audio Books
Doesn’t this sound fun??
We don’t all need to have voices like David Attenborough to do this; any pleasant, articulate voice will do.
- Show English or Different Dialects
If you are a native English speaker, there is income to be earned helping people learn English. Before you expel this idea because you are not an educator, realize there are many people who are willing to pay just for assistance enhancing their conversational English.
If you have an extra room, rent it out. By the end of December 2017, the site had over 200 million users.
Transcriptionists are especially popular, so there’s a considerable amount of work available. The vast majority of transcription work involves writing up scripts for audio and video files. If you have a good ear and strong listening skills, this is a good option for you.
- Cooking/Baking Courses or Workshops
Many people out there will pay to be taught to cook. This could go hand in hand with a baking business!
- Clerk Accounting
A clerk records monetary exchanges on an everyday premise. If you are a skilled bookkeeper, you would probably make a decent clerk.
- Multi-Level Marketing
Multi-level marketing is a side business that involves offering an item to procure a commission and gaining extra cash from enrolling new members.
If you are familiar with more than one dialect, you could become an online interpreter. Gengo and VerbalizeIt are two organizations that contract online interpreters.
- Website Developer
Utilize your skills to gain extra cash. There are billions (yes, billions!) of sites out there, with more being made each day. The demand is extensive, and you have the capacity to get a good stream of income if you’re great at it.
- Shut Captioner
A captioner is a person who adds content to sound. For example: subtitles on a TV program. It is one of the best-recognized work at home employment opportunities.
- Calligraphy Courses
I saw a calligraphy course on Instagram – she had Lauren Conrad (if you used to watch The Hills, you’ll know who I mean!) come over and did calligraphy parties. They seemed enjoyable and should be possible to do casually.
- House Flipping
I used to be intrigued by house flipping programs – their speed was unimaginable! This is a business idea that requires a good deal of research to make sure you don’t miss out on any cash.
This was another idea I wasn’t as aware of before entering the blogging scene. There are so many podcasts out there, and some of them (such as Entrepreneur on Fire) make millions!
Websites like Lending Club or Prosper connect borrowers with investors through their online marketplace.
A friend of mine drew a bunch of tee-shirt designs in the past and launched them on Teepsring. Now, years later, he makes about $50 a month doing absolutely nothing.
What are your “side-hustles”? Is there a specific idea you like the most? Have you already tried some out? Let us know in the comments section below, and we’ll be more than happy to answer any of your questions. Even if you fail at one of these gigs, keep on grinding. There’s always light at the end of the tunnel.
But most importantly – have fun along the way. We wish you the best of luck!