31 Best Side Hustle Ideas to Make an Extra $2,000/month

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Side hustles are my jam. Seriously, I wouldn’t be a millennial millionaire and have achieved financial independence at the age of 30 without side hustling.

I’ve always been hustling. It’s in my blood. I can’t help it. Everything I look at in life I see a business opportunity.

Sometimes it’s a blessing and sometimes it’s a…. well I guess it’s always a blessing.

Below is a list of the best side hustles that I have personally used to make more money, invest, and reach financial independence.

31 Best Side Hustles for 2020

Here are our top picks for the best side hustles to start earning extra cash:

  1. Proofreading
  2. Start A Blog
  3. Virtual Assistant
  4. Deliver with Postmates
  5. Host with Airbnb
  6. Share Your Car
  7. Drive with Ridesharing Apps
  8. Freelance on Fiverr
  9. Freelance Graphic Design
  10. Walk Dogs with Rover
  11. Teach English Online
  12. Help People
  13. Digital Marketing Campaigns
  14. Get a Part-Time Job
  15. Become an Amazon Seller
  16. Freelance Writing
  17. Concert/Event Ticket Reselling
  18. Resell Domains
  19. Build a Website
  20. Sell on Etsy
  21. Sell on eBay
  22. Sell on Shopify
  23. Sell with Dropshipping
  24. Design an Online Course
  25. Start Your Own Podcast
  26. Join Focus Groups
  27. Start a Coaching Business
  28. Become an Influencer
  29. Become a Consultant
  30. Become an Affiliate Marketer
  31. Buying & Flipping for Profit

1. Proofreading or Copyediting

If you’re a super detail-oriented person (you know who you are!!) or you like proofreading (I do not!) then starting a proofreading side hustle might be perfect for you.

There are a ton of bloggers, websites, and businesses who are looking for proofreaders and will pay you well for your services. And not only can you proofread or copyedit from your laptop from anywhere in the world, but you can also set your own rates and bill by the hour.

In addition to becoming a proofreader yourself, you can build your own business where you can broker other people’s time for money. What I mean is after you get a few clients, you can hire others to do the proofreading, freeing you up to focus on getting clients and then more hiring! You can be the boss!

Whether you decide to start a proofreading or copyediting business, you can easily do it yourself. I recommend you check out the FREE Proofread Anywhere course below.

It has an extremely high return on investment and worth taking if you are seriously considering or want to learn more about creating your own proofreading or copyediting business. I’ve explored a bunch of these courses and this is by far the best.

2. Launching A Profitable Blog

Yes! You can actually make money blogging! Your blog can make over $10,000 per month on advertising and affiliate revenue. This is money that you have to do nothing to get – readers just read, they sometimes click, and then sometimes they sign-up or try a service at no cost to them.

I didn’t launch Millennial Money to make money. I launched it because I really like thinking and writing about money. I also feel like it’s my personal mission to share sound financial advice and spread financial literacy.

It just so happens that pretty much everything I get interested in turns into a business opportunity. The money from the blog is simply a by-product of my passion for writing.

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3. Become a Virtual Assistant

Becoming a virtual assistant is one of the most in-demand, profitable, and best side hustles in the digital economy.

You can also work as a virtual assistant from anywhere in the world on a laptop making them perfect side hustles for digital nomads or full-time travelers. As more people are launching digital businesses there is an incredible demand for people who can help run those businesses.

For a comprehensive blueprint for the types of skills you sell as a virtual assistant and how much money you can make, check out my post on how to become a virtual assistant.

A simple summary: any skill you have, even if you’ve never been a virtual assistant before, you can monetize.

You can pretty easily become an online entrepreneur who helps other online entrepreneurs as a virtual assistant or proofreader.

While I have never personally worked as a virtual assistant I know many people who have made quite a bit of money doing it, including my friend Sarah who after just 3 months of launching her own virtual assistant business was able to quit her full-time job and both make more money and spend more time with her kids.

Learn More: Check out the 30 Days to Virtual Assistant Success course.

4. Deliver with Postmates

Making deliveries is one of the easiest, most accessible side hustles of 2020. It might not be the most lucrative, but it can provide you with a steady stream of income delivering food, groceries, and supplies to customers.

You can easily pick and choose the hours you work and everything is done through an app on your smartphone making it straight forward to earn money. Making deliveries as a side hustle is not going to make you rich, but you can save the money you earn to launch your own company and increase how much money you’re able to make.

5. Host with Airbnb

Renting out a room or an entire apartment can help you pay the bills and even save some money. How much you’ll earn will depend on the location of the place and the type of accommodation you are offering. You can easily see the going rate of similar places in your area and work it out from there.

Airbnb offers a number of protections and you can set your own availability to keep things flexible. If you have multiple properties, Airbnb can prove to be even more profitable as the economies of scale kick in to drive your earnings up.

Where you’re hosting on Airbnb matters a lot – some cities have a much higher earning potential than others.

6. Share Your Car

When sitting idle, your car is losing money as its value is depreciating but you are not getting anything in return. Enter apps like Turo where you can share your car with those looking to rent one and make a bit of money on the side for it.

Turo accepts many different cars from family cars to classics and exotic. Listings are completely free and you get to set your own daily price and availability so your car will still be available when you need it.

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7. Drive With Ridesharing Apps

Ridesharing apps allow you to pick up passengers and drop them at their destination. You can set your own hours, and it works best if you live in a major city with plenty of offices and tourists around. Some companies also allow you to rent a car on demand so that you don’t have to worry about wear and tear and servicing.

You’re not going to make a lot of money driving for companies such as Uber or Lyft and probably it’s not going to be a very viable side hustle in the long term.

If you do go with driving for a ridesharing app, make sure you make the most out of it and save as much money as you can to be able to invest is a side hustle that can earn you even more money.

8. Freelance on Fiverr

When it comes to freelancing, you can do just about anything there is a demand for. Platforms like Fiverr make it easier to find clients and get paid, allowing you to focus on growing your freelance practice and make even more money.

Freelancing is very flexible. You get to set your own hours and rates but remember you will be competing with other freelancers from all over the world. In any case, this means that you can easily keep your day job while joining other side hustlers in the gig economy.

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9. Freelance Graphic Design

With many businesses focusing their marketing efforts on websites and social media, graphic design is in high demand. Small business and startup owners will typically turn to freelancers for their graphic design needs since they won’t necessarily afford to have a graphic designer on their payroll.

You get to work with different clients on different projects which keeps things exciting and fresh. Of course, you can choose the projects you work on and you get to set your own hours and rates.

10. Walk Dogs with Rover

Dogs are one of the most fun creatures around making a side ob such as this one fun and rewarding. Rover offers a number of dog-related services including dog walking, boarding, and house sitting.

You can choose the services you’re most comfortable with and enjoy the time you spend playing with pooches.

Walking dogs is not going to make you rich and you need to have a passion for our furry four-legged friends to make it work. Having said that, it can be quite relaxing and a way to fit some regular exercise into your schedule.

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11. Teach English online

English is widely spoken all over the world making classes in high-demand. Websites such as VIPKid aim to connect students with English language teachers offering personalized classes on a one-to-one basis.

Signing up is easy and VIPKid has been named as one of the top 10 places to work at by glassdoor.

You can set your own hours and you’ll teach kids from all over the world which means you will also get to interact with people from different cultures and learn a thing or two about them.

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12. Help People

Few jobs are as rewarding as fulfilling as helping those in need. From childcare to senior care and everything in between, websites like Care.com make it easy to turn the act of helping others into a side hustle. You will need some previous experience or a relevant qualification to join and some traveling may be required to visit clients.

$12 per hour is not going to make you rich but it will allow you to understand how the industry works. Once you have gained enough experience you can use what you have learned to open your own care company or move up the corporate ladder for even bigger payouts.

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13. Run Facebook Ads and Digital Marketing Campaigns

SEO Consultant
I have worked as an SEO and digital marketing consultant for over 10 years and booked side gigs ranging from $500 to over $100,000. This has been by far my most successful side hustle.

Even though SEO has become more of a commodity service – it feels like everyone and their mother does SEO these days – I have built a referral network that continues to generate new clients. In total, the SEO work I’ve done has resulted in hundreds of millions of additional traffic, which I’m super proud of.

If you want to take your traffic to the next level, take a few minutes to read my Free SEO Tips for Bloggers.

Facebook Ads
The other profitable side hustle in the digital marketing sphere is in running search and social campaigns. You can get started by reaching out to small businesses in your local community.

Personally, I specialized in Google and Facebook CPC campaigns when I was working as a digital marketing consultant.

I used to make over $10,000 a month running Facebook ads and it’s never been easier to do.

This is a really in demand side hustle and can be done from anywhere in the world.

Learn More: Check out my friend Bobby’s Facebook Ads course to help get you started.

14. Get a Part-Time Job

Depending on your skills and qualifications, you can find a very well-paying part-time job and make it your side hustle. Part-time side jobs take away the hassle of finding clients and can be excellent for saving money to pay debts such as student loans.

The type of job you’ll find will determine how much money you are able to make with certain jobs paying way more than others. It can be anything – from part-time design work to part-time teaching.

If you struggle to find a decent paying job, it might be time to invest in a new skill set with many online resources offering free tuition that can increase your earning potential. Check job boards for any part-time jobs near you or consider remote working for maximum earning potential.

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15. Become an Amazon Seller

Just like eBay, Amazon enjoys a worldwide audience. You can find pretty much anything on Amazon which is why people keep visiting. This means there’s a potential for repeat customers which lowers your cost of acquisition (how much it costs you to acquire a customer).

If you don’t have space where to hold your stock, you can also use Amazon FBA (Fulfilled By Amazon). Through this scheme, Amazon will not only handle your stock but take care of returns and customer queries leaving you free to focus on selling more.

16. Freelance Writing

I’ve never worked as a freelance writer for any websites because I was never able to find lucrative enough gigs. I didn’t want to write posts for $200-$300 each.

I wanted to get paid to write $5,000 – $10,000 reports! So I haven’t written as a freelancer for any websites, but what I have done quite a bit of is write white papers for companies.

Here’s basically how it works.

Consulting companies, engineering firms, law firms, and tons of other professional service firms like to put out “thought leadership” reports which basically are blog/research reports on steroids. Sometimes they are pretty big.

The firm wants to look smart on a topic and then use the white paper as part of their sales strategy. The funny thing about these reports is that very few companies actually write them – they hire freelancers to do it.

If you were good at writing college papers then you will be awesome at writing white papers. I’ve written papers on all kinds of things and even hired my own researcher in India to do most of the fact-finding for me. Always be hustling!

A great place to look for these gigs is on Craigslist or through networking at local corporate events. If you go in expressing interest in white paper writing you can find likely find some gigs.

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17. Concert/Event Ticket Reselling

I can’t buy tickets to an in-demand concert without buying 4 extra tickets to sell on the side to pay for mine.

Sometimes if I can get a pre-sale code I’ll buy 12 tickets just to make the money. I bought 12 Beyonce tickets and made over $5,000 just from less than 3 clicks on my computer.

“Buy” “List in Stub Hub” “Confirm Purchase”. What did I do with the money? I used it to make my annual IRA contribution.

I have repeated this many times over the years and it’s actually pretty easy to do when you are already planning on buying tickets for an event.

A piece of advice, there are a ton of people who try to do this so it’s hard to make a full-time business out of it, but I do know one guy who makes over $200,000 every year simple buying and reselling concert tickets to the big name shows.

Something about ticket reselling has always felt a bit skeezy to me, but good tickets get bought up immediately anyway. Might as well make a few bucks doing it.

18. Domain Reselling

Investing in domains is one of the easiest side hustles. There is no other place where you can get a 1,000%+ return on your money in a pretty short amount of time (less than 90 days in some cases).

I buy and sell them at $400+ profit regularly and have been doing so for over 10 years. Domains are the real estate of the internet and they are only getting more and more valuable.

I have seen the average price for a mid-tier domain jump from $400 to $3,300 in the past 3 years alone.

One huge driver of these price increases, of course, is the growth of WordPress and as building websites have gotten easier, more people have been willing to shell out pretty big bucks to get the exact domain they want.

I currently own over 800 domains and a vast majority of them have a “Domain For Sale” landing page where visitors can submit an offer to me. I have them all set-up so unless an offer is over $1,000 then I don’t receive the email. So I don’t have to deal with low-ballers.

19. WordPress Website Building (& Maintenance Fees!)

I no longer build WordPress sites, but back in the day I easily built over 100 of them and worked on even more. I was an OG WordPress adopter and loved building websites for anyone who needed one. I got my early clients from Craigslist and eLance (now UpWork) and started building websites for law offices, consulting firms, non-profits, churches, real estate companies, and e-commerce startups.

One bonus is that I got to learn about so many different industries, for example, hydroponics, which I would have probably never learned about had I not had to build WordPress site for the second largest (at the time) online hydroponics store.

Another cool thing is that afterward my clients wanted to buy on-going website maintenance services from me. These services included things like keeping the website secure and uploading content. This is where the real gold was…I was able to get some maintenance contracts at $1,000/month – which is a tiny expense for a big firm.

Unfortunately, while there are still a ton of WordPress website projects – it’s now more of a commodity service. The best WordPress developers now on UpWork are based in India or the UK. WordPress development becoming a commodity is fine if you want to build a $500 website for your friend’s local business, but it’s a lot tougher to scale.

20. Sell on Etsy

Etsy is the go-to marketplace for everything handmade including jewelry, clothing, and home decor among other things. If you’re good at making things that people might want to buy, setting up your own shop on Etsy can be one of the most lucrative side hustles available today.

There’s a $0.20 listing fee and a 5% transaction fee whenever you sell something. If the sale comes through an advert hosted by Etsy, there will be an additional 15% charge but this is optional in most cases.

21. Sell on eBay

Selling on eBay has huge potential with a worldwide audience of shoppers turning to eBay for just about anything. Earning good money will take time and a lot of hustle but it is certainly possible if you play your cards right.

Due to the very nature of eBay, you can go about selling on this marketplace in several different ways so how you execute it is totally up to you. This means you can dedicate as much time as you would like to this side hustle but the earnings will reflect this.

22. Sell on Shopify

Shopify is an eCommerce platform that allows you to sell products and services online. It offers an end-to-end solution that includes an online store as well as a POS (Point Of Sale) system. You can also integrate your website and social media channels to increase the number of channels through which you can sell.

Just like other online selling solutions, the earning potential is only limited by your target market and the time you put into it.

Either way, Shopify presents an easy way to start selling online especially if you have your own website. This allows you to keep control over the experience you provide to buyers which can increase customer satisfaction and ultimately, sales.

23. Sell with Dropshipping

Dropshipping offers an easier way to get into the online retail business. You don’t have to hold any stock, you simply take the order and let the manufacturer do the rest without any of the risks usually associated with purchasing and holding stock. You’ll earn a nice commission for your work.

You will need to build your own eCommerce website which you can easily do with WordPress and other CMSs (Content Management Systems).

To maximize your sales, make sure you have a strong marketing plan with a strong enough advertising budget and you can also leverage the power of social media to boost those numbers up.

24. Design an Online Course

Designing a course is no easy feat, but once done you can look forward to residual income from your creations. Online course platforms like Udemy make it easy to sell your courses online with plenty of help available to make sure you can get the most out of it.

To get the most money for your efforts, pick a subject you understand deeply, and focus on the value you offer to students. Do keep in mind that you’ll need equipment to record the lectures and some video editing skills to make them shine. You can easily see which courses have the most students and study the approach they take to better your USP (Unique Selling Point).

25. Start Your Own Podcast

Starting a podcast is as exciting as it can be financially rewarding. You will need to focus on growing your listener base to a good number before you can start seeing the serious money coming in. You’ll get to interview and speak to some of the most interesting people on the planet with sponsorship making the bulk of your revenue.

Podcasts come in all shapes and sizes so you can be as creative as you would like to be. Identify the format of your podcast early on but don’t be afraid to experiment to see what works best.

Podcasts have huge earning potential (if you go mainstream) – and, according to Bloomberg, top podcasts can bring in more than $1,000,000/ year in revenue. That’s big money we’re talking about.

26. Join Focus Groups

As far as hourly rates go, focus groups offer some of the most lucrative pay rates out there. By being part of a focus group, you get to share your opinion and provide feedback about upcoming products and services which in itself can be very rewarding.

Focus groups are usually held in physical locations but we are starting to see these move to the online space making it easier to find new sessions to join.

27. Start a Coaching Business

Coaching is a big business and you can choose your area of specialty. Executive coaches tend to make the most money but you can also become a life coach, sports coach. Or anything in between. There are different certifications available that can increase your credibility as a coach and you can coach online or in person.

Coaching is a very rewarding job as it allows you to help people in need. The pay is quite good especially if you have your own practice. Once you build a name for yourself, you can start hiring other coaches to expand your reach and increase your earning potential.

28. Become an Influencer

Influencers are the social media royalty who make money from the posts they upload. The amount of money you make will very much depend on how many followers you have. The more followers you have, the more money you’ll make. The unwritten rule is that you can make $10.00 for every 1,00 followers once you go past the 100,000 followers benchmark.

As an influencer, you can pick any niche you like – from sports to philosophy to food to makeup and anything in between. You’ll need to know how social media works since this is your primary toolset and creating engaging content including videos.

29. Become a Consultant

If you have a lot of expertise in a given area, consulting can be a very lucrative side hustle. How much money you’ll make will depend on the nature of the problems you solve with more complex problems demanding higher hourly rates.

In some cases, you can also charge a retainer. This will put your mind at rest that so much income is going to come in for the duration of the contract.

Marketing and business management are usually hot areas that demand higher prices. To succeed as a consultant, look for areas that are experiencing growth then figure out how you can add value.

30. Become an Affiliate Marketer

Affiliate marketing has huge potential to make decent cash without too many investments. You’ll need to build a website (or more than one) to attract visitors and attempt to convert them to paying customers. You do not make the sale, but instead earn a commission from the company offering the affiliate program for each sale they make.

There are many different affiliate programs from selling software to online casinos. Different programs tend to have different rules so you’ll need to check the ones you’re interested it to understand how much money you could potentially make.

31. VW Westfalia Campers and Moped Flipping

This is probably the side hustle I have the most fun doing.

moped flipping as a side hustle

my pride and joy – 1978 MK2 Puch Moped

I have been buying and selling both VW Campers and mopeds since I was in college.

I sell a lot more mopeds than VW campers, but when I find a good camper deal I don’t hesitate. I love VW Westfalia Campers from the 1970’s and 1980’s and have owned 2 over the past 10 years.

They have gone up a ton in value over that time, but you can still find deals on them locally.

I also buy and sell mopeds – little 49 cc Italian and Austrian mopeds made in the mid 1970’s to the 1980’s. These are super cool and command premium prices in cities since they are easy to ride and get 100+ mpg!

I have Craigslist alerts set up in Chicago for mopeds and pounce quickly on the deals. I actually have a storage facility just for my mopeds and still love buying and selling them.

These two hobbies of mine are actually great side hustles that I don’t ever imagine stopping.

DO THIS: 3 “Musts” Before Starting Your Side Hustle

01.Figure out what you want to do
Even though you may have many ideas, I recommend you start with one side hustle at first so you don’t spread yourself too thin. But, because you’re your own boss, you can test out a lot of different ideas to find the one you really love and/or that makes you the most money.

That’s the beauty of side hustling – you aren’t stuck with any one idea. Use every opportunity to learn, build new skills, and make new connections.

02. Open a high yield savings account
Starting with the very first penny, your side hustle money needs to be stored in a safe place earning as much interest as possible, even while you sleep. Learn about top online high yield savings accounts or go straight to one of my favorites: CIT Bank.

03. Keep track of your net worth
Manage your finances and keep track of your side hustle money in one place while tracking your progress towards retiring early. My favorite FREE tool is Personal Capital.

What is a Side Hustle?

A side hustle is anything you do to make extra money outside of your full-time job. You can often side hustle even from the comfort of your own home.

However, you’ll quickly discover that not all side hustles are created equal.

The best side hustle is finding something you love, that also happens to have loads of profit and growth potential. It will be a gig that isn’t strictly limited by your own time, but rather, could scale if it takes off or could generate passive income after an initial time investment.

I’m not saying that walking dogs for a few hundred extra bucks a month isn’t worth doing. It definitely is, and you don’t have to scale to a dog-walking mega-corp for it to be worthwhile – any additional money you make and then invest will help you retire or reach financial independence sooner.

If you’re not looking to begin a full-blown side hustle, but instead just want to fill some extra spare time you happen to have right now, then that’s cool too. Try making food deliveries or taking online surveys.

BUT, understand that you really can make a ton of money in your spare time, and settling for less because you think that’s all you can squeeze out of a few hours each week is a disservice to yourself. Instead, having the right mindset and strategy as you evaluate your own side hustle ideas will help maximize the return on your time.

So, what are examples of poor side hustle ideas?

Stop driving for Uber and wasting your time. I’ve talked with too many people who tell me that they want to be career Uber drivers, despite the fact that Uber is clearly trying to replace all drivers with robots.

Also, I see too many people trying to side hustle on websites where the only way they can compete is on price – essentially turning your time into a commodity product. It is very hard to get ahead in life this way.

Understand the difference! If you’re just trying to drum up some extra cash fast, then both of the above could work. But as a long-term, sustainable side hustle, there are much better ways to spend your time.

Is Your Side Hustle Scalable?

Before you begin investing your time into a particular side hustle, you should consider the potential for scalability. This will help narrow your ideas to only the most profitable.

Shift your thinking from ideas that are strictly limited by your own time, to side hustles that have the potential to be scaled.

Limited to Your Time Potential to be Scaled
Being a dog walker Launching a dog walking company
Driving for Lyft or Uber Launching a Party Bus Company
Shoveling snow Launching a snow removal company
Making deliveries Launching a courier service
Babysitting Launching a babysitting platform or daycare
Mowing lawns Launching a lawn service company
Doing handyman services Launching a handyman company

How Much Money Can You Make Side Hustling?

I launched my first business at the age of 5 when I started a newsletter for my neighborhood. I sold subscriptions for $10/year to my neighbors, promising to keep them informed of the happenings in the neighborhood.

I made them pay up-front either with cash or check. I sold 18 subscriptions and made $180 in one weekend at the age of 5.

I now track all of my side hustle income through the free net-worth tracker Personal Capital. I bought my condo with side hustle money.

I bought my car with side hustle money. And I’ve traveled to over 25 countries using side hustle money. I invested as much of the extra income as I could.

It’s pretty easy to make at least an extra $1,000 – $2,000 per month side hustling in your first few months, then if you keep at it and look for opportunities to grow you can realistically get to $10,000+ a month in side hustle income if you keep at it.

How Can You Find the Time to Side Hustle?

If you want to make money side hustling you’re going to have to put in the time. Before picking a side hustle, you need to evaluate how much time you are really willing to commit to it, because how much time you have will determine the types of side hustles you can launch.

Some side hustles will take a lot more time to get off the ground than others – for example, if you have an amazing idea for a new mobile app, but you don’t know how to code, it’s going to take a lot of time to get that idea off the ground.

You’re Never Too Busy to Side Hustle

If you’re 25 and single, then you have a lot more time to do it than if you’re 30 with 5 kids. But walking dogs in the evenings or on the weekends doesn’t require anything more than the ability to walk.

This doesn’t mean that if you’re busy you can’t find time to side hustle, it just means that you should calibrate the difficulty of your side hustle based on the amount of time you have.

I know many families who work side hustle at night after their kids go to bed and some who even bring their kids along on the weekend. They are able to do it because they schedule their time well and they just really want it.

I had the opportunity to work personally with two Millennial Money readers, Rob and Melissa, who have three kids and run their own side business flipping items they find at thrift stores and auctions.

Since they have 3 little kids, time is incredibly limited, but they always spend a few hours each night working on their business after the kids go to sleep – since they are working on it together they still get to spend time together and make money.

While time is really limited, both Rob and Melissa also realize that the time they are investing today is their investment in a growing business – that will hopefully grow and compounding over time.

Even with 3 kids, they are willing to make sacrifices today, to generate a bigger return on their time investment for the future.

Remember, side hustling is also about the time/money tradeoff, so it’s up to you to decide how much time you are willing to trade today to make more money to invest in the future.

But, just like saving, I viewed the time I was prioritizing for my side hustles, as an opportunity, not a sacrifice. When I was hustling super hard, I did have to turn down offers to hang out with my friends or go to certain events.

Put side hustle time on your calendar and make it a priority.

Build Your Side Hustle Business

I encourage anyone who is interested in side hustling to try and look at your side hustling as a business – and then build that business.

Don’t just offer commodity services for a fee. TaskRabbit, Uber, Instacart, etc. are fine to pay the bills, but your time is better spent making money while learning skills that you can use later.

It’s one thing to make a few extra bucks on the side so you can go out to a nice dinner or buy a nice pair of shoes, but if you want to walk away as quickly as possible you’re going to need to up your side hustle game.

You need to move beyond simply trading your hours for a limited amount of money, and transition to thinking about side hustling as a way to become your own boss and create financial freedom.

While you can literally sell anything, you will probably either sell a product or a service – either your own product and service or someone else’s. While it can be difficult at first, side hustling definitely gets easier and you’ll get better at identifying ways to make money.

After coming up with a few side hustle ideas just get started. Don’t overthink it. You will figure it out as you go. Remember, you aren’t stuck with any of your ideas – you can always test and move onto another one if it doesn’t work.

Start Making Side Hustle Money Today

I’ve done other side hustles, but these have been my most profitable and all helped me build new skillsets. I strongly recommend that you try side hustles that enrich your skills and teach you new things. Those are the side hustles that will pay you back for a lifetime.

To learn more about how to pick, launch, and grow a profitable side hustle check out “Chapter 12: More Money in Less Time: How to Start A Profitable Side Hustle” in my international bestselling book Financial Freedom: A Proven Path To All The Money You Will Ever Need (Penguin Random House), where I break down step by step how you can launch your own successful and profitable side hustle.

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  • Comment Author image blank Jon Snedeker says:

    Finally a “REAL” article that talks about side hustling as a business and owning your own time. Lots of others out there pushing uber and lyft, but this one is clearly different and adds value to think bigger. Really appreciate that insight and thanks for sharing Grant!

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  • Comment Author image blank Leanne Moore says:

    So cool! It’s great to know that there are side hustles out there that aren’t bringing in pennies but bringing in great full-time incomes. Thanks for the post!

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  • Comment Author image blank Will Smith says:

    OK, so I am guessing Grant was a lot like me in that very early on his goal was financial independence. I pursued a different strategy but was also very motivated. I worked for a Fortune 100 company, earned my undergraduate and MBA at night and on the weekends. I maxed out my 401K and collected all the free money that I could. I had some great jobs and traveled the world. I retired at 56 and have been enjoying life and my freedom ever since. It will always require dedication and hard work but if you want it you can earn it. But not everyone is driven and if you are not you will never achieve your goals. I am writing this while I am in Sao Paulo, Brazil one of the great foodie cities in the world, and I bet you didn’t know that either. But I know because I travel a lot!

  • Comment Author image blank Phillip Paul says:

    Hey Grant,

    Thanks on sharing how you struck it rich with side hustles. I enjoyed reading this blog post, it was quite informative to say the least. Anyways, I would like to learn more about concert tickets reselling and domain investment. How can I get started?

  • Comment Author image blank Jasmine Watts says:

    This is a great post! I love writing and it’s one of my side hustles which is why I definitely agree with you. You really nailed it! This is a topic that I love to talk myself.

  • Comment Author image blank Jim says:

    I’m also a huge fan of side hustles. My main hustles right now are selling physical products on Amazon and creating niche websites. They can bring in some serious money pretty quickly.

  • Comment Author image blank OMGF says:

    You’re good. Very good! Your side hustle game is on a million. I love the white paper idea. I love writing and that sounds like an excellent way to pick up $5000 or more in a month. I was considering consulting, but I think writing is really where it’s at.

  • Comment Author image blank DNN says:

    Grant,

    Thank you for being a true side hustle inspiration. You’re a great example of side hustle transformation. Keep on keeping on! 🙂

  • Comment Author image blank DNN says:

    The side hustle is the way to go nowadays because with so much uncertainty in employment in America today, one virtually has no choice but to work on their side hustle and build a business online to ensure a healthy financial future.

  • Comment Author image blank Scott W Johnson says:

    OK, I too have thought of dozens of side jobs to do over my lifetime and i too agree that there are million great ideas out there – but I never considered renovating camper vans. Its actually a really interesting idea because so many guys are into cars and working on them endlessly.

  • Comment Author image blank Benjamin Jones says:

    With regards to DOMAIN RESELLING;
    I’m not sure how profitable that will continue to be as there now new domains types opening up.
    What would have been Millennialmoney.com – could potentially be expanded into Millennialmoney.*insert choice ending*
    Could be .entrepreneur .USA .Money etc.
    Whats your thoughts?

    • Grant Sabatier Grant Sabatier says:

      .com will reign supreme in the near future. It all comes back to how recognizable the domain ending is, as well as how it ranks on search engines. At the end of the day it’s really the search engines who control rankings and traffic, and it’s easy to see how they prioritize .com over other extensions. We shall see. Great question.

  • Comment Author image blank Phil says:

    Refereeing a sport like basketball is a great way to bring in constant cash. You’ll need to get certified, but it’s fun and consistent.

    I surprisingly get a lot of people asking to detail their car. I never intend to make a business of it, but I love doing it to my cars and people ask me to do it to theirs. All it takes is a cheap orbital buffer (mines a used craftsman) and a shop vac. I normally get easily $100 for a basic wash/wax/vac, or $200 to remove scratches and polish then wax the car.

    Yard work. Might be a little late in the season for it, but I always seem to find someone who’s looking to have mulch put down, a tree torn out, or something painted around the house.

    As for other tips, all I can say is “a penny saved is a penny earned”. If you are running out of ideas to make money, start saving. Some quick “low hanging fruit” tips to save some quick cash include – switch to MetroPCS or Boost for cellphone (I only pay $20/month), switch auto insurance to Insurance Panda ($25/month), and start using GasBuddy (saves me like $100/month at least. I drive a lot).

  • Comment Author image blank Amanda Northern says:

    Thank you for sharing your side hustles! I’ve never heard of most of these! It’s so refreshing to actually see new ideas of how to make money online versus the same ole “take surveys” and sign up for an “Upwork” account.

  • Comment Author image blank Ainjel M. says:

    Hi Grant,
    Thank you for sharing your experiences and the lessons you’ve learned along your way to financial freedom. I’ve recently been introduced to your website, and it’s one of the realest personal finance blogs I’ve ever read for our generation. I do have a question about buying and reselling tickets if you’re willing to share. What website did you use to buy these tickets? I use the most popular one…ticketma$ter, but there’s no option to resell on another website (that 3 click).

    • Grant Sabatier Grant Sabatier says:

      Hi Ainjel. Thanks for your kind words. I bought tickets from a bunch of sources – ticketmaster, vivid seats, stub hub, and others. I would only buy printed verified tickets.

  • Comment Author image blank Matt says:

    Wow first time on your site, and I like it already. These were very different from the usual “do freelance work” kind of advice I see in most places. Thanks for taking the time to write out these ways you’ve made money, it’s making me think about how to turn some of my own hobbies into money-making opportunities…

  • Comment Author image blank Paul Andrews says:

    Grant, you’ve got a lot of info in here that I LOVE! I swear to god, if I read another blog post telling me about a side hustle and I read the word “fiverr” I’m going to implode. You bring up an AWESOME point about not trying to compete in market places where your only advantage is price; eventually you’re profit will be ground down to 0. I’ve heard of domain reselling before; there might be a course there for you… (I’d buy). Great post!

  • Comment Author image blank Krista @ Miss Corporate Dropout says:

    Hey Grant! This is a great post! It’s so refreshing to hear of side hustles other than the typical options like Uber, Lyft, etc. I’ve been selling concert tix for over a year and have made some good money….I’ve also lost my ass a couple of times. There’s a definite learning curve! I’ll check out writing white papers since I loved writing in college. Thx for the tips!

  • Comment Author image blank Caitlin says:

    Grant is there a post on here that goes more in depth about your use of your LLC as you mentioned in a comment above? Thanks!

  • Comment Author image blank Cilla says:

    Wow… I would love to have you as a friend… Soak in all of your knowledge…. U gave some great advice. I saw ur story and had to check out your blog. U want to be friends?? Lol… Everything you said was was nothing but truth… And I’m awakened 😉

  • Comment Author image blank Gbea says:

    I really like these ideas – especially the one about writing white papers. Are there some sort of special keywords to use to search for these on Craigslist? I seem to be coming up empty when I use “white paper” and/or “thought leadership” – when I use something general like, “writer” I mostly get job ads for Postmates which really makes me wonder…

  • Comment Author image blank Matt Kuhn says:

    Your moped/VW flipping made me smile. I ref highschool basketball all winter to stay in shape and because I love the game. Been doing it for 12 years and have recently been asked to ref NAIA and D2 ball. Revenue is about $6k now and -4000 calories for weekend tournaments.

    • Grant Sabatier Grant @MillennialMoney says:

      Nice!!! Are you investing that surplus? I definitely have a moped and VW problem. It’s such a win-win that your side hustle keeps you in shape too.

  • Comment Author image blank Mystery Money Man says:

    Great post, MM! Incredibly inspiring, I really only grasped the side hustle concept since starting my blog about 6 months ago, after reading sites like yours. Already, apart from my blog, I’ve put my personal recording studio into use and started a music production side hustle, and a friend and I have launched a boutique logo design start up, called BroGoLogo, as an quality alternative to commodity products/services that you mention in this post.

    • Grant Sabatier Grant @MillennialMoney says:

      Thanks MMM. Great idea with the recording studio and the logo business – both of those build those replicable skills. Love the BroGoLogo name too. You’ll look back in a few years and be amazed by how much those side hustles grow.

  • Comment Author image blank Jason Butler says:

    This is a great list of side hustles. Flipping domains is something that I’m interested in. I need to start doing some research.

  • Comment Author image blank Miss Mazuma says:

    Kudos, Grant! I need to start being more productive with my side hustles. Trip trading only goes so far and it is not passive by any means!!! 🙂

    • Grant Sabatier Grant @MillennialMoney says:

      Thanks Miss Mazuma. Sounds like trip trading has worked pretty well for you so far though! I’d recommend looking into the concert tickets route – Stubhub is the path to easy riches!

  • Comment Author image blank Steven says:

    Wow that is really inspirational and a breath of fresh air compaired to the typical drive an uber, di gigs on fiverr advice. This brought some new insight. I’m wondering how you handlle taxation on side husttles. Can you just add that income to your tax declaration in the U.S. or do you need to set up some sort of company to be able to do your invoicing etc… ?

    • Grant Sabatier Grant @MillennialMoney says:

      Thanks Steven. I’m all about fresh air! I run all of my side hustles through an LLC, so I can also take some deductions come tax time. It’s a win-win. I also do my best to pay quarterly taxes on the income, but sometimes really misjudge based on cash flow. I’ve gotten stuck with a few pretty big tax bills, but now I’ve gotten a better handle on it. LLCs are pretty amazing.

  • Comment Author image blank Mrs. BITA says:

    That was a fun read. You sir, are a very enterprising man and I am your polar opposite. I only make money via my day job and I enjoyed being a voyeur to all your many adventures.

  • Comment Author image blank Mrs. Picky Pincher says:

    This is so timely. I started doing freelance writing/marketing work on Upwork and have my first client call tomorrow. Hopefully I can build a nice little client base and some side hustle income. Ideally I’d love to replace my full-time income so I can just focus on fun jobs!

    • Grant Sabatier Grant @MillennialMoney says:

      Good luck! There is definitely some gold on Upwork, but you need to hunt for it. Then the recurring revenue from consistent clients is key.

  • Comment Author image blank Biglaw Investor says:

    Love it. Reminds me of the time in college when I had 10,000 CDs (weighing over 1 ton) delivered to my apartment via semi-truck. I saw an opportunity to break them into boxes of 100 and sell them on eBay. Made a couple of thousand on the deal. Always be hustling!

  • Comment Author image blank Alexis @FITnancials says:

    Wow! You had a business personality and drive to you at such a young age. I was doing something similar, but not nearly as difficult, I presume. I set up a lemonade stand weekly and donated the money to our local animal shelter.

  • Comment Author image blank Max Your Freedom says:

    That’s some serious side hustle scratch! All the skills you picked up along the way are definitely showing with the blog. Sounds like you’re both in control of your finances and how you spend your time. Good work!

    • Grant Sabatier Grant @MillennialMoney says:

      Thanks Max. I just love hustling! I’m hoping this inspires at least a few people to take their side hustles to the next level.

  • Comment Author image blank The Financial Tech says:

    Congrats on achieving FI at a such low age. I wish I had hustling before but I was lazy. Seing all these hustle prove that you’ve worked hard to achieve the FI.

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