30+ Best Side Hustles in 2023

Side hustles are a passion of mine. I wouldn’t be a millennial millionaire and have achieved financial independence at the age of 30 without making extra money from side hustles.

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 or hustle idea.

A side hustle can help you increase your income in your spare time, fast-track your financial goals, and chase your passion.

Below is a list of the best side hustles that I personally recommend to make extra money, invest more, and reach financial independence, with tips from other experts who’ve turned their passions into profitable side hustles.

30+ Best Side Hustle Ideas to Make Extra Money

Here are the most lucrative side hustles to start in 2023:

  1. Make Deliveries
  2. Drive with Ridesharing Apps
  3. Become a Proofreader
  4. Resell Open Box Furniture
  5. Start A Blog
  6. Become a Freelancer
  7. Take Online Surveys
  8. Rent Your House with Airbnb
  9. Become a Virtual Assistant
  10. Pet Sitting or Dog Walking
  11. Start Buying & Flipping for Profit


1. Make Deliveries

Making deliveries is one of the easiest, most accessible side hustles of 2023. You can easily pick and choose the hours you work, and everything is done through an app on your smartphone.

There are several reputable delivery apps that are worth checking out.

Deliver Food with Doordash

Doordash is a solid option for individuals looking to make money fast. You select available deliveries in your area and can get started making deliveries within minutes.

Deliver Groceries with Instacart

With Instacart, you can pick up and deliver groceries to earn extra cash on the side as a part-time shopper.

Deliver Packages with Amazon Flex

Amazon Flex lets side hustlers use their own vehicles to make deliveries. Designate a time that you want to work using their app, pick up packages from Amazon fulfillment centers, and deliver them to specified destinations.

To become a Flex driver, you must be 21 with a valid driver’s license and be able to pass a background check. Of course, you also need a decently large vehicle with car insurance.

2. Drive With Ridesharing Apps

Ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft work 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.

While you may not make a lot of money driving for companies, any hustle is worth at least trying to see if it fits your lifestyle and earning some extra money in the meantime.

If you decide to make money with driving apps, save as much money as you can to invest and earn even more money.


  • Flexibility: Drivers can choose when they want to work and for how long, allowing them to fit rideshare driving around other commitments.
  • No special qualifications: To become a rideshare driver, no special qualifications are required beyond a valid driver’s license, a clean driving record, and a suitable vehicle.
  • Social interaction: Rideshare driving can be a great way to meet new people and engage in interesting conversations with passengers from all walks of life.


  • Wear and tear on the vehicle: Rideshare driving can put a significant amount of wear and tear on your vehicle.
  • Limited benefits: Typically you will be considered an independent contractor and are not entitled to employee benefits such as health insurance, retirement plans, or paid time off.

3. Proofreading or Copyediting

Bloggers, websites, and businesses need proofreaders and will pay well for these services.

Not only can you start a proofreading or copyediting side hustle from your laptop from anywhere in the world, but you can also set your own rates and bill by the hour.

You can also build your own business where you broker other people’s time for money and hire others to do the proofreading.

4. Reselling Open Box Furniture

With little to no upfront costs, Sharetown Reps pick up, store, and resell oversized open box items such as: furniture, mattresses, and fitness equipment on platforms like Facebook Marketplace and Offerup. What makes it low risk? Reps pay for their inventory only after it has sold.

This gig does require some heavy lifting so you will need a helper and a large vehicle such as a truck, van, or SUV to transport items, but the return on your time investment is absolutely worth it. If you have an entrepreneurial mindset, enjoy selling, and are ready to start earning some extra income, Apply Now!


  • Earn money with low risk and no up-front inventory costs.
  • High return on time investment, spend 6-10 hours per week picking up items, storing them, and selling them on marketplaces.
  • You can choose your own helper, perfect for couples or duos.


  • Not your typical gig job, you will need an entrepreneurial mindset and customer service skills to manage pick-ups, storage, and selling of items.
  • Heavy lifting is involved and bringing your own helper to complete pickups is required.

You will need space and a large vehicle to store and transport oversized items.

5. Launch A Profitable Blog

A successful blog can make over $10,000 per month on advertising and affiliate revenue. When readers click on links to try a product or service, you get paid.

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

The money from the blog is simply a by-product of my passion for writing.

6. Freelance Work

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

Freelancing is the perfect side hustle for flexibility. You get to set your own hours and rates, but remember that 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.

Graphic design, editing, and virtual assisting are some of the most popular freelancing gigs on Fiverr, but the possibilities are endless.

7. Take Online Surveys

Quick disclaimer—online surveys are not the most profitable side hustle on this list. But if you’re looking for an easy way to make a few more bucks each month while you’re babysitting and the kiddos are asleep, they could be worth a little of your time.

Online survey sites pay you to share your opinions through surveys, play games, watch videos, and read emails.

Branded Surveys is one of my top picks for online surveys. It has a loyalty program that gives you the potential to earn bonus rewards for referring friends and taking more surveys. It pays out via PayPal, gift cards, and bank transfers.

I also recommend Swagbucks. It’s highly rated by Trustpilot reviewers and pays you for everything from watching surveys to surfing the web. Branded Surveys and Swagbucks both offer signup bonuses, so you can make some cash just for getting started.

8. Rent Out Your House with Airbnb

Renting out a spare room, apartment, or house can help you pay the bills and save money. You can easily see the going rate of similar places in your area and work it out from there.

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.

9. 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 work as a virtual assistant from anywhere in the world on a laptop, making it a good side hustle for digital nomads or full-time travelers. As more people are launching digital businesses, there is an incredible demand for people to help run them.

For a comprehensive blueprint, check out my post on how to become a virtual assistant.

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.

10. Dog Walking or Pet Sitting

If you’re an animal lover, then this side job should be fun and rewarding. Apps like Rover offer a number of dog-related services including dog walking, boarding, pet sitting, and house sitting.

You can choose the services you’re most comfortable with so you can enjoy every hour that you work.

While walking dogs is not going to make you rich, it’s a great way to fit some regular exercise into your schedule, while earning some extra cash.

11. Babysit

If you enjoy working with kids, babysitting or nannying can be a rewarding side hustle. Mary Grace Gambrell, who has nannied both as a side gig and a full-time venture, started out babysitting in high school to get experience, then nannied during her university’s summer vacations.

After graduation, she built a profile with her experiences, the age groups she’s worked with, and the types of activities she enjoys doing with kids on sites like Care.com, where she now earns upwards of $30 per hour for her sitting services.

As a side hustle, nannying is a great fit for college students and workers who have a consistent opening in their schedules, for example, if your classes or shifts end early on Tuesdays and Thursdays, you could get paid for pickups or after-school care.
Mary Grace Gambrell

12. Freelance Writing

You can earn hundreds of dollars per article as a freelance writer — anywhere, anytime. Parker King, a freelance writer and founder of The Nurse’s Purse, a personal finance blog for nurses, says freelance writing has provided her with flexibility, extra income, a great professional network, and deeper expertise.

After writing for personal finance blogs for several years, I’ve been able to translate the skills and expertise I’ve acquired into my own personal finance website and build ongoing relationships with clients.
Parker King Founder of The Nurses Purse

To launch your writing side gig, Parker advises doing your homework before setting your rates, creating an online portfolio of content you’ve written, and getting references from clients you’ve partnered with.

You can find work through sites like FlexJobs, Fiverr, Upwork, or LinkedIn, and tap SEO agencies who are hiring freelancers.

13. Do Odd Jobs

If your heart isn’t set on one particular side hustle and you’re open to doing a variety of gigs to pad your wallet, consider taking on some odd jobs. There are loads of other one-off jobs you can do to earn extra cash, from running errands and cleaning to putting together furniture or doing yard work.

The Steady App is a great resource if you’re planning to do odd jobs. Steady connects you to gigs based on your skill set, experience, and interests.

It also has an income tracker tool that keeps all your earnings organized in one place and helps you set income goals. You can even earn incentive bonuses from Steady’s partners when you carry out certain tasks.

14. Rent Out Storage Space

Neighbor is an online peer-to-peer platform that’s been dubbed the “Airbnb of Storage.” It allows hosts to easily rent out extra storage space for everything from cars to overstocked inventory.

You can turn your garage, spare room, or even closet into a profitable side hustle that earns several hundred dollars a month.

Josh Robbins, a Neighbor host on Trustpilot writes,

I've been a Neighbor host for 4 years. It's honestly the easiest money I've ever made. Neighbor does all the work. I just accept the invite when someone is interested in my space and then make sure I'm available for the renters to get into my garage when needed.
Josh Robins Neighbor Host

15. Share Your Car

With apps like Turo, you can share your car with people looking to rent one and make a bit of money on the side for it.

Turo accepts many different vehicles, from family cars to classic and exotic ones. 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.

If you have a spare car or barely use yours for multiple days at a time, definitely look into this hustle idea for quick cash.

16. Transcribing

Companies often outsource transcription jobs because they require a lot of attention to detail and can be difficult. Here are a few transcription options:

  • Transcribe Anywhere: With Transcribe Anywhere, you can not only find work as a transcriptionist but also learn how to do it.
  • Scribie: After passing an online test, you can earn between $5 and $20 an hour, depending on your pace.
  • TranscribeMe: The site claims to offer between $15 and $22 an hour. However, your wage is likely to be much lower unless you’re super fast.
  • GoTranscript: You can earn $0.77 to $8.50 for different transcription services.
  • Speechpad: Spechpad offers $0.25 to $1.00 per minute and demands high-quality and experienced transcribers.
  • Scoping: Instead of transcribing audio, scoping involves turning shorthand from court reports into legible writing. You can expect to earn between $20 and $30 an hour
  • Medical transcribing: This option requires a certificate from the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity, and the earning potential is similar to scoping.

17. Tutoring

If you are highly educated, then becoming a tutor could be a great side hustle.

There are several online tutoring platforms that can help you find work. For example, Chegg facilitates online tutoring via video call in a wide range of subjects, and pay starts at $20 an hour.

Another option, Studypool focuses on homework help – students post questions they need help with and offer a price, which varies depending on time and difficulty. Studypool claims on its website that you could make up to $7,500 a month.

Steady App is another great job marketplace to find local tutoring opportunities.

18. Become a Photographer

If you have an eye for photography and a high-quality camera,  there are several ways you can put your skill to use to make more money.

Katie Jaynes, a professional photographer in South Carolina started out taking senior photos for friends in high school, then continued to shoot for family and friends. To build her side business, Katie says,

I began learning more, second shooting with established photographers, and eventually booking my own wedding clients.
Katie Jaynes Founder of Katie Jaynes Photography

Once she started making as much with photography as her job, she was able to transition into her photography business full-time.

Here are some of the most popular side hustles for photographers:

  • Wedding photography: The average wedding photographer makes $1,200 to $3,600 per wedding. While it’s a competitive market, you can build a successful business with a solid portfolio, strong editing skills, and the right equipment.
  • Stock photos: Businesses and publications are always looking to buy stock images. You can sell pictures on sites like Shutterstock, iStock Photo, and Getty Images and get paid when they’re downloaded. According to Katie, “This is a great way to make passive income, as you can photograph things once but sell the photos to multiple people.”
  • Mini sessions: If you want to boost your income without taking up too much time, consider offering short photography sessions with smaller packages for events like Christmas, Easter, and graduations.
  • Volume photography: You can also make money as a part-time volume photographer shooting lots of pictures in a short amount of time. This could involve shooting school portraits, sports teams, and photo booths at events.

19. Run Facebook Ads and Digital Marketing Campaigns

SEO Consultant

I have worked as an SEO and digital marketing consultant for over 10 years, booking 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, 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 in additional traffic.

If you want to take your traffic to the next level, take a few minutes to read my Free SEO Tips for Bloggers and consider getting your feet wet with an SEO side hustle.

Facebook Ads

Another profitable side hustle in the digital marketing sphere is running search and social campaigns. You can get started by reaching out to small businesses in your local community. The business owner might also be looking for a part-time social media manager.

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.

  • Check out this Facebook Ads course from my friend Bobby Hoyt, who used Facebook ads to drive more than 1 million unique visitors to his site last year.

20. Sell Baked Goods

If you love spending time in the kitchen and want to earn more money, you can sell baked goods for a profit.

We talked to Carli Campbell, a full-time nursing student who’s built a lucrative baking business on the side. She grew up baking with her mom and continued it as a hobby before starting her business. To hone her craft, she got a mentor and watched YouTube videos, using trial and error to get her recipes and decorating techniques down.

According to Carli, one of the biggest advantages of selling baked goods is that “while it’s tedious work, baking lets you show your artistic skills and express your creativity.”

Carli also pointed out that there’s a high ROI:

Because baking custom cakes and cookies is a really involved and skilled process, people are willing to pay a lot for a quality cake. And fortunately, ingredients and materials are super affordable.
Carli Campbell

21. Wash Other People’s Clothes

Believe it or not, you can get paid to wash other people’s clothes with the hampr app.

Here are a few of the requirements you need to meet to become a “washer”, the name for hampr workers:

  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Pass a background check
  • Have a driver’s license, car insurance, and a reliable vehicle
  • Own a washing machine that’s 4.2 cubic feet or larger
  • Have an iPhone with at least iOS 10, or Android 5.1 or newer

Hampr lets you choose which jobs to select. You simply drive to the customer’s home, pick up their laundry, wash it according to their instructions, and return it 24 hours later. With this side hustle you can get paid with weekly direct deposits, and hampr claims its washers make an average of $2,000 per month with the app.

The hampr app also allows customers to favorite the washers who impress them and block the ones who don’t. Once you’ve been favorited, you’ll be one of the first to get notified when a customer has another order available.

22. Wash and Detail Cars

Everyone can wash their car pretty easily, but most people don’t actually enjoy it. If you’re looking for a manual side hustle with low upfront costs, washing cars could be your go-to.  All you really need are access to running water and some basic supplies like soap and microfiber towels.

While you can get your side hustle up and running on your own, we recommend using an app like Steady or TaskRabbit to find customers in your area who are looking for car washes.

To increase your profits, you could offer more extensive detailing services, where you not only wash cars but restore them. Car detailing professionals offer services like light paint touchups, waxes, and other protective coats, and interior cleaning and spot treatment.

Whether you use a gig app or strike out on your own and use social media or a website to promote your car detailing business, it’s important to build a solid reputation and secure solid customer reviews that speak for themselves.

23. Become an Amazon Seller

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

You can make money reselling items on Amazon or selling your own products under your brand.

If you don’t have space for 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 and building up passive income.

24. Sell on Etsy

Etsy is the go-to marketplace for everything handmade, including jewelry, clothing, and home decor. 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 6.5% transaction fee whenever you sell something. If the sale comes through an offsite ad hosted by Etsy, there will be an additional 15% charge but this is optional in most cases.

25. Start a Dropshipping Business

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. You can leverage the power of social media to boost those numbers. Your website can also bring you passive income via affiliate marketing.

26. Start a YouTube Channel

If you want to be a content creator and earn money while connecting with an audience, you may want to start a Youtube channel as a side hustle.

As a Youtuber, you can make content on just about any topic, from travel vlogging to baking tutorials to mechanical how-to videos. YouTubers earn money through a combination of sources:

  • Adsense: Adsense is Google’s commission program that pays Youtube channels for display ads.
  • Paid partnerships: You can also make money from deals with other brands that you promote in your content.
  • Affiliate links: Youtubers also bring affiliate marketing into play by placing affiliate links in videos.

If you’re promoting a business that extends beyond Youtube, you can also use your channel to grow your audience and get more clients.

27. 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 start seeing serious money coming in, 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. Podcasts have huge earning potential – and, according to Bloomberg, top podcasts can bring in more than $1,000,000 per year in revenue.

28. Social Media Influencer

Influencers are social media royalty who make money from the posts they upload. The amount of money you make depends on how many followers you have. The unwritten rule is that you can make $10.00 for every 1,000 followers once you get past the 100,000 followers benchmark.

The amount of money you can earn varies depending on the platform, whether you’re an Instagram influencer, Twitch streamer, TikToker, or a successful YouTuber.

As an influencer, you can pick any niche you like – from sports to philosophy to food to makeup.

29. 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.

30. Start a Coaching or Consulting Business

If you have a lot of expertise in a given area, consulting can be a very lucrative side hustle that allows you to help people in need. Executive coaches tend to make the most money, but you can also become a life coach, sports coach, health coach, or anything in between.

How much money you’ll make will depend on the nature of the problems you solve, with more complex problems demanding higher hourly rates. There are also different certifications available that can increase your credibility.

To succeed as a consultant, look for areas that are experiencing growth then figure out how you can add value.

31. Affiliate Marketing

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 in to understand how much money you could potentially make.

32. Buying and Flipping for Profit

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

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 1970s and 1980s 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-1970s to the 1980s. 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. Facebook Marketplace is quickly becoming a great local Craigslist alternative to find and sell items too!

3 “Musts” Before Starting Your Side Hustle

1. Figure Out What You Want to Do

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.

Still, I recommend you start with one side hustle at first so you don’t spread yourself too thin. Use every opportunity to learn, build new skills, and make new connections.

2. 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 more about top online high-yield savings accounts.

3. 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 the Best Side Hustle?

Not all side hustles are created equal. The best side hustle is something you love that has loads of profit and growth potential. If you just want to fill some extra spare time, try making food deliveries or taking online surveys.

But understand that you can make a ton of money in your spare time. Having the right mindset and strategy as you evaluate your side hustle ideas will help maximize the return on your time.

Benefits of Side Hustling

Here are some of the biggest advantages of starting a side hustle:

Make More Money

By working at a side hustle, you can bring in more cash and start socking it away toward retirement. The more money you bring in now, the less you’ll have to work later in life. There’s never a better time than right now to make money.

Pay Down Debt

Being in debt is no fun. By working a side hustle, you can pay down student loans or credit card debt and start saving more. Starting a side hustle is an excellent way to pay down debt and create a better financial situation for yourself.

Expand Your Skills

We’re living in an unstable world, where many workers are at risk of displacement. The best way to protect yourself is to keep learning, growing, and expanding your skills.

Working a side hustle can teach you valuable skills that you can use to improve your trade and knowledge and become a more well-rounded person.

Build Your Own Career

In the past, people went to school, got a degree, went into a certain field, then worked until retirement. Today, It’s up to you to build your own career and determine where you want to go in life. By starting a side hustle, you can open doors that you never thought were possible.

Keep in mind that if you start a side hustle, there is a nonzero chance that you can become extremely successful beyond your wildest imagination. Plenty of people have done it before. And you can do it, too, if you set your mind to it.

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 ones.

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. Selling subscriptions for $10/year to my neighbors, I promised to keep them informed of the happenings in the neighborhood.

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

Now, 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.

I’ve earned enough to buy my condo with side hustle money. My car was also bought with side hustle money. And I’ve traveled to over 25 countries using side hustle money.

Do You Have 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, evaluate how much time you’re willing to commit.

Map Out How Much Time You Have

If you’re 25 and single, then you have a lot more time than if you’re 35 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 hustles at night after their kids go to bed and some who even bring their kids along on the weekend.

Consider Your Time As an Investment

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 compound over time.

Just like saving, I viewed the time I was prioritizing for my side hustles, as an opportunity, not a sacrifice. Put side hustle time on your calendar and make it a priority.

Tips for Starting a Side Hustle

Here are a few important things to keep in mind before launching a side hustle.

Be Smart About How You Manage Money

If you’re working under the table or freelancing as a 1099 employee, you’ll still have to pay taxes on the money you earn. Get a good bookkeeping system and consider with a tax advisor so you don’t fall behind and owe a large chunk in earnings to Uncle Sam when tax season rolls around.

It’s also a good idea to set up a retirement plan if you haven’t already done so to delay having to pay taxes on capital gains and dividends when you start investing your side hustle money.

Be Careful About How You Promote Yourself

Even if you’re legally allowed to start a side hustle, your employer may not like the fact that you’re working extra on the side instead of devoting all your spare time to the company. Be smart about how you promote yourself.

That said, if you’re a savvy business person, you may be able to use your side hustle to your advantage when asking for more money from your employer when it’s time for a raise.

Don’t Quit Your Day Job (Yet)

Be smart about quitting your day job and going to work full-time for yourself. This can be a risky move if you’re not prepared.

Before you quit, make sure you’re in a position to absorb risk. Take a look at your side income, the startup costs, how stable it is, and how you can potentially bring in more leads for yourself.

Side Hustles by Niche

To help you further narrow down your search for the perfect side hustle for you, here are a few more lists of the best side hustles for different people:



Start Making Money on the Side

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

I’ve done other side hustles, but these have been my most profitable and all helped me build new skill sets. I strongly recommend that you try side hustles that enrich your skills and teach you new things, and be creative when thinking about ways to make extra money. 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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    James Borst
    I like how you explained that this blog makes over $10,000 per month. That seems like more than enough money. My wife and I decided to visit her parents for the holidays and we don't quite have the money to pay for flights. We may also consider a payday loan or something like that.
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    Margaret M.
    Hi, Grant. I've just started reading your book. With this much hustle in your blood, how did you wind up broke? Was there a long quiet period between your childhood hustles and all of these internet-facilitated ones? Thanks!
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    Jon Snedeker
    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!
    • Grant Sabatier
      Grant Sabatier
      Thanks Jon. Glad you enjoyed it.
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    Jimmy Lane Dunn
    Hi Grant! My name is Jimmy Dunn. I am 32 years old. I have been blessed with a beautiful marriage and 5 incredible kids. I have been a laborer/construction worker for almost 10 years to support my family. I recently started having issues with my back and have not been working and I don't think I should continue doing construction work. I am falling behind on all of my bills. I need help. If you are able and willing, please take me under your wing for a while and teach me how to make a living with a full time hustle. Invest a little time and energy in me and I will repay you and then some! I grew up in foster homes and when I was 18 to my early 20s I was homeless, hopeless, and I just could not find the ability to care about my life and my future. One day I my heart was hit so hard by the cold reality that I was just wasting away and I had to get out of this horrible situation I was in. So for the first time in my life I genuinely cried out to God, and I said if you're real, please get me out of this hell! Please give me a family! Within a couple days I had a place to stay. Within months I had a job and I met a woman who became my best friend, and eventually my wife. We have been together almost 10 years and we have 4 boys and girl, and it is better than anything I could have ever dreamed of! I don't want to be rich, I just want to make enough money to provide for my family. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and thank you in advance for your help!
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    Leanne Moore
    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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    Will Smith
    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!
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    Phillip Paul
    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?
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    Jasmine Watts
    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Grant, Thank you for being a true side hustle inspiration. You're a great example of side hustle transformation. Keep on keeping on! :-)
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    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.
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    Scott W Johnson
    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.
    • Grant Sabatier
      Grant Sabatier
      Thanks Scott
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    Benjamin Jones
    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?
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      Grant Sabatier
      .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.
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    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 $100/month at least. I drive a lot).
    • Grant Sabatier
      Grant Sabatier
      Thanks Phil. This is a great idea.
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    Amanda Northern
    Thank you for sharing your side hustles! I've never heard of most of these! It's so refreshing to actually see new ideas of how to make money online versus the same ole "take surveys" and sign up for an "Upwork" account.
    • Grant Sabatier
      Grant Sabatier
      Thanks Amanda.
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    Ainjel M.
    Hi Grant, Thank you for sharing your experiences and the lessons you've learned along your way to financial freedom. I've recently been introduced to your website, and it's one of the realest personal finance blogs I've ever read for our generation. I do have a question about buying and reselling tickets if you're willing to share. What website did you use to buy these tickets? I use the most popular one...ticketma$ter, but there's no option to resell on another website (that 3 click).
    • Grant Sabatier
      Grant Sabatier
      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.
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    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...
    • Grant Sabatier
      Grant Sabatier
      Thanks Matt. I appreciate the kind words.
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    Paul Andrews
    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!
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      Grant @MillennialMoney
      Thanks Paul
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    Krista @ Miss Corporate Dropout
    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!
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      Grant @MillennialMoney
      Thanks Krista!
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    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!
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      Grant @MillennialMoney
      Not yet, but great idea for a post!
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    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 ;-)
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      Grant @MillennialMoney
      Thanks Cilla!
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    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...
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      Grant @MillennialMoney
      Check this is Gbea. https://www.upwork.com/o/jobs/browse/skill/white-paper-writing/
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    Matt Kuhn
    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.
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      Grant @MillennialMoney
      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.
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    Mystery Money Man
    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.
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      Grant @MillennialMoney
      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.
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    Jason Butler
    This is a great list of side hustles. Flipping domains is something that I'm interested in. I need to start doing some research.
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      Grant @MillennialMoney
      Thanks Jason. Domain investing is awesome!
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    Miss Mazuma
    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!!! :)
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      Grant @MillennialMoney
      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!
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    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... ?
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      Grant @MillennialMoney
      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.
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    Mrs. BITA
    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.
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      Grant @MillennialMoney
      Thanks Mrs. BITA.
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    Mrs. Picky Pincher
    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!
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      Grant @MillennialMoney
      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.
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    Biglaw Investor
    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!
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      Grant @MillennialMoney
      Thanks Josh. What are CDs? Haha. Infinite ways to hustle. If you want it.
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    Alexis @FITnancials
    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.
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      Grant @MillennialMoney
      Thanks Alexis. Yeah I was definitely an intense kid.
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    Max Your Freedom
    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!
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      Grant @MillennialMoney
      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.
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    The Financial Tech
    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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      Grant @MillennialMoney
      Thanks! I attribute my side hustles as the reason I was able to reach it.