The 34 Best Side Hustles for Men
Side hustles can be a great way to earn extra income, turn a hobby into a business, or even get started in real estate. If you’re looking for side hustles for men specifically, you’re in the right place. Even though these ideas are geared towards men, most of these side hustle ideas can be done by anyone for extra money. Let’s get started.
34 Side Hustles for Men
Before we dive in, let’s go over the earning potential of side hustles. What’s so great about side hustles is the ability to decide how much money you want, and design your hustle schedule around that. Why not have multiple side hustles for more income?
Some side hustles can help you make upwards of an extra $2000/month. Maybe your goal is even bigger, say making $200 or more a day. All I’m saying is it’s possible. If you make $200/day (including weekends) that’s approximately $73,000 per year!
As more and more people are learning how to make money without a job, dreams of making good money without the 9-to-5 grind are becoming a reality. Eager to learn how? Without further ado, let’s explore these side hustles for men.
Small Wins and Quick Cash
If you’re planning on keeping your main job, but just want some easy, extra cash on the side, check out these side hustles. Although these hustle ideas won’t replace a full-time job, they will help you towards your financial goals.
Credit Card Points
Most personal finance experts don’t recommend chasing credit card points, and neither do I. But I do automate my rewards points to help pad my Roth IRA. With Fidelity’s 2% Cash Back rewards, I pay my bills using my credit card. I have my rewards set to automatically be redeemed in my Roth IRA and then I invest that money to fund my retirement.
Although it won’t make you rich, you can also use credit card points to fund things like travel. Expenses that you pay anyway (think: rent, groceries, gas, etc.) are great to use your credit card for and gather points. Once you get enough, you might be able to get free flights or lodging for a vacation (depending on your chosen credit card).
Like most other personal finance enthusiasts, I recommend this approach only if you pay your balance in full and do not use your credit card as an excuse to spend extra money that you wouldn’t already spend. If you have a large expense coming up, opening a new credit card and redeeming points can elevate your financial goals.
Like credit card rewards, survey sites won’t make you rich or replace your full-time job. That being said, I tend to make an extra $10 to $25 per month with Swagbucks.
Swagbucks is a great way to “passively” make money online. It gives you rewards for things that you already do, like online shopping, buying gift cards, and searching the web.
I love using Swagbucks when I need to make a purchase from Amazon or another online retailer. It’s not completely passive income, but with minimal time and effort, I can stack a few cents easily throughout the day.
Cash Back Programs
In a similar vein, you can acquire cash back through online purchases with apps like Rakuten, Ibotta, and even Groupon. There’s a ton of cash back apps, but here’s a link to our pick of the top 23 cash back apps.
Free Stock Apps
If you’re new to investing and don’t want to risk any of your own money, look out for opportunities to invest with free stocks. Companies like Robinhood and Webull will often reward you with free stocks if you use their apps for investing. If these stocks grow overtime, you’ll not only make money, but will have not even invested any of your own money to get there!
Affiliate marketing can be lucrative for little effort. If you have a large audience (say, through a blog) that has your trust, affiliate marketing could be a great opportunity for you. With affiliate marketing, you receive a small percentage of online purchases made from your unique link.
For example, let’s say you run a food blog with 500 followers. In your blog posts, you mention your favorite cooking essentials, like your favorite knife. You leave an affiliate link there with your recommendation so that if your followers want to purchase the same knife, you can get a small percentage of the price they pay.
Affiliate marketing can be a great way to make passive income for this reason. You can sit back and wait for people to buy the products you recommend.
Amazon’s affiliate program may be the most common and easiest way to to start with affiliate marketing, but there are a ton of options available to you. Some might even reward you with higher payouts. Be sure to add your affiliate link to your websites, YouTube channel, or other media when using affiliate marketing.
Aside from an affiliate marketing program, Amazon has an FBA program as well. FBA stands for Fulfillment by Amazon. You can quickly set up products in an Amazon fulfillment center and Amazon takes care of the packing, shipping, and other hassles.
Sell Digital Products
Interested in writing an ebook or even a book that’s published on demand? Are you a spreadsheet expert that can create amazing templates that others find useful? Do you have a skill that you could turn into an online course?
Selling digital products can be a lucrative passive income stream. You don’t need a complex business plan. All you need to do is create your product and market it. When people make purchases, you won’t need to do anything at that point!
If you’re interested in learning more about selling digital products, check out the Eprintables side hustle course from Gold City Ventures.
Sell Things Around the House
Chances are you have some things around that house that might be able to sell on eBay, Craigslist, or Facebook Marketplace. I recently moved and was surprised by just how much I was willing to get rid of and what I could sell.
Take a look around your house and take note of things you don’t need or want anymore. Then see how much people are selling similar items online, and put your junk up for sale. You might just be surprised by how much money you can make selling things you no longer need.
You don’t have to just sell things around the house as-is. With a little more effort, you flip furniture for a profit. Look for old furniture at yard sales and thrift stores that you can upcycle or repair. A little extra labor in something that just needs a quick fix can be very lucrative.
Physical Labor Odd Jobs
With certain side hustles, you can get in a bit of exercise while making money. There’s a ton of side hustles that fit in this category, ranging from helping someone move to cleaning someone’s house.
Best physical labor odd jobs:
- Mowing lawns
- Painting fences
- Cleaning houses
- Walking dogs
- Shoveling snow
Real Estate Investing
There are lots of different types of real estate investing you can get involved with depending on the amount of effort you want to expend.
House flipping is the most commonly known option. Think: HGTV house flipping shows like Flip or Flop or Masters of Flip. To flip a house, you buy real estate property, fix it up, and sell it for a profit.
Crowdfunding removes many of the barriers and risks associated with traditional real estate purchases. Instead of buying individual properties outright, real estate crowdfunding enables you to go in on real estate deals with a group of other investors.
Real Estate Syndication
Real estate syndication (commercial real estate) is the process of joining forces with other real estate investors to purchase properties, whether through direct syndication or indirect syndication.
Passive real estate investing
Passive real estate investing enables the investor to collect money without making much or any effort at all, either through crowdfunding, owning rental properties, or investing in REITs. Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) are a simple way to invest in real estate without a lot of money and can be found with many popular brokerage sites like Fidelity, Charles Schwab, and Vanguard.
As a full-time freelancer, I know first hand the benefits of remote, flexible work. Whether you want to make the switch to full-time freelancing, or side hustle it up, is up to you.
Depending on your skillset, you can make good money as a freelance writer, virtual assistant, graphic designer, and more.
The flexible schedule and working on your own time can allow you to do more of what you love. You can kiss the 9-to-5 grind bye bye.
In my experience, freelancing gave me the flexibility to travel and move to an area with a lower cost of living. I’ve been able to enjoy morning coffee with my significant other, take walks with the dogs, and run errands when most people are busy with their work.
Deliver With Amazon
Amazon Flex is a version of Uber, but instead of driving people, you deliver Amazon packages. One of the best benefits of Flex is their flexible scheduling. You can reserve blocks for delivery in advance or on a day-to-day basis. Of course, you don’t need to deliver only with Amazon. You can also stick to the classics like Uber, Lyft, Uber Eats, or part-time pizza delivery.
Monetize Your Hustle
Play Video Games
Are you an expert gamer that wins every Madden game you play? Or are you a Call of Duty top-ranked winner? You could turn your love of gaming into a streaming channel and make money from it. Check out our advice on other ways to make money playing video games.
Make Money on Facebook
Are you a social media expert? Do you spend way too much time on Facebook or other social media sites? Want to create Facebook Ads rather than see them in your feed all the time? Here are 11 ways to make money on Facebook.
Sell Your Crafts on Etsy
Do you have a hobby creating something with your hands? Whether you’re a graphic designer, painter, or silversmith, Etsy is a remarkable online marketplace for you to sell your crafts. Even if you don’t sell to strangers online, setting up an online Etsy account can make it easier for friends and acquaintances to purchase your trinkets!
Do you have knowledge that you can consult someone with? Leverage your current or former day job skills to consult and get paid more through consulting. Check out our guide to building a consulting business for ideas.
Get Paid to Drink Coffee
One of the coolest side hustles ever is working with Airbnb Experiences. You know when you stay at an Airbnb and you have the option of adding on certain “local” experiences? Well, the local people involved get paid for that.
One side hustler gets paid to drink coffee and have a conversation with an Airbnb guest about the local culture. Not bad if you’re an extroverted coffee lover!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Which side hustles pay the most?
Like most jobs, the side hustles that pay the most are the ones that demand the most experience or expertise. For example, any type of professional consulting is regularly regarded as the highest-earning side gig.
That said, the main factor to success is you. A small business that you start on the side can become incredibly profitable over time. It all depends on the viability of your idea and how much work you put into making it a success.
What are the best side hustles?
Unfortunately, there’s no silver bullet. The best side hustle is the one that you can execute and enjoy. That being the case, the answer here will be different for everyone.
Think about what you can provide that no one else can. Maybe it’s a unique approach to social media, a fresh online business idea, or just a relentless work ethic—whatever you have, don’t let it go to waste.
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How can I make $1,000 on the side?
It depends on what sort of timeline you’re working with. Truth be told, $1,000 per week is a lot different than $1,000 per month.
Rather than focusing on an arbitrary number, start hustling and get a sense of how much you can reasonably make. Setting realistic expectations for yourself is important — especially as you’re starting out.
If you put the time and effort in, you can work your way toward whatever goal you have in mind.
The Bottom Line
Whether you work from home or in an office, there’s an opportunity to pad your bank account by picking up some work on the side.
Some side hustle ideas require certain knowhow, while others just take intention and effort. It’s all about figuring out what tools you have and how you can use them most effectively.
I’ve covered what I think are the best places to start, but the list doesn’t end here. Far from it.
So, even if you didn’t find a perfect fit for you, I’m hopeful that I got you thinking about your next move. No matter which idea you go with, here’s to building toward a better financial future — one that leads to true financial independence.