Side Hustle Ideas: 35 Side Hustles You Can Start Today

As the gig economy grows every year, side hustle opportunities become more enticing and more lucrative.

More and more people are moving into the freelance market space and making extra cash on top of their full-time job.

The benefits of having a side-hustle position are pretty sweet. Other than making money, you can work on your own time, or even turn the gig into a career.

Not sure what kind of side hustle opportunities are out there? Here are 35 side hustle ideas that you can start today.

1. Teach English Online

The earth is home to billions of people and most of them don’t speak English. But many of the best job opportunities are in English speaking countries. That is why more and more people are people are looking to looking to learn English online.

Companies like VIPkid hire freelancers to teach English to children in China via video conferencing. VIPkid currently offers $14-22 per hour, which is a great starting wage.

To qualify for the position, potential teachers are required to have a bachelor’s degree. If you qualify, you must take a quick orientation before you can start teaching. Bear in mind, the time zone between here and China is very different, so anticipate working at night when it is daytime on the other side of the globe.

2. Become a Rideshare Driver

Being your own boss and setting your own hours is one of the main reasons people take on side gigs.

One of the most lucrative side-hustles with a low barrier to entry is driving for a rideshare company. Driving enthusiasts have two main rideshare companies to choose from, Uber and Lyft.

Uber has a massive coverage area, so even if you live in a small town this can be an option. Lyft is not as widely available. However, some Lyft drivers report making a few extra bucks on the hour compared to Uber.

To work most efficiently as a rideshare driver, we suggest driving for both services at the same time.

Getting Started? Check out our Free Rideshare Training Program For Uber and Lyft Drivers

3. Watch Someone Else’s Children

It might sound old-school, but babysitting is great side hustle that is as prevalent and lucrative as ever. Thanks to websites like Care.com, it is easy to create a profile and connect with parents in your area. Many of these services even offer insurance plans for full-time caregivers.

4. Become a Pet Sitter

Many people treat their pets as if they were children, so it’s no surprise that pet sitting is just as popular as babysitting. Sites like Care.com also offer pet sitting services, but there are also specialized pet sitting apps like Rover. These pet sitting services make it very easy to sign up and get started.

Dogs looking at their walker5. Walk Dogs

In case you’re not ready to take a dog into your home for pet sitting on Rover, consider dog walking through Rover or Wag. Both of these services are gaining more and more traction and the need for dog walkers continues to grow.

Wag requires walkers to pass an easy orientation. From there, you typically do a meet and greet with a potential pup. Once the owner is comfortable with you, they hire you to come to their home and give your dog a 30 or 60-minute walk while they are away.

6. Complete Household Tasks

Handymen and women, this is the gig for you! Taskrabbit is an app designed to bring skilled workers into homes to fix household problems. People use Taskrabbit to find people in their area willing to do heavy lifting, home improvement tasks, or even furniture assembly.

7. Become a Food Delivery Driver

Uber and Lyft drivers who want to earn more by driving may be interested in making food deliveries. This type of gig position is available through plenty of different options such as Uber Eats, DoorDash, and Postmates.

If you’re already driving for Uber you can pop open the Uber Partner App and start accepting Uber Eats requests. DoorDash and Postmates require a bit more to get started, but there are a few perks to doing the extra work.

DoorDash makes it very easy to complete multiple orders in one go, earning loads of cash in a short period of time. Postmates automatically calculates tips for the driver, making it more likely that drivers will receive a tip.

You might also like: Make Money With Your Car While Driving For Uber

8. Resell Thrifted Clothing

Oddly enough, there are clothing pros out there who have made a career out of shopping at thrift stores and on craigslist. The goal is to find items worth reselling on ebay and other online stores  at a premium price. To get started with thrifting, you need to know what to look for.

9. Open a Dropshipping Store

Owning your own store takes quite a bit of work, even if you are selling items online. Dropshipping overcomes those obstacles. This e-commerce method of operating a store involves marketing items that you do not keep in stock. This eliminates the cost and risk of purchasing inventory.

To find out more, check out Shopify’s free guide to dropshipping.

A person reading a short book10. Become a Proofreader

If you have a background in journalism, writing, or English, consider using those skills in exchange for cash. Become a proofreader as your side-hustle job by using freelance sites such as Fiverr. This is a pretty competitive field, so make sure you are delivering the best possible product once you do get hired.

11. Tutor a Child

Paying back your college tuition can be easier if you use your knowledge to tutor others. It is relatively easy to find parents who are interested in hiring extra academic help for their children.

If this sounds like a perfect gig for you, check out tutor.com to get started.

12. Donate Plasma

There are quite a few states that allow people to donate their plasma for a money. If you’re not afraid of needles and can pass the basic health examine, this might be a good side hustle opportunity.

As a bonus to some extra dollars, it is worth due to the number of people you can potentially save. Donated plasma saves the lives of burn victims as well as other patients after traumatic events.

13. Deliver Packages for Amazon

To assure that Amazon Prime customers get their 2-day deliveries, Amazon hires drivers for Amazon Flex. Drivers report earning anywhere from $18 to $25 an hour.

Related: Beginner’s Guide to Amazon Flex

14. Rent Out Your Car

Most of us are not using our vehicles 24/7. Which is a shame, because that downtime can be used to make extra cash without much effort. Consider renting out your vehicle to those in need via Turo. This is a great option if you don’t have a lot of spare time but need to increase your cash flow.

15. Create an Etsy Business

Creativity is a beautiful thing. Why not turn your creativity into an online business? Etsy makes it possible for creatives to make money online by selling their products to a large and hungry audience.

Youth football16. Coach Sports

Looking to relive the glory days of high school? Make money by coaching local sports through your local recreation program or YMCA.

17. Become a Referee

If coaching isn’t your thing, local sports leagues are almost always looking for referees or umpires to get in on the game. Usually, the only requirement is passing a short class.

18. Rent Your Spare Room

AirBnB is super popular, and for good reason. Travelers love it because it can provide a more affordable and cozy housing option away from home. Homeowners love it because they can make some extra money with an extra room or extra property.

If you have the space, there’s no reason not to give AirBnB a try.

19. Sell an Online Course

If you have expert knowledge in an area, create an online course with Udemy or Teachable. Topics can be anything from photographer to digital marketing to yoga and wellness.

20. Write a Book

Creatives that love storytelling may find themselves in a profitable situation with self-publishing. Writers can self-publish books via Amazon, which makes their content available to a huge audience. The process of self-publishing is easier than ever too.

21. Clean Houses

Willing to clean? Have a secret technique for getting a floor or counter to sparkle? Consider using those skills to make cash via sites like HouseKeeper.com. High-end clients are ready to pay top dollar to avoid scrubbing their own floors.

22. Utilize Your Graphic Design Skills

Getting into the graphic design space as a professional takes years of practice and loads of completed projects. If you are good at graphic design and want to test your mettle in regards to getting into the industry as a career, get started on sites like 99designs.

23. Sell Your Digital Skills

Those with digital skills, such as web development, writing, or social media management can work from the comfort of their own home. Freelance marketplaces like UpWork and PeoplePerHour are popular among freelancers with the right skill-set.

24. Start a Blog

If you’re willing to put in the time and effort, it is possible to make money from blogging through freelance writing.

Main requirements include a website, something to talk about, and a pretty big audience. Once you have the audience, you can make money by selling ads, courses, products, and more.

woman shopping in boutique store25. Be a Personal Shopper

Shopaholics rejoice! Get paid to shop for others through Thumbtack. We haven’t talked to anyone who has done this before, so if you have any experience please let us know in the comments!

26. Mow Lawns

This classic way of earning extra income is as viable as ever. Startup expenses include a lawnmower and a willingness to sweat.

27. Give Music Lessons

Music buffs who can play an instrument well can train others. And many people are willing to pay handsomely to learn. To get started, try putting up flyers near schools advertising your services.

28. Become a House Sitter

Being a protective presence in someone’s home while they are away is straightforward. Having the assurance of a person standing by should something go awry is something people are willing to pay money for.

To get in on the action, check out Care.com and Housesitter.com. This is a great option for people who already work remotely since you can work two jobs at once!

29. Leverage Your Social Media Following

Have dreams of becoming a social media influencer? Social butterflies can utilize their following by becoming a social media influencer. To find out more, check out this how-to guide.

Influencer marketplaces like Cooperatize make it even easier for companies to hire influencers.

30. Transcribe Audio

Transcription jobs are popular on freelancing site like UpWork. If you can complete projects in under an hour, there is some serious money waiting to be made via transcription.

31. Take Surveys Online

Think your opinions don’t matter? Think again. Survey Junkie pays people to answer questions about almost any topic. If you can consistently get the higher paying surveys before they are gone, surveyors can make over $15 an hour.

32. Become an Investor

Looking to invest and create a passive income? Considered investing your money in the stock market or in real estate. Companies such as Fundrise make it easy to invest in real estate without having a massive amount of capital.

33. Sell Your PhotosPhotographer taking a picture

Have photography skills? Bloggers and website owners need photos. No, the ones in stock are not going to cut it. Those have been used plenty of times over and fresh content is always needed. To find out which type of photos to take and how to sell them, go here.

34. Deliver Pizza

If you don’t want to work for Postmates or DoorDash, check if your local pizza chain is hiring. Be prepared to work nights and weekends in exchange for an hourly wage and tips.

35. Make Money From Your YouTube Channel

Have a following on your vlog? Monetize it by making your own YouTube Channel. Keep in mind, this isn’t something you can make money from right away. It can take years before you even see a dime.


Creating a side income is an easy way to start moving towards the good life (or at least get yourself out of a bad situation). Aside from nabbing some quick cash, your side-hustle could even allow you to quit your day job or start a small business.

The best time to start is right now, so get started today!