70+ Best Side Hustles To Make Extra Money (up to $1000) in 2021
“Money doesn’t buy happiness.”
I feel so indifferent about this cliché. I agree that money in itself doesn’t buy happiness, but having enough can eliminate a lot of pressure, stress, anxiety, and the other million problems caused by not having enough money.
Making extra money can put you on the path to happiness, or at least get rid of the obstacles that might stand in the way.
Before we dive to the list, I want to explain the three levels to making money and side hustling in general.
Short term level: these are a low difficulty, quick return (a week or two), low earning potential, and return won’t be immense.
Mid Term Level: these are the side hustles that are easy to moderate, timed monthly, with part-time to full-time earning potential.
Long Term Level: the hardest level where you won’t see any real money for months, but it has very high earning potential and can change your financial state forever. It is also my favorite level.
And in this list, we’ll deal with all three levels.
With that out of the way, here’s the complete of the best side hustles to make extra money today.
Best Side Hustles To Make $100 Fast
Making your first $100 on the side is crucial to the rest of your side hustling journey. With that in mind, we’re starting this list with a bang, my favorite ways to make an extra $100 (or a lot more) fast.
1. Participate in Market Research
There are a lot of brands in the world that pay you money in exchange for your opinion. You can make anywhere from $10 to $150 participating in the studies.
The problem I noticed with focus groups is that they either don’t pay enough money for your time or don’t have an abundance of new projects at times. That’s why it’s better to sign up for multiple focus groups to make sure that you have enough studies to make extra money every day.
Prolific is a British based company that is very similar to Mturk in the sense that you do small tasks for a certain amount of money.The cool thing about prolific is you make your extra money in British Pounds, which equates to a higher amount in almost all currencies (about 1.4x in USD at the time of writing).The first task is to fill out a questionnaire so you can be eligible for surveys and other tasks that they provide. They pay you via PayPal as soon as you reach £5/$5.
This company offers you the ability to take part in high-end focus groups. They look for anyone above the age of 18 from anywhere around the world. All you need to do is register, fill out the questionnaire, then browse their study board regularly to get updates on the latest studies. I know some people that made thousands of dollars in just a year using this website. Though, I have to add that it has gotten super competitive to get accepted for studies due to the high volume of competitors. It is a flexible side hustle that can earn you extra bucks on your downtime.
I have signed up for Vindale, and I can say that you can earn anywhere from $5 to $10 consistently for short surveys (ranging from 5 to 10 minutes). However, they do have some better paying studies that pay up $50, but those fill up quickly. Besides, you can earn more money by referring new survey-takers such as your friends and family to Vindale and earn $5 for every new user that completes one survey. These can rake up quickly. Sign up here to Vindale and start making money right away.
Userinterviews is a focus study service and one of the highest paying ones too. They only accept people from The US and Canada, which is a big letdown since they pay up to $400 for some studies. Our research shows that the range of payments is anywhere between $50 and $400. It largely depends on the duration and the conductor of the study. Sign up for Userinterviews and find out how much extra money you can make.
2. Lower Your Bills
Doing your bills, reducing spending, and hitting your saving goals can all be tracked and autopiloted through tools like Trim (more of an AI assistant).
When you sign up through Trim’s Website, you can connect your bank and credit card accounts.
Trim will do some investigating for you and find holes in your spending plans.
Their best feature though is the ability to negotiate bills with your:
- Cable providers
- Internet providers
- Car insurance fees and some more stuff
The fee is 33% of the money saved, and it is free if they find nothing.
Technically, you don’t make any extra money, but you find wasted money that is better spent elsewhere.
3. Make Money Reviewing Apps and Websites
Website and app owners are all trying to create the best possible experience for their users. And to do that, they hire companies such as TryMyUI to conduct these tests.
TryMyUI pays its testers an average of $10 for every 20-minute test. Sometimes they pay more, but all of their tests start at $10. You get paid via PayPal on Fridays.
One disadvantage to TryMyUI is that some weeks are slower than others.
For that matter, you can try other website testing services like:
But apart from that, testing websites is a viable side hustle to make extra money in your free time.
4. Amazon Mechanical Turk
If you’re not familiar with it already, Mturk is an Amazon subsidiary that acts as a market for micro-tasks. You can do all kinds of micro tasks from filling out questionnaires to book-keeping and loads more. It’s a great side hustle that can easily make an extra $100 a month.
I know a lot of side hustlers that are bringing in $300-$400 a month doing tasks on their downtime. It’s one of my favorite ways on the whole list.
Pro tip: try to go for hits (tasks) that are $1 and higher so you can end up with a better hourly wage ratio.
Where to apply: you can sign for Mturk here.
5. Sign Up For Neevo
Neevo is an AI training company that focuses on improving AI technologies primarily in the area of auto-transcription and transcription validity. Therefore you’ll mostly be doing tasks related to transcription.
I’m excited about this one as they are one of the best paying companies I’ve seen online. They usually pay $10-$15 per task.
It’s a company worth checking out.
6. Become a Dscout Scout
Yet, another favorite site of mine. DScout is a market research company that pays people to answer questions and complete missions via video, photos, and sometimes interviews.
And if you know me, you know that I like my survey sites to pay me generously, and generally speaking, Dscout pays well. You can find missions that pay anywhere from $20 to $200. They pay via PayPal, and sometimes gift cards and product samples.
Where to apply: sign up to be a scout here.
7. Design With Redbubble
Redbubble is an alternative to Merch By Amazon since the latter has become nearly impossible to get your account approved.
Redbubble is an Australian-based print-on-demand service that sells T-shirts, mugs, phone cases, stickers, and a whole lot more.
You can sign up with them, design your products, select your prices, and they take care of the rest.
If you have a knack for design and basic knowledge of tools like Adobe, then this side hustle is perfect for you.
Otherwise, you can get designs done from freelancers on Fiverr.
It’s especially attractive due to its passive nature as all you got to do is upload your designs, optimize them for the keywords you want to target, then wait for people to find and buy them.
8. Make Money Testing Games
If you like gaming (and even if you don’t) then you should start playing for some extra cash.
There are a bunch of websites that would like you to test new games for a few bucks.
It’s usually between $9 and $11 per test, but take that with a grain of salt because every service payment is a little different.
Here are some of the best websites that pay you to test games:
9. Become a Secret Shopper
Mystery shopping is the act of giving feedback on your shopper-experience on a product.
The process is simple, you sign up for mystery shopping companies, and you complete the tasks they ask you to do on your next shopping trip.
The tasks are simple such as providing feedback on the cleanliness of products, or taking pictures, or shooting a video for certain products. You get paid by completing these tasks.
The most reputable mystery shopping companies to apply for are:
- a closer look: apply for them here.
- BestMark: application page is here.
- ACPview: for some reason, their application page took a minute to find, but here it is.
- SecretShopper: sign up for their program here.
You get to make some extra cash just like this man who made $14000 a year mystery shopping while doing your regular shopping.
Two birds with one stone.
Best Side Hustles To Make Money Online
I truly believe that starting an online business is the only way to get to the point where you can have a full-time income (and beyond) online. It’s also the most time-consuming way.
But if you are up for the challenge and ready to put the hours to learn, that’s what I recommend you do. Even though there are easier ways to make money online, they will not yield the same results of starting a business in the digital space.
10. Start a Blog
Blogging is a double-edged sword business model. I say that because it takes a little amount of money to get started and a whole lot of sweat equity to make serious money doing it. If you have been looking into making money online, you have probably heard about it already. And I want to confirm that it indeed works, but you will have a lot of learning curves along the way, so buckle up.
I don’t want to make this article any longer, thus here’s a guide on how to start a blog from scratch.
11. Start a Profitable Podcast
Podcasting is a new form of blogging. And with the Joe Rogan 100 million (it’s a lot more than that) Spotify deal, it solidified that podcasting is here to stay. I mean, think about it. You get to discuss things you love and find interesting, build a platform and an audience and make money while doing it. It sounds like it’s too good to be true except that it is not. Let me tell you upfront though podcasting takes time, patience, and effort. It’s not a get-rich-quick scheme.
If you’re interested in building a podcasting business, check out my ultimate guide on podcasting.
12. Take Online Surveys
Online surveys are the oldest trick in the make-money-online book guide, but if it works, then so be it. Taking online surveys won’t make you rich or anything, but for the few minutes you spend each day, it tends to be worth it. I have piled a list of my favorite (and best paying) survey sites below.
13. Teach English Online
Teaching English online is one of the best side hustles you can do, and the best part is that you don’t have to be a real teacher.
Besides the fact that it’s flexible, the ROI for your time is high, as most services pay per lesson or hour.
One of the best companies in online teaching space is Qkids.
Their payment starts at $8 per 30-minute lesson without bonuses, and it can get up to $20 per hour. Check Glassdoor for details on Qkids salaries rate.
Requirements: You do need to be a native English speaker with a BA degree in any field whatsoever to apply for a teacher position.
By booking a few classes a week, you can potentially make any extra income you target.
14. Start an Email Newsletter
Email is still the most powerful marketing channel. And it still has the highest ROI (return on investment) compared to all the other online marketing channels.
There are full-fledged businesses that run on Newsletters. One example is Scott Keyes, who went from emailing his friends the cheapest flight deals to making $320k per month (no, that’s not a typo) from his email list. Learn more about starting a newsletter business from this article.
15. Get Paid To Review Books
If you like reading, then this is a perfect side hustle for you as there are a lot of services that are willing to pay to review books. You can apply to do book reviews for websites like Online Books Club, Kirkus, The US Review, and Springer.
16. Become a Transcriptionist
Transcription is one of the first side hustles I started making money online. Funny enough, the money I got from doing transcription is the same money I used to pay for the domain and hosting for the website you’re browsing right now.
Some people were able to make a full-time income out of it doing legal and medical transcription. You can do general transcription, but it doesn’t pay as well as specialized transcription. And if you know other languages, that’s even better as you get paid more.
The company I started working for is GoTranscript. I can vouch for them as being one of the best in the business. The application process is a bit tedious, so you need to be patient.
If you want to make a career out of transcribing, then you’ll need to get certified as a medical, legal, or general transcriptionist.
17. Use Your Voice To Make Extra Money
With the magic of the internet, you can make extra money online using your voice.
From narrating audiobooks to doing voice-overs for commercials and video games, there is plenty you can do with your vocal cords. Voice actors can make between $100 and $10k depending on the nature of the job and employer.
With that said, here is a small list of companies hiring voice performances:
18. Publish a Book on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing
No, I am not talking about writing a full-blown book. You can certainly do that with KDP, but it will take a lot of work and dedication, plus I know that most people hate writing or are not natural-born authors.
What I am referring to here is publishing other types of books that sell well on KDP. Things like e-books, no-content/low-content notebooks, and coloring notebooks are all easy to make and very scalable. Check out this article for more in-depth information.
Make Extra Money Working Remotely
Many people today are able to make a full time income working from home. Whether it is a full time remote job or working as a contractor, the value of remote jobs is on the rise. Let’s get to know some of these opportunities here.
19. Join a Remote Company
Remote jobs (and companies) are not that rare anymore. Around 5 million people are working from the comfort of their couch.
There is a belief that going remote is the next phase for most companies. And fortunately for us, there are a lot of websites that focus on finding remote jobs.
Here are some of my favorite remote job websites:
20. Become a Virtual Assistant
You probably know this by now, but becoming a VA can be a lucrative side hustle. You’ll mostly be doing administrative tasks such as bookkeeping, copywriting, social media management, email, the tasks are endless.
21. Become a Social Media Evaluator
With this side hustle, you can use your social media accounts for more than just entertainment and socializing.
What to do to become a social media evaluator?
Simple, apply for a company called Appen.
Now, this is a very well known and established company that connects companies with taskers in a variety of fields.
You can register for a lot of different tasks, but sticking to the social media evaluator is your best option, and the rate is $13.24 per hour, according to glassdoor.
Head out to their application page and start filling in the details. They will usually get back to you in 6 to 30 days.
I prefer Appen, but you can also apply for Raterlabs if Appen doesn’t respond quickly.
22. Call Service Rep
Customer service is slowly becoming an outsourced gig. A lot of companies are hiring their representatives remotely.
23. Freelance Writer
Content is the fuel of the internet. It is essential for websites, blogs, social media, email marketing. You name it. With all of this demand, freelance writers can make extra money writing online. You can charge per word, article, and even per hour. It all depends on the difficulty of the piece.
A lot of hustlers can make comfortable income freelance writing. But you’ll need to have a portfolio to get there, so you want to start writing for sites that accept freelance contributors before pitching big clients. Here is a shortlist of websites that take freelance articles, and some of them will even pay for it.
- MoneyPantry ($30 to $150 per post)
- Medium Partner Program (Payment depends on engagement with your posts)
- Longreads ($250 – $1000+)
- IncomeDiary ($200 – $500)
- FreshBooks Blog (Up to $200 per post)
- The Penny Hoarder (Negotiable)
- The Writer Finder
- Morning Coffee Newsletter (They send writing gigs every morning)
- Contently (Apply here once you’ve built up your portfolio)
24. Freelance Proofreader
Similarly to writing, proofreading is also a profitable market. Every writer and blogger (including myself) would love an extra pair of eyes to catch the mistakes, improve quality, and avoid the embarrassment. There are a lot of places to land proofreading gigs, and in some cases, you might need some experience. Here are some places to land proofreading jobs:
25. Become a Clarity.fm Expert
Clarity.fm connects people with experts in all business-related fields. If you feel like you have some expertise to provide, then sign up for Clarity.fm and set your rate per minute.
26. Become an Online Coach
Nowadays, you can share your expertise online and coach people in a variety of different areas. Even though starting an online coaching business is not easy, some platforms help you acquire clients and market yourself. With over 1 million customers, Coach.me is the best platform to get started. Another excellent coaching option is Noomii.
Make Extra Money Leveraging The Gig Economy
By 2020, 43% of Americans will have a gig economy job.
The gig economy doesn’t offer the full benefits of a regular job. But it’s a viable option for side hustlers looking for other means of income.
So without any further ado, let’s get into the best gig economy jobs.
27. Deliver Food
Food delivery is one of the classic ways to make money. The only difference is that now you can do it on your time and schedule and even determine how much you want to earn.
There are a lot of food delivery services on the market right now, so I’ll mention my favorite ones with all the needed information in the table below:
28. Deliver Groceries
Instead of delivering food, you’ll be doing grocery shopping for others.
Similar to food delivery, many services provide grocery shopping gigs.
Let’s explore 3 of the best grocery shopping jobs right now.
29. RideSharing Gigs
Ridesharing apps and services have never been more prevalent. Getting a job as a driver has never been easier as you’re probably familiar with most of these companies.
30. Do Ridesharing Without a Car
But wait, what if I don’t have a car? You might be asking.
I’ve got you covered.
HyreCar is a service that rents cars to drive for Uber and Lyft drivers.
31. Gigs That Require No Skills
You may have heard of this side hustle, but people are doing small tasks in their free time for extra money.
A lot of these tasks require zero skills such as assembling Ikea furniture, yard work, small home repairs, mowing lawn, etc.
People are willing to pay you good money to help solve their problems.
In this section, we’ll see the companies that connect you with these people.
Handyman, Cleaning, Delivery, Moving, Furniture Assembly, Personal Assistant.
- Have a U.S. Social Security Number
- 18 years or older
- Background and ID check
- Have a checking account
- Credit card
- Have a smartphone
You set your own rate for the services provided and you’ll invoice your client once the task is complete.
Moving help and furniture delivery.
- 18+ years of age
- Valid driver’s license
- Have a car, or motorcycle/scooter
- Have a smartphone
- Background check
- Ability to carry large items (at least 75 lbs)
- Have a PayPal account
Dolly advertisers that movers make $15/hr and Indeed salaries reports that you can make $712 per week.
32. Sign Up For Care.com
Founded in 2006, Care.com is a marketplace that connects families with housekeepers, caregivers, tutors, trainers, nannies, and many more.
Care.com has a lot of mixed reviews online.
And even though they are rated highly from associations like BBB (Better Business Bureau), Indeed and other places, you can still find a lot of negative reviews and complaints from both side-hustlers and clients.
It’s safe to assume that they have trouble keeping their freelancers and clients happy.
But with over 35 million members (between clients and freelancers) across 20 countries, they are a viable option to consider when you’re trying to make extra cash.
Where to apply: Sign up for Care.com and see what they offer.
33. Use Steady
Steady is an amazing resource to find gig opportunities.
It works both online and in-person and covers a wide range of gigs. From your typical ridesharing and delivery gigs to part-time and even full-time opportunities in your local area.
It’s advertised that steady users earn an extra $4000 per year after joining the service so it’s definitely worth giving it a shot.
34. Become an Alfred
Every Batman needs an Alfred, right?
Well, this is another one of the no-skill-side-gigs you can do.
HelloAlfred helps people with their in-home tasks like laundry, tidying up, and restocking household supplies as well as errands.
In the meantime, they’ve shifted to delivering groceries, prescriptions, and other essential tasks.
Where to apply: to become an Alfred head to this page.
35. Become a TakeEasy Contractor
TakeEasy helps businesses and homeowners take care of their landscapes doing lawn care and snow removal in over 12,000 cities across the US.
They help their contractors pick up landscaping work around their area.
Where to apply: to become a contractor, check out this page.
36. Get Paid To Solve Tech Problems
HelloTech connects you with people who are struggling with tech. This platform promises $90/hr, but that is to be challenged.
If you have the right skillset, HelloTech could be a sweet gig for you.
Where to apply: here.
Make Extra Money Renting Suff
Renting things out is a side hustle that a lot of people neglect. With the power of the internet, you can pretty much rent anything. If you have any useful items sitting around the house collecting dust, then why not rent it out for a couple of hundred bucks. And don’t tell me that you don’t have anything to rent. We all got something useful that another person needs. It can be as simple as something you created yourself. If you don’t believe me, here’s a man who bought a house for his mom by renting his stereo system. Let me show you a couple of service that will help with this process.
37. Rent Out Anything With FatLlama
FatLlama is my go-to-service for renting, well, anything.
It is so convenient if you have some useful equipment like a bike, a tent, a snowboard, or any device that you deem to be worthy of renting. Chances are you can find a lessee on FatLlama.
I like it because it can become a passive income stream.
To top that off, they give you $20 for signing up. And $10 for every person you refer to that starts renting stuff.
Claim your $20 sign up bonus, and make some money renting.
38. Rent Your Internet Bandwidth
Oh yeah! You can rent out that too.
You can make up to $100 a month completely passively renting your internet bandwidth.
Let’s see some services that will pay you extra money for your internet.
With companies like Fluidstack, renting your internet for cash is possible.
Fluidstack uses extra internet power to provide cloud distribution, accelerating content delivery, scientific research, and enterprise computing.
Their website advertises that you can make $50 per month but take that with a grain of salt.
Furthermore, putting your IP address out there on the open is not the safest thing, but they seem to be getting positive reviews.
They have an overall score of 3.9 stars on Trustpilot, which is pretty good.
And if you don’t mind sharing your IP, HoneyGain is another service that pays you for your internet.
Honeygain is a company that will pay you to use your internet connection for various tasks.
Once you install HoneyGain on your Computer or phone, it runs in the background using your bandwidth (it never goes beyond 10GB) to power their network.
You can make up to $50 per month, but that’s if you run it for 24h nonstop, which could end up costing you money instead.
I have used this app before, and It’s 100% passive money, which makes me an instant fan.
From what I could gather, the company is not keeping your data.
You can also choose how much data you want to share.
All in all, I think HoneyGain is a free-money type of app that you might want to try.
39. List a Bike With Spinlister
Spinlister is a site that lets you rent your bike, surfboard, snowboard, SUPs, and even skis.
It is for travelers and outdoor lovers.
Their website claims you can make up to $100, but that remains to be seen.
They are very trustworthy with a positive review on all the major platforms.
Listing items on Spinlister costs nothing and they have a protection system for listers.
If you have a bicycle you would like to rent. Then I highly recommend you check this service out.
40. Rent Extra Space
If you don’t like people in your house, this should do it for you.
Platforms like Store At My House is an excellent option for renting extra storage space.
It can be anything from a small garage to unused basement storage.
Another space you can rent is your backyard as there are a lot of people that will pay good money to host an event, meetings, and other gatherings.
You can list it on platforms like Peerspace.
And if you have a space that can handle a meeting or an office, you can list that too on platforms like DeskTimeApp.
41. Rent out a room
You knew this one would eventually pop up.
Although this whole industry took a big plunge amid the coronavirus outbreak, things are starting to bounce back.
Unless you mind sharing, you can make extra money renting a room on Airbnb.
Besides the fact that it’s very safe, Airbnb has you covered in the case of any damages occurring during the rental.
42. Rent Your Truck Or RV
This is pretty self-explanatory. You can make some extra money by renting a truck or an RV. It can turn into a profitable side income pretty quickly too.
It goes without saying, but this is one of the best side hustles if you own any kind of vehicle that people are looking to use.
It can become lucrative very quickly too.
If you are open to creative ways to make extra money, then this is a nice opportunity.
43. Rent A Friend
As weird as it sounds, you can rent people to be your friends.
In the age of the internet, you can allow people to pay to spend time with you.
I mean, some people are just lonely, or they want somebody to go with them to the game, whatever maybe, you get paid to befriend someone.
The premise is simple, you sign up for RentAFriend, and when somebody sees your profile, they can get in touch with you.
You then get to decide whether you go or not and even charge your price.
Make Extra Money Selling Stuff
Selling has always been the quickest solution to earning extra money. But you don’t want to sell your most beloved possessions. You would be surprised at what you can trade for some quick cash.
44. Declutter Your DVDs, Games and Old Tech
45. Sell Your Books and Textbooks
Books are expensive, particularly academic ones.
If you have a big stack of books taking space in your room, then you can sell them for some extra cash.
To get the best price for your books and textbooks, use Bookscouter. Enter the ISBN of your book, and they will give all the prices offered for your books from different services.
Best places to sell your books:
46. Sell Your Gift Cards
You got unwanted gift cards that you will never use? Why not sell them for a little extra cash.
One of my favorite places to do so is Raise.
The process is simple as you list your gift card, set the price, then get paid via Paypal or direct deposit.
Now, that is what I like to call a hustler spirit.
47. Sell Your Used, Broken Phone
A lot of people are not ready to $1000+ on the new iPhone or any other apple thing for that matter (except the macs of course).
They prefer to buy the iPhone years later at half the price or less.
48. Sell Your Old Furniture
Selling your old furniture is a smart side hustle to get some extra money and some extra room in the process.
The process is pretty straight forward. You list your old furniture online or in your local area. I recommend you do it online as it broadens your reach and consequently you will have more selling options.
The top places to sell your used furniture are:
You cal also check out Craiglist, Facebook Marketplace, and Consignment Stores in your local area.
49. Sell Your Sneakers
Sneakerheads are always on the hunt for all kinds of sneakers.
If you got some old sneakers sitting around, you might want to see how much they would be worth it.
Some limited edition Jordans might be worth a couple of thousands even.
The sneakers flipping business is also a profitable market.
Some people buy the latest edition of Jordans, Yeezys, or whatever other famous brands just to resell them at a higher price when they ran out of stock.
Glenn Zubia paid off 50k in debt selling sneakers.
You can start with StockX to see what kind of prices for your sneakers.
Flipping as a side hustle does not just apply to sneakers but to shoes or boots that are still in good condition. You can find selling opportunities in places like OfferUp and eBay.
50. Sell Travel Guides
WildBum helps travelers get the maximum out of their trips by selling travel guides. And people like you and I are creating those travel guides and selling them on the platform. The prices for these guides are in the $25 and $75 range. So if you are enthusiastic about your city, why not become a WildBum travel architect and make extra money selling your travel guides.
Where to apply: here.
51. Sell your Photos
Stock photos are a big market.
Websites, blogs, graphic designers, and online creators all need stock photos.
With such high demand, you can sell your photos working with platforms like Shutterstock and iStockPhotos.
You get paid when somebody buys the licensing of your photo.
You don’t need a professional camera for these photos. iPhone camera quality is enough.
Another place to sell your photos is the FOAP appp.
If you have a passion for photography, why not make extra money doing it.
52. Flipping Domain Names
A domain is a fancy way of calling website names.
It is what comes after www or https. For example, our domain name is HustlrEthos.com.
Flipping websites and domains is not an unusual thing.
Side hustlers have been doing this since the start of the internet boom in the early 2000s
Take Page Howe, for instance, a man who made a couple of million dollars flipping domains.
Or Jeremy Green, who sold ClintonKaine.com to the Trump campaign for a cool 15k.
You have to be meticulous about this side hustle, though. Don’t expect every domain you buy to yield back that kind of money.
This side hustle is about knowing what the next big thing is and being ahead of the curve.
The price of your .com domain is $8 bucks, so I say that it is worth giving it a shot.
My go-to-place where I buy all of my domains is Namecheap. They are by far the best in the game when it comes to registering domains.
53. Sell Toys
Unwanted toys can bring you some money when sold in the right place and at the right time.
You are likely to find potential buyers in places like eBay and Craigslist, or you can go to one of the Once Upon a Child stores in your area and see what they offer for your old toys.
The earning potential for this side hustle depends on the quality and quantity of the toys you have.
Interestingly, Natalie Reynolds, a mom from the UK, was able to rake in a cool £500 (around $630 in USD) from selling unused toys on eBay.
54. Etsy and Society6
Etsy has become the hub of buying printables, gifts, and vintage shopping.
Selling on Etsy is for people with artistic hobbies that like doing DIYs, handmade items, and crafts.
Many talented crafters are using their downtime to make all kinds of handmade creations and sell them at a high price.
Getting started with Etsy is simple. Just follow the steps outlined in this article by their support team.
Finding a product and driving sales to it is the tough part.
If you want to get started with Etsy, I recommend you go through this article from Handmadeology and answer every question asked.
It will help make up your mind on whether you can make it on Etsy or not.
Now, if you have amazing artistic skills, society6 might be the better choice for you.
Similar to Etsy, society6 sells furniture, wall arts, phone cases, and so much more with designs made by people like you and me.
You pay nothing to start your shop and upload designs.
Moreover, they sell your designs on a variety of products, so you do not have to depend on one product only.
Some creators are making thousands of extra dollars from a couple of designs every month.
Make Extra Money With Your Phone
Selling has always been the quickest solution to earning extra money. But you don’t want to sell your most beloved possessions. You would be surprised at what you can trade for some quick cash.
55. Earn Money Installing Apps
Nowadays, you can find an app for pretty much anything. And making money is no different.
Most of these apps don’t pay more than just beer money, but it is still free money for just installing and keeping some apps on your phone.
Some of these apps might track data. Others will want to know how you use your phone, so make sure to know the function of each app.
Our privacy on the internet is violated no matter what. Companies (and governments) are tracking us through cookies, social media accounts, and much more.
So why not get paid while they do it, right? But it’s up to you to decide.
Here are some apps that give you money for installing them:
This one is one of the highest earn-money-passively apps. You can earn up to $5 per month running their software on your phone, computer, or tablet. They have a loyalty bonus program that allows you to earn $15 every 90 days. Adding those bonuses, you can make up to $10 monthly by installing this app.
The only drawback is that they require you to use a VPN. Read more about it on their FAQ page.
Similarly to SmartApp. MobileXpression will give you 2 points for every week you keep the app installed on your pc, tablet, or phone. You’ll earn a $5 gift card for every 10 points or a $10 gift if you wait for 15 points. You receive payments in 1 – 3 days.
They also require you to use a VPN.
This app is easily the highest earner here. You can install it on five devices at once, which will earn you up to $80 bucks a month. The only problem is that they only accept 1000 users at a time. They are currently not accepting new users, but it’s worth keeping an eye out for whenever they need new users again.
Achievement is a little different than the other apps. This one allows you to connect with over 30 health tracking apps, and after doing that, you’ll be eligible to earn 80 points each day. 80 points equates $0.08 so 10.000 points = $10. However, there are ways to accelerate your point earning potential like referring your friends and family, which earns you 500 points per referral or taking their surveys. Their survey points range between 5 – 50 points per survey.
You can sign up on the achievement’s website here.
Just like the other apps here, you download the app (up to three devices), and you use the device as you usually do. You can expect to earn $5 – $15 per month, but in some instances, it might be higher than that.
They do require you to use a VPN, so pay attention to that.
As the name suggests, you’ll be receiving SMS for money. Each SMS is worth $0.05, and you can expect 1 – 3 texts per day. One drawback, though, is that they don’t accept a lot of US users.
Google has its own survey system. They usually send you surveys with short questions (from 1-6 questions) about your shopping history. Try to answer the questions as honestly as you can. You can get paid anywhere from $0.10 to a couple of dollars per survey.
CMP is a mobile chrome extension from Google. They track your browsing and how you browse the internet on your phone. You get paid $5 for every month that you keep it installed on your phone.
If you are camera shy, you need to consider getting over that now cause MindWarms is an opportunity to make some extra money taking surveys. MindWarms pays a $50 flat fee per survey. The catch is that you need to record those answers in the video. Their surveys take about 15 minutes to complete, and the only complaint I could find about this service is that they don’t have an abundance of surveys to take.
56. Get Cashback and Refunds
These are not necessarily making you extra money but regaining some of the money that you spent shopping both in stores and online. Plus, who doesn’t like #freemoney?
Honestly, this is my favorite out of this list because it’s not your typical cashback app. What Paribus does is different from most cashback services.
Essentially, Paribus scans through your email and purchases then finds price drops and refunds without you doing anything.
If something that you purchased goes on discount somewhere even after you bought, Paribus finds it for you and then gets rebates on your purchases.
It doesn’t work all the time, but I know people who got rebates on things they bought six months ago.
How cool is that?
The catch is that they do take 30% of whatever they save as a fee for their services.
What I like about SavingStar is that you don’t have to do a survey or watch a video to get a rebate.
All you got to do is choose the offers and then link your store reward card to be eligible. When you purchase what you have linked from that store, your balance will get updated automatically.
I do think that apps like iBotta got a lot more stores on their collection, but SavingStar is just so much easier to use.
This is one of the best cashback apps around.
The number of stores and brands they have is what makes Ibotta irreplaceable when it comes to earning cashback.
In addition to that, having multiple cashback apps helps maximize your savings potential.
Shopkick is not a cashback app, per se.
They operate more passively than a lot of apps in this space.
After you download it, enable your location, and you can earn points by walking into stores and different merchants.
You can scan receipts to earn more points as well.
Make Extra Money With Your Car
No, I’m not talking about driving for Uber or delivering with Postmates. There are quicker ways to make extra money with your car, let’s see them here.
57. Rent Out Your Car
One service that allows you to make money renting your car is Turo.
You can list your car quickly on Turo by signing up, describing your car, uploading photos of it, and making sure you provide the days it is up for rent.
You’ll get notified when somebody asks for your car, and you can accept or decline, you can even contact the person if you have questions.
Payment: On average, you can make $720 per month renting your car on Turo.
58. Rent out your parking space
Renting out your driveway or parking space when you don’t need them is a way to make extra income passively without doing anything.
If you don’t own your home, then get your landlord’s permission or cut a deal with him.
Earning potential varies with this side hustle, but it can amount to over $1k per year.
Hyrecar rents your car to Rideshare drivers like uber and Lyft.
They rent your car to rideshare drivers who do not have a car, so the mileage of your car might get a little (or a lot) higher than what it is now.
60. wrap your car with ads
Having ads on your car is an unconventional side hustle, but if it nets some extra cash for literally doing nothing, then who cares really.
Payment varies depending on your region, daily miles covered, and in some cases, where you park your car. But you can expect to make anywhere from $50 to $400 per month.
In 2009, carpooling represented 43.5% of all trips in the US.
With carpooling, you drive people to destinations that you’d be going to anyway like driving to work or family trips (and vice versa).
It is like Uber but with a twist since you don’t drive people to random places on their requests and waste money on gas.
Carpooling allows you to make and save some extra money on drives you’d be making anyway.
You can expect to make anywhere from $10 to $15 bucks per passenger doing carpooling jobs.
Major ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft have carpooling services and other smaller platforms like Zimride too.
Other Side Hustles To Try
So we have covered a lot of different side hustle ideas, from online to offline, to renting and selling stuff. In this section, we will focus on some of the unconventional side hustles.
We all know Reddit, and we have all at some point in our life went deep into the rabbit hole known as the legendary subreddit forum discussions.
But what you might not know is that there are money-making Subreddits that you can use to get some gigs on the side.
I mean they are mostly beer-money type gigs but now and then you might stumble upon some gems like finding a book title for $80.
Needless to say that you will not be breaking the bank on Reddit gigs, but getting $2 here and $3 there can rake up at the end of the month next to all the side hustles we outlined here.
One thing that I have to stress is to be vigilant of scams. As a rule of thumb, if you have to pay anything, then just don’t do it.
With that said, check out these subreddits to find extra money opportunities:
You won’t make extra money directly from all of these subreddits. However, you can find a lot of opportunities by browsing the various discussions these Redditors have.
63. Charge Scooters
If you have not realized by now, passive side hustles are my weakness, and this one is the epitome of easy-money-side-hustle.
Electric vehicles seem to be the future of transportation.
People are leaning towards more environmentally friendly vehicles, and electric scooters are one of the more used options.
As you may have guessed already, those batteries need charging.
Enter: services like Lime that provide electric scooters.
How it works: collect scooters that need charging, charge them overnight, get paid for your services.
Where to apply: To become a Lime scooter charger (also known as Lime Juicers) apply here.
64. Do Inspections
Inspecting properties, cars, and other items by taking photos and videos, then reporting it back to companies is a great way to make some extra dollars. Companies like OnSource are always looking for inspectors. You work on your hours and get paid $18 per inspection plus $0.65 per mile after crossing 20 miles. Learn more about OnSource.
65. Tour Guide
By applying for ContextTravel, you can become a travel guide and take visitors on tours in your city. It is perfect for people that know their city well and are familiar with what the city has to offer. If you are passionate about your city and you like to travel and adventure, this might be your chance to capitalize on it.
66. Test Food
Contract Testing is a company that pays people to test the food. They run testing events all over the place, and you can register to be a tester at one of their events. When you qualify for a test, they’ll notify you with all the necessary info. You get paid immediately after the test. It’s usually anywhere between $40 and $80 bucks.
Not bad at all.
Where to apply: tester enrollment page.
67. Donating Plasma
Donating plasma is another way to earn extra money on the side. Depending on how many times you donate each month, you can make up to $300 per month. You can find places to donate plasma with Octapharmaplasma and Grifols.
Save More Money
I decided to include this section to this post because I know that if you need to make extra money, you’re probably struggling to save any. And saving more money means more money going to your bottom line, so it’s a win-win situation.
68. Switching Phone Networks
The average phone bill is $71 per month.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to overspend on basic things like phone bills. That is why switching to a cheaper phone network could save a lot more money that’s better going elsewhere.
Enter: Mint Mobile.
At $15 per month, you get unlimited talk & text, uses 5G or 4G LTE signal, and you don’t have to change the number or the phone.
All in all, I recommend you check your phone bills and see if you’re overspending.
69. Replace Your Cable TV
Cable TV fees have been increasing year after year. A report done by Decision Data shows that the average cable package is $217 per household. Adding internet fees is probably what makes it super costly.
Even if you’re paying less than that, a Cable TV cost can certainly add up to a hefty amount at the end of the year. Why pay that when you have other cost-effective solutions such as getting an Antenna for a $70 (or less) one-time fee.
70. Get Rid of Bad Credit
Having bad credit can make your financial journey much harder. The good news is that you can turn that around by staying on top of your credit. It’s hard to figure out what’s hurting your credit when you don’t know what’s going on. For that matter, you can use free credit-tracking like Credit Sesame and Experian.
These are two free services that will help track your credit history and provide you with reports that will make repairing your credit much easier.
The Bottom Line
I have tried to include every legit side hustle that I know works either for me or others. Now, it’s up to you to figure out what works best for your time, financial goals, and overall situation.
My advice would be to go for the side hustle that makes the most sense to you. If you’re looking for a little money on the side to pleasure yourself, then it shouldn’t be hard to make that happen.
But if you’re more ambitious and you’re aiming for a side hustle that replaces your full-time income, then that’s when things start to get harder.
I’ve laid this list to fit all goals and circumstances, so you should (hopefully) get some value from it.
It’s your turn. What side hustles are you going to try first? and do you know any other side hustles that I missed? Let me know in the comments.
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