22 Easy Side Hustles You Can Start Today

by Laurie Blank | Last Updated: March 1, 2019

Have you ever wanted to make more money? Maybe you’re trying to pay off debt faster. Or perhaps you want to save for your dream vacation.

Whatever the reason, there are ways you can make more money. Some people call this “side hustling.” Side hustling is doing odd tasks or jobs on the side to bring in extra cash.

Fortunately, there are easy side hustle ideas to fit into nearly every person’s talents and abilities. Here are some side hustle ideas for you.

Easy Side Hustle Ideas

As I mentioned, there are side hustle options for nearly every person’s skill and ability level. See which of these side hustle ideas might be able to bring you some extra cash.

Make Money Online

One of the ways you can earn side hustle money is by doing online work. With most online work, you never have to leave your home.

If you have a computer and internet access service, you’re set to start earning cash. Here are some online side hustle ideas that might work for you.

1. Take Surveys

Taking surveys won’t earn you a ton of cash, but it is an easy way to make money. Companies such as Vindale Research will pay you to share your opinion.

Survey sites use your opinions to help companies improve their products and services. The great thing about doing surveys as a side hustle is that you can work in short spurts.

If you’ve got 5-15 minutes available here or there, you can take some quick surveys and then get back to what you were doing. As I mentioned, the pay isn’t great, but it can earn you some quick cash.

2. Start a Blog

Did you know you can make money blogging? You can do it in a few different ways.

You can make money with your blog via affiliate marketing, which is selling products and services for others. Or, you can make money blogging with ads placed on your blog.

Even if you don’t consider yourself technical, you can start a blog in just a few minutes. If you have specific knowledge you want to share with others, consider starting a blog.

Note: it takes a while to get a blog to the point where it’s earning income. Be patient and keep working on it. If you’ve got good content and advertise your blog regularly, the income will follow.

3. Become a Freelance Writer

Do you have a gift for writing? If so, why not consider becoming a freelance writer? Many blog owners and business website owners are looking for writers to add content to their sites.

As a freelance writer, you can work from home and earn money. I’ve been working as a freelance writer for nearly six years now.

And my business has grown to the point where I’m supporting my four kids on writing and other side hustle income. Holly Johnson’s Earn More Writing Course can help you learn how to get the most business as a freelance writer.

4. Work as a Virtual Assistant

A Virtual Assistant (VA for short) is a person who helps others manage their business. You would do the work from home in a mostly online (and possibly some phone work) capacity.

Some of the tasks you might do as a VA include:

Your duties as a VA depend on what each of your client’s want. If you have a gift for helping people and are good at time management, this could be a good side hustle for you.

Courses such as Kayla Sloan’s $10K VA course can show you what you need to do to get started working a side hustle as a Virtual Assistant.

5. Do Graphic Design

Do you have graphic design skills? If so, you can use them to make money on the side in a few different ways.

Perhaps you might want to design t-shirts and sell them on sites like Redbubble. With Redbubble and similar sites, you upload your design to the site.

Redbubble makes t-shirts and other products with your design on them. When people buy a product with your design on it, you get a commission from Redbubble. They handle all of the shipping and customer service duties.

Another way you could make side hustle money with graphic design skills is to design websites. If you have technical knowledge of how web design works, this might be a good side hustle for you.

6. Sell Your Creations Online

Are you a creative person? Do you sew or knit? Or maybe you’re good at woodworking? Do you have skills as an artist? If so, why not sell your creations on a site like Etsy.

Etsy lets people sell things they make, such as clothing, art and more. You set up a store on Etsy, advertise your creations, and collect income when they sell.

With Etsy, you are responsible for making and shipping the products. You’re also responsible for customer service.

7. Rent a Room in Your House

Another way to potentially make some side hustle income is to rent out a room in your house. Sites like Airbnb let you advertise rooms for rent for travelers.

Many people like to use Airbnb instead of a hotel because it’s cheaper and more personal. The nightly rate you’ll get for renting out a bedroom in your house depends on factors like the area you live in.

See Airbnb for more information. If you like the idea of entertaining overnight guests and making some cash, consider this side hustle option.

8. Teach English Online

Did you know some websites hire people to teach English as a second language? Primarily, these websites teach English to Chinese students.

Sites like VIPKid look for people to teach English to students based on a pre-designed curriculum. You would choose your available days and hours when teaching English as a side hustle.

The host website company would set you up with your students and a lesson plan in most cases.

9. Publish an eBook

Are you good at writing? Do you have information you could share with others? Why not write and publish an eBook?

Your eBook could be a book that provides information, shares encouragement or entertains others. You could write it, format it (or pay someone to do that) and publish it online.

Sites like Amazon allow people to sell their eBooks on the Amazon website.

10. Create an Online Course

Another way you could share information or instruction with others is by creating an online course. Sites such as Teachable can help you create a course that enables you to share your knowledge with others.

For example, you could write a course about a skill you have, such as the ability to be organized. Or you could teach about a subject you’re good at, such as personal finance management.

The possibilities are endless. Consider writing down a list of skills you could share with others if creating an online course sounds fun to you.

We’ve talked about online side hustles you can start today. Next, let’s explore some ways you could make side hustle money right in your city, town or neighborhood.

Make Money Around Your Neighborhood

Yes, there are side hustle options right near you. Here are some ideas you could earn some extra cash in your city or neighborhood.

11. Drive Others Around

One favorite side hustle people do right in their city is to drive others around. Companies like Lyft and Uber hire people like you to work as independent driver contractors.

For example, with Lyft you’d start by downloading the Lyft app to your phone. Then you’d go through the short approval process for becoming a driver.

After you’re approved, Lyft would notify you of rideshare jobs available near you. If you’re the first to respond, you get the job.

Riders pay for the ride directly through Lyft, and Lyft gives you a portion of the fee collected. Bonus: many rideshare drivers earn tips too.

12. Deliver Food for Restaurants

Don’t care for the idea of delivering people to their destinations? Why not deliver restaurant food to people? Companies like DoorDash hire independent contractor drivers to deliver food to people.

You’d get paid to pick up restaurant orders and bring them to customers. And as with Lyft, many drivers earn tips as well.

13. Babysit

Are you good with children? Why not offer your babysitting services? Sites such as Care.com let you publish a profile to get babysitting jobs.

You could use Care.com, or you could offer your services to family, friends, and neighbors with younger children. If you’re responsible and like caring for kids, this could be a good side hustle for you.

14. Start a Pet Care Business

Maybe you like the idea of caring for pets instead of caring for children. Why not start a pet sitting business?

Many people hire others to care for their pets when they’re out of town. You might get hired to watch a dog, cat, bird or other pets.

People might hire you to watch their pets for a few days, or a couple of weeks. You can find pet care jobs via sites like Care.com (they connect people needing pet care too), or you could advertise via family and friends.

15. Do Handyman Tasks

Are you good at doing small to medium-sized handyman tasks? If so, why not start a side hustle doing handyman work? You could work on your own and advertise on sites that are like Craigslist.

Or you could sign up to be a “Tasker” on a site such as TaskRabbit. TaskRabbit connects people needing tasks done with people who can complete those tasks.

As a Tasker, you would choose to accept jobs posted on the site. After you complete a job, TaskRabbit would pay you. Some Taskers even earn tips.

16. Start a Cleaning Business

Do you like cleaning? You could start a side hustle doing house or office cleaning. Many people want or need people to clean their home or office space regularly.

You’d dust, vacuum, empty garbages, scrub bathrooms, etc. You could advertise your services to family and friends or on Craigslist.

If you like cleaning and are good at it, this might be a good side hustle for you.

17. Start a Lawn Mowing Business

What about mowing lawns for a side hustle business? You could advertise to people in your neighborhood, offering to mow their lawns weekly.

Or you could ask friends or family members that live near you if they’d like their lawns done. Lawn care is one task people are often happy to get off their plates.

18. Wash Cars

Washing cars is another task people are happy to hand over to someone else. As a mobile car washer, you would go to peoples’ houses and wash their cars.

You’d use their hose and water, and your cleaning supplies and rags. Offer above-and-beyond service by including inside cleaning and vacuuming too. And don’t forget to clean the inside windows.

Advertise to family, friends and specific neighborhoods.

19. Offer Organization Services

Are you good at organizing? If so, why not offer to help others organize their homes? You could charge based on how many areas a client wants you to put in order and how big the job is.

Advertise on Craigslist, or to people you know.

20. Do Gigs on Craigslist

Did you know Craigslist has a “gigs” section? The “gigs” section contains random, typically short-term jobs.

You could side hustle just completing gigs for various people and companies. Some ideas of gigs in my local Craigslist include helping people move, cleaning jobs and party prep.

Your local Craigslist site might have different types of jobs in the “gigs” section. Check it out and see if any fit your skills.

You can also make money working for other companies. Here are a couple of popular side hustle ideas.

Make Money Working for Others

Typically, when you make money working for others, you become an employee or an independent contractor. But usually, you’re classified as an employee. See if one of these side hustle gigs might be right for you.

21. Deliver Pizzas

Delivering pizza can be a lucrative side hustle. The hourly wage usually isn’t terribly high, but tips can be good.

Be a safe, timely driver with great customer service skills to earn the most money delivering pizzas.

22. Be a Brand Ambassador

Brand ambassadors are those people handing out samples at grocery stores and warehouse clubs. Brand ambassador companies are often looking to hire more workers.

This side hustle could be a good one for you if you like interacting with people. You can find brand ambassador jobs on Craigslist or online jobs sites.

Summary

As you can see, there are lots of money making side hustles you can start today.

Have you ever made money doing any of the side hustles listed above? Feel free to share your experience in the comments section on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear from you!