Seems to me, the hardest part of side hustling is getting started. If you can’t make rent, want ways to save for that awesome vacation or are just trying to buy a flipping couch, here are 114 ways to get ‘er done!
1.) Get paid for public speaking.
2.) Turn your own forms for budgeting and organizing into something other people can use.
3.) Substitute teach.
4.) Or teach a college course as an adjunct.
5.) Become an antique picker.
6.) Referee or coach something. Or teach fitness classes like yoga.
7.) Teach music lessons. This website isn’t even good. You could totally pull that off and then drop off advertisements at your local schools.
8.) Flip items that you have special, but often overlooked by others, knowledge about.
9.) Sell your old college term papers for, er, research purposes.*
10.) Become a freelance writer.
11.) Develop your own course at Udemy or Skillshare and set your own rates.
13.) Write an eBook.
14.) Like researching stuff? Answer questions at ChaCha to pick up a few dollars.
16.) Are you a teacher? Share your lesson plans and other cool resources at Teachers pay Teachers.
17.) Multilingual? Use it to generate some cash.
18.) Work as a masseuse.
19.) Lifeguard – you’ll probably need some training to pull this one off.
20.) Get ordained and start marrying folks (warning some R-rated language in this link).
21.) Become a notary.
22.) Live near a big city with lots of big theaters? Take a class in moving light programming and become a programmer.
23.) Become an Emergency Medical Technician on evenings and weekends.
24.) Take a basic bar tending class and then get your drink on. Or, um, other people’s drink on. Or skip the class all together and find a small bar willing to take a chance on you.
25.) Work from home and make your own hours as a transcriptionist.
26.) Become a personal trainer.
28.) Start your own vending machine business.
29.) Flip books from thrift stores and garage sales.
30.) Start your own photo booth business.
31.) Don’t mind early mornings? Start your own newspaper route.
32.) Become an Avon lady (er, or gentleman?).
33.) Invest in peer to peer lending, like Lending Club and Prosper.
35.) Get a roommate.
36.) Put an ad on your car.
37.) Or just the bumper.
38.) Donate plasma.
39.) If you know how to use an iPad and own black clothes? Help host auctions for rich folk.
40.) House sit.
41.) Sign up to be an eJuror.
42.) Have a heartwarming life story? Write it down and submit it to Chicken Soup for the Soul for $200.
43.) Be a trivia host at your local bar.
44.)Become a taste tester.
45.) Pass out samples.
46.) Mystery shopping.
47.) Work a phone-a-thon.
48.) Start a pet taxi service. Yes, you read that right, and it’s a real thing. If someone’s making that money, it might as well be you.
49.) Work as a gofer and do odd jobs.
50.) Work as a voice actor.
51.) Do menial tasks for Amazon and make some cash with Mechanical Turk.
52.) Join up with a company like Mary Kay, Herbalife, Jamberry, Paparazzi or Pure Romance.
53.) Love dogs? You could take one in for a week while it’s owner is on vacation and rack up some cash.
54.) Start your own designated driver service.
55.) Download one of these apps to make money while you shop – Gigwalk, iBotta, Receipt Hog, SavingStar, Field Agent, CheckPoints, EasyShift, or Shopkick.
57.) Sign up for focus groups and get paid for your opinion.
58.) Develop your own airport shuttling business.
59.) Willing to dress up in some really odd outfits? If you live in a big city, check out Alt Terrain for some interesting side gigs.
60.) Rent out your car to other people.
61.) Sell books for money.
62.) Sell whatever you’ve got lying around on eBay.
63.) Use your home to host an exchange student.
64.) If it’s scrap metal, recycle it.
65.) Loan that stuff out with Loanables.
66.) Build websites for other people.
67.) Build the app for that.
68.) Do some freelance coding.
70.) Evaluate websites.
71.) Build PowerPoints for folks who don’t know how. Seriously, it’s a thing. Put up some of your old school projects on eLance.
72.) Got basic graphic design skills? Design logos, programs, brochures and business cards here.
74.) Start your own car washing business.
75.) Join the military.
76.) Clean vending machines.
77.) Be a bouncer.
79.) Got any carpentry skills? Build sets for local theatrical productions.
80.) Become a dog walker.
85.) Host estate sales.
86.) Become a virtual assistant.
87.) Run an on-line store.
88.) Develop a tour of your home city and list it on Vayable.
89.) Set up an etsy store and start selling that stuff!
90.) Good with artwork? Sell a design at Threadless.
91.) Got some clever slogans? Pretty them up and sell them on Zazzle.
92.) Build and shop for props for local theatrical production.
93.) Take great photos? Check out this list of places you can submit stock photos.
94.) Or team up with mom365 and photograph newborns in local hospitals.
95.) Can you sew? Freelance as a seamstress by the hour.
96.) Crafty and into pop culture? Capitalize on it. Check out this etsy shop. It’s super easy to make some of those items – the names alone are why she’s probably making a killing. I know. I have Pumpkin Pasties in my purse.
97.) Build puppets.
98.) Become a mascot.
99.) Got pretty feet? Work as a foot model.
100.) Volunteer for medical experiments.
101.) Be a movie extra.
102.) Charge people to watch you eat online.
103.) Get into the sex industry as a phone sex operator.*
104.) Make money by going to the gym with GymPact.
105.) Count worms for your local bait supplier.
106.) Be your own human billboard service.
107.) Become a gun permit instructor.
108.) Start your own bird removal business.
109.) Help people gamble.
110.) Or do it yourself.*
111.) Join rent-a-friend and start making some cash by being friendly.
112.) Farm some chickens.
113.) Make and market your own board game, like the Cards Against Humanity folks.
114.) Become a professional cuddler.
* = You may want to think twice before going with these methods.
On a related note, during my research I came across this great post over at Budget Blonde called The Truth About Side Hustling, which I thought was fantastic. I especially loved point #4 – you’re the only one who can force yourself to get started. For a long time, I thought there just weren’t any side hustles I could succeed at, and this past month I’ve realized that is definitely not true. Even more, researching this list led me to a new one scheme that I’m cooking up right now – so hopefully I’ll have some updates on that in a few weeks too.
Take a risk! Give it a try! Really, what’s the worst that could happen (er, except for the starred suggestions – because the worst that could happen with those is really something to consider before jumping into those side hustles)?
*Part of Financially Savvy Saturdays on Femme Frugality*