114 Side Hustles: Ways to Make More Money

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!

114 Side Hustles: Ways to Make More Money with Knowledge

Got Knowledge?

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. 

12.) Write standardized test questions

13.) Write an eBook.

14.) Like researching stuff? Answer questions at ChaCha to pick up a few dollars. 

15.) Tutor.

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.

114 Side Hustles: Ways to Make More Money with a Little Training

Willing to get some training?

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.

114 Side Hustles: Ways to Make More Money with the Cash You Already Have

Got cash?

27.) Buy something other people want in bulk and sell it individually

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.

114 Side Hustles: Ways to Make More Money without Cash

Got no cash?

34.) Churn frequent flier miles

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.

56.) Donate your sperm or your eggs.*

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. 

114 Side Hustles: Ways to Make More Money with Your Stuff

Got stuff?

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.

114 Side Hustles: Ways to Make More Money with Computer Skills

Good with computers?

66.) Build websites for other people.

67.) Build the app for that. 

68.) Do some freelance coding

69.) Solve people’s computer problems

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.

73.) Make some cash playing Second Life

 

114 Side Hustles: Ways to Make More Money by Getting Your Hands Dirty

Not scared of getting your hands dirty?

74.) Start your own car washing business

75.) Join the military

76.) Clean vending machines.

77.) Be a bouncer.

78.) Work in the food service industry

79.) Got any carpentry skills? Build sets for local theatrical productions

80.) Become a dog walker

81.) Clean other people’s houses

82.) Babysitting.

 

114 Side Hustles: Ways to Make More Money by Being Really Organized

Really organized?

83.) Plan other people’s trips

84.) Organize unorganized people’s homes

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

 

114 Side Hustles: Ways to Make More Money with Your Crafts

Crafty?

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.

114 Side Hustles: Different Ways to Make More Money

Looking for something… different?

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*

 

42 thoughts on “114 Side Hustles: Ways to Make More Money

  1. Great list! #1 had me sold, this is something I really want to look into!

    28.) Start your own vending machine business. — This link is dead. But it reminded me that someone (probably on a blog) bought an arcade machine then rented it to local bars for several months at a time. It wasn’t a ton of profit but after the purchase was easy enough.
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  2. This is really such a thorough list! I can tell you put research into this, and it’s true, if you’re willing to put in the time and effort and use your skills, there’s plenty of ways to think outside the box to make a living!
    Rachel G recently posted…15 Must-Have Wedding PhotosMy Profile

  3. Holy, moly, what a list! I’ve thought about pursuing a couple of these. Should really get on it. I’ve done a couple more of them. My sibling has been an extra in a couple of movies, but made no $ off of it. But we’re talking literally a stadium full of extras in one case….think Pittsburghers might have been too excited to be in a movie to ask for cash? Or maybe they just don’t pay crowds?
    femmefrugality recently posted…Financially Savvy Saturdays: Twenty Seventh EditionMy Profile

  4. Visiting from the Sits Girl Sharefest but I must say what an impressive list of great ways to make money. Some seem so obvious but I would have never thought of them. I am currently unable to work outside the home right now and it is causing a lot of stress on our family. I’ve bookmarked this post and will be trying out some of your suggestions. :)
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  5. #75 Join the military – definitely needs to be specified as “reserves or national guard.” Most people in the military are active duty, which is definitely NOT a “side” hustle

  6. So many ideas! I’ll be sure to share this post with my audience.
    I giggled at ‘be a foot model’ :) it’s definitely an option (well, not for me per se). Same for hand models, I saw an article once about one who regularly put top-notch hand creme on their precious hands and took almost obsessive care of them. Scary stuff :)
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    • I can neither confirm or deny that is actually works, since someday I’d like to be a professor…. but maybe there was a younger version of me that didn’t want to be a professor and just needed some cash. Perhaps that version could confirm it actually works.

  7. Mel, what a funny & great list! I’m so glad you asterisked some of them though as not the greatest of options. ;) Thanks for linking my site… Jamberry has been amazing for me & definitely a great “side hustle” for this stay-at-home-mom. I can’t believe you came up with 114 of these!! lol

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