This is your year. Now is the time!
I say this every year, but seriously though…now is the time to start a side hustle and make extra money.
Making extra money in your spare time is one of the best ways to pay off your debt, build an emergency fund, save for retirement, take that much-needed vacation, or even start a new career.
The best thing about most of these side hustles is that you can work as much or as little as you want. I’ve made extra money taking online surveys, testing websites, playing games, and of course, blogging.
The possibilities are endless. You might want to save this post for later since it is fairly long and I update it frequently as I find more ways!
The Best Side Hustles to Start in 2020
1. Deliver for DoorDash or UberEats.
DoorDash is one of the easiest on-demand food delivery services to make extra money on the side.
While owning a car isn’t a requirement in all cities, a valid driver’s license, insurance, and a clean driving record are. You can use almost any type of transportation to deliver. DoorDash pays fast and there is a guaranteed amount for completing each delivery.
2. Take Online Surveys
Sharing your opinions by taking online surveys is one of the easiest online side hustles. Companies want to understand their consumers and they’re willing to pay you for your opinions.
In addition to getting paid for your opinions, you can also make money surfing the Internet, play games, watch videos, shop online, and more.
Here are some of my favorite sites that I personally use:
Related: 12 Highest Pay Online Surveys in 2020 (Up to $50/survey)
3. Get Paid to Walk
If you enjoy walking or just want to get back in shape, what better way to do it than to get paid for it? You get to be healthier and get paid at the same time. How great is that?
Download the app on your phone and it tracks how many steps you take in a day and reward you with coins. You can trade these coins in for gift cards, workout gear and a number of other things. Personally, I am aiming for the iPhone.
- Click here to join Sweatcoin and start sweating for coins. Log in daily for bonus coins.
Related: 10 Apps That Pay You to Walk
4. Start a Profitable Blog
Running a blog can be very lucrative. Imagine working on your blog anywhere at anytime. This is my favorite, but you won’t see the results right away. Just like any new business, it takes time to grow and you will have to put in a lot of legwork up front, but once you start seeing results – it will be like a snowball effect.
It requires hard work and dedication and might take years to earn a full-time income. What so great about starting a blog is that it is something you can build on the side and it is YOURS.
If you’re interested in starting a blog, click here to follow my step-by-step instructions on how to start a blog for non-techies.
5. Freelance on Fiverr
Fiverr is a freelance services marketplace that offers graphic & design, digital marketing, writing & translation, video & animation, etc. Fiverr is my go to place if I need something done that I can’t do or don’t have time to do. It’s a great place to earn extra money for your services.
- Click here to sign up for Fiverr.
6. Amazon’s FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) program
Amazon’s FBA program (Fulfillment by Amazon) is one of the most popular side hustles. You ship your products to Amazon to store and they pack and ship for you. Once you can find a place to buy cheap products and have a system going, it can be a very lucrative gig. A friend of mine has been doing this for 7 years earning a full-time income.
- Click here to sign up and start selling for Amazon.
7. Become an Amazon Associate
If you have a blog or a YouTube channel or any social media platform, you can become an Amazon Associate. You can either just leave the link for people to click or you can do a review of the products. The good thing is that they can come back within 24 hours to buy other products and you’d still get the credit.
It is super easy to apply, but the trick is that you have to make at least 3 referrals in 6 months or your account will get canceled.
But don’t worry. You can apply again and it will be just as easy as the first one.
8. Virtual Assistant
A virtual assistant is someone that provides services to individuals, companies or organizations, but instead of going into the office, they just work from home. A virtual assistant does anything from email management, writing, bookkeeping, social media marketing, transcription, etc.
Don’t think you have any skills to offer? Check out the 150 services you can offer as a VA.
9. Teach English Online
If you have a Bachelor’s degree, high-speed Internet, and a native English speaker, then you can make up to $26 an hour teaching English online as a side hustle.
10. Proofread Anywhere
Do you have a thing for grammar and fast at reading? Proofread Anywhere can be a very lucrative work at home side hustle. According to Salary.com, a proofreader’s average annual salary is $52,000 with a range of $40k to $66k.
You can work just a few hours on the weekends or 60 hours a week or set a price of a certain project (i.e. proofread a book). It’s all up to you.
Check out the FREE 76-minute workshop.
11. Make Money Off Other People’s Youtube Videos
It’s no secret that YouTube creators make money from their videos. But how about making money off of other people’s videos? I’ve been seeing this guy’s videos all over YouTube and he has a lot of interesting ways to make passive income. I think it’s worth checking it out.
Click here to learn how to make money on Youtube without having to create videos.
12. Sell Your Photos
Do you love taking pictures? Are you good at it? This is a great passive income as you only have to take the picture once and if people keep downloading it, then you just keep making money forever.
Head over to photography jobs online if this is something that you might be interested.
13. Write an e-Book
Is there something you’re passionate about and you want to teach other people? Write an e-book. Thanks to the age of the internet, it’s easier than ever to become a published author. You can do everything yourself or you can go to Fiverr and hire someone to do it for cheap.
Click here to learn how to do it on platforms like Amazon Kindle.
14. Start a Drop Shipping Business
How does starting a business without an overhead sound to you? The internet has made it so easy for people that want to be business owners without the fund.
Set up an online storefront on Amazon, Shopify, or Clickfunnels with item(s) you want to sell. Connect your online store to a credit card processor and business bank account. Here comes the fun part – when someone makes a purchase from your online store, you turn around and purchase that item from the third party who will ship it directly to the customer. You collect the difference by just having a store.
It’s the same thing as you buying in bulk and then sell it at a smaller convenient store – but instead of having an actual store, you just have an online store without the overhead cost.
If you have any graphic design skills or you’re just one of those quirky people with funny one-liners, then you can make t-shirts and other products and post them for sale. This is a great side business that could turn into a full-time income.
16. Content Creator
Have a passion for filming and video editing? Pinch of Yum is a very popular food blog and they have someone else do their cooking videos for them now to free them to work on other projects. If there are some big bloggers you’re following, you could offer them your services.
17. Freelance Writing
Did you know that a lot of big bloggers don’t even write the articles themselves anymore? Avocadu is a health and wellness blog. They mentioned in one of their posts that they hire someone else to write their daily blog posts.
If you don’t know what or where to start, here are the 200 writing ideas to get you started.
18. Manage Social Media Accounts
If you’re good at managing your own accounts and think this is something you can do, this is definitely an option. One of the Facebook groups I belong to, they have someone who runs the Facebook group posting daily updates. It frees the blog owners to create more courses.
19. Help Others With Websites
If you’re tech-savvy, you can find a lot of freelance jobs online. You can promote your services on social media or places like Fiverr.
20. Flea Market
You’d be surprised at how profitable this is. A girl I knew did this to pay for rent and college. She’d buy brand name clothes from thrift stores. Set up a shop at a flea market and resell her items at higher prices.
21. Secret Shopper
Secret shoppers are needed to visit and rate various retail stores, restaurants, and services. If you love shopping and eating, then this dream job is for you!
This is no longer a job for a teenager to make some spare change. My adult cousin is making $1200 a month working from 12pm – 6pm. She only has to pick them up from school, let them nap and then take them to the park. She has been doing this for 12 years as a job. Once they’re older, she finds a different family.
There are many apps available to help you find babysitting jobs near you.
Did you know that you can earn $50 an hour tutoring? Apply for the job through your local tutoring center and then work when you are available or you can check out Course Hero. Course Hero is online tutoring site for all subjects.
Sell Your Stuff For Extra Money
Don’t think you have anything worth selling? You’d be surprised. I had a palm pilot sitting around for years. One day, I just decided to search for it on eBay and saw someone was listing it. I listed mine and sold it for almost $60! I didn’t think anyone would want to buy it, but someone did.
You can turn it into your own online little shop by buying brand name products from Marshall and thrift stores to resell online. Once you’ve built up a fan base, you can move them to your own website to prevent having to pay eBay fees.
25. Sell Clothes on Poshmark
Poshmark is an online marketplace to sell gently used and mostly well-known brands of clothes, shoes, accessories for men, women, and kids.
It is really fun to sell on Poshmark. It’s a big community with virtual shopping parties called Posh Party where you can promote your products. Most sellers go to the local Ross, Marshall, TjMaxx stores to buy brand name products and resell them on Poshmark.
When it comes to clothes, I am a hoarder. I have clothes with tags still on from 10 years ago – which makes the name of this app so appropriate. It’s time to LETGO. You know you are never going to wear them again, it’s time to turn them into cash.
Sign up with the Letgo app and you can list your clothes within minutes.
Offerup is another great app to sell your used items to locals. You don’t have to worry about shipping or dealing with returns. Make sure to meet in public places. My friend has made a few hundred dollars just from selling things around the house that she doesn’t need anymore. She recently sold a portable heater for $20. I found it fascinating since I can get one brand new for the same price.
28. Facebook Marketplace
You can find just about anything here to buy and sell. The best part about this is you sell to other locals – which means no shipping. My brother bought his couch used for $400, used it for 3-4 years, sold it again for $400.
Craigslist has been around for a very long time. If you have large items to sell and shipping is just not an option, Craiglist is an awesome place for that. You can find just about anything on Craiglist. I have purchased and sold a lot of things on Craiglist. It is one of my favorite places to get used furniture. I like that you only have to deal with locals, but make sure you always meet in a public place or go with another person to be safe.
30. Sell to a Second Store
Plato’s Closet was my go-to place when I was in high school. I’ve always loved selling used clothes – I just didn’t know it was a thing back then. It pays fairly if your clothes are gently used. I used to shop at Plato’s Closet a lot too. Plato’s Closet pays upfront. But some local consignment stores might pay you a percentage once the item is sold.
31. Garage sale
I made $200 one time selling junk from around the house. I was surprised at what people were willing to pay. You don’t realize how much junk you have until you put them out there. One man’s trash might be another man’s treasure.
32. Sell Your Books
I never highlighted or wrote in my books because I knew I would sell them back. Before I buy a book, I make sure the next edition is not coming out soon or else you won’t be able to sell it back. New books usually come out at the beginning of the fall semester. So make sure you sell your books back as soon as you’re done and don’t wait.
33. Sell on Etsy
In 2019 alone, Etsy had 45 million buyers that spent 4.7 billion dollars buying handmade goods. Creating a shop on Etsy is free, however, there’s a $0.20 listing fee for each item, regardless if it sells or not and a 5% transaction fee if the item sells.
Creating digital printables to sell on Etsy is one of the best ways to make extra money on Etsy.
34. Farmer’s market
If you grow your old vegetables or have things to sell, definitely check out your local farmer’s market. My coworker used to can green beans to sell. Another coworker made deer jerky.
35. Sell Plasma
Make between $20 – $50 per donation depending on the volume of plasma you can donate. Private centers will let you donate up to twice a week. Quick way to learn some fast cash when you’re strapped.
Make Extra Money Renting Out Things
Airbnb has normalized the idea of staying in a stranger’s house. A lot of people prefer Airbnb over hotels mainly because Airbnb is cheaper and a lot of rooms are very nice and modern. It is a great way to make extra money by renting out your spare bedroom or even the whole house.
If you prefer having short-term “tenants” over long-term tenants, Airbnb is the answer for you. You could end up making more money doing Airbnb vs having a regular tenant.
37 Rent an Extra Room
If you’d just rather have the same tenant instead of new strangers every day, then rent out an extra room is another option. Currently I rent out 2 bedrooms for $850 each. I had no problem finding renters. Make sure you post it on Trulia/Zillow instead of Craigslist.
38. Rent a Parking Spot
If you live in one of the big, congested cities such as NYC, San Francisco and have an extra parking spot because you don’t have a car – rent it out. An extra parking spot at my apartment complex is $100/month and there is a waiting list for it. Easy money if you don’t need that extra spot.
39. Rent Garage Space
Don’t use your garage space? Rent it out as a storage room. The idea of renting out a garage was so foreign to me. I had never heard about it until a couple of years ago but apparently it is the new thing.
40. Rent Out Your Car with Getaround App
This might come as a surprise to you, but if you have a reliable vehicle and it’s just sitting in the driveway or the parking lot at work, you could rent it out using Getaround app for an extra source of income. You can set your own rates and availablity. Renters are responsible for refilling the fuel used on the trip.
The company insures your car and offers 24/7 roadside assistance and they make sure you get safe drivers by screening their driving records.
Once someone books it, you will get a notification. Your car is equipped with a Getaround Connect™ which allows the renters to locate, unlock and lock your car using their mobile phone so you never have to meet them in person for anything.
41. Rent Out Your Car with Turo
Rent your car out while you’re on vacation or while it’s just parking in the parking lot while you’re at work. Turo is another place where you can list your car to be rented out. In addition to being covered for up to $1 million in liability insurance, your car is also protected against physical damage, up to its actual cash value for collision and most comprehensive causes, including theft.
42. Earn Money Playing the Slots
Finally, someone is willing to pay you to play slot machines, scratch-offs and spin the wheel. It’s no longer wasting time if you’re earning money playing.
Once you link your bank account, you’ll earn 300 points, so you can start playing while you wait for payday.
43. Invest without noticing with Acorns
If you’ve always wanted to invest but don’t know where to begin or don’t think you have any money to, then this is for you. Invest your spare change with Acorns.
Acorns has a round-up feature. It means if you spend $7.14 for a meal, it will round up to $8 by taking 86 cents and put it in your Acorns account. Acorns will invest your round-ups when you reach $5 in spare change. Five dollars a week can add up to be $260 a year.
Sign up now and get $5 bonus. The app does cost $1 a month for balances under $5000, but you can use your $5 sign up bonus and have the first 5 months free.
44. Get Paid to Watch Online Videos
Not only do you get paid taking surveys and surfing the net with Swagbucks, but you can also get paid by watching videos. Just turn it on while you cook or do chores around the house.
You can also download the Swagbucks TV app and have it play on your phone while you do something else. An easy way to make extra money.
45. Pet Sit / Dog Walk with Rover
If you’re an animal lover and but not ready to make a commitment as a pet owner, this is perfect. You get paid to play with them. You can make up to $1000 a month by babysitting them. You can double your income by taking care of them overnight in your home.
What’s great about Rover is that you get to set your own schedule and prices, whatever services you want, set the size, age and other pet preferences that work for you.
46. Cater small events
Do you enjoy cooking or baking? My former coworker’s specialty is southern food and she managed to book at least one gig every month cooking her specialty dishes. I follow a few Instagram accounts that offer baked goods and catering services. Technology has it so easy to advertise your services.
47. Be an Extra in a Movie or TV Show
One of my classmates in college played one of the background people in the movie Troy. She saw an ad and replied to it. Her part was very small and brief. An easy way to make money and maybe get some exposure.
I recycle my bottles and get cash back for it. It’s not much, but you help the environment and also make a little bit on the side.
49. Donate clothes
I donate clothes yearly to GoodWill. You’re doing a good cause and it helps when you file your taxes. If you do itemize instead of standard, then donating can make a difference.
50. Take Part in Medical Research Studies
I participated in some easy studies offered by the psychology department and got paid between $20-50 per study. I found out about it after I took intro to psych. You can earn serious cash if you take part in a longer medical research studies especially ones that require you to stay over night or draw your blood.
51. Home Health Aid
This offers flexible hours and a great way to make extra money. This is especially helpful if you’re in school wanting to study anything medical field related. You just need to find a home health agency in your area by doing a quick Google search. After your training, you can tell them how many hours you want to work and what day. With this job, you go to their house to help with groceries, make meals, and sometimes just to hang out.
My aunt has someone comes to her place 3 hours every day to cook or to hang out.
52. Uber Driver
It’s not every day that you can find a job with so much flexibility. You make your own hours and work whenever you want. All you need is a valid driver’s license, insurance, and a car.
In fact, you don’t even need a car to be an Uber driver. According to their website, you can rent a car for as low as $130/week which will include maintenance and roadside assistance to help keep you safe and on the road. Drive as much as you want without any additional fees, even for miles you drive while off the app.
Uber now has an option for in-app tip function. That’s a big plus for Uber drivers.
My cousin just started driving for Uber and he makes around $200 – $300 a day.
- Click here to check out their requirements and to sign up to become an Uber Driver
53. Lyft Driver
Don’t want to work for Uber? Sign up for Lyft. You can cash out your earnings whenever you want. Passengers are encouraged to tip in the app and you keep the whole amount. Check out their website for the minimum requirements.
- Click here to check out their requirements and sign up to become a Lyft Driver.
You will get a $300 bonus after completing your 100th ride by clicking through this link to sign up. If you do 10 rides a week, you can earn that $300 in a little over 2 months. Not too bad right?