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The Best Side Hustles for Women Who Work 9-5


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Do you have credit card debt you want to pay down? Want to go on an amazing vacation but don’t have the money? Maybe you want to start a side hustle to make extra money but with everything going on you just don’t have time. I understand not having the bandwidth, but if you're feeling extra motivated – there are a handful of gigs that make the best side hustles for busy people because of their low startup costs and low overall time investment.

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Below is a list of the best side hustles for women, so you can stop your excuses and start making it rain.

I've ranked these easy side hustle ideas based on three things:  cost to get started, how much work it takes to get started (also known as “barriers to entry”), and how easy it is to fit these into your everyday schedule.  I also want to highlight low-cost side hustles because otherwise, what's the point? You'll spend any extra you make.

Okay, let's get started!

Easy Side Hustle Idea  #1 – Meal Delivery

The TL:DR

Whenever you have some spare time (like in the evenings or on the weekends) consider becoming a private grocery shopper for Instacart.  Especially if you're someone who enjoys shopping or being at the grocery store, this can be a low-stress way to earn extra cash. You can also delivery on-demand restaurant meals on your own schedule with Postmates and these hustles are some of the highest pay gig economy jobs around.

  • Cost to get started: $0
  • Barriers to entry:  Successful application and background check. Working vehicle and valid insurance
  • Time involved to get started: Neglible.

Since dinner time is one of the most popular delivery windows, hustlers can easily work a full-time job, then side hustle for a few hours in the evening to make extra cash. With Postmates, you keep 80% of the delivery fee and 100% of your tips. On average, Postmates delivery drivers earn between $20-$25 per hour. Click here to fill out the Postmates Driver application.

Easy Side Hustle #2 – Stock Photography

Love taking pictures? Services such as IStock, FOAP, Shutterstock, Corbis, and others help you sell pictures on your phone. If you are someone who loves taking photos, playing with light filters, and trying to create something beautiful, I highly recommend using one of these services. (I was able to sell some of my old honeymoon photos of animals in Africa.)

Did I make a ton of money? No. But we're talking about extra side hustle cash. The fact that it took no time at all is icing on the cake. Look at the pictures on the sites that you frequent and see what photos they take to get an idea of how you can maximize revenue by taking stock photo type shots.

  • Cost to get started: $0
  • Barriers to entry: Owning a phone
  • Time involved to get started: Negligible

Easy side hustle idea #3 – Rideshare Driving

When people think of rideshare driving they think of late nights Thursday through Saturday going to and from the bars. And if you want to make some serious money that is a very good option.

But, really ride share driving can be one of the best side hustles for busy people because you're making a few dollars driving to places you’re going anyway.

If you plan accordingly and leave a little early then it should be no problem to get a $5 to $20 dollar ride driving the direction you were going to go anyway. It also takes next to nothing to get started (uhm, a car? a clean driving record? passing a background check?) and you get to set your own schedule.

  • Cost to get started: $0, Uber takes 25% of all rides.
  • Barriers to entry: Successful application and background check. Working vehicle and valid insurance
  • Time involved to get started: Negligible

Lyft is one of the most popular money making apps and side hustle options out there. People like it because you get to set your own hours, can drive as much or as little as you'd like, and manage it all from your smartphone. Click here to learn more about driving with Lyft.

Easy side hustle idea #4 – House/Pet Sitting

Watching someone's house while they are away not only makes you a little money, but it usually saves you money as well. You still live your typical busy life but at the same time, you don’t use your electric, your water, or (sometimes) even your groceries.

Added bonus…you get some privacy and alone time away from your roommate.

This to me is the perfect side hustle for busy people as it basically is just sleeping in a different place and doesn’t change anything about your life. I mean, we get that you're busy, but everyone goes out of town once in a while.

Given how much people these days love to travel and LOVE their fur babies, pet sitting can also be lucrative. You can either build your own pet-sitting side business with friends and family or use online services like Rover.

  • Cost to get started: $0. Rover takes 5-7% service fee for pet sitting. If you walk, you'll also have to provide your own poop bags and additional dog walking supplies.
  • Barriers to entry: Successful background check and references
  • Time involved to get started: Negligible
With Rover pet sitters get to set their own rates and get connected to Rover's massive network of pet owners. Click here to explore how to start a pet sitting side hustle with Rover.

 

Easy side hustle idea #5 – Peer-to-Peer Lending

Side hustling isn't just for broke people or goal-getters who want to meet their financial goals faster. Side hustling is for anyone who wants to earn money on the side and have their money make money for them.

Do you have extra money sitting around? Sites like Prosper, LendingClub, and SoFi will allow you to lend money directly to a person and you'll get a much higher rate of return than letting it sit in a high-yield savings account.

Not only does this allow you to make money from home even when you’re busy, but it will also help diversify your income.

  • Cost to get started: Most require a minimum investment of $2,500 – $5,000
  • Barriers to entry:  Cash to invest
  • Time involved to get started: Negligible

Easy side hustle #6 – Amazon Mechanical Turk

No matter how busy we are we all have times when we could do some of these micro jobs with Amazon. Doing research for this article, I spoke to someone who made nearly $200 in 6 months watching TV. 

(Honestly, at that rate I should be a freaking millionaire by now.)

Micro jobs on Mechanical Turk are jobs that you can do basically whenever you have even just a few seconds. Think of times you’re checking your Facebook feed, and commit to doing one or two of these instead and make some extra money.

  • Cost to get started: $0
  • Barriers to entry: None
  • Time involved to get started: Negligible

Easy side hustle #7 – Teach English online

If you have a bachelor's degree and a semi-flexible schedule, you can make decent side hustle income teaching English as a second language (ESL). Some sites report paying between $14-$25 per hour, and if you teach students overseas, the hours will fall outside of your 9-5 job commitments. Here are some great resources to explore

Other free side hustle ideas

I've ranked the following side hustle ideas based on three things:  cost to get started, how much work it takes to get started (also known as “barriers to entry”), and how easy it is to fit these into your everyday schedule. The ones below are different in that they're slightly less “easy” than the list above; they take some time and money at the outset to get started.

Still, once the initial investment is made, (most of) these are great opportunities for passive income. And when you're busy, there's nothing like a side hustle or revenue stream that earns money with no effort at all.

Side Hustle Idea #8 – Blogging

When running a blog you control how much or how little you write. Writing more is often seen as the only way to get traffic and thus sales but, if you produce quality posts a few times a month (I try for once a week) you’ll still get some traffic.

I've made over $250,000 from blogging as a side hustle, and during much of that time, I also worked a 9-5 gig, so it can be done. The best part is – you get to set the schedule of when you tackle it all, which is very freeing. A quick internet search will also reveal other bloggers raking.it.in while keeping on top of their “day jobs” and family life.

  • Cost to get started: $36 for annual hosting
  • Barriers to entry: None, but learning how to blog is a skill to master
  • Time involved to get started: 25 minutes to buy hosting, 1 – 3 hours to set up a website, 1 – 3 hours more to craft your first blog post

The best side hustle I can think of is blogging, which isn't possible until you buy a domain name and hosting. I recommend Hostgator for the cheapest industry pricing and easy WordPress installation. Investigate Hostgator options here.

Side Hustle Idea #9 – Affiliate Marketing

If you have a website with traffic it’s easy to add Amazon affiliates to your posts. If you recommend books, toys, cameras, etc. then become an Amazon affiliate and you’ll make a small commission.

Other affiliates you could sign up for: hosting sites, courses you’ve taken, accounting software, really anything.

  • Cost to get started: $0
  • Barriers to entry: None
  • Time involved: 45 minutes to find affiliate link and create social post on why you love it.

This side hustle idea already assumes you've got some type of website up and running, but if you're looking for a side hustle to add on top of your side hustle (get it?) then this is a good idea. My favorite thing about affiliates is that they're truly the “gift that keeps on giving.” Once you implement them and grab the link, your work is done…and it just keeps making money.

 

Side hustle idea #10 – Create an online course

Building a course will take a lot of upfront time to create the content, (uh…yah.) make sure the site is working, and then get customers. The good thing though is once the course is made there is no need to work on it again. Thus, creating a truly passive income source for yourself.

  • Cost to get started: $0
  • Barriers to entry: Expertise
  • The time involved to get started: Multiple hours creating course + curriculum and setting it up on course software platform

Side Hustle Idea #11 – Publish an Ebook

If you enjoy writing or are knowledgeable on a particular subject then creating an ebook could be the best choice. You do not need to have a blog, or website, or be a known “Expert” in anything to write and start selling ebooks online. Literally anyone can do it!

If you can talk about a subject for hours than writing about it should be equally as easy.

There are 2 major ways of selling Ebooks.

  1. First, if you have Amazon Kindle the price can’t be too high. Amazon shoppers like low prices, and after Amazon takes their cut, you get even less. This is ok though because you’ll probably make a lot more sales when you first start off then if you started selling on your own.
  2. Selling on your own site. The good thing is you can charge more for it, and you likely (depending on what service you use to collect payment) will get more of the sale money.
  • Cost to get started: $0
  • Barriers to entry: Expertise
  • The time involved to get started: Multiple hours creating course + curriculum and setting it up on course software platform

Related: How to Successful Publish an Ebook on Amazon Kindle  

The TL: DR

Truth time: We all have busy lives, but even still there's time to side hustle – whether big or small. If I had to pick one from this list I think most anyone could do, costs zero to get started, and offers the best in turns of return on time investing, I'd pick DoorDash or one of the other side hustles you can easily start from your phone.

People often ask me my favorite way to side hustle and I like to recommend Instacart, because with Instacart you can't go wrong. Since dinner time is one of the most popular delivery, hustlers can easily work a full-time job, then side hustle for a few hours in the evening to make extra cash.   Click here to sign up for the Instacart shopper program

*TJ Philbrook contributed to this post.

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