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 to start a “side hustle.” 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 their low startup costs and low overall time investment.
Truth time: We all have busy lives, but even still there's time to side hustle – whether big or small.
Below is a list of 10 of the best side hustles for busy people, so you can stop your excuses and start making it rain.
#1 – 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 $100,000 from blogging as a side hustle, and during much of that time, I also worked a 9-5 gig, so it can be done. A quick internet search will also reveal other bloggers raking.it.in while keeping on top of their “day jobs” and family life.
My favorite side hustle is blogging and online writing. If you’re thinking about starting a blog of your own, you’ll need to get self-hosting in order to make money. Click here to get your own self-hosted blog with HostGator for just $2.75 per month using my special link, and then come back here for step-by-step tutorial on installation.
#2 – Amazon FBA/MF
Whether you do arbitrage, private label, or wholesale selling on Amazon, it can be one of the best side hustles because it doesn't require a large time investment. It takes a long time to learn, but once you’ve got the hang of it, you can buy products and send them to Amazon, all while in pajamas.
#3 – 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 are hosting sites, courses you’ve taken, accounting software, really anything. Here is a list of our favorite affiliate networks.
#4 – Create an online Course/Udemy
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 it’s done and other than some updates every so often there is no need to work on it again creating truly passive income.
#5 – Publish an Ebook (Kindle or not)
If you enjoy writing or are knowledgeable on a particular subject then creating an ebook could be the best choice. 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. First, you have Amazon Kindle which means the price can’t be too high because people are used to low prices. Not only that but after Amazon takes their cut you get even less. That’s ok though because you’ll probably make a lot more sales when you first start off then if you started selling on your own. Which brings us to our second method, that of 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.
#6 – Stock Photography
Love taking pictures? Services such as IStock, FOAP, Shutterstock, Corbis, and others help you sell pictures. Keep in mind that just because you think something is interesting doesn’t mean everyone else will, or that they will need that picture. Look at the pictures on the sites that you frequent and see what photos they take.
#7 – 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’s a very good option. But, it really can be one of the best side hustles for busy people 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.
#8 – House Sitting
Watching someone's house well they are away not only makes you a little money but 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, even your groceries at times. 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 awhile.
#9 – Peer-to-Peer lending
Sites like Prosper, LendingTree, and SoFi will allow you to lend money directly to a person. Not only does this allow you to make money from home even when you’re busy, but it will also help diversify your income.
#10 – Microjobs on Amazon (Mechanical Turk)
Here is a great post from our friends at The Simple Dollar on what Mechanical Turk is and how you can make money doing a few simple things for Amazon (like watching TV and taking surveys.) No matter how busy we are we all have times when we could do some of these micro jobs with Amazon. Speaking to someone who made nearly $200 in 6 months watching TV, this is a job 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.