Whatever the reason, sometimes you need to make an extra $100, $1000, or even $5000 for life's various expenses. This is why I've compiled a roundup of side hustle ideas grouped by how much you want to make and the level of effort.
Your car might develop a serious malfunction and you have to get a new one, costing you a few benjamins you don't have. Or, your dishwasher might be on its last legs, and you don't trust it to wash another load. Maybe you just need to go somewhere nice and sunny when the rest of the world seems cold and gray.
Trying out a side hustle can help you bring in some extra cash when money is tight. Here are some of the best ways to hustle on the side.
5 Quick Side Hustle Ideas to Make Your First $100.00
#1 – Drive Rideshare
If you've got some spare time and a car made in the last ten years, chances are you'll qualify to drive with popular rideshare services like Uber and/or Lyft. How much can you make? Between $11-$15 per hour (give or take). It's not the most lucrative side gig, but it is the most flexible and it is incredibly easy to get started.
Level of effort: Low level of effort (you seriously just download the app), but you'll probably a high tolerance for dealing with people. There's also lots of costs to consider if you want to operate as a rideshare driver.
#2 – Sell items you don't need
If you only need a few hundred dollars to cover a one-off expense like a medical bill or deposit for a vacation, one of the best ways to get money fast is to sell items you don't need. You can try selling items in your own home on a variety of websites:
- Facebook Marketplace
- eBay or Offer Up
- Sell gently used old clothing with thredUP
- consign designer goods with TheRealReal
Level of effort: Low. You just need to snap a few photos of your items in really good lighting and put together a quick write- up and item description of what you're selling.
Scrounging up extra cash is as easy as selling your valuable, gently used items. Click here to order a thredUP closet cleanout , or click here to learn more about consigning high-dollar designer items with TheRealReal.
#3 – Online Surveys and Apps
Try any/all of these money making apps or top (legit) survey sites if you're looking for a quick gig you can do from the comfort of your own home. Surveys are a bit controversial; you'll only really make ~ $9 per hour and many platforms only let you exchange points for gift cards. Still, you can sell the gift cards for cash, or use gift cards for items you buy every day like gas and groceries.
Level of effort: Low. This is also another side hustle that is popular because it costs nothing to get started and is done exclusively from home.
#4 – Deliver meals in your spare time
Level of effort: Low. You can get started relatively quickly and grocery shopping isn't a super hard task.
#5 – Pet Sitting
You can let your friends and family know you're available for pet sitting or get registered with an online service like Rover.com. Best for people who like animals and like building a rapport with clientele.
Level of effort: Medium. Caring for another living thing isn't difficult, but you do have to remember to feed and walk the animal. So, pay attention and do a good job. Easier if you have a pet of your own or have experience staying with pets of friends and family.
#6 – Sell your iphone photos
Thanks to the advent of the smartphone, we're all mini-photographers in our own right. Did you know that you can sell those photos for cash? The pic of your latte, a cute photo of your dog or a landscape while you were traveling in Italy…all of it might interest businesses and bloggers who are constantly on the hunt for fresh content and photos to go in their blog posts and articles.
So, slap a filter on it and start selling.
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Looking for more of a payout? High-paying side hustle ideas are plentiful, you just have to put in the extra level of effort.
#7 – Offer your services on Upwork, Fiverr or TaskRabbit
Professionals often go to bidding sites like Upwork to get help with a blog post or look for designs on Fiverr they can use for a logo. All you need to do is set up a profile, and deliver quality work. Clients can give you high ratings for work completed, which will help others see that you offer good work. Graphic Design, Administrative, Video Editing, or even fast typists are needed.
Level of effort: Low. You can pick and choose the projects you'd like and the platform handles all payments and managing the clients.
#8 – Write and Publish an eBook
Amazon's monopoly on the digital book market makes it easy for you to get a few bucks writing a book on something you love.
Whether you have some new knitting techniques or have tried and true relationship advice that has helped others, you can write a book about it! There's no guarantee of how much you'll make, but with some decent writing and expert marketing, you can make a few hundred a month to pad your wallet.
#9 – Open an Etsy Shop
There are many amazingly talented women out there who make incredible handmade items every day, and you might be one of them! Why not open an Etsy shop to sell some of your finer work? Pair listings up with well-crafted pins on Pinterest, and you can bring in $30 for every scarf you knit, or $10 for each of your greeting card sets.
If you can sell 100 of these items each month, you'll easily be bringing in an extra thousand dollars to your household budget.
#10 – Give Freelance Writing a T
There are hundreds of companies out there who need help writing content for their website. With a few well-created portfolio pieces, you can reach out to companies and find writing gigs on job boards like ProBlogger in no time. Pick a niche in an area you have the expertise, and you can charge up to $300 per post.
#11 – List a spare room on Airbnb
Depending on where you live you can rent out a spare room or your entire apartment (and go stay with your parents or boyfriend/girlfriend) for the night and grab some extra cash from out-of-towners. Airbnb is a competitive space, but for those in high-demand areas, it could be worth it to sacrifice a bit of privacy and open up your home, or find a friend or family member to stay with for a weekend.
If you've got a spare bedroom….you've got a serious income generator on your hands. Airbnb connects travelers with homes in their area. Click here to find out what hosts in your area are making, and start imagining how much income you could bring in by hosting in your spare time.
#12 – Teach English Part-Time
If you have a bachelor's degree and a semi-flexible schedule, you can make a 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
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#13 – Create Online Courses & Products
Do you have a skill you are known for among your friends? Then chances are hundreds of others would benefit from your expertise. Using that knowledge, you can create an online course to help others out there improve their skills. Websites like Teachable and Udemy give you a platform to sell your course ideas to a large audience of people who want to learn.
Click below to explore:
Level of effort: High. The more you plan to charge for the course, the higher the level of effort. Here's How to Create an Online Course [Mirasee]
#14 – Start up a Blog
There are several ways you can monetize your blog. With consistent quality content, you can use affiliate links, on-site ads, and sponsorships to bring in extra money each month. If you work hard, you could make thousands of dollars every month, and even surpass your day job!
Level of effort: High. Blogging can be incredibly lucrative, but it takes time to build a following. Read my guide on how to start a blog and the story of how I scaled to my first $225k in blog income here.
Whatever financial situation you find yourself in, you don't have to be drowning in bills, or feel afraid when the first of the month comes around. Picking up a side hustle can help you make ends meet, and can even be fun in the meantime.
*Melody Van de Graff contributed to this post.
Lauren Bowling is the creator of Financial Best Life. Writing about money since 2012 (formerly as L Bee and the Money Tree), Bowling is an award-winning blogger and money and real estate expert whose advice has been featured on CNBC, Forbes, CNNMoney, Elite Daily, Business Insider, Redbook, and Woman’s Day Magazine and more. After selling the site to a division of The Motley Fool in 2019, Bowling is now back as the owner and primary voice behind FBL and is excited to continue educating elder millennials everywhere about how to afford their best life.