There are a lot of side hustle ideas that you can do to start making money in your spare time, some of which you’ve probably never thought of, and others that you might already be doing, or could do without any experience.
Adding one of these side hustle ideas can, over a period of time, accumulate to a significant amount of money.
An extra $10 here and there adds up over time, especially if the work you’re doing is easy and can be picked up and put down without too much hassle.
The are some side hustle ideas below that you can start right away, while others you may need to develop overtime or learn a specific set of skills.
Either way, I’m sure that you’ll find something you can do if you really want to make extra cash.
There’s probably a side hustle in this list for just about everyone, so with that being said, let’s get started with the very first side hustle idea.
1. Selling The Stuff You Don’t Need
Yep, it’s probably one of the easiest things you can do right now.
And yes, you’ve probably heard it all before, but have you actually done anything about it?
I must admit, it took me a little bit of time to warm up to the idea of selling stuff I didn’t need anymore, but once I started the process, it’s a piece of cake and you win in two ways.
1) You get rid of stuff you don’t need anymore. 2) You make money doing so.
There are plenty of platforms to make it happen. If you have a lot of clothes that you no longer need, you can sell them on a site called ThredUp.
If you have other items then you can use sites like Ebay.
Think of it like an online lawn sale. If you need the money immediately, then I recommend skipping the ThreadUp option and bring your clothes down to a local consignment store and see what you can get for them.
On the other hand, if you don’t need the money immediately, take the time to learn the art of selling items online because that can be a very lucrative side business.
In fact, I know several people that go to lawn and estate sales and make a killing reselling the items they get. If you have a keen eye, you can make some serious cash.
2. Write For Other People
If writing is your forte, then maybe consider writing for other people.
There are a lot of webmasters looking for writers to help update their websites with high quality content.
So a lot of people might have the skill, but it’s another thing trying to find someone that is going to pay them for the skill – right?
The demand for online writers is so high that entire businesses have been created to provide these services to webmasters. And it’s really just a case of you becoming a writer for one of these services. One such service that I reviewed recently was iWriter.com, which I’ll give you the low down on soon.
It would be more lucrative however, for you to go to a site like Elance.com and advertise your writing services there, because you’ll be able to negotiate a better price for your writing.
However if you don’t have any experience or a portfolio to show a prospective employer, then register with a writing service like iWriter, and develop your skills there before going it alone.
Services like iWriter act as the middleman, so to speak, for webmasters to be able to find good content writers for their websites.
See how you can make $100 a day with iWriter here.
You can also check out my other post on how to get freelance writing jobs as a beginner here.
3. My Favorite Way To Make Money
I started reviewing this program for some online friends of mine. It became an experiment into whether or not I could make money with it.
And to my surprise I did.
After I got my first sale, things kinda took off, and I was still only working part-time on it.
When I hit my first $10K month, then I knew this was the “real deal”.
Six years later, I’m still earning over $10 per month with the techniques shown in this program and so are a lot of people I’ve shown this program to.
This program is perfect for stay at home moms, or anyone really, who wants to make some extra money, or even earn a full-time income, because you can work it in your own time and at your own pace.
It’s perfect for introverts as there is no direct selling or face to face meetings.
Be prepared to put in a little effort in the beginning.
It’s NOT a get rich quick scheme, BUT it’s one of the ONLY legit online programs I’ve experienced longevity with.
Other online programs that I have tried in the past have either become out-dated, or shutdown for one reason or another. This program just keeps getting better year in and year out.
Full training is included, and there’s no special skills or prior knowledge needed.
4. Start a Blog
Blogging is how I make the majority of my income online. It is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to start making money, both in the short and long term.
I earn over $10,000 per month blogging on a part-time basis, see my step by step guide here.
You can start your OWN FREE blog here. Just enter in a name of your free website.
SliceThePie is a music survey company that pays for your opinion on new artist songs.
The company basically gives you songs from new artists to listen to and then you simply rate the song, giving the artist feedback on what you thought about the song, including your thoughts on the instruments, the melody, and the vocals. Once your opinion has been submitted you get paid for it.
Your opinion provides valuable insight to both the artist who get to push their music out to a wider audience, as well as to music scouts who might be looking to sign up the next biggest act.
Either way, it’s a win, win, win situation.
It’s not a big money maker, and not what I recommend, but, you will make money from it.
You can see how me do it here.
6. Complete Online Surveys to Make Some Extra Cash
Before I get started on this section, I want to point out that all of the examples I provide are free to sign up and use. If you come across an online survey that asks you to pay, run away as fast as you can. It is most likely a scam. Secondly, why pay for a survey when you can complete free surveys.
Not only can you earn some extra cash but you can win prizes, free merchandise and gift vouchers. If you end up winning something that you won’t use, you can sell it and earn money that way as well. This is great for someone that decides to make an online buying/selling business. More on that later in the review.
Here are some options for you to take a look at:
Theses are just a few suggestions and there are plenty more. Before deciding on which ones you want to use, you should check out customer reviews.
7. Watch and/or Like Videos and Movie Trailers
Watching videos is often overlooked when it comes to making money because there are two drawbacks.
The first drawback is that the money varies from one week to the next. This is due to the fact that some tasks pay more than others and some weeks give you more videos to watch.
The other drawback is the fact that you will have to watch ads in order to get to the videos first.
To some people, this is not an issue because making money this way is done on your free time.
Whichever side of the argument you come out on, you have to admit that getting around $200 bucks a month for watching videos is at least worth checking out.
If you are looking for a way to get started, check out Swagbucks.
8. Get Rewards From Bing While Searching Online
This is a great way to earn rewards and it is so simple. Millions of people use Google around the world and this generates a fortune.
Microsoft is attempting to rival Google and is willing to reward people for using their search engine, Bing.
How cool is that?
Bing is willing to give you points that can be cashed out for gift cards.
What makes thing better is the fact that you can use the rewards with retail giants like Amazon.
Here is how it works:
Sign up for BingRewards and then do your searches using Bing and start earning.
The reason many people are waking up to this method is because many people like to buy and sell items to make a few extra bucks from time to time.
Or people save up their rewards and buy something that they really want.
This is great because you can eventually buy something that you might not normally have the budget for!!!
You can sign up for BingRewards Here.
9. Get Paid for Writing Articles for Websites
What’s the matter?
You don’t think you have what it takes to write for online magazines?
That is where you are wrong. As long as you can get your point across in an effective manner, you can make some decent money writing online.
Some websites pay better than others but you can make between $50-$150 per article.
Before I go any further, these sites won’t have many writers so there is competition.
If your article is selected, they will pay you very well for your time and efforts. Even if you only get 1 or 2 articles published a month, you will have a few hundred bucks to save or invest in another business venture.
Here are a few websites that pay you for articles:
Scary Mommy – Up to $100 per article
WOW! Women On Writing – $50-$100 A worldwide magazine that discusses women’s issues.
The Dollar Stretcher – $50 per 500 word article.
College Humour – $25-$150 per article
Watch Culture – $25-$500 per article
Uxbooth – $100 per article
10. Getting Paid to Find and Use Coupons
Many shoppers already utilize coupons to save money! Usually the savings isn’t significant but every little bit helps.
What if there was a way to get paid for finding and sharing coupons.
Well you are in luck because CouponChief is willing to pay you to share coupons with other people.
Here is a short explanation on how the process works.
- Step 1- Visit this link https://www.couponchief.com/pays2share
- Step 2- Fill out the free registration form
- Step 3- Utilize the “Submit a Coupon” tab to share your coupons to other members
- Step 4- For every member that uses the coupon(s) you submit, you earn cash
- Step 5- Once you get enough money in your account you can get a payment via PayPal
The following statement is based on personal experience.
11. Sign up with eBates to get Paid to Shop
Of course this option works best if you do some of your shopping online.
If this is the case, you can sign up with eBates and they actually give you cash back to shop with them.
To be honest, there is no reason not to use a site like eBates if you shop online and it is by far one of, if not THE best online rebate site available.
Another reason to jump on this opportunity is because you can earn cashback on just about anything.
- Food & Groceries
This is another one of those options that may not seem significant per shopping experience but you can earn a lot of cash back if you use eBates on a regular basis.
12. You Can Earn Money by Losing Weight
The #1 New Year’s resolution is to get back into shape and losing weight is the key factor in doing so.
Statistics show that after a few weeks of trying to lose weight, motivations fizzles out and people go back to their old habits.
This includes eating poorly and inconsistent exercise. Maybe if there was additional motivation to keep your weight loss goals on track.
These companies will allow you to place bets on your weight loss goals and if you meet them, get paid cash.
You can also win prizes that can be sold if you do not intend to use them. It is easy to sign up, for free.
Then you can install their app and start placing bets. If you reach your goal, you earn money.
The money you win comes from people that don’t reach their goals. Look I get it! You might not agree with the program from a moral perspective.
If you don’t mind this aspect of the program, then your health can earn you money.
13. Answer Trivia Questions for a Little Extra Cash
Imagine if you could earn money for something as simple as answering trivia questions.
I mean, everyone that I know would take a few minutes out of their day to answer some questions.
There is a website that pays you daily winnings and major winnings every year. Here is the deal though, you have to do better than all of the other competitors.
Oh and did I mention that you will be put on a team of three so you better be lucky and get smart teammates?
Look, it sounds like a lot of “what-ifs” but you can win $200-$300 daily prizes and you will also be put in the running for a special lottery to pay off your school loans.
The odds of winning are slim but having a chance is a major deal.
14. Scan and Buy Groceries to Earn Prizes
Market Research Companies have set up ways to earn points for grocery shopping and scanning your items.
This may sound to good to be true but your purchases can provide valuable information that can help companies understand the shopping habits of people.
Nielsen is one of the companies that does it and it’s as simple as visiting their website, downloading their app and using your smartphone to scan items.
If you really feel the need, you can also request a scanner from Nielsen and they will send you one.
Here is how it works once you are up and running:
- You earn points every time you scan
- You can redeem for all sorts of cool stuff, Including – Toys, Jewelry, Electronics, Household items
People that utilize this platform for a while can also be entered into sweepstakes drawings that give you a chance at cars, vacations or cash prizes.
I think you get the picture by now… Oh and registering is free so what do you have to lose. I suggest doing this and give it a shot.
15. Get Paid to Take Pictures with Your Smartphone
You can get paid by uploading pictures with smartphone with a site called Foap.
Install the app
- Register with Foap
- Upload pictures on the Foap Marketplace
You earn $5 every time your pictures are bought.
This is great because multiple people can purchase your pictures.
If your pictures are quality then each picture can earn you plenty of residual income, which is much easier than having to work office hours.
Once the pictures are uploaded you are done.
It is important to note that there is an approval team that must look at the quality of the picture before is is added to the site.
Make sure you take good pictures and you should be fine.
If they are approved, you will get a better idea of what kind of pictures Foap is looking for and you can start uploading pictures on a regular basis.
Good luck and happy clicking.
16. Become a Work-at-Home Politician and Earn an Hourly Wage
The last election cycle opened a lot of eyes and if you feel like being part of a team that cares about political and social issues, you are in luck.
There are a several companies that will pay you for your services but the most prominent are NextWave Advocacy and DDC Advocacy.
Both of the companies are active when it comes to important laws, communicating on campaigns and organizing social events that bring people together.
To keep it simple, the two companies mentioned above help raise awareness throughout the country.
These companies may hire you as a private contractor to either help organize events or simply write for them.
Not everyone can communicate effectively so if you can write, you can help people get a message across much better.
What makes this a great option is the fact that you can do all of this from home.
17. Get Paid to Listen and Rate Music
This is another great opportunity to listen to music and get paid to rate it afterward.
Although there are a couple of companies that will pay you to do this, I am going to focus on is Music Xray.
Two of the best features are the fact that you can sign up for free and make an account.
Then you simply start listening to music and rating the songs available.
Don’t expect a get rich quick here.
You will only make $1 a song but listening to a 5 songs a day for a month could earn you an extra $150 a month.
The reason I think this option is worth the time is because everyone loves music, who knows, you could end up discovering a song or artist that you have never heard of.
There is nothing wrong with getting paid to listen to music.
[ UPDATE : ] Looks like Music Xray no longer has a referral program which drastically limits your earning potential. I recommend this programs as an alternative.