Here we have a list of the top 30 side hustle ideas for you to start making an extra income. Starting a side hustle without quitting your day job let you make extra money without taking any risk. While your day job can provide you with a base income, you can start working on your side hustle to grow it into a good source of extra income.
Why would you need to start a side hustle?
Everyone has dreams and needs in their lives. Paying off the student debts, buying a new car, buying real-estates, getting married, having a good vacation, and the list goes on. Most of the time, your day job alone won’t enable you to make enough money to achieve all these dreams. That is why today everyone is looking for ways to make an extra income on the side. Don’t worry, we have a list of the top side hustle ideas for you to get started!
Here we talk about the side hustle ideas that you don’t have to rely a lot on the internet
Recently I have published a fucking awesome guide about how to make money online for free. There we have discussed 10 guaranteed ways to start making an extra income on the internet. Then, I started getting DMs asking for the side hustle ideas that everyone can do without having to rely a lot on the internet. So, in this post, I will focus more on the side hustle ideas where you can make money by doing physical jobs or tasks.
What are the best side hustle ideas to make an extra income?
Here are the best side hustle ideas that you can do today to start earning more money.
1. Become a Uber or Lyft driver
If you own a car, you can simply download the Uber and Lyft apps to sign up as a driver. It can be a lucrative side hustle idea, as some people already make a living out of these apps. Ridesharing gig is getting popular every single day. The best part of becoming an Uber or a Lyft driver is that you can turn on and off your side hustle any time you want. So, it won’t interfere with your day job.
2. Deliver on Postmates or UberEats
Running errands with apps is one of the best side hustle ideas ever. It getting very popular, and many people signing up and using these apps. It is very simple, and you don’t need to have any special skills to get started. All you have to do is to signup for these services and run errands (like delivering food from restaurants, delivering groceries and medicines etc.) in your spare time to start making an extra income.
3. Find jobs on Taskrabbit and Airtasker
You can sign up for the services like TaskRabbit and AirTasker, where you can find simple tasks from killing a spider to assembling an IKEA bed to make money! Take a look at this screenshot from Airtasker. There are plenty of side hustle ideas, right at your fingertips, for you to get started. So, you don’t have to wait. Get on board, and make the first $100 right away!
4. Become a pet sitter on Rover app
Pet sitting is another lucrative side hustle idea. There are people who do this even on full-time. According to some Redditors, they make around $1000 per month by taking care of two or three dogs per week. There are many pet sitting jobs available on these apps. For example, you can make money by dog walking and taking care of the pets overnight. So, if you love pets, here your fucking chance to start making an extra income from a side hustle.
5. Buy or rent a vending machine
Hey, do you wanna know about a side hustle idea, which can help you to make money almost automatically? All you have to do is, buy or rent a vending machine for coffee or snacks, and keep it in a place where people gather and spend time. For example, if you live an apartment, you can come to an agreement with the building manager, and keep it in the lobby or at the launderette.
6. Do laundry
While talking about the launderettes, why don’t you start a gig by doing laundry for your neighbours for money? There are people who hate doing laundry or don’t have time to do laundry. And, they won’t mind spending a $10-$20 for a batch. Then, you can collect all these laundries and do it once to save your time. Isn’t that a great side hustle idea to make a few hundred dollars, as an extra income, in a couple of hours?
7. Babysit for money
How many times you had to babysit for your relatives and friends for free? Why don’t you go one step ahead, and start doing babysitting as a side hustle? The apps like Urbensitter, Zum, and Bambino can help you to find babysitting jobs in your neighbourhood.
8. Become a local tour guide to make an extra income
If you live near a tourist attraction you can become a tour guide as a side hustle. In some cities, you might need a permit to become a tour guide. However, becoming a tour guide is also a lucrative side hustle idea, especially with all the tips that you can get by providing an outstanding service.
9. Become a virtual concierge as a side hustle
Talking about the tour guides, do you know that now you can become a virtual concierge too? All you have to do is help tourists by (getting them weed! just kidding 😉 )arranging tours, booking theatres and restaurants, getting cabs, etc. You can find clients by running a successful social media marketing campaign for your virtual concierge business and by staying in touch with the Tripadvisor!
10. Play in a band
If you can play an instrument, or if you can sing, get on board with a musical band. You can play or sing at the wedding, restaurants, dinner parties and many other places. Also, you can make videos of your performances, and upload them to your social media channels to build an audience for your business too.
11. Become an event planner
Event planning can be a real headache for those who don’t have ideas or resources. That is why you can start a side hustle helping others to plan their events. We have discussed a few insights about event planning in this post about the 30 best business ideas. Check it out. It has a list of other business ideas for you to make an extra income too.
12. Start tutoring to make an extra income
If you are good at teaching you can start tutoring as a side hustle. For example, you can start teaching school subjects like maths and science or you can teach skills like art. BTW, if you an artist, check this guide about how you can make money as an artist. Regarding taking up tutoring as a side hustle idea, you can use platforms like VIPKids to find tutoring jobs online too.
13. Rent spare space on Airbnb as a side hustle idea
If you have the resources (a spare room, apartment, or a house, in a tourist area) this can be a great side hustle idea for you to make a solid income. Simply list your property on Airbnb to get started. You can increase the popularity of your renting space by having better customer reviews. So, don’t forget to frequently address the reviews and do the necessary changes to provide a better service to your clients.
14. Become a barista
Becoming a barista on the side is a popular side hustle idea for your start making an extra income. You don’t need any special qualification to become a barista. Usually, people learn the skills on-the-job. Also, you can learn a lot from YouTube as well. Try to find a trainee job at a local cafe, and work up to the top.
15. Start book-keeping to make an extra income
Most of the small businesses usually hire part-time workers to get support for their office tasks like book-keeping. So, by starting a book-keeping side hustle, you can try to get such jobs and make a solid and recurring extra income every month. The best part of the side hustle idea is that you don’t have to limit your gig for just one business. You can start working with multiple clients to boost your income. Call or email the small businesses in your neighbourhood and ask whether they need a book-keeping assistant. Also, you can use the task apps, which we have discussed in step 3 to find such jobs too.
16. Sell hand-crafts on Etsy and eBay
Selling handcrafted jewellery is a lucrative side hustle idea if done right. We have discussed some pointers in this guide about selling jewellery online. Check it out for more information. Products like jewellery usually intrigue impulse buyers. So, the leverage the power of social media marketing to sell better. Also, you can simply use popular online market places like Etsy or eBay to list your products and start selling without any hassles. Check this guide on how to sell on eBay for more information.
17. Wash cars to make an extra income
If you are free on weekends and evenings, being an extra hand at a local car wash can be a great side hustle idea. Usually, car wash stations are getting their peak hours on the weekends and in evenings. So, they will be happy to have someone who is only working on parttime, as it can help them to save some costs.
18. Run a garage-in-a-box service
If you are a car guy, you know what I mean in this side hustle idea. Not everyone is a techie person. Some would need support from a guy like you to get service advises for their vehicles. So, you can run a “garage in a box” business to help with simple tasks like scanning a car, changing oil, changing tyres, replacing fuses, etc.
19. Become a bartender to make an extra income
Similar to becoming a barista, becoming a bartender is another great side hustle idea. You don’t need any formal education to become a bartender. All you need is to develop your bartending skills with practice. There are plenty of YouTube videos for you to learn the tips and tricks about bartending.
20. Buy and sell antiques
Buying and selling vintage products is a lucrative industry. If you have a good eye for detail and better negotiation skills, this can be the best side hustle idea for you. Always remember to keep up with the legal requirements, and stay away from the knock-offs to make a sustainable extra income from this side hustle.
21. Becoming a voice actor can be a great side hustle idea
Voice acting is an art, and not everyone is good with it. I know some voice actors who charge around $200 to read a 500-word script. And, those who can voice act with gaming voices make money than the others. Get on board with a voice acting platform and list a gig with a great portfolio to find jobs.
22. Flip stuff from garage sales to make an extra income
If you are good at bargaining, flipping stuff from garage sales can be a great side hustle idea for you to make an extra income. Garage sales can be money mines in some cases. All you have to do is, buy a few good products for a lesser price, and re-sell them on eBay or any other local marketplace by keeping a profit margin.
23. Become a home mover
Supporting the people to move homes is a great weekend side hustle for you. Usually, these jobs are posted on the online platforms which we have discussed in step 3. One weekend moving job can help you to make more than $1000 right there. However, you might need to get support from one or two guys and rent a vehicle to get the job done.
24. Become a DJ and do sounds for local functions
If you have the right talent and can afford to buy the gear, you can become a DJ, and rent sound systems for the local functions like weddings, parties, get-togethers, etc. Run a good Facebook marketing campaign to get the jobs. Also, you can limit your work to the weekends and make it a perfect side hustle that you can do without messing up with your day job.
25. Clean houses to make an extra income
Becoming a house cleaner is a great way to make an extra income. You don’t need any special qualifications, and all you need is to provide an outstanding service to get repeating jobs. Even though I have mentioned this as one of the side hustle ideas, some people do this on full time. Since there are no working hour restrictions for such jobs, you can work as much as you can and make more money than most of the regular jobs.
26. Do pet and people portraits online
If you are good at painting, you can make an extra income by painting portraits of the pets and people as a side hustle. Usually, people buy such portraits as birthday gifts, and with the right talent, you can make a lucrative extra income out this side hustle. Btw, if you are an artist, check this guide on how to make money as an artist. There we have discussed a lot of ways to make an extra income or a living as an artist.
27. Run Pizza
You can simply start working part-time with a local pizza store to make an extra income by delivering pizza. Since you can do it in the evenings, you can do this side hustle without messing up your day-job. Running pizza might not be one of the best-paid side hustle ideas ever. But, it is simple, and make a moderate amount of money from the tips as well.
28. Start a homemade cupcake business
People buy cupcakes in bulk for functions and for schools. So, by running a local homemade cupcake business, you can leverage your passion for baking to build a solid extra income for you and for your family. Also, try to improve your business with online business features for your business. For example, you can start a simple website or Facebook page for your business, and start getting orders online. Also, you can start posting beautiful photos of the cupcakes you make on Instagram to build an audience for your business too.
29. Take shifts from a security firm
Taking night shifts as a security guy can be another great side hustle idea that you can start to make a extra income. Directly apply for the job postings from the security firms to get started. However, the main drawback of taking up night shifts as a security guy is the lack of sleep. In some cases, this can affect your day job. Especially if you are operating heavy machinery and stuff, you have to extra cautious to stay awake during the daytime.
30. Become an Instagram influencer to make money
We have extensively discussed this in our article How to make money on Instagram. You can post anything that is unique and tells a story on Instagram to start making money. It can be the photos of you trying new clothes or makeup, travel photos, photos of your pet, cars, workout photos, or whatever. The only thing is you need to make sure that your posts are telling a story.
This story can be about,
- Something beautiful – Think of a model posting their photos or travel photos
- An inspiration – Think of a disadvantaged person facing challenges, or inspirational quotes
- Something educational – Think of a girl trying different makeups, DIYs, or someone is giving workout instructions
- Or, even something cute or funny – Think of a day to day activities of an adorable puppy or the memes
Can you start a side hustle without quitting the day job?
It is not going to be easy! If you usually get exhausted with your day job and if you cannot free-up at least four hours a day, then you shouldn’t start a side hustle to make money right away.
I would never advise you to quit your day job to start a side hustle. When you start a side hustle, it is very unlikely to start making enough money from day one. So, when you are not getting enough money after quitting your day job, you will quickly get stressed. That happened to me. So, don’t do that.
What if you don’t have time to start a side hustle
If you don’t have time to start a side hustle, first try to find a job with fewer responsibilities, and this will give you some time to work on your side hustle. As the income from your side hustle grows, you can keep finding day jobs that let you spend more time on your side hustle.
What are the top sacrifices of doing a side hustle
Check below statistics about doing a side hustle. When we say sacrifice, it doesn’t mean that you give it up altogether. However, you will lose some of the time doing below stuff.
How to start a good side hustle to make money
Find the things that you are passionate about
When I started doing side hustles, I had a different opinion on this. At that time, I thought the best side hustle is the one that lets you make the highest amount of money. However, once you start a side hustle, you will realize that the truth is a bit different.
It takes a lot of motivation and courage to keep working on outside your regular working hours. So, by doing something that you are passionate about will keep the wheels rolling. If your only motivation is making more money, you will give it up as soon as you get into a dry patch.
Plan a budget for your side hustle
Your side hustle is an investment in your life. This means, when you start a side hustle, you will have to invest your time and money to make it work. Also, you have to understand that you need to spend money to make money.
The best way to get over your fears of spending money on your side hustle is by drafting a good budget plan for your side hustle. Go through your finances and see how much disposable money you can spend on your side hustle idea. Then, plan and see how much money you will need for your side hustle. If you can afford your side hustle idea, draft a proper budget plan, and allocate money in advance.
Create a time-table for your side hustle
21% of those who are doing a side hustle is doing that within their regular working hours. Sometimes, depending on the side hustle that you have selected, you might have to steal from the day job to work on your side hustle. However, try your best, not to do this.
Whatever the side hustle you start, you should be able to give 100% for your day job whenever it is required. Your day job is your primary source of income, and it is how you pay your bills. So, do not juggle your day job. Also, you are getting paid for the hours that you are working, and it is not ethical to spend that time on something else.
Plan and research for your side hustle
Do not jump into anything. Also, on the other hand, don’t let analysis paralysis delays your side hustle idea. Try to create a good plan for your business strategy. A good plan, with a budget and a viable schedule, will let you work on your side hustle without getting overwhelmed by your new responsibilities and the sacrifices.
Starting a side hustle to make an extra income
Starting a side hustle without quitting your day job to make an extra income is doable. I know that because I am doing that. All you need is to initiate your process of starting the right side hustle for you. In this article, we have discussed the most practical and reliable side hustle ideas that will make money for you.
So, go ahead start planning your side hustle right now. Who knows, this time next year, you will be able to quit your day job and start your own business.