31 Side Hustle Ideas To Earn Money In 2023
Hey, my financially savvy friend!
Are you feeling the squeeze of inflation? Maybe you’re feeling the heat from those recent company layoffs? Well, fear not, because I have some good news for you. It’s time to channel your inner hustler and start earning some extra cash on the side!
But wait, there’s more!
Not only can a side hustle help you reach your savings goals and pay off those pesky student loans, but it can also give you some much-needed breathing room in your budget. So why not take advantage of your unique skills and start hustling your way to financial freedom?
Whether you’re in the market for a quick cash injection or willing to put in some time and effort to learn new skills, there’s a side hustle out there for you. So let’s get started on this journey to making some serious dough! Who needs job security anyway, am I right? 😉
1. Become a transcriptionist
Oh, do you have a talent for typing and actually paying attention to things? Well, look at you go, transcriptionist material! You could be the next big thing in the medical or legal industries – because let’s be real, who doesn’t need someone to transcribe all those important audio files?
And get this – you can make some serious cash doing it. Like, $20 to $45 an hour seriously. All you need for this side hustle is some training and certification, but hey, who needs sleep when you could be making bank, right?
So go ahead and get certified, then go snatch up some of those sweet transcriptionist gigs on Rev. Your bank account (and your fingers) will thank you.
2. Join a focus group or take surveys
Do you fancy getting paid for just spouting your opinion? Well, guess what, it’s not just a pipe dream! You can join a focus group (like, now) or hit up survey sites like MyPoints.com or Survey Junkie.
Of course, you’re gonna have to keep in mind that these sites can be a bit picky about who they let in. So don’t be too disheartened if you don’t qualify for every survey you see. But hey, if you’re patient and persistent enough, you can totally make a few extra bucks on the side.
Sure, you might have to answer more surveys than you’d like before you can cash out, but hey, it’s a small price to pay for some sweet, sweet moolah. So go ahead, unleash your inner chatterbox, and start your survey side hustle!
3. Teach English
Come on! Don’t even think about running away just because I used the word “teach”! Trust me, with companies like VIPKid, you don’t have to bother with those pesky lesson plans and grading.
You just need to have a heart of gold and some free time to teach a class online and start this side hustle. Come on, it’s a fantastic opportunity to make some moolah while spreading knowledge and love. Don’t be shy, join the teaching army!
4. Get paid for your creative talents
Creative genius! Do you have mad skills in writing, editing, graphic design, or voice-over work? Well, then you’re in luck, my friend! People need YOU and your brilliant mind!
Don’t worry about finding clients, just head on over to sites like Fiverr, Upwork, or 99designs and sign up to showcase your talents! All you need to do is create a profile (think of it as your online resumé) and watch as potential employers drool over your experience, rates, and specialties.
And the best part of this side hustle? You can do all of this from the comfort of your own home! No need to put on real pants or interact with actual humans face-to-face. It’s a win-win situation!
So, what are you waiting for? Start making that extra cash and flexing those creative muscles! The world is your oyster, and these sites are your pearl!
5. Become a user tester
Are you ready to make some easy money without leaving your couch? Do you love being critical of everything around you? Well, get ready to shine because companies like UserTesting, Analysia and TryMyUI want to hear your voice! They are paying top dollar to have you test out their websites, apps, and products—and give your oh-so-valuable feedback. So no doubt it’s a great opportunity as a side hustle.
You don’t have to worry about being qualified or having any special skills, darling. Just be yourself and speak your mind. These companies are dying to know what the average Joe or Jane thinks, and they are willing to pay up to $10 for each test you complete. Can you believe it? You get to help businesses improve their user experience and get paid for it. It’s like you’re the hero they never knew they needed.
So, put on your pajamas, grab a snack, and start earning some cash by being a professional critic. It’s the dream job we all wish we had, and now it’s within your reach. Go ahead, give it a try, and see how easy it is to make money by just being you!
6. Tutor online
So, you didn’t graduate at the top of your class? That’s fine! Who needs to be a know-it-all when you can still make bank by tutoring others?
All you need is a solid understanding of a subject and some killer communication skills. Don’t worry, you won’t have to rely on algebraic equations to make a decent living. Online tutoring platforms like Tutor.com, TutorMe, and Studypool offer sweet pay, starting at $16 an hour with TutorMe.
Just be cautious as you sift through the postings. Some users might be looking for a personal homework slave, but others are actually seeking honest help to ace their courses. And let’s be real, helping someone succeed can be just as rewarding for your soul as it is for your wallet as a side hustle. So go ahead, give it a try and show off those awesome teaching skills!
7. Sell products on Etsy
You a creative genius? Do you make things that would make Martha Stewart blush? Well, hot damn, why not sell your masterpieces on Etsy? Seriously, they’ve got everything from jewelry to scarves to paintings to…wait for it…hand-lettered inspirational prints! Can you even handle the inspiration overload?!
And don’t worry, setting up shop is easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy. Just slap together a profile and list your products like it ain’t no thang. Sure, there’s a measly $0.20 per listing fee and a percentage taken from your sales, but it’s worth it because people trust Etsy more than your sketchy Craigslist ad.
Plus, get this – you can even buy your shipping labels on Etsy. That means you can send all your goods straight from the comfort of your own mailbox (so long, post office lineups). It’s almost too easy, if we’re being honest.
So go forth, you crafty little entrepreneur, and show the world what you’re made of. Etsy is waiting for you to start your side hustle.
8. Become a freelance writer or proofreader
You fancy yourself a wordsmith, do ya? Well then, my friend, it’s time to put those linguistic talents to good use and pick up some freelance writing gigs! Emails, blog articles, print pieces – the world is your oyster (or should we say, the dictionary is your oyster?).
But hey, if you’re more of a grammar guru and get a thrill out of correcting people’s mistakes, then freelance editing or proofreading might be more up your alley. And let’s be real, who doesn’t love a good red pen and a chance to nitpick other people’s work?
So don’t be shy; put yourself out there! Spread the word to anyone who will listen that you’re available for freelance work. And if you’re not sure where to start, fear not – the wonders of the internet have got you covered. Fiverr and Upwork are great places to start your freelance journey.
So go forth, oh master of words and editor extraordinaire, and start your side hustle. The world is waiting for your linguistic wizardry! (And your eagle eyes for typos.)
9. Give music lessons
Well, well, well, if you’re sitting on a dusty old alto sax that hasn’t seen the light of day in two decades, it’s time to dust it off and put it to good use! Because let’s face it, teaching the next Kenny G (or maybe something a bit more modern) is the perfect side hustle for all you music lovers out there.
As a musician with a heart of gold, sharing your passion for music and teaching others is the perfect way to pad your bank account. And the best part? You get to set your own prices and hours! You can even teach from the comfort of your own home, or rent out a fancy studio space to impress your clients.
And let’s not forget about the start-up costs or lack thereof. All you need is your trusty instrument, a bit of free time, and the desire to teach others. It’s a win-win situation, really. You get to pass on your skills to a new generation of music lovers, and in return, they give you some extra cash.
So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and spread the musical love! It’s time to start living your best life as a part-time music teacher.
10. Become a photographer
Oh wow, another person with a smartphone who thinks they’re the next Ansel Adams! But listen up, if you actually have some photography talent, don’t let it go to waste. Use those skills to make some cold hard cash!
You know people need photos all year round, so why not cash in on seasonal opportunities? Senior photos in the summer or fall, family portraits for those pesky Christmas cards, and even some cute Easter pics in the spring. The possibilities are endless!
Now, I know you’re not expecting to start off making the same dough as the pros, right? Right. So, start building your skills and client list by offering some reasonable rates (emphasis on not being too low). And hey, even get your friends to model for you so you can showcase your work on your website.
Go ahead and embrace your inner professional photographer as a side hustle, and who knows, you may just make a killing doing what you love. #nofilter needed.
11. Become a coach
If you’ve got a talent or passion for something, why not get paid for it? And no, you don’t necessarily need a whistle or a team of athletes to coach. I mean, have you heard of Enneagram coaching? Yeah, it’s a thing.
And let’s not forget the satisfaction of helping others improve their lives. Whether it’s career, finance, or just general life, coaching can be a fulfilling side hustle. Plus, some rec leagues actually pay their coaches.
Sure, you might need some certifications, but hey, if you feel the call to help others, coaching is a solid option. So go ahead and flex those coaching skills, honey. Get paid and make a difference.
12. Become an event planner
Alright, party people, listen up! If you’re the master of festivities and can spot a misplaced balloon from a mile away, then you could be the event planner extraordinaire we’re looking for! Picture this – you get paid to throw parties! How amazing is that?! You’ll work closely with clients, bringing their wildest event dreams to life while taking a small commission (and maybe even getting your fill of cake).
Sure, you may want to start small with your cousin’s graduation party or your friend’s backyard barbecue, but before you know it, you’ll be planning weddings, corporate shindigs, and more! The best part? You’re the boss, so you get to choose how many events you plan each month.
So, grab your party hat and start planning your side hustle and next career move. Who knows, maybe one day, you’ll be the go-to planner for all of life’s biggest bashes!
13. Drive for Lyft or Uber
Oh, honey, if you’re the type of person who loves to hit the road, meet new folks, and make cash on your own schedule, you gotta give Lyft or Uber a try.
And don’t worry, you’ll get extra dough during those busy hours and insurance to keep you covered while you’re out there living your best life. So come on, what are you waiting for? Get behind the wheel, and let’s ride this side hustle!
14. Do makeup for special events
Oh my gosh, girl, are you naturally amazing at making people look like a million bucks? Do you love nothing more than giving women the confidence boost they need for their big day? Well, why not become a freelance makeup artist and slay the game even more?
Who needs a license anyway? You can just start taking on as many clients as you want and watch the cash roll in. Sure, you’ll need to invest in some top-notch tools and an arsenal of makeup, but who doesn’t love an excuse to buy more makeup, am I right?
And let’s be real, it’s not like this is going to be a boring 9-5 job. You’ll be creating magic for weddings, photo shoots, proms, and performances. You’ll be the queen of making people look their absolute best, and they’ll be thanking you for it.
So go ahead, follow your passion and get paid for your side hustle. Who knows, you might even become the go-to makeup artist for all the hottest events in town!
15. Deliver packages with Amazon Flex
Oh, the ecstasy of receiving an Amazon package! And what if I told you, you could spread that same excitement while earning some extra cash? Join Amazon Flex today and become a delivery driver with the flexibility to choose your own schedule.
Don’t worry about the low pay rate because they claim you’ll be making a whopping $18-$25 an hour (said no one ever). Who needs a stable job when you can just deliver packages for a living with a side hustle? So, come on, sign up, and experience the adventure of driving around in circles for hours, dodging traffic, and risking your life for some measly dollar bills. Sounds like a dream come true, right?
16. Sell baked goods
Do I have a treat for you! If you’re a baking wizard, you can turn that delicious skill into a side hustle. And let’s be real, who doesn’t love cakes, cookies, and pies? Get your friends and family drooling over your sugary creations, snap some Instagram-worthy pics, and watch the orders roll in. It’s like having your own personal bakery, but without the crazy rent fees.
And let me tell you, people won’t be able to resist your sweet treats. Once they sink their teeth into that scrumptious goodness, they’ll be coming back for more faster than you can say “chocolate chip cookies.” And with the power of social media and word of mouth, you’ll be raking in the dough (literally).
But, hold up! Don’t forget to check those pesky local laws before you get too excited. We wouldn’t want you getting in trouble with the food police. So, make sure you’re all good to go before you start making those sweet, sweet profits.
So, grab that apron and preheat that oven to start this side hustle. Your sweet tooth and wallet will thank you later.
17. Deliver food
Oh, come on now, don’t just sit around twiddling your thumbs and waiting for the cash to magically appear in your bank account! Why not put that lead foot to good use and start delivering some delicious grub with Grubhub, DoorDash, or Uber Eats?
Not only will you be making extra dough, but you’ll also be bringing the joy of mouth-watering meals straight to people’s doors. And let’s be real, who wouldn’t want to have their food delivered right to them? So get out there and start delivering, you speedy little driver, start your side hustle!
18. Deliver groceries
Oh my gosh, are you like, obsessed with driving around and spending money? Do I have the job for you! Check out Instacart or Shipt where you can get paid to do just that. Deliver groceries to people’s homes and shop for them too.
And get this – Shipt claims you can make up to $22 an hour! Can you believe it?! Why not get paid for doing what you love? Sign up and start your side hustle!
19. Mow lawns or do yard work
Listen up, folks! Are you tired of seeing your neighbor’s lawn looking like it belongs in the Amazon rainforest? Well, do I have a solution for you! You can pay someone else to do the hard work for you, and that someone else could be YOU!
That’s right, don’t let your laziness hold you back from making some extra cash. You can mow lawns, rake leaves, trim hedges, and even blow away those pesky leaves (because apparently rich people are scared of them).
And don’t think the money stops rolling in when the snow starts falling. No way! If you live in a winter wonderland, you can make bank by shoveling driveways and sidewalks. It’s not the warmest job out there, but hey, money talks, right?
So, what’s stopping you from starting this side hustle? Get out there and help your neighbors achieve that perfectly manicured lawn while also growing your own bank account. You deserve a pat on the back, and a little extra cash never hurt anyone.
20. Wash and detail cars
Oh, sweetie, hold on tight to your steering wheel because I’m about to blow your mind. Yes, you heard it right—you can earn some serious cash by cleaning other people’s cars! Who knew your obsession with keeping your ride squeaky clean could actually make you money as a side hustle?
Just like with home cleaning, you’ll need to stock up on some products like car wax, a vacuum, and some leather cleaner. But trust me, these little investments will pay off in the long run, and you’ll be thanking yourself for taking the plunge. And let’s not forget that you’ll be using your best assets, your time and energy, to get the job done. So put your pedal to the metal and start hustling!
21. Do tasks for people
Oh, you think you’re handy with a hammer and love running errands? Well, good news! People will actually PAY you to do those things. Don’t believe us? Check out TaskRabbit and Handy. You can finally put those skills to use and get paid for it.
Need to hang some shelves or assemble some furniture? You got this. And if you’re a certified plumber or electrician, Handy has jobs for you too. So, go ahead and start your side hustle to make some extra cash while showing off your handy skills.
22. Rent your home or spare room on Airbnb
Have you ever considered renting out that extra bedroom or garage apartment on Airbnb? I mean, why not? It’s like free money just waiting to be collected! Think of all the things you could do with that extra cash flow. You could finally upgrade your wardrobe, take that much-needed vacation, or even invest in some stocks.
Sure, you might be a little hesitant about opening up your home to complete strangers. But let’s be real, what could go wrong? You’ve got Airbnb’s host damage protection to cover up to $1 million in damages. And if a guest gets hurt on your property, don’t worry, Airbnb’s got you covered with host liability insurance.
But hey, if you’re still not convinced, just remember that Airbnb lets hosts and guests rate each other. So you can totally trust that random person you’re letting crash in your guest room for a few nights. I mean, what’s the worst that could happen, right?
So come on, let’s embrace the world of Airbnb hosting as a side hustle and make that passive income like the boss that you are!
23. Start a dropshipping business
Well, well, well, look who’s interested in making some money without lifting a finger! If you’re all about that automated life but couldn’t care less about designing, then dropshipping might just be the business model for you.
Imagine this: someone else handles the manufacturing and shipping of products for you, while you sit back and focus on the fun stuff like marketing and operations. No more worrying about inventory or logistics – just set up your store, price your products, and start raking in the dough.
And the best part of this side hustle? It’s low-risk, baby! You only have to pay for products when they’re purchased, which means there’s plenty of room for profit as long as you don’t blow your marketing budget on fancy coffee and avocado toast.
But wait, there’s more! You can even dropship on marketplaces like Amazon and eBay to reach even more customers. So, what are you waiting for? Start dropshipping and let the good times roll!
24. Create a clothing line
Don’t let the idea of starting a clothing line overwhelm you. It’s easier than you think, especially with the help of dropshipping.
With a plethora of clothing suppliers at your fingertips, all you need to focus on is building your brand and picking out pieces that will make your customers swoon. Piece of cake, right?
So, what are you waiting for? Don’t let your dream of being a fashion mogul slip away. Start your side hustle and show the world what you’ve got. We’re rooting for you!
25. Start a YouTube channel
Who needs a measly two billion viewers and 250 million hours of videos watched daily? Pfft, not you! Building a following big enough to make money from ads takes FOREVER, so why bother waiting for the cash to roll in?
Youtube is stated as one of the best side hustles in the world. Luckily, there are a TON of creative ways to make money on YouTube that don’t involve those pesky ads. So get ready to rake in the dough and show those ad-dependent YouTubers who’s boss!
26. Start a podcast
Look who’s joining the podcasting bandwagon! It’s about time, isn’t it? Don’t worry, you’re not too late to the game. In fact, podcasts are only becoming more popular with each passing year. So, congratulations on finally catching up.
And let’s not forget about the cost-effectiveness of podcasting. I mean, you can practically start your own podcast with just a measly hundred bucks for a decent USB microphone. And who needs to worry about fancy recording studios when you have free and user-friendly platforms like Audacity? It’s almost like they’re practically begging you to start a podcast.
So, why delay starting this side hustle? Join the podcasting revolution! And while you’re at it, why not start a blog and up your social media game? It’s not like you have anything better to do with your time, right?
27. Design and sell your own t-shirts
Do we have a treat for all you wannabe entrepreneurs out there? Say hello to print-on-demand businesses—the low-risk, easy-peasy way to make your dreams of designing t-shirts a reality. And the best part? There’s no need to actually invest in inventory or anything like that.
Just upload your designs onto platforms like Printful, Printify, and Gelato, and watch the magic happen. So what are you waiting for? Get your creative juices flowing and start your side hustle venture today!
28. Clean houses
Cleaning houses is the dream job we’ve all been waiting for! Who doesn’t love getting down and dirty while scrubbing toilets and mopping floors? And the best part is, people are more than happy to fork over their hard-earned cash for the privilege of not doing it themselves. Ka-ching!
But wait, it gets better! Start-up costs for this side hustle are super low. All you need are some basic tools and supplies (unless you’re lucky enough to land a client who’s picky enough to provide everything).
And the cherry on top? You can make some serious bank while working up a sweat and grooving to your favorite tunes, audiobooks, or podcasts. Talk about a win-win situation!
So come on, don’t be shy. Embrace the opportunity to become the ultimate cleaning machine. Your future customers (and bank account) will thank you.
29. Dog walk or pet sit
Imagine getting paid to snuggle up with adorable pets while their owners are away. Or taking a leisurely stroll with a happy-go-lucky pup and getting paid for it! That sounds like a dream job, right?
Well, it’s not just a dream anymore. You can start your very own pet-sitting business and become the go-to person in your neighborhood. Just think of all the wagging tails and purring kitties that will be lining up at your door!
And don’t worry, advertising your services is easy-peasy. Just post on social media, put up signs around your neighborhood, and let your co-workers know. Or, you can use a website like Rover or Wag to help you get started.
Sure, these websites take a cut of your pay, but who cares when it’s a profitable side hustle? You’re doing what you love and getting paid for it. And if you’re not a fan of sharing the profit, just drum up your own business with friends and family. Get them to spread the word about your amazing pet-sitting skills.
Remember that time you used to babysit for a couple of bucks? Well, guess what? You can still tap into that money-making skill as an adult! Parents are always in need of a reliable babysitter, whether it’s for a night out or just to catch up on some errands.
Don’t worry about feeling guilty for leaving your own kids at home either. Some families are totally cool with you bringing your little ones along. That means you can get paid to hang out with some cute kiddos AND have a playdate for your own children. Win-win!
So, what are you waiting for? Start spreading the word and let everyone know that you’re the go-to sitter in town. You’ll be the most popular person in your social circle in no time, and you’ll earn a lot of money from your favorite side hustle. And hey, who doesn’t love a little extra cash in their pocket?
31. Become a personal chef
Do you enjoy spending hours in the kitchen creating delicious meals for your family? Well, have we got a side hustle proposition for you!
Forget about cooking for strangers and dealing with their strange food preferences. Instead, how about earning some extra cash by simply doubling or tripling your own recipes? That’s right, folks! Your kitchen creations can now extend beyond your own dinner table and into the homes of your friends, coworkers, and acquaintances.
Don’t worry, you won’t have to sacrifice your precious free time to become a full-time chef. Simply take on as many clients as you can handle, and deliver those prepped meals like a pro. Plus, think of the looks of admiration and envy you’ll get when people realize you’re not just a great cook, but also a savvy businessperson!
So, get ready to share your culinary delights with the world (or at least your local community), and start making some extra dough with your meal prep skills. Who knew that your love for cooking could also be your ticket to financial success? Get cooking and get earning!
Find a Perfect Side Hustle For You
Have you heard about the wonders of side hustles? They’re not just a way to make some extra cash on the side, they’re a freakin’ sandbox where you can play around and learn how to make good money online. Who needs to rely on a stable job that pays the bills when you can just be independent through side hustles?
But seriously, making extra money online is a whole different skill set, and side hustles give you the chance to experiment and practice in public. It’s like your own little laboratory of money-making schemes. And it’s not just about the money, oh no. Starting a side hustle can also teach you valuable skills and help you grow as a professional and entrepreneur.
So if you’re a writer, actor, painter, musician, or any other kind of artist, a side hustle can be your ticket to artistic independence and eventually turning your passion into a career. Who needs stability and security when you can just be a struggling artist forever, right? Kidding, but seriously, side hustles are a fun and fulfilling way to pursue your passions while also making some extra dough on the side. So go ahead, give it a try!