Starting a side hustle is a great way to increase your income, pay off your debt, and save up for big purchases. But finding the best side hustle based on your skills and experience can be quite the task. Check out these great side hustles to make more money, maybe even more than your day job!
Making an extra $500 to $1,000+ per month from a side hustle can be life-changing!
With the extra money, you can pay off debt, save extra money, invest for the future, go on vacation, or just have some extra spending money.
50 Best Side Hustle Ideas To Make Money In 2022
1. Become an Online Proofreader
Are you the kind of person who always notices typos? Doesn’t it frustrate you so much when people can’t even be bothered to spell words correctly?
If so, then you should become a proofreader. This is an easy online side hustle designed for people who like to edit- or nitpick other people’s writing like some of us.
2. Start a Gig Economy Side Hustle
We live in a gig economy so why not take advantage of these flexible high-paying side hustle opportunities?
You can start driving for a ride-sharing company, delivering food or packages, or becoming a pet-sitter or housesitter.
Our favorite gig economy and side hustle app is called Steady. With Steady, the average user earns an additional $5,500 per year!
When you link your bank account with Steady you will have access to all the work-from-home jobs, side gigs, and income boosters to help you maximize your earnings.
You can easily find gig economy work on the Steady App that pays between $15 – $25+ per hour.
3. Sell Digital Products
Digital downloads are some of the top-selling items on Etsy, and you need in on the action!
Digital products can include anything from honey-do lists and grocery lists to kid’s activity sheets and ice breaker games.
This is the perfect side hustle if you want passive income with less effort. You can spend a few hours creating documents to sell again and again, making you profit over and over.
4. Take Paid Surveys
The best part about taking surveys for some businesses was getting free products to test out and give feedback on before they entered stores.
Starting a side hustle of taking online surveys for extra cash is great since it’s super flexible and you can do it in your spare time.
5. Watch Videos
Have you heard of Swagbucks? They will literally pay you for watching new movie trailers.
The best part is you can set it up and minimize your screen in the background to stay productive while earning extra income on the side.
6. Start A Money Making Blog
If you start a blog, this could be you in a few short years and you will soon enjoy the financial and personal freedoms of being your own boss!
It is such an incredible dream come true to work from the comfort of our home! We get to set our own hours, earn our own income, and not have to answer to “the man” ever again.
7. Become a Freelance Writer
Ever wonder how big companies like The Wall Street Journal, Time, and others keep up with their articles?
They have contributors who do their writing entries, from all over the world!
8. Become A Bookkeeper
Bookkeeping is a great side hustle for people who like math and working with numbers.
You can earn $17 – $27 an hour by sending and receiving invoices, tracking payments and bills, and other basic financial documents.
9. Become a Virtual Assistant
When we say “assistant,” don’t get this stuffy idea in your mind of a side hustle spent working in a cubicle performing mundane tasks.
An assistant can be the backbone of a whole company, which is why businesses are looking for more virtual assistants these days!
10. Become an SEO Specialist
If you have some technical skills and know your way around the internet, you can make a lot of money as an SEO Specialist.
An SEO Specialist helps businesses improve their ranking on search engine results pages (SERPs). The higher a business ranks on SERPs, the more traffic it will bring in, the more leads it will get, and the more revenue it will make.
SEO Specialists make this happen through a variety of methods, such as optimizing website content, building links, user experience, and improving overall brand presence.
11. Start a Flipping Side Hustle
I can almost guarantee you have $500 to $1,000 worth of stuff lying around your house that you can sell for money.
This side hustle is perfect for those of you looking to declutter your lives and live a minimalist lifestyle.
Take some time to go through your closets, basement, and garage and collect anything that you no longer need or want.
12. Freelance Copywriting
Do you know what a copywriter does? Well, you’ve got to know it’s another high-paying side hustle you can do.
A copywriter is someone who writes persuasive and intriguing content that makes people want to take action.
They’re typically hired in marketing/business fields and are considered the “harder seller” to create calls to action (CTAs).
This is a great side hustle if you’re a good writer, but also very persuasive or compelling when you’re talking to others.
13. Run Facebook Advertising
Did you know there is a HUGE demand for local business owners who need help running Facebook ads?
14. Launch an Online Store
Are you a creative individual? E-commerce stores are booming with sellers who have creative ideas to make money or can satisfy a client’s wants and desires for unique items.
Whether it be Etsy, eBay, or Shopify, you can build a company and make money doing it as a profitable side hustle.
15. Teaching English Online
Have you ever dreamed of the day you can roll out of bed, head into your home office, and make money working from home?
Well, look no further! This is probably my favorite side hustle of all time- because I do this side hustle myself for some extra income and I have had a very rewarding experience. I have many platforms and even had my own list of private students for awhile but I found that using italki worked out better for me. Most of my students want conversation practice with a native speaker. You set your own price and you can make $50+ an hour teaching English.
16. Tutor Other Topics
Do you have a degree or other area of expertise that you can capitalize on?
You can tutor online with any kind of subject! This side hustle idea is a gift that keeps on giving because your tutoring is only as limited as your skillset.
Teach people how to sew or cook; tutor students in chemistry and algebra- the possibilities are endless!
17. Dog Walking or Pet Sitting
Do you know who man’s best friend is? Dogs!
Who wouldn’t want to make a side income from being surrounded by dogs?
Pet sitting can be the perfect job for anybody- you can spend some time hanging out with cute furry friends!
Though to be fair, you can start a great side hustle taking care of any type of animal.
18. Become an Online Influencer
Who hasn’t dreamed the impossible dream of being an influencer? We’ve all wanted to become famous and it could be the side hustling train to jump on right now to strike it big.
Celebrities get a lot of exposure partnering with big-name brands- being one fish in the sea doesn’t mean you can’t do it, too.
19. Open A Notary Service
You can become a notary public in your state for less than $100, and use your certification to make that money back and more very quickly!
Notaries simply oversee the signing of important documents and make sure everyone is who they say they are by giving their stamp of approval.
20. Create an Online Course
This is something we’ve tackled as a side hustle idea for ourselves, and I’ll be honest – it’s an incredible way to generate income!
You have plenty of skills in your portfolio, why not share them with the world and get paid?
Some teachers and tutors have already created courses to sell online, where they can not only pick the topic of their lesson, they get to decide how to teach it without the hassle of school roadblocks.
21. Do General Freelancing
You can find work in a lot of niche areas where you can use your skills and expertise to make money freelancing.
A freelancing side hustle could be as simple as writing articles, doing graphic design for advertisements or websites, or you can get paid to manage social media accounts.
22. Drive for Rideshare Companies
While the kids are at school and you’re home with some free time, there’s no reason to not drive for a company Uber.
If you can drive a car, this is a good side hustle to make extra money in your spare time. More people are using rideshare companies since they’re easier and cheaper than cabs.
23. Give Music Lessons
If you have any musical talents, share them! This is a great under-the-table job where you can make extra cash easily and quickly!
I know a lot of schools require students to learn the instrument as part of music class- rather than suffering with the recorder like me. If you can play an instrument you can offer lessons to teach and earn $25 – $40 an hour!
24. Write Resumes
If you have a LinkedIn account and use good grammar, you’ve probably come across some people looking for jobs that don’t have great resumes.
You can aid people in their job search by updating their resumes and cover letters.
This doesn’t even require any certification to get started and you could start out making $20 per hour.
25. Be an Extra in Movies
Working as a side actor could be a great side hustling gig, depending on where you live!
If you live in a big production city like Los Angeles or New York, they cast extras for movies nearly every day.
For a few hours of your time, you can get compensated well- a few hours can make you $200.
26. Sell Your Hair
If you have long locks and want to cut your hair, consider selling your hair for money.
It’s great to donate your hair, but we know you sometimes need funds in your own pocket too.
This side hustle can only be done a few times a year, depending on your hair growth, but it’s worth checking out since it’s so little effort on your part.
27. Clean Houses
This is one of the most recommended jobs we hear from stay-at-home moms. While the kids are at school, there’s no excuse to not utilize that time and make good money on the side!
Becoming a house cleaner could be a great side hustle or day job for moms, dads, or just about anybody who can clean efficiently.
28. Become a House Sitter
When people go on vacation, sometimes they want someone to stay in the house to prevent robberies, take care of plants, or do some light cleaning.
You can be that person- plus while house sitting, you may still have free time to do another side hustle online at the same time.
House sitting for a few days a week can earn you $100 – $200
29. Teach Driving Lessons
If you enjoy driving and don’t have any violations on record, you might make a great instructor for driver’s ed.
See if any of the local companies are hiring on Indeed or offer your own services online for instructing.
30. Be a Direct Sales Representative
Brittany had two side hustles through college and started her career as a teacher while side hustling.
One of the side hustles was an Avon Independent Sales Representative. She was an Avon Rep for nine years and through this hustle, Brittany was not only able to get beauty products for free but supply herself with some extra spending money (read coffee money!) every week.
Now being a sales rep is not like being a chat agent, where you answer customers when they want to buy products. As a sales rep, you contact and reach out to potential customers in hopes of selling products, rather than customers coming to you.
31. Become a Local Tour Guide
If you live in a tourist city or a vacation hotspot and know all the history of your town, you can guide others around.
You can talk to the local tourism board and see if they are hiring- some may do it on a volunteer basis, but if you offer your own local tours, you can make $50 an hour showing tourists around!
32. Have a Garage Sale
All those items you have cluttering up your house might work well in your neighbor’s house.
If you don’t want to deal with online selling on Craigslist or other platforms, host a garage sale!
You can advertise on Facebook or through good old-fashioned flyers to drum up more business for your sale.
Babysitting is the first job for so many people and is such a classic side hustle!
We didn’t all get paid to watch our siblings, but some of us are certainly prepared to offer our childcare services now.
In your college town, there might be professors with toddlers or young parents in the neighborhood.
34. Sell Used Textbooks
Once you’re done with your textbooks for the semester, there’s no need to keep them (unless you really want to).
You can sell them to other students or even sell them online.
Sure, you won’t get as much for them as you paid, but this can be a side business for students if you have a network of students looking for discounted textbooks.
35. Sell Class Notes
Did you know that you can make money simply by selling your class notes?
36. Become a Personal Trainer
If you’re a gym buff, you can definitely charge students to get their physique in check.
You can capitalize your own workout by making money helping someone else get into shape!
37. Participate in Market Research
If you fit within a certain demographic, you can absolutely get paid for a few hours of research time.
Companies and researchers will assemble a focus group for all sorts of things, and you can get compensated $50 or more for an hour or two of your time.
38. Become a Personal Chef
If you’re good at cooking or baking, being a personal chef is lucrative! You can make $25 – $30 an hour for cooking a delicious meal.
This is a great weekend side hustle job that will pay well after start-up costs. Start off by catering school or local events and then move on to private clients.
39. Pick up Trash
If you don’t mind putting on a pair of gloves and picking up trash, you can make some good money as a trash collector. You may even be surprised how much a garbage collector can earn!
Trash collectors can earn $20 an hour, and if you swap to working a garbage truck, you’re looking at $60,00 or more per year!
40. Donate Plasma
I see Facebook advertisements all the time for companies willing to pay you for donating your plasma.
In just an hour or two, the process is complete and they compensate you with gift cards.
Depending on your area, you can get a $15 gift card or even as much as $60 on a gift card for donating!
41. Become a Sperm or Egg Donor
This isn’t exactly a typical side hustle, but money is money, and if you have the features, you could be high in demand.
A sperm donor could earn $75 for a deposit, and an egg donor can sometimes receive $5,000 – $10,000 per egg donation!
Believe it or not, single ladies can get paid for going out on a date. It’s sort of like being a sugar baby, with a lot of safety measures to ensure you are comfortable.
Just as the title implies, you get paid up to $300 for a date with somebody- no intimacy, no strings, and no pressure.
43. DJ Events
The art of being a disc jockey isn’t dead just yet. Weddings, parties, proms- the jobs are endless, and you can work this side hustle year-round to earn $1,000 in extra cash!
You don’t need to be booked by an international agency or even have the best features to be a model.
You can be a foot or hand model, and freelance for whatever types of jobs you want.
45. Become a Pinterest VA
Do you love browsing on Pinterest and pinning until your thumbs are numb? Have you ever thought about getting paid to be on Pinterest?
Pinterest offers $15 an hour for a VA, making it a profitable side job for any Pinterest lover!
46. Sell Photos to Stock Photography Sites
Not only can you model for stock photos, but you can also snap and sell your very own photos too!
If you take great photos, you can make money off of selling them to stock photography websites, such as Adobe, Shutterstock, BigStockPhoto, and more.
Depending on the site, and your photo quality, you can make $0.25 – $0.45 per photo- so if you sell 4 photos from your vacation you like so much, you already have $1 from no extra work!
47. Get Paid Online Through Affiliate Marketing
Making money is simple once you learn about affiliate marketing, and you turn it into a very profitable side hustle. This is actually how our blog makes most of its money.
We partner with companies we absolutely love and think our readers would find value from.
We mention the company like we did above (Rakuten, Ibotta) and we get paid a small commission every time someone signs up. It’s a great way to help other people save money and give us a chance to make some money on our blog.
48. Start a Consulting Business
Depending on what you consult in, you could make $100 – $200 per hour right away!
It’s quite a simple process, really. Someone with a problem comes to you to solve it.
49. Become a Social Media Manager
As a social media manager, you’re in charge of everything that goes on in your client’s profile. This side hustle is more than just managing ads like above.
But, if you can do both, your clients will thank you!
Here are a few things you can offer your clients:
- Creating social media images
- Writing posts and curating content
- Responding to comments
- Scheduling out content
- Managing groups or subscriptions
Ultimately, it’s up to you and your client. Having a stable income every month from a client is great when you’re just starting out and you can make $16- $22 an hour managing social media.
50. Sell Your Services on Fiverr or Upwork
Many business owners are looking for specialized contractors and you could be the one they choose.
If you set up a profile on Fiverr or Upwork that’s well-keyworded, you might get some inquiries rather quickly and can get jobs lined up as side hustles easily.
This works for writers, software developers, graphic designers, etc. Anyone with online service can set up a profile and get started!