Who couldn’t use the extra money from a side hustle to pay a few bills here or there?
Pay down debt?
Or save up for a family vacation?
Most of us would love to have a side hustle, but no one wants to feel like they’re working another job – especially if you already have a 9 to 5.
There are a lot of side hustles out there that take up too much of your time and energy, but unless it’s your passion, I would say bypass those. At least for now.
If you’re looking for an easy side hustle you can start right now without quitting your day job, this is the list for you.
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As a former teacher, tutoring is a natural fit for me. If you enjoy helping others and have a good command of a particular subject, you can do well as a tutor.
Since you will most likely meet with clients in the evenings, this works extremely well for you if you work a traditional day job.
Depending on your location, subject area, and level – you can charge $20-50+ an hour. Test Prep and higher level math command higher rates, so you should be fine with two or three clients a week.
Freelance Your Skills
In your regular job you probably have skills that can be transferred to your side hustle. Writing, web designing, and coding all make great freelance gigs.
Once you build up your clientele you can charge higher rates and meet with fewer clients (therefore freeing up your time).
Start a Blog
If you have something to share with others, consider starting a blog. Building up your blog with a decent amount of content can take some time, so having a job is necessary.
Depending on your posting schedule, you can find an hour or two each day to write content for your blog. You can promote your blog with automatic tools such as Tailwind or Hootsuite, which can be done at any hour of the day.
Bloggers can monetize their blogs with ads, sponsorships, affiliate marketing, and more. There are bloggers out there making tens of thousands of dollars each month from their blogs, making blogging a pretty good side hustle.
Fill Out Surveys
Surveys are a great way to make some additional money each month. I earn $200 – 300 a month filling out surveys online in as little as 30 minutes a day.
Companies seek out people to help them to better market to their consumers. In exchange for your time, you are compensated with money or gift cards.
These surveys can take anywhere from 5 to 30+ minutes to complete. Though you won’t get rich, you’ll usually earn more for longer surveys. Some companies offer focus group opportunities which pay more, sometimes up to $100 or more.
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Sell Books on Bookscouter
You can use the Bookscouter app to check the prices of books you have to sell. Textbooks sell best, so if you have any laying around, gather them up so you can sell them on Bookscouter.
Once you scan the barcode of your book, you’ll get offers from several companies willing to buy your book. You will have the option of selecting the one you want to sell to.
Bookscouter will then send you a postage-paid label for you to print out and ship your book. You will receive payment once Bookscouter receives your book and verifies its condition.
If you don’t have any textbooks, you can always find some from your local thrift stores and yard sales. I recommend scanning them before purchasing to prevent being stuck with worthless books.
Rent Out Your Home
If you have an empty room or house, why not rent it out on Airbnb? You can possibly make more money renting it out to travelers than to someone long term, especially if you live in a tourist area.
Airbnb has an extensive service and you are able to learn something about the people before you let them into your home.
Depending on your location, you can literally earn your mortgage payment from renting out a week or two (especially during tourist months).
In addition to renting out space in your home, Airbnb now allows you to advertise your services for people looking for something to do while in town, called Experiences.
Sightseeing tours, cooking classes, and excursions work well. You can charge by the hour or the day. So, if you have a particular skill about something or very knowledgeable about your hometown, sign up for Experiences with Airbnb.
Drive Your Car
You can use your car to make additional money each month. One easy way to do this is to become either an Uber or Lyft driver. You’ll get paid to pick and drop people off using your car. If you live in the city, your best money may come during the weekends or special events.
Pay varies, but it depends on the distance of the drive and how many passengers you pick up. I had one Uber driver tell me that he earned $100 for taking this one person to the airport. I’m sure that this was unique, but he seemed otherwise satisfied with driving.
Another way to make money with your car is to become a driver for Amazon. They have delivery services such as Amazon Prime Now and Amazon Fresh, which will deliver products (mostly food) to the customer’s door in a few hours.
As a driver, you will be able to set your own hours and you can work when you want to work. Before you needed an Android phone to drive for Amazon, but I believe they have opened it up to iPhone users in certain areas.
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