One of the best ways to earn some extra cash is a side hustle.
Side hustles can help improve your finances since they do not require large, upfront investments or specialized skills to start.
For example, I was able to pay off my credit card debt by buying and flipping items on eBay for a profit.
In today’s post, I have compiled a list of 15 side hustle ideas which you can help you make some extra money.
Side Hustle Ideas to Make Extra Money From Home
1. Amazon Flex
If you don’t mind driving, you can consider becoming a delivery partner with Amazon Flex.
With Amazon Flex, you get to work around your own schedule. You can make up to $18 to $25 delivering packages for Amazon.
All you need is your own transportation and a smartphone to install the Amazon flex app.
- You get to choose when you work.
- Flexible hours
- Wear and tear on your car
- Delivering to apartments with gates and gated communities can be challenging.
- High chance of being chased by dogs
- Weather conditions
- Support is only available through email
2. Charging Scooters
The next gig involves picking up scooters and recharging them.
If you live in the right place, this is something anyone can do. The two most popular scooter brands are Bird and Lime.
For Bird, they can pay you between $3 to $30 per scooter. The pay rate will be based on when the scooter was last charged and becomes available again.
With Lime, they will pay you $5 per scooter. It may seem like a small amount, but over time the money will add up.
If you live in a city with many scooters available, one way to recharge them is to collect them on your way home from work, charge them over night and drop them off on the way to work.
You will need a smartphone to install the app to find available scooters to pick up and recharge. If you have a large vehicle, you can pick up as many scooters as you like.
- Flexible with your work schedule.
- Chargers are similar to the ones we use for laptops. They are interchangeable with different companies.
- Small costs of recharging a scooter
- Scooters are eco-friendly.
- Wear and tear on your car
- Hoarders can make it difficult for you to find scooters
3. Providing a service locally (e.g car washing, car detailing, mowing lawns)
Do you have skills in certain areas that can be used to help others solve their problems?
For example, I see one person in a Facebook group about cars advertising his car detailing business. The best part about this marketing method is it’s for free. he pays $0 and has access to a niche with passionate people.
How much you can earn really depends on your skills and experience. In the beginning, you might have to charge people a bit less to get your foot through the door.
It’s a great way to build your own brand and also make money doing what you love.
- Get paid for doing what you love and good at
- Great way to develop a brand locally
- You can set your work schedule
- Depending on your expertise, you may have to invest some money in tools and a vehicle for transportation.
- Can take some time to find customers and establish a brand
4. Flipping items on eBay
The next side hustle idea has been around for ages. This is one of my favorite methods of making some extra cash on the side.
You can go to garage sales or thrift stores to find items people want and list them on eBay for a profit.
There’s a small community of full-time eBay resellers on YouTube who teaches their audience about flipping items.
You can also use the Facebook marketplace to find items locally which you can pick up and resell.
The amount of money you can earn will depend on the items you list. You will have to take calculate your expenses which include packaging material, shipping costs, and eBay fees.
Overall, eBay is a trusted marketplace and the traffic is already there. All you can start off with selling items lying around your house which you don’t need. It’s a great way for you to learn how to sell things online.
- Anyone can sign up to eBay and start selling today. User-friendly interface.
- Great for introverts (like me!)
- Develop skills for running your own business. You will have to package, ship and answer customer inquiries.
- Fees are not as high as Amazon
- Can be time-consuming. You will have to source products, take pictures and list them on eBay
- Scams can happen from time to time. A customer will receive their product and claim they’ve received an incorrect item and make a claim with PayPal.
- There is a learning curve when you’re first starting out but it gets quite easy over time.
- Selling items does take some time. Certain products may sell faster.
- Customer service and dealing with negative feedback.
5. Dropshipping – E-commerce Business
Dropshipping is another side hustle you can consider. As a dropshipper, you are the middle man who connects a customer to a supplier.
The beauty with the dropshipping model is you do not have to worry about an inventory or warehousing costs. All you have to do is create an e-commerce website and send traffic to your offers.
How much you earn will depend on how much money and time you want to invest.
Dropshipping can be side hustle or scaled up to a full-time business.
To start a dropshipping side hustle, all you need is just a laptop and an internet connection.
There is a learning curve in the beginning and will take some time to get use to the tools and software you will need.
You’re most likely a one-man team and will be required of doing many tasks and learn new skills along the way.
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- Minimum upfront costs (domain name, website, internet connection and a desktop/laptop)
- You don’t have to worry about inventory and warehousing expenses.
- There are many great business skills you can develop with running your own e-commerce business.
- Many tasks can be outsourced.
- Potential of developing a long term brand.
- You will need some money to spend on paid ads to drive traffic.
- There is a learning curve and you will be required to develop new skills.
- You don’t have control over product quality and shipping times.
6. Renting out your car
The next side hustle is kind of like Airbnb for cars. Instead of renting out a spare room, you are renting out a car instead.
If your household has multiple cars, you can make use of the ones that don’t get driven as much by renting them out to other people.
You can use a peer to peer service like Turo to list your car. The amount of money you can earn from renting out your car will vary.
You will have to make sure your car is well maintained and kept clean.
- Rent out your can to make extra money when you’re not using it.
- You can choose who can rent your car.
- Services like Turo provides insurance for your car.
- If your car becomes totaled or stolen it is possible you won’t see your car for an extended period.
- Increase costs in car maintenance and wear and tear.
7. Online Chat Support
Providing customer service online. You can work from home as long as you have access to a computer and internet connection.
You can up to $9 to $18 depending on the company and you will have to be able to type quickly with little error.
- You can work almost anywhere as long as you have an internet connection.
- Schedule is flexible
- No commute to and from work
- Be ready to deal with rude people
- You may have to work an odd shift
8. Food delivery e.g Ubereats
The next side hustle idea is becoming more popular around the globe with more people ordering food online.
You can sign up and become a delivery partner with Uber or other similar food delivery services.
How much you can earn will vary from different companies. Depending on the location you live, this can be a great side hustle you can do in your spare time.
If you like to drive, you can use your car or if you like to save some gas money, a motorcycle or bicycle can do the job as well.
- You can work your own hours and decide how many times a day you want to work.
- There is no limit to the hours you drive.
- There is no limit to how long you work for UberEats. The contract is an independent contractor, so you are not an UberEats employee, and as long as your ratings are high, you will continue to work for them for as long as you decide.
- You don’t have a boss or supervisor
- Pay can be instant depending on the company your representing.
- Learn how to navigate the city
- Referral bonuses, when you add a customer or driver, you get a cash bonus, usually a discount of $5 for the first order, and you also get a discount, so it’s worthwhile using your referral code as often as possible.
- The Uber fee is taken off your income
- Waiting times at restaurants: you still have to wait for the food to be prepared and packaged. You also have to check to see if the order is full and correct and make sure there are condiments and utensils.
- factor in depreciation, gas and other yearly costs for maintaining a car
- You are not allowed to take tips
- you have to deal with weird locations and finding a door in a building complex
- Dealing with traffic
9. Private Parking Space – Kerb
Do you have space in your front yard that you don’t use and would like to make some extra cash?
Well, you can consider renting out space on your driveway that doesn’t get much use.
This is a side hustle anyone can do since it’s so easy!
If you live in a certain area that is close to the train station or airport, this gig maybe for you.
There are people who are looking to park conveniently close to their workplace or spectators who need to park near to a concert or entertainment venue.
Depending on where you live, different rental agencies will offer different pay rates.
- Can potentially make good money for little effort
- No big investment required before you start earning
- You don’t necessarily need to be at home when the tenant arrives
- Helps relieve pressure on street parking in heavily congested areas
- less intrusive and personal than letting a room or space inside your home
- You are performing a useful public service by helping to meet the demand for parking
- Flexible pricing means you can compete with commercial car parks and still turn a healthy profit
- Your parking space may not be suitable
- Possible home insurance and/or mortgage complications
- Rental spots in low-demand areas may not be very profitable
- If access is restricted, you may need to be available to give tenants entry
- You won’t be able to use the space yourself while it is being used by a customer
- You need to regularly monitor bookings, and respond to communications and queries
10. Freelancing e.g Writing content
Helping others with your specialized skills is a great way to generate some extra cash on the side.
You can sign up to platforms like Fiverr and Upwork and list your services as a freelancer.
The best part about freelancing is the opportunity to do what you love and get paid for it.
- Flexible schedule, hours and location
- You are the boss in control
- You can select and choose clients you like to work with
- Unlimited earning potential
- No commute or commuting costs
- Getting to pursue your passion projects
- No office politics or annual performance reviews
- Casual work attire
- Learning new skills with running your freelance business
- variety of projects and clients
- Hustling for new gigs
- Inconsistent work and cash flow
- Juggling multiple clients
- Answering to multiple clients
- No paid time off, no maternity/paternity leave
- No company-sponsored health benefits
- No one to back you up if you’re sick or injured
- Running every business aspect
- Feeling scattered/unfocused and lacking structure
Did you know you can rent a friend? This side hustle is great for those who are outgoing and adventurous.
If you have some spare time and would like to meet new people, you can rent out your time at an hourly rate.
A website like rentafriend.com and can help you connect with others who are looking for friends to accompany them in social activities.
- Opportunities to meet new people locally and from around the world.
- As the person rented, you get to make money all the while having fun and exploring new places.
- You can make long term friendships
- You don’t know the person’s intention until you meet up with them.
- As the person getting hired, your safety is not always assured.
- Sometimes the needs the clients might be risky.
12. Domain Flipping
Domain flipping is a money making method that involves purchasing domain names and then reselling the names for a profit. You can flip cars or even houses for a profit.
I recommend using a website like justdropped and sign up to their email list to be notified of domains that have recently expired which you can purchase and resell for a profit.
Domain flipping does take time to see returns and you will be required to spend some money to purchase these domains.
Depends on how much someone is willing to pay for the domain name. Some things you need to consider when purchasing a domain is things like the length of the domain name, age and authority and domain extension.All you need is an internet connection and some key skills when searching for domains to flip.
- Time Consuming: This is the main challenge when it comes to domain flipping. You will need time to do research before purchasing any domains. As a domain flipper you will need patience and should not be expecting sales in the first few months. Some domains can take years to see a significant return on your investment.
- Might Feel Discouraged: Domain flipping is not easy when you first start and not seeing any money in your bank account can be discouraging. Just be patient and stay focused on what you’re doing and you will see results, don’t quit.
- It Involves Risk: Every online business involves risk. Some people buy domain names without even knowing who the buyer will be. Sometimes you might buy domains that violate trademarks or with bad back links which no one light be interested in. You can minimize your risk by setting up a good plan and strategy.
- Consumes Cash: If you like eating pizza while working you might need to give it a halt when starting your flipping business. At the start you need to put in cash in buying domain and if possible getting some email marketing tool or auto responder for your promotions and campaigns. This is just for the start, no one like to be broke. With time you might get back to your usual life style if things are done the right way.
- You are Likely to Make Many Mistakes: This is very common with newbies in the flipping business. Some common mistakes you can make as a domain flipper includes: Include buying many domains, buying the wring domain, selling at a cheaper rate and more. In the next part we will see some mistakes which you must avoid when it comes to flipping domains.
13. Pet Sitting
Similar to babysitting, pet sitting is simply taking care of pets in their own home while their owner is away.
If you love being around animals, this side hustle is right down your alley!
- Your pet gets to stay within the comfort of their own home and can stick to their everyday routine
- Sitters can do the housesitting chores in addition to caring for the pet
- Visits will be done on your requested schedule.
- Pet is getting one-on-one attention and care.
- Less risk for the pet to be exposed to contagious illnesses that may be lurking in a kennel.
- The pet sitter will be in your home while you’re away. Make sure you choose a pet sitting company that thoroughly screens their sitters.
- Could be stressful for pets that are used to having company throughout their day.
14. Rent out your place on Airbnb
If you have an investment property or a spare room you would like to generate some extra income, you can rent out your space on platforms like Airbnb.
These services make it easier for tenants to find accommodation when traveling.
- More Flexibility: you can block off certain dates on your Airbnb calendar in case you’re not in town or on vacation, friends or family staying in town or you need to repair something and require a bit of time.
- More Control: By listing your place on Airbnb, you can check on your home regularly to make sure your tenants do not cause any damage to your property. When a tenant makes a booking for your place, you will receive payment straight away.
- More Income: It’s possible to make more money monthly compared to listing your place for rent traditionally. If you live in the right area with enough demand, you can make more money as a host on Airbnb compared to being a landlord.
- Less Certainty: You’re not guaranteed to make a steady income each month.
- Less Freedom: Depending on your lifestyle, you will have to dedicate some time to cleaning and preparing your place for the next tenants.
- Less Early Profits: You will have to spend some money upfront to furnish your home and make it more welcoming for new guests.
15. Help someone with an odd task
Similar to Uber, you can sign up to platforms like Airtasker or Taskrabbit that connects people who need help with completing a task with people who are ready to work.
- Being your own boss and choosing when you want to work.
- Negotiate how much you are paid for each task you complete.
- You can decline certain tasks you do not want to do. However, canceling often can affect your account negatively.
- Getting into contact with support can be challenging and time-consuming.
- Hours can be limited to how much you can work.
- Can be labor intensive.
- More competition means a reduced amount of work you can find.