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50 Best Side Hustle Ideas for The Beginner Hustler in 2021

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Last Updated on November 29, 2021 by Daniella

Did you know that there are new side hustle ideas coming to life every single day? 

With the rise of new apps, technology, and the online creator and community spaces, you can now create a side hustle for yourself with any skill and vision you have as long as there is a market for it. There has never been a better time in history for building new income streams.

Even though “side hustle” has become quite the buzzword, it makes sense when 45% of working Americans report having a side hustle according to Zapier. In 2021, even more folks are looking for good side hustle ideas to start earning money online or as part of the gig economy. 

A side hustle in addition to your full time job is one of the quickest ways to better your financial situation. You can use side gigs to build an emergency fund, leave a toxic job, pay off credit card debt, lower your student loan debt, save money for other goals you have, or if you want to think bigger picture, develop new skills and start a new career with a bigger earning potential to change your life.

However, working “the best side hustle” you hate just for the sake of more money isn’t going to get you anywhere but burnt out. Don’t settle for side hustles that suck the life out of you, no matter the number of dollar signs or student loan payments it could bring. And more importantly, watch out for scams when side hustling. 

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50 Best Side Hustle Ideas to Increase Your Income

There are actually 4 main types of side hustles:

  1. Jobs or “gigs” in the gig economy: examples are pet sitting for Rover or delivering for DoorDash
  2. Freelance or service based: examples are freelance writing, freelance designing, freelance coding, etc
  3. Project/small business: examples are blogging, creating a brand, YouTube, selling on Etsy, reselling on eBay, etc
  4. Passive incomeexamples are renting out real estate, creating digital products that pay you without much manual intervention, etc.

Which type of side hustle is best for you depends on your skills, interests, and preferences. Take the side hustle quiz below to find out your type.

There are several reasons why side gigs can benefit you in addition to bringing in extra cash flow.

With a side hustle or project, you can build on existing skill sets (free courses are a great tool to aid you in your venture), learn something new, include it all on your resume as experience for future job applications, or work on building it into a fulltime job for yourself.

Some of the side hustle ideas listed below are easier to start than others, and some require a specific skill set to pull off. All are also scam-free.

Want to start a side hustle today? What’s the best side hustle? Let’s discuss each one a little deeper, shall we? Who knows, by the end of this article, you might have a groundbreaking idea (with a bit of motivation) for your next small business venture.

1. Sell items on eBay, Craigslist, and SidelineSwap.

Selling items online is one of the easiest side hustles you will see on this list, so it’s listed first. The best part? It requires little investment and is low risk – especially if you already have some to sell items or can find them for cheap to resell. Start making money today!

Items that sell easily on eBay include collectibles, brand-name clothing, and accessories, electronics, computers and accessories, antiques, etc. Looking to start dropshipping business in your spare time? eBay is a good option! 

Things that do well on Craigslist include larger things like car parts, fish tanks, gaming consoles, etc.

SidelineSwap is specifically for selling sporting goods, so this app is perfect for selling old athletic equipment, jerseys, things like basketballs or volleyballs, accessories, and more. Read our full review on SidelineSwap here.

Honorable mention: If you have a lot of electronics you need to get rid of (including phones, tablets, DVDs, video games, etc.), maybe try out Decluttr. On Decluttr, you can quickly sell tech and ship to Decluttr for free. Read our full Declutter review here!

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Related: 12 Sites Like Craigslist to Buy and Sell Anything

2. Walk dogs or pet sit.

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If you are an animal lover, getting paid for dog walking or pet sitting might be the perfect side hustle for you.

Apps like Rover allow anyone to apply to be a dog walker, a daily pet sitter, provide overnight boarding for dogs, and a wide variety of other pet-related services. It’s easy to find people looking for help with their pets, and it’s a fun side hustle for animal lovers. 

You can set your own rate and availability in the app. I have seen some dog walkers listed for as much as $20 per half-hour walk. It’s extra income in small pockets of your time. 

——> Check out my review of working for Rover in this Rover Sitter Review of how I made money doing what I do best, rolling around with cats. 

Related: 15 Side Hustle Apps to Make Extra Money

3. Freelance skills you already have on Fiverr.

Let’s say you have experience with web design, web development, graphic design, copywriting, freelance writing, HR, PR, etc. You could freelance your skills on Fiverr and set your rate for each project. It’s a popular way to make money online. 

For example: If you enjoy writing and can show some sample work on your Fiverr profile, you could easily sell your freelance writing skills on Fiverr. Do you already have documents like cover letter templates for job applicants? Do you develop online courses for others? Do you have a web design service? Do you have a graphics design business making logos and other visuals? Do you manage social media platforms? Take what you’ve already done and mastered, and create a profile today! You’ll make money freelancing in no time. 

Related: How to Calculate Your Freelance Rate (Taxes Included)

4. Become a local travel guide in your area.

Did you know that you can also become a travel guide through Airbnb? Just create an Airbnb ‘Experience’ to list on the app in your local area, and you are in business.

Searching through tour guide associations through the different city, state, or national levels can get you some good job prospects as a local tour guide. You can look for tour guide associations here

Related: 31 Ways To Save Money When You Travel

5. Deliver for DoorDash.

A reliable source of transportation, a valid driver’s license, and car insurance are all you need to pull off this side gig.

DoorDash is one of the easiest food delivery services you can work for. Earn more money in your spare time delivering food with your car, scooter, or bicycle. DoorDash pays fast, and you can get your first check-in your first week.

Sign up here to deliver with DoorDash.

Related: 3 Ways Driving with Uber Can Help You Save Up For a Trip

6. Write an eBook.

Do you have an awesome idea for an eBook or an e cookbook? Then this side hustle option might be for you!

Maybe you have a success story about your life or a specific skill set you want to share with others to improve their own lives or careers?

Write an eBook about it, and self-publish it on Amazon! Don’t stress out about it and try to tackle it in one night, either. You could use this online side hustle idea and work on your writing on nights and weekends gradually towards your goal. If you want to become a freelance writer, you don’t need to wait for a big deal with a publishing house. 

Read how this woman able to become a millionaire from selling ebooks. 

Related: 19 Passive Income Ideas to Stop Trading Time for Money in 2019

7. Start a blog.

white laptop on a table next to coffee, cellphone, and reading glasses.

Are you so passionate about something that you can write at least 100 blog articles? That’s blogging in a nutshell.

I make over $2,000 a month (and its earning potential continues to grow) with my blog as a successful side hustle (this blog right here), and it has been such a fantastic experience. Because of this blog, I have been able to work with big-name publications, incredible brands and have been able to meet some amazing people along the way. Not to mention making money to tackle student loan debt!

To learn how I earn money online  with affiliate marketing on my blog in addition to my day job, check out:   Blogging as a Side Hustle: My Mid Year Checkin

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8. Create a course.

Do you love to paint in your spare time and have a unique way of painting that people love? Create a course on it. Do you have a niche skill you could teach business owners?

You could sell that online course for around $200 (this depends on what the course entails). Sell it to 50 people, and you will be $10,000 richer.

Platforms like Teachable make online course creation idiot-proof and offer tons of tips, guides, etc., to help you through the entire process.

How the hell do I stay organized? I’d like to thank Taskade for that – their free tool is a lifesaver.

9. Make money answering other people’s questions on JustAnswer. is a site where you can get paid for answering other people’s questions.

People come to this site to ask questions to a variety of different categories of experts. How much you can make per answer you provide as an expert depends on the amount that the person is willing to pay for the answer. It’s almost like remote customer service for a wide variety of topics!

Related: 28 Ways to Make an Extra $100 a Day

10. Teach English online.

If you have a bachelor’s degree, high-speed internet connection, and a headset, then you could make up to $26 teaching English online as a side hustle idea. You can start earning money online on your schedule. It’s a fun side hustle for those who love kids. 

Companies like Qkids and VIPKID allow you to work remotely as little or as often as you like as an online teacher. Check out these VIPKID reviews to better understand what is required of you when working as a v online teacher.  

Apply here to become a teacher with Qkids.

Apply here to become a teacher with VIPKID.

Related: Teach English Online: 10 Companies That Will Pay You to Teach and Work From Anywhere

11. Rent out your car.

This is another one of those ideas that if you have the luxury of having a car or not having to use your vehicle, you can get paid to rent it out to others. 

You can literally get paid now for renting out your car in a similar way to renting out space in your home on Airbnb.

Turo is a fantastic app that is basically the Airbnb of cars.

The basic idea is getting paid for other people to rent your car instead of renting cars from services like Enterprise or Hertz. What you can make in a month with your car depends on its market value.

If the market value of your car is low to average, you can easily make $300-$600 or more a month renting out your car. If you have a vehicle with a somewhat-high market value, you can easily make $1,000 or more.

Related: 12+ Side Hustle Ideas to Make Extra Cash This Month

12. Rent out extra space on Airbnb.

Bedroom with a modern design on airbnb

Not everyone has the luxury of doing this, and if this isn’t for you – skip to the next one.

If you have extra space to rent out in your house or on your property, Airbnb is for you. Depending on where you live, you can easily make an extra $2,000 a month from renting out your space.

If you can outsource the cleaning and maintenance of the rental space, you can turn your Airbnb side hustle profits into passive income!

Related: How to Become an Airbnb Host (& Host Like a Pro)

13. Review books online.

2 books next to a laptop (Like the Flowing River and Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho), lavender, plant pot, and coffee

Another way to earn extra money as a freelance writer is by reviewing books online. The U.S. Review of Books pays people to write book reviews for their site.

The average review range from 250-300 words and should summarize the book. Book reviews should also include insights drawn from the reading.

Book reviewers that the U.S. Review of Books accepts are paid monthly. It’s a good side hustle for those who read lots of books anyway. 

Related: Get Paid to Read Books: 12 Ways to Make Money as a Bibliophile

14. Part-time jobs are the original side hustle.

You can get a part-time job as a bartender, join a seasonal pool cleaning service, cut grass, clean houses, start a mobile laundry service, do front desk work, join focus groups, catering, etc. If you know how to play an instrument, consider teaching to people in your neighborhood. 

I once had a part-time job (mainly on the weekends) as a brand ambassador for Bacardi. It paid $25 an hour to give out free samples of Bacardi at liquor stores, grocery stores, and bars. It was a fun time and a great side hustle for extra cash.

Related: Steady App Review: 10 Best Side Hustles That You Can Do Through The Steady App

15. Become a social media manager or virtual assistant.

If you are great with social media and the know-how to reach people on various platforms, you could start your own social media management side business.

Virtual assistants can also manage social media accounts, or they can just be used to complete admin tasks such as email and customer service.

If you want to become a virtual assistant or social media manager, you can start by joining Facebook groups aimed at website owners, bloggers, and other small business owners. Go through them looking for people that might need social media management or Pinterest virtual assistant services.

Related: 15 Remote Jobs That Pay More Than $15 Hourly

16. Sell your designs on Threadless.

Threadless is a site where you place current designs and artwork on a variety of products, including clothing, home decor, mugs, etc.

After you get your shop set up, all you have to do is submit your design and what you want to sell with your design on it. Threadless takes care of all the marketing, packaging, shipping, and even customer support.

Related: How to Make Money as an Artist

17. Sell your handcrafted items on Etsy.

So many people now utilize Etsy to sell their uniquely crafted goods and digital products.

Are you aware of something in high demand within a particular niche?

Let’s say you know how to make gorgeous costumes and see that the specific costumes you make aren’t yet listed for sale on Etsy by other sellers. There is a gap you can fill and thus be able to really stand out on Etsy.

Down the line, you could turn your Etsy side business into your full-time day job.

Related: 10 DIY Crafts to Sell for Extra Money

18. Narrate audiobooks.

If you love to read books and have a voice that people love listening to, try audiobook narration.

To get started narrating, you will need:

  • A mic
  • Pop screen
  • Headphones
  • Recording and editing software
  • A quiet space and a computer

With the rise of Audible, the demand for audiobook narrators is climbing, so it will be fairly easy to find work. To start looking for work, you should start networking in Facebook groups and online forums where people are audiobook narrators.

19. Get paid to listen to music in your spare time.

headphones and mouse for computer on top of a folder on a table is a site that pays users $12 per hour to listen to music online.

After you sign up, they send music straight to your inbox. You get 10 cents for every 30-second audio. This adds up to $12 an hour if you consistently go through the audio they send you without interruptions.

Related: 10 Summer Money Making Ideas for College Students

20. Complete tasks for others on TaskRabbit.

If you are handy and can fix things quickly or perform manual labor without complaining too much, TaskRabbit will pay you for it!

On TaskRabbit, people list the chores or tasks they need to be completed, and you sign up for the ones you want. You can set your rates and your hours. It’s an easy way to join the gig economy. 

Related: How to Make an Extra $1000 This Month With Your Phone

21. Make videos on YouTube.

You can literally make MILLIONS on YouTube. Not from day 1, but eventually, you can place ads in every episode. 

Currently, a seven-year-old is the highest-paid YouTuber earning $22 million. Seriously. He does toy reviews. Who knew

Take a page from that playbook. If there is something you are interested in, whether it be makeup, movies, fashion, cars, etc., and start recording reviews of products.

Out of all the side hustle ideas, this one (along with blogging) takes a while to build up.

Related: Blogging for Beginners: 30 Blogging Resources to Create and Maintain a Profitable Blog

22. Sell stuff on Facebook Marketplace.

Facebook Marketplace is like the upgraded version of Craigslist. It makes it possible for you to list and sell items in your local area and keep all the communication within Facebook, so you feel safer when meeting up for the exchange.

We recently sold a bass amp on Facebook because it was too large to sell on eBay, that the shipping costs would have been astronomical. We made $300 off the sale, and it was easy extra income. What stuff could you sell to your neighbors this year?

Related: 22 Creative Ways to Turn Your Clutter Into Cash

23. Earn money online with your photography skills.

Shutterstock will pay you up to $120 per image download of your photos. Over time, the more you earn increases how much you make per image.

If you are a seasoned photographer, this is a great way to earn extra income passively by stacking a side hustle like Shutterstock on top of your photography business. Take a photo once, earn from it multiple times.

Shutterstock will also pay you for referring other photographers to the site.

Other ways to make money as a photographer include selling on Adobe Stock, booking clients, and selling educational materials like eBooks or courses on sites like Etsy, Shopify, or Teachable.

Related: 43 Passionate Hobbies That Make Money: For Everyone

24. Resell brand name clothing on Poshmark.

glitter flats on a rug, earrings, and permanent markers next to a cell phone and laptop

You can buy designer brands for cheap from stores like Clothes Mentor and resell them on Poshmark for full price. And a little social promotion of your item goes a long way. 

Brands that do well on Poshmark are Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton, and Coach.

Related: Poshmark Review: Buying and Selling Used Brand Name Items Online

25. Resell electronics on Gazelle.

You can instantly sell your mobile device, tablet, or laptop on Gazelle. Enter what you want to sell on the site, and Gazelle will give an offer in less than a minute.

After that, you ship it to them for free and wait for your payment. It’s one of the easiest ways to sell products online. 

Related: The Best Ways to Sell Your Stuff Online and Actually Make Some Money

26. Create a smartphone app.

If you have mobile development experience and knowledge of a current gap in the mobile app market, create your own smartphone app.

When it is completed, you can bring it to companies that purchase apps to see if they might want to buy yours.

Related: The Insurance You Really Need If You Have A Side Hustle

27. Invent something new.

Are you an idea person? If so, you could develop an idea for an invention and then apply for a patent on the concept.

You can either go through with creating a prototype and selling that invention or sell the patent itself.

Related: 4 Side Hustles That Help Us Pay Off Debt

28. Sell your travel videos.

This idea for side income might make a suitable supplement for the digital nomad. If you are often traveling with a camera handy ideal for taking high-quality videos, you can get paid for those videos.

You can create video ads for hotels, attractions, and restaurants or sell your travel videos to tourism companies.

Related: Building Passive Income as a Digital Nomad

29. Sell your recipes to food magazines.

steak gourmet dinner

Did you know you can use your recipes as a way of making money? Yes, you can absolutely get paid for your recipes. Sites like Cuisine at Home will pay you for your recipe if they publish it.

Submit to Cuisine at Home and makeup to $100 for published cooking tips.

Related: 26 Cheap Crock Pot Meals

30. Become a bookkeeper.

Bookkeepers perform a variety of tasks such as payroll and keeping track of spending. Being a bookkeeper can be rewarding as you can handle bookkeeping tasks remotely part-time.

You do not need a degree to be a bookkeeper, but you need to be familiar with accounting software and be certified.

Online remote bookkeeper jobs can be found on job boards such as FlexJobs.

Related: 10 Awesome Online Jobs for Stay at Home Moms

31. Invest in real estate.

Roofstock is where you can buy investment properties to start earning rent on as soon as you close on the property.

The property manager does the day-to-day operations of your property so you can sit back and watch the money roll in.

When signing up for Roofstock, you get a $500 credit towards your investments.

Related: How We Made $2000 a Month By Renting Rooms in Our House

32. Promote items and brands on social media.

You can get paid in multiple ways by promoting your favorite stuff on social media. A Brand can pay you to post the content due to your following or hire you as a brand ambassador.

Affiliate links are the most common way to get paid for product promotion. This is when someone clicks your links and makes a purchase; you receive a percentage.

To explore how you can make the most money as an affiliate marketer, I suggest this course on affiliate marketing from someone who makes more than $50,000 monthly.

Related: How to Become a Brand Ambassador: The Ultimate Guide

33. Deliver groceries for Instacart.  

Get paid to grocery shop for people with Instacart. The job is pretty simple, and all you need is spare time and a car to make money.  Even if you don’t have a car, you can sign up as a “shopper.” If you like shopping anyway, this side hustle may be perfect for you. 

You can set your hours and make tips.

34. Test websites for

Test websites and apps online and get paid for it on If you pass their application process, you can get paid up to $60 per test. You can think of it as being a virtual assistant for QA testers. 

UserTesting will pay you via PayPal 7 days after the date of your completed test or tests.

35. Participate in focus groups and research studies. 

cell phones and notepads with budget sheets on a table with coffee

Participating in online paid research studies, surveys, and focus groups can be easy money if you can qualify. Earn up to $150 an hour by participating in research studies on Respondent.

Other companies that pay for your opinions include Pinecone Research and Toluna.

Related: 17+ Ways to Make Extra Money By Taking Online Surveys

36. Become a proofreader.

Are you an introvert and have a passion for words and reading? You could become an online proofreader and make money with that passion. It’s like being a virtual assistant, but it’s specialized. 

Caitlin, the creator of the course Proofread Anywhere after she was able to create a living proofreading. She helps others craft a remote lifestyle proofreading online, and if you want to get started with this side hustle, I recommend her resources. This free workshop of hers is phenomenal! Become a virtual assistant with this niche skill!

Related: 7 Best Online Proofreading Jobs (That Are Actually Legit)

37. Clean houses.

If you are a neat freak and have extra time to put those skills to use, you can clean houses and businesses as a side gig.

The apps Steady and AppJobs list various gigs based on your location looking for workers, including cleaning gigs. After you submit your location, browse for cleaning jobs you can get started with.

Or get with a couple of friends who also enjoy cleaning and see about creating your own side business.

Related: 14 Best Mobile Apps to Make Money When You’re Strapped for Cash

38. Get handy.

Have you heard of the app called Handy? Handy is an app that connects people that need home jobs done like carpentry, furniture assembly, cleaning, etc., with many workers who can fulfill those jobs.

You can sign up on the app as Handy Pro and apply to jobs in your area.

Related: 14 Reasons to Start a Side Hustle (From 14 Different People)

39. Write resumes.

Resume writers do precisely that. They write, review, and edit resumes for others looking for assistance because of their specific insight into what companies look for on a resume.

The demand for this specific service is high, especially with the number of online job boards where resumes seem to fall into a giant black hole. 

If you possess this specific skill and insight, you can find jobs by looking at various sites like:

40. Become a personal chef.

2 people making a salad in a kitchen

I love to cook, but my skillset is nowhere near the level to become a personal chef. However, I know many people that could make a killing at this hustle.

The only downside to becoming a personal chef as a side job is that you can’t necessarily do it remotely. But it is a fun and immersive way to express your creativity, making dishes for new, unique tastes. 

Check out this article for more on becoming a personal chef if this idea sparks your interest.

Related: How To Make $10,000 a Month Using Skills You Already Have

41. Develop a physical product to sell.

Developing physical products to market and sell is not as easy as it sounds. There is a lot of time and research involved in this side hustle idea.

But if you create the perfect product, your audience needs to solve a problem. That is all you need – for it to solve their problem.

Think of something that frustrates you and invent something new to solve that frustration (or modify an existing concept). Then work with others who specialize in marketing, etc., to get the word out about your product.

42. Create a comic.

This is something I have always wanted to do. From my days of writing Sailor Moon fanfiction manga, I dreamed of growing up to become an illustrator, but other things in life got in the way.

There are a few people who have made a killing creating graphic novels and comics, though. Like Gaby Dunn from Bad With Money, for instance, she started a graphic novel called Bury The Lede

I suggest you start with pure creativity mind dumps on this one and just get to drawing. See what you can come up with one afternoon. 

43. Become a personal shopper or mystery shopper.

Personal shopping is a little different than mystery shopping, even though they both basically allow you to get paid to shop.

Personal shopping is when you help others shop by giving advice and making suggestions. Mystery shopping is when you complete tasks at stores for companies for market research.

I’ve done a few mystery shopping jobs through BestMark before and apps like EasyShift. 

They don’t pay great but don’t take much time to complete either. I say they are at least worth the extra cash. Personal shopping, however, has the potential to shift into your own business if you play your cards right.

Related: 9 Best Mystery Shopping Apps to Make More Side Money

44. Create websites for small businesses.

After I left my first job out of college at a startup out of complete misery, I found a sweet gig freelancing for small businesses developing and supporting WordPress sites. I still waited tables during the day because I didn’t have enough work to support the bills I had at the time, but that money helped for sure. 

You can post your services on many sites like Upwork or Fiverr or create your own business doing this work like Kathleen Celmins did (she  did my lovely site’s redesign). 

Related: How to Find Free Online Courses to Boost Your Skills

45. Flip houses.

Flipping houses has many risks that come with it and is also one of the more expensive ideas on this list, but it is a lucrative side hustle. This successful side hustle requires specific knowledge but has a large earning potential. Proceed with caution.

Flipping houses is something I’ve always wanted to try but saw too much risk in it. But if you know who to hire to get these jobs done and the skills to do it successfully, I say go for it. It’s a great way to achieve financial freedom as the growth potential to earn extra money is huge. 

A friend of ours, Rachel of Flip Chick, flips houses in St. Louis, MO, and does pretty well. She is also a full time artist and a well-known painter, a successful side hustler. 

I love it when I come across the perfect side hustle idea that lets your creativity flow freely!

46. Coach others in an area of expertise.

Let’s say you are really good at money and want to help others do the same. Or you work in the financial industry and want to say “peace out” to your job. Then maybe you might want to look into becoming a financial coach if that is something you enjoy. It’s another side hustle to think about.

You can do this with any area of expertise – career coaching, business coaching, blog coaching, marketing, etc. Coaches can easily bring in six figures a year and diversify their income streams with courses, books, websites, and more.

Related: How to Become a Professional Organizer

47. Sell your art on Redbubble.

If you are an artist or creative in any way, you can make extra money selling your digital art and designs on Redbubble. Redbubble is a print-on-demand platform that will print your designs on products and do all the shipping and handling of those products for you, so you never have to commit to any inventory upfront.

Read our full review of Redbubble for more information.

48. Sell printables online.

If you have any graphic design skills, you can use free software like Canva to create printables to either sell on your website or create an Etsy shop to sell them on.

I currently sell printables on my website and Etsy.  I make anywhere from an extra $100 a month to as much as $300 a month from them. This is a great course to get you started selling your printables.

49. Create exclusive content on Patreon or OnlyFans.

If you have a following on social media, from a website, or other (or want to create a small following), you can sell them who want to support you exclusive content on a subscription basis using platforms like Patreon and OnlyFans.

This is a popular way for creators on YouTube, models, photographers, and designers to make side cash.

Related: How This Professional Cosplayer Monetizes Her Craft

50. Become a ghostwriter. 

A ghostwriter is someone who writes anything from articles, blogs, white papers, to books, and even sales copy but does not recieve credit for their writing. Instead of getting that byline that says they authored the work, they get paid more and their client most often will take credit.

Ghostwriting is a great side hustle idea for those who love to write but like to stay under the radar. Get started with our free guide on how to become a ghostwriter.

Quick Ways to Make Side Cash

If you want to try a couple of quick ways to earn cash from signups, mobile apps, and other programs, these could help you out:

  • Nielsen is a business that will pay you for your home internet usage. All you have to do is download their app and register your devices. Check it out here.
  • HealthyWage is where you can participate in individual weight loss challenges and get paid for hitting weight loss goals.
  • Swagbucks and Inbox Dollars will pay you to read emails, take surveys, play games, complete offers, and more. The best part? You get paid to play around on your phone to pass the time when you are bored. Did I mention they pay you an additional $5 bonus just for signing up for each?
  • Sign up for Rakuten and Ibotta free to get a $10 welcome bonus on each. Then earn cashback and more bonuses on the purchases you already make online and in-store. (Check out our Rakuten review before you sign up!)
  • Download Mistplay to get paid to play games on your phone (read our Mistplay review).
  • Deliver for Amazon Flex and earn up to $25 an hour (or more with tips).
  • Post to Snapchat Spotlight and get a piece of their new creator fund.

What to Do With That Extra Cash

If you’re looking for ways to make extra money, chances are you already have a reason for it. Well, you should also be tracking it no matter how much money it is. Track what exactly comes in and where it goes, free!

You don’t want to lose out on that extra cash after all the bills are done.

Stay on track with your finances with Personal Capital, a completely free tool that connects all your accounts in one place so you can track where everything is going, your net worth, and towards whatever financial goal you are working on. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a side hustle?

Side hustling is anything you do for money on the side of your full time job or other part-time jobs. This could include active income from actual side jobs, a second job, or a project you set up to generate passive income down the line (and even get paid while you sleep).

They can also be entrepreneurial ventures or small businesses started on the side of your day job to build a full time job (or keep it on the side).

How much money can you make with your side hustle?

How much dough can your side hustle make depends on a variety of factors:

  • Is the pay limited to hourly pay?
  • Can you set your own pay?
  • Are you able to make tips?
  • Is there a way you can build the side hustle up over time as a passive income source?
  • Do you want to end up scaling it into a business?

If you are looking to do a side hustle for a limited amount of time and don’t want to commit long term to it, that is perfectly fine. Need side hustle ideas? Find something that you are willing to squeeze a lot of cash out of in a short amount of time, like a part-time job. Bartending is a great way to make money because you can easily make $300 in tips from one night.

You could even do it on and off as my wife does with her eBay guitar flipping side gig. Some months she puts a lot more effort into side hustling than others.

Or build up an income source on the side that takes longer to grow, like blogging. This is done more on your own time, and you won’t be earning $1,000 a month right away, but it is definitely possible a few months down the road. 

How do you start a side hustle?

The easiest way to start a side hustle is, to begin with, an idea and then think of the cheapest way to get that idea rolling. Keep upfront costs and investments low until you build up a client base for feedback and later adjustment. Refer to the full list of side hustle ideas to get your gears turning.

What are the most popular side hustles?

Some of the most popular side hustles include freelancing, virtual consulting for online business owners, Pinterest virtual assistant work, being a freelance writer, digital marketing, starting a graphic design business, investing, and participating in the “gig-economy” through apps like DoorDash, Instacart, Airbnb and Lyft. Check out our full list of earning ideas to find which one might work best for you for a little extra cash. 

What are the most profitable side hustles?

Real estate investing seems to be the most lucrative and long-term profitable side hustle, earning an estimated $90 an hour of passive income. Read our full list of side hustle ideas to find other good, profitable side hustles with lots of growth potential. 

What’s the best side hustle for me?

When thinking about the best side hustle for you, first think about what skills and experience you already possess to monetize. Think of your interests, what you enjoy doing, how much time you are willing to devote to it, your overall goals, and what kind of side hustle can help serve those goals. Check out our full list to see which one grabs your attention and get started.

Do you have to pay taxes on side hustles?

You will need to pay a self-employment tax rate of 15.3% on any side hustle income earnings if you expect to make more than $400 in a given year. This is in addition to income tax. In total, you are looking at around 25%-30% of taxes that you will be expected to pay. You can opt at your current employer to take out these extra taxes for you or pay estimated quarterly taxes to the IRS. If you’re making money, the IRS will want their part. 

Concluding Thoughts

Whether you are starting a side hustle for extra needed money or creating a passionate business of yours, try to balance your time as much as possible. I let my side hustles take up a bit too much of my life and burnt out quickly in the past. I don’t want the same to happen to you when starting side hustles.

Your health is always #1. Not earning potential, not your side hustle job. 

Don’t cling on to one for the money if you end up hating it. Drop it and try something else until you find what clicks. That is how we figure out what we like by trying different things. The best side hustle job might be the next one you try. 

If you know exactly what you want and are looking to start your own side business, that is awesome! But be sure to do a lot of research.

You don’t want to start something that you aren’t fully versed in the expectations. I suggest consulting a business coach or someone to help you get together a business plan. The best side hustle for one person will be different for another. 

Bottom Line: There is no limit to what you can do. There are so many possible side hustles with growth potential today!

What other side hustle ideas have you thought of or done? Are you a part of side hustle nation? What do you think is the best side hustle? Have you picked a side hustle within this list? How much money have you made? Tell us in the comments below!

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60 thoughts on “50 Best Side Hustle Ideas for The Beginner Hustler in 2021”

  1. Thank you for sharing this list, Daniella! I’d also like to add items (aside from the above mentioned) to rent out that can be found in your house like tools, sports equipments, electronics, and storage space. There are sites like where you can list your items for free.

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  3. Me and a few of my friends/family help with reverse logistics. It has been a huge help for our families. Sharetown is the best!

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  24. Kayla @ Family and FI

    Here’s a side hustle that bloggers don’t ever talk about…

    Teaching CPR classes!

    It’s easy to become certified and it’s one of our favorite ways to make extra money.

  25. Just like you can make money selling stock photos, you can also make money licensing stock music through sites like Pond 5 and AudioJungle!

  26. Great ideas! I have a couple of friends who do Instacart and actually really enjoy their delivery times. I’m personally keeping my fingers crossed that my blog will take off.

    1. Plenty of people make money with their blogs so I am sure yours will take off too! Definitely invest in some courses and learn SEO!

  27. What awesome ideas of how to earn extra income anywhere you live. I might just become a local tour guide here but I have to see the requirements as I think you might to have a license to be a tour guide in Japan.

  28. Debbythechocoholic

    These are some great tips! I combine my parttime job with teaching private- and group classes Yoga & Pilates, and earn an extra with blogging.

  29. These are all such great ideas. My favorite is create a comic. Definitely never thought of that one. My friend just became a SAHM for the first time and was trying to think of a side hustle. I’ll have to share this post with her!

  30. $2,000 a month blogging? I need to find a way to make a profit on my blog because as a college student, I have NO money lol. I like your tips on here, though! I’m going to share them with my other broke college friends 🙂

    1. It took me about a year and a half to start making that consistently and that income still fluctuates up and down month to month for me.

  31. This is such a great list! There are some i’ve never heard before like getting paid to listen to music and answer questions!

  32. I am currently on the no7 but also on the planning stage for a few others too. Thanks for narrating a few more ideas.

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  40. Fantastic blog post! I’ll definitely apply some of the suggestions myself,
    you are awesome. Do you do online seminars?

  41. Loved seeing some different ideas here! I have another to consider that’s almost as easy to do as going for a walk! Provide a daily litter cleanup service outside commercial properties. The work is done on foot using simple hand tools. I started doing this in 1981 and grew it into a lucrative full-time business I still operate today. I share my experience in my book, Cleanlots, and offer free support.

  42. Hi Daniella,
    Thanks for sharing a list of best side hustle ideas for 2019. This post is going to be very useful for many.

    As we all know that there is a huge demand of handmade products. If we have skill of making handmade products then we can sell those products online and earn handsome revenue.
    Thanks for sharing this post with us. Will share.

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