18 Best Side Hustles to Make Extra Money

A side hustle can greatly improve your financial health. Here’s where to find one.

Need extra money beyond what your already evaporated paycheck just offered?

Yeah, we’ve all been there. In fact, it’s a big reason why we started this site: to share safe, legitimate ways for readers to earn extra money on the side. Extra money that can be used to:

  • Pay off debt.
  • Go on a vacation.
  • Buy a home.
  • Indulge, guilt-free, the Caramel Machiatto that so many people have told you not to buy.

Whatever the reason you’re in a pinch, it’s important to approach side hustles with the right mindset. They’re probably not going to replace the income you’ll make at your 9 to 5, but they do present a way for you to earn a little extra cash.

To help you find the side hustle that’s right for you, we put together this list of the 18 best, high-paying ways you can make extra money on the side.

1. Deliver “stuff” in your spare time

What does it pay? Experienced drivers can make up to $27 per hour according to Postmates.

female postmates driver in carAs a strong>Postmates

Even if you don’t have a car, you can use your bike for deliveries (plus you’ll get a nice workout). There are no startup fees or time commitments with Postmates, and you can “work” as much or as little as you’d like.

To get started:

  1. strong>Create your account
  2. Get a welcome kit. Once Postmates verifies your identity, they’ll send you a delivery bag and a prepaid card (in the mail) that you’ll use to purchase items.
  3. Get the app and go online. Link your prepaid card to the Fleet app, go online, start accepting delivery offers, get paid.

One perk worth noting: you take home 100% of what you earn for each delivery; furthermore, you’ll be able to see exactly what you’ll earn before you begin a delivery.

2. Use this new search engine

What does it pay? Up to $50 per month for active use + a $10 sign-up bonus.

earn swagbucks rewardsAn easy way to passively earn money is to switch your default search engine to Swagbucks (rather than Google, Bing).

In doing so, you’ll earn points (Swagbucks) just by surfing the web like you normally do.

You can’t game the system (as they have systems to prevent that), but you can expect to earn 10 to 20 Swagbucks for every 10 to 20 eligible searches you complete.

Redeem your Swagbucks for cash via PayPal. 100 SB = $1.00 (or more). New users get an earnable $10 sign up bonus applied to their account.

3. Get paid to take online surveys

What does it pay? Between $1 – $3 per completed survey.

make money with paid surveysCompanies want to understand consumers better, and one way they do that is by compensating survey-takers.

Websites like Survey Junkie will pay you a decent chunk of change for the low-maintenance, borderline mindless task of completing surveys.

When you strong>sign up for an account

Survey Junkie adds new surveys every day, which means you’ll want to circle back frequently to see if there is more money for you to earn.

4. Grocery shop for others

What does it pay? Variable. Shoppers in some regions earn up to $20 per hour.

instacart shopper

One positive development out of the gig economy is the rise in affordable services available to those who have difficulty leaving home. Be it someone caring for a sick family member, or senior who’s unable to drive, there are those who are unable to complete even a simple task like grocery shopping.

As an Instacart Shopper, you work to fill that gap. When a customer places an order, you retrieve the items from the desired store and deliver them to that person’s home.

You get to put a smile on their face, and you get paid to do it. Though exact wages will vary, Instacart Shoppers can strong>earn as much as $20 per hour

5. Get paid to read email and watch TV

What does it pay? Variable. Earn $4 – $5 per month for watching daily TV content (up to $50 per day when utilizing all earning activities) + a $5 sign-up bonus.

inboxdollars

As the name suggests, InboxDollars will pay you for opening and skimming emails, and answering questions about the emails you read. There is also a $5 signup bonus.

Most question sets pay from $0.50 to $5.00 and take 3 minutes to 25 minutes to complete. There are some that pay $10, $20, or even more, if you match the demographic profile they are looking for.

Beyond the email earning component, InboxDollars also allows you to strong>make money by watching daily TV clips

InboxDollars works on a cash-only system, so you don’t have to worry about converting points to cash or only being compensated in gift cards.

6. Leverage money-saving browser extensions

What does it pay? Variable. Accumulate cashback and earn free gift cards over time.

wikibuyInstalling a money-saving browser extension won’t make you rich, but it is an easy way to save hundreds of dollars and secure gift cards to your favorite retailers. Think of it as money you literally lit on fire if you choose not to use it.

That’s right, strong>Wikibuyfree Chrome browser extension that automatically finds coupons for your online purchases (which de facto amounts to cashback in your wallet) and allows you to accumulate rewards points that you can exchange for gift cards to major retailers.

It doesn’t necessarily amount to side hustle level money per se, but there’s no reason not to save what amounts to a mini-vacation each year when strong>the extension is free to use

7. Declutter your house or flip tech for profit

What does it pay? Variable. It depends on the number of devices you currently own or your ability to secure new assets to sell.

decluttr appA side hustle nearly as old as time itself, flipping used items or selling things you have merely laying around the can be a good way to earn cash quickly.

Need $100, $200, or even $500 by this weekend? Odds are you can achieve exactly that simply by looking in your closets. From gently used shoes and clothing to no longer needed furniture or technology, start by leveraging a site like strong>Decluttr

Decluttr specializes in technology (think CDs, DVDs, phones, tablets, and consoles) but there’s no shortage of selling sites where you can get top dollar for whatever it is you’re looking to sell.

8. Get paid to test products at home

What does it pay? $3 per completed review. Occasional free products by mail.

pinecone researchAnother market research company, strong>Pinecone Research

But, with Pinecone Research, there are 2 distinct twists:

1. Pinecone will occasionally send products to your home for you to use and test. This is brand-dependent, but often, in exchange for a quality-review, they’ll let you keep the product rather than send it back. Free product + get paid to review it? Alright by us.

2. Even without strong>occasional free products by mailEvery completed survey earns you exactly $3. Cash out in $3, $5 or $15 increments and expect a check or PayPal deposit in 3-5 days.

9. Let this company learn about your internet usage

What does it pay? $50 per year. Entry into a $10,000 monthly drawing.

nielsen computer and mobile panel

A super unique program, the strong>Nielsen Computer & Mobile Panel

(Nielsen has been around since 1923, has over 44,000 employees, and is the same company you hear about in conversations about TV ratings (Nielsen Ratings)).

The premise is simple: rather than have you take surveys (for which you might not be eligible), Nielsen skips the process and uses AI to automatically make inferences about user internet usage.

It’s non-invasive, doesn’t slow down your device, and runs anonymously in the background.

If you’re not one to care if Nielsen collects data (just like every app on your phone does anyway), you can strong>collect $50 per year

10. Teach kids how to speak English

What does it pay? Variable. Trim states they can slash certain bills up to 30%.

vipkidVIPKid is a platform that connects tutors with children looking to learn English (mainly in China).  If you meet all of the basic requirements and are flexible enough to adopt VIPKid’s simple teaching style, you can strong>submit your application in just a few minutes

The best part? You get to work from home, on your own schedule, for as much or as little time as you want. 

If you can manage just 90 minutes a day, you can easily make over $500 per month with hourly rates coming in between $15 and $20/hr. All you need is a Bachelor’s degree and some form of teaching experience to get started. 

11. Slash your bills by 30%

What does it pay? Variable. Trim states they can slash certain bills up to 30%.

trim appWhile not a “side hustle” per se, Trim does the hustling for you and acts on your behalf as a full-service bill crusher.

When you strong>sign up for Trim

They’ll also look for hidden or otherwise forgotten about subscriptions and cancel those if needed. Think of them as your bill guard dog. No one gets by without their permission.

Better yet, the service is free. Trim makes money by keeping one-third of the money they save you. Meaning they only get paid if they save you money. A pretty fair trade-off, and one where you get money back that you were otherwise content with spending.

12. Try free online scratch-off tickets

What does it pay? Variable. Grand prizes can reach as high as $1,000,000, although most tickets will have little to no cash value. 

lucktasticIf you consider yourself lucky and have a couple of minutes to burn each day, try your hand at free digital scratch-off tickets. That’s right, no purchase necessary. As such, don’t expect to win big, but smartphone apps like strong>Lucktastic

If you don’t win via the digital scratch-offs, there are several other means for making a buck. From daily use rewards and contests to referral prizes and their Ambassador program, there are over half a dozen ways you can earn cash, at no cost to you, each and every day. 

Lucktastic has paid out over $3 million to date and is largely ad-supported (which means you will have to occasionally sit through video ads in order to enter contests). It’s a small price to pay when compared to actually purchasing lotto tickets, so hey, we’re not complaining. strong>Download the app on Android or iOS

13. Invest in real estate

What does it pay? 8.7 – 12.4% annual returns since inception.

fundrise

Traditionally, real estate investing was reserved for wealthy individuals that had hundreds of thousands of dollars in liquid assets. (Either that or hundreds of thousands of dollars in mortgage debt).

Today, strong>Fundrise

“Regardless of your net worth, you can now benefit from real estate’s unique potential for generating consistent cash flow and long-term appreciation. This is a level of real estate investing that was previously reserved for only the wealthiest investors and institutions.”

Most simply, you can invest your money, according to your goals, in a portfolio filled with dozens of real estate projects — each one carefully handpicked and proactively developed with the goal of growing your net worth.

strong> Start with as little as $500annual returns.

14. Rent out your car

What does it pay? Variable. Per Getaround, users can make up to $10,000 per year (about $800 per month).

getaround vehicle sharingHave a spare vehicle or hardly use the one you have? Rent it out with strong>Getaround

Getaround lets you list your vehicle on the app and automatically connects you to people in your area who need to borrow one. Renters can view, book, and retrieve your car straight from the app, so you don’t have to mess around with scheduling a meetup to exchange keys.

As a Getaround car owner, you get access to premium parking as well as a $50 monthly rental credit. And with $1 million insurance coverage, you can rest assured your property is in good hands.

It only takes a few clicks to put your car to work with Getaround. Just strong>sign upthof the following month.

15. Get a free stock and watch it grow

What does it pay? Variable. Get a free stock of value between $2.50 and $200. Investment earnings dependent on portfolio size, allocation, and underlying market conditions.

robinhoodAnyone who has traded stocks knows how quickly the fees can eat up someone who actively buys and sells their positions. strong>Robinhood

With no-fee stock, options, ETF, and cryptocurrency trading, newbie investors can download the Robinhood app and get started as affordably as possible. The most appealing part about Robinhood is the strong>free stock promotion

The shares of free stock you receive when opening an account are chosen randomly from our inventory of settled shares. Because the shares are chosen randomly, you may not receive the same stock as others. The value of the share you receive may be anywhere between $2.50 and $200, and fluctuates based on market movements. 

They suggest you’ll receive a single stock (one share in a company) worth less than $10 in the majority of cases, but if you were planning on investing and watching your money grow anyways, this is as good a spot to start as any. 

16. Get cashback on all your purchases

What does it pay? Variable. $25 per user referred + a $5 (now $10) sign-up bonus. Hundreds (or more) per year in cashback savings.

rakuten

If you’re going to buy something outside your house every day of your life, why not get money for doing it?

Technically you’re not making money, but you’re getting money back (cashback) on purchases you would have made anyways.

Cool thing is, this is on top of any discounts/coupon codes you already have. Use strong>Rakutenall the items you buy throughout the year. They’ll even give you $25 for each and every friend that you refer that ends up using the app.

This adds up to thousands and thousands of dollars for just about everyone over the course of 12 months — even if you’re not a big spender. There is no reason not to strong>download Rakuten and earn

17. Start a blog

What does it pay? Variable. From $0-$100,000+ per month.

hostgator free domain promoIf you happen to be even a half-decent writer, you can do what you love and make money while doing it.

DollarSprout uses blogging as a way to share information about earning and saving more money. You too can be a source of information (or amusement) for just about anything that interests you. And you can make money by doing it. A lot of money, in fact.

Whether you’d like to start a lifestyle-oriented blog, where you share your favorite home decor ideas, or a beauty and fashion blog where you film makeup tutorials and write product reviews, you can earn extra money by turning your favorite hobby into an online business.

Some elite bloggers are even pulling in over $100,000 each month! For example:

  • Michelle @ Making Sense of Cents made over $159,000 in her last published report;
  • or Pat @ Smart Passive Income, who made over $167,000 in his most recent report;
  • and lastly, there’s Rosemarie @ The Busy Budgeter, who also made over $100,000 in her most recent report!

To get started for less than the price of a cup of a coffee each month, strong>check out HostGatorbeginner blogger tutorial.

18. Flip (or sell) textbooks for profit

What does it pay? Variable.

sell textbooks

Textbooks cost hundreds of dollars. In fact, it’s not uncommon for engineering and healthcare-related books to come in just below $1,000.

But with the high cost of textbooks comes opportunity. Flipping them for profit. By using a service like BookScouter, you can instantly compare book prices across 44 different vendors. You pick the one that offers the best price and voila. Book sold.

If you’re a student trying to offload books at the end of each semester, this is a sure-fire way to get the most money for your books (instead of going with whatever price the local bookstore gives you).

If you’re a savvy entrepreneur, you can make cash offers to students you see in Facebook groups, Craigslist, or yard-sale groups, and then flip the books online for a profit. You may not make thousands, but running an ISBN through BookScouter’s tool only takes seconds, and if you see an opportunity to flip a book for extra money, take it.

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Results can vary in terms of earnings. The totals listed in this article are from select experiences but can’t represent every experience.
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