I have put together this list of the 13 Best Side Hustles To Make Money. This list covers a broad range of money making side hustles. Regardless of your background or skill set, there is something here for everyone.
Let’s face it, we’ve all found ourselves looking for ways to make some extra money. Maybe you are just trying to make ends meet, or maybe you are trying to escape your 9-5. We’ve all got our reasons. Whatever that reason is for you, I hope you find an answer here.
Disclaimer: If you came here hoping to find an overnight get rich quick scheme, you just aren’t going to find it here. Sorry. What you will find is a list of real opportunities that you can choose to pursue in your spare time to bring in some extra cash each month.
Advertise Using Your Car
I am starting my list with this side hustle simply because it does not get much simpler. It literally takes no effort on your part other than getting registered. The most popular company to offer this opportunity is Wrapify. With Wrapify you can make an average of $190 – $450 a month depending on the ads (and how large of an ad you want on your vehicle). You can get started with Wrapify by visiting their website HERE.
Although this option doesn’t put extra cash in your pocket, I decided to include it in my list because it really is a good program that is so easy to use. Also, because you can get pretty much anything off of Amazon with the credit you will earn, so if you need to use the Amazon credit for some of your groceries or household items, it will still help you with cash flow.
Amazon’s trade-in program makes it super easy to sell some of your old items that are just sitting around in your closet. Typically, Amazon will accept old textbooks, cell phones, tablets, kindles, video games, DVD’s, Blue Rays etc… You can register for a free trade-in account on Amazon then you simply answer questions about what you would like to trade in.
Amazon will give you an offer and it is up to you whether you want to accept it. If you choose to accept, Amazon will give you a postage paid shipping label. Once they receive the item, the money is deposited to your Amazon account and you can use it as you please.
Sell On Amazon
I know, Amazon again. There is just so much opportunity with Amazon right now. Aside from their trade-in program, Amazon offers several other ways you can make money by working with them.
- Make money as an affiliate for Amazon – Unfortunately, Amazon require you to have your own domain in order to be accepted as an affiliate. With millions of products to choose from on Amazon, it’s a great company to work with as an affiliate. I will talk a little more about making money as an affiliate below.
- FBA (Fulfillment By Amazon) – Amazon FBA allows you to sell products like you would as a retailer except Amazon becomes your storefront. If you would like more info about FBA, I suggested checking out Seth Kniep on YouTube. He does some great training on the subject.
- Merch by Amazon – This is my new favorite side hustle on Amazon. You get to submit t-shirt designs to be sold on Amazon. There is no upfront costs. Once your design is approved Amazon will display the designed shirts for sale and once someone selects the shirt to purchase, Amazon will print it at that time and you will earn “royalties” for the sale.
Become A Secret Shopper
I have been doing this for years and I am sure I will continue doing it for many more years. It is a simple way to make some extra cash.
There are a lot of companies out there that you can get registered with for free. Most the tasks only take a few minutes to complete. If you want more info on how to get started as a Secret Shopper, check out my post Become A Secret Shopper.
Start A Blog
This is my favorite of the list of best side hustles to make money. Obviously if you are reading this, you know that this is something I do myself. It can be a very profitable side hustle and in many instances it can turn into a full time income.
Starting a blog can be a lot of work though and it usually takes some time to start making money from your blog. With that said, if you are willing to put in the time and effort, it can be a life changer.
There is a ton that goes into creating a blog, I highly suggest you invest in a program that will walk you through it. I spent months and months on different free blogging email courses and each one just confused me more and more. If I could do it all over again, I would start with Wealthy Affiliate.
It’s totally free to get started with Wealthy Affiliate. Yes, they will offer an up sell to their premium membership, but you do not need it to get started. The free training covers everything from setting up your wordpress site, writing your blog content, using proper keywords and getting ranked in google. You can sign up for Wealthy Affiliate for free by clicking here.
Sell Your Old Textbooks
All the college students out there, and parents of college students, know how freaking expensive text books are. If you have old textbooks lying around the house, sell them for some extra cash.
There is a free phone app called BookScouter. Once you download the app, you select “sell” then you can either scan the bar code or search by ISBN and it will tell you the value of your book.
I often go through the book sections of my local thrift stores and look for textbooks. When I find some, all I have to do is scan them with the app and see if they are worth picking up to re-sell on BookScouter.
Although this service has been around for a few years now, it is becoming more and more popular and I believe it is a trend that is going to continue to grow. Gone are the days when you used to have to settle for pizza or Chinese food if you wanted to stay in and have food delivered.
Now you can order food at most of your favorite restaurants and have a company like DoorDash or Uber Eats deliver your food to your door. This is only possible if they have delivery drivers though. If you would like to make some extra cash delivering meals, you can get started with DoorDash or Uber Eats.
Similar to delivering meals, you can earn some extra cash by delivering groceries. There are many people who are homebound that are unable to go to the grocery store and they will pay to have their groceries delivered. Consider registering with Instacart. Not only will you be helping yourself but you can help others also.
Making money with Affiliate Marketing is probably my top pick for the best side hustles to make money. It can become a really profitable side hustle. Many people make this their full-time job and they do very well with it.
Aside from Amazon, (which I mentioned above) there are countless numbers of companies you can promote as an affiliate to earn commission from. My top picks are listed below with links if you would like to check them out further.
I also have a blog post I wrote about affiliate marketing that goes into more detail that you can checkout hear ==> Learn How To Make Money With Affiliate Marketing
Sell Products You Already Buy And Use
This is a great way to make some extra cash but also a great way to save some money. A lot of companies now use individuals as distributors. This can benefit you and the company.
For many years I have used Avon for most of my beauty products. I have always purchased their products through a friend of mine. One day she suggested I become an Avon Representative. (No this doesn’t mean I have to have big makeup parties at people’s houses)
It did cost me $25 to get set up but now that I am an Avon Representative, I get my products at a discounted price AND I make a commission on all the sales I make. You can do this with Tupperware, Pampered Chef, Essential Oils etc…
Become A Transcriptionist
Transcriptionists are paid to listen to audio files and convert that audio into text. This work is typically in pretty high demand and can be found in the medical, legal and general industry. Swati from HearMeFolks has a great blog post with all the info you’ll need about getting started as a Transcriptionist. You can read that article here: 17 Best Online Transcription Jobs For Beginners
You can get paid to answer other people’s questions on justanswer.com. People come to this website to ask experts questions from a wide range of different categories. If you have an expertise in a specific field, get registered with justanswer.com.
You can start earning extra cash for the knowledge you already have. The downside is that the amount you are paid depends on what the person you helped is willing to pay based on how much they believe you helped.
Wrapping It Up
If you need to make some extra cash, this list gives you some good ideas to get you started. They don’t cost a bunch of up front cash so you really have nothing to lose.
Find something that interests you and give it a shot. I would love to hear your success stories or if you have found an awesome side hustle you want to share, let me know about it in the comments below.
Until next time.