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20 Creative Side Hustles to Boost Your Income

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Featured Image: Chanel Dror
Article By: Liesl Hall

Everyone could use a little extra change. Are you looking for some spending money while you are building your side hustle or working to build your savings account? Here is a list of 20 different, creative ways to make a little cash.

1. Start A Blog

Did you know some bloggers make a 6 figure income from running their very own blog? Blogging is not only lucrative, but it can be a fun way to share what you know all while connecting with other people. Blogging is how I make a living and it is one of the best decision I have made. I earn over $3,000 a month online through my blog.  You can start your blog for as low as $3.95 per month plus you get a free domain if you sign-up through my link.

2. Sell Your Unwanted Stuff

One way to get extra cash is to go through your closet. Those shoes from 2005 that you never wore (and aren’t planning on wearing anytime soon)? Sell them on Craigslist! What about that shirt that you wore on New Year’s Eve seven years ago? Yup. Sell that too. If you get good at Craigslist, you can start buying super cheap stuff that is still in great condition and resell it. There are lots of people who are moving (and whatnot), just trying to get rid of things as soon as possible and will sell them for dirt cheap. If you’ve got an eye for finding these steals, you can resell them for a decent price and make some cash.

Read Next: 10 Places to Sell Your Clothing For CASH

 

3. Rent Out Your Room

Airbnb is a great way to turn your extra bedroom into a money-making space. People are always looking for cheaper ways to travel without having to spend lots of money on hotel rooms, so it’s a win-win. You get a little side cash, and travelers get to see the local customs and cultures. What better way to show them your local traditions than by sharing your space for a reasonable price? You can sign up for an account here.

4. Become a Social Media Manager

You’re a millennial, which means you’ve probably heard of Facebook. A lot of companies and businesses are just now realizing that social media is incredibly important in the global market, especially among the upcoming generation of consumers, and that social media will only become more relevant. Create content for small businesses in your community who have a hard time justifying spending time on creating content that isn’t getting any likes. With your expertise, you can charge for social media packages that are great for the businesses and great for your wallet.

5. Sell Your Crafts

Do you love to create? Do you doodle with beautiful hand lettering when you’re bored? Consider selling your skills. People will pay to have hand lettered wedding invitations or chalkboard menus that make the customers go “Oooooh!”. Whatever you are good at, sell it!

6. Become a Babysitter

There are plenty of professionals who are parents, looking for someone to babysit while they are working. Care.com is a great way to get in touch with those professionals. You’re able to set your schedule and communicate with parents who are looking for nannies and babysitters. Care.com vets the nannies, so you’re more likely to get interviewed if you go through it or any similar nanny-finding platform.

7. Create an Online Course

If you want a little bit of passive income (meaning you only have to do the work once and then you get paid for it over and over), create an online course that you can sell. Even if you don’t think you have valuable skills, someone might say otherwise! SkillShare.com, Udemy.com, and Teachable.com are all great platforms to create an online course that people will pay for. You don’t have to be an expert; you just have to provide information that could be valuable to someone who is starting from square one.

8. Be a Social Media Influencer

Are you GREAT on Instagram? Become an Instagram Influencer. Companies will pay you to promote their products or services on social media, and if you have thousands of followers, you could probably get a lot of companies who would be willing to pay or give you free stuff just for mentioning them in your posts.

9. Take Surveys

Yup! It’s that simple. There are companies out there who are willing to pay you to give your opinion as an average consumer.

Survey Sites to Sign Up For (Make An Extra $100 a Month):

10. Be a Pet Sitter or Dog Walker

This idea is a no-brainer if you love animals. Some people do NOT like leaving their animals in kennels when they go out of town, and this is where you’d step in! Feed them, walk them, play with them, and get paid. Sign up with sites like Rover.com to walk dogs or care for pets and earn some extra cash.

11. Become a Tutor

Are you great at math or English? Help kids at the local schools who are having trouble. Or, you can tutor on any subject you want if you go to WyzAnt.com. You can set your rates, which can go as high as $50 per hour. The websites that you go through usually take 20-40%, but you could still make some decent cash as a tutor.

12. Sell Your Photos

If you’ve got an eye for photography, consider selling your photos to sites like Getty Images, iStock, Pexels, or Unsplash. You can make a little cash and maybe even end up seeing your photography in ads.

13. Invest in Stocks

If you want to make some investments, check out stocks from the companies that you love to buy from. Are they doing relatively well? Are they coming out with a new product that will make their stocks jump to a higher price in the next year? Now might be the time to buy a few stocks at a low price so you can sell them for a higher price later. Don’t forget to do your research! Not sure where to start? Check out this post: How to Start Investing in Your First Stock.

14. Drive People Around

You have probably heard of Uber and Lyft by now, and you may have even used their services to catch a ride to your girls night out. Did you know you can become a driver and earn some extra cash?  You can make a pretty good amount of cash when you becoming a driver for either Lyft or Uber.  The best part about it is you can make your own schedule, and you can drive as little or as much as you see fit. This is a perfect weekend job if you are looking to boost your bank account.

15. Become A Freelance Proofreader 

Are you great at spotting errors? Do you have a good eye for detail? If this is one of your talents, you can charge to use your proofreading expertise. Caitlin from Proofread Anywhere made proofreading her primary source of income, and now she helps proofreaders earn extra income from anywhere in the world, even if you’re starting from scratch. You can go check out her website ProofreadAnywhere.com to learn more. 

16. Be a Content Writer

Businesses are always looking for new, fresh content, especially since inbound marketing is on the rise and everyone wants to show up at the top of the Google search pages. Creating blog posts is a great way to do this. Find the companies who will hire you to write for them and get a little extra cash.

17. Create a Podcast

Everyone has a favorite podcast, so why don’t you create one? You can either sell your audio files for downloading, or you can make some money using sponsorships. Some business will pay obscene amounts of money to have you advertise for them, especially if you’ve got a popular podcast.

18. Participate in Marketing Focus Groups

Marketing companies often hold focus groups to study the consumer’s response to products, and services and advertisements. It is a simple way to earn extra cash, and you don’t need any certificate or skill to participate.

19. Donate Plasma

Donating plasma is a simple way to earn cash all while potentially saving someone’s life. You can get paid anywhere from $30-$75 per donation.

20. Sell Products on Etsy

You can use Etsy to sell crafts, digital products, and home-made items you have created. Easy is one of the most significant resources for selling handmade goods on the internet, and it is straightforward to set up your store.

Do you have any creative ways you make extra money? Share them below!

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45 Comments
  • JoeHx
    November 16, 2017

    Wait – where can I write resumes for people? For some odd reason, I love making my resume, and had a good time helping my then-fiancee-now-wife update her resume a while back.

    • blysee4
      November 17, 2017

      You can make an account on Upwork, or Fiverr many people will pay you to create a resume for them.

  • vanessa
    November 20, 2017

    I love #1! Not only do you make a bit of extra cash, but you get to declutter too! You could probably write an entire blog post all about selling your unwanted stuff 🙂

  • Rebecca
    November 20, 2017

    i’ve always loved posts like this because who doesn’t want extra cash. Your post had such different and unique ideas and I really love your blog all around!

  • Hazel
    November 20, 2017

    Wow what a great list!! Normally these kind of lists have 4 or 5 but this is loaded! Some I never thought of either, thank you!!

  • Erika Ravnsborg
    November 20, 2017

    Good post! I would like to do a few of these myself. I’m considering opening an etsy store too.

  • Deirdre J.
    November 21, 2017

    These are great ideas for making some money on the side. The key is choosing one or two side hustles that you know you will excel with. Quite a few of these ideas can be combined to really boost your income. For example, if you’re a writer, create a blog/website where clients can find you. You might also consider doing podcasts and videos to help promote your services. That’s just smart marketing. Be creative and you will find the income you’re looking for.

  • Rachelle
    November 21, 2017

    Lots of great tips here. Thanks for sharing

  • Oluwakemi Toluwalase
    November 26, 2017

    Great ideas. Thanks for sharing 💜💜

  • Emily
    December 4, 2017

    love these ideas !! different from what I typically see in “side hustle” posts 🙂

  • Charlene
    December 4, 2017

    Thank you so much for all these amazing tips!
    I’m already doing number one, I’m always selling my unwanted items to make some extra cash!

    -Charlene
    http://www.cupsofcouture.com

  • Maria
    December 4, 2017

    so many great tips! The best part is that these actually work, they’re actually true! I think the “easiest” one is for sure the surveys, although I don’t think its very practical, but ends up being and easy job to do.

  • Karen
    December 4, 2017

    I need to dab into tutoring. Thank you for the advice!

  • Nella
    December 5, 2017

    I love these ideas. Where do I sign up?

  • Sweeba
    December 5, 2017

    This is such a great post! Several of these things didn’t even occur to me. The hustle is real!!

  • Shannon
    December 5, 2017

    Great ideas! Never thought about writing resumes for people, lol. I would be good at that.

  • Emma
    December 9, 2017

    Novel ideas, thank you tons! Going to look at these straight away.

  • Erin
    December 10, 2017

    Great tips here. Never would have thought of some of these.

  • Debra Sue
    December 11, 2017

    Great ideas! I love doing #1, but am ready to dabble in some of the others! I used to donate plasma in college…might be time to start doing that again! Thanks for the great list!

  • housethreethirtysix
    December 11, 2017

    Good tips!

  • Caroline
    December 11, 2017

    Lots of great inspiration on this list. Each takes time and commitment to get a profit going to be sure, but even if it doesn’t work out as you expected, there is always so much to learn from any side-hustle!

  • Marisol
    December 11, 2017

    These are alll such great ways to make some extra cash! I always resort to babysitting when I need some extra funds 🤗 Awesome post! Thanks for sharing!

  • Dalene
    December 11, 2017

    I have a whole suitcase of clothes I don’t wear bet I’ll look for market for them. And also hoping to host my blog come January. Thanks gor sharing this.

  • Jones the Writer
    December 11, 2017

    I’m going to start doing number twelve!

  • Joyce
    December 11, 2017

    your ideas are really good I should start pushing myself to get cash on my blog.

  • George
    December 12, 2017

    Great list of ideas! Thanks for sharing.

  • Alice
    December 12, 2017

    Great ideas! I really want to start doing social media managing but not sure where to start!

  • alana rondon
    December 12, 2017

    I am glad you posted about this! I am always looking for a side hustle and loved all of these ideas!

  • Sunrita
    December 15, 2017

    I have been thinking about investment but am a bit wary of it! May try others though! Great article!

  • Angie
    December 17, 2017

    So many great ways you can make some extra money! Thanks for the helpful ideas!

  • lorena
    December 17, 2017

    GReat ideas I was looking something like that I didn’t know I can sell images to Getty that´s brilliant, thank you so much honestly. Lets do extra cash

  • Jillian
    December 17, 2017

    I need to get working on the pile of stuff I want to sell! Besides that, I have been taking online surveys for years, and while it is not quick cash, if I stick to it often enough it does add up!

  • Makenzie Kublin
    December 18, 2017

    I’m always looking for some new side hustles. I’ve used surveys to make extra cash on the side, and I even started my own blog, but I had never considered things like creating my own online course and selling my photos to Pexels. Thanks for the ideas!

  • Marcela
    December 18, 2017

    You have some interesting suggestions. I really like the suggestion of becoming a tutor.

  • Phyllis Robinson
    January 29, 2018

    Well I started my blog two months ago however Google is not showing me any love. I keep reading that Google does not trust my site yet and I should just keep on putting up good content and I will be rewarded. We shall see.

  • Danielle
    January 29, 2018

    Great list! My goal is to develop an online course and I’m hoping that it goes well. There is a program that I am apart of where I go scan some items in the grocery store while I’m shopping then take a survey after and they pay me! Its a great way to make a little extra money on the side.

  • Bryan Carey
    January 29, 2018

    I presently do the blogger thing and I have had some success. I have also considered driving for Uber or Lyft, like you suggest. It would require leaving the home- unlike blogging- but it seems like fairly easy money.

  • Kelly
    January 30, 2018

    These are all great ideas. Who can’t use a few extra bucks a month?

  • Dee Jackson
    January 30, 2018

    There are so many great tips. I’m definitely looking into Etsy.

  • aisha
    February 26, 2018

    Excellent list of extra ways we can earn money! Thank you very much for sharing. Have a great day.

  • Annie Basson
    February 26, 2018

    Love these ideas! Some of them I’ve never really considered before. Annie Xxx http://anniebasson.blogspot.co.uk

  • Keri|flipflopweekend
    February 26, 2018

    Great list! I love my blog and am hoping to earn more with it as it grows! Starting it is one of the best decisions I think I have ever made. You have a great variety of options to give people some ideas. Nice post!

  • Awesome tips!! I’ve been looking for focus groups near me. I want to create an online course, but I’m not sure what I would teach.

  • Ann F. Snook-Moreau
    April 25, 2018

    This is an awesome, comprehensive list. I already write and do surveys but I’ll have to try some of the others!

    https://missmillmag.com/side-hustles/4-side-hustles-creative-people-will-love/

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