Hey there! In this post, we're going to talk about some of the best side hustle ideas for 2020. There's a lot of talk on the internet about how side hustles can be done in your spare time and add to your income. Let's get right into it!
What Is A Side Hustle?
A side hustle, sometimes called a side gig, is work you do in your spare time to make additional income. The best side hustles are not quite part-time jobs because you make your own hours and generally work on your own terms.
For example, if you work at XYZ Company as a software engineer, but on weekends, you deliver food for DoorDash, then your side hustle would be delivering food for DoorDash. But, you can do any number of side hustles at once. In fact, some people live off of their side hustles and quit their full-time job altogether!
Some people start a side hustle because they feel their job isn't worth the time and money that it's costing them. Then, they look to eventually replace their income with their side hustles. Others simply want to make money on the side.
Popular Side Hustles Ideas
Listed below are a number of side hustle ideas for 2020. While they are mostly summarized here in this article, stay tuned for future articles where we'll discuss some of the more intricate side hustles in great detail. Most of these side hustles can earn you $1000 per month or more once established.
1. Drive For Uber/Lyft
You can make decent cash driving for a rideshare service such as Uber or Lyft. Simply apply and add the app to your phone and wait for people in your area to seek a ride. If you live in a busy city, you might be able to do really well during rush periods, such as during rush hour, meal times, and late at night.
The average Lyft driver reports making $17.50 per hour, where the average Uber driver claims about $2 less per hour. Your results may vary, of course.
This is a great side hustle you can do for extra money.
2. Do Online Surveys
Another friend use her survey money for the vending machine at work. You should easily be able to earn $3-$5 per day doing surveys casually. If you can get $5 per day, that's $1,825 per year which would be a great start to a vacation!
Here are some survey sites to get you started.
You could also use them multiple survey sites and rotate between them based on which days are offering the best surveys. By combining multiple sites, you can earn hundreds of dollars per month!
While not the best online side hustle, filling out surveys is easy.
3. Deliver For DoorDash
DoorDash is a takeout food delivery service. People order food from local restaurants, and the Dasher picks it up and brings it to your door. All payments and tips are handled through the app, making for a smooth experience.
You can be a Dasher by applying on DoorDash's website. Dashers keep 100% of all tips and set their own schedules. DoorDash advertises that you can make between $15 to $25 an hour.
4. Rent On Airbnb
Have an extra bedroom? You can rent out extra space in your home via Airbnb. Those who live in touristy or other busy areas can earn thousands of dollars per month. That said, those who live in areas less frequented may barely break a few hundred dollars in a month.
An upkeep of Airbnb is to keep your rented space cleaned up and maintained for the next person. There is always the risk of someone creating a mess, but Airbnb provides a $1,000 guarantee if the person who stays at your place causes damage.
This can be a serious way to make money if you utilize Airbnb weekly.
5. Use Getaround
If you're not using your car all the time, you could sign up on Getaround and rent your car out to people in the area who need it for a short period. You can rent cars, trucks, convertibles, and vans by the hour or by the day.
You will pay an initial $99 for Getaround to install a device that can unlock your car through a smartphone app. There also is a pouch where you can place your key for the renter. You'll additionally pay a $20 monthly fee.
Getaround guarantees a minimum of $1,000 in three months but oftentimes you can earn a lot more.
Getaround advertises that it's possible to make up to $10,000 per year renting your car, though this may require you to rent your vehicle many hours per day, every day of the year.
6. Tutor Online
Are you good at a foreign language? How about writing or math? Chegg.com is an online tutoring site where you can offer your services to those as young as kindergarten up through high school and even college.
There are a multitude of subjects you can tutor, including math, writing, and foreign language as just mentioned, and also science and professional skills such as accounting.
While you may not be able to replace your full-time income fully, you could still earn a nice chunk of change and feel rewarded for helping people who struggle with certain academic subjects. Chegg offers $20 per hour to tutors. Not bad for a side hustle idea!
7. Work On Fiverr
Need additional income? You can earn money on Fiverr doing many different things, including graphic design, writing, music, programming, digital marketing, business projects, proofreading, web development, translation, freelance writing, and more.
This website started out where you could only charge $5 per gig but soon expanded to allow professionals to charge any price they wish for their quality services. What started off as a website to help people make money on the side now turned into a place where you can earn thousands of dollars per month.
You can even hire other people on Fiverr to help you get started with your own Fiverr business.
8. Be A Petsitter
There's an app called Rover that allows you to apply to be a dog walker, pet sitter, or provide other pet-related services. It's up to you how much you charge and when you're available to work. Pet sitting can be a great way to earn some dough, plus you will be around your favorite animals! In fact, part-time sitters on Rover earn around $1,000 per month.
When you sign up to be a dog sitter, you'll get access to pet owners who need services including dog walking, pet sitting, and boarding.
Earning $1,000 per month while hanging out with your furry friends is a side hustle idea that many certainly enjoy!
9. Babysitting And Adult Companionship
Babysitting can be a great way to earn a little extra cash, and it's not just something young people can do. Adults, especially parents, can babysit, often at a premium.
Elderly or disabled clients may also need care or companionship if children aren't your forte. For these clients, there may be chores you can do around their houses for extra money.
On Care.com, you can find offerings in your area. The average Care.com sitter makes around $16.59 an hour.
10. Hire Yourself Out As A Virtual Assistant
Whether it be social media management, filtering emails, invoicing, or other everyday business tasks, a business owner may need a virtual assistant.
I belong to a few blogging communities on Facebook and many bloggers who are jump-starting their business seek virtual assistants for help with social media, Pinterest, answering emails and doing other related business tasks.
Virtual assistants are popular in online businesses and allow you to work from home. One website where you can offer your services as a virtual assistant is Upwork.com. Many virtual assistants are offering their services for between $15 and $25 an hour and higher.
11. Write An eBook
Writing an ebook is something I could spend an entire post on. Do you have a topic you're passionate about and want to share it with the world?
Perhaps you have tips to offer about dating, or maybe you have amazing vegan recipes. You might even write fiction. I recently published a psychology fiction / thriller novel as part of a side hustle.
A niche ebook can be exceptionally profitable. They can be long or short, and once you're happy with your ebook, you can self-publish it on Amazon for free. A lot of people have made a serious amount of money writing eBooks, plus it becomes a form of passive income.
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12. Start A Blog
Starting a blog as a side hustle is a great way to earn some extra income. You can learn all about how to make money blogging here.
As traffic flows in, you can generate revenue through an ad program such as Google AdSense, through affiliate marketing, and through offers that you promote yourself, such as a cool product or service that you created. For example, if you blog about budgeting, you could create an inexpensive budget planner and market it to your readers.
Blogging can be both a side hustle or a full-time endeavor as well. You can get started with blogging by signing up at Bluehost. Bluehost offers a $3.95 per month plan for hosting and you can get your domain there as well. Once signed up, you can install WordPress and start blogging.
13. Create A Course
On Udemy and Teachable, as one example, you can create online courses to teach people a new skill. Perhaps you're good at coding and want to teach others. Or maybe you're good at a craft and want to teach crocheting.
Creating a course doesn't require expertise in a subject, though having expertise does help. Beginner courses may attract the most crowd but the competition is higher. Advanced courses may net you less initial customers but there may be less competition and you can charge more for your course if you're an expert in the field.
I'd imagine anything that you can think of to teach is something you could teach on Udemy. This also becomes a form of passive income once the course is launched.
14. Sell On Etsy
If you're into crafts, you might consider selling your work on Etsy. Whether it be t-shirts, paintings, crochet projects, or anything craftsy (there are so many things I could list), you could certainly sell it on Etsy. Some people even turn their Etsy business into a full-time job once they've built up a clientele.
Etsy provides a great avenue for selling. They currently take 5% of your sale price as a commission for using their platform. There is also a 20 cents charge for listing an item on the marketplace for up to 4 months or until the item sales.
15. Make Videos On YouTube
Another place people make millions is on YouTube. YouTube is a goldmine of resources, and many influencers attract a large following and make money off How-To videos, product reviews, or commentary on just about anything out there. Similar to blogging, YouTube income takes some time to build up, as you must first gain traction building up a following.
YouTube can earn you absolutely nothing or you can earn hundreds of dollars a day. This can be a risky side hustle to take on if you don't know what you're doing or if you don't feel like you can learn quickly.
Having good equipment causes this side hustle for 2020 to have an added cost, though some folks say that your mobile phone may be good enough to get started.
16. Clean Houses
Many people, like me, aren't great at keeping their house tidy. My wife and I have often hired some extra help to keep our house clean. You can do pretty well cleaning other people's houses, especially if you work for yourself.
A friend of mine cleans vacation homes and enjoys the freedom of working for herself while also making enough money to fund her lifestyle. Last I asked her, she makes over $25 per hour cleaning a typical home.
17. Develop An App
If you Google “Side Hustles”, you'll most likely find this one in many blogs. Most people can't simply “develop an app” however you might have a knack for coding and have a good idea to go off of.
With the amount of competition in App stores, it's tough to get an app off the ground; however that should not deter you if you are confident in your abilities and in the idea you have for an app. Many of the most popular apps and games were started by a single person or a small group of people.
18. Shovel Snow
Do you live in a colder climate, especially in the winter? You could shovel snow for your neighbors. Where my wife and I live, we have a neighbor who shovels many of the driveways in the neighborhood.
We all have small driveways and he charges $20 per driveway. It generally only takes him 20 minutes to do the shoveling before he moves on to the next house. Given a ten minute break between each driveway, he can earn $40 per hour shoveling.
19. Mow Lawns
Similar to shoveling snow, if you live in an area where there's a lot of grassy yards, or simply during spring, summer, and fall, you can mow lawns for money.
The person who shovels my driveway in the winter also mows my lawn in the warmer months. He charges $30 per lawn mowed and it generally takes him 20 minutes to drive his mower to us and mow the lawn. Even if you don't have a driving lawn mower, pushing one is great exercise plus you're earning fast cash.
20. Rake Leaves
I bet you saw this one coming. Yes, you can also rake leaves. Any type of yard work is a side hustle! Depending on how much raking you have to do, you could definitely charge $20 per yard or more. Our lawn mower and snow guy usually includes leaf raking in his service because we rarely get many leaves in our yard, but that said, there's still plenty of money to be made in doing it.
21. Flipping Items
A popular trade is to buy items cheap somewhere like a thrift store or a garage sale, then mark the item up for sale on a website like eBay and Amazon. This side hustle for 2020 has a lot of legwork involved and you can lose money if you're not careful, however, if you have thrift stores in your area, you may make a killing flipping items on eBay and Amazon.
There's no set amount of money you can earn doing this, but I follow a woman on Twitter who turned her flipping into a mid-5-figure business in just one year.
22. Freelance Writing
You can offer your services on Upwork as a freelance writer if you've got a knack for writing. Depending on your niche, you could write content for as little as $40 per hour, but if you're crafty and can write marketing content or other ad copy, you could charge as high as $100 per hour or more.
The world is always in need of good writers and you can certainly capitalize on this great side hustle.
Some clever freelance writers outsource their writing to other writers on Fiverr and then make necessary corrections before submitting it. This may be a tad dishonest to some, but this also allows you to take on more business as you have a team of other writers working for less money and you keep the difference.
23. Being a TV / Movie Extra
Just about anyone can be an extra. You don't need acting experience whatsoever. Sometimes you can simply answer an ad to a show or movie filming in your area and get paid for the day. Other times, you can find an agent and submit a headshot to find more regular gigs.
You'll get paid for your time on the set and the more you become known the better chance that you may get a line, which will put more cash in your pocket.
Some extras can earn between $100 and $200 per day, though there may be times where it's tough to find a gig, depending on where you live.
24. Voice Over Acting
Whether you have a voice good for narrating, or you can alter your voice to sound like engaging characters, voice acting might be a side hustle for you. Voice actors are used in commercials, movies, cartoons, video games, and more.
You'll spend time in a vocal booth reading scripts, but while you get started you could simply use a high quality audio setup in your bedroom.
Voice actor earnings vary greatly, but you can earn around $150 for a 15 second recording for a small website, several hundred dollars for a 30 second major market radio commercial, and if you become well known, you can charge over $2000 for an audiobook.
25. Substitute Teacher
Substitute teachers may not get paid very well for what they have to do every day, but many school districts are always looking for subs. You'll likely follow the syllabus of the teacher you're subbing for and review materials with the students.
Subbing is a flexible side hustle where you work your own schedule on most occasions. The drawback is that you may go for weeks or longer without receiving a call.
Substitute teacher pay varies by state, but you may make between $13-$14 per hour depending on where you live.
26. Testing Websites
At Usertesting.com, you can sign up to test websites and mobile sites for money. Usertesting.com pays $10 for every 20 minute test that you do. You'll share your experiences and opinions of each product or site that you test.
While you might not be able to do back to back tests at 20 minutes each, you may easily be able to earn up to $20 per hour testing websites and mobile sites.
Usertesting.com is quick to sign up for. You simply provide your email address and take a test. If you pass, you will be on your way to earning money for testing websites.
Wrapping It Up
Side hustles are a great way to pull in extra income. Combining side hustles with cutting back on living expenses can lead you towards retiring when you are younger, giving you more of your adult life to live the way you want.
If you're looking for ways to earn money to save for your future, such as for retirement, a dream vacation, car, or home, you'll want The Dollar Blogger's Money Mastery System. I will teach you how to get more money into your pocket each month.
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What are the best side hustles in 2020 that enjoy doing, and what type of success has it brought you?