Profitable Side Hustle Ideas For 2021
Are you looking for one or more profitable side hustle ideas in 2021 to help you earn more money?
Side hustles are a great way to make money doing something you love. They’re also simply a great way to earn money on the side. In this gig economy, more and more people are taking on additional work outside of their day job to stack their income.
Profitable Side Hustle Ideas for 2021
Listed below are a number of profitable side hustle ideas for 2021. Most of these side hustles can earn you $1000 per month or more once established. When combining multiple side gigs, you may eventually replace your full-time income, though there is something to be said about job security at a place of full-time employment.
Without further ado, let's get into the most popular side hustles you can jump into so you can earn some extra cash.
1. Drive People Around 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 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.
Driving for Uber or Lyft is a great side hustle you can do for extra money.
2. Fill Out Online Surveys for Cash
Another friend uses 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 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! Filling out surveys has got to be the easiest side hustle I can think of.
3. Deliver Food 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 DoorDash driver, called 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.
DoorDash is a good side hustle if you live in an area with a lot of restaurants with nearby residential streets. This way, you can spend the least amount of gas and time delivering food, allowing you to make more deliveries per hour which means more money earned per day.
My friend used to drive for DoorDash as a side hustle to pay off student loans. She drove a couple days per week and was able to apply around $100 weekly towards her student loan debt.
4. Rent Your Extra Space 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.
One upkeep of Airbnb is having 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.
Renting out your extra space on Airbnb can be a worthwhile side hustle if you're not using your property or have extra room in your home.
This can be a serious way to make money if you utilize Airbnb weekly.
4. Use Getaround to Rent Out Your Car
If you're not using your car all the time, you could sign up on Getaround and rent your car 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. This unconventional side hustle can be a great way to earn money when you have a car that you aren't driving much.
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 you can earn a lot more oftentimes.
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.
5. Tutor Students Online With Chegg
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 many subjects you can tutor, including math, writing, and foreign language, as just mentioned, and science and professional skills such as accounting.
While you may not fully replace your full-time income, 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!
6. Get a Gig 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 creative side hustle idea is perfect for earning cash on the side or making a full-time income off of if you're in the right niche. My brother runs a web design company where he gets most of his business through Fiverr. What started as a side hustle became his full-time income over a few years.
Fiverr 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.
You can even hire other people on Fiverr to help you get started with your own Fiverr business.
7. Be a Petsitter on Rover
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!
Being a petsitter is a good side hustle for college students, especially during your downtime.
8. Be a Babysitter or Adult Companion on Care
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.
9. Hire Yourself Out As A Virtual Assistant on Upwork
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 businesses 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. This can be one of the best side hustles for 2021 if you're interested in helping small business owners succeed.
10. 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.
11. Make Money Starting 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.
This blog was initially one of my best side hustles for 2020.
12. Create a Course on Udemy or Teachable
As one example, on Udemy, Skillshare, and Teachable, 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 making it one of the best side hustles for 2021.
13. Sell Digital Products 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.
14. 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 2021 to have an added cost, though some folks say that your mobile phone may be good enough to get started.
15. 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.
16. 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. Developing an app is the ultimate software developer side hustle.
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 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.
17. Shovel Snow in Your Neighborhood
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 neighborhood driveways.
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.
18. Mow Lawns for Your Neighbors
Like 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 lawnmower, pushing one is great exercise, plus you're earning fast cash.
19. Rake Leaves in Autumn
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 or more per yard.
Our lawnmower 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.
20. Flip Items on Amazon or eBay
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 2021 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.
21. Do Freelance Writing on Upwork
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.
22. Be a TV or 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.
23. Do Voice Over Acting
If you're looking for an interesting side hustle, then voice-over acting might be right for you. Whether you have a voice good for narrating or 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. If you become well known, you can charge over $2000 for an audiobook.
24. Be a 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 teacher's syllabus 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.
25. Test Websites on Usertesting.com
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. This type of online work is a decent way to make extra money and is one of the best side hustles for 2021.
26. Deliver for PostMates
PostMates is a service where you can deliver food, drinks, groceries, or other goods from local retailers to people. You can work whenever you want, and while the pay isn't spectacular, you do earn tips, similar to DoorDash.
PostMates is great when you're in an area with a high demand for delivered goods, such as a busy city. You might also be able to earn extra cash if you're available to deliver at hot times, such as common meal times.
27. Manage Social Media for Small Businesses
Many small business owners don't have time or the knowledge to manage their social media accounts effectively. If you are savvy at growing a following on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, you could sell your time to assist a small business owner do so.
Depending on your experience and the small business owner's needs, most new freelancers can earn between $15 and $50 per hour. The more growth that your prospective clients desire, the more money you'll earn per month.
28. Be a Mystery Shopper
Mystery Shoppers can earn money by shopping at local stores and providing feedback about their experience. By filling out a survey about your experience, you will help the retailer, restaurant, or wherever you are assigned to shop, improve the experience for their customers.
A great place to sign up to be a mystery shopper is Secret Shopper. They typically pay $15 to $25 per assignment, and you do not need to pay a fee to start working for them. All you need is access to a scanner or a digital camera, such as your phone, to take pictures of your receipts.
When you shop, you may spend money on a purchase; however, Secret Shopper will reimburse you for your purchases.
29. Have a Yard Sale
If you live in an area where you can sell old stuff in your garage or your yard, you can make a decent amount of money selling off things you no longer need. This could be old instruments, collectible items, furniture, toys, clothes, and more. When I was a kid, my parents would have an annual yard sale where we'd sell off anything we didn't need anymore.
To advertise your yard sale, put up signs around the neighborhood and town, or advertise on Craigslist.
30. Hire Yourself Out on TaskRabbit
At TaskRabbit, you can hire yourself out to do just about anything for people who need help. Some tasks include moving heavy furniture, doing yard work, handyman services, and other physical activities that many need help with. You can find many clients for other side hustles in this post on TaskRabbit.
You can earn a wide variety of money, depending on your task. A task such as heavy lifting can earn you as much as $60 per hour. Other less physically strenuous tasks average between $15 and $30 per hour.
31. Wash and Detail Cars
Many car owners don't have time to wash and detail their cars, and you can earn some fast cash taking care of this task. Post up flyers around the neighborhood or post on social media about your service.
Auto detailing is a low-expense business, and you can often have high profit margins because you only need a limited amount of equipment. Depending on how good you are and the level of detail you provide, you can charge from $50 to $125 to detail an average-sized car.
32. Sell Baked Goods
Use your baking skills to whip up a batch of cookies, cakes, or other delicious goodies. A great way to get started selling baked goods is to drop off free samples at local businesses such as at local clinics or small businesses.
How much money you make from this side hustle will depend on how much time you put into your baking side hustle and what you bake. According to The Penny Hoarder’s article about baking, you can make between an estimated of $200 and $400 per month when you’re starting off and up to $1,200 per month once you start baking more regularly (up to 20 hours per week).
33. Do Drawings for Money
Do you like to draw? Some cafes and other stores will feature works of local artists for a small cut. If you like to draw, you might be able to make money drawing pictures of people, landscapes, or more abstract imagery.
You can also draw and sell your art online on stores like Etsy. Pricing drawings comes down to how much you value your time and skill at. There’s no right or wrong amount of money to sell drawings at. Doing some research on what similar artists are pricing their work at may help you determine how much you can make.
34. Paint Pictures
If you’re talented at painting pictures, you can make money selling them online or locally. Similar to drawings, you may be able to feature paintings at local businesses and sell them there, allowing the business to take a small cut. Etsy is also a great place to get started.
Paintings can be tricky to price, so see what your competition is doing to get an idea of best ways to price.
35. Make Money Listening to Music
Have you heard of the Current Music App? This app allows you to earn money while listening to music and completely short tasks. According to their website, you can expect to earn up to $600 or more per year by simply being active on their platform.
If you listen to music on your phone every day, this might be a great way to earn some extra cash each year without too much effort.
Check out the Current Music app here!
36. Sell Your Study Notes
Turn your class notes, study guides, and exam solutions into cash at Stuvia. Stuvia reports that you can earn on average $103 per month by selling your knowledge around the world.
What would you do with an extra $103 per month selling the information you obtained by going to school?
37. Sell Used Textbooks
If you have a lot of old textbooks from college, you might be able to make money reselling them on BookScouter. This can be an interesting side hustle if you’re able to buy used textbooks from friends and then flip them online.
Here’s an interesting article on Side Hustle Nation where you can read how someone created a $4000 per month business flipping used books.
38. Sell Photos on Shutterstock
Selling photos to a stock photo website like Shutterstock might be a profitable side hustle idea for you to make money. With Shutterstock, you’ll earn between 25 cents and 38 cents every time someone downloads one of your images.
If you’re an amazing photographer and/or photo editor, you may make a fair share of money, if your photos take off.
39. Recycle Old Phones
Gazelle is a company that will buy your old phones. If you have one or more old mobile phones lying around, then head over to their website and see what it’s worth.
You may make a lucrative side hustle out of obtaining unwanted phones from people and selling them this way.
To get started, head over to Gazelle and follow their instructions to get an estimate.
40. Answer Questions on JustAnswer.com
The website, JustAnswer.com hires experts in areas such as legal, medical, veterinarians, home repair professionals, and mechanics. If approved, you’ll earn money answering questions in your field of expertise.
The way it works is, people pay a fee to ask a question. This fee can be between $5 and $90. When your answer is accepted by someone asking, you’ll earn a percentage of the fee they pay, which will start at 20%. As you regularly answer questions, you can work your way up to earning 50% of the fee, according to this post at FlexJobs.com.
41. Be a Personal Chef
Are you a great cook? Being a personal chef requires both culinary skills and the ability to interact with your clients professionally.
You may do things such as plan and cook for special events, or you may whip up dinners for a family. You might be in charge of shopping, creating a custom menu, and cleaning up the kitchen after all cooking is said and done.
While this side hustle can be profitable, it can also be difficult to break into. According to Payscale, in April 2018, the average personal chef in the US earned $20.43 per hour.
42. Have a Yard Sale
Perhaps you have a lot of old stuff that you no longer need. Having a yard sale can be a great way to earn extra cash selling things that have lived past their use.
Some towns do flea markets periodically where you can rent a table. These are often great ways to get your stuff in front of tons of people, allowing you to potentially make more money by selling more of your unwanted possessions.
43. Be a Personal Trainer
If you have a love for fitness and teaching others how to reach their fitness goals, then having a side job as a personal trainer might be right for you. Certified personal trainers may work in gyms or have their own business.
Salaries for personal trainers greatly vary and some report between $50 and $100 per session.
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.
Whether you get an online side hustle or one that you do in person, making more money is the way to go.
What are some profitable side hustles in 2021 that you plan on doing or are currently doing?