The Best Side Hustles You Can Do in 2020

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Hey there! Do you need a side hustle right now? In this post, I'm going to discuss 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. The best side hustles are ones you can do on your own schedule and still earn a decent chunk of change to supplement 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, 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 costs them. Then, they look to replace their income with their side hustles eventually. Others simply want to make money on the side.

There's no right or wrong reason to take on a side hustle. The important thing is that you find the best side hustle that works for you.

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The Best Side Hustles for 2020

Listed below are a number of side hustle ideas for 2020. 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! I'm going to focus on worthwhile side hustles that will earn you over $1000 per month once established.

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

While you certainly won't make a lot of money doing online surveysonline surveys don't take much effort at all. A friend of mine fills out surveys to pay for his bus fare.

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.

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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 AirbnbThose 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 2020 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.

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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 BluehostBluehost 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 UdemyThis also becomes a form of passive income once the course is launched making it one of the best side hustles for 2020.

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 2020 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 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.

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 2020.

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.

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. 

By using side hustles, you can earn over $1000 per month or more. With the money earned, you can get out of debt, invest in your future, or buff up your emergency fund.

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Maritime Meg
1 month ago

Wow! These are some really great ideas that I haven’t even thought of. First – pet sitting would be a dream job, I would love to hang out with adorable doggies all day! I’ve also never heard of Fiverr and think I’m going to check that one out, so thank you!! Someday I hope to try the Etsy thing too. Amazing ideas, super helpful post!!

Michele
1 month ago

This is a really good list. Other lists can be a little repetitive, but yours had a lot of options I have never even thought of. I will definitely be checking on upwork.

Casey
1 month ago

What an interesting article. 2020 is a wired year, to be honest, anything goes. You can achieve anything when u put your mind to it

Serena
1 month ago

I am sooo taking this as a sign from the universe to get in my ebook! Been thinking about it for well over a year now and it’s time to stop thinking and start doing! Thanks for this!

Kenneth
Kenneth
1 month ago

i use to this when i work onboard a cruise ship.during turn around wich means previous guest need to disembark so that new guest can come onboard to start their cruise.cleaning and preparing of staterooms must be done immediately..thats where i came in….the room attendant would pay me $100 just to clean the bathroom and set up all amenities on it.that s a total of 18 staterooms wich must be ready by 10am….turn around maybe 3 to 4x a month depending on the itinerary…despite being hired as a cook onboard..but of course im doing it while off duty

Luna S
Luna S
1 month ago

These all sound like really great ideas for making some extra cash, especially around the holidays. Thanks for sharing this!

Lyosha
1 month ago

I do fill in the surveys it’s fast and fun. And as a blogger for a long time I do get money from it too. I will look into other options too, va might be nice option to me

Maysz
1 month ago

Wow lots of ideas on how to earn money and extra cash this post would help a lot for people who needs financially.

Marjie Mare
Marjie Mare
1 month ago

These are all great sources of income. Thanks for sharing with us. I will share this post with my daughter.

ting
1 month ago

There’re some good ideas here but not sure if all of them are actually good for 2020 because of COVID.

Zoë
1 month ago

Oh my gosh! I thought this was going to be a top-ten list but you went way beyong that! I am so impressed with your open-mindedness and creativity to think of things to help people out. I am bookmarking this article – thank you so much!

Christianforemost.com
1 month ago

This is very helpful. We all need some extra income right now especially with the challenges presented by covid. I think the answering survey form suits me! I like helping researchers as well so why not right?

siennylovesdrawing
1 month ago

thanks for sharing this useful info, am gonna checking out some as my side earnings too. cheers, siennylovesdrawing

Kevine
Kevine
1 month ago

Definitely a good read as there are many people looking for a way to earn additional income on their own time. I’m so glad that I’ve found a business that has allowed me to earn extra income from online that doesn’t interfere with my 9-5!

Simon Starchevsky
1 month ago

Great ideas for extra income. I have taken on a freelance contract during my off hours myself, as working from home has provided me with more time to do whatever I want – why not use that time to earn?

Fransic verso
1 month ago

This is very helpful. I have family members who doing such as these and doing great with the additional income.

My Kitchen
1 month ago

I’m sure a lot of people will find this helpful. Online surveys didn’t work for me. They pay less for your hard work. I’ll see what blogging will bring.

Anne-Kathrin Walter
1 month ago

Such a great read! Pet sitting is my favorite side hustle!

Nkem
Nkem
1 month ago

Clearly there are a lot of ways to make extra money, not just now but all the time. Some of these gigs can be very fulfilling or lucrative, too.

Brian Winch
13 days ago

I have another to add to your list – parking lot litter cleaning. It’s almost as easy to do as going for a walk! This service is done on foot using simple hand tools. You walk the sidewalks, parking lot and surrounding landscape outside commercial properties and sweep up litter into your collection tool. I started doing this as a side gig in 1981 and grew it into a 6 figure annual income!

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