10 Best Side Hustle Ideas You Can Start Today
Side Hustles You Can Do With A Full-Time Job!
Are you financially comfortable with your current situation?
What if you lost your job today?
How would you take care of yourself and your family? Ever considered a side hustle to make more money? It’s important to know, side hustles work!
Having a full-time job just isn’t enough these days. I had to do SOMETHING else that could bring in some extra income.
I heard about people having side hustles but always wondered what they do and if it was real or a scam. All I’ve ever really wanted to know is ‘do they actually work?‘
After I got married, a little over a year ago, my husband entertained the thought of having children. But instead of being excited like I probably should have been.
PANIC and FEAR covered me like a blanket.
I had so many doubts:
- Can we afford a child? But how? We’re still living paycheck to paycheck?
- How much have we saved?
- Do we want to raise our child in an apartment? Or a house?
And the list went on and on!
After my panic mode, I picked up the computer and read an inspiring story about a girl who was laid off from her corporate job and started reselling products on eBay and Amazon for a side gig. She turned that little side hustle into a 6-figure income.
I was interested in finding out more, getting inspired and excited because this seemed like something I could actually do!
And I did! Last year, I earned over $9,000 in profit from reselling products on Amazon.
Because I’ve actually been through this, I know first hand, when you’re searching for a side hustle, you need something that fits with your lifestyle.
I have a full-time job and could not let any side job or side hustle interfere with my main source of income. I needed something that allowed me to choose my own hours.
And that’s exactly what you’ll find on this list today, every side hustle posted is something that can be done with a full-time job!
Take a look and see which one(s) will work best for you,
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Here Are The Best Side Hustles That Work
1. Resell Products Online
I’ve made a nice little side hustle reselling products online for a higher price. I’ve used a number of different platforms to sell my products, but here are my top 3…
Sell on Amazon
This is definitely a side-hustle that works because I do it!
When I first heard of reselling on Amazon, for a split second I was sort of like Eeyore and thought almost everything negative that came to mind like, “Who’s going to buy from me?!”, or “The Market is too saturated, why even try?” Then the Winnie the Pooh optimism came through and I thought, “YES, I can do that, and I’ll knock it out of the park!”
And that is just what I did, and so can you!
In my first year of reselling, I earned over $9,000 in profit selling products on Amazon while working a full-time job and I didn’t even give it my all.
Most of the products I sourced were Retail Arbitrage (buying products in your local retail stores and them online for a profit) from places like CVS, Kohls, and Meijer.
I began shipping my products to Amazon FBA (Fulfillment By Amazon) because running home after work and trying to make it to the post office before they closed every day became exhausting. The extra fees were worth it. Using Amazon FBA, they will ship, package, and handle all of the customer services for your products. That’s what makes it so great.
If you’re interested in selling on Amazon, here are my 5 Best Tips on How To Sell on Amazon FBA.
While I make four figures selling on Amazon, Jessica, from ‘The Selling Family‘ turned her Amazon business into a FULL-TIME, SIX-FIGURE BUSINESS!
Jessica is the reason I began reselling on Amazon. Her story is incredible!!
She lost her job, and instead of settling for being employed by another “unsure” thing, she created her own business, selling on Amazon.
Jessica has been selling on Amazon for several years and knows the ends and outs of the business extremely well! So much so that she created a course to help hundreds of people make several thousands of dollars per year!
That is exactly why I highly recommend taking Jessica’s Amazon Boot Camp course.
If you have any doubts about taking this course, make sure you check out How Marvin Turned $500 into $10,000 in Less Than 4 Months after taking The Selling Family’s course.
Don’t forget to take the FREE Amazon FBA Starter Course to make sure this is the right fit for you.
Sell on eBay
eBay is my second favorite because it has a different audience than Amazon and depending on what I’m selling it will do better on eBay.
I did a deep dive on my best selling tips on eBay here How To Sell on eBay for Beginners.
Flea Market Flip
I haven’t gotten into this one yet but it’s looking like it can be more profitable than the current platforms I’m using.
Rob from the Flea Market Flipper is the MASTER flipper and earns over $130,000 flipping items from Flea Markets and thrift stores PART-TIME online.
Rob created a free workshop to turn your passion for visiting thrift stores, yard sales, & flea markets into a profitable reselling business – in as little as 14 days. Definitely check it out here if you think this would be something cool to do.
Sell on Mercari
Then there was Mercari, the last one I use. Have you ever heard of it? It’s a new(er) reseller platform on the scene and its gaining traction.
I’ve sold 5 items on Mercari in the last 4 months, and it’s gotten me almost $400 in sales!
Mercari’s fees are a flat 10%. I love that Mercari displays the sold items much easier than Amazon or eBay. It’s easier to find things I haven’t thought of when I’m out sourcing or even taking a look at my sister’s closet.
Keeping an eye out for the things or brands that sell well have made my sourcing and selling experiences much better.
You can sign up to Sell on Mercari here and get $10 off your first purchase.
2. Make Money Blogging
There was an article I found earlier this year that talked about how moms can make money from home. This article is the reason I started selling on Amazon.
When I tried it and it actually worked, I was shocked! It’s funny because the name of this blog is called Tried And True Mom Jobs.
I’m not a mom but the information was just the inspiration I needed to start a blog. She earns money daily from posts she’s written years ago.
She figured out how to get her articles to rank in Google and because people are always searching for things on Google she’s always getting traffic to her website which allows her to always make money from the ads on her site.
It’s quite brilliant actually and she wrote a very detailed post on how she does it and you can check it out here in her article How to Make Money Blogging CONSISTENTLY.
3. Become a Proofreader
Its always a good thing when something fits like a puzzle.
And if you cringed at the word ‘Its’ when it should have been ‘it’s*,‘ then Proofreading may be the side hustle for you!
Do you always find yourself catching errors when reading? Do you cringe when you see grammar, punctuation, or spelling mistakes? Then you might make a great Proofreader and make some good money.
Why? Because proofreaders are NEEDED!
How much can you make? Caitlin Pyle made $43,000 in her first year Proofreading PART-TIME while studying abroad.
How to get started?
If you want to learn the skills needed to start your own freelance proofreading hustle or see if this is right for you, check out this FREE Introductory Workshop.
4. Transcribe Anywhere
If you’ve got good typing skills, a computer, WiFi, and the ability to sit for long periods of time you should consider transcribing.
There are many companies out there hiring transcribers for pennies! That’s why in order to make more money you’ll want to do this on your own with your own clients.
This can be a great way to make money on the side or turn it into your full-time income at home, on your terms.
5. Make Money Off Your Photography Skills
Do you love taking photos? Are you the family photographer?
Have you ever considered getting paid for it? If so, you should consider Photography as your side hustle.
For my reselling gig side hustles I mentioned earlier, it’s so important to take quality photos of your products to make them attractive enough for people to want to buy.
It is an investment that can pay off significantly!
You can also:
- Contact your local real estate agents and offer your services to take professional pictures of their new listings.
- License your photos through stock photography sites like iStock and Shutterstock.
- Submit images to The Sun Magazine.
- You could earn between $100 – $1,000.
- Offer your services for free to friends and family who want to take holiday, newborn, senior, weddings pictures, etc. Make sure they will allow you to put their photos in your portfolio. If you do a good job, those same people could turn into paying customers.
How much can I make?
- Wedding Photography – $700 – $3,500+
- Senior Portrait Photography – $100 – $300 a session
- Small local businesses – $25 – $200 per image
You should also consider alternative, out of the box ideas like connecting with AirBnB hosts to take photos or video of their space to display on their listing/s.
This is an incredible benefit because it’s always a “nice to have” when travelers are looking to book in a great space. This will work better if you live in a location near the beach, a famous forest, mountain, landmark, or tourist attraction.
AirBnB is looking for a Remote Freelance Listing Photographer. If you’re interested, you can apply here, Airbnb PLUS Contract Photographer.
Did you know you could also sell your content to Shutterstock in just 3 simple steps?
- Get Paid
Become a contributor by signing up for Shutterstock here.
6. Become a Freelancer
Did you know you can make money for skills you already have on Fiverr and Upwork?
Whether your creative skills enjoy typography, writing, web design, web development, copywriting, programmers, PR, etc. You can freelance your skills on and set your own rate for each project.
There are endless opportunities for growth (and earning) with Fiverr and Upwork.
Helpful Tips to Get Noticed on Fiverr
To get noticed on Fiverr does require effort. However, there are tips and tricks on how to prioritize your presence even as a beginner.
Make sure you know exactly what it is you’d like to do. Your service description should be clear. You may even what to upload a brief high-quality video of your gig. As a newbie, this is KEY to getting your first sale.
Check out this article on the Top 10 Tips For New Fiverr Sellers for more information.
Become a Writer
Another great freelance opportunity is ‘Writing.’
When Holly Johnson first started writing, she earned around $50,000 and only worked as a full-time freelancer for part of the year! Can you believe that!?
The good news is that you can too!
Make sure to check out Holly’s FREE Workshop “How to Build a Six-Figure Writing Career.“
What do you have to lose? It’s a free workshop! Make sure you check it out here, Earn More Writing Course.
If you love writing and plan on monetizing it (or not), you have to get the right tools to make your job easier. I use Grammarly all the time and it works wonders for me. It automatically proofreads my work for me. If you want Grammarly to proofread your content for you, you can sign up for Grammarly here.
Become a Bookkeeper
Bookkeepers are responsible for some or all of an organization’s financial transactions.
Did you know you can become a bookkeeper with a degree or previous experience?
That’s right! Bookkeeper Launch is the only proven system that will teach you any and everything you need to know to start your Virtual Bookkeeping Business from scratch making $60 per hour.
Make sure to check Iyanna’s story on becoming a bookkeeper. She is a single mom who turned her passion into a $6,000/month bookkeeping business. And Heather, who went from a Stressful 9-5 Corporate Job To Running A Virtual Bookkeeping Business With Her Husband.
Although the course is a bit pricy (and they do offer payment plans), and you will 100% get your return on investment, and then some!
It is unquestionably an investment to really earn more money than you’ve ever had.
Not only will you be able to earn great money as a bookkeeper, but you’ll be helping companies successfully manage their books. I don’t know about you, but it’s something about that proud feeling you get when you help someone that feeds my soul!
If you’ve got a passion for finance, and want to be your own boss, this may be the perfect gig for you.
Make sure you check out the Bookkeepers “Free 3 Classes Show How to: Work from Home, Earn Good Money & Be Your Own Boss…“
If you think this could be a good fit for you, make sure to check out the Free Bookkeepers Course!
7. Teach English Online
If you have a Bachelor’s degree and teaching experience (tutoring, mentoring, youth group, etc. are all acceptable), then you should definitely consider teaching kids in China English as a side hustle.
Whitney from Tried and True Mom Jobs, interviewed Brittney Sutton who makes $1,700/mo working 2 hours a day for VIPKID. Can you believe that!?! $1,700/mo for 2 hours a day!!!
You could make $2,000 per month working only 3 hours a day! This is probably one of the best and most rewarding side hustles out there, you can check it out here.
8. Get Into Real Estate BUT w/o Selling or Buying
Yes, I know that sounds crazy, but it’s REAL! You can Make Money by keeping up Bank-Owned Homes.
Let me explain…
I met Danielle Pierce at a financial conference earlier last year who is doing this earning over $400,000 per year while still finding the time to homeschool her 3 children!
Sidebar: This had me REALLY feeling like I need to step my game up.
This is called Property Preservation or Repairing Foreclosed Homes. Danielle handles the administrative work and outsources 100% of the other work.
How much can I make? It varies, but Danielle says it’s very feasible to gross $100k+ or more in revenue within 18 months.
How to get started? Take her FREE Masterclass to see if this is right for you.
If you’re still on the fence trying to see if this will work for you and your lifestyle, check out our interview with Danielle on How To Become a Property Preservation Contractor and Earn $200K+ per Year.
9. Sell an Online Course
Have you mastered something? If so, you should consider creating a course to help others. Knowledge is power and profitable.
Using platforms like Udemy is a great place to start. Whether your niche is in Marketing, Photography, Writing, etc… you can earn an easy $200 – $600+ per month for a course you create ONCE.
How do you create a course on Udemy? It’s actually pretty simple.
- Plan Your Course
- Decide what you want to teach.
- Determine what you want your users to learn from your course.
- Scope the content of your course to ensure there is enough content for users to engage with and achieve their objectives.
- Break down your course into smaller, bite-sized lectures and describe what they each need to accomplish.
- Produce Your Course
- Create your lectures, include slides, screencasts, and drawing boards to appeal to all learning styles.
- Include practice activities throughout the course to keep users engaged.
- Upload your videos, PDFs, and any other resources into your course.
- Polish Your Course
- Craft a compelling course summary.
- Make sure your course title is appealing and add a subtitle.
- Create a course image.
- Publish Your Course
- Submit your course for review and an admin will work to approve it for publishing.
Boom! You’re making money.
10. Web Search Evaluator
If you’re looking for an easy part-time side hustle online where you work when you want you should definitely consider becoming a Search Engine Evaluator. The only catch is, you have to work 20 hours per week.
You would basically rate the search results for search engines like Google and Yahoo to help them better perform and social platforms.
It’s a great job and because of that there may be lows in availability so check back often if nothing is available.
How much can I earn? According to Glassdoor, you could earn between $7 – $13 per hour.
I only recommend two companies:
A. Make Money Completing Surveys at Home
You could earn money in your spare time by completing surveys.
I only recommend PrizeRebel, Survey Junkie, and Swagbucks. The key is to actively participate in as many surveys and polls as possible. You can even get freebies in addition to making money online. Get $10 bonus cash for signing up for Swagbucks through my link.
The more survey sites you sign up for, the more you’ll make.
Like coffee money, Netflix money, or just gas money, it’s always good to have extra cash.
B. Sign up for Research Studies – Up to $400 per study
You can make quick, easy money by participating in research studies. Below are the best-paid companies to sign up for:
- Respondent – $50-$400
- Vindale Research – $10-$50 per day if you apply to multiple (you’ll have more opportunities for this one) participants are on a first-come, first-served basis so be quick to apply if you see a good one.
C. Get Paid To Lose Weight with HealthyWage
HealthyWage is a health and wellness money earning app supported by the Government to incentivize people to lose weight by putting their own money at risk with the potential of YOU earning up to $10,000!
Yes, you heard right, they provide weight loss and fitness challenges with CASH PRIZES!
Here’s How It Works:
- Start with the HealthyWage Prize Calculator. Enter how much weight you want to lose, how long you’ll take to lose it, and how much you want to bet a month for that period of time.
- The calculator determines your prize amount, up to $10,000. You can play around with the calculator until you get your desired prize amount.
- Sign up for HealthyWage and agree to pay the monthly amount for the duration of the challenge.
- Achieve your weight-loss goal, and win your prize!
If you don’t hit your goal, your money goes to support HealthyWage, including prizes for others who achieve their goals.
What side hustles have worked well for you? Have you found anything you’d like to do on this list? I’d love to hear your stories, let me know in the comment section below.
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