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The Ultimate list of side hustles: 80+ legit ways to make money


    Are you looking for ways to earn extra money?

    Maybe you’re saving up for a big purchase, paying off your debt or just want some more financial stability. Whatever your reason, starting a side hustle is a great way to bring in some extra income.

    There are so many options out there, it can be hard to know where to start. To help you out, I’ve put together the ULTIMATE list of Online, Creative and Physical side hustles.

    This list has something for everyone, so let’s dive in and discover all the ways you can start earning today.

    Here are 80+ ways to make money:

    Online and remote side hustles

    1. Create a Blog

    I have tried a lot of side hustles, but blogging is by far my favourite way to make extra money.

    You get to share your knowledge and passion with others, but it also opens up various avenues for generating income. One of the primary ways to monetize a blog is through advertisements.

    By partnering with ad networks like Google AdSense or Ezoic, you can display targeted ads on your blog and earn revenue based on the number of pageviews or clicks you get on your blog.

    Additionally, affiliate marketing is another popular method to make money from a blog. By promoting products or services and including unique affiliate links, you can earn a commission for every sale or referral made through your blog. A popular affiliate program to start with is Amazon associates.

    Sponsored content and collaborations with brands are also viable income streams, where companies pay you to write reviews or feature their products on your blog.

    Finally, creating and selling digital products like e-books, online courses or useful printables can further boost your earnings.

    To start a successful blog, choose a niche you are passionate about, create valuable and engaging content, optimize your blog for search engines, and actively promote it through social media and networking. Building a loyal readership takes time and effort, but with consistency, quality content, and strategic monetization strategies, your blog can become a profitable side hustle.

    2. Start a Youtube channel

    YouTube offers incredible opportunities to showcase your creativity, expertise, and personality while earning money.

    Once your channel grows you can join the YouTube Partner Program and start earning money from ads displayed on your videos. To start earning money you will have to reach more than 4,000 public watch hours in the last 12 months and more than 1,000 subscribers. Then you need to get a linked and approved AdSense account.

    You can also explore brand partnerships and sponsored content. Collaborating with brands relevant to your niche can bring in additional income through product endorsements, sponsored videos, or affiliate marketing.

    To start a successful YouTube channel, identify your niche and target audience, create high-quality and engaging content, optimize your videos for search engine visibility, and promote them across various social media platforms. Consistency, authenticity, and interaction with your viewers are key to building a loyal audience and increasing your channel’s monetization potential.

    So grab your camera, unleash your creativity, and turn your passion into a profitable side hustle through the power of YouTube.

    3. Affiliate Marketing

    Earn commissions by promoting and recommending products or services from other companies, and receiving a percentage of the sales made through their unique affiliate links.

    4. Amazon FBA

    Amazon FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) allows individuals to sell products on Amazon’s platform by leveraging their fulfillment services, where Amazon handles the storage, packaging, and shipping of the products, making it easier for sellers to reach a broader customer base and focus on growing their business.

    5. Create and Sell Printables – Financial planning worksheets, Planners, Calendars or Invitations

    Creating and selling printables involves designing and producing digital files.

    Creating and selling printables is a good way to make money because it offers a low-cost and flexible business opportunity, allowing people to leverage their creativity and digital design skills to create products with minimal production costs, and the potential for passive income through digital downloads.

    This can be financial planning worksheets, planners, calendars, teaching posters or invitations that can be downloaded and printed by customers to help them organize their lives, achieve their goals, and celebrate special occasions.

    6. Create Classroom resources – Classroom themes, Worksheets, Presentations & Sell on Teachers Pay Teachers

    Creating classroom resources involves designing and developing educational materials such as classroom themes, worksheets, and presentations that cater to the needs of teachers and students, and selling them on platforms like Teachers Pay Teachers to provide valuable teaching resources while generating income from sales.

    7. Etsy Shop for Digital products

    Running an Etsy shop for digital products involves creating and listing digital items such as printable artwork, digital downloads, or design templates, and selling them on the Etsy platform to customers who can instantly download and use the products.

    8. Create and Sell Coloring pages or books

    Design and create unique and engaging coloring pages or books and sell them either as physical products or digital downloads, providing a creative outlet and generating income from sales.

    9. Create Designs for print on demand – Redbubble – Printful

    Create original designs, artwork, or graphics and upload them to print-on-demand platforms like Redbubble or Printful, allowing customers to purchase customized products with your designs while earning a commission on each sale.

    10. Create a Local Directory

    Compile a comprehensive directory of local businesses, services, or attractions in your area, offering a valuable resource to residents and visitors and generating income by charging businesses for listing and advertising opportunities within the directory.

    11. Online Tutoring

    Offer personalized educational support and instruction to students through online platforms, leveraging your expertise and knowledge to generate income.

    12. Resume / CV Writing Services

    Provide professional resume and CV writing services to job seekers, helping them showcase their skills and experience effectively to potential employers and earning income through client fees.

    13. Social Media Manager

    Manage and optimize social media accounts for businesses and individuals, curating engaging content, implementing strategies, and driving growth, while earning income through client fees or contracts.

    14. Social Media Advertising

    Create and execute targeted advertising campaigns on social media platforms, leveraging data-driven insights and ad platforms to help businesses increase their online visibility and generate income through advertising fees or commissions.

    15. Social Media Influencer

    Build a following on social media platforms by creating compelling content, collaborating with brands, and leveraging your influence to promote products or services, generating income through brand partnerships, sponsored content, and affiliate marketing.

    16. Virtual Assistant

    Provide administrative, organizational, and support services remotely to businesses or individuals, managing tasks such as scheduling, email management, research, and more, earning income through hourly rates or project-based fees.

    17. Web Design – Create Business websites, Blogs or E-commerce websites

    Offer your expertise in designing and developing websites for individuals and businesses, creating customized online platforms and generating income through client projects or service packages.

    18. Create Wedding Websites

    Create personalized and visually appealing websites for couples to share wedding details, photos, and RSVPs, providing a convenient and unique service for engaged couples and earning income through website creation fees.

    19. Freelance Writing / Copywriting

    Utilize your writing skills to provide content creation services to clients, crafting compelling articles, blog posts, marketing materials, or website copy and generating income through freelance writing projects or copywriting contracts.

    20. Create and sell online Workshops

    Develop and offer online workshops or courses that share your expertise in a particular subject or skill, providing valuable knowledge to participants and earning income through workshop enrollment fees.

    21. Write an e-book

    Write and publish an e-book on a topic you’re knowledgeable and passionate about, sharing your insights with readers and generating income through e-book sales and royalties.

    22. Podcast

    Create and produce a podcast show centered around a specific niche or topic, sharing engaging and informative audio content with listeners and earning income through sponsorships, advertisements, or listener support.

    23. Use the Skills you have to get jobs on Fiverr / Upwork

    Leverage your skills and expertise to offer services on freelance platforms like Fiverr or Upwork, attracting clients looking for specific talents and earning income through freelance projects or gigs.

    24. Build an email Newsletter

    Curate and deliver valuable content to subscribers through a regular newsletter, sharing insights, tips, or updates in a specific industry or niche and potentially earning income through sponsorships, advertising, or paid subscriptions.

    Creative side hustles

    25. Illustration for books

    Provide illustrations for books, collaborating with authors or publishers to bring stories to life visually and generate income through book illustration contracts or royalties.

    26. Mural Artist

    Create large-scale and visually captivating murals for public or private spaces, transforming ordinary walls into extraordinary works of art and generating income through mural commissions or project-based contracts.

    27. Art – Create paintings or drawings

    Use your artistic talent to create original paintings or drawings, offering unique and visually appealing artworks for sale and generating income through art sales, commissions, or exhibitions.

    28. Create and sell Tshirts / Custom Clothing

    Design and produce custom T-shirts or clothing items, catering to specific niches or personalization requests, and generate income through online sales, collaborations, or custom orders.

    29. Sewing

    Utilize sewing skills to create clothing, accessories like scrunchies, or other fabric-based items, offering handmade and unique products for sale and generating income through online marketplaces, craft fairs, or custom orders.

    30. Crochet

    Use crochet skills to create a variety of items, such as blankets, beanies, clothing, or amigurumi (crocheted stuffed animals), providing handmade and customizable products for sale and generating income through online platforms, craft markets, or custom orders.

    31. Write and sell crochet patterns

    Write and publish crochet patterns for various items or designs, sharing your expertise with fellow crocheters and generating income through pattern sales, digital downloads, or subscriptions to a pattern library or website.

    32. Knitting

    Use knitting skills to create handmade items such as scarves, hats, or garments, offering unique and cozy products for sale and generating income through online platforms, craft markets, or custom orders.

    33. Handmade Jewelry

    Craft unique and stylish jewelry pieces using various materials, offering handcrafted accessories for sale and generating income through online marketplaces, jewelry parties, or collaborations with local boutiques.

    34. Handmade paper

    Create artistic and eco-friendly handmade paper using recycled materials or natural fibers, offering unique stationery or craft supplies for sale and generating income through online shops, craft fairs, or collaborations with artists.

    Making paper was my go-to side hustle when I was still in high school. I made handmade paper every afternoon and weekends and sold it to a local stationery store.

    35. Create and sell Wooden Toys

    Design and craft wooden toys, providing safe and sustainable play options for children and generating income through online sales, craft markets, or collaborations with toy stores.

    36. Create and sell Furniture

    Build and sell custom furniture pieces, offering unique and high-quality craftsmanship for home or office spaces and generating income through commissions, custom orders, or collaborations with interior designers.

    37. Make Candles

    Create hand-poured candles in various scents and designs, offering soothing and aromatic products for sale and generating income through online shops, local boutiques, or collaborations with home decor stores.

    38. Create and sell Stationery like Stickers and Note books

    Design and produce stationery items like stickers, notebooks, or planners, offering creative and functional paper goods for sale and generating income through online shops, collaborations with artists, or custom orders.

    39. Etsy Shop for Physical products

    Open an Etsy shop and sell physical products of various categories, leveraging the platform’s reach and community to generate income through online sales, customer reviews, and brand exposure.

    40. Photography

    Capture compelling photographs in various genres such as portraits, landscapes, or events, offering professional photography services and generating income through client bookings, print sales, or licensing agreements.

    41. Party Rentals – Table cloths, Table runners

    Provide party rental services for tablecloths and table runners, offering stylish and themed options for special events and generating income through rental fees, event partnerships, or collaborations with event planners.

    42. Make Soaps, bath bombs and other bath products

    Create handmade soaps, bath bombs, and other bath products using natural ingredients, offering luxurious and self-care items for sale and generating income through online shops, local markets, or collaborations with spas and boutiques.

    43. Subscription Boxes

    Curate and sell subscription boxes featuring themed products or samples from various categories, offering customers a curated experience and generating income through recurring subscriptions, partnerships with brands, or exclusive product collaborations.

    44. Create and sell Hair Accessories

    Design and craft hair accessories such as headbands, hair clips, or hair ties, offering stylish and unique options for individuals of all ages and generating income through online sales, local boutiques, or collaborations with hairstylists.

    Physical side hustles

    45. Vending machines – Gumball machines

    Install and stock vending machines or gumball machines in high-traffic areas, earning income through sales of snacks, beverages, or novelty items.

    I have a few gumball and toy machines that I’ve placed at local take-away stores and laundromats. It’s not a full time income, but if you consider the little effort it takes to refill and collect the money once a month, it’s a nice extra income.

    46. House Cleaning Services

    Offer professional house cleaning services to residential clients, generating income through one-time or recurring cleaning appointments.

    47. Window Cleaning

    Provide professional window cleaning services for residential or commercial properties, earning income through individual or contract-based jobs.

    48. Mobile Car Wash Services

    Offer convenient mobile car wash services, traveling to clients’ locations and generating income through individual car wash appointments, subscription plans, or partnerships with businesses or car dealerships.

    49. Pool Cleaning Service

    Provide professional pool cleaning and maintenance services to residential or commercial clients, earning income through one-time or recurring pool cleaning appointments, pool equipment repairs, or pool chemical sales.

    50. Laundry Service – Wash and Fold – Add an Ironing service

    Offer a comprehensive laundry service, including wash and fold as well as ironing services, generating income through weight or per-load pricing, subscription plans, or partnerships with hotels or vacation rentals.

    51. Car Repair Service / Mechanic

    Provide automotive repair services as a skilled mechanic, earning income through individual repairs, maintenance packages, or partnerships with auto shops or fleet management companies.

    52. Drive for Uber / Lyft / Bolt

    Earn income by driving for ride-hailing platforms such as Uber, Lyft, or Bolt, offering transportation services to passengers and leveraging flexible hours and the potential for tips and bonuses.

    53. Bicycle Repair

    Provide bicycle repair services, including tune-ups, repairs, and maintenance, earning income through individual service appointments, partnerships with bike shops, or mobile repair services.

    54. Gardening Services

    Offer gardening services such as lawn care, landscaping, or garden maintenance, generating income through one-time or recurring service appointments, referrals, or collaborations with property management companies.

    55. Baby Sitting

    Provide reliable childcare services to families, earning income through hourly rates, overnight stays, or regular babysitting arrangements.

    56. Pet Sitting

    Care for pets in the owner’s absence, offering services such as feeding, walking, and playtime, generating income through daily or overnight rates, referrals, or partnerships with pet-related businesses.

    57. Pet Grooming

    Provide professional pet grooming services, including bathing, haircuts, and nail trimming, earning income through individual grooming appointments and add-on services.

    58. Dog walking – Rover

    Offer dog walking services through platforms like Rover, earning income by taking dogs for walks, providing exercise and companionship to furry friends.

    59. Pet waste Removal – recurring service

    Offer pet waste removal services, ensuring clean and sanitary outdoor spaces, generating income through recurring service appointments, subscription plans, or partnerships with residential communities or dog parks.

    60. Cooking / Meal Prep Services – Deliver home made meals

    Provide cooking or meal prep services, preparing and delivering homemade meals to busy individuals or families, generating income through per-meal pricing and subscription plans.

    61. Food truck / Food stand

    Operate a mobile food business, serving and selling food from a truck or stand at various locations or events, generating income through food sales and event bookings.

    62. Furniture Restoration

    Restore and refurbish old or worn-out furniture, transforming them into appealing and valuable pieces, and generate income by selling the restored furniture through online platforms, local markets, or collaborations with interior designers.

    63. Furniture Flipping

    Buy used or inexpensive furniture, enhance its appeal through refinishing, repainting, or minor repairs, and resell it at a higher price to earn a profit.

    64. Garage Sale Flipping

    Find valuable items at garage sales, thrift stores, or online marketplaces at low prices, and resell them at a higher price through online platforms, flea markets, or your own garage sales.

    65. Handyman Services

    Offer a variety of general handyman services, including repairs, installations, and maintenance, earning income through hourly rates, project-based pricing, or partnerships with property management companies.

    66. Pressure Washing

    Provide pressure washing services for residential or commercial properties, earning income through individual or contract-based jobs, referrals, or collaborations with property maintenance companies.

    67. House Painting

    Offer professional house painting services, including interior and exterior painting, earning income through individual painting projects, referrals, or collaborations with construction companies or real estate agencies.

    68. Wedding Officiant

    Become a certified wedding officiant, conducting wedding ceremonies for couples, and earn income through ceremony fees, referrals, or partnerships with wedding venues or planners.

    69. Event Planning Services

    Provide comprehensive event planning services, including coordination, logistics, and vendor management, earning income through event planning fees, commissions, or partnerships with venues or vendors.

    70. Event DJ

    Offer DJ services for various events, such as weddings, parties, or corporate functions, generating income through DJ packages, event bookings, or collaborations with event planners or venues.

    71. Bartending

    Work as a bartender at events, bars, or restaurants, earning income through hourly wages, tips, or private event bookings.

    72. Make up artist

    Offer professional makeup services for special occasions or events, generating income through individual client bookings, collaborations with photographers or event planners, or bridal makeup packages.

    73. Face Painter

    Provide face painting services at parties, festivals, or events, earning income through hourly rates or event-based fees.

    74. Rent out Jumping Castles

    Own and rent out inflatable jumping castles or bounce houses for parties or events, earning income through rental fees and additional services like delivery or setup.

    75. Rent out Costumes

    Own a collection of costumes and rent them out for costume parties, Halloween, or theatrical performances, generating income through costume rental fees.

    76. Baking

    Bake and sell homemade baked goods, such as cakes, cookies, or bread, earning income through direct sales, online platforms, or collaborations with local cafes or markets.

    77. Grow a vegetable garden

    Cultivate a vegetable garden and sell fresh produce to neighbors and friends, earning income through direct sales or weekly produce subscriptions.

    78. Personal Training

    Provide personalized fitness training services, either in person or online, earning income through training packages, monthly memberships, or group classes.

    79. Get paid to Advertise on your car

    Earn income by displaying advertisements on your car through car wrap advertising programs, generating revenue based on mileage or contract terms.

    80. Music Lessons

    Offer music lessons for various instruments or vocal training, earning income through individual or group lessons, lesson packages, or collaborations with music schools or community centers.

    81. Flyer Distribution Service

    Provide flyer distribution services to businesses or organizations, delivering promotional materials to targeted areas, earning income based on the number of flyers distributed or contract agreements.

    Whether you are looking for something online or offline, full-time or part-time, a creative or physical side hustle, there is something on this list for everyone.

    I hope you found some inspiration and ideas to start your own side hustle.

    So go ahead, pick a side hustle and get started today!