Ultimate List of Side Hustles to Make Extra Cash in 2023

Don’t let a lack of funds keep you down! These money-making ideas can add up to some fast cash that will surely help out.

Try one of these side hustles to make some extra cash on the side.

1. Sell your unwanted stuff.

If you have something sitting in a closet or drawer that you don’t use, why not sell it? You can sell things like old clothing, accessories, and electronics on eBay, Facebook Marketplace, or OfferUp.

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2. Start a blog.

Blogging is an extremely popular side hustle. Make money by writing about anything you’re interested in! As the saying goes, “There are riches in niches,” so think about what you’re good at or what you’d like to learn and be very specific. You can monetize through ads, affiliate links, and more. Check out this introductory article from Daniella of I Like to Dabble.

3. Mow lawns, rake leaves, shovel snow, or weed garden beds.

Get some exercise and earn extra cash by mowing lawns for your neighbors! Instead of focusing on a one-off, create a subscription service and get people to commit to weekly or bi-weekly services. No matter the season, there’s always something to be done.

4. Tutor students.

Put your knowledge to good use by tutoring students! If you’re good at a subject, offer to help teach others who are having trouble. On average, you can make $11-$20 an hour for tutoring online through sites like WyzantCheggVIP Kids, and Yup. Look carefully into background requirements and how much commission each site takes.

5. Sell products online.

Use your photo skills, creativity, or fashion knowledge to take great photos that people will want to buy on platforms like Etsy. The return of custom and handmade products to popularity has created a premium market.

6. Make videos for people.

A fun side business idea is to make videos for people through platforms like Fiverr, Upwork, or ZayZoon. There’s a major market for content creators to get paid.

7. Deliver food.

Make extra cash by delivering food in your free time with apps like DoorDash, UberEATS, and GrubHub. Alex explains, “My preferred paid trips while driving were for UberEats. With expanded offerings from DoorDash, gig work related to driving doesn’t have to flex your social bones. Skip the humans and cart the food. The only downside I could find there? My car smelled funny.”

8. Drive with a ride-sharing service.

If you own a car, offer a ride-sharing service to people in your city by downloading the app for Uber or Lyft. You’ll also need to get approval, have proof of insurance, and visit a mechanic before you can get on the road.

Check out this article for an honest take on being an Uber or Lyft driver.

9. Freelance proofreading, writing, or editing.

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Are you looking for something you can do from the comfort of your home? Side businesses like proofreading, freelance writing, or editing can build your portfolio from the comfort of your own home. You’re not just limited to Fiverr or Upwork for this one, either. Another great site to check out for freelancing is Guru and Problogger. Keep in mind that you’ll need to have a portfolio of work ready.

10. House sit.

Consider house sitting as a side hustle if you love animals! Sites like Mind My HouseHouse Carers, and House Sitters America connect house sitters with hosts.

The best part about this idea is you get paid to live somewhere rent-free, which is almost as good as getting paid to house sit while on vacation.

If you’re trying to get paid to housesit while traveling, you could try the sites mentioned above or Trusted House Sitters or Luxury Housesitting for locations abroad.

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11. Dog walk.

Taking dogs for walks is a great way to get a dopamine boost while picking up some extra cash. You could also host the pets in your own home with boarding. Want to extend your services? Rover lets you advertise as a doggy daycare or work as a trainer with Wag. Remember, Wag comes with a higher commission percentage of 40% versus Rover’s 20%.

12. Look after kids.

If you’re comfortable working with children, this may be the side business idea for you! Help look after kids in your neighborhood during the day or take care of kids overnight. There are many options to connect to parents in need, like Sitter CityUrban Sitter, and Care.com.

13. Clean houses.

If you’re comfortable working with people’s personal belongings, consider cleaning houses as a side hustle. Most people are looking for help with this task from time to time! If you’re confused about how to find house cleaning jobs that offer regular work, try the Handy app, Care.com, Maids App, and Housecall Pro. These platforms connect homeowners with people that provide cleaning services. You’ll make and earn more with a background check.

14. Rent out your extra spaces for storage.

If you have an unused parking spot, rent it out to people who need parking space through services like JustParkPark on My Drive, or Parking for Me. You can also earn extra money by renting your garage through Stache or Stow It. It’s an easy way to make money on the side!

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15. Rent out your place on Airbnb.

Are you planning a trip? Why not earn some money from it? You can rent your place on Airbnb and make some side income by traveling!

16. Handyman services.

Fix things for people in your neighborhood by advertising your services online or with a flyer. You can take on small jobs like hanging shelves, mounting TVs, or repairing furniture. Try websites like Handy Pro, which is more like an agent than an employer. You’ll work for yourself while Handy Pro directs you to job opportunities. The downside is you’ll be screened to ensure you’re experienced, licensed, bonded, and insured.

17. Clean cars.

People are always looking to get their cars cleaned! Drive around in your free time and offer a car cleaning service to people who need help. You’ll have a few start-up expenses, like cleaning supplies. This cost could range from $20-$30 to over $100, depending on what brands you buy and how much you buy. If you do a good job the first time, the odds are that they’ll be down to have you wash their car regularly!

18. Be a mystery shopper.

You’ll be assigned different tasks as a mystery shopper, such as dining at a restaurant, visiting a retail store, or checking into a hotel. You then write an online review and report your experience to the company. The upside is that this is super flexible. The downside is that requirements vary, and so does the reimbursement. You can sign up to be a mystery shopper through Market ForceIntelli-Shop, and Best Mark.

19. Be a virtual assistant.

A virtual assistant helps their employer with all kinds of tasks, such as handling email, scheduling meetings, and even making travel plans. You can make extra money on the side by helping people out with these types of tasks using websites like UpworkTask Rabbit, and more.

20. Transit advertising.

Advertise with transit ads to get your name in front of people who are on the go, and consider selling some ad space in your car to earn extra income! Check out websites like Stickr.

21. Clean up search engine results.

If you’re good at online research, offer some SEO services by supporting business owners who need help with their online presence. You can offer to improve search engine results or delete bad reviews.

22. Sew patches onto clothing.

Sewing patches onto clothing is time-consuming, but it can be well worth your while. You can make $200 in just one hour! You could do this for family and friends or launch a side business by offering the service to others.

23. Clean gutters.

Winter is over, so it’s time to clean those clogged rain gutters! Reach out to homeowners in your community and offer gutter cleaning services for a reasonable price.

24. Tile floors or backsplashes.

Whether it’s slate, porcelain, marble, or extra-thick porcelain tiles, homeowners always want to get their tile floors and backsplashes redone. The only caveat with this one is some states may require you to be licensed and insured.

25. Get rid of stumps.

Stumps can be extremely heavy, so it’s no wonder people will pay good money for this job! Reach out to your local community and ask if anyone needs help getting rid of a stump, especially if you have a pick-up truck.

26. Help people move.

If you own a truck, SUV, or any other vehicle that could be useful for moving, offer your services to friends and family who need help moving large items. You can make a few hundred dollars pretty quickly!

27. Teach yoga classes.

Teach yoga classes to people in your community, and you could earn anywhere from $30-$50 an hour!

28. Meal prep or catering.

If you love cooking delicious food, you could start a side business by meal prepping or catering for events or parties. Do your research first to know what goes into planning the perfect event.

29. Complete paid online surveys.

As long as you’re willing to put some time into it, paid online surveys can be a great way to earn extra income. You can try sites like SwagBucks, LifePoints, or Inbox Dollars.

30. Repair iPhones.

Consider repairing iPhones for a living if you’re good with your hands. Check online to see how much it costs to get a broken iPhone fixed; you could make a pretty penny!

31. Be a real estate agent.

Real estate agents can make up to $100,000 annually, but helping buyers and sellers is complicated. Others are willing to pay you, though you’ll have to get your realtor’s license. Check out this guide to becoming a realtor here.

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