Side hustles are my jam. Seriously, I wouldn’t be a millennial millionaire and have achieved financial independence at the age of 30 without side hustling.
I’ve always been hustling. It’s in my blood. I can’t help it. Everything I look at in life I see a business opportunity.
Sometimes it’s a blessing and sometimes it’s a…. well I guess it’s always a blessing.
Below is a list of the best side hustles that I have personally used to make more money, invest, and reach financial independence.
10 BEST SIDE HUSTLES
1. Proofreading or Copyediting
EARNING POTENTIAL $1k – $20k/mo
If you’re a super detail-oriented person (you know who you are!!) or you like proofreading (I do not!) then starting a proofreading side hustle might be perfect for you.
There are a ton of bloggers, websites, and businesses who are looking for proofreaders and will pay you well for your services. And not only can you proofread or copyedit from your laptop from anywhere in the world, but you can also set your own rates and bill by the hour.
In addition to becoming a proofreader yourself, you can build your own business where you can broker other people’s time for money. What I mean is after you get a few clients, you can hire others to do the proofreading, freeing you up to focus on getting clients and then more hiring! You can be the boss!
Whether you decide to start a proofreading or copyediting business, you can easily do it yourself. I recommend you check out the FREE Proofread Anywhere course below.
It has an extremely high return on investment and worth taking if you are seriously considering or want to learn more about creating your own proofreading or copyediting business. I’ve explored a bunch of these courses and this is by far the best.
2. Become a Virtual Assistant
EARNING POTENTIAL $1k – $20k/mo
Becoming a virtual assistant is one of the most in-demand, profitable, and best side hustles in the digital economy.
You can also work as a virtual assistant from anywhere in the world on a laptop making them perfect side hustles for digital nomads or full-time travelers. As more people are launching digital businesses there is an incredible demand for people who can help run those businesses.
For a comprehensive blueprint for the types of skills you sell as a virtual assistant and how much money you can make, check out my post on how to become a virtual assistant.
A simple summary: any skill you have, even if you’ve never been a virtual assistant before, you can monetize.
You can pretty easily become an online entrepreneur who helps other online entrepreneurs as a virtual assistant or proofreader.
While I have never personally worked as a virtual assistant I know many people who have made quite a bit of money doing it, including my friend Sarah who after just 3 months of launching her own virtual assistant business was able to quit her full-time job and both make more money and spend more time with her kids.
3. Deliver with Postmates
EARNING POTENTIAL $45,000/yr
Making deliveries is one of the easiest, most accessible side hustles of 2020. It might not be the most lucrative, but it can provide you with a steady stream of income delivering food, groceries, and supplies to customers.
You can easily pick and choose the hours you work and everything is done through an app on your smartphone making it straight forward to earn money. Making deliveries as a side hustle is not going to make you rich, but you can save the money you earn to launch your own company and increase how much money you’re able to make.
4. Share Your Car
EARNING POTENTIAL $575/mo
When sitting idle, your car is losing money as its value is depreciating but you are not getting anything in return. Enter apps like Turo where you can share your car with those looking to rent one and make a bit of money on the side for it.
Turo accepts many different cars from family cars to classics and exotic. Listings are completely free and you get to set your own daily price and availability so your car will still be available when you need it.
5. Drive With Ridesharing Apps
EARNING POTENTIAL $100/day
Ridesharing apps allow you to pick up passengers and drop them at their destination. You can set your own hours, and it works best if you live in a major city with plenty of offices and tourists around. Some companies also allow you to rent a car on demand so that you don’t have to worry about wear and tear and servicing.
You’re not going to make a lot of money driving for companies such as Uber or Lyft and probably it’s not going to be a very viable side hustle in the long term.
If you do go with driving for a ridesharing app, make sure you make the most out of it and save as much money as you can to be able to invest is a side hustle that can earn you even more money.
6. Freelance on Fiverr
EARNING POTENTIAL $1,000 – $2,000/mo
When it comes to freelancing, you can do just about anything there is a demand for. Platforms like Fiverr make it easier to find clients and get paid, allowing you to focus on growing your freelance practice and make even more money.
Freelancing is very flexible. You get to set your own hours and rates but remember you will be competing with other freelancers from all over the world. In any case, this means that you can easily keep your day job while joining other side hustlers in the gig economy.
7. Freelance Graphic Design
EARNING POTENTIAL $57,000/yr
With many businesses focusing their marketing efforts on websites and social media, graphic design is in high demand. Small business and startup owners will typically turn to freelancers for their graphic design needs since they won’t necessarily afford to have a graphic designer on their payroll.
You get to work with different clients on different projects which keeps things exciting and fresh. Of course, you can choose the projects you work on and you get to set your own hours and rates.
8. Walk Dogs with Rover
EARNING POTENTIAL $3,300/mo
Dogs are one of the most fun creatures around making a side ob such as this one fun and rewarding. Rover offers a number of dog-related services including dog walking, boarding, and house sitting.
You can choose the services you’re most comfortable with and enjoy the time you spend playing with pooches.
Walking dogs is not going to make you rich and you need to have a passion for our furry four-legged friends to make it work. Having said that, it can be quite relaxing and a way to fit some regular exercise into your schedule.
9. Run Facebook Ads and Digital Marketing Campaigns
EARNING POTENTIAL $1k – $2k/mo
I have worked as an SEO and digital marketing consultant for over 10 years and booked side gigs ranging from $500 to over $100,000. This has been by far my most successful side hustle.
Even though SEO has become more of a commodity service – it feels like everyone and their mother does SEO these days – I have built a referral network that continues to generate new clients. In total, the SEO work I’ve done has resulted in hundreds of millions of additional traffic, which I’m super proud of.
If you want to take your traffic to the next level, take a few minutes to read my Free SEO Tips for Bloggers.
The other profitable side hustle in the digital marketing sphere is in running search and social campaigns. You can get started by reaching out to small businesses in your local community.
Personally, I specialized in Google and Facebook CPC campaigns when I was working as a digital marketing consultant.
I used to make over $10,000 a month running Facebook ads and it’s never been easier to do.
This is a really in demand side hustle and can be done from anywhere in the world.
Learn More: Check out my friend Bobby’s Facebook Ads course to help get you started.
10. Get a Part-Time Job
EARNING POTENTIAL unlimited/
Depending on your skills and qualifications, you can find a very well-paying part-time job and make it your side hustle. Part-time side jobs take away the hassle of finding clients and can be excellent for saving money to pay debts such as student loans.
The type of job you’ll find will determine how much money you are able to make with certain jobs paying way more than others. It can be anything – from part-time design work to part-time teaching.
If you struggle to find a decent paying job, it might be time to invest in a new skill set with many online resources offering free tuition that can increase your earning potential. Check job boards for any part-time jobs near you or consider remote working for maximum earning potential.