13 Side Hustle Ideas to Help You Earn a Little Extra Income

MONEY + FINANCES / Thursday, March 15th, 2018

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Let’s talk side hustles. It seems that is is becoming more and more common for the millennial generation to have side hustles. Honestly, it really is not that surprising. Many of us spend 4+ years in college, only to come out and land an entry level job with a lower than expected salary, because well, today’s economy, am I right?

We are expected to work our way up in a company to gain “experience”, but are also plagued with student loan debt that we took on so that we could gain “experience” through education. Ugh. I could rant about it all day.

But anyway… many of us have opted to take on side hustles to help us generate a little extra income.

If you haven’t gone down the side hustle road yet, then this post is made for you! There are so many reasons having a side hustle is a great idea:

  • Can help you get out of debt
  • You can save your side hustle money to travel
  • Help pay your bills
  • Save for education
  • Save for something special you want to buy (for example, a vehicle)
  • Have extra spending money
  • Pay off student loans faster
  • Pay off your mortgage faster
  • Pay off any additional debt faster!

So, of course I decided to created a list of awesome side hustle ideas / ways to make additional money, that you can literally get started with today!

13 Side Hustle Ideas to Help You Earn Extra Money! These 13 Side Hustles will help you earn an extra income ASAP!


1 | Become a Pet Walker / Pet Sitter

If you can fit it into your schedule, start pet sitting / walking dogs. This is an amazing side hustle option if you are an animal love like me! Ummm hanging out with dogs in my spare time? Yes please. If you are in the US, a great option to get started with this is Rover.com

2 | Become a Vendor at a Local Farmers Market

Do you knit? Bake? Paint? Are you creative in some way? Use those skills to make something you are able to sell, and become a vendor every weekend at a local farmers market! There is such a variety of vendors at markets. Literally people who sell beautiful knit scarves, to people who sell homemade dog biscuits. If you are a maker, put that skill to use!

3 | Open an Etsy Shop

So, staying on topic, if you are a maker of some sort, start an Etsy shop! I know quite a few people who sell their products on Etsy and do really, really well. One was actually able to quit her job and turn her side hustle into a full time job! How amazing is that?

4 | Start A Blog

This is my own personal choice in side hustle. I absolutely LOVE blogging, and the fact that I can bring in a side income from it is just a bonus. If you are passionate about a certain topic, you enjoy writing, and you like helping others, I strongly suggest you start a blog! There are various ways that you can create an income from your blog, some options include:

  • Affiliate Marketing
  • Sponsored Posts
  • Ads
  • Creating and Selling Courses / Digital Products
  • Offering Services via Your Blog

I know many bloggers that have turned their hobby blog into a business and replaced their full time income. I treat my blog as a side hustle, and I have made close to $2500 from it in the past few months. That is just strictly blogging in my spare time.

If you are interested in starting a profitable blog I recommend you check out my tutorial on starting a blog.

If you already have a blog and are interested in making money from it, this is a great post to check out!

5 | Join Ebates

This is not really a side hustle, but it is a fantastic way to save some money! If you shop online often, like I do, simply head to Ebates first and click the store you are shopping from to receive cash back! Some stores offer 2% back while others offer 10-12%! It doesn’t seem like much, but it adds up quickly! And, if you are shopping online anyway, why not take one small extra step and receive some cash back??

Get Started with Ebates today! Use my link to sign up and you will get $10 Cash back when you spend your first $25!

6 | Start Freelancing

There are a few great platforms to help you get started with Freelancing work. The top 3 are:


Upwork is an awesome platform that matches a business or individual seeking specific help with a freelancer.

There are a ton of categories to choose from, whether you have experience in accounting, marketing, writing, web development, graphic design, there is something for everyone.

You can simply check out their full category listings for all the freelancing opportunities available.


Similar to Upwork, Freelancer is another online platform that matches businesses or individuals needs with freelancers that can help them.

Freelancer can be a bit easier to secure jobs, but both Freelancer and Upwork are great.


If you are looking to get into freelancing, this can be a great way to get started selling your services. Most jobs on Fiverr pay $5 (note the name), but you can add in extra services and options to up your value. Many Freelancers start on Fiverr and some even make a full time income using just Fiverr.

Get started today!

7 | Start a Part Time Gig

Take on a part time job. Some great options are retail or waiting tables. Both usually accommodate part time shifts and are flexible so you can work evenings and weekends if that works best for you. Waiting tables is a great part time gig because not only do you get your pay check, you also get tips!

8 | Sell Your Stuff

Selling things you no longer use is a great way to bring in some quick cash. The best way to go about this is by organizing one room at a time and creating 4 piles: A keep pile, a donate pile, a trash pile, and a sell pile.

There are a ton of different ways you can sell your stuff now. Ebay, Amazon, Craigslist, Kijiji is a popular one in Canada, and even Facebook Market Place. Or you can go old school and have a garage sale!

9 | Become a Mystery Shopper

One mystery shopping provider who has a positive, and long-standing reputation is BestMark. They are actually certified and recommended by the MSPA, so you don’t have to worry about being scammed or any legitimacy issues.

They have opportunities in almost all industries, and the requirements to apply are pretty straight forward. You just need to be over 19, have reliable transportation, strong communication skills, and internet access, and that is it!

Your range of earnings vary and could range from $20 to over $100. Plus you can get free meals, free drinks and even free products in the process! Bonus!!

Online shopping tasks and phone calls fall are a little lower in earnings, ranging from $3 to $5 per job, but usually  only take about 5 minutes.

BestMark is often hiring in most states and provinces, so if you have the free time and are interested, this may be a great side hustle for you.

10 | Use Ibotta

Similar to Ebates, Ibotta is a way to earn cash back for simply doing the shopping that you already do.

This cell phone app helps you make money off your shopping receipts. You basically go shopping and then submit your receipt through the app. You can earn anywhere from 50 cents to $5 from almost everything you buy.

When you sign up, you will receive a $10 cash bonus when you make your first scan! Easy Money!

11 | Rent Out a Room

If you have a spare room, rent it out! If you don’t mind having a room mate, it is a great way to earn some extra cash! You could do short term or long term rentals, or even do an AirBnB style rental.

12 | Become an Uber Driver

Uber is in almost every list of side hustles on the internet. But, for good reason. Almost anyone can be an Uber driver! To get approved you just have to fit into a small list of requirements:

  • You must have a valid drivers license (obviously)
  • Be 21 years old + have 3 years of driving experience
  • OR be 23 years old + have 1 year of driving experience
  • You must have vehicle insurance (and YOU must be included on it)
  • You cannot have a criminal record
  • Plus some Vehicle requirements vary (check uber.com/drive/*yourcityname* for your specific city’s details)

Uber is a proven and effective way to earn extra money if you have a vehicle and some free time! The best part is, Uber lets you set your own side hustle schedule and get paid instantly.

13 | Create a Course

Udemy is an online teaching platform that allows you to deliver a course you created to their user base of 20+ million students. Choose a topic, create a course and promote it to a base of prospective students. If you have expertise and experience in a specific field or topic and feel you can deliver value through teaching a course about it, you can have some serious success on Udemy. This is a great option for someone who does not have their own blogging platform to promote their course on, but wants to teach others.


So, there you have it! 13 Side Hustle ideas. I like to think there is something in there for everyone! What are your favorite side hustles? What have you had success with? Let me know in the comments below!



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One Reply to “13 Side Hustle Ideas to Help You Earn a Little Extra Income”

  1. Hey Kendra, great list! I also like how these side hustles are free, or at least have low, start up costs! Dog sitting is my favorite side hustle! Getting paid to pet dogs is a dream.

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