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7 Top Side Hustles for Busy People

Updated: Jul 8, 2021

Side hustles sound like a great idea when you first think about them, but most people do not have one. The question is simple: How do I get started? You may be concerned that you need a significant amount of time or money to master specific skills and that you might be overly committed and stressed.

The good news is that many side hustles are stress-relieving and may not require special skills. They also allow you to take complete control of your time, making a difference in your finances. We all can use some extra money. If you can read, write, make videos, or are open to learning various skills, you can make extra money. Side hustles are a way to get extra income while still maintaining your day job.

1) Freelance Jobs

The freelancer market has grown over the past few years. There are so many ways to make money online from freelancing. You can provide bookkeeping services, post social media online for a business (If you already post on Facebook or tik tock why not get paid), Photography, Voice-over for books, or become a virtual assistant! You can earn good money by just writing. Just join platforms like Upwork, Fiverr, Freelancer, and many more to get a job instantly. It is free to sign up on these platforms.

What you can do Now!

  1. Figure out your passion ( graphic designer, voice-over, writing, social media, etc.)

  2. Register for free on a freelance platform like Fiverr

2) Blogging

There are over 200 million blogs on the internet, and around 31.7 million bloggers reside in the U.S alone. You can connect with any audience by sharing your ideas and opinions while earning money. You can write about something that is a passion for you. For example, you may want to write about how to include exercising in your busy life or quick meal prep ideas. These are examples of a great way to get the message out and get paid. It is free and easy to set up a blog site. There are several platforms, such as WordPress or Wix. After setting up your blog, you can monetize by having Affiliate Marketing links, putting ads on your blog with companies like Google AdSense, or sell private ads.

What you can do Now!

  1. Write about what you are already passionate about (cooking, parenting techniques, exercising, fashion, make-up, decorating, etc.)

  2. Set up a free blog account with a company such as WordPress, Wix, etc.

3) YouTube

YouTube is a great source to earn cash if you are passionate about making videos. The flexibility of YouTube makes it a good side hustle. You can create videos on any topic at any time. Do you have any art skills? Show it on YouTube and create a tutorial. After your channel is eligible to monetize, you can earn money from your videos by placing ads through the AdSense program. Once you have at 1,000 subscribers and at least 4000 watch hours in the past 12 months, you are on your way to begin to monetize your channel!

What you can do Now!

  1. Brainstorm what topic you want to record your videos. For example, art, music, or solve a problem.

  2. Then set up a free Gmail account and YouTube Account.

  3. Start recording your first video!

4) Affiliate Marketing

If you are business-oriented or into marketing, then Affiliate Marketing is for you. You can work with companies like eBay, Amazon, Yahoo and promote products that you think you can convince people to buy. You earn according to how many new customers you can bring to the business from your product links. It is therefore essential to choose the right affiliate partner and the right products.

What you can do Now!

  1. Start your blog, youtube channel, or website.

  2. Reach out to your company of choice and sign up for their Affiliate Marking Program to add links on your blog, youtube, or website and start getting paid.

5) Walk Dogs or Care for Cats

If you love animals and don’t mind walking dogs or caring for cats, why not get paid. One online platform is It typically pays $12 and $15 per half-hour.

What you can do Now!

  1. Create a profile on one of the platforms or tell your friends and neighbors you are available for services.

  2. Start walking dogs and get paid!

6) Rent Space with Airbnb

If you have a home or apartment and you want to earn extra by renting some of your space out, then you should take a look at Airbnb. This online rental community is becoming more popular year after year, and it offers many benefits to tenants. Of course, the rental price is essential. With the help of Airbnb, you can have a guest stay in your space and get paid daily, weekly or monthly. You can sign up for free and get a client reservation in no time.

What you can do Now!

  1. Create a free profile on Airbnb or a similar platform.

  2. Get your first tenant and get paid!

7) Teaching an Online Course

If you are proficient in a particular subject, why not get paid. English, History, Science, Art, and all other various skills are welcome! Additionally, several websites allow you to teach English worldwide through video chat sessions, and teachers can earn $22 per hour! Teaching English online is an excellent option as it provides good pay and usually offers fantastic scheduling flexibility for those looking to create a sound income stream online.

What you can do Now!

  1. Sign up for a free profile on a website such as Udemy or Upwork.

  2. Upload your course curriculum and record your first video.

  3. Get paid!

Other side hustles include:

  • Drive for Uber or Lyft

  • Sell on Amazon

  • Sell Photos online (

  • Be a Task Rabbit (

  • Deliver Groceries (

  • Deliver for Restaurants (Doordash or Grubhub)

  • Sell on eBay, Esty, or Facebook (Shop at a thrift store and sell online or sell your own stuff)

  • Buy Stocks

  • Babysit

  • Write an ebook

Whether you are retired, parenting with kids, working a full-time job, there is always something you could do to earn extra cash! Don’t just think about doing it. Do it Now!

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