34). Freelance Writing – Do you love to write and want to get paid for it? Another blogger wrote up a ton of post with a ton of writing gigs. I think it’s easier to get writing gigs if you already have a book of work, aka your blog, but if you have writing samples, you can email them and ask to write for them for money.
35). Fiverr – If you have special skills, you can get gigs on Fiverr for $5 and up. The $5 tasks are super easy ones you can complete in much less than an hour, and for more specialized tasks, you can charge more. Consider charging less at first until you build up 5-10 reviews so you can compete with everyone else. If you need something specialized done here, consider using Fiverr. I’ve gotten some design work done for a logo for some of my other side hustles and it’s always been a great experience.
36). Real Estate Agent – In most places, the time to take a real estate test is around 100 hours. If you’re personable and love showing houses, you can take up real estate agent as a side hustle. Most people are looking at places to live on the weekends and at night due to their regular work schedule anyway.
Famous person: Com Mirza, CEO of Mirza Holdings and “The $500 Million Man”
37). Street/Public Performer – In NYC, there are constantly people dancing, singing, playing instruments/etc on the subway and in Times Square. I’m sure there are public areas in your city too where this goes on. If you’re really talented, you can make a mint performing in public. It doesn’t even require you to get booked! You just need to get out there and start performing. Maybe you’ll get scouted if you’re really amazing. Post it on Youtube and Facebook, people love this kind of stuff.
38). Magician – Learn some magic and perform at kids’ birthday parties or other celebrations. Look for your first clients in Facebook groups or through your contacts. Charge a low hourly at first and increase your price as you get more business. Once word of mouth spreads, you’ll get more clients.
39). Balloon Art – Learn how to make balloon art and market yourself to companies, celebrations, etc. Post in neighborhood Facebook groups and ask if you can leave flyers around neighborhood haunts.
40). Face Painting – They frequently have these for children at celebrations. Learn how to face paint animals on faces and offer up your services.
41). Bartending – Is it any wonder this is on the list as people seem to throw a dollar bill or two for every drink they get? This is also a pretty cool skill to have when you’re hosting an event.
42). Focus Groups – You sit around answering questions, along with debating and analyzing a specific product or service. At the end you get paid pretty nicely for your time. They are a bit more targeted than online or phone surveys. Some of them pay $100/hr or higher, but you need to qualify. When I did it, I spent quite a bit of time applying for focus groups to not get them – you won’t get to participate in every single one.
43). Mystery Shopping – There’s mystery shopping in every industry. Hotels, banks, restaurants, retail, etc. Most of them consist of you commenting on how a company’s service is, but a few ask you to purchase items ahead of time and reimburse you. So free food, hotel rooms, clothing items, etc. You’ll need to have good attention to detail and the ability to write a narrative void of spelling and grammatical errors.
Set a target for an hourly wage you’d like to make and stick to it. I always targeted ones that were $50/hr or more, but they don’t come up super often. Most things were probably in the range of $10-$20/hr. I’ll be writing up a giant list of all the mystery shopping companies I’ve tried (well over 75) soon. Sign up below to get updates to the blog so you’ll know when it comes out.
44). App Creation – If you know how to code and have a great idea for an app, you can code one in your spare time. Almost all apps fail, but even if it does, you’ll have something in your portfolio to show other people who might hire you to create their app. It’s also a great thing to have on your resume for programming jobs.
45). Merch by Amazon – If you know how to do great graphic design, you should try out Merch by Amazon. You design the T-Shirt and then Amazon prints it on demand, and then ships it out for you. All you have to do is make a design. You’ll need to request an invitation and wait for the acceptance. It’s been months and I still haven’t been accepted, so I guess it’ll be a happy surprise when I do.
46). Teespring – This company does the same thing as Merch by Amazon, but you don’t need to request an invitation – you’re just automatically invited. Amazon’s search power is greater though because people are buying more things off of it, so you can list your designs in both places once you’re accepted to Merch.
47). Etsy – You can create printables, inspiring quote art pieces, etc. and then sell the digital download on Etsy. You can also sell homemade crafts on there as well.
48). Makeup Artist – Offer up services to put makeup on. Do it for free on a few friends and post before and after pictures so they can see your skills.
49). Hair Stylist – Same as the makeup artist, but with hair. Though it may seem easy to you, styling hair hard for most people and they don’t want to learn right before a big event.
50). Musical Artist – You can perform in a band in restaurants or clubs. There are restaurants I know which have pianists every night, and places that have live music every Thursday. There are jazz bands, Offer to perform for them, potentially for free so they can give you a referral or decide to hire you full-time.
51). Singer – Same thing as with musical artists, but you’re looking for a solo performance.
52). Calligrapher – If you’re artistically talented, consider picking up a few books, quills, and ink bottles and mastering the art of calligraphy. People want customized placecards, writing on black chalkboards for events, calligraphy letters sent for weddings and special celebrations, etc. They’re also willing to pay high hourlies for this kind of talent. Each Whole Foods I’ve ever been to has had fancy calligraphy and blackboard art. Most coffee shops in NYC have calligraphy art too.
54). Videographer – Do you already have an expensive camera rig, know how to shoot video and edit it? You can hire yourself out to weddings, special celebrations, real estate agents (filming expensive houses), etc. Bonus points if you can create high quality video with a drone because those are the types of luxury videos people are willing to pay more for.
55). Photographer – In NYC, wedding photography frequently runs in the thousands just for a single day. Maybe your area is not as exhorbitant as mine, but photographers get paid quite a bit for special celebrations. Offer to shoot a few friends’ engagements, weddings, special celebrations, or even just a beautiful couple or person’s photos. Once you set up a website and showcase your talent with those photos (consider a watermark) you can offer your services to others. If so, check out a site like Shutterstock. You send your photos to Shutterstock and if they are approved, each time one of Shutterstock’s clients downloads one of your photos you’ll get a paid a royalty.
56). Piano Tuner – Are you familiar with the innards of a piano? You can buy an electric piano tuner and work on tuning pianos. There’s a ton of keys, but the hourly freelance rate for this is pretty awesome.
57). Alterations – Do you know how to sew, hem, and take in clothing? You should become an alterations specialist. I usually take my clothes in to Chinatown to get alterations done, but if there were a closer friend or person who did this I’d be willing to take it to them instead. Create some business cards, flyers, and a landing page and use your sewing skills to make some extra cash.
58). Licensing Music — Just like stock photos you can license and earn a royalty off of your music when someone chooses to use it. Music is often licensed for YouTube Videos, commercials, and more.
59). Sports Referee – From a baseball ump to a soccer referee, you could have a lot of side gigs related to referring sports. If you love sports and kids, this is perfect, because you get to watch sports and kids play at the same time!
60). Notary – You’ll need to pay for the notary certification (government regulation). You should Google “Notary requirements” + your city/state because they’re different in whatever location you’re in. You can set up a website to offer your notary services 24/7. If someone needs to get something notarized at 11PM at night (lawyers, bankers, etc), they’ll pay through the nose for it.
61). DJ – Have a turntable and know how to get people dancing by mixing some tunes? Get your hustle on and start canvassing places that might pay you for your skills. Go to bars, restaurants, clubs, college fraternities/sororities, etc. Post in your local Facebook group to see if anyone is having a special celebration.
62). Voiceover Artist – I’m not sure why voiceover artists make so much money, but that’s great news for you! If you have an amazing voice to listen to, consider doing some auditions!
63). Background Actor/Extra – Getting paid while being in the background of a set sounds like a lot of fun. Maybe you’ll meet someone famous (be calm, be calm!).
64). Bounty Hunter – You find people who the government are looking for. It’s probably a dangerous side hustle.
65). Insurance Recovery Agent – These people track down stolen goods and are rewarded a commission from the insurance company. It’s cheaper for the insurance company to pay a commission than to payout the entire policy.
66). Private Detective – If you’re good at spying, stalking, and piecing together information, you should consider this one.
67). Personal Training – Is your body in incredible shape? Do you like to go to the gym? Can you teach other people how to exercise correctly, eat right, and motivate them into being the best version of themselves physically? If yes, you could become a personal trainer. Offer a first session guarantee if they don’t like it if you’re starting out. It makes people trust you and over time you can get clients by word of mouth.
68). Group Fitness Instructor – Gyms need instructors for Spin, HIIT, Zumba, Yoga, Barre, Pilates, etc. and luxury complexes are adding gym classes to make their amenities more enticing for new residents. Make sure you know which new buildings are going up so you can be first in line to offer your services.
69). Resume Writer – Are you outraged at those who have resumes longer than 1 page? Do you mutter “why are there no quantitative points on this resume”? Know how to make someone shine on a piece of paper? Consider becoming a resume writer. If you can get people a great job that pays more, why wouldn’t they pay you for your services?
71). College Admissions Consultant – Did you get into a great college and understand the process? You can charge for your expertise and help other people navigate the process.
72). Financial Coaching – If you’re reading this blog, you’re likely interested in finance. If you’re an expert, you can charge others for financial consulting. It’d be cheaper than AUM fees and you’d be helping someone else get their finances in order.
73). Organizational Expert – Do you find you’re amazing at labeling clear boxes and sorting items so that a room is neater? Well, there’s plenty of people who aren’t good at those things or who don’t want to do them. The next time you see a messy closet or room, ask if you can help organize it for a small bit of extra cash. Get a great review and take before and after pictures. Set up a quick website to showcase your work.
74). Car Mechanic – Tell your friends you’ll charge lower rates than the autoshop and help fix their car’s whenever they have issues. It’ll be a win-win for both of you.