In the pandemic era, people are flocking to the Internet searching for new ways to make money. From side hustles to full-time businesses, the number of opportunities to create money for yourself online is growing by the day and the best part is that you can make money online with any skill and vision you have as long as there is a market for it.
There has never been a better time for building new income streams and going into the new year, if you are not at least thinking about how to strengthen your financial nest egg with at least ONE additional stream of income you are leaving tons of money on the table.
Having multiple income streams is one of the quickest ways to level up your financial situation. You can use your additional streams of income to pad your emergency fund, save up for your dream home, escape an unfulfilling job, pay off credit card debt or student loan debt, save money for travel, or any other goals you have. You can also monetize your skills to launch a new career entirely, one that becomes your primary source of revenue!
And while there are tons of different side hustles you can explore to bring in extra money, you want to make sure you are doing something you actually enjoy. So, what’s “the best side hustle” for you? Let’s deep dive into 77 of the Best Side Hustles for making money online.
We also made a little guide showing you how to hit $20k/months, consistently. Check that out here.
77 Best Side Hustles To Make Money Online.
There are actually 3 main types of online side hustles:
- Freelance or service-based: examples are copywriting, graphic designing, coding, podcast editing, consultant, website designing, etc.
- Content creator/Influencer: examples are blogging, building a brand, sponsored posts, YouTube, selling on Etsy, reselling on eBay, etc
- Passive income-based: examples are creating digital products and courses, real estate rentals, and other sources that pay you without much day-to-day participation.
The type of side hustle that is best for you will depend on your skills, interests, personality type, time availability, and financial goals. It will also depend on your current lifestyle and the lifestyle you desire to have. If you need help picking your profitable passion, take the “5-Day Find Your Profitable Passion Challenge” to find out which ideas you can make money from online and get free resources to actually get you started!
Now not all passions can be turned into a profitable business and some of the side hustle ideas I am going to share with you below are easier to start than others but take a look at the list and then choose the one that resonates with you the most. The good thing is that if one doesn’t work out, there are dozens more to choose from!
01. sell printables online.
One of the best and easiest ways to make money online is with printables. Printables are great for giving people step-by-step instructions or outlines that will help them be more organized and productive as they look to achieve a specific goal.
Even if you don’t have any graphic design skills, you can use free software like Canva to create printables that you can sell on your own website or on sites like Etsy or Shopify.
02. create exclusive content on Patreon or OnlyFans.
If you have a large social media following or online community, you can sell them exclusive content on a subscription type basis using platforms like Patreon and OnlyFans.
This is a really popular way for creators on YouTube, influencers, content creators, photographers, and designers to make extra money online!
03. sell your art on Redbubble.
If you are an artist, designer, or creative, RedBubble is a great place to sell your digital art and designs. Redbubble is a print-on-demand platform that will print your designs on products and do all the shipping and handling for you, so you don’t have to commit to any inventory upfront. It’s like dropshipping for designers!
To get started you (1) upload your designs to products in your shop (2) Customers find and purchase products they love, featuring your designs (3) Products are produced to order and shipped around the world (4) Customers get an awesome product, and you get paid.
Check out Redbubble for more information.
04. become an online coach.
If you become really good at something you better believe there are people out there that will want to know how you did it. From relationship coaching to fitness coaching, becoming a marketing coach or fertility coach, you can take your expertise and easily bring in six figures a year helping people get the results they desire.
05. create an online course and sell it.
Courses are great for giving customers an arsenal of training, tools, and support that helps them put all of the pieces of the puzzle together. The more detailed the higher the price. I have built a multiple 6-figure business selling courses and digital products on platforms like Teachable which makes online course creation idiot-proof. They offer tons of tips, guides, and resources to help you through the entire process of setting up your course or coaching program.
06. create websites for small businesses.
Have experience building custom websites on platforms like WordPress, SquareSpace, or Shopify? Freelancing for small businesses who need help building out and maintaining their websites is a great way to generate income. You can post your services on sites like Upwork or Fiverr or create your own business.
07. become a personal stylist, shopper or image consultant.
If you have a knack for putting together styled pieces that make people look good and feel confident, there is a market for you! A personal stylist or shopper is someone who helps others curate their clothes by giving advice, making suggestions, and sourcing pieces that go well with their brand.
08. proofread for others.
Are you the kind of person who can spot errors from a mile away? If so, maybe starting a freelance proofreading business is in your future. The average salary for a proofreader is $22.35 per hour in the United States. Not bad if you can get clients consistently!
09. write guest posts for business owners.
Love writing for other people? If you have a knack for creating blog posts you can write PLR or become a ghostwriter for online business owners and content creators who may not have the time or desire to write content for their sites.
10. become a brand ambassador or partner.
You can get paid in multiple ways by promoting your favorite products and services on social media. If you have an engaged audience, brands will pay you to post curated content or hire you as a brand ambassador. Some partners will pay thousands for a sponsored post on your social media channel or blog.
Look at the brands you follow, the companies you consistently purchase from, and the businesses that inspire you to create meaningful content. It’s all about the genuine connection you have with a brand, that can translate to influencing the purchases of your followers.
11. become an affiliate marketer.
If you don’t want to go through the motions of creating your own products or selling your own services you can make money online as an affiliate or distributor by selling someone else’s product in which you get a percentage of the sale for connecting the buyer and the seller. This is how I got started in business, as an independent distributor for a health & wellness network marketing company.
There are a variety of different affiliate programs where you can earn a few cents to thousands of dollars with the sale of one product.
12. be a graphic designer.
Graphic design services continue to be in high demand and the opportunities to make money online are limitless. Not everyone has the time, desire, or creativity to create their own graphics. From logos to ad campaigns, websites to videos, there are plenty of opportunities to offer your services as a designer.
13. participate in research focus groups.
Got a flexible schedule? Participate in online paid research studies, surveys, and focus groups. If you qualify you can earn up to $150 an hour by participating in research studies on sites like Respondent.
14. become a social media manager.
Are you a jack of all trades? Social media managers know how to reach people on various platforms and have learned how to master a number of skills that range from developing strategies to increase followers, creating and overseeing social media campaigns, producing content, reviewing analytics, and more.
If you are great with social media you could start your own social media management business.
15. earn money online as a photographer.
Make money as a photographer by booking clients, selling your photos to sites like Adobe Stock and Shutterstock, and or packaging up your expertise. Photographers such as Jenna Kutcher, Jasmine Star, and D’Arcy Benincosa all started out as photographers who took their expertise and flipped it into multiple million-dollar empires selling online courses and digital products.
16. become a virtual assistant.
Virtual assistants can manage everything from social media accounts to email marketing campaigns, admin tasks to customer service.
If you want to become a virtual assistant, a good place to start is on Facebook. Join Facebook groups that target website owners, bloggers, course creators, podcasters, and other small business owners. Connect with people that might need social media management or virtual assistant services.
17. sell on Facebook Marketplace.
Facebook Marketplace is like the upgraded version of Craigslist. You can list and sell items in your local area and keep all the communication within Facebook, so you feel safer when meeting up for the exchange. What stuff could you sell this year?
18. become a Youtuber.
Though it takes a while to gain momentum, you can literally make MILLIONS on YouTube. From product reviews to creative content, if there is something you are interested in, be it makeup, anime, toys, fashion, hair, fitness, etc., you can start recording reviews of products.
19. sell on Etsy.
So many people use Etsy, a popular online marketplace, to sell their handcrafted goods and digital products. If you do well on Etsy you can turn your side business into your full-time living.
20. create physical products.
If you want to sell jewelry, designer handbags, clothing, computers, baby products, or candles, you’ve got a product based business model. If you want to make money selling physical products, you can tap into a network of hot buyers by setting up an online store such as Etsy, Shopify, Amazon or eBay.
You can create and sell your own products, re-brand a product as yours, or have someone who has already created the product drop ship them for you.
21. become a verified expert on JustAnswer.com.
Justanswer.com is an online question-and-answer service that connects users with experts in various subjects. You can get paid as a “verified expert” for answering other people’s questions.
On the website, you’ll find verified experts in the following fields:
- Taxes, financial issues
- Veterinary medicine
- Electrical work
- Electronics, phones
- Computers, software
- Home improvement
There’s also a “General” category that’s a bit of a catchall. How much you can make per answer? It all depends on the amount that the person is willing to pay for the answer.
22. create and sell ebooks.
Ebooks are a simple, highly effective way to deliver written content. You can include actionable steps with instructions, tutorials, and links to help students implement what you teach. You can create an ebook, upload it to your website along with a shopping cart button and you’re in the game. All it costs was your time to create the content. Anyone can turn their expertise into an information product. Anyone!
23. start a blog.
Are you passionate about something that you can write about? Then you may want to share your expertise or experiences in a blog. That’s how I first started making money online.
Now the blog I started 10 years has evolved many times over into what you see today, but it was the ONE thing that jumpstarted my online empire. Because of my blog, I have been able to help hundreds of thousands of women turn their ideas into income generate multiple 6-figures a year doing something I love….helping people take their passion and build profitable online businesses!
24. freelance on Fiverr.
One of my favorite sites especially for the budget-conscious entrepreneur. You can find anything under the sun starting at $5. Need a book cover, help setting up your website, an intro video, logo, voice-over work, tech support, kindle formatting, you can find it here. Fiverr is the best business buddy site online and it’s a popular way to make money online. If you have a skill you can share, why not freelance your skills.
25. sell items on eBay or Craigslist.
Selling things online is one of the easiest ways to make extra money. It’s super easy to list your items and if you can find items that sell fast for cheap and resell them you can make a killing. Popular items that sell fast include collectibles, antiques, brand-name clothing, jewelry, electronics, computers, and cameras just to start. So, if you are looking to start a business with low risk, eBay and Craigslist is a great place to start!
26. sell templates.
From Canva graphics to sales page templates, making and selling templates offers up the opportunity to deliver tools that help your audience achieve a task faster.
27. create digital planners.
Think fitness routine, meals, finance, travel, etc. Planners are great products to sell if your audience wants to keep track of their progress as they work through a problem or process. I started selling my WomanpreneuHER Profit Planner in 2018 and to date, it’s been my #1 selling product with over 50K downloads!!
28. create and host paid challenges.
Fun to consume, challenges guide your audience toward learning a specific goal, skill, technique, strategy, or methodology over a period of time, usually between 3 – 30 days. You can create paid challenges where you charge anywhere from $7 to thousands of dollars to help someone achieve a specific outcome with hands-on actionable guidance.
29. create a membership site.
If your goal is to build recurring revenue by building and serving a community on an ongoing basis, then a membership is the perfect digital product for you to sell! I have a hybrid course and membership site called WomanpreneuHER University and it’s one of the best things I have ever done!
30. sell masterclasses.
Less intensive to create than online courses or membership sites, selling masterclasses designed to provide a “quick win,” can be an easy way to stack some cash. Masterclasses can be delivered pre-recorded or live. Think of them as a 45-90 minute training workshop similar to a webinar but without the sales pitch!
31. launch a mastermind.
Leverage your influence and expertise by offering high-touch, high-ticket programs. These are for coaching those clients who are willing to invest to scale faster or accelerate their results.
32. monetize a Facebook Group.
Facebook groups provide a space where you can communicate and share interests with like-minded people. You can create a group for almost anything and monetize it. Groups can help you expand your reach online, connect with potential customers and generate passive income. You can sell your own products in your group, turn your group into a paid membership or solicit advertising and sponsorship revenues. With Facebook pushing groups more than ever, there is a real opportunity to generate significant income if you can grow a sizeable community.
33. transcribe videos or podcasts for people.
Transcriptionists listen to audio and type, or “transcribe” what they hear. Working as a transcriptionist can be a good way to make money if you are good at typing. You could earn $16 an hour and many places will pay you per audio hour.
34. manage email campaigns.
Email marketing managers and Sales Funnel consultants help businesses generate sales by directing leads through a carefully curated sequence of emails designed to generate end with a purchase, converting subscribers to customers.
35. become an SEO expert manager.
Search engine optimization (SEO) is a crucial part of modern digital marketing and a great skill to learn if you want to make money online. There are a lot of ways to make money online, but none of that will actually work unless you’re able to drive traffic to your site. This is where SEO comes in. Here are a few ways to make money with SEO:
- Offer SEO consulting services
- Start a blog and monetize through ads and affiliates
- Dropshipping other products on your website
- Create an ecommerce website and sell products
- Work in an SEO agency
36. become an amazon seller.
Amazon is a powerhouse in the e-commerce space, and there are tons of ways for you to get a piece of the profits. Here are some ways to make money selling on Amazon:
- Sell Products With Amazon FBA
- Retail Arbitrage
- Publish Your Own Books
- Sell Wholesale Products
- Sell Products Under Amazon’s Private Brands
- Sell Handmade Goods
- Create Custom Merchandise With Merch by Amazon
- Affiliate Marketing via Amazon Associates
- Sell Professional Services
- Trade In Used Goods
- Join Mechanical Turk
- Write Reviews For Amazon Vine
- Become an Influencer
Create a Course to Help Other Amazon Sellers
37. become a video editor.
If you want to make money editing videos, there are plenty of opportunities available. Whether it be working with small business owners to develop a perfect promotional video for their products, or influencers looking to highlight their content in creative ways, the opportunities are endless.
38. become a PR professional.
Interested in helping small business owners build and maintain a brand? PR specialists help businesses position themselves across multiple marketing channels to attract the attention of journalists and media outlets looking for a story. Here’s a quick overview of the skills a PR specialist might have:
- PR collateral (e.g., press page, quarterly updates)
- Writing blog content, press releases, and social media updates
- Media relations
- Marketing and branding
- Public speaking and persuasive writing
39. review websites.
As a small business, it’s important that your site is user-friendly. Because if you’re losing visitors due to poor navigation, lack of clarity, bad design, or crappy content — then you’re losing money. This is why businesses pay good money for third-party reviews of their websites and mobile applications. While you’re not going to get rich with website testing, it is an easy and flexible way to bring in some extra cash. Most tests take between 5-25 minutes to complete and pay an average of $10 per test.
Here’s a list of sites you can explore for testing opportunities:
40. make logos for small businesses.
Do you have graphic design skills? Then use your talents and abilities to sell logos on 99 designs or Fiverr.
41. buy and sell websites.
Did you know you can make money building and selling websites? This is one of the most intriguing ways to make money online. All you need is a computer, internet access, some creativity and time—that’s it!
42. buy domain names.
Yep, you can make a profit buying and selling domain names. Now, the chances of purchasing one domain name and striking it rich are pretty low, so most people who sell domain names have hundreds, if not thousands of them. To be successful, your best bet is to come up with a list of URLs along with several variations for each and start purchasing. Look for coupons or deals that will help cut your cost, and make sure you carefully track the website purchases and corresponding info on a spreadsheet. You can also sell your domain on a website like Flippa.com.
43. become a virtual bookkeeper.
Do you love working with numbers? Are you detail-oriented, organized, and enjoy figures and spreadsheets? Then bookkeeping may be your work-at-home calling! There’s not a lot of setup or equipment required. All you need is a computer, an internet connection, and bookkeeping software.
44. become an online fitness coach.
Did you know that the health and wellness niche is predicted to become a trillion-dollar industry?! If you’d like to grab a piece of the pie, maybe you should consider becoming a fitness coach, weight loss consultant, or joining a health and wellness direct sales company to bring in income for your family!
45. design and sell t-shirts.
Try using your design expertise to create and sell t-shirts — there are a bunch of online platforms that allow you to design, setup up shop, and sell t-shirts for FREE.
46. get paid to review music.
Use sites like Slicethepie to make money reviewing music. They pay you to share your opinion on new songs before they’re released. These reviews go directly to the artists to help them improve what they’re working on. You can also get paid to view advertisements, fashion items, and other pieces of branding.
47. become an affiliate manager.
Many companies and small business owners need assistance with managing their affiliate programs, from creating marketing calendars to coordinating campaigns and interacting with affiliates.
48. resell stock videos.
Do you like to make videos with your phone or camera? Did you make a lot of videos already? Then you are most likely sitting on a gold mine of video clips that could net you a great passive income. You can also sell your stock footage which can be used by a wide variety of industries including influencers, television companies, agencies, businesses, and video productions.
49. become a baby planner.
Do you love babies? Then maybe helping expecting moms is your calling. Baby Planners consult new and expecting parents with the preparation of the birth of their new bundles of joy. If you’re interested in this career, the average Baby Planner can earn $75 per hour!
50. review apps.
If you want to make some extra cash downloading and reviewing apps, sites like Best Review App is an online website that will pay you for your opinions.
51. sell templates and fonts on Creative Market.
Creative Market is an online marketplace for digital products only. So, creators who specialize in creating digital products such as website themes, presentation slides, fonts, social medeia templates, etc., can open shop on this platform, and sell their products.
52. become an interior design consultant.
Online interior design services are a great option for people looking to redesign their homes or start fresh in a new place. It is important to have a strong online portfolio that highlights your design style, specialties, projects, achievements, testimonials, and lots of pictures. This is an ideal way to engage and connect with potential clients.
53. develop wordpress plugins.
With thousands of plugins available in the WordPress Plugin Directory, why not develop your own? If you have basic knowledge and are familiar with PHP, CSS, and HTML then creating your own plugins lets you get paid for helping users add customized functionality to their websites.
54. run Google Adsense campaigns.
If you are an online publisher or blogger you can add some extra revenue to your site by adding advertisements via Google Adsense or Media.net. The easiest way to generate revenue will be to create your own advertising packages. Check with other influencers and blogs in your same traffic rankings for competitive pricing.
55. become a celebrity gifting PR and outreach manager.
Love celebs? Help small business owners with their PR campaigns by getting their products into the hands of today’s most high-profile celebrities. Campaigns will consist of working with small business owners, coordinating gifting opportunities (award shows, baby showers, births, weddings), and then searching various media outlets to catch stars with your client’s product.
56. host online conferences and summits.
Do you love empowering people? Start your own series of conferences, virtual summits, or online retreats. It will involve recruiting speakers, soliciting vendors, and securing sponsors along with event planning, marketing, and a lot of organizing.
57. become a direct sales distributor.
We’ve all heard of direct sales companies like BeachBody, MaryKay, and Herbalife, but did you know that there are thousands of direct sales and network marketing companies? Find one that offers products or services you feel passionate about and start sharing with your network. The Internet allows you to expand your network beyond just friends, family, and local prospects which can exponentially boost your revenue potential.
58. teach English online.
There is a high demand for English speakers and teaching English as a second language (ESL) online has been a great way to earn extra money. You could make on average $20 an hour teaching English to students online with pay ranging from $12 to $39 an hour.
Here’s where you can find work as an ESL teacher:
- iTutor Group
- ESL Jobs World
- ESL Employment
59. become an online tutor.
Online tutoring has been popular in recent years. To be a tutor you generally need qualifications, like a degree or teaching experience. The average reported pay for tutors is $19 an hour with pay ranging from $15 to $20 an hour.
60. start a dropshipping business.
Dropshipping’s popularity is rapidly growing and it is one of the most viable ways to make money online. In case you don’t know what dropshipping is: dropshipping is a business model where you sell a product to a customer, but the supplier stores, packages, and ships the product to your customers on your behalf. Most entrepreneurs focus on marketing strategies such as running Facebook ads, Pinterest marketing, having influencers promote their products, and sending Direct Messages (DMs) to potential customers on social media.
61. become a quiz consultant.
Quizzes are one the most powerful types of client-attracting lead magnets. If you can help small business owners grow their email list bigger (and faster) showing them how to create high-converting quizzes, you may have found your high-paying niche!
62. sell your recipes.
Are you an exceptional cook? Then sell your recipes to magazines, cooking contest websites, or article databases. Magazines will usually pay $25-$500+ if they publish your recipe.
63. get paid to be a captioner.
Captioners must watch videos and accurately type what is said. In addition to transcribing what’s said in the video, you must also be able to describe other sounds you hear, whether it’s music or a sound effect. Captioning jobs can range from writing captions for YouTube videos to working on closed captions for a movie or a brand’s marketing videos.
64. become an online financial planner.
Love finance, business, or economics? Maybe you love crunching numbers? Build an online Financial planning business by helping people make important investment decisions, such as retirement, college, stock purchases, major life events, travel, and more.
65. become a Facebook group moderator.
Do you enjoy managing large groups of people? Manage a brand’s online forums and Facebook groups by keeping spammers out, approving comments, resolving conflicts, starting new conversations, and assisting members with their questions and concerns.
66. become a gift guide creator.
Do you love the holidays and seasonal events? Are you great at curating gifts? Then you may want to think about creating, writing, and publishing gift guides. When putting together a gift guide, you’ll be putting together articles, product reviews, recipes, and features, as well as editing, formatting, and obtaining advertisers to purchase ad space.
67. write grants.
If you have experience writing grants and proposals, as a grant writer, you’ll specialize in writing proposals that invite individuals to donate money to a specific cause. You can post your profile on sites like Freelancer.com and Upwork.com.
68. become an illustrator.
Do you have a talent for drawing, painting and illustration? Use your gifts to create images for websites, books, medical diagrams, presentations, marketing material, or product packaging.
69. become a meal prep specialist.
Make money by sharing your love for planning and prepping meals with your audience. You can create specialized printables like grocery lists, diet plans, and recipe cards or build out a membership program where you share weekly and monthly meal plans. Some popular niches are gluten-free, kid-friendly, vegan, vegetarian curious, and budget-friendly menus.
70. online boutique owner.
If you have a talent for spotting fashion trends and love the thought of sharing products from your favorite brands, you can launch an online boutique that sells the hottest clothes and accessories.
71. become a resume writer.
Very few people enjoy writing resumes, but it can mean the difference between getting a job or being passed over! Professional Resume Writers use words and professional formatting to create a powerful image that presents your client’s employment history and accomplishments to a potential employer.
72. become a software or web developer.
Can you read and write code? Do you understand HTML, CSS, PHP, Java, and SEO? Take your techie skills to help small businesses and corporations create programs and applications that serve their audience.
73. become a translator.
Are you well versed in a foreign language? You can make money online translating documents, correspondence, minutes, and phone calls for businesses that deal with multi-lingual audiences.
74. host twitter parties.
Do you love to tweet? If you have a large and engaged Twitter audience, you may be able to make money online hosting Twitter Parties and helping brands build brand awareness.
75. become a travel planner.
Love all things travel? Search for the best holiday flights, car rentals, and hotel accommodations for your clients. You can also help curate unique travel events and coordinate fun road trips that give your clients one-of-a-kind adventures they won’t soon forget.
76. teach dance virtually.
Many dance teachers and musicians are looking for ways to re-invent themselves. Virtual dance classes are a great way to continue training and connecting with dancers of all ages when in-person classes aren’t possible!
77. become a copywriter.
From emails, social media captions, blog posts, sales pages, and websites businesses will pay thousands for copywriters to write content that converts and boost sales.
Copywriting is a great side hustle idea for those who love to write, have the whit of words, and have perfected the psychology of persuasion.
Whether you are starting a side hustle to bring in extra money or want to be the BOSS of a business you can be passionate about, the key to success is making sure you have a plan to profit. If you know exactly what you want and are looking to start your own online business, do your research, get around a community of like-minded people who can help you along your journey, and go for it.
I also suggest getting with a business coach or someone who can help you navigate the ups and downs of building your particular business type. Different businesses require different skill sets and you don’t want to start a business without knowing the expectations or understanding the amount of energy and resources needed to make it successful.
At the end of the day, you’ll get out of your side hustle what you put into it. Treat it like a business and you’ll make “business type money”. Treat it like a hobby and you’ll make hobby money. The bottom line is this: There are so many opportunities available to you to make money online. Believe that it can be done and commit to the process. You might be surprised by what your “little side hustle” can turn into!
If you’re thinking of creating your own passive income-generating online business, be sure to check out the additional resources at the bottom of this page. You can also join us inside of the FREE WomanpreneuHER FB Group for more tutorials, tips, and training on how to create 6-figure success with online courses and digital products.
Here’s to your 6-figure future!
P.S. What other side hustle ideas have you thought of or done to make money online? What do you think is the best side hustle? Have you picked one of the ways to make money online from this list? How much money have you made? Tell us in the comments below!
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