There's no shortage of side hustles in the gig economy. 2020 has forced us to get creative with ways to earn passive income and learn new things. Side hustles can be literally anything: landscaping, delivery, writing, sharing your car, photography. If someone pays you to do it, it’s a side hustle. Some are easier than others, but the great part is you can dictate your own schedule and what kind of work you do. Side hustles can generate hundreds of dollars a month in income and sometimes even turn into full-fledged independent businesses.
Here are our top 10 picks for the best gig economy jobs and side hustles to put some extra money in your wallet.
Put your car to work when you’re not driving. Car sharing is one of the best low-effort, high-reward ways to earn passive income. Car sharing companies like Avail handle logistics, customer service, and protect your car with insurance. You simply drop off the keys and earn money. Avail is at airports and in apartment buildings across the U.S.
Earning potential: regular sedans and mid-sized cars can earn up to $20/day. SUVs can earn up to $25/day because of increased demand. Have an extra car? Share long-term and earn up to $300 a month guaranteed.
Driving for Uber, Lyft, or any other ridesharing service is a great way to learn the ins and outs of your city in addition to meeting interesting people from all over.
Earning potential: driving for a ridesharing company definitely involves a lot of work, but drivers make anywhere from $9-$12 an hour and more during surge periods. That’s around $364/month for about 4 hours a week.
If driving people doesn’t sound too appealing, you have options. You can deliver for UberEats, Postmates, or any one of the dozens of delivery services. Delivery driving can be a great way to unwind by yourself, listen to music or podcasts, and earn passive income while you’re at it.
Earning potential: delivery rates are different based on the company, and are based on different factors (market, how much the company takes, bonus, etc.). On average, delivery drivers/shoppers make around $14-$17/hour, some even as high as $25. Plus, you can get tips!
Get paid to play with dogs. Do we need to say more? The work can be a bit dirty (you know why) but becoming a dog walker can be an excellent, low-stress way to earn some fun money for streaming services or going out.
Earning Potential: services on Wag and Rover on average range between $20-$50.
If kids are more your thing, try babysitting. Gone are the days where word-of-mouth was the only way to find families in need of a sitter. Now, sites like care.com (among many others) verify caregivers and post listings for babysitters.
Earning Potential: on Average, babysitters in the U.S. make around $17/hour, but can hit as high as $40/hour.
Have a passion for art, crafts, or social media? Selling things on Etsy or showcasing your style through your own blog can be a lucrative way to earn money through sales or advertising. Though if you are trying to go the blogger/influencer route, be prepared for a lot more work upfront while growing your following.
Earning Potential: varies wildly depending on demand, product, and audience reach. The great thing is, it’s all up to you.
Sites like ThreadUp and Poshmark are great ways to turn your old closet into cash. While it’s not always lucrative, it can be a fun way to earn passive income, as well as help reduce waste. Luxury consignment sites like The RealReal can pull in bigger paydays.
Earning Potential: varies with item, quality, demand, etc. Common, everyday clothes can net anywhere from $10-$20 with high-quality luxury items going for $100+.
A lot of opportunities on Task Rabbit are for handy-people installing TVs or various home fixtures, but there are a fair number of simple tasks, too. Task Rabbit lets you help folks willing to pay for something they don’t know how to do (or don’t want to do) themselves.
Earning Potential: taskers earn on average about $110/month from various jobs depending on the difficulty and time commitment.
Let’s be honest, this can be a boring route, but actually pays pretty well. Participating in a LOT of surveys, a scientific study, or joining corporate focus groups can net you up to $100/hr in certain situations. The downside? Criteria can be ultra specific and require months of coming back for check-ins.
Earning potential: it depends; surveys can pay anywhere from $10-$15 in gift cards, focus groups up to $100-200 per session depending on time, company, etc.
If you’ve read it, it means someone, somewhere wrote it (this article included). There’s a near-endless amount of freelance writing opportunities on sites like Upwork, Fiver, and Craigslist. Be prepared to do some low-paying or free work up front while you build your portfolio. Many companies will want writing samples to vet your skills.
Earning Potential: varies with project and experience. Just starting out, writers can expect anywhere from $50-$150/month. Experience freelancers can earn anywhere from $500-$1,000+/month.
Every opportunity to earn extra income comes with pros, cons, and tradeoffs. Ask yourself how much time you’re willing to commit per week outside of your own job. What resources can you use? What talents do you have? There are dozens of options, with some taking more effort than others. At the end of the day, a side hustle is something to be done on the side, on your own terms. Always keep your mental health top of mind to make it fun and prevent burn out.
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