Side Hustles that ACTUALLY Make Money
As the digital world grows, there are more and more side hustles available for you to make money on your own time. Here are the ones actually worth your time.
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We are bombarded by Pinterest and Instagram graphics telling us to be our own boss. They typically have a picture of a boss ass babe wearing red bottom heels and a pencil skirt with a fiesty and empowering quote overlaid on top.
It’s pretty much everyone’s dream.
Be an entrepreneur.
Travel the world.
Take Instagram worthy photos on the beaches of Bali.
Have a bank account with seven figures, a Range Rover, and a French Bulldog.
I’m not sure about the last one, but I feel like every Instagram Influencer has a Frenchie. Am I wrong?
I’m not here to promise you the above in a week, a month, or even a year. Hell, I’m not going to promise you those things AT ALL. Because, ultimately, each of the above achievement comes from tons and tons of hard work and a little luck.
But, I can show you a few side hustles to actually make money. Put an extra tank of gas in your car, buy a few Christmas gifts, pay the utility bill, or take your friends out for dinner.
And I’m NOT going to try and get you to sign up for any MLMs or take surveys that pay 1¢ for 5 minutes of your time. I hope this list can help you make an informed decision on how to best supplement your income with a side hustle.
Non-Scammy Side Hustles to Make Money
What I mean when I say not scammy is not having to post on your Facebook everyday asking if your friends want to PM you for details on how to get rich. We all have that friend.
Ok… there was a time where I was that friend. I dropped $100 in a Pyramid Scheme in hopes of making $800 that same day by getting others to put out $100.
Do you know what happened?
I lost a-freaking-$100!
So, when I say non-scammy, I mean not going to lose you any money or friends in the process.
Selling Your Photos
Are you a pretty good photographer with an eye for design? If you have a camera and a little bit of editing knowledge, you can sell your photos on a number of stock photography websites.
A few websites with good commissions on photos are:
- Shutterstock (25% commission)
- Fotolia (20%-63% commission)
- iStock (15%-45% comission)
- Dreamstime (50% commission)
Some of the above websites will ask that you create a free account and then submit 3-5 sample photos for review before allowing you to sell your photography.
I recently used Instacart as a consumer and instantly fell in love. Now I’m finding that I use it almost weekly. And it got me thinking about how you could make money being an Instacart shopper.
So, I went to trusty Reddit to see how legit it really was.
Seems like that’s pretty good money for a fair day’s work.
I’m not sure if there is a policy on having your children with you, but it might be something to look into if you are a stay-at-home mom who wants to make a little side cash.
Granted, this person is working more than full time at this “side hustle”, but it’s proof that even if you live in an area with lower delivery charges, there is money to be made.
There are two different types of shoppers, full-service and in-store shoppers. The full service requires you have access to a vehicle, shop for, and deliver orders. On the other hand, the in-store shopper simply works in the store picking orders but does not do deliveries.
You can look into being an Instacart Shopper Here.
Walk Dogs with Rover
If you are a pet lover, this may be the perfect opportunity for you. Rover is the largest network of dog parents and allows you to pick which services you want to provide to potential clients.
Pet boarders, those who welcome dogs into their home and watch them overnight earn the most money. But, you can also make money walking dogs, operating a doggy daycare from your home, or house sitting at the pet’s parents home.
You work on your own time and they offer 24/7 support including vet support. Their site says you can make up to $1000 per month.
You can sign up or see more information here.
Sell Your Skills on Fiverr
Are you especially talented at something? Of course you are! Maybe you are amazing at managing and growing an Instagram page. Or you draw really awesome characters.
Fiverr allows you to take your talent and turn it into money. Browse through their categories and you might be surprised what you can do. They offer relationship advice, astrology readings, beta reading, flyer and poster design, and more.
Start selling your skills on Fiverr here.
Start a Blog
This one isn’t going to make you a bunch of money really fast unless you go viral and get lucky enough to retain those readers. But, this is how I left my high-paying bartending job (okay, I got fired for some stupid shit) and started making $5,000 a month on my other blog.
It’s passive money, meaning once you are established the money will keep coming. I mean, you have to maintain your website and add new content. But, even when you are away from your computer you will be making money.
If you want to best breakdown of how to start a profitable blog, check out my How to Start a Blog post that’s 6,600 words long. AKA, in-depth AF.
Clean People’s Houses
If you keep a tidy home and know how to mop a floor and run a vacuum, you can easily make a side hustle out of it. There are always busy or elderly people who want someone to come in and clean for them.
You can decided which services to provide and then list them on Housekeeper.com or even Craigslist or your city’s Facebook group.
On Housekeepr.com you can also see what people are looking for and then reach out to people who are looking for what you are providing at a price point that suits you.
“Less-Conservative” Ways to Make Money on the Side
Before you keep reading, I’m going to warn you: if you are conservative with nudity or sex in general, the following options may upset you. I think everyone is entitled to their own body rights and that how you showcase your body is up to you.
I’m not recommending prostitution below, just for clarity. And also, you must be 18 to partake in any of the below options.
However, I do want to include these options as I have a very dear friend who has taken on these hustles and made a lot of money. So, in fairness, the people who might be interested deserve to know.
Turn back now if it makes you uncomfortable.
Become a Cam Model
This is a very lucrative business if you can do it. One of my very close friends was a cam model for a few years and she said her lowest month after establishing herself was around $7,000.
There are some hoops you have to jump through to do this. Many sites will require you to upload a valid ID next to your face to prove your age. And some may have a probationary period for withdrawing earnings.
You decide what you do and how much you show on cam. But what you want to do is show off your personality and create a consistent schedule so that you gain regular viewers.
While I don’t want to link to them, as I know it can sometimes be hurtful to a blog to attach itself to any sort adult website, I will list a few below to checkout.
- Cam Soda
- Live Jasmin
Sell Your Underwear
This option may seem strange or creepy to some, but it’s a less involved way to make money in a fetish market. And who am I to judge a person for what turns them on? There are a few websites out there that offer a place to sell your used underwear.
However, after some research, I found that the best way to go about selling your panties is on Craigslist. Everyone on Craigslist is anonymous and you can send your undies via USPS with no return address and use Cash App for anonymous transactions (just don’t have your real name attached to your Cash App account).
After browsing Reddit, women are selling one pair of panties that they wore for a day for $25-$60 a piece! And all you have to do is wear them for a day, maybe workout in them or go for a walk. Then, exchange info and money and put your package in the mail.
In today’s technologically advanced world, there are unlimited ways to make money. But, you are going to have to work for it regardless of if it’s online or if it’s in-real-life. So, stay committed. Decide on a goal and keep working at it.
I hope you found this post useful. If you did, be sure to share it with others who might enjoy hearing about new side hustles or just pin the photo below to your finance board on Pinterest.