There is a large number of Americans who engage in a side hustle or have a another part-time job to earn some additional income.

And there is no shame in that. Making some extra dough or participating in a hobby that earns you money is a great thing. Especially if you live in an expensive city or have to take care of yourself or your family.

So if you are interested in putting a little more cash in your wallet, here are 14 side hustle ideas you can do in addition to your job or school.

1) Tutor

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If you excel in a particular subject or have a decent skill, you can earn some money by extending your services to those who are willing to learn. There are plenty of students who need tutors online or in-person. If you know any local tutoring centers or children in your neighborhood who needs extra schooling, you can definitely advertise yourself. Read here how exactly to become a free-lance tutor.

On the other hand, you can also teach your skills online via services like Skillshare. Here, you can create your first class and try to gain members or students. From there, you will get paid monthly based on how many members watch your class.

2) Baby-sit

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The great thing about baby-sitting is that as long as there will be people having kids, there will always be the demand and need for those to take care of the kids. Every day, ,any parents need someone to pick up their children after school or watch them while they are at work. So if you can tolerate young children, you might want to consider baby-sitting and some money to pay off your phone or grocery bills.

If you know people in your neighborhood or apartment complex who are looking for baby-sitters, you should definitely extend your services. And, it’s important to maintain good relationships because you will be able to grow your social network and references. On the other hand, you can check out websites like or to try and become a baby-sitter.

3) Care for Pets: Dog Walker or Cat-Sitter

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I can’t speak for other states, but there are a lot of New Yorkers who would pay well for their dogs to be walked. Many people simply do not have the time in the morning to take their dog out to the park or around the block. So, if you are someone who loves dogs and has some extra time in the morning, you can consider becoming a dog walker. And, being a dog walker pays pretty well in New York City – Glassdoor says the average base pay for a dog walker is around $27,662 a year.


As a cat owner, I pay a lot of money to my cat sitters because I want my cats to be well-taken cared of. So if you have anyone in your apartment building who needs a cat sitter and you aren’t allergic to cats, why not offer to cat sit for them? The great thing about this job is that you only have to feed the cats, change their water, clean their litter boxes, and play with the cat for about 15 minutes a day.

4) Become a Fitness Instructor or Trainer

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If you are someone who goes to the gym on a regular basis and knows the ins and outs of working out and general health, you can turn that fitness passion into a second job by being a freelance fitness [personal] instructor or trainer. Check out your nearby gyms or fitness centers to see if they are hiring.

5) Blog

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Have a lot to say? Have some opinions you would like to formally write out instead of tweeting it? If you have an affinity for writing, you can definitely start a blog and earn revenue through ads or brand deals. Creating a blog isn’t easy however; you need to pick a general idea of what your blog is going to be about, set up social media accounts to advertise your blogs, and build up your articles and social network.

6) Freelance Photographer

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If you are particularly good with a camera and enjoy taking photos, you can make some money by selling your high-quality photos to stock websites or extend your services to bloggers/writers who may need original photo content.

7) Medical Actor

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Did you know that you can apply to be a fake medical patient? Students in medical schools and real doctors always need volunteers to act as patients for experience. If you are interested, check out your local hospitals and medical schools for any listings.

8) Complete Surveys & Research Studies

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There is a great number of services – such as MTurk and Swagbucks – where you can get paid some extra cents to fill out surveys and participate in research studies. Note, this side hustle is for those who might only have a few minutes of extra time throughout the day since you will only be making peanuts for each survey or research study you complete. However, eventually the money will build up over time.

9) Translate online

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If you read, write, and speak another language fluently, you can use that to your advantage by working for translating sites where you can teach people other languages or translate certain content for clients. Check out some services such as: Unbabel, Speakt, and fairlingo.

10) Sell clothes 

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If you have some old, used, or un-worn clothing you want to get rid of, you can definitely earn some extra cash selling it to second-hand stores or online. Sites like Ebay, ThredUP, Craiglist, Depop, and Poshmark allow anyone to post pictures of clothes they want to sell and communicate directly with willing consumers. You can check out a recent Bagel Daily’s article on how to get rid of your used clothing.

11) Sell your made goods

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Do you knit? Crochet? Make paintings? Cash in your talent by selling your home-made goods in a flea market or online like Etsy! The amazing thing about the Internet is that there are people all over the world who are looking for interesting and niche products that you may be able to provide.

12) Invest

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Yes, investing in stocks is a side hustle because it takes a lot of time and resources to research the stock market and actually figure out what you are doing. For those who do not want to fully immerse yourself in stocks or want to invest passively, you can download an app service that invests for you such as Acorn or M1 Finance. Or, you can fully immerse yourself and day-trade but you’ll have to look at the stock market every day to keep up with the numbers.

13) Host an AirBNB

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I know this is highly unrealistic for most people, but if you have an extra room or another apartment, you can certainly rent out your place in AirBNB. However, make sure that it is legal in your apartment or community!

14) Lend your writing services online

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This is quite vague, but there are many ways for you to use your writing skills to make some extra money. Online, there are many jobs of transcribing, proofreading, editing documents, or freelance writing for other media sites.

If you are in school, have a part-time job, have some free time on your hands, or just want to make some extra cash, I definitely encourage you to take on a side hustle that could double as a hobby or that will enable you to help others.