Sometimes it can feel like modern life has created so many obstacles to being financially successful. It’s true that there’s more student debt now than ever, and many people are waiting later in life to buy homes or get married. But we also have unique opportunities to create side incomes that generations before us didn’t have. However, there are a lot of “side hustles” that don’t make you any money or only make you a couple of bucks per month. In this article, we’ll talk about 6 side hustle ideas that actually work and allow you to make $100 or more per day.
1: Walk Dogs
Walking dogs might be one of the simplest side hustles there is (if you like dogs, that is). Sites like Wag and Rover make it really easy to sign up and start making money. It helps if you have some experience with dogs yourself since you’ll make a profile to attract clients.
You can be paid by the walk and per dog, and you can make anywhere from $13 to $20 an hour. The barrier to entry is pretty low, and if you line up a number of walks, you could easily make $100 per day. If you love animals, this might just feel like a stroll in the park with some new buddies.
With Wag, you can be a dog walker, dog sitter, or dog boarder. Dog boarding brings in the highest pay rate of the three (you have to be OK with a strange animal staying in your house overnight). To start walking with Wag, you provide info about your experience with dogs, take a quick test on your knowledge of leashes and harnesses, and take an assessment to show how you’d handle unpredictable dog behavior.
With Rover, you can be a dog walker, pet sitter, boarder, plus you can run your own doggy daycare out of your house. This is a great option for people who work from home and can keep an eye on a few animals throughout the day.
2: Flip Furniture as a Side Hustle
It takes a little time to get this side hustle idea going, but it can be very lucrative once you’ve got the hang of it. You can start out by getting free furniture off of Craigslist or score cheap pieces at garage sales. Stick to small items like end tables, night stands, and small dressers. Adding a distressed finish to the item can give it some trendy value, so try to find pieces that are made of wood and haven’t been painted—removing old paint is an extra step you don’t want to deal with.
If you’re able to create things that look nice and are functional, you could make a decent profit. Think about it. Everyday items you buy at retail stores have multiple levels of markup, so who’s to say you can’t sell a table for $80 that cost you $20 to buy? You can easily pull down $100 per day with some effort. And remember to count the hours you put into making a piece. If something takes you longer, you can justify selling it for a higher price. Check out our page on flipping furniture for more ideas.
3: Offer House Cleaning Services
Cleaning houses is a centuries-old side hustle. There’s always work available, and with a little marketing, you can position yourself as the go-to housecleaner in your area. There are no tests to take or certifications to get. And you can start pretty fast if you get the word out in your local network.
You can expect to make $15 to $25 per hour cleaning houses, and many of your clients will be flexible about what time of day you clean. Cleaning one large house can get you $100 per day or more depending on your rate. When you’re working, it’s a good idea to use a cleaning checklist to keep track of what you’ve done already. As the hours go by, you might circle back to a place you’ve already cleaned if you aren’t careful.
Be sure to know exactly what the client wants to have done; it’s never fun to have to redo your work. Also, see if you can use supplies that the client has. Don’t use up all their supplies, of course, but it’s good to ask if there’s anything you can use. There aren’t a lot of expenses when you run a house cleaning business, but supplies are something to consider. This will help you save on your costs and make more money in the long run.I had to clean my house for two hours today just to tell my guests: Sorry for the mess! #SideHustle #Cleaning Click To Tweet
4: Deliver Groceries
The simple act of grocery shopping hasn’t been immune to the gig economy. Nor the growth of on-demand services. Instacart accomplishes both by providing delivery services for people with grocery lists, and by giving jobs to people who get that done. Instacart lets people upload a shopping list and get their groceries delivered to their door. And they need an army of people to do that work.
You don’t actually need to own a car to work for Instacart. Now, if you want to deliver groceries, you do. But Instacart employs people part-time in some locations to just fill orders in store. These are called in-store shoppers. You show up, do a grocery shopping shift, and go home.
The other kind of Instacart worker is a full-service shopper. Full-service shoppers are independent contractors and have more of a flexible schedule, but they are required to have their own car. Sometimes, full-service shoppers are only required to deliver orders since the orders may be fulfilled by an in-store shopper. Factors that affect pay include mileage, items in cart, boost periods, and tips.
The main perk is being able to choose your own schedule (though in-store shoppers have some restrictions). On average, you can expect to make between $15 and $20 an hour working for Instacart and for sure $100 per day with some calculated hustle.
5: Do Gigs on Craigslist
You need to be a little careful with this side hustle since there can be weird jobs and even scams on Craigslist. But the good side is that people are looking for immediate help with a variety of jobs. You could be a doorman one day and a bartender for a wedding the next.
The more skills you have of your own, the better chance you have of getting gigs on Craigslist. It’s great if you have experience working in different fields like retail, food service, or construction. And certifications can help a lot, like being able to serve alcohol or operate warehouse equipment.
But if even if you don’t have much experience, you can still find some decent jobs on here, ranging from $13 to $20 an hour. $100 per day is very achievable with this game plan. The gigs section of Craigslist is further broken down into eight categories: computer, creative, crew, domestic, event, labor, talent, and writing. The event and labor categories are great options for people without specialized experience. You can find gigs like moving help, landscaping, medical studies, and event staff in these categories.
Gigs in the computer section could involve computers or they could be remote gigs. Some remote jobs pay very little, so be sure to check out the opportunity thoroughly before you agree to do anything. The crew section is more for people with film and stage crew experience, while talent and creative sections have gigs for musicians, photographers, and other creatives.
Part of this side hustle is about numbers. The more ads you respond to, the better chance you have of landing work. It’s also a good idea to check listings daily and respond to new ones regularly, rather than check them once a week and send out responses for older ads.I just sold my lawn mower on Craigslist. That's the last time my neighbor wakes me up on Saturday mornings. #SideHustle #Craigslist Click To Tweet
6: Become an Online Tutor
Maybe you never thought about being a teacher, but if you had good grades in school, you could become an online tutor and make some good money on the side.
Think back to the subjects that came easy to you. Chances are, you can help students get better at them too. There is one thing to be aware of, though. High school math today isn’t how it was ten years ago. Make sure to take a look at what kids are learning right now before you offer to teach. And if you really weren’t that great at school, you can still teach English as a second language online.
There are a variety of online teaching websites to accommodate different needs. With Tutor.com, you can teach if you have mastery over a subject and can commit to at least five hours a week. To teach with Chegg, you need to provide proof that you’re either studying at university or you have a bachelor’s degree.
Chegg has an extensive menu of subjects to tutor, including web development, architectural engineering, baroque style, Beowulf, and graphic design. Chegg starts all their tutors out at $20 an hour which gives you great potential to earn $100 in a day.
Looking for more side hustle ideas? Be sure to check out our Master List of 92 Side Hustle Ideas to get your hustle juices flowing.