Does this question keep circling in your mind? We got you!
Whether you’re motivated by a financial jam or a creative passion, starting a side hustle is an excellent way to earn some extra cash and determine whether being your own boss is your calling. We live in exciting times, and today, it’s easier than ever to make extra dough on the side on your time without a fancy setup or deep pockets.
You can begin a side hustle from home with nothing more than a great idea and a little support from like-minded individuals. If you’re looking for some inspiration or motivation, then just have a look at these 32 side hustle ideas that’ll get you at least $100/per hour in the bank. Most of these are remote side hustles that allow you to operate from home or anywhere you wish!
Which Side Hustles Pay the Most?
Side hustles are no longer just about doing a “little something here or there” for extra bucks. Today, they provide a legitimate foray into entrepreneurship and have the potential to bring in big bucks. Enticing, right?
Below we present a list of side hustles that pay top dollars for skills you probably already possess or require minimal training for. The even better news is that these ideas require very little upfront cash to start.
32 Best Sides Hustles from Home
1. Participate in Research Studies
Get paid to share your opinion. Sounds pretty great, doesn’t it? We aren’t talking about just completing surveys here for $10-$15. There are a few online research companies that pay $100+ per hour on average. User Interviews, Respondent and Rare Patient Voice are excellent platforms for connecting with remote consumers with research studies.
2. Serve as Loan Signing Agent
A loan signing agent walks you through the endless contracts you have to sign when you buy a house. Notary publics can earn $75-$125 per signing appointment (which generally takes around an hour). National Notary reports that 30 percent of part-time notaries easily earn more than $1,000 a month.
To become a loan signing agent, you need a notary license, reliable transport and a $25,000 Errors and Omission insurance policy. You can book jobs by creating a profile on Notary Cafe or Signing Agent.
3. Be a Bookkeeper
Detail-oriented and good with crunching numbers or have accounting experience? Why not offer to do the books for others during your free time? A bookkeeper’s daily tasks include reconciling receipts, recording sales, sending invoices and preparing financial statements. Experienced and certified bookkeepers stand to earn between $43-$100+ per hour.
4. Detail Cars
The average cost of detailing cars is $160. You could do three jobs over the weekend and earn $50,000 extra annually. You can run the business as a mobile detailing service or a temporary service where you detail cars in a parking spot.
Startup costs are primarily driven by the cleaning equipment and supplies you’d require. Publicize your services by putting flyers are local restaurants and shops or via word of mouth.
5. Freelance as a Graphic Designer
Maybe you have a creative streak and are great at creating visuals. You can use your skills and freelance as a graphic designer on websites like Fiverr, Upwork and Airtasker, where graphic designing jobs go for $15-$150 per hour. You can further increase this figure by designing and selling templates through Creative Market, Zazzle or Etsy.
6. Start Flipping Furniture
It’s an incredible side hustle from home for those who are crafty and enjoy physical work. Furniture flipping can be profitable — some earn over $100,000 a year doing it. A lot comes down to your ability to source inexpensive furniture via garage sales, flea markets, Craigslist, OfferUp or Facebook Marketplace.
Stock supplies when stores like Hobby Lobby go on sale. Put up excellent pictures of your refinished furniture on large ecommerce platforms like eBay so your pieces can have greater reach. Once you get into the grove of flipping, look at these other items you can flip for a profit.
7. Help Prepare Taxes
Is your personal mission to help everyone get the best tax returns possible? Assisting people with preparing taxes is a lucrative remote side hustle. You don’t need a degree to become a tax preparer, but it would be helpful to study up on taxes via an online course like Link & Learn by IRS or one at a local community college. Experienced tax preparers or tax accountants earn an average of $6,000-$10,000 per month.
TaskRabbit is an online odd-job portal operating in over 60 cities in the U.S. The service connects consumers with taskers for jobs like cleaning, moving, and repair. You can earn from $30-$100 plus tips to assemble IKEA furniture or help install lighting or tech equipment for a home. TaskRabbit's website shows decorating jobs can fetch you $60-$125 per project, and assembling furniture commands $70-$140 per job.
We recommend creating a strong profile that includes qualifications, a link to your professional website and job specifics like "installed 70-inch screen" to start earning top dollar. Also, check out the profiles of elite taskers to get ideas on improving your profile.
10. Start a Leaf Raking Business
Raking leaves is commonly thought of as a job for kids, but it isn’t so. This easy-to-set-up business is a quick way to rake in extra money (see what we did there?), especially in the fall. According to Thumbtack, the national average cost for leaf removal is $135. Secure clients by posting about your business on Craigslist or Nextdoor.
11. Writer for LinkedIn Profiles
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the writing job market to grow by 9 percent by 2030. If you’ve got a skill for writing and have an understanding of what employers look for in resumes, it would be worthwhile to offer to write optimized LinkedIn profiles and resumes for professionals.
You can curate a unique coffee crawl, lead a guided meditation session or teach a local craft —the choices are limitless and ultimately driven by your goals, passion and skill. You can even host virtual experiences.
13. Be a Fashion Consultant
Fashionistas with an eye for current trends can turn this talent into a lucrative side hustle as fashion consultants for people. Some clients are willing to spend top dollar for assistance with their styling and shopping. Start off by styling family and friends or signing up on a portal like StitchFix. You can also sign up to work with top fashion brands like Neiman Marcus, Prime Wardrobe by Amazon and Nordstrom.
As a fashion consultant, you’ll work with clients to understand their likes, dislikes, personalities and style goals. According to The Art Career Project, stylists have the potential to earn anywhere from $100-$500 per hour.
14. Write Grants
Yup, writing grants can easily get you $1,000 (or more) a week from home; the median income is between $35-$125/hour. Grants writers are highly sought after by lots of charities, schools and nonprofit organizations.
This remote side hustle doesn't require a writing degree, but it does require some careful attention to detail. Also, it wouldn't hurt to brush up on grant writing skills by taking an online course or two.
15. Professional Chef for Hire
Love creating your own recipes and making memorable meals? Turn the cooking passion into a side hustle as a professional chef. It’s a great way to monetize your cooking skills without actually having to start your own restaurant.
How does it work? You can sign up with platforms like HireaChef.com or TableAtHome and get partnered with families or events seeking private chefs. Or you can simply start posting specially curated meals on Facebook and Instagram. You can even host meals through Eatwith. Personal chefs stand to earn $95,000 annually.
If you’ve got the Midas touch with repairs and electronic gadgets, you can start this as a side business. Through Apple’s Self-Service Repair, you can get your hands on genuine parts and tools.
17. Be a Handywoman/Handyman
Skilled at repairs and odd jobs? You could pad your pockets quite nicely as a handyman or woman. A handyman is someone who completes small repairs or tasks like hanging TVs or ceiling fans for homeowners or commercial property companies.
Interest in health and fitness is at an all-time high. If you’re passionate about fitness and helping others become their best version, consider becoming a personal trainer. It’s an easy-to-start, scalable and fabulous side hustle that could rake in between $50 and $250 per hour.
You can also increase your revenue stream by offering online training sessions or providing exclusive downloads material like eBooks or workout guides. Securing a personal trainer certification will help you bill clients even higher than the national average.
19. Resell Luxury Vintage Bags
Luxury bags are always in demand and for a customer, the only thing better than buying a luxury bag is finding it at a discount. Sourcing and reselling preloved vintage luxury bags is a popular side hustle that is expected to grow by 10 to 15 percent over the next decade.
You can find items for resell from local thrift stores. Sometimes products might require a bit of clean-up or fixing before resell. Remember to take high-quality photos to present your product in the best light. List your stock on eBay, Poshmark and Flyp. Resellers can make $100,000 per year.
20. Become a Real Estate Agent
Despite COVID-19, analysts predict the real estate market to grow by 5.77 percent by 2027. If HGTV, Selling Sunset and home improvement shows are your guilty pleasure, real estate might just be the alternate career for you.
Raise your hand if you hate ironing! Most people do. Luckily, it’s a great low-investment side hustle from home that is in huge demand. All that is really required is your time.
If you offer pick-up and drop-off service, you can even charge a premium and be earning well over $100 an hour. Advertise your business via neighborhood shops and libraries, an online portal like LaundryCare or by creating your own website.
22. Do Voice and Audiobook Narration
Like the sound of your own voice or have a day job where you’re primarily talking and modulating (radio host, podcaster or teacher)? Try voice and audiobook narration as a side hustle that earns $100 per hour.
Create a profile on sites like Voices or ACX and record an audio clip of reading a page of a book. You can also easily train yourself as an audiobook recorder — just invest in a podcast microphone and practice your skills as a voice actor.
23. Organize Closets
Can’t stop obsessing about The Home Edit? Is your hand always itching to fix any clothes in disarray (even if you’re in a mall)? We got something for you — become a closet organizer.
Organizing a closet is a basic skill, but that doesn’t mean people don’t struggle with it. You can make $140 an hour by organizing others’ closets. Remember to take before-and-after pictures so you can build a portfolio.
24. Build an Online Course
If you have expertise in a topic and a unique way of teaching it to others, you can build a comprehensive online course and sell it. This digital side hustle takes advantage of the booming e-learning market and you can run it from the comfort of your home!
You can create alternate revenue streams by charging for downloading notes/PDFs, offering to consult as a follow-up or building a subscription model. Platforms to sell your knowledge are Skillshare, Udemy and Kajabi.
We spend the majority of our time online, so it’s not a surprise that companies want to tap into the space. If you’re savvy with social media, you can help brands and companies understand trends and engage their audiences while making some solid earnings yourself.
Getting a certification will help you charge a premium rate of above $100-$120/per hour. Target small businesses in your area by running searches on your local Chamber of Commerce website, library's new business directory or online directory like Reference USA.
If you can churn out a variety of articles, consider moonlighting as a writer. ListVerse pays $100 for every article they accept. And it’s possible to earn $100 per hour, as most articles on ListVerse are capped at 1,500-2,000 words and have to be in a list form.
Greatist and Longreads pay $125-$250 for an 800-1200 word article. Eager to share your parenting experience? FreelanceMom pays $75-$100 per article. Bottom line is that you can easily find a niche or expertise to write about and make good money doing it.
27. Tutor Others
Always the bright student in class or are you a great test taker? You can earn up to $7,500 a month by tutoring others on school-related topics. Benefits of online tutoring include flexible hours and no specialist experience required.
You can host your podcast on Anchor by Spotify, BuzzSprout or Podbean. To generate revenue and generate steady listenership, consider inviting guests, spending on podcast ads, gaining sponsorships or adding affiliate marketing links.
Are you organized? Enjoy planning events and working with people? Consider becoming a party planner. A part-time party planner stands to earn $16 to $150 per hour, plus vendor commissions.
Kickoff your business by volunteering to plan and organize a birthday party or a bridal shower. Build your reputation and document it all in a portfolio. The best thing about this side hustle is that it requires almost no initial investment.
31. Become a Proofreader
Proofreading is an excellent remote side hustle for those who are grammar nerds. There are many bloggers, small businesses and websites that are seeking and willing to pay handsomely for expert and technical proofreaders.
Proofreading is a high-on-return side hustle that doesn’t require any certification and can be started for minimal investment. We do recommend getting familiar with the MLA Handbook, the Chicago Manual of Style and AP Stylebook. This will allow you to charge top dollar for this business.
32. Launch Print-on-Demand Store
Starting a print-on-demand store is a low-risk side hustle for those who have a creative flair. Today’s customers prefer a unique design that helps them stand out from the crowd. Upload custom designs for loungewear, T-shirts, mugs, coasters, pillows and bags on websites such as Printful and Printify.
There is no limit on how much you can earn from this side hustle from home. If it’s done right, earnings can be between $500-$10,000+ per month. The best part is you don’t have to hassle yourself with holding inventory since products will be shipped directly from the manufacturer.
Do the Side Shuffle Now
For many, generating an additional $100 per hour by dabbling in a side hustle from home is the start of financial freedom. The ideas we have provided are just the tip of the iceberg. You can start a successful side hustle doing anything that marries your skill set and goals and has a demand without ever leaving the comfort of your home — all you need is a can-do attitude and some organization.
But remember, starting a side hustle is starting a business, and to ensure it’s best protected, you should consider forming an LLC or another legal entity. Incfile has helped over 800,000 small business owners kick off their entrepreneurial journey safely with a $0 LLC + state fees.
Swara Ahluwalia is a freelance content writer with experience in the technical, B2B and SaaS domain. She also has curated content for various lifestyle brands. In her downtime, you will most likely find Swara training for her next marathon or spending time with her two daughters.