How to Make Money on the Side: What Makes a Good Side Hustle?


If you’re anything like me, a little extra dough on the side never hurt. If you’re looking to start pulling in extra cash, you’re probably interested in picking up a side hustle. However, it can be hard to figure out what works well as a side job.

If you’re looking to make some fast cash, here are a few ways to line your pockets and help save some money.

Sell Your Old Stuff

Let’s face it, you’re never wearing that outfit again. Those old MP3 players and phones in that drawer? They’re wasting space. That game console you haven’t touched in months? You need to sell all that junk. Head down to the local secondhand store and flip your old junk for cash!

Not only will this net you some extra cash, but it’ll also help you downsize. It might even help you empty out a spare room that you can make some more money from…

Rent that Spare Room

Airbnb that spare room that you cleaned out! You can make a ton of extra money just be letting someone stay in that extra room. On average, renting out that spare room should net you around $1000 a month!

That’s nothing to sneeze at, especially considering it requires negligible work from you to make that cash. It’s really hard to beat nearly free money, am I right?

Freelance Work

Are you skilled at more obscure tasks that are somewhat difficult to find full-time work in? If you’re a writer, programmer or data entry specialist, you can find ample freelance work online. This work is pretty much endless in terms of demand, and you can make a good bit of side money by doing it.

If you’ve got an unusual work schedule and want to squeeze in some work on the side, this is a good way to go about it.

A related strategy is to do “human intelligence tasks” through services like Mechanical Turk. These tasks are generally tedious, repetitive tasks that AI programs can’t do. This includes captioning videos, transcribing audio and tagging images. It’s all pretty bland, but it can make you some dough on the side.

Take Surveys

There are a ton of services out there that can help you turn your opinions into money. These survey sites don’t pay a whole lot, but it’s something. Many of them are more interested in giving away gift cards, but that can lead to another way to make money…

Sell Old Gift Cards

Gift Card Exchanges are plentiful on the wide world of the web. If you’ve got a ton of unused gift cards, whether from gifts or just taking surveys online, these exchanges let you turn gift cards into cash. Usually, the cash is a percentage of the value of the gift card.

You can also transfer gift cards from places you wouldn’t shop to places you will. This one is a bit more roundabout, but it can be effective!