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Making Extra Income: 20 Side Jobs You Can Do While Working Full Time

August 26, 2021

There are many reasons why you might want to make extra income. There are even more ways to go about doing so, whether you’re looking for a gig or want to start your own side business beyond your full-time, 40-hour workweek. In this article, we share 20 ideas for flexible side jobs to earn extra money.  

What is a side job?

A side job is any type of employment or source of income that is in addition to your full-time job. A side job is not typically the same thing as a part-time job and often provides more freedom than a part-time position. Sometimes referred to as a “side hustle,” it is an additional source of income that you bring in during your spare time that can help you save money, get out of debt and reach other financial goals that your full-time job alone does not support.

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20 side jobs you can with a full-time job

Here are 20 side jobs that will allow you to make more money without interfering with your day job. Many of these can be done either online and/or on the weekends.

  1. Work as a transcriptionist.
  2. Start a blog.
  3. Offer web design services.
  4. Create a YouTube channel.
  5. Teach English (or another language) online.
  6. Sell used items.
  7. Stage homes.
  8. Pet sit.
  9. Become a rideshare driver.
  10. Run errands for people.
  11. Make something and sell it.
  12. Paint houses.
  13. Become a tutor.
  14. Clean offices.
  15. Offer handyman services.
  16. Become a mystery shopper.
  17. Walk dogs.
  18. Become a brand ambassador.
  19. Offer freelance writing services.
  20. Take online surveys.

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1. Work as a transcriptionist

Fast, accurate typists can often find transcription work online, either on platforms dedicated explicitly to transcription or by searching job sites for gigs. Transcriptionists are usually paid per word. People who type quickly can accomplish more work in a short amount of time and earn a decent wage.

2. Start a blog

Create a website and blog about a topic which you are both passionate and knowledgeable. Use ads and affiliate links to generate an income from your blog. This is an excellent option for people who love to write, enjoy spending time online and want to share their interests, experiences and opinions with people. If you need fast cash, this may not be the best option as it takes some time to establish your blog before the money comes in.

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3. Offer web design services

Offering web design as a service requires some expertise and previous experience. If you know how to do graphic design and coding, pitch your web design services to businesses that do not have a professional-looking website or consider reaching out to local companies. As you work, make sure to add completed professional work to a portfolio to show potential future clients.

4. Create a YouTube channel

If you can think of a topic you are interested in and know a lot about, you can create a YouTube channel focused on that topic. Create and upload videos with the goal of educating viewers or discussing a topic. Your channel will need to reach certain milestones before YouTube grants you the ability to monetize your account.

5. Teach English (or another language) online

Teaching languages online has become a popular way to earn money online and on the side. There are many sites you can join to become an online teacher and teach English as a second language to people from other countries. This job can turn into a steady side income when you commit to holding regularly-scheduled classes.

6. Sell used items

Have a look around your home for items you do not use. List them for sale in Facebook groups or on eBay or host a physical yard sale. In addition to making some extra money, this can help clean up your home. You may also have friends or neighbors who have things they would like to sell but do not have the time. You can offer to sell their items and split the profits with them.

7. Stage homes

People with an eye for design can offer to stage homes for realtors. Create a portfolio to showcase your staging experience and approach real estate offices and house flippers with your service and rates. This may not be steady work, but it can pay very well depending on the number of rooms and the size of the home being staged.

8. Pet sit

When pet owners go away on vacation without their pets, they need someone to watch them. Offer to pet sit for them for a fee. Pet sitting involves feeding the animals and providing affection while the owners are gone. Responsibilities often include taking dogs for a walk or giving the pets any necessary medications. This work is unsteady but suits people who love spending time with animals.

9. Become a rideshare driver

Use your vehicle to drive other people around town as an Uber or Lyft driver. If you are friendly, punctual and a good driver, you can do very well as a driver for one of these companies. This can be done whenever you have spare time and allows you to write off some of your vehicle expenses as tax deductions.

10. Run errands for people

A quick search online will give you a list of sites where you can offer to run errands for people. The work is not often steady but it is often quite easy to drive from one place to the next and pick up a package or drop off some dry-cleaning in your spare time.

11. Make something and sell it

Creative individuals who are skilled at making things can sell their products online or in a local store. For example, knitters can sell their knitted items or gardeners can sell excess produce. People who excel at baking or cake decorating can sell their baked goods. Examine your hobby and see if there is a way you can make money from it. Reach out to local shops and ask if they will allow you to sell your product there.

12. Paint houses

Being skilled with a paintbrush can be an excellent opportunity to make extra money. Many people do not have the time or the desire to paint their own houses and are more than willing to hire someone else to do it for them. Word of mouth and local advertising can lead to regular work on the weekends and a decent supplemental income.

13. Become a tutor

Individuals who are skilled or knowledgeable in a subject can become tutors and teach others. Chemistry majors can assist high school chemistry students with their studies. No matter what particular subject you excel at, chances are you’ll be able to find someone who needs tutoring in that area.

14. Clean offices

This is a great weekend or after-hours job that can pay well and lead to steady extra income. Office cleaning is typically done after everyone has gone home for the day. This means that you may be able to clean offices right after you finish your full-time job. Cleaners must be professional, responsible and trustworthy to be left alone in the office unsupervised. Satisfied customers can refer other businesses to you and increase the money you earn.

15. Offer handyman services

People who know how to build and repair things around the house can offer handyman services to people who are either inexperienced or too busy to do it themselves. You can advertise your services on online community sites and also through word-of mouth. In time, you may be able to create steady extra work for yourself through referrals.

16. Become a mystery shopper

Search for sites that are hiring a mystery shopper and sign up for the stores nearby. You will be required to shop and then answer a survey about your experience. This work is often sporadic but can provide pocket money that you otherwise wouldn’t have. Note that there are many scam sites out there, so be sure to do due diligence and vet mystery shopping opportunities through online reviews and employee discussion.

17. Walk dogs

Many people don’t have time to walk their dogs every day. This job keeps you active and doesn’t often take too much time. You may even be able to walk dogs for multiple people at the same time and earn more for the same number of hours. Dog walking can turn into steady work and become a reliable source of extra money.

18. Become a brand ambassador

If you are knowledgeable in social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook, you could become a brand ambassador for a company looking to promote their products on these platforms. Brands will often provide you with a unique discount code that you share with your followers and pay you a percentage for every product purchased using your code.

19. Offer freelance writing services

If you have a knack for the English language or simply enjoy writing, consider becoming a freelance writer. Several websites, magazines, newspapers and blogs utilize freelance writers, and there are even freelance writing agencies that can match you with projects that best suit your writing skills. This side job is something you can do both online and in your spare time, choosing the frequency of writing gigs to fit your schedule.

20. Take online surveys

There are several online platforms that pay individuals to take surveys to assess how well a website works, the quality of a product or any other service that needs to be measured and rated. Surveys often don’t pay much, but you can sign up for as many survey sites as you wish to increase your overall income with this method. This is another side job that is prone to scam sites, so make sure you research the online survey employer carefully before signing up.

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