30 High-Paying Side Jobs From Home

By Indeed Editorial Team

Updated April 13, 2021 | Published October 9, 2020

Updated April 13, 2021

Published October 9, 2020

The Indeed Editorial Team comprises a diverse and talented team of writers, researchers and subject matter experts equipped with Indeed's data and insights to deliver useful tips to help guide your career journey.

Side jobs that you can do from home often allow you to earn extra income, pursue outside interests and balance your work-life more efficiently. Here, we explain the benefits of side jobs from home and provide you with 30 side careers to try.

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Benefits of having a side job from home

There are several reasons that people opt to participate in employment on the side. Here are the three most common reasons:

Added experience

Having a side job from home can enrich your skill set and add value to your resume. For example, if you're a graphic designer, you might get a side job as an illustrator to help strengthen your artistic skills.

Flexibility

Having a side job from home requires added responsibility, but it also adds flexibility to your schedule. Side jobs often allow you to make your own hours so that you can work around your primary job, family and other personal obligations.

Supplemental income

Side jobs from home provide supplemental income which you can use to pay off credit cards, pay for school, save for vacations or other expenses. There's no end to the list of how you can put extra income to good use.

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How to choose a side job

Now that you’ve decided to take on a side job from home, it’s time to choose the one that’s right for you. Here are a few things to consider:

  • What do you enjoy doing? A side job should be something that you enjoy doing, especially after putting in a full day at your primary job. You may be able to make a hobby, special skill or work-related talent pay off to supplement your income. For example, if you enjoy sewing, you can do alterations for others. If you enjoy arts and crafts, consider selling your products at a flea market.

  • What are you good at? You expect a side job to bring in extra income, so it should be something that you are good at. Consider your areas of experience and combine those with things you enjoy. For example, if you’re a musician, consider teaching others how to play an instrument. If you’re well versed in social media, you can manage social platforms for a small business.

  • What amount of time can you devote? Since a side job isn’t your primary job, you don’t want it to take up all your spare time. Consider how many hours you can give to a part-time job. Perhaps you only have a few hours a week or you can only take on one weekend a month. Plan your time carefully so you don’t overextend yourself.

30 side jobs you can do from home

Now that you know the benefits that come from side jobs, it's time to start your job search. Consider the various side jobs you'd like to have and use this list of side jobs from home to find a position you're interested in. For the most up-to-date salary information from Indeed, click on the national average salary link for each job title below.

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1. Caregiver

National average salary: $25,875 per year

Primary duties: Caregivers help others with their personal care needs. Their responsibilities can include assisting with food preparation, laundry and cleaning, bathing and helping patients with exercise or other activities. In some cases, caregivers may also do errands and shopping. As a caregiver, you may be called to work nights, weekends or holidays in your client’s home.

Related: Learn About Being a Caregiver

2. Data entry clerk

National average salary: $26,880 per year

Primary duties: Data entry clerks add and update information in a database. Data entry clerks also sort and compile relevant data and review it for accuracy, create spreadsheets to track various information and data and gather documents as necessary. Night and weekend work may be an option for a side job from home.

Related: Learn About Being a Data Entry Clerk

3. Blogger

National average salary: $27,456 per year

Primary duties: Bloggers write content for various websites. They come up with blog ideas, research specific subjects and write blog posts reflecting the topics and their own opinions or that of their employer. Bloggers also edit their blog posts and use social media to promote their posts to gain a wider audience. This can be a very flexible position for someone seeking a side job.

4. Babysitter

National average salary: $36,130 per year

Primary duties: Babysitters take care of children—from “baby” age to teenager—while their parents are away. Common responsibilities of babysitters include preparing food, changing diapers, entertaining and getting the children to bed. Often for a higher rate, babysitters will help with other household duties like dishwashing, laundry or taking out the trash. This can be a great side gig if you have spare evening, morning or afternoon hours. Depending on the client, you may care for children in your home or theirs.

Related: Learn About Being a Babysitter

5. Virtual assistant

National average salary: $37,710 per year

Primary duties: Working from a remote location, virtual assistants perform several administrative duties for their clients. They answer phone calls, manage email accounts, arrange travel and schedule meetings. Virtual assistants also use the phone, email and online messaging to stay in contact with their clients. If you want to do this as a side job from home, expect to devote a block of time each day as required by your client. Most don’t work in the evenings.

6. Freelance writer

National average salary: $43,035 per year

Primary duties: Freelance writers research, write and edit for various websites and publications. Most companies need writers and editors to provide quality content, free from grammatical errors for their internal and external communications and will contract freelance writers to help them. . . This is a great home job since you can pick your writing time as long as you meet the client’s deadline.

7. Event planner

National average salary: $50,152 per year

Primary duties: An event planner works with their clients to coordinate all aspects of an event, conference or meeting. They help choose the event's location and menu, arrange transportation and ensure the event runs smoothly. Event planners also manage vendor relationships and the client's budget. This may require daytime hours when most businesses are open. As the planner, you also may be expected to attend the event.

Related: Learn About Being an Event Planner

8. Tutor

National average salary: $50,648 per year

Primary duties: Tutors help students understand specific subject areas, prepare for exams and complete homework or assignments. Tutors also provide encouragement and look for ways to improve a student's study habits. You may be asked to tutor at the student’s home.

Related: Learn About Being a Tutor

9. Marketing consultant

National average salary: $53,682 per year

Primary duties: Marketing consultants work as outside advisers for a company or organization. They develop and implement effective marketing strategies. Marketing consultants also help define the company's marketing message and determine how to use various marketing strategies aimed at the company's target audience or market. Working with a company may require that you devote your daytime hours to the project.

Related: Learn About Being a Consultant

10. Accountant

National average salary: $54,837 per year

Primary duties: Accountants handle a company's bookkeeping and prepare various financial documents such as balance sheets or profit-and-loss statements. They also audit books, prepare for tax reporting and review company financial information. Using their mathematical knowledge, they record business transactions and inform the management team regarding the company's financial performance. This may require additional software for your home computer.

Other jobs you can do from home

Here are 20 more ideas for side jobs based from home. Some may require training or experience. Others may require that you do the work at their location or other sites.

  • Arts and crafts designer/producer

  • Audio or video transcriber

  • Delivery person

  • House cleaner

  • House sitter

  • Language teacher

  • Music teacher

  • Mystery shopper

  • Notary

  • Online course teacher

  • Online customer service rep

  • Personal chef

  • Personal shopper

  • Pet sitter or walker

  • Photographer

  • Proofreader/editor

  • Ride-share driver

  • Social media manager

  • Translator

  • Website or application tester

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