Maybe you’re feeling a pinch from the holiday season and yearning for financial freedom – from your Afterpay bills and credit card debt. Not to mention how the utility bills have gone through the roof. And the common desire to just start out the new year on your best financial foot forward. Whatever your money goals, a side hustle can help you make some decent money on the side.
Whether you need regular monthly income or want some one-off gigs, there are plenty of side hustles that everyday people can do straight from their phone without leaving the house.
Whether you want a side hustle that you can do in your PJs, or you’re willing to put on pants, if you’ve got a few hours a week you can earn an extra $100 a week or more. True, there are plenty of high-paying part-time service jobs out there, but a side hustle gives you a lot more flexibility.
If you’re short of business ideas, here are some of the best side hustle ideas for 2023 to try and earn extra money.
The 23 Best Side Hustles of 2023
1 | Turn Your Receipts Into Gift Cards and Free Cash
Don’t crumple up those receipts. Even if you do other grocery receipt apps like Shopkick or Ibotta, you can still cash in with Swagbucks.
Submit your receipt, earn cash. Claim cash back for:
- Snapping a pic of a receipt. For any purchase of any amount at over 1,000 featured stores and pharmacies.
- Purchasing featured items. Earn cash back up to $10 per offer.
- Purchasing items in featured categories. Milk category? Get cash back for purchasing any milk of any size and any brand.
There are hundreds of featured deals each month. You can even earn cash back for purchasing gas.
2 | Get Cash Back For Your Grocery Store Purchases
Cash back shopping has become a big thing, with savvy shoppers claiming cash back for their online purchases of apparel and hardware, and home goods. But, did you know you can get cash back for grocery purchases too?
Swagbucks pays you cash back for your grocery purchases at Krogers and Albertsons. Shop online, earn cash back, and pick up in-store. Depending on your bill, that’s an extra $15, $20, or $30 a month or more.
3 | Penny for Your Thoughts… Get Free Cash & Gift Cards for Your Opinions
Cash in on your opinions! Earn cash for answering surveys on InboxDollars. It’s a great side hustle for those with a day job because you can earn extra cash in your downtime. Take surveys on your laptop or on your phone. You can answer surveys anywhere, in bed, while watching videos, or when you’re just scrolling through your phone.
Most surveys pay $0.50 to $5.00. Log in at least a couple of times a week, you could reasonably earn an extra $50 to $250 a month from doing surveys and other fun, free activities. Additionally, InboxDollars has an outstanding referral program. Get paid an upfront bonus for each new referral, and then get 30% commission on their earnings for life. It’s a great passive income stream.
You can join InboxDollars in under 60 seconds. Plus you’ll get a free $5 bonus for signing up!
4 | Switch Up Your Banking For Just One Month
Get $200 free for opening an account at Chime Bank. Open an account and get $200 free when 2 direct deposits are made within 30 days of joining Chime. Qualifying direct deposits must be $200 or more.
There isn’t an easy, more lucrative way to earn. You don’t have to stay with Chime after meeting the offer requirements, but you’ll want to. Chime offers overdraft coverage up to $200, access to your paycheck 2 days early, free ATM access, and 24/7 customer service where you can get support from an actual human being.
5 | Claim Cash Back – MyPoints
Claim cash back for all your online purchases with the MyPoints rewards app. Earn cash back rebates, in the form of points, for shopping at over 7,000 featured stores including Lowe’s, Best Buy, Home Depot, Old Navy, and more.
Cash out your points for airline miles, free gift cards, PayPal cash, or other prizes and rewards.
Join now as a new member and you’ll get $10 FREE when you make your first purchase of $25 or more at a featured store. With thousands of eligible retailers, it’s pure upside. Because really, odds are 100% that you spend $25 or more again, right?
After you nab your new member bonus and it credits to your account, you can cash out. $5 is the minimum payout threshold. But with all the great deals, you’ll want to stick around.
6 | Declutter Your Closet
Clean out your closet. You’ll be able to see the floor and cash in on the clothing you’re no longer wearing. And besides, you probably have some sort of new year bug to organize your house and get your home looking tidy.
Sell your old wears on clothing resale apps like Poshmark, Mercari, or thredUP. For higher-end goods, you can check out consignment sites like RealReal. And if you’ve got lots of baby and kids’ gear, there’s Kidizen. The marketplace app specializes in children’s apparel in toys.
7 | Rent Out an Empty Closet
Or your empty attic or garage space. Use Neighbor, the app that lets you help your neighbors find reliable storage. You’ll cash in on your extra space and your neighbor finds an affordable place to store their goods.
Earn up to $400 a month renting out your unused space, and get a $35 bonus just for signing up and creating a free account.
8 | Pick Up a Load of Groceries
Drop off groceries for your neighbors, earn cash. Pick the orders you want on the schedule you want. You can cash out daily and keep all your tips. If you’re already making Target or grocery store runs anyway, why not pick up an extra order or two and make some money at it?
It could even become a full-time job.
Shoppers earn an average of $100 – $150 per day when putting in a full shift. This means if you’re feeling a pinch and need to make rent, there’s a reliable way for you to hustle in extra money and cash out within a day. As far as flexibility, it’s pretty easy money.
Right now, you can get $30 when you sign up for Instacart and make a delivery within 30 days.
9 | Wage War & Win Your Battle With the Bulge
If you’re like millions of other Americans, you’ve vowed to lose the weight and keep it off. You can get paid to lose weight with the app HealthyWage.
The app gives you a financial incentive to lose weight. Based on your wager, you could win up to $10,000. Keep in mind though, that you could lose money if you don’t drop the pounds. But that’s what makes the app work: the consequences are very motivating.
If you’re already losing weight, or planning to start shedding, why not make some additional money at it?
And if you sign up for Healthy Wage and make a wager, you can get a free $40 bonus.
10 | Freelance Writing Gig on Fiverr
Pick up freelance writing gigs on Fiverr! Get paid for writing blog articles, meta descriptions, brochures, website copy, and more. There are endless niches. Even if you don’t have any professional writing experience, it’s easy to stand up your own blog and churn out a few blog posts on a topic that you’re interested in. You’ll get experience and your own business experience!
I’ve found several content writing gigs on the platform. Many, if not most, writing jobs posted are for a content writer. You’ll also find many listings for virtual assistants with sharp writing skills, so make sure to search for viritual assistant openings too.
When you start out, most gigs will pay around $15 to $40. But as you build your experience and enhance your profile, you can start landing more jobs and commanding higher rates. In fact, there are some Fiverr freelance writers who make north of $100K a year.
It’s easy to get started as a freelance writer. Set up your profile. List your services. And start earning. Try Fiverr now
11 | Cash in on Your Mad IKEA Skills
Are you a whiz at setting up assembling dressers or installing Nest cams? Or maybe you’ve got a snowblower and don’t mind knocking out a neighbor’s driveway for some extra cash. (But not your immediate next-door neighbor, because that could get awkward.)
Try out TaskRabbit! You’ll find endless ways to make money. Get paid for gigs that look fun or interesting to you. Set your hours. Choose the gigs you want. And you can get paid within a few days of completing a gig.
Right now, it’s a tasker’s market. There’s a huge demand for people offering household help. It’s great money, and you don’t have to find clients. TaskRabbit has hoards of clients who want to pay for your help.You can get paid for any task imaginable. Tasks listed include garage clean-up, ironing clothes, organizing spare linen closets, or assembling an IKEA Hemnes workspace.
12 | Ditch Candy Crush Saga
Maybe you’re years deep into Candy Crush (guilty), or just an occasional dabbler in your off time. Or, there’s some other mindless cellphone game you’re hooked on. In bed at night, I watch a couple of programs on TV to unwind while playing games on my phone. Candy Crush pays me nothing. In fact, it’s always urging me to buy boosters. But there are game apps where you can make money for playing!
I’ve earned nearly $1,000 playing different app games. Most recently, I got $60 for reaching level 60 on Woodoku (a Tetris sort of strategy game) and $40 for reaching level 33 on a Yahtzee Dice game. I didn’t pay a cent. (If you’re curious, the money comes from advertisers and in-app purchases.)
There were a fair amount of ads (most were short 5 to 15 second clips in between game levels), but they didn’t break the game flow. And since I play games on my phone anyway, I decided to play for some cash.
13 | Crush the Property Game
You don’t have to be a mega Wall Street tycoon to make money in the real estate investing game. Groundfloor lets anyone invest in property and see returns of up to 20x on their money. And it doesn’t require a big investment to get started. It just takes a few dollars. Tens of thousands of users have invested over $510 million.
With a $10 opening deposit, you can earn extra income passively and start saving toward your financial goals.
And right now when you join Groundfloor and invest $10, you can get $20 free. On day 1, you’re already $10 ahead. Pretty sweet, right?
14 | Review Music
Love listening to music and in need of extra money? Check out SliceThePie. Get paid to listen to music and leave your reviews. Your opinions help other listeners. In addition to songs, you can review tracks, artists, record labels, the graphic design on album covers, and more. There’s also the opportunity to review clothing, too. Since 2007, over $7.5 million in rewards have been paid out. Get your slice of the pie!
15 | Plasma Donation
Plasma donation is a great way to help others while making money. Your plasma is the yellow liquid part of your blood and makes up to 55% of its composition. Just one donation can save up to three lives. Those with hemophilia, cancer, or undergoing transplant surgery all have a need for healthy blood plasma.
The plasma donation process takes longer than a blood donation. But in just a few hours, you can earn up to $50. Individuals can donate up to 2x per week. And while you’re donating, you look at your phone or laptop. In addition to the payment per donation, plasma centers offer generous bonuses for new donors that can add up to several hundred dollars. Some donors can even make $1,000 in their first month.
Search “donate plasma near me” to find nearby centers.
16 | Teach English
With a major shift to online learning, anyone can find gigs teaching online. It’s not just for professors and high school teachers. Native speakers of English can find a wide range of opportunities to teach English online. Opportunities can include teaching English in a classroom setting (to children abroad) with lessons prepared for you, small group conversation practice, or tutoring for the TOEFL (Test Of English as a Foreign Language) exam.
VIPKids is one service of many where native speakers of English can earn money teaching English. You can make up to $22 from your home teaching English online – and someone does all the lesson prep work for you. Additionally, when you sign up and teach your first class, you can earn a $50 bonus.
17 | Play Santa Claus in Your Blue Jeans
You can get paid to drop off packages in-town for Amazon, Target, and other businesses that need final-mile drivers. It’s a faster, more cost-effective way for merchants to get their packages from warehouses to customers.
There are no specific vehicle requirements, no food to keep hot, and no chatter to make (or keep up with) hauling customers. It’s a fun side hustle for your spare time, and it pays decent money too. Amazon Flex Drivers, for example, make $18 to $25 per hour.
18 | Search Engine Evaluator
Search engine evaluators make Google, Yahoo, and Bing better. The results you get for searching a term online are based on computer algorithms and human judgment. Search engines need people like you to look over search results and flag the bogus ones.
You rate how relevant the search results are and if they are timely and accurate. For example, if search results show businesses that are closed then you would flag those results as wrong.
On average, search engine evaluators make $40K a year. You can apply for work through companies that hire on behalf of large tech companies. And since the work hours are flexible, this is a great option for extra income on top of other side hustles or a regular 9 to 5.
Companies that hire search engine evaluators include Appen, SYKES, and TELUS International.
19 | Social Media Rater
Social media rater (or social media evaluator) is one of the more fun side hustle ideas to make extra money online.
As an evaluator, your job is to review and analyze a brand’s advertising across social media sites, your newsfeed, and across the Internet. Your job is to examine the content and determine whether or not it is relevant to you based on your online activity and Internet searches. This helps businesses create and share better content, including ads. After all, ad revenue is the lifeblood of any eCommerce business.
This job is open to individuals living anywhere around the globe. In fact, there are plenty of positions for users to live outside of the United States. Most jobs are part-time and all jobs are remote. Log on, work, and cash out wherever you’ve got a laptop or Internet device and solid WiFi. Find listings on TELUS and Appen.
20 | Hang Out With a Dog Overnight
If you dig cuddling with dogs, why not get paid to play? There are plenty of pet-sitting gigs you can find on apps like Rover, Wag!, Craig’s List, and Care.com. Many of the gigs are for dog-walking, but you can also get paid for taking care of a dog in your home or the pet’s, boarding a pet in your house, or pet sitting overnight.
Even if you don’t have the right set-up to be an overnight host, there are plenty of overnight pet-sitting jobs for doggy daycares and pet boarding centers. Just search “overnight pet sitter” and you’ll see results near you. When I search my zip, for example, there are over 100 listings for businesses or families looking for overnight help.
21 | Notary Public
Being a notary public can be a very lucrative side hustle. Your job is to witness the official signing of documents. You vet the signer’s identification through proper government ID, witness their signature, and then give the document your official seal of approval.
Notary publics are needed to notarize birth certificates, death certificates, beneficiary forms, legal decrees, financial forms, mortgage documents, and more. Notary fees are set by individual states, with most notaries charging $5 to $25 per notarization. Mobile notaries, who need to attend mortgage closings or travel to do notarizations, can make up to $200.
To find work, reach out to friends and family to let them know you are offering your services. Join organizations, business associations, and rotary clubs, and build your network. Make sure to leave your information at places commonly needed, like senior centers (make sure to leave flyers in large font), hospitals, law firms, car dealerships, colleges, and student centers.
22 | Flip Your Thrift Store Finds
The used goods game has exploded. It’s not just bidding wars for vintage finds on eBay. There is a huge secondhand market for clothing and accessories, sporting goods, toys, and all things used. I’ve made over $20,000 selling name-brand clothing on the Poshmark app and raked in over $5,000 total selling on Facebook in the online marketplace and in buy-sell-trade groups. I’ve also had good luck selling clothing on Kidizen and Mercari.
Spend some time looking at what brands and goods are trending, and even looking at their recent sales. This will give you an idea of what sells so you know what to dig for.
I find lots of flippable treasures at Goodwill stores, Once Upon A Child stores, Savers, garage sales, and church rummage sales. It’s a great hustle opportunity for people who love the thrill of uncovering buried treasure.
23 | Freelance Social Media Manager
Businesses of all sizes need help managing social media accounts and YouTube channel. A social media manager helps plan and post content that relates to the business objectives. Content may need to relate to seasonal promotions, sales, new products and services, contests, and more. Brand-relevant lifestyle content (videos, reels, aspirational images) is especially popular.
Smaller businesses and stores are especially in need of assistance. Many don’t have the budget to hire a full-time social media manager. Or, they don’t know what to post. Especially for those who don’t understand social media or how to create more modern content.
A good way to get started is to look at the social media presence of local stores, restaurants, and other businesses that you frequent. If they only have a Facebook page, or if they post infrequently, it’s a good indicator they may need some social media help. Or maybe they do post regularly, but it’s content that doesn’t match the brand. (i.e. Blurry kitten pics for a local plumbing company, because that’s what the owner’s mom liked.)
Depending on your experience, you can offer your services for an hourly, monthly, or a per project fee. Or, you could offer a service trade. May you offer to do social media management in exchange for free haircuts, free meals, or free merchandise.
24 | Get Paid to Play Law and Order
Help lawyers and law students bone up their skills of presentation and persuasion. As a mock juror, you get to play juror. You participate in a jury, witness a case, review the evidence, and then render a verdict. It’s an incredibly fun and fascinating side hustle, and you’re helping attorneys pay for real courtroom cases.
If you’re interested in this side hustle idea, you can check out eJury or OnlineVerdict. Participants need to be 18 years or older. Other requirements may apply. Opportunities can pay up to $100. A longer trial will generally mean more money. Typically, you need to be cooped up for a full day in a hotel conference room.
While a mock case can take up a full day, it’s not an everyday sort of thing. It’s an occasional, fun way to make a little money.
Bottom Line on Raking in the Extra Cash in 2023
Ok, the list has 24 ideas for 2023 and not 23. But the last one was too juicy not to squeeze. However you go about it, there are plenty of ways for you to clean out debts and build your wealth and financial freedom this New Year.
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