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15 Side Hustles You Can do to Make Money

Last updated June 3, 2021

Finding a job can be difficult, especially if you are under the age of 18. However, if you are motivated, dedicated, and eager to work, check out these side hustles you can do in your free time to earn some extra cash.

Note: If you earn more than an certain amount per quarter, the IRS will require you to file taxes and report how much you earned from working your side hustles. Speak with your parent or guardian for guidance before starting your side hustle and visit the IRS website for more information. 

1. Babysitting/Nannying

Even though many people are working from home right now, many parents are still looking for babysitters. Offer to help entertain their kids as a fill-in for recess or P.E.

2. Blogger/Vlogger

If you enjoy writing or being on video, use those skills to start a blog or vlog. You won’t earn money right away, but if you get enough followers, you may be able to land some sponsors in the future.

3. Computer Repair

If you’re handy with computers or phones, offer your repair services to family and friends to earn some extra cash.

4. Dog walker or pet sitter

If you are responsible and love animals, consider becoming the neighborhood pet sitter or dog walker. Sign up for a site like Rover to find even more people in your area.

5. Errand/Task Runner

Run errands and tasks for people in your neighborhood (like getting groceries for an elderly neighbor).

6. Gardening/Yard Work

Doing some gardening or yard work for neighbors in your area is a great way to get some sun, fresh air, exercise, and extra money.

7. Music lessons

If you play an instrument (or two), consider teaching classes in person or over Zoom.

8. Photographer or Videographer

If you know how to capture great video footage, have an eye for photography and are good at using editing software, photography and videography may be a good fit for you. You can sell your photos to stock photo companies, like Shutterstock.

9. Second language tutor

Do you speak more than one language? Many parents often look for second language tutors for their young children. You can teach in-person or online classes.

10. Sell things on Instagram, Depop or Etsy

Want some extra cash and more space in your closet? You can sell clothes you don’t want on Instagram or Depop. If you have a skill or hobby like drawing or painting, you can sell your art on Etsy.

11. Social media assistant

Do you love social media, keep up with all the latest trends and have mastered all the apps? Become a social media assistant and help people step up their social media game, sell products, or increase their number of followers.

12. Sports coaching/Refereeing

Check with your city’s recreation department to learn more about coaching or refereeing for youth sports.

13. Teach Gaming

Yes- this is a real thing! Websites like Gamer Sensei can match you with paying students who are looking to improve their skills in games you’ve already mastered.

14. Transcribe audio files

Sites like Rev match you with companies that pay outside contractors to transcribe audio files into documents for them.

15. Website tester and online survey taker

Companies need testers and survey takers to try out new features on their website and provide feedback on products and services- you can receive a small payout for every task you complete.

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