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.
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.
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.
Not quite ready to start a side hustle? No problem! Check out ways you can build skills that can help you land a job.