15 Simple Side Hustle Ideas You Can Start While Working Full-Time
Updated: December 5, 2018
I feel like before our friendship can really start to blossom I need to be upfront with you.
I never once liked working for people. I always hated it. I enjoyed the people, the regular paychecks, and some of the things I did, but the thought of making someone else rich always bothered me.
There were years where I would work for myself and then times when I needed to get a job.
Each time I got a job I told myself that I would spend my nights working hard on a side hustle that would allow me to quit my job again. It never worked out that way and instead I always had to scramble to make money whenever I was out of a job.
This taught me a lot.
When you need to make money fast you start to come up with some creative ways to do so.
The best time for you to start a side hustle that could potentially turn into a full-time job is when you have a job. Don't listen to those people that say that you need to quit and make the big plunge.
You can definitely do that, but it's much easier to take risks when you have a security blanket keeping you around. The most difficult thing will be to stay motivated working on your side hustle because if things fail you always have a job to fall back on.
Best Side Hustles to Do While Working Full-Time
The purpose of these side hustles is that anybody can get started on them. There are some skill-specific ones that I could list like graphic design or web development, but you have to go through some training to really make a dent in those markets.
1. Writing eBooks
There are a number of bloggers that are making a healthy living through writing e-books. In fact, the Amazon Kindle market is getting so competitive that some authors are bailing and looking for alternatives.
I'm a big fan of competitive markets because it means there is an audience and people love their e-books.
One of the magical things about writing e-books is that you don't need to be a professional writer or write a 200-page tome. You simply have to have some knowledge on a subject, put that knowledge down on some pages, and then sell it.
If you really want to get craft some people have mastered the art of outsourcing their book writing. This allows you to publish a couple books a month.
2. Creating Online Courses
This is one of my main sources of income. Creating online courses is great because you can charge higher prices than you can for e-books.
One of the giant myths about online courses is that you need to be some type of guru to teach them. This isn't true. You just need to know more than the people one level below.
Sure it helps to have mastery of a subject, but don't let that hold you back from creating an online course.
I always joke with my wife that she should start a podcast because she goes on some wonderful rants sometimes.
Even though I rarely listen to podcasts that doesn't mean it isn't big business. Podcasts are a great way to talk about the things you love and build an audience.
The way you make money through podcasting is through advertising. Business love advertising on podcasts because they can usually be the only sponsor that a podcaster shouts out and rarely do listeners skip the ads.
4. Amazon Reselling
This goes back to the basics of business. If you want to make money you need to make more than you spend. With Amazon Reselling you find items at a price that is lower than what people are usually willing to pay and then you simply sell to those people.
5. Virtual Assistant
People are busy and need help.
Virtual Assistants do the stuff that business owners don't want to do. Many Virtual Assistants are helping out pro bloggers stay organized.
That's the main skill you will need to be a great Virtual Assistant: organization.
If you can't stay organized then you shouldn't bother with this.
6. Teaching English
You can now be an English Tutor online. You simply on some type of video conferencing software (Skype, Google Hangouts, etc.) and teach people how to speak English.
It's always a good idea to get full accreditation but as long as you're a native speaker of the language then you should be good to go.
7. Social Media Manager
Businesses don't have time to be spending all day on Social Media. They have businesses to run, but social media has become such an important part of marketing that it is foolish to ignore.
Becoming a social media manager means that you ensure that a company's social media accounts stay active. This sounds like a ton of work but there are enough tools out there today that will help you automate almost everything.
You simply need to queue up some posts and then you are good to go.
8. Fiverr Gigs
Fiverr is a marketplace for cheap gigs. The gigs are all over the map and usually, involve pretty simple tasks. The site gets its name from the fact that all jobs start at $5.
That doesn't sound like a lot (it isn't) but some of the job have upgrades that push them to $20-$50.
9. Drive Uber or Lyft
In my area (Nevada) Lyft drivers are making upwards of $1,000 a weekend. That's pretty insane considering that all you are doing is driving people around town.
Some of the craftier drivers are "employed" by both companies ensuring that they are always busy with fares.
10. Freelance Writer
Websites are always looking for people to write content for them. You don't need to be a pro, you have to be competent enough to know how to write a compelling blog post.
If this sounds interesting to you then check out this post with 67+ paid writing opportunities.
11. Dog Walking
My wife used to be a dog walker in Los Angeles and she was making between $5,000 - $6,000 a month. Of course, you shouldn't expect that type of money in Iowa, but it was good work, especially because she loves dogs.
Being a dog walker is all about the connections you create. Once you get a couple of clients and you treat their dogs well you'll find that you get word of mouth business that keeps you fully booked.
12. Selling T-Shirts
Teespring makes it easy to create a t-shirt and sell it to the world.
13. Starting a Blog
If you're looking for money quick then starting a blog isn't the route you want to go, but if you want to take the time to build something that can be really lucrative down the road then blogging might a good option for you.
I make over $10,000 a month from blogging, but it isn't easy. You need to be able to build up an audience before you get to reap any of the rewards, but if you are willing to put in the time then it is well worth it.
14. Taking Online Surveys
This one probably sounds silly but there are a number of companies that pay you take surveys. All of them are not created equal.
You definitely won't get rich doing this, but it's a great and easy way to make a couple extra hundred dollars a month.
If you're curious about this check out 7 awesome survey sites that pay cash.
15. Testing Websites
This one seems just as crazy as taking surveys but there are companies that will pay you to click around on websites and test them out. You will have to pass a basic test before you can get started, but the tests are easy.
They just want to make sure you know how to use the Internet.
For more information on this check out 9 sites that will pay you to test websites.