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24 Best Side Hustle Ideas in 2022 (High-Paying & Flexible)

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side hustle ideasSide hustle ideas: there are so many of them.

Every side gig looks good and promising, but the question stands: Which one is the right fit for you? 

Deciding to side hustle is one thing; choosing the right side hustle is another challenge.

A decade ago, choosing a side hustle meant looking at maybe 10 or 20 options available at that time. But now, with the boom of side hustles, you have a vast choice, which makes it much tougher to find the right one. You need to focus on choosing the right one for you because it will matter a lot.

Before we explore all the diverse side hustle ideas, there are some things you need to keep in mind when choosing your side hustle, which I have listed below.


Tips to start searching for side hustle ideas,

Understand that Everything takes time

Sometimes a side hustle can be successful in no time, and sometimes it could take ages for you to find your hustle. Having the patience to build your hustle and strategically grow it can make a big difference to your end goal.

Comparing yourself with others is something that will hinder your growth, and it does not work in the long run. For example, side hustles like ridesharing and tutoring can give you instant income. But more substantial hustles like freelance writing, blogging, flipping, and e-commerce businesses take time to grow.

Having the right mindset is the most important thing when choosing a side hustle.



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Be Ready for Initial Hardships

Nobody said hustling is easy. If you love what you do, it is undoubtedly fun no matter how many hours you work on it. Whether you hustle alongside a full-time job or do multiple side hustles, be prepared to face some real hurdles when you start.

Unless you are already an expert in the hustle you are choosing, everyone has some hiccups when they start something new. Challenges are what show us what we are, so be ready to face these struggles in your side gig journey.


Set Your Income Goal

Having a clear goal of what you want to achieve gives you a good picture of the kind of hustle you should choose. Are you looking for a hustle just to supplement your income or is it more than that?

If your goal is to earn just some extra money on the side, then try things like doing legitimate surveys or making an income from microtasks by becoming an MTurker.

But if your goal is to make more than extra cash, and you want to see some serious money from your hustle, then you need to consider extremely profitable hustles like Amazon FBA, flipping, and virtual assisting.

Always think of the income potential of the side hustle before getting into it. You cannot expect a full-time income from an extra cash side gig.


Choose a Viable Side Hustle 

Some side hustles are for the long haul. They eventually grow into a thriving business, and you might make it your full-time income. You cannot take up a side hustle that is not going to last for long and expect it to become a long-term business for you.

So researching about your side hustle is a must before you jump in. I did loads of research and learning on blogging before I started my blog, and finally, it is earning a full-time income for me now. You should always take some time to test out your unique idea. In fact, this is how many start-up businesses have become successful.


Decide If You Can Fit It into Your Lifestyle

This might be the first question you need to ask yourself. Any side gig you choose has to fit into your life. You cannot expect to start a side hustle that is hard to manage.

For example, if you are a stay-at-home mom, you should not jump into a side hustle that takes up most of your time. This is a key point in choosing your side hustle; it has to fit into your lifestyle otherwise it won’t be long before you quit.


Learn New Skills to Start the Hustle

Everyone needs to learn new skills or figure out what skills they already have to find out which side hustles they can do. Side hustling is not easy; it takes a lot to manage a side hustle along with a job and family. If you don’t work on the skills before you start your side hustle, you might be making the wrong choice.

Just take time to assess what is it that you enjoy doing. There is literally no end to the kind of side hustle you can do, so any skill is useful.

If you feel the need to update your skills, then look at different resources and courses out there that can help you to get started.


Devote Time to the Hustle

Figuring out how much time you can spend on your hustle is something that will eventually decide what you will do. You cannot take up freelance writing if you cannot give at least three hours a day.

There are some very flexible side hustles that don’t take up much of your time and also gel with your main jobs. You can be a Lyft or an Uber driver or an online English tutor for VIPKid because these jobs give you that flexibility.

Assess your availability very frankly before you start choosing your side hustle. Side hustling does not mean that you work 24/7.


Investment or No Investment

This is something that is absolutely important to think about when starting a side hustle. You have to consider whether your side hustle needs an initial investment or not.

All side hustles are not equal. For some, you might not need to put in any extra investment, but other hustles have a learning curve where you need to invest and learn to earn.

I invested in blogging from the start because I knew this hustle has a huge potential to earn money. And it has. Deciding whether to invest or not depends on the hustle and many other factors.


Be Ready to Make a Change

Starting a side hustle means less time with family, a lot of juggling, and less time for yourself. You need to prioritize things before you start any hustle, and if there is a need to focus more on the family or your full-time job, your side hustle has to fit that requirement.

A lot of changes will need to be made when you take up a second job or a side hustle, and you need to be prepared for these changes. Nevertheless, you can keep your lifestyle the same if you choose a side hustle that lets you accommodate your lifestyle.


Make Sure It Complements Your Main Job

Sometimes we take side hustles that are an extension of the type of work we do in our full-time jobs. This could be a great way to learn more about the subject and grow in your main career.

If your goal is to advance your full-time job, then you need to choose a side hustle that perfectly complements that. For example, you might work as a graphic designer in your full-time job. You can take up a freelance graphic designing gig and start a business on your own. It can also mean that you learn more new skills and reach a higher position in your full-time job.


So now that you have an idea about how to filter your side hustle ideas, here are some options for you to choose from.


Side Hustle Ideas for Extra Money

Test Websites – This is perfect as an occasional gig as the workflow is not very continuous. You don’t need to be a technical nerd to test websites. The work involves browsing websites to test their functionality and user experience. You will need a computer with good internet connection, headphones and a webcam to become a website tester. 

Surveys – Doing surveys is another good option if you are in need of extra income and a back-up gig while you hustle with another side job. Though surveys might not pay much, they are a great for break times. Apart from surveys, you can also watch videos, play games, shop online or just browse the web to earn extra money. 

Ridesharing – This is a popular choice for those who want to get out of the house and love meeting people. Companies like Uber and Lyft hire side hustle drivers. 

PetSitting – Petsitting is an easy way to make money taking care of pets. This hustle is famous, especially among students, along with other flexible online jobs. You do not need any qualification to start this side hustle but having some experience does help. 

Rent Your Stuff – Passive income for those looking to earn easy money. You can rent anything from your car to your kids’ toys. Just sign up for companies like Turo for renting your car and Fat Llama for all the other stuff.

House Sitting – Do you fancy visiting new places but worry about the accommodation costs? You can be a house sitter, enjoy your travel, and still earn money. House sitting is another great way to cut your costs if you love traveling and want a place to stay. House sitters don’t get paid all the time, they prefer to take care of the house in return for the food and free stay.

You can find house sitting gigs in places like MindMyHouse, Nomador,

Product Tester Another side gig that gives you free products plus some extra cash is product testing. Product testers are recruited by companies to test their new products and give feedback before releasing them into the market. If you are keen on taking up product testing, try these legit companies that hire product testers online.

Sell Textbooks You can earn good cash selling textbooks online. This is one of the easiest side gigs that you can do online and earn money. I am sure many of us have old textbooks that we don’t read anymore. You can sell these books online in places like Bookbyte, Decluttr, Booksrun, etc.

Participate in Paid Research Studies Paid research studies might not give you a stable income but they pay well. They are much longer in duration than your typical surveys and many of them are conducted in person. Here is a big list of websites that have paid research studies available.


High-Paying Side Hustles

Virtual Assisting – As a virtual assistant, you will be helping businesses with things like social media management, writing, editing, website design, marketing, email management, graphic design, and much more. Virtual assisting is a very diverse side hustle with the potential to become a good business. Check out this interview I did with Gina Horkey (the VA diva) and learn more about this side job.

Home Staging – This is for all the creative types.  With this job, you will be doing your best to make houses look stellar for selling. As a home stager, you will be styling houses that are on the market, and this hustle pays really well. 

Bookkeeping – Do you like working with numbers? Bookkeeping is one of the best side hustles that anyone can start. A bookkeeper records the daily financial transactions, prepares statements for accountants, reconciles bank accounts, etc. You don’t need any experience or expertise to become a bookkeeper. If this sounds interesting to you, then here is a short webinar on starting your own bookkeeping business.

Proofreading – Love finding errors in documents? If you answered yes, then consider taking up proofreading as a side hustle. It’s a high-paying and super flexible side gig, that can turn into a successful business. You can work as much or as little as you want in this biz. Find out if this is the side gig for you in this webinar.

BloggingBlogging is my passion and it’s something that has shown me how a side hustle can turn into a profitable business. There are no skills required to become a blogger but you need to know your niche and be ready to learn. Here is a detailed post about how to start a blog.

Freelance WriterIf you got a penchant for writing, then becoming a freelance writer is your thing. You can get freelance writing gigs in places like Fiverr, Upwork, or Many freelance writers begin their careers in these places and build their businesses. Holly shares how to become a freelance writer and earn over $200,000 a year in this post.

FlippingThis might come as a surprise to you but flea market flipping is a high-paying side hustle. All you need is the eye for finding treasures in junk and the skill to make it new. This is a perfect side hustle for someone interested in visiting weekend markets or garage sales for things to remodel. Want to know how to get started with this hustle? Here is some information.

Etsy SellerHow fun is selling creative printables online? This side hustle gives you the creative freedom to design and sell printables on Etsy and make money on the side. You can use tools like Canva or PicMonkey to design your creations. There is no limit to the number of things you design like wall art, greeting cards, tags, quotes, etc. Learn more about selling printables on Etsy in this interview.

Sell Baby StuffAs a mom, I know that having kid stuff that we no longer use adds to the clutter. Babyquip is a website that lets you rent your baby stuff easily without much hassle and gives you a chance to make money passively.

This baby stuff is usually rented by visitors or tourists who need things like a car seat, strollers, pram, etc. All you have to do is deliver the things to Airbnbs, rental homes, or private residences. Here is how you can get started with this passive income gig.

Pinterest VADo you consider yourself a Pinterest wiz? If you create amazing Pinterest pins and know the ins and outs of this social media platform, the Pinterest virtual assistant is your calling. Pinterest VAs have many services they can provide and can earn around $150 to $400 per client depending on the services. Kristin Larsen shares more about how to become a Pinterest VA in this post.

Voice ActingVoice acting is one of the easy side gigs you can start if you have a creative voice. A voice actor lends his or her voice to ads, cartoons, events, announcements, etc. These side gigs require you to modulate and train voice at different levels. You also need to have equipment like headphones, a pop filter, and a home studio to start voice acting. You can find voice-over jobs on websites like BunnyStudio,, Filmless, etc.

Sell Dog TreatsIf you are a baking pro and love making sweet treats for the furries, then consider selling dog treats as a side gig. Kristin shares how she got started with selling dog treats and made it into a profitable side business. The things you need to start this gig are an investment for the raw materials and a business license depending on the place.

Become a TranslatorIf you are bilingual and want a side job, try online translation jobs. You don’t need a degree to become a translator but having good fluency is required. You can get started with short gigs on Fiverr or Upwork to gain experience before you apply to companies like Verbalize, Gengo, WorldLingo, and more.

Tutor OnlineTutoring online is one of the easy side gigs many students, stay-at-home moms take up because it’s very flexible. You can teach specialized subjects like maths, science, psychology, geography, etc or go with simple English. Most of the companies need a bachelor’s degree and some casual experience in teaching or tutoring. For specialized subjects, you need to have teaching experience in the subjects you choose to teach. Here is a big list of companies that hire tutors online.

Amazon FBAJust like flipping, selling things online with Amazon FBA is a breeze if you know how to find good things to sell. The biggest advantage with Amazon FBA is you don’t store the items and all the customer service is handled by Amazon. Selling items on the biggest marketplace has its perks! If you are interested to learn more here is an easy beginner’s guide to selling on Amazon FBA.

Create CoursesCreating courses is a super profitable side gig if you have expertise in a niche/subject. You can create online courses on topics like home decor, blogging, digital marketing, photography, cooking, and many more. The list is endless. If you are worried about the process of creating the course, many platforms like Thinkific, Kajabi, Teachable make it very easy to create courses online.


It might take some time for you to assess which side hustle to choose, but once the choice is made, getting started is easy. I hope these tips will help you to decide and jump into the right hustle.

Hustle away!

About Sireesha Narumanchi

Hi, I am Sireesha and thank you for stopping by to know me. I am a work-at-home mom of two beautiful princesses and a firm believer in making 'working from home' a success for everyone (working in a virtual job for over 9 years now). I have been featured on many popular websites like Forbes, Business Insider, American Express, QuickBooks, The Muse, Moneyish, Virtual Vocations, Spark Hire, Bustle, Fairygodboss, Side Hustle School, Payoneer, Jobbatical, Skillcrush.Read more...