50+ Side Hustles and Counting…

by J. Money on Monday, May 19, 2014

hustlers dont sleep - they nap

Check out all these ways to make money below! All 50+ side hustles ever featured on this blog, plus other fascinating jobs people have tried full-time as well (along with yours truly). You’ll find everything from worm counting to taste testing, craps dealing, mystery shopping, car washing, working in the circus, playing poker, and even the most popular of all hustles ever listed here: being a “phone actress” (aka phone sex operator! Haha…). And there will be more to come :)

If there’s a way to make money, people are trying it! And here’s a list of all the jobs we’ve shared on this site over the years… if you’ve got an interesting gig of your own, do let us know!

50+ Ways to Make Money on The Side

Side Hustle Fails

While we mainly focus on the gigs that WORK OUT and earn you money, we have featured some stories here of those times it did not. To help keep things in perspective since not everything can obviously be rainbows and lollypops ;)

And then here’s something to keep in mind too: When to Quit a Side Hustle

Other Interesting (Full-Time) jobs

Since our series on Side Hustles here have been uber successful (I can’t believe I just used “uber!”), we’ve been getting a lot of submissions on other interesting jobs too. Those that people do full-time for a living. So here are some of those for your educational/entertainment needs ;)

Other Job-Related Resources:

J. Money Jobs

Lastly, here’s a list of all 30+ jobs I (J. Money) has ever done for money – in detail. Including some fairly unique ones as well: Timeshare Rep, TV Production Assistant, Totaled Car Washer, Stamp Factory Drone, Airline Worker, and now currently a professional blogger :)

I started this blog in February of ’08 simply as a hobby, and two years later it became my full-time “job.” when I realized there was money to be made (a total fluke that I jumped all over!) Now, 4 years after that, here we still are and having the time of my life. So you really never know what opportunities are around the corner when you start hustling. But you do need to grab them when they cross your path.

Gigs For Goals?

Before we go here, just wanted to share with you a great mindset to get into to help motivate your side hustlin’ even more. I call it the “Gigs For Goals” mindset and the idea behind it is that you attach all gigs of yours to a specific bill or a future want/need. If you can match them up to break even, you’re golden! If you fall short, you need to re-arrange your wants and/or start bringing in higher income streams to match ’em. It looks like this:

gigs for goals
Something to keep in mind, anyways :)

We’ll keep adding to this list over time, but as you can see there are a TON of different ways to make some money on your free time. And hey, you never know – it can always turn into a full-time job too if you get lucky! (That is, if you WANT it to, haha.. some of these are purely for the extra cash, as you can probably tell ;)).

If you have any interesting jobs yourself you’d like to share, hit me up here. We’ll post it up on the site and make you famous too.

Keep on hustlin’!

PS: If you’re interested in learning which of these hustles are the most popular, and other fun comparisons, check out this post I wrote up on it: Side Hustle Nation, Represent!

[Bad-ass Hustler shirt found by Andrea Whitmer]

{ 63 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Nick Loper May 19, 2014 at 4:50 pm

Such an awesome list. You could spend days in this rabbit hole! Keep up the great work :)


2 J. Money May 20, 2014 at 6:55 am

It’s been a fun journey since starting this series :) I’m just glad people still enjoy it!


3 Dan May 19, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Great list! I just started my financial website (still not live yet), and one of my side hustles is working for a company that hires teachers to teach English via Skype. 10-15 hours per week, making $10 a lesson. It’s great, since my mortgage was so cheap, that side hustle alone pays it off each month! Other side hustles include: adjunct professor for community colleges and a freelance writer.


4 J. Money May 20, 2014 at 6:56 am

Very nice! I’m digging the site name “budget nerds” too ;)


5 Stephanie May 20, 2014 at 12:39 am

Whoa. Epic list! I love the Chick-fil-a cow mascot :) Makes me think of all the side hustles I’ve had… my favorite was when I used to introduce myself as a commissioned painter and ended up closing a few deals that way. When I got to the point where I was painting portraits of people’s dogs that had passed away, I realized that I no longer enjoyed what I did :P


6 J. Money May 20, 2014 at 6:57 am

OMG haha…. now THAT is funny.


7 Sam @ Frugaling.org May 20, 2014 at 8:46 am

Bummer, not sure I have enough time to become a mortician right now, but it’s a great option should the whole graduate school thing not work out ;)

Love all these side hustles! Thanks for an awesome post,


8 J. Money May 20, 2014 at 8:33 pm

Don’t worry, you’ll be around morticians later on in life ;) As will the rest of us!


9 Addison @ Cashville Skyline May 20, 2014 at 8:59 am

Awesome! Some of these side hustles sound super fun regardless of how much extra money they generate.


10 J. Money May 20, 2014 at 8:38 pm

That’s the best of both worlds :)


11 TheVoice November 19, 2014 at 10:01 pm

I think this site is awesome! You really do motivate people and give them good advice on how to make money. I appreciate a great mind its really sexy;) Keep doin what you do, you have alot of positivity and loyal followers. On my way to setting some goals i feel very motivated. <3TheVoice


12 J. Money January 31, 2015 at 8:27 pm

Rock on man, thanks so much for stopping by and sharing – really appreciate that :)


13 Tonya@Budget and the Beach May 20, 2014 at 9:26 am

I love seeing all this info in one place! I’m not sure about being a worm counter though…lol! Yesterday I did a side hustle helping out at a corporate team building event. $25/hour for six hours. Luckily I got to do it with friends and for a friend, so it was a pretty fun day, but lots of manual labor upfront so I’m sore!


14 J. Money May 20, 2014 at 8:34 pm

A free workout! :)


15 weenie May 20, 2014 at 3:10 pm

What a brilliant list of fun and interesting hustles! Not been through them all yet so not entirely sure there’s one in there I could try, although since you intend to add to the list, there could be a chance I’ll find one! Keep up the great work!


16 J. Money May 20, 2014 at 8:35 pm

Indeed – be sure to check back often :) Or if you’re lazy, just sign up to get new posts sent to you! http://www.budgetsaresexy.com/subscribe/


17 Brent The "SIM Card Mogul" May 20, 2014 at 7:30 pm

J$, you’ve built a very valuable resource here for your readers. The motivation alone from seeing that other people are making money on the side is just the tip of the iceberg… not to mention the tips and tricks that can be picked up from all of these posts. Thanks!


18 J. Money May 20, 2014 at 8:36 pm

Haha… like the new moniker. Yours seems to be one of the favorites of the bunch too! Right under Phone Sex operator ;)


19 EL @ MoneyWatch101 May 29, 2014 at 8:26 am

Great way to pimp out the hustles.


20 Zee @ Work To Not Work June 1, 2014 at 4:02 pm

WooHoo! Glad I could round out the bottom of this list and be in the failures column! Just keeping it real, like you said, not everything can be put into the win column

But it looks like I’m with good company with Mrs. BudgetsAreSexy and Jeff Rose!


21 J. Money June 2, 2014 at 2:18 pm

(and probably many others too!)


22 A Frugal Family's Journey June 13, 2014 at 11:48 am

Great list…a few are a bit humorous. Nevertheless, side money is still side money. An I am a firm believer that everyone should have something they do on the side. From my own personal experience, having something on the side helps takes the pressure of the main income source (both mentally and financially). If all you have is a single source of income, and if for whatever reason that source of income is threatened, the news is almost always devastating and life changing.


23 J. Money June 13, 2014 at 10:30 pm

YEP! Preach on!


24 Sheila McNair July 24, 2014 at 5:23 pm

SO glad I found this website! I’ve been struggling to come up with ways to start chipping away at my credit card debt. Some of these sound fun!


25 J. Money July 26, 2014 at 8:39 am

I’m glad to hear! Thanks so much for stopping by and dropping a note – feel free to say hi anytime, new friend :)


26 Erica September 30, 2014 at 2:36 am

I love this list!!! Definitely going to share, the options are limitless!


27 J. Money September 30, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Glad you like! It’s been a blast putting these all together and working with the different hustlers on this site :)


28 Josh October 2, 2014 at 10:19 pm

This is a really great list J Money, I’ve started looking into the USA Triathlon coaching as well as freelance writing as well. There are so many options and this list is great for anyone in graduate school looking to make some cash on the side.


29 J. Money October 6, 2014 at 12:06 pm

It’s good for people in any stage of life really :)


30 Lisa October 4, 2014 at 11:16 pm

Can’t knock the hustle!!! Great post!


31 J. Money October 18, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Thanks Lisa! You’re a master of them yourself I hear ;)


32 nomoney October 14, 2014 at 9:02 am

All these “hustles” require $$$$ I don’t have $700 laying around to buy sum cards etc …..any articles on no cost hustling


33 J. Money October 18, 2014 at 2:32 pm

Umm…. did you read *any* others listed? Like, just one other? 99% of them don’t require anything but hard (and often times fun) work.


34 Adam Rector October 24, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Love all these suggestions. I’ll add Swim Coach here. As a person who has just taken up triathlons and is slightly tired of swallowing a lot of pool water, there’s definitely money to be made before and after your 9-5 job.


35 J. Money October 25, 2014 at 8:43 pm

Haha… there you go :)


36 Maggie November 14, 2014 at 5:04 pm

I just discovered this list earlier this week, and I’m having an awesome time reading through the ideas here! My own side hustle is small, but fun. I sell economics mysteries for kids :)

Thanks for compiling these. It lit the fire under me again with a few new marketing ideas.


37 J. Money November 19, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Cool! Mysteries that make you learn – even better ;)

Glad you’re having fun here – we’ll be adding a new one to the list soon, keep your eyes open!


38 Chellet November 20, 2014 at 8:10 am

Cool list! I might try one of the side hustles here.

For now I’m content in helping my mom with her side hustle – cooking and delivering home-cooked food to our loyal customers. She’s been telling them they should know how to cook for themselves too ‘coz she’s not getting any yougner. hehehehe

We’ve created a blog for her recipes, so we (me and my sis) have something to share with our friends and relatives who don’t live her in the Philippines. =)


39 J. Money November 22, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Aww great idea! on both the hustle and the blog :)


40 Lauren January 21, 2015 at 9:23 pm

I think I finally figured out what I love so much about the Side Hustle series. I honestly LOVE asking people about their jobs. It seems like endless possibilities to me.


41 J. Money January 31, 2015 at 8:28 pm

Agreed! And people have all kinds of fascinating ones too, huh? Well, fascinating and straight up WEIRD at times, haha… but it takes all kinds to run this world, right?

Glad you’re enjoying the series :)


42 Mr Ikonz @ ProjectIkonz.com January 22, 2015 at 7:43 am

Just added a link to this great list on my latest blog post!
I was trying to think of simply ways to make only $1,000 in 10 minutes.


43 J. Money January 31, 2015 at 8:30 pm

You left us hanging! Now I want to know what your 6 ideas were to make that $1,000! And so “easily” as you say, haha….


44 Nicole March 6, 2015 at 1:48 pm

Hey, J, my husband does voice over work as a side, hustle. He made $1000 last month doing 2 jobs. He’s an entertainer/went to school for broadcast, but anyone w a great speaking voice can do it. Voice123.com. Get hustlin’


45 J. Money March 6, 2015 at 10:01 pm

Love it! I’ve been trying to get one of my friends’ wife to share her story with voice overs so far (she only started a few months ago and has already made a few thousand) but if she bails I’ll be hitting you/your husband up to write it instead :) It’s a fascinating hustle!


46 hmaldonado May 1, 2015 at 6:09 pm

I’ve worked on political campaigns doing phone banking.You can also do canvassing for a politician or put up signs for them.The pay is usually $10 or more.


47 J. Money May 6, 2015 at 11:15 am

Yeah! I literally JUST got an email from someone on this actually… He’s in the process of writing up some info on it for me to pass around – good one :) I always thought it was a volunteer job for some reason?


48 drew May 8, 2015 at 11:52 am

Thank you for all your info that you share. J Money I’m looking for a work from home job or business. Do to health issues. Please do give advice on how to get started


49 J. Money May 8, 2015 at 12:04 pm

You’re already started – you’re on finance blogs learning how to make extra money!

Only advice I can give is to keep doing that and start trying out the routes you find to be best according to your goals/lifestyle/etc :) The “taking action” part is key.


50 Kara Jo May 21, 2015 at 12:15 pm

An ACTUALLY useful list! Hallelujah! Thanks, J. Money!


51 J. Money May 22, 2015 at 2:52 pm

Hah! Meaning my other articles aren’t useful, or just in general? ;)

Glad you liked it. Let me know if you ever take any of them on! Or come up with your own rockin’ gigs…


52 Ofem Ajah July 10, 2015 at 12:55 pm

Hi J. Money. I graduated from college about a year ago. I am work as a sales man in a pharmacy store. I am passionate about getting credible information about managing my finances.I just stumbled on your site. I observed that you respond to comments from each one of your readers. I confident you site will be enriching. Let me mention that I am Nigerian, and resident in Nigeria.


53 J. Money July 10, 2015 at 2:38 pm

Nice to meet you Ofem :) Poke around and see if you get motivated here! The nice thing about $$$ is that it works the same here in the US as it does all over the world once you get the hang of it. Just have to make it a priority to get things rockin’. Good luck!


54 marly July 27, 2015 at 1:14 pm

I do a lot of babysitting as a side hustle. Would find that I wasted a lot of time just watching TV while the kids were asleep so now I’ve started knitting and crocheting and selling my projects online :)


55 J. Money July 29, 2015 at 3:39 pm

BOOM! Love that efficiency… making money while making money! :)


56 Jeramey August 28, 2015 at 4:03 pm

J. Money,

Great list of different ways to make some extra money! Thanks for sharing.


57 J. Money August 29, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Glad you approve, sir!


58 Adriane September 8, 2015 at 8:18 pm

I don’t see where to subscribe


59 J. Money September 9, 2015 at 1:55 pm

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60 Denise October 30, 2015 at 5:29 pm

This is a great list; I have worked as a professional organizer. The work entails creating structure and routine in people’s homes; this would include organizing closets, pantries, etc. I have being paid between $10-20 per hour. I get great referrals; the work is rewarding and my clients are happy.


61 J. Money November 2, 2015 at 1:20 pm

That’s kinda neat!


62 Michael Belk November 7, 2015 at 6:37 pm

J. Money I loved that you mentioned mystery shopping it is one of the best ways to earn extra money very easy. Your list has many ideas I have never considered. thanks


63 Corrisa November 12, 2015 at 1:54 pm

I love this post!

Back in the day I was a true hustler because I got laid off from my job unexpectedly. I was the mystery shopping queen and even did focus groups and offline opinion surveys just to survive.

These days I make my money in various business ventures online.

This list will no doubt help anyone make money. It does takes some effort to get the ball rolling but once you get in motion it’s easy to stay in motion.

Keep writing these great posts J Money!


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