Good morning hustlers! If you woke up thinking “Boy, I sure wish someone would tally up all the side hustles on J’s page so we can see them all in one sexy spot, along with how much they pay and how fascinating they all are” you’re in luck.
Fresh off the keyboard: 50+ Side Hustles and Other Ways to Make Money
And if your next thought was “This is soooo cool!! I F*ckin’ love that blogger! If only he’d now compare them all so we can be entertained and help us separate out the cray cray from the cool cool, I’d owe him like a million beers!” you’re also in luck. Or, rather, I’m in luck – I can use about a million beers after putting all this together ;)
So read on for some fun highlights and comparisons…. Who knew a random post about chicken farming four years ago would turn into one of the most popular series of this site? Of which I didn’t contribute a single word to? ;) Does that say something about my writing? (Don’t answer that)
Let’s start with the most popular gigs featured and go from there…. And btw, if you ever want to contribute one yourself – and it hasn’t already been covered (read = it must be unique/interesting!), do please reach out. I’d like to keep adding to this list over time and hit 100 :)
All-Time Most Popular Hustles (so far):
With #1 being read almost 300,000 times!! And being the 2nd most popular page EVER on this site too, wow…. Right after my free budget templates which couldn’t be more far apart ;) (Unless you’re a fan of this site, of course. My evil plan is working!!)
- “Phone Actress” (AKA Phone Sex Operator) (25¢-30¢/minute of *live* talk time)
- Air Force Reservist ($259.56/weekend + benefits (“Active” = $1946.70/mo + benefits)
- Online e-Commerce Store Owner ($810/day revenue (later shut down))
- Standardized Test Question Writer ($20-$30/question)
- Collectible Sneaker Reseller ($50-$300/shoe)
So one regarding sex (we all know it sells, right?), one the military (thanks for serving!), an online store that later folded (it’s not always easy hustling), one that involves annoying kids to death (damn SATs), and then a fashion reseller… This is what America is interested in, people.
The Most Unique Hustles (excluding a few above):
- Chick-fil-A Cow Mascot ($20-$30/gig)
- Gun Permit Instructor (“decent chunk”)
- Worm Counter (8¢ per dozen night crawlers)
- Frequent Flyer Mile Specialist ($80-$150/itinerary)
- Chicken Farmer ($89 1st test + free food!)
- Hankies Dealer ($100,000+/year)
- Sim Card Mogul ($10,000 profit)
- Teleprompter Operator ($20/hr)
Look at those price ranges too – from 8 cents all the way up to $100,000 a year! Which later became the hustler’s full-time job, btw – or at least his wife’s. Which is the perfect outcome for most people if you think about it: turning a hobby/hustle into a full-time gig! Exactly what happened with me and this blog here, actually (*looks up to the heavens and thanks the Big Man upstairs*)
The Hustles You’d Expect to Find Here:
- Lifeguard (min. wage)
- Referee ($30+/game)
- Human Guinea Pig ($40/hr)
- Babysitter ($30-$45/sitting)
- Substitute Teacher ($80/day)
- Mystery Shopper ($200-$500/mo)
- Freelance Writer ($500-$1,500/mo)
- Yoga Instructor ($15-$40/hr class, $60+ private)
Half of those you’ve probably tried yourself as a kid, eh? Though doesn’t mean you still can’t still rock them today and make that side cash… The only real difference is *where* you’ll put that money now vs then, right? ;) *Ahem* debt. *Ahem* savings. *Ahem* anything but candy and baseballs cards.
The Hustles That May Surprise You:
- Photo Booth Operator ($100/hr)
- Public Speaker ($750- $6,500/gig)
- Watch Dealer ($2,000-$7,000/watch)
- High-Fashion eBay Reseller ($7,000 profit)
The photo booth one and the public speaker gig just blew my mind… I knew there was money in both, but that’s a lot of Benjamins!! And interestingly enough related to specific events that you pretty much show up to, get the job done, and then go home. After all the prep work ahead of time, of course ;) Pretty cool though to say the least. And I’d never have the balls to flip fancy watches!
A Variety of Different Rates:
- Percentage of bar tab
- Per dozen night crawlers
- Per question
- Per shoe
- Per itinerary
- Commission and/or free cruise
- Public vs private (not what you think ;))
- Per minute of live talk time (it IS what you think!)
This one was fun to pull out (twss!) because it shows just how different the gigs can be. From percentages to one-time fees to bulk worm counting, haha… Which also makes it hard for me to figure out which hustles pay the most vs those which don’t ;) And thus I’m not doing that here. (Also because a lot of it depends on *how much time* you put in too, as well as other unique variables. But you can figure out for yourself which may be worth trying out and which not. You’re smart peoples.)
Lastly, Here Are a Few Failures That Went Down…
- I couldn’t part with my art ($0.00)
- I hated working a Phonathon (min. wage)
- How I Failed at Buying a Rental Property ($0.00)
So there you have it! A bunch of awesome hustles people are trying these days, as well as how much they pay and how you can get started with them too (at least the last 40+ or so, when I started asking the hustlers to beef up the info to be more helpful to everyone :)). And you only see about HALF of all hustles posted on this site over the years too!
If you want to check out all of them, again, go here: All 50+ Side Hustles
I’ve also added some other sections at the end to feature some of the more interesting *full-time* gigs people have shared with us on the site too. Like, say, being a mortician, working on a cruise ship, being a professional poker player (!), and even working in Guantanamo Bay.
Hope you enjoyed this as much as I did! I only spent approximately 6+ hours putting both of these pages together, haha… I’M COMING FOR MY BEERS!!! :)
My boy Jacob just made a rap song for us below – I think he found his newest hustle ;)
Got my man, J. Money, doin the finance shuffle/
Bring ya’ll a list of wicked awesome side hustles/
We got phone sex, chicken farmer, teleprompter, secret shopper/
Collectible sneakers and selling watches out of pockets
He ain’t stoppin’, cuz’ there ain’t no breakin’/
when you 24/7 representin’ the ‘SIDE HUSTLE NATION!’
Word to your wallet. I’m out.
PS: After thinking I came up with the title of this post all by myself (I mean, I am pretty clever), I realized that it’s more likely due to hanging out on my friend’s site, SideHustleNation.com, for a while… Oops. Big shout out to my boy Nick Loper!
PPS: I probably could have changed it back, but ya know – it’s catchy :) Makes me feel like the actual RAPPER, J. Money, up in here too! Who later changed his name to J. Futuristic btw, approximately 6 months after the real J. Money appeared on the scene (me). True story. I’d like to think it was due to him being scared of my financial skills, but considering he later got shot 6 times AND survived, something tells me he’s a bit tougher than the blogger J. Money. Still, no switch-backs!
[Photo credit: FromSandToGlass]
Jay loves talking about money, collecting coins, blasting hip-hop, and hanging out with his three beautiful boys. You can check out all of his online projects at jmoney.biz. Thanks for reading the blog!