10 Side Hustles You Can Start Right Now

These days, it’s highly unlikely you’ll come across a career blog, podcast, or advice column that doesn’t mention side hustles. They’re all the rage, and for a good reason! Basically, a side hustle lets you earn some extra cash on the side while you pursue your degree or build your career. Get started now with our suggestions below.

1. Freelance Writing or Blogging

Got a knack for writing? As a freelancer, you’ll actually get paid for contributing engaging content across different editorial websites and publications. Try searching through sites like Upwork and All Freelance Writing.

You can also create your own blog as a side hustle, but keep in mind that you’ll need a good amount of credibility on your blog before you start seeing those paychecks.



2. Driving

If you’ve got a car, then why not become a driver for ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft? You’re in charge of your own schedule, and you’ll meet some cool new people while earning some extra income.


3. Selling Crafts and Handmade Goods

Are you a crafty individual? With your own Etsy shop, shoppers can purchase your unique, handcrafted creations. But online shops aren’t the only place you can sell your work — look out for craft and vendor fairs in your area and become a vendor!


4. Freelance Graphic Design

Freelance graphic designers are needed all the time for things like creating ads, flyers, emails, and social media content. It’s also a great resume builder if you plan on diving into the graphic design world full-time after college. Find these gigs across job boards, on freelancing sites, or through recruiters.


5. Brand Ambassador

A lot of brands and companies look for individuals (especially college students!) that will represent their product or services. This may involve promoting the brand on your social media, wearing their gear around campus, or handing out samples and conducting demonstrations at events.


6. Child/Adult Care

Babysitting and childcare are great side hustles for aspiring teachers, pediatricians and social workers, whereas adult care is a great gig for anyone interested in the medical field. Start finding work on Care.com and SitterCity.


7. Freelance Web Development

All of you tech-savvy individuals out there, this one is for you! Many startups don’t have the expertise to properly build, code, and design their websites — That’s where you come in. Look out for opportunities on job boards or freelancing sites like Upwork.



8. Dog Walking/Pet Sitting

Who wouldn’t want money for spending time with some adorable floofs? It’s basically a dream job. Start searching for clients on sites like Rover, or go the old-fashioned route and post some flyers in your area.


9. Tutoring

Are you incredibly strong in a particular subject? Your college campus likely has tutoring positions, but you can also check out Care.com and Tutor.com for gigs, as well.


10. Coaching/Personal Training

From coaching kids in ballet, gymnastics and other sports, to becoming a full-fledged personal trainer at a gym, these are great side gigs if you consider yourself athletic.

Can you think of any other side hustles we didn’t list? If so, share your thoughts and suggestions with our readers in the comments below!


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