20+ Best Side Jobs from Home that Pay Well
Side Jobs from Home
Are you looking for side jobs?
If so, you’ve just hit a gold mine because I’m going to show you the very best side jobs from home to earn extra money.
Everything on this list can be done while working a full-time job.
I’m all about saving money and paying off debt, and one of the best ways to do that is to get a side job.
In today’s article, I’m going to show you the following:
- The Best Side Jobs
- How Much You Can Earn
- How to Get Started
Here at Tried and True we do the work so you don’t have to, every company we list either has a 4/5-star rating on Glassdoor or I have personally interviewed someone who has worked for the company or does the job today.
Looking for a job even if it’s a side job…is a job (that doesn’t pay), so I hope today you will find that something that will earn you more money.
Take a look at all the ways you can make extra money on the side and start a new revenue stream today.
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Here are the Best Side Jobs from Home
1. Start a Blog
I think starting a blog is the very best side job. Blogging was my side job that turned into my full-time income, now I work very part-time and make more than when I was working full-time at my corporate job.
I know it’s not for everyone BUT if you have a passion for helping people and have decent writing skills this should be something to consider.
It’s also a great form of passive income. I make money just for people reading my articles from ads.
When you get a nice amount of people reading your articles it brings in a nice income. Here’s a screenshot of my earnings for the month from ads.
I can assure you, I did not write this article today and yet it’s making me money. I also make money by partnering with companies and becoming an “Affiliate”. You can see how I make money blogging.
If you want to start a blog check out my Step-by-Step Guide to starting a blog along with the most popular niches that make the most money and get the most traffic.
2. Freelance Writer
If you don’t want to start a blog but like to write, you should definitely consider becoming a Freelance writer.
This is a great side job that allows you to work when and wherever you want.
I interviewed Holly Johnson in my article How to Become a Freelance Writer and she makes OVER $200,000 a year!
Holly found the secret sauce when it comes to writing and charging the right rate for your work. She created a free introductory training on how to build a six-figure writing career.
3. Virtual Bookkeeper
Bookkeepers help small business owners record their financial transactions. You DO NOT NEED previous experience to become a Bookkeeper.
There is a course you can take that will teach you all you need to know and how to charge $60 per hour.
I have an AWESOME interview with two women who took the course and are now successful Virtual Bookkeepers, you’ll have to check it out in my How to Become a Bookkeeper article.
One of the women has 9 kids, homeschools 6, and runs a successful bookkeeping business on the side. So this is definitely something you can do.
Click here to check out the free training to see if this is right for you.
Do you find yourself easily catching errors when reading? Do you cringe when you see grammar mistakes? If so, you should consider becoming a Proofreader.
Caitlin Pyle of Proofread Anywhere made $43,000 in her first year proofreading while working part-time and studying abroad. You’ll have to read the full interview in my article on How to Become a Proofreader.
She realized there was a huge open market for proofreaders, so she designed a free course to help others get started.
You can learn the skills you need to start your freelance proofreading hustle here.
5. Sell Products on Amazon
If you like shopping and searching for a good deal, you should definitely consider Amazon’s FBA program. This is an awesome side job that can turn into a full-time income.
You find good deals on products at brick and mortar stores or online and resell them on Amazon for a higher price.
My sister took her course and is doing this on the side and making really good money!
6. Flip Items from Flea Markets and Thrift Shops
Rob from the Flea Market Flipper is the MASTER flipper. He made over $130,000 flipping items from Flea Markets and thrift stores PART-TIME.
And, you don’t need to have a lot of money to start either. Rob recommends his students to start with a budget of $20-$50 to find items. Based on that, they should be able to make $100-$300 (mostly reselling on eBay) and then take some of the profit and do it again.
How do I get started? Rob created a free workshop to turn your passion for visiting thrift stores, yard sales, & flea markets into a profitable reselling business – in as little as 14 days. You can click here to sign up.
7. Virtual Assistant
I was a Virtual Assistant for a small business while working a full-time job, I did some work during my lunch hour and at night. It was a great way to make extra money doing stuff I enjoyed.
You can make $25-$100 per hour as a Virtual Assistant.
Gina Horkey, six-figure Virtual Assistant wrote an epic article on Everything You Need to Know about Becoming a Virtual Assistant to help you get started, and I have some companies hiring at the end of this article here.
8. Teach English Online/Tutor
If you have a Bachelor’s degree and teaching experience (tutoring, mentoring, children’s church, etc. are all acceptable), then you should definitely consider teaching kids in China English as a side job or tutoring.
Here is a list of the only companies I recommend applying to for tutoring or teaching kids in China how to speak English.
Transcribers listen to audio files and record (type) what they hear. If you have patience and the ability to sit for long periods of time and an eye for detail, you should consider transcribing.
You can do this on the weekends and work when it’s convenient for you.
How much can I make? You can make $7-$21 per hour or more if you start your own business.
How do I get started? Take this Free Mini-Course for a full overview of transcribing and how to get started.
I also have 4 companies hiring along with a work at home success story on transcribing in my article on How to Work from Home Transcribing.
10. Get Into Real Estate BUT w/o Selling or Buying Anything
Yes, this really is a thing and it can be done completely online and on the side. I met Danielle Pierce who does this earning over $400,000 per year on the side WHILE homeschooling her 3 kids!
It’s called Property Preservation or Repairing Foreclosed Homes. Danielle outsources 100% of the work and only does admin work.
How much can I make? It varies but Danielle says it’s very feasible to gross $100k+ or more in revenue within 18 months
How to get started? Check out my interview with Danielle to see how it all works
11. Earn $30-$50 per hour Picking Up Trash from Parking Lots
Yes, this is a thing and the beauty of this job is the service hours don’t interfere with a typical day job, so you can do this on the side and grow it however big or small as you want.
Brian Winch does this and has scaled his local business to $650,000 per year! I was privileged to interview him to see how it all works.
Click here to check out my interview with Brian and see how he will personally help you get your business started and making money.
12. Create and Sell Printables
Creating printables is one of the BEST side jobs because you make a printable once and can make money from it over and over again. It’s a great way to make a passive income to allow you to do other things.
You can typically make $500-$1,000+ per month.
13. Social Media Manager
Are you active on Social Media and would like to post on behalf of other businesses?
This is one of my favorite work from home jobs because it’s still so new and the opportunities are endless.
With all the different Social Media schedulers out there today you can definitely do this on the side and make good money.
Depending on how many clients you have you could earn between $1,000-$10,000 a month.
14. Deliver Food, Get Paid Quickly
The demand for delivering food and groceries are skyrocketing.
You can earn up to $25 per hour and the best thing about it is you can work When and IF you want!
If you are 18 years or older check out my article on the Best Delivery Driver Jobs as I break down the only companies you should sign up for.
15. Life Coach
Do you love personal development and enjoy helping people? If that’s you, you should consider becoming a Life Coach.
See how Natalie Bacon became a Life Coach making six-figures on her way to seven-figures!
How much you can make depends on your market. If you are targeting lower-income, you can charge $47 per hour, if you’re targeting higher income you could charge $297 per hour or much more.
It also depends on your model, are you doing 1-to-1 coaching or group coaching?
Freelance jobs are pretty much the ultimate side job that can turn into a full-time income. You deliver a service for a fee with the ability to work where and when you want with unlimited earning potential!
I have found many freelance jobs on Upwork. I sift through the available work options to see which project suits me the best.
I only apply to the jobs I KNOW I can do well because after the project is over its important that I get a good review so I can continue to get more jobs.
I suggest the following when applying to jobs on Upwork:
- Focus on the projects with only 5-10 proposals or less submitted (less competition)
- Check that the client has the “blue verified payment check” before applying
- When you see a job that fits you, apply for it immediately!
- If you live in the U.S., make sure to check “U.S. Only.”
- If you are pitching your first job, try to offer your services for free for one week to ease the client’s mind since you have no references or reviews. If the client likes you move on with the “paid service” the following week. That’s how I won my first job, and the client still paid me for my first week.
For a full list of freelance services you can provide on Upwork click here
17. Become a Notary
A notary is an appointed official of the state government. They serve as an unbiased and impartial witness and can perform numerous duties depending on where you live.
Some notaries can perform marriages, oversee the signing of loan documents for new homeowners, witness the Power of Attorneys and much more.
Becoming a Notary can be a great way to make money on the side depending on where you live. Check out my article on How to Become a Notary to see if it’s right for you.
18. Walk Dogs/Pet Sit
Do you love pets and like the idea of getting some fresh air, exercise and making some money?
19. Search Engine/Social Media Evaluator
Search Engine/Social Media Evaluator rate social media ads and search engine results for relevancy.
This is a great side job because it does not require getting on the phone, you make your schedule, and it does not require any training.
You can make $12.50 – $14 per hour if you apply to the only two companies I recommend.
20. Graphic Designer
If you have an eye for design and have experience in Adobe Creative Suite/Adobe Creative Cloud – including InDesign, Illustrator, or Photoshop, there is a profitable market out there for you.
You can charge $25-$300 per hour, depending on your experience.
Check out this highly recommended course Learn Photoshop, Web Design & Profitable Freelancing if interested.
Promote your services to your social network and create a website showcasing your services and work.
If you’re the family photographer and love taking pictures, you should look into Photography as a side job.
It is an investment that can pay off significantly.
How do I get started? Start taking pictures of any and everything, take classes and learn photoshop to polish off your photos and add quality finishes.
Related: See the top two apps to make money from your phone taking pictures here (no previous experience needed).
Post your best work on your social media networks and start your online portfolio on 500px (it’s Free!).
You can also:
- Contact your local real estate agents and offer your services to take professional pictures of their new listings
- License your photos through stock photography sites like iStock and Shutterstock
- Submit images to The Sun Magazine
- Offer your services for free to friends and family who want to take holiday, newborn, senior, weddings pictures, etc. If you do a good job, those same people could turn into paying customers
How much can I make?
- Wedding Photography -$700 – $3,500+
- Senior Portrait Photography – $100-$300 a session
- Small local businesses – $25 – $200 per image
Babysitting is an excellent way to make money on the side if you enjoy playing and caring for kids.
How much you can earn depends on where you live and your client, BUT I do see many people charge $15-$20 per hour or more.
Sign up for Care.com to find clients in your area.
23. Make Money by Losing Weight – Up to $10,000!
I recently interviewed Anastasia who won $10,000 for losing 41 lbs. from a company called HealthyWage.
HealthyWage is a company supported by the Government to incentivize people to lose weight by putting their own money at risk with the potential to earn up to $10,000. It’s the ultimate losing weight challenge.
It works like this:
- Start with the HealthyWage Prize Calculator. Enter how much weight you want to lose, the timeframe to lose it, and how much you want to bet each month for that period.
- The calculator determines your prize amount, up to $10,000. You can play around with the calculator until you get your desired prize amount.
- Sign up and agree to pay the monthly amount for the duration of the challenge.
- Achieve your weight-loss goal, and win your prize!
I explain in full detail about HealthyWage here.
24. Survey Taker
Share your opinion to help brands deliver better products and services and get paid in the form of gift cards or through PayPal.
If you take the time to answer a lot of surveys, you could make $50-$100 a month or more. This is definitely just something to do to make extra money on the side.
The more survey sites you sign up for, the more you’ll make.
Pro Tip: Open a separate email account solely for surveys. You’ll start to get inundated with emails, and it will be more manageable in a different account.
25. Sign up for Research Studies – Up to $400 per study
You can make quick, easy money by participating in research studies. Below are the best-paid companies to sign up for
26. Website Tester
Get Paid to Test Apps and Websites. Companies need feedback on the user experience of their websites, and they’ll pay you to get it. This is one of the easiest and quickest ways to make money online.
Here are two companies that will give you $10 per test and usually take around 15-20 minutes each (User Testing now pays up to $60 per test):
27. Clean Houses
Do you enjoy cleaning or just know it’s something you wouldn’t mind doing to make extra money? If so, you should consider doing this because you could make a lot of money.
You could earn $1,000 per week working part-time!
To get started check out my article on How to Start a Cleaning Business and get all the information you need to get started today.
28. Run a Speed Dating/Event Business
I know this is definitely not for everyone but I at least wanted to mention to those who may be interested. If you like the idea of putting couples together you could start a Facebook page, find a venue and sell tickets.
Start with age ranges from 25-35 and 35-45 selling tickets from $10-$30 depending on the venue. Many bars or local restaurants may let you have the event for free on a weekday just to make some extra money with your event OR pay you to have the event at their venue.
It’s an easy business to run and a great way to make some extra money on the side.
I hope you enjoyed this article and found maybe 1, 2 or more different ways you’d like to make money on the side.
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