Here at The RideShare Guy we’ve been helping people just like you find the best side hustle jobs for over 6 years. We’ve famously written about how to earn $100 dollars fast, $1,000 dollars fast, and the best gig jobs.
We’ve appeared in The New York Times, on CNBC, NPR, 60 Minutes on CBS and much more.
The side hustles we’re highlighting here have flexible hours and are pretty easy to start, even with no experience. With a side hustle, you can pay off debt, fund a new business idea, pay for travel or other hobbies, and more.
But how do you know which side hustle is the best, especially in 2021? We’ve narrowed down the best side hustles, still going strong in 2021. These side hustles are flexible, have high earning potential, and don’t require any sort of certificates or training.
Best Side Hustle List 2021
- Instacart – easiest to start, highest pay
- Rakuten – cash back app promotion
- Swagbucks surveys
- Freelance writer
Read on for even more great paying side hustles!
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Select the Best Side Hustle for You
This side hustle pays: $25 to $35 per hour with Instacart
We love this side hustle. It’s fantastic for a part-time job.
Our audience is reporting they’re earning as much as $37 per hour. Even better, this side hustle is easy to learn. All it takes is the willingness to work – and it definitely helps if you’re a fast, efficient shopper.
If you’re going to be lazy, forget it. But if you really want to make extra money, this is our number one pick right now.
You’ll get notified on your phone when customers need you. Then you go to your local supermarket such as Costco, Target, Fairway, Key Food, ShopRite, Publix, or Aldi and shop the customer’s list. Then simply bring the groceries to the customer, get paid and move on to the next customer!
Instacart shoppers can deliver from over 25,000 stores in more than 5,500 cities in North America.
Another grocery store shopping option is Shipt, although they’re not as well known or seem to pay as well as Instacart. Still, it pays to sign up with multiple delivery services, so sign up with Shipt here and give it a shot!
Here’s an example of how you can earn $2,000 in one week with Instacart:
Restaurant and Store Delivery
Postmates and DoorDash will alert you to new delivery jobs. We recommend you sign-up for both services so you can pick only the high-paying hustles and skip the rest. There’s no reason to be loyal to one app over the other.
“Make the most money you can” is what we recommend for side hustles.
With these side hustles, you head into restaurants like Chick-fil-A, Burger King, Red Lobster, or into stores like Walgreens, grab the order, then get it to your customer.
While it helps to have a car, it’s not required for this side hustle. You could deliver on a bicycle or scooter.
This side hustle pays: nothing if you have no readers, to millions of dollars (really)
Just writing about your random thoughts probably won’t make you rich. But here’s what really can… writing about subjects that help people make money, save money, save time, or entertain them.
The RideShare Guy started as a simple side hustle blog aimed at helping people make more money driving for Uber and Lyft. Now it reaches millions of people each year!
I personally know bloggers that have turned their side-hustle blog into a full-time business that replaced their 9 to 5. The blog topics ranged from travel to saving for retirement to relationship advice.
To get started, sign-up for very affordable and reliable web hosting from Bluehost or Hostgator.
Don’t start with free hosting because you get what you pay for. 🙂 Commit to paying $4 per month and you’ll get the support you need.
This side hustles pays: $25 to $450 per article.
Freelancer writers are in high demand. Publishers aren’t hiring as many full-time writers. Instead, they’re hiring regular people like you who — and this is important — are willing to learn, are reliable, and have expertise in their subject.
If there’s a site or publication you read regularly, you soon might be able to write for them. That’s what happened to me.
My favorite humor publication accepted submissions — and a couple of mine were selected! It was the most fun way I’ve ever been paid.
In general, the most lucrative freelance writing fields are in science and tech, health and medicine, and personal finance or travel. If you have a background or passion for any of these fields, start writing about them and get your work out there.
Another job came from a site I learned from for years. Not only did I write for them, they hired me to run editorial for the site! Yes, a freelance writing side hustle can lead to full-time work, if you want it.
We highly recommend Holly Johnson’s “Earn More Writing Course“. Holly is an incredibly successful freelance writer. You can shortcut her years of experience and get your high-paying writing jobs.
Promote Cash Back Apps
This side hustles pays: $25 to $30 per sign-up
These days, everyone is looking to save money and online shopping is through the roof.
Get on your social media channels and help people save money with popular cash back apps.
Our 3 favorite cash back apps we use here:
- Rakuten – cash back for retail and restaurants
- GetUpside – cash back on gasoline
- Ibotta – cash back at supermarkets
I’ve made over $400 with Rakuten. I really like it because you get paid when your friend uses it and they get paid too.
I also use it for my own shopping, typically earning 5% to 10% cash back on purchases I was going to make anyhow.
Melissa also likes Swagbucks for online shopping – you even get paid just for using Swagbucks as your search portal! Sign up with Swagbucks here and get $10 just for joining.
Convenience Store Delivery
This side hustle pays: about $15 per hour with GoPuff
First, check if GoPuff is in your area.
Being an independent contract driver, you can choose your own hours. For instance, you can work only on the weekends. You can apply here to become a goPuff driver partner.
The more deliveries you complete, the more you get paid, plus you earn tips. We don’t have too many people in our audience using GoPuff yet, but I’ve read that it’s possible to make $200 in an 8 hour shift.
This side hustle pays: Anywhere from $5-$250 per survey
We give you the real deal here at The RideShare Guy. You’re not getting rich doing surveys. Duh. And they can be kind of annoying to some people. But if you want something really low-key and easy, this is a chill side hustle to try.
We recommend Swagbucks. They’ve been around for over 10 years.
Melissa on our team cashes out about $300 per year.
Wondering how you can make bigger bucks with surveys? Signing up with focus groups (aka in person surveys!). When Melissa lived in a bigger city (this really only works if you live in a major city), she would regularly get invited to focus groups for everything from eyeglasses to video game testing. Yes – she made $250 trying out a video game!
This side hustle pays: $5 to $25 per hour
This is a great side hustle because you can do it from anywhere in the world, including your house. At The RideShare Guy, we pay a few virtual assistants.
The tasks range from data entry to finding contact information.
If you’re dependable and can follow instructions, you’re likely to succeed at this side hustle.
Specialized virtual assistants can earn even more, depending on your skills and what people are looking to hire for.
If you’re interested in being a virtual assistant (VA), we highly recommend Kayla Sloan’s 10KVA course.
This side hustle pays: about $20 per hour
You can do this side hustle from home. Required traits are honesty, organization, and being detail-oriented.
This Bookkeeping Basics can get you started, as can other helpful courses on Udemy.
Rent Out a Room on Airbnb
This side hustle pays: $75 to $300 per day
As far as side hustles go, this is pretty easy and can have a big payoff. The tough part here is having a place to rent out!
You can rent a spare room or your entire place. I know a woman who even rented out her living room as a place to crash to earn side hustle money.
While travel is without-a-doubt down right now, people are still using Airbnb. For instance, I know a woman who recently left her condo in the big city to rent a house in a fresh-air suburb for a couple of months.
This side hustle pays: $25 to $100 per lesson
For years I taught various subjects for side hustle income. I taught essay writing to a middle school student, computers to an older gentleman, and high school math. It was a fun way to earn extra money.
Advertise on Craigslist or Facebook to teach people in person or over Skype or Zoom.
Think about the skills you have to offer others. Remember, you’ll often be teaching beginners. You might be a musician, artist, or good at science.
If you have a Bachelor’s degree in any field, consider Education First (EF). This is an online classroom where you educate students in English.
You can also create videos on a site like Teachable. In fact, we use Teachable here at The RideShare Guy to show people how to make more money driving for Uber and Lyft with the course Maximum Ridesharing Profits!
This side hustles pays: $70 to $150 per home
List your home cleaning side hustle on sites like Craigslist, Thumbtack, and Facebook.
Read our Thumbtack review for more info.
This side hustle pays: $10-60+ a visit (30 minute visits are the cheapest whereas overnight stays are more profitable)
Use an app like Rover to pick-up these side hustle gigs.
Melissa initially started side hustling with Rover because she lived in an apartment and couldn’t have a pet – but then she made over $1000 in one month that went straight into her ‘travel fun’ fund and she was hooked!
Right now might be a little slow for Rover, but you’d be surprised by how many people are actually working (firefighters, nurses, etc.) and need someone to check in on their pups!
Plus, as people do start to travel and vacation again, this is when your earnings can rack up. You’ll start on the cheaper end of the spectrum, but as you get clients and 5 star reviews, you can increase your earnings and even build up your own cadre of regulars!
This side hustle pays: $15 to $25 per hour
There are a few ways you can go here. You can sell your photography to stock photo agencies like Depositphotos, Shutterstock, iStock, Adobe stock.
You can list your services on sites like Airbnb Experiences.
I know a woman who was a hobbyist photographer and got side gigs with more experienced professional photographers. She met some celebrities this way while earning money.
This side hustle pays: $15 to $20 per hour
Try sites like urbansitters.com and care.com in addition to networking with parents in your area.
Drive for Uber or Lyft or Via
This side hustle pays: $15 to $25 per hour
Driving for Uber, Lyft or Via is a great side hustle and pays pretty well, especially if you’re able to drive during demanding times (usually the weekends and “bar hours”).
Demand may be a little slow right now, but it will pick up again as people look to go out.
Sign-up for Via. Via is more like a shuttle bus, not like a taxi.
Plus, here are additional ways you can make money with your car:
Do the jobs others don’t want to do! Promote your services with flyers, on Thumbtack, and on your local Nextdoor app.
A few manual labor side hustle ideas:
- move furniture
- paint rooms
- shovel snow
- mow lawns
- clean up yards
- wash cars
Common Side Hustle Questions
What is your side hustle?
My side hustle is freelance writing. In the past I did tutoring and teaching. Melissa is our Managing Editor and her side hustle is pet-sitting on Rover.
How do I make an extra $1000 a month?
What are some side hustle jobs?
Should you have a side hustle?
Yes! Never rely on just one source of income. That’s why Harry (founder of The RideShare Guy) started driving for Uber. That lead to another successful side hustle — this site!
What are the most profitable side hustles?
- Supermarket Shopper with Instacart
- Restaurant Delivery with DoorDash and Postmates
- Blog Publisher
- Uber Driver
What side hustles make the most money?
Blog publisher has the highest potential. But delivering for Instacart is the easiest and highest paying side hustle right now.
Passive side hustles?
Blog or book publisher – if you write about topics that rarely change, like delicious recipes, you might be able to write an article that still generates income for years
Teacher on recorded video – Record your class on video and if the material is basically the same for many years (like math or how to sing) then updates really aren’t needed.
Side hustle ideas for moms?
Moms are superheroes and can do anything! But if you have small children, you might need a side hustle with flexible hours.
- Supermarket shopping with Instacart
- Restaurant delivery with DoorDash and Postmates – I’ve seen moms bring their children in the car!
- Promote cash back apps — the moms I know really want deals. Tap into your network to help other moms save money
- Blog Publisher – work from home!
- Teach online
- Virtual assistant
- Writer – work at home!
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