easy side hustles

After a long day at work, Joanna Rohlf heads home to work on her easy side hustles.

The 25-year old DC native is a social media fitness influence who makes YouTube videos and has 25.6K followers on Instagram. She estimates that can bring in anywhere from $200-1000 a month in addition to her full-time position at a non-profit organization.

“My day job covers all my main bills and I do Youtube because it helps me get more exposure to the fitness industry. The extra income is really beneficial and allows me to invest back in myself to continue to create content [by buying camera equipment, apparel, etc]”

Joanna is one of the millions of millennials that decide to create side income in order increase their savings rate or just to make an extra few bucks a month. In fact, 44% of workers aged 25-34 and 39% aged 18-24 also have side gigs, according to a recent CareerBuilder survey of 3,244 people.

Almost half of millennials work on top of their full-time jobs! Why?

Personally, I run this blog in addition to my full-time job as an Analyst because I enjoy it, and it provides me supplemental income. Believe me, if blogging didn’t allow me to make money then I would have stopped a while ago. It has provided me with an avenue that has opened a lot of doors in my life. I’ve tried countless side hustles but blogging has definitely paid off for me. Some of my other more profitable side hustles are trading cryptocurrencies and selling on Fiverr. I’ve gotten so good at side hustles and online businesses I got invited to speak about it:

(Also, If you want to get started on your blog now, take a look at my free blog starter guide to get your site set up in less than 15 minutes.)

If you could use another side-hustle here are some ideas that might help:

20+ Easy Side Hustles Millennials Can Start Today

1Selling on Fiverr

Fiverr is one of the best sites in the world. The basic premise is “what would you do for $5?” You’ll find everything from hilariously weird and useless gags to legitimate and genuinely helpful micro-business tasks.

Lately, I’ve been experimenting as a seller on Fiverr, and have found it a pretty successful avenue for selling website optimization services, article writing, and proofreading services.

Fiverr can work for you as both a seller and a buyer. It is a great way to make money and also you can find millions of services. Best $5 I’ve ever spent was using a Resume Revision service and now I receive way more employer call backs now after the revisions. If you want to know which service I used, leave a comment below. If you want to try Fiverr, sign up through here for 20% off your first order at Fiverr.

2Take Online Surveys

There are a lot of spammy survey companies out there — believe me, I’ve tried pretty much every survey site on the Internet — but Survey JunkieSwagbucks, Survey Junkie are 100% legit and not spammy. Their payouts are excellent, and they pay you in cash via PayPal. You can take surveys in your spare time or while watching TV. You can even take them from your phone while on the bus or waiting in line at the store. The earning possibilities are endless! Here is some more information online surveys:

a) Survey Voices 

Take surveys and get paid at Survey Voices! You can make $800/week completing surveys! All you need to do is instantly qualify, then view exclusive offers in exchange for your opinions and get access to paid surveys, clinical trial opportunities, and part-time work offers! Want to make $800 a week? Click here to start earn cash on demand with Survey Voices.

b) Survey Junkie 

Survey Junkie’s interface is super smooth and intuitive (unlike the majority of survey company websites that look like they were built in 1997), and members are paid in cash via Paypal.  Oh, and Survey Junkie also has an 8.9/10 rating on TrustPilot — the highest of any online survey company.  Click here to start earning money with Survey Junkie.

c) Inbox Dollars 

Earn cash, not points. InboxDollars pays members to read emails, take surveys online, play games, and go shopping! New users also receive $5 just for joining.

3Get $10 for Going Grocery Shopping

This is one of the easiest side hustles there is. The app you should know about is Ibotta. This cell phone app is available for iOS or Android phones, helps you make money off your grocery receipts. Yup, for real! You use it after you go grocery shopping and use your receipt. It’s basically a rebate app, so you can earn anywhere from 50 cents to $5 off everything you buy. It’s not brand specific either, you can scan any brand of cheese for 50 cents off, for example. If you do regularly coupon, you can still use the app and get a rebate. You can essentially get grocery items for free if you’re really into couponing. Best part, sign up here and you will receive a $10 cash bonus.

4List Your Spare Bedroom

If you have extra room in your house, you can earn money hosting guests on Airbnb.com. By becoming an Airbnb Host, numerous people started have their own side hustle listing their homes & open bedrooms to travelers looking to book through Airbnb across the globe. Pretty cool way to make money and meet interesting people from around the world at the same time. With a little bit of traction, you can easily earn extra money that can go towards your rent or mortgage by hosting guests on Airbnb.

Have a spare room or perhaps an entire home or apartment? Open your doors and list your space and start earning today!  Click here to Start a Side Hustle as an Airbnb Host!

5Teaching Online Courses

If you can market or identify yourself as a developer, designer, or online marketer, then chances are you can teach a course to others and get paid. You can test this side hustle by heading on to Udemy or Skillshare, where you can market your skills. As you build your brand and become more successful, I would recommend teaching for higher-visibility online platforms like CreativeLive.


If you can build an audience for your podcast, then you can make some money through sponsorships, affiliate advertising, and other offerings. Companies regularly pay $250 to $500 for a 30-second advertisement on podcasts. Pssst.. We also have a guide for that: A Guide to Starting Your Podcast: How to Make it, How to Launch it, and How to Profit. There is money to be made with this side hustle. Alternatively, you can also use our guide to start your own blog (in 30 min or less).

7Get Paid Every Time You Use The Internet

Swagbucks will pay you to simply use its search engine. Swagbucks allows you to earn money by performing a variety of online activities, including using their search engine (Just like Google), shopping, taking surveys, playing games, and discovering online content. The site serves more than 12 million members and has awarded more than $102 million in rewards. Free to join. Many claim this to be one of the easiest money making app sites.  Click here to sign up and get a $5 sign-up bonus!

8Start a Drop Shipping Business

Oberlo allows you to easily import products from AliExpress directly into your Shopify store and ship directly to your customers – in only a few clicks. It’s very simple to open a shop on Shopify and drop ship items in order to create a business without too much risk.  You can literally start and set up a drop shipping business without any type of product in one afternoon with minimal risk as Shopify has a 14-day free trial and Oberlo is completely free through this link.

9eBook Publishing

Are you a good writer? You could write an eBook on your topic of choice and sell it on Amazon, Payhip, Lulu, Smashwords, Kobo Writing Life, PubIt! and many other websites that start you out in your side hustle as a published eBook author.


If you’re free nights and weekends, you can earn extra cash driving your fellow citizens around. You can earn money by driving with Uber – if you have a car, it’s a perfect way to make a good amount of extra cash whenever it’s convenient for you. A lot of people do this full time, so you can imagine that’s it definitely possible to do this on the side and make extra money and be able to save it. Once you’re a driver you can choose to turn the app on or off and drive whenever you have some time to spare. They also have a feature that allows you to select your destination, so if you are leaving work (or any other long commute), you could pick up a ride that was going in the same direction. You can do this 3-4 times a week on your commute and can easily make up to $300 each month and save it all. Click here to Drive for Uber.

Another ride-sharing option that’s available to you is Lyft. Uber seems to be more globally known, however, if you’re in the United States you probably have heard about Lyft. It’s basically the same as Uber, but some argue that you make more as a Lyft driver. Right now Lyft is offering a $300 sign up bonus for Millennial Money Guide Readers!

11Online Freelancing

Odds are that you have some sort of talent, from programming, writing, designing, or great customer service skills. Websites like UpWork allow you to find rewarding projects that pay! You have the freedom to work on idea projects from a wide variety and pay highly. The more projects you work on, the more money you will gain and it is a great side hustle. Search here to see all job categories and find available projects.

12Get Sign-up Bonuses

This has to be the easiest way to make money online.  Sign up for a website or app, and collect a sign-up bonus.  Our favorite is the Wealthsimple $50 Sign-Up Bonus exclusive for Millennial Money Guide readers. Wealthsimple provides world-class, long-term investment management with no account minimums. Your account is invested in a diversified portfolio of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that focus on low-cost index funds. This enables the development of a portfolio that is invested in thousands of different companies and across many major sectors around the globe.

If you open a new Wealthsimple account with at least $100, you get a $50 bonus.  That’s a 50% return on your investment right off the bat!  You can also check out the full list of sign-up bonuses on our article Money Making App Sign-Up Bonuses.

13Sell on Amazon.com

Do you have old textbooks from college lying around? You should consider selling them on Amazon. In addition to textbooks, you can probably sell old books, DVDs, cell phones, or other electronics you may have lying around. You would be surprised how much you can get for your unwanted items.

14Check Open Class Action Lawsuits

If you use a product that’s involved in a class-action lawsuit, a little online legwork could get you a cash payout. The rules of each settlement are different, but in most cases, you’ll have to provide proof of purchase or product use, like a serial number or a receipt. Once you fill out your online claim form, you may have to wait a few weeks or months before receiving your payment.

Psst — I regularly post new class-action settlement information, so check in often to make sure you’re not missing a chance to get paid!

15Sell on eBay

Sell your unwanted items around your household on eBay is a good way to declutter and earn side income. I’ve been using eBay for about 7 years now and it is very easy to sell things around your home that you no longer use or find items that you can purchase for cheap and then flip them on eBay for a profit. I personally made $1,1379.79 one month by flipping iPhones. Just make sure that you keep the fees in consideration.

16Affiliate Marketing

Refer website visitors to buy products online and earn a small commission on each sale. This probably won’t make you rich, but can be a viable side business. I just started using the MaxBounty Affiliate Program and it’s great so far! Great way to add affiliate links to your blog or website that doesn’t look spammy. If you don’t have a blog already, I wrote a how to start a blog guide (in under 30 min) that was similar to the guide I used to start this blog you’re currently on. Check it out! If you want cheap hosting, I would recommend BlueHost, you can get hosting for as cheap as $3.95/month… yes seriously. Only $3.95!


Becoming an online coach or consultant for others is becoming more valuable as are in the information age. If you are a very savvy at social media or are a fitness expert then selling your time and hopping on a Skype call or Google hangouts is a great hustle. You don’t even have to start your own website at first, you can list your services on Fiverr.

18Get Paid When You Online Shop

Get cash-back for items you would have bought anyway. You can do this by shopping online with Ebates. Ebates is my favorite way to make money when I shop online. Every time I shop online, I start at Ebates and then I get cash back deposited into my PayPal account. If you want to try Ebates, click here for a free $10 signup bonus. Hello, free money!

19Deliver Pizzas

You can in deliver pizzas in order to bring extra cash into your wallet. Not only do delivery drivers get an hourly wage, you can earn some serious tips! You can earn around $15.00 per hour doing this on the side on top of your full-time gig. You can use our job search feature to search for local pizza places, or other part time jobs hiring in your area.

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20Advertise on Your Car

This is some seriously passive income. Companies such as Carvertise will pay to put a wrap on your car, and then pay you to simply drive you regular routes with the advertisements on your car. You can get the right to say “no” to a particular ad you’re uncomfortable with the content of the ad. Most companies pay you between $100-$400 a month to advertise on your car. Not too bad.

21Earn Money From Home

Looking for more methods to make money from home? PayPerVids.com has compiled a list of 11 Ways to Make Money Online From Home and explains their methods and how anyone is able to make an extra $15,000 to $100,000 per year working online from home.

22Become a stay-at-home salesperson

Like a door-to-door salesperson only with far less leg-work, hosting sales “parties” at your home on behalf of the likes of Avon and Pampered Chef is a great way to meet new people and make some money.

23Watch Videos Online

This one might just be the toughest on the list. who are we kidding, all you need to do is watch some short videos. Given how easy it is to lose yourself in a never-ending cycle of YouTube videos, this one couldn’t be easier. The catch here? The videos include ads.While they may annoy you while browsing YouTube, you also don’t get paid to watch them. At InboxDollars, you do. Who wouldn’t watch an ad or two if they were getting paid?

Are Easy Side Hustles Worth It?

I sure think so. Learn how one of my readers actually uses easy side hustles to pay off debt: How to Use Side Hustles to Pay Off Debt.

Want more money making apps? Check here: Best Money Making Apps for 2017

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Brian is the founder of My Millennial Guide, a website aimed to help people take control of their financial lives. When not helping others reach their financial and career goals, Brian can be found at the gym, traveling, crossing items off his bucket list, or exploring Washington, DC! You can learn more about him here.
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  1. You are a very persuasive writer. I can see this in your article. You have a way of writing compelling information that sparks much interest.

  2. Thank you for the list, Brian. I do use AirBnb as a revenue for supplemental income. I list my spare bedroom on AirBnb, and all that excess money is dumped in index funds and retirement accounts. Cheers!

    • AirBnb is one of my favorite ways to earn supplemental income. Investing any amount of money (in low cost index funds and/or retirement accounts) is one the best things one could do besides paying off debt! Looks like you got it all worked out. Thank you so much for the comment, Rochel!


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