Side Hustles That Will Make You Money Immediately

A good “side hustle” makes you money NOW

SO. I need to be honest – about “side hustles” – for a minute before we start.

Most bloggers are looking to make some money (myself included) and blogging is our number one “side hustle”.

( I can not even begin to describe how much I hate the term “side hustle”, and so I’ll have to use it in quotation marks to make it bearable for myself. Anyone else have a word that just gets under your skin and bugs the crap out of you? Another for me is “self-care”. Yuck.)


Blogging is our number one side hustle (or full-time thing) but it’s not one of those things you can start today and make money tomorrow – or even next week. (Read the truth about starting a profitable blog.)

So it bugs the crap out of me when I do a search for “side hustles” and all I find are a bunch of recommendations that say start a blog, and they promise it will be FAST cash. (It’s not.)

If you have time to invest, go ahead and do that – by all means! I make over $5000/month blogging – but it took me 9 months of hard work to get here.

Related: How I Quit My Job to Blog Full Time (in Less Than a Year)

Most people looking for “side hustles” are probably looking to make some money soon (today or at least this month… you know, bills and stuff).

So for that reason, blogging is not on my “make money fast” list. But I have some other “side hustles” that make pretty good money QUICKLY.


For you today, this is my list of “side hustles” that you can see results from (almost) immediately. (These are all things I DO or have done in the past.)

You’ll also notice something else missing from this list… recommendations to join heaps of pay-per-search or pay-per-click or pay-per-survey websites. There’s a reason most “side hustle” lists preface those recommendations with “you won’t get rich doing this but…”  It’s because they are not a way to make substantial income quickly! It’s one thing if you love doing that stuff, or want your voice heard, another if you’re trying to make some REAL money, real fast.

If you just really love to do surveys (or if you have some free time) then I recommend joining Survey Junkie if you want to do a few paid surveys for fun – (Survey Junkie is awesome for that) or you can find a larger list of legit online surveys that pay here. (But remember – mouse clicking is not a “side hustle” that will pay your mortgage when your job goes south.)

My top 5 (low stress) “Side Hustles” to make money ASAP

1 ) House Sit / Pet sit.

People going on vacation who need someone to look after their homes (and pets) will pay to have you do this. Sometimes my husband and I house sit for up to a couple of months at a time. Yes, it can feel inconvenient to be relocated, but there’s also lots of times when it feels inconvenient to go work. You do what you gotta do because you gotta do it.

We especially love house sitting to make money immediately because you can work your full-time job while you do it. (As long as you’re house sitting in a location near enough to your work – which is what I’d recommend.) You can put out an ad that says you’re available to house sit and what you’ll be charging. Or just put it up on your Facebook wall if you only want to work for people you know!

2) Baby-sit

I pay my baby sitter instantly. (Well, actually that’s not always true – she comes regularly, so I pay her every week. But if she ever asked me for the cash that day, I’d give it to her.)

It’s not glamorous, but it’s instant.

When you need money NOW, you do what you have to do to make money NOW.

3 ) Mystery shop.

I must have applied to 10 different mystery shopping companies and was insanely disappointed in almost all of them. There are ALOT of scams out there. I found ONE though, that has made me real money (and is most definitely NOT a scam). BestMark runs mystery shops in the USA and in Canada and they pay cash (not gift cards or points) in exchange for you doing either an in person or over the phone “shop” and then filling out the survey that goes with it.

Last year I got a free oil change AND I got paid for having the oil change done. I mention that one because I actually made more than I would have for the same amount of time at my day job. You can also make 5 minute phone calls and earn $5-15, which can really add up – without ever leaving your home.

Bonus, once you are singed up and have applied for a shop, you have an actual human to contact at BestMark when you have questions. They give you a referral link and if you get your friends to sign up and do shops, you can earn money for referring them. Apply here to become a mystery shopper with BestMark.

4 ) Wait tables.

As a “side hustle”, yes. I have a desk job, but I also have a restaurant I used to work at that calls me when they need help. It’s difficult for small restaurants (and golf courses, cafes etc) to keep a full time staff that would be sufficient for special occasions like Mother’s Day and Valentine’s day.

Most small restaurants are more than happy to have a list of qualified, willing people they can call when they are stuck on weekends and special occasions.

The best part is that on top of the check they’ll write you, you usually take the cash home with you THAT NIGHT. Talk about an immediate moneymaker! And it’s actually fun too when you don’t do it every day.

5) Exploit your hobbies.

Whatever you love to do, there’s probably a way to make a little money at it. I love photography and took a night class on it after high school. I saved up and bought an amazing camera. Now I take wedding photos, grad photos, family portraits, etc… and (again) I make more money doing that than I do at my day job. Maybe you love animals and want to walk dogs in the evening, or maybe you’re awesome at doing make-up and could be an artist for hire on Saturdays for weddings, etc.

Are you at home in the gym? Become a personal trainer.

Maybe you love to make things… SELL those things! Farmer’s markets are full of people selling their own stuff. (And, now that we live in a big online world, Etsy is basically a world wide farmers market…)

Whatever your hobby is, tackling it as a “side hustle” could actually turn it into a full-time thing, and then you’ll always be doing what you love!

Now, If you have a few months to work towards making money – or if you want to make MORE money than the above side hustles will allow, then I’d suggest looking into:

1 ) Starting a blog

I make over $5000 /  month from home, blogging. BUT it is not for the faint of heart (or poor of grammar. It’s just not.)  

2 ) Sell a product that you actually love.

The big problem with multi-level marketing? The reason so many people fail at it? Because they get into it to make money and try to sell absolute crap.

Multi-level marketing works for me because I am with 2 companies that I LOVE and got into because I use the stuff, not because I was looking to make quick cash. When you actually love and use the thing you’re selling, it’s not really like selling. It’s like helping other people and telling them about a thing you love.

I am a distributor for Young Living Oils, and this is my favorite company to work with because they don’t require you to sell a minimum amount of product to be a “distributor”. Once you are a distributor you can purchase your products at the wholesale rate (ummm – the reason I became a distributor in the first place!) and you can receive all sorts of freebies (different ones every month) just for ordering. My friends know that I am a distributor and they actually ask ME when I will be placing an order, so they can get their order in.

Another company that I find has products that practically sell themselves is Norwex.

I have a close friend who has had amazing success (I’m talking free cruises and a car kind of success) selling Tupperware. Why? Because she loves Tupperware.

Sell something you love, and it will be easy. Try to sell a bunch of diet pills you’ve never used? Failure waiting to happen.

3) Buy Discounted Products And Resell Them On

If you love to find bargains and can’t get enough of the clearance aisles, then selling on Amazon may be for you!

 Jessica from was able to take her love of finding deals and turn it into a 6-figure side hustle in just 1 year (soooo a couple hundred or more in less than a month is NOT an unreasonable expectation!)  You can grab a free 7 day email course right here and she will explain everything you need to know about how it all works and help you decide if it’s the right choice for you.

4) Transcription

This is a 100% work from home job, and the average median annual income for a general transcriptionist is currently $45,000 USD.

This is more than double what I made before in my crappy shift work jobs. Legal transcriptionists can earn around $60,000 USD — and that’s not even the tip of the iceberg for people willing to work hard. The instructor of the course Transcribe Anywhere , Janet Shaughnessy, has personally witnessed transcriptionists growing their businesses to six figures. I didn’t know THAT was possible when I was younger, or I’d be a transcriptionist now! Learn more about the Transcribe Anywhere course here.

5) Proofreading transcripts for court reporters

There is an amazing course available to learn t proofreading. Hosted on Proofread Anywhere, Transcript Proofreading: Theory and Practice™ it’s the only course available for this particular niche of proofreading. The Proofread Anywhere team does something really honest and unusual for students: they don’t allow anyone to pay for the entire course at once. Everyone moves through in stages to keep costs — and the risk of overwhelm/failure — way down.

Similar to the Transcribe Anywhere course, Proofread Anywhere also offers a free intro course that will help you decide if you’re cut out for proofreading. After that, you can purchase the course in “chunks” starting at just $77, so you get to decide if it’s for you or not before you’re “all in.”

6) Become an English Teacher

If you have a neutral English accent, a bachelor’s degree in anything, and have an interest in being a teacher – this could be a good fit for you. This job entails teaching English to young children in China, and usually pays pretty well.

There are plenty of companies you can apply to. Apply to more than one to increase your chances of getting hired. Some of the most popular organizations include VIPKID, gogokid, HAWO, and EF Education First.

7) Becoming a Virtual Assistant 

The more people working online, the more people hiring other people to do work online for them. I’ve used a VA myself from time to time.  

8) Becoming a Freelance Writer

I write almost all my blog posts at nap time. And I LOVE to write, so it doesn’t even feel like work. An easier way to guarantee that you get paid for writing, though, is to write for other people as a freelance writer.

Before you tackle any side hustle…

Ask yourself this question: Is this really worth my time? Clicking away at online surveys to gain 300 “points” towards my 10,000 “points” that will add up to 10 dollars some day might be fun, but if I need to pay a bill by Monday, it is not a good use of my time.

Neither is slaving away at some hideous task that I can hardly wait to finish. I have a family to spend time with, dishes to wash, laundry to put away. If I didn’t have those things, I would still have a body that needs exercise, a long bath to relax in, and a glass of wine that needs drinking while I watch the sunset.

If you are desperate for cash, you probably need a whole overhaul on your spending (or thinking) and a solid budget plus a new plan for money… not a way to make 50 extra bucks in the evening.  (Check out Jessi Fearon’s Real Life Money Plan if this sounds like you. She can help.)

When you do side hustle, make it something that isn’t stressing you out, is worth real money and is not soul-sucking.

Just saying. Make sure you’re not prioritizing having a little extra money over living your life.

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123 thoughts on “Side Hustles That Will Make You Money Immediately”

  1. Carly,
    YOU have a new lifetime subscriber. You have even managed to move me to write AND submit a comment to a blog, truly a first for me.
    Thank you for your refreshing and honest opinions! I too feel that surveys are an immense waste of my time, having come to that conclusion after wasting hours doing surveys thinking that I must be doing it wrong if it’s on the top of almost everyone’s list of ‘how to make money from home’ posts! It’s nice to see and hear that others feel the same.
    I appreciate the no nonsense approach you have taken with your blog and I am excited to have stumbled across your blog at this time. Like many others out there I have contemplated starting a blog but have had doubts and fears, combined with the fear of delving into unchartered (for me) territory, that has left the whole blog thing right where it’s at: an idea sitting in my head. But after reading your post and seeing that you’ve written a series on getting started with a blog there is a tingling sensation from the spark you have just ignited. I feel more positive about undertaking this endeavor.
    Thank you again for your honestly refreshing perspective, please keep up the good work and I will continue to follow your blog.


    • HI Tracy!! wow your comment totally made my day! Thank you. (And I needed my day made, it wasn’t going that great before LOL). I’m excited for you to be excited about starting a blog… It is literally one of the best things I have ever done. It has been hard, don’t get me wrong, but we can do hard things right? It’s been very worth it. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch – I’d be more than happy to answer them (if I can!).

      AAANNNDD in case you’re wondering, the reason that surveys are on the top of everyone’s make money from home posts is because the companies pay bloggers to get people to sign up. I feel like it’s fine to include the surveys as a “hobby” or whatever, but to flat out say “you can make great money doing this!” is misleading and I can’t bring myself to do it… I want to make money with my blog, but I also want to create something that’s genuinely useful / encouraging / thought provoking… not just something that makes me a buck for wasting someone’s hour. You were probably doing them right! 😉

      Make sure you at least let me know where your blog is so I can check it out!!

      • The survey sites actually pay anyone to refer people, not just bloggers. But, agreed, they wont make you enough money to quit your job! lol. Excellent site here btw! I have been thinking about blogging for a while now. BUT, I just cant seem to wrap myself up into a niche that I truly know a LOT about. I love to detail cars and I sell cars and detail them. But, it is something that is just in me and it is a skill I know, but to teach someone, I find it very hard to show someone IN PERSON, much less write it out and make it make sense! All my side hustles are reselling online, and that niche, to me, seems way oversaturated with people who make a TON of money doing only reselling. it is just something I do for fun.So, I am a little lost on blogging right now!

  2. Here’s my money SAVING tip: If you’re in the country, grow a garden. Get a freezer, if you don’t have one. Learn to can. Start everything from seeds, as cost of plants adds up. You will usually need to invest in a tiller, if you want a sizable garden, don’t have loose soil, and a lot of upper body strength. And a very tall fence if you have deer. Mine’s mostly free bamboo and cheap netting. The government can’t tax you on having a garden! So there’s also no record keeping,and no paying your CPA for extra work. And you might be able to sell a little extra to friends, without reporting it.

    You can also get chickens for your own eggs and bug control. However, they are messy, and chicken coops & feed add up. In order to sell eggs, you have to go through a lot of gov. regs, but you can sell them to friends at your house. You will make about enough to cover the cost of feed and upkeep. But you will never be without fresh free eggs.

    Plus, with these activities you will not need to pay for a gym membership.

    • Thanks for the great tips Pam! I WISH this was possible for me – I can’t imagine it tho, with the blog, and the job, and the soon to be baby. It would be ideal!

      • Start small with maybe a patio tomato plant. Once you start putting your hands in the dirt you will feel great. It’s good therapy for triple A personalities.

  3. How do you learn how to blog, the best place to post it, how to write so people will want to read it.
    And how do you get paid?

    • HI Sally! You read some good blogging tutorials, like the ones I mention here on my resources page. Those are VERY important things to learn 🙂 and there are a few ways to earn money… like working with ad networks, affiliate marketing, writing sponsored content or selling your own products! It really depends on how you choose to monetize.

  4. Hands-down, best article I’ve read on this topic. Thanks!

    Also, I work in animal rescue and “fur baby” is my cringe word.

    • Thanks Lindsay! I appreciate that – there are ALOT of articles on the topic! Ha! (And fur baby is not great – you’re right – LOL)

  5. I totally agree about the term “self care”! Hahaha that comment made me laugh out loud! And yes surveys are such a waste of time. I’ve sworn them off after spending so much time getting screened and then getting a message that says “you’re not what we are looking for.” Such a scam! I am going to check out that mystery shopping site though.

    One “side hustle” that’s worked really well for me is transcription. Rev is my favorite company. It takes some practice but once you get the hang of it you can make some decent extra money and the jobs can be interesting!

    • HI Claire! I have a whole post on transcribing as a side hustle (OR as a real job!) That’s so great to hear that it does well for you!! YAY

    • ERrrrmmmmm PPC doesn’t tend to really be the way to go unless you have CRAZY high traffic – 5 cents a shot isn’t going to get you far LOL. IMO. I think affiliate links that pay CPA are a better option, and the few that I do use are CPA.

      • CPA affiliate marketing is definitely something to think about. I’ve been putting it off for a long time. But after hearing you talk about it again, I might have to study more about to and perhaps try my hand at dabbling with it to see what fruit I can get out of it. Thanks for that advice. 🙂

  6. I need to get something going. I’m going through a TERRIBLE divorce, lots of abuse so it’s been difficult confidence wise. It’s hard to make myself do something & stick to it , but I really need to get back to the living & earn some cash fast.

    Great article !

    • I’m sorry to hear about that!! Good for you for knowing you need to take some action to get back on your feet 🙂

  7. Carly, great article! Instead of “side hustles”, I refer to them as streams of income! I am an Aflac Agent that is still working on building my “Book of Business.”. I drove for Uber for a little while and that brought extra income in. Then I ended up becoming a distributor for a company that had a product that I wanted to buy. Since there weren’t any costs involved in becoming a distributor…And there were no minimum orders or kits to buy…It was perfect. It is funny how I really like the product that I joined for…But, they have a Whitening Toothpaste that has become a “social seller” on social media. It has made it easy to earn extra money each week so that my money stream is flowing more freely now! I appreciated your post and look forward to reading more. It is also pretty impressive that you have kept up with comments on this post for over a year! Have fun with what you do!

    • HI Michelle! Thanks! Streams of income – so much less gross! Ha! I try to keep up with comments on ALL posts regardless of the date because I feel that my blog is an evergreen source of information / entertainment and not meant for just short term use, if that makes sense. Thanks so much for sharing you “streams of income” story with us 🙂

  8. You speak my language. Thank you ! Mommy and Granmommy and fur baby mommy. ????

  9. About mystery shopping – I’ve been a mystery shopper for about 9 months, working for a zillion different companies and having no problem making real money with any of them. Bestmark is good, but MarketForce is my favorite. Jobslinger and GigSpot consolidate a lot of the legit companies to find jobs faster. Anyway, I just wanted to say that you do not make money immediately with mystery shopping. Bestmark pays out fairly quick, but it can take 60-90 days to get a payout from mystery shopping. And sometimes you have to pay upfront (not to the company, but to a restaurant for example) and get reimbursed, so just be aware. But I love doing it and get free things and learn about all sorts of products and services.

    • HI Kristi! Interesting! Good to know not all the companies pay quickly.

  10. Even though this article was written quite a titch ago, it still remains so current and is totally inspiring me to start up a ” hustle” in making money.Ty Carly!!

    • haha yes I think all these things will still work GREAT!


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