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11 Best Side Hustles For 2021

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If you’re looking for a way to supplement your current income, a side hustle could be the answer. Side hustles are just that — a job you do on the side to make extra money.

Perhaps you want to fulfill certain goals, like saving up for a special occasion or travel, generating capital for a new business or making a down payment on a large purchase. Or maybe the side hustle is something you’d like to do full time once you see if you can earn enough to leave your current job.

Our Pick Of The Best Side Hustles

A wide variety of side hustle opportunities exist. But you should find one that will provide the most financial benefit while fitting into your schedule. Check out these profitable side hustles that could help you make an extra $1,000 a month or more.

Skills and Services

Sometimes, the easiest side hustle jobs are the ones that allow you to use your skills and prior knowledge. See if one of these opportunities would work for you.

1. Deliver Food or Groceries

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Everyone needs groceries and a break from cooking, so if you have a vehicle and know your local grocery stores like the back of your hand, this side hustle could be for you.

2. Become an Online Tutor

This is one of the simplest side hustles from home if you tutor online. It can also be one of the most lucrative if you specialize in a desirable area like test prep.

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3. Become a Mystery Shopper

Companies that want to know how their employees interact with customers often hire mystery shoppers. Mystery shoppers pose as customers and talk with store employees, often using a specific scenario. They may also pay attention to details, such as store cleanliness and whether certain items are displayed.

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Flipping and Renting

These can be some of the most profitable side hustles, especially if you already have the required resources at hand (tools and a knack for fixing things, or a spare room or good car).

4. Flip Cars

Starting a side hustle like this requires some upfront investment, but you can find used cars for less than $1,000. Look for vehicles that you can easily repair and still have room for profit.

5. Rent Out Your Home — or a Room

If you have a spare room and don’t mind sharing, use your home to make money.

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6. Rent Out Your Car

If you are working at home now and find your car sitting idle, you could rent it out to others for a long weekend, a week or however long you can be without it.

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Creating

If your day job stifles your creative spirit, you can bring it back to life with these side hustles from home.

7. Sell Your Art

If you have a knack for design, you can do this side hustle online and earn a relatively passive income.

8. Start a Blog

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If you have a way with words and a subject you’re passionate about, this is one of the easiest side hustle jobs to get started with.

9. Lend Money to Others

Peer-to-peer lending is an alternative to traditional lending avenues for individual investors and borrowers. If you have some money to spare as a lender, this might be the perfect side hustle. To profit, you earn interest on loans that you fund.

Selling

If you enjoy selling, here are a couple of the best side hustles for 2021 — often requiring minimal investment to get started.

10. Start a Dropshipping Business

Dropshipping is when you sell items on a website, but you don’t hold any inventory. Instead, you contract with distributors or manufacturers who directly ship your product to customers.

The advantage of dropshipping is that you don’t have to invest in inventory–or space to hold your inventory.

11. Be an Online Course Creator

Everyone has something to share with the world. You might be an amazing cook or have a way with spreadsheets. Share your talent by creating and selling online courses.

Which Side Hustle Should I Choose?

For best results, side hustles to make money should be aligned with your goals, interests and skills. And it’s also smart to consider side hustle ideas from home, which can allow you the flexibility to work when you want — even in your pajamas.

When considering a side hustle, think about the cost to get started, potential earnings and whether you could spin it into a full-time income if needed. Also, weigh whether a potential side hustle could be considered a conflict of interest with your current job.

To help get you get started on the path toward a new stream of income, here are some of the best side hustle ideas for 2021.

Starting a Side Hustle

Creating a side hustle allows you to learn or sharpen a skill, start a new business or learn how a new industry works before you go all-in.

While the possibilities are exciting, making your side hustle dreams and goals a reality can also be intimidating. To help you take those first steps, here’s what you need to know.

Keep These in Mind

  1. Focus on what you’re passionate about. After all, if you’re doing this on top of your day job, it should be something you enjoy.
  2. Start small. You don’t want to pour thousands of dollars into a new venture that might tank.
  3. Start simple. If building a website sounds intimidating, use an established platform to get started. Then, build a website later.
  4. Set a schedule. Decide how many hours per week you can devote to your side hustle, and stick to it.
  5. Don’t wait for what you think is the perfect time to get started, or you may never start. Tell yourself that now is the right time.

Jami Farkas contributed to the reporting for this article.

This article has been updated with additional reporting since its original publication.