The Best Side Hustle Ideas

Why start a side hustle? Because the “new economy” isn’t just emerging, it is here.

Logo or font designer

Unique branding helps businesses and individuals stand out.

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If you’re awesome at designing new logos or fonts from scratch, this could be a way to make money on the side.

Clients may either come to you with exactly what they want in mind, or you may serve as a consultant to help them achieve their branding vision.

Skills: Familiarity with design/branding and software platforms like Photoshop or Sketch

Pricing: $100 to $500 per logo or font

Public speaking coach

At some point, executives will need to get up and speak in front of a large audience

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Many leaders will turn to public speaking coaches to help them improve the way they communicate and engage with a crowd or to work on specific issues they may have like stage fright.

Skills: Experience with public speaking or debate

Pricing: $200 to $500 per hour

Virtual assistant or scheduler

If you have excellent organizational skills,

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Your role will entail managing your client’s calendar, and possibly inbox, to keep them on top of their work. The best part is that this is a flexible role you can do from any location.

Skills: A knack for organization and administration

Pricing: $50 to $100 per hour


Clients will hand you an audio recording to convert into written form.

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Are you a speed typer? Then you can make a few extra bucks as a transcriptionist.

You can charge a little extra if you’re providing transcription services in a more complex field like medicine or science.

Skills: Ability to listen, type, and edit

Pricing: $20 to $50 per hour or $1-$2+ per audio minute

Personal chef

People would hire you to cook meals daily or a few times a week

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If you love cooking for others, consider a side business as a personal chef. People would hire you to cook meals daily or a few times a week, whether it’s because they want someone to make healthy dinners for them or they don’t have time to cook for their families.

Skills: Cooking abilities; knowledge of food safety

Pricing: $40 to $80+ per hour

Dog walker

People who work 9-to-5 jobs and don’t have pet-friendly offices are always in desperate need of reliable dog walkers.


If you have a more flexible schedule and you have time to pop over to a client’s house to give their pup some exercise, dog walking may be an easy way to earn money on the side.

While you can work through existing dog-walking apps, you may be able to find more clients and charge higher prices by striking out on your own.

Skills: Experience with handling dogs

Pricing: $20 to $50 per 30-minute walk

Group fitness instructor

If you prefer working with multiple people, consider being a group fitness instructor.

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Work through fitness boutiques such as Orange Theory, 12RND Fitness, and Barry’s Bootcamp, or find a space to host your own training sessions.

Skills: Proper group training certification, if needed

Pricing: $25 to $70 per hour

Packing and unpacking services

One of the worst aspects of moving is the tedious process of packing and unpacking all your items.

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. But there are some people who enjoy this and the challenge that comes along with it. If this sounds like you, consider starting a side hustle as a packer and unpacker.

Skills: Experience with packing and unpacking items of all sizes

Pricing: $250 to $1,000+ (depending on size of home)

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