When it comes to the best side hustles, there are a lot of options in 2020. There are online side hustles, easy side hustles, and some lucrative side hustles options.
Not all side hustles are created equal, and today’s post is going to explain my top side hustle ideas for 2020 and how to pick the right one for you.
After reading through my top picks, I have a guide that will help you find a side hustle based on your interests, how much you want to make, how quickly you want to start making money, and your availability.
14 of the best side hustles for 2020 and a guide to picking the right one for you
1. Run Facebook ads for small businesses
I’m probably always going to consider this one of the best side hustles because it’s how I was able to supplement my income when I started this site.
I started running Facebook ads after I quit my full-time job as a high school band director to run this site full-time. My first client was the jeweler who sold me my wife’s engagement ring. That client turned into another, then another, and pretty soon I was earning more than I did when I was teaching.
Running Facebook ads is doing digital marketing work on Facebook. See, big businesses have been leveraging Facebook’s massive reach for a while now, but small business owners are just starting to tap into Facebook’s reach and targeting tools.
The problem is that many small business owners lack the time or resources it takes to run an effective ad strategy. So when you learn how to run Facebook ads for small business owners, you’re helping them strategize and grow their business.
And this valuable skill is worth $1,000-$1,500 per month/per client.
If you’re interested in learning more, I teamed up with my friend Mike Yanda, a lawyer turned digital marketer who now makes ~$30k/month working from home with his kids, to create the Facebook Side Hustle Course.
This course teaches you how to:
- Find and acquire clients
- Create effective ads
- Test your ads
- Maintain client relationships
You’ll also receive access to our private Facebook Side Hustle Group on Facebook. This is where we host bonus live trainings, question and answer sessions, and more.
2. Teach English online with VIPKid
Teaching English online to young Chinese students is one of the best online side hustles for a few different reasons:
- You can set your own hours
- Pay is $14-$22/hour
- You can work as much as you want
- Teaching English is an in-demand skill
- You don’t need a degree in teaching or English
There are a number of platforms out there for teaching English online, but VIPKid is my preferred company. As a former teacher, I really appreciate how easy VIPKid makes it for side hustlers — there is zero lesson planning involved, and the lessons are only 25 minutes long. This is a great side hustle for stay-at-home parents with a bachelor’s degree.
Learn more about teaching for VIPKid at VIPKid Review: How to Apply, How to Get Paid, and Is It Legit?
3. Start a blog
Before I go on, let me just put this out there… blogging is a long game. It can legitimately take you several months to earn any cash from your side.
Then why did I list this as one of the best side hustles of 2020?
Because when you do start making cash, there is nothing like it out there.
Seriously, starting my blog has allowed me to start running multiple businesses, my wife was able to retire, and we travel more than ever. I’m also earning a passive income that allows me to focus on other aspects of my business. Now, this trajectory isn’t the norm for all bloggers, because you only get out of it what you put into it.
If you want to make real money from blogging, it takes a lot more than publishing an occasional post. There’s a lot that goes into running a site — researching and writing content, engaging with readers, reaching out to affiliates, etc. But, it’s all work that can be done outside of your normal business hours, after your kids go to bed, and on the weekends. It’s insanely flexible in that respect.
One of the coolest parts about blogging is that you can blog about anything you want. I write about personal finance because it’s something I really care about sharing with others, but you can leverage any of your passions, skills, or interests, and turn it into a profitable site.
If you’re interested in learning more, check out my free installation and set-up service, Launch That Blog.
4. Become a Pinterest virtual assistant
While Pinterest is a great place to find DIYs, how-to, recipes, workouts, craft projects, and more, it’s also one source of traffic for bloggers and online business owners. Similar to Facebook ads, business owners can find a more effective strategy when they outsource to a trained professional.
This in-demand skill is one of the best side hustles of 2020 because Pinterest VAs can make an average of $500 per month/per client by:
- Creating pins
- Optimizing images
- Developing a Pinning schedule
- Doing keyword research
If you want to learn more about this side hustle and how you can get started, check out the Pinterest Virtual Assistant Course.
5. Proofread for a living
Do you cringe when someone doesn’t know where to put a comma? How do you feel about verb tenses? If you have strong feelings about spelling, grammar, and punctuation, then working as a proofreader might be one of the best side hustles for you.
Proofreaders are responsible for polishing written content for bloggers, website owners, content writers, and more. It’s also flexible, in-demand, and pays well.
Caitlin Pyle of Proofread Anywhere actually quit her decent paying day job to work as a full-time proofreader. Now she teaches others how to proofread in her course General Proofreading: Theory and Practice
Read more at Proofreading Jobs: Make Money Pointing Out Mistakes.
6. Start flipping furniture
I’m sure you’ve seen furniture just sitting on the curb in your neighborhood. The thing is, a lot of those pieces are in pretty decent shape. But people would often rather throw furniture away than take the time to fix or donate it.
You can take that furniture, tighten the screws, do some sanding, replace hardware, and give it a fresh stain or coat of paint and sell someone else’s trash for extra cash.
Besides what your neighbors are getting rid of, you can find pieces at Goodwill, on Craigslist, at estate or garage sales, etc. The goal is to keep your costs low so you can maximize your profit.
Many furniture flippers do well selling their pieces on Facebook Marketplace, through selling apps like Trove or Chairish, or even in their own Etsy shops. This side hustle is a great option if you enjoy working with your hands and don’t want to sit in front of a computer all day.
7. Walk dogs or pet sit
If you love animals, pet sitting or dog walking is one of the best side hustles out there, and Rover makes it easy to find people in your area who need your services.
As a pet owner, it’s hard to find the right person to take care of your pets while you’re out of town. My dog is a special snowflake that not everyone can tolerate, but knowing we’ve got a good person taking care of him while we’re out of town reduces a ton of stress.
The pay for pet sitters and dog walkers varies depending on where you live — urban areas can pay upwards of $25/walk or $70 for an overnight stay.
Freelancing is a massively growing field of side hustlers and solopreneurs that work in a variety of fields. In fact, freelancers earned nearly $1 trillion in income last year alone.
This is one of the best ways to side hustle because there are so many different kinds of work that can be done. There are freelancing jobs for:
- Sound design
- Graphic design
- App developers
- Film editing
- Web development
- Virtual assistance
Many freelancers work online and on their own time, which makes this one of the best side hustles if you’re looking for flexibility. There’s also potential to scale your freelance side hustle into a full-time job, which is what a lot of freelancers end up doing.
9. Sell things on eBay
Want to hear something crazy? I have a reader who made nearly $85,000 in one year from selling things on eBay.
$85,000… that’s insane!
There are no guarantees for how much you’ll make on eBay, but it’s one of the best side hustles because it doesn’t cost anything to start making money — you can start by selling what’s sitting around your house. This also helps you get a feel for using the platform and bank some good reviews before you make an investment.
If you’re interested in learning how to sell on eBay, from what to sell, how to keep your costs low, and how to list items, check out How to Sell on eBay (and Actually be Successful).
10. Sell on Shopify
Shopify is a platform for independent business owners to start, run, market, and grow their eCommerce sites. While brick and mortar shops require a sizeable financial and time investment, eCommerce sites can actually be pretty passive from the start.
Here’s how you can start an eCommerce site with Shopify:
- Use Shopify’s platform to build your eCommerce site — there are over 70 customizable themes, a drag and drop editor, and custom domains.
- Select items to sell on your site that can be drop-shipped (that means you don’t touch, store, or ship these goods. You’re listing them for sale, then connecting customers with the suppliers).
- Shopify software manages your orders and gets them shipped out.
You will need to run traffic to your site and do basic maintenance, but like I said, it’s much more passive than a brick and mortar store.
If you’re interested, you can try out Shopify for free for 14 days. It costs as little as $29/month after that.
11. Rent out your car
If you like the idea of Airbnb (renting out a room or your entire house) Turo is like that, but for cars.
Turo is an online platform where you can list your car, the dates it’s available, and then rent it out to prescreened customers. This is a great option for people who own a car but don’t find themselves driving it on a day-to-day basis.
Turo pays you 65% to 85% of the trip price, and they have a Carculator to tell you what you can expect to rent your car for. On average, Turo users earn $545 a month renting out their car. You’ll also get up to $1 million in liability insurance and coverage in the event of theft or physical damage.
12. Deliver groceries
In my M$M Facebook Group, I’ve seen a lot of people talking about grocery delivery services like Instacart — some people are using it to save money on groceries and others are using Instacart to make money.
The people I’ve talked to that deliver for Instacart love the flexibility, and it pays an average of $100 for a 6-8 hour shift. Instacart shoppers can work as an in-store shopper or full-service shopper who does both shopping and delivery.
If you’re interested in learning more, read Instacart Shopping Side Hustle: How Much Do Instacart Shoppers Make?
13. Get cashback when you shop
Ibotta is a cashback app that lets you collect offers and bonuses for shopping in-store and online like you normally do. They’ve partnered with over 1,500 different brands and companies and pay cash via PayPal or Venmo.
Now, you’re not going to get rich from Ibotta, but it’s an easy side hustle that will help you earn a little extra cash.
After you download the free Ibotta app, here’s how you can start earning cashback:
- Shop in-store by adding offers to your Ibotta account, and after you upload a photo of your receipt, cash is added to your Ibotta account within 24-28 hours.
- Redeem offers instantly by linking your store loyalty accounts — no need to upload your receipt.
- Use the Ibotta app to pay at over 50 retailers and redeem instant offers.
Ibotta also pays you $5 when you refer new users. You can learn more at Ibotta Review 2020: Is It Worth It?
Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft have seen their fair share of issues and changes since they were first launched around 10 years ago. But they’ve continued to be one of the best side hustles for people who want a flexible way to make extra money.
There is a lot to understand about rideshare driving before you get started, like the average pay often being less than advertised. But, I’m including it on this list because I’ve heard legit reviews from a number of very happy rideshare drivers who love making money on their own schedule.
How to pick a side hustle
You’ve just read about 15 of the best side hustles for 2020, but there are legitimately dozens and dozens more. A side hustle is just a way of making extra money outside of your normal job, and that means there’s an endless range of possibilities.
To help you sort through the choices, there are a couple of important questions to ask yourself…
What are you good at?
You can think about this question in terms of your current job or other jobs you’ve held. And even if you didn’t love your job, you may have picked up some skills that can be leveraged into a side hustle.
Are there problems you’re known for solving? What do you consider yourself an expert in? Do you have a highly coveted skill?
These questions can lead to side hustles like freelancing and blogging. You can market your skills, write about them, create courses to teach others, start consulting, etc.
When are you available?
We live in a time when it’s easier than ever to make money on your own schedule. You don’t have to rely on seasonal part-time jobs to pop up, and you’re not limited to “normal” business hours.
Technology has made it so much easier to work when you want and where you want.
Side hustles like VIPKid, working as a Pinterest VA, Shopify, and proofreading are great ideas for anyone who wants to work from home with kids, while they travel, or just outside of a 9-5.
How much extra income do you want to make?
Let me rephrase this question… What are you trying to accomplish with your side hustle income?
Take running Facebook ads. With an extra $1,000- $1,500 per month you can destroy your debt. You can even scale it into a full-time gig (we’ve had a number of students in our course that have hit the $5k club). Or you can run ads so you can travel more, reduce financial stress, save for retirement, etc.
How quickly do you want to start making money?
You can start making money almost immediately with some of the best side hustles on this list, like shopping for Instacart or working as a rideshare driver. But if you have the time and want to build something that’s more lucrative, then starting a blog is a really great pick.
The final word on the best side hustles and which is right for you
Not all side hustles are created equal, and neither are side hustlers.
Everyone is going to have different goals, time constraints, and interests. When you find a side hustle that aligns with your needs, you’re going to feel greater satisfaction in what you’re doing, and that’s really freaking important because side hustling isn’t always easy — you’re devoting your extra time to something other than your family, friends, hobbies, etc.
There are options out there for everyone, but you have to take a chance and start hustling.