50 side jobs that will pay off your debt

50 side jobs that will pay off your debt

Raise your hand if you need or would like a little extra cash? Who doesn’t right? Whether you’re looking to increase your monthly income to pay off some consumer debt or looking to pad your savings account, side-jobs are absolutely the way to go! When I was in university eons ago I always made a little extra with side jobs. They’re truly great because they’re flexible, add variety to your life and give you a little extra cash flow.

My go-to side jobs always revolved around education. I’m pretty good with numbers and my university training is in education so I ended building a pretty consistent flow of tutoring gigs. I tutored young kids, high schoolers and even some older students in college and university. Math rocks (ha!) and I absolutely loved helping kiddos of all ages improve their math skills. The schedule was always super flexible allowing me to work in the evening and on weekends which was super convenient with my own class schedule and lifestyle. Beyond this I’ve earned a little extra money making meals, selling stuff online and now blogging which has become my main “side hustle” in the last couple of months (stay tuned for a monthly recap and blog income write up)

For the curious, all my income is always declared. I simply report it as additional income which requires that I keep meticulous accounts of what income I’ve earned throughout the year for accurate tax reporting purposes.

So here we go folks. Here are 5o side hustles that you can start today and start paying down that debt or saving for your next big purchase. Let’s do this shall we?


  1. Got a blog? Monetize it! I’m amazed at how many opportunities are available to bloggers to make money. Have a look at this post about sponsored post opportunities to get you started. In my 8 or so months of blogging I’ve gotten a handful of opportunities that have helped me pad my savings quite a bit. Stay tuned for a post early next month when I do a wrap up of the month of May and give you a look at the income statement for the blog!
  2. Tutor kids! Are you great with numbers? A great writer? Skilled in science? Well, there’s absolutely a market for tutoring. Put a free add out on craigslist or contact a local tutoring company to get your name out there. The great thing about tutoring is that once you’ve built a name for yourself the clients come to you through word of mouth. Tip: if this is something that interests you the time to really cash in on this is right now since kiddos are gearing up for end of year exams and such.
  3. Invigilate exams at your local high school, college or university. Check out the websites of local schools to see who is looking for invigilators. The job is a little boring (you literally just sit there) but it pays well and it only lasts for a few days which is a great way to make a few extra bucks.
  4. Make meals. Many busy working families are looking for home cooked meals and willing to pay a fair amount of money for this service. I had an arrangement where I created a weeks worth of home cooked meals for a family of 4. I’d prepare everything on Sundays and they’d pick it up from my home. They paid me quite well and I’d double the batch to feed my own family which made prepping meals a win win. A word of caution though, food is expensive so it’s really important that you calculate exactly how much it costs you to prepare the meals. You’d be surprised how quickly things like flour, eggs, bread, pasta and other “staples” add up. You don’t want to short change yourself in the process.
  5. Lawn care. In the summer months tons of people are looking for lawn care. Put an add out there and try and score a family who doesn’t have time to maintain their lawn. You’d be surprised how quickly neighbors jump on board. Before you know it you’ll have the whole street to take care of.
  6. Clean pools. This is a really common side-hustle in these parts. Most everyone has a pool and a service company to come out and maintain it. A neighbor has a friend of a friend maintain his and he couldn’t be happier. He saves a little money since it’s cheaper than hiring a company and loves the personalized service. Same as lawn cutting, once the word spreads you’ll probably get the whole street. As it stand that friend of a friend cleans 7 pools on my street. He’s here half a day per week and makes a good amount of money!
  7. Shovel snow in the winter. Where we used to live an elderly neighbor approached me and asked if I’d clean off her stair case for 20$ per storm. I said sure. Before I knew it I had 4 houses to do on our street. It was great exercise and I made a good amount of extra money every time it snowed!
  8.  Window washing. In the spring time this can earn you a good amount of money since some people love to have their windows professionally cleaned. The cost of the products is pretty small compared to the profit.
  9. Dog walking. Got a dog? Walk it regularly? Well why not see if other pups in your neighborhood need a walk too? You’d be surprised how many people would take you up on this offer.
  10. Child Care. If you’ve got the time and energy providing an after school child care service to busy parents is a great way to make some extra cash. The cost of after school daycare is atrocious and this is a win win situation both for the family and for you.
  11. Weed removal. People hate weeds! Just recently I was pulling some dandelions when a new neighbor who had a lawn full saw me. She asked if I’d be willing to do hers for a fee. I said sure. I got some peaceful time to myself while I worked on her lawn and I made some cash.
  12. Bake cupcakes for special occasions. Sweet treats are in constant demand. If you’re a good baker then why not sell your delicious creations?
  13. Be a personal shopper. Many individuals are unable to do their own shopping. A good friend called a local independent living facility to see if they would need a personal shopper. Well, she now does the shopping for a handful of residents.
  14. Sell your stuff online. Got extra stuff? Post it on Craigslist or local Facebook groups. You can sell just about anything!
  15. Sell DIY crafts on etsy. If you’re crafty head to etsy and sell your creations!
  16. Sell goods at a local flea market. This is actually super fun. You can rent a table for the weekend and sell just about anything. Clothes you no longer need, kitchen gadgets, homemade items are always a big seller! Annnnd, it’s an awesome way to meet new local people!
  17. Have  a garage sale. If a flea market isn’t your style then have a garage sale. If you’re feeling really ambitious talk to your neighbors and have a block sale. Garage salers get really excited about block sales because there’s a ton of stuff and variety for them to explore.
  18. Offer a cleaning service. This is a no brainer. There are so many people looking for a cleaning service whether it be an ongoing weekly gig or a one time thing this is an awesome way to make case. Tip: call your local realtor and let them know you do this because often when people move they look for someone to give their house a one over before they hand over the keys.
  19. Design websites. If you’re good with websites and such offer design services!
  20. Stain decks. This can be a huge money maker in the summer. Staining decks is tedious and from experience people are willing to pay to get it done for them.
  21. Paint houses. Like deck staining some people hate to paint. If you enjoy it why not make a little extra money doing it!
  22. Help people move. Call your local moving company and see if they need an extra set of hands.
  23. Rent out your car. Rent your car for the day or week. You can make some extra cash helping people get their errands done.
  24. Build furniture. People love Ikea right? But, they don’t always love putting together the items they buy! Offer your building service.
  25. Alterations. Good with a sewing machine? Alter clothes!
  26. Tax Prep. During tax season tons of folks are looking for tax help. Software’s like turbo tax make the process relatively simple and you can make some extra cash by helping people get their taxes done.
  27. Caregiving. Provide caregiving services to individuals who need a little extra help.
  28. Resume service Are you in HR? are you savvy with resume writing? offer that service at a small premium
  29. Driving Drive local folks who don’t have a car around.
  30. Pizza delivery Make a couple extra bucks delivering pizzas!
  31. Pet sitting Watch local furbabies in the comfort of your own home!
  32. Photography Service Are you a good photographer? Market your services!
  33. Proofreading There are tons of opportunities for proofreading gigs available online!
  34. Teaching music do you play an instrument? Why not teach then?
  35. Translation Speak more than one language? Use it by translating documents!
  36. Computer Repair If you’re good with computers why not repair them as a side gig
  37. Create invitations Create gorgeous home-made invitations for special events
  38. Teach online courses There are tons of opportunities to teach language courses online!
  39. Fill out online surveys Fill out surveys and make a couple extra bucks
  40. Sell cold drinks at an outdoor event Sell bottled water, juice, soda at a local outdoor event.
  41. Publish an e-book Write an awesome e-book and sell it online
  42. Drive for Uber Use your car to make a little extra cash by driving for uber.
  43. Small handy man jobs Help people with small household tasks
  44. Organize other people’s homes. If you’re super organized you can help others organize their homes
  45. Sell at farmers markets Grow produce, bake delicious goodies and sell them at your local farmers market
  46.  Create flower arrangements. Love flowers? Create beautiful flower arrangments for special events
  47. Organize children’s parties. Organize children’s birthday parties! From decorations to invitations and food!
  48. Flip furniture. Hunt for great vintage furniture, restore and resell!
  49. Consignment selling. Send your stuff to a local consignment shop to be sold.
  50. Catering service. Offer a catering service for small events! The corporate world is often looking for good quality food to feed their employees!


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  1. May 22, 2017 / 7:29 am

    Such creatieve ideas! Love it!

  2. May 22, 2017 / 11:15 am

    Great ideas! I do use some of these like child care and selling stuff. The bonus thing from selling stuff is it declutters! 🙂

  3. May 24, 2017 / 6:51 pm

    I have tried to sell items my children have outgrown online. Never works. I think perhaps it just because of my location and the number of other people selling the same baby items and children clothing. But I hope it works well for others.

    • June 2, 2017 / 11:33 am

      Thank you for reading!

    • June 12, 2017 / 7:31 am

      Thank you for reading!

  4. July 5, 2017 / 5:05 pm

    These are some wonderful ideas. I haven’t heard of some of these ideas. That’s saying a lot since I read many of these posts like this.

    • July 5, 2017 / 8:47 pm

      Thanks for reading Crystal! Glad you enjoyed it!

  5. Kori Evans
    July 5, 2017 / 6:11 pm

    Such a fantastic list! I am totally sending this to my 21 year old daughter! LOL!

    • July 5, 2017 / 8:46 pm

      Hahaha this made me laugh. Pass it on and hopefully she will be inspired 😂

  6. July 5, 2017 / 6:47 pm

    Such a great post! Fabulous ways to earn additional income. I love blogging, shopping and photography. I’ve even had an etsy store to sell hand made jewelry. You have so many more wonderful ways to easily make a dollar! Soooo good!

    • July 5, 2017 / 8:44 pm

      Thank you so much for reading Jessica!! Side hustles rock am I right?

  7. July 5, 2017 / 10:35 pm

    Really great ideas! Especially appreciate the weed pulling job because that’s one job I hate to do lol.

  8. July 6, 2017 / 5:18 am

    Oh my, I did not think about supervising exams! Gah. That would be the easiest thing to do! I mean, I’ve sat enough to know how it all works! Haha. Great list!

  9. July 6, 2017 / 8:15 am

    What a great list!! So many good options! I never even thought about people wanting to pay for home-cooked meals, very interesting! Thanks for sharing!

    • July 6, 2017 / 8:27 am

      It’s actually very very common. I know that there are meal delivery services but for busy professionals it doesn’t remove the cooking part which is where they often want to save time!

  10. July 6, 2017 / 4:56 pm

    Great list! Ironic, too, because I just blogged about a step-by-step guide to finding work, and included a list of job boards online! I am also primarily an education worker, especially since just getting my EdD in educational technology and e-learning! My specialty is English Language Arts, though, NOT math!

    • July 7, 2017 / 7:45 am

      Thank you!!!! There are so many potential opportunities out there if you give it a good look and hunt around. Thank you for reading!

  11. Nicole Kauffman
    July 20, 2017 / 7:17 am

    Love these ideas! I’m going to have to save and come back to this post to really dive in and figure out what I can do!! 🙂

  12. July 20, 2017 / 7:32 am

    These are all nice ideas. I’m looking for a side-gig so I might use some of these ideas. Thanks for this

  13. July 20, 2017 / 7:36 am

    I might try the tax thing for tax season.

  14. July 20, 2017 / 8:49 am

    I love these ideas! I’ve been selling my clothes on Poshmark for extra money!!

  15. July 20, 2017 / 10:13 am

    I blog and tutor! I’d love to get into refurbishing furniture and selling it– that goes along the lines of your building furniture idea!

  16. July 20, 2017 / 10:42 am

    Great post! I will be looking more into monetizing my blog. Just never knew how to go about it.

    Thanks for this


  17. July 20, 2017 / 11:45 am

    Very good ideas! It doesn’t take much to put some of these into gear. Thanks for sharing!

  18. July 20, 2017 / 1:48 pm

    this list is full of great ideas. I’m going to check if there’s a UK equivalent to PoshMark. Thanks!

  19. July 20, 2017 / 1:50 pm

    Wow, this is a lot of super ideas. I always give things away and donate them, I should consider trying to sell some of them to help with the budget. I am working towards monetizing my blog and writing an ebook in the coming year. So exciting!

  20. July 20, 2017 / 3:32 pm

    I love that none of your ideas are sketchy. They’re all *real* ideas for *real* people. Love it!

    • July 20, 2017 / 3:36 pm

      Thank you Emy! That means the world to me. I 100% believe that there are legit ways to supplement your income!

  21. July 20, 2017 / 4:51 pm

    Man!!! Talk about a list. Fantastic job in putting this together Jenny. Definitely pinning. 🙂

    • July 20, 2017 / 4:52 pm

      Thanks Nataly! I really appreciate the love <3

  22. July 20, 2017 / 7:05 pm

    I need to start doing some of these ASAP! Such a helpful list of things I hadn’t even thought of before. Thank you so much for the ideas!

    xo, Taylor || The Millennial Sprinkle (thesprinkle.tayloramead.com)

  23. babiestobookworms
    July 20, 2017 / 10:41 pm

    There are so many great ideas here! I will have to consider some of these.

  24. July 28, 2017 / 11:36 pm

    Invigilate – hmm, I learned a new word. I might actually look into this – is invigilating exams normally on the weekends?

    • July 29, 2017 / 5:58 pm

      They can be anytime during the week depending on when the exams are scheduled!

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