15 Side Hustle Ideas to Generate an Extra $500 per Month

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Need extra money for the holidays or even to keep up with the cost of living? Earning extra cash each month can provide flexibility and a deep breath. Read on for some ideas to let the dollars start flowing in. 

Tutoring

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If you enjoy teaching others and have a bit of an inner nerd, tutoring can be a great way to earn extra cash. You can fetch $15-$100 an hour. You can tutor in almost any subject you can think of – math, science, computer/software skills, reading, and English. 

Become a Virtual Assistant 

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The income potential can be $25-$50 an hour. Business owners always need good people who can help them with their email, marketing, financials, creative design, etc. If you have any talent or skill, you can probably find someone willing to pay for it!

Virtual Bookkeeping

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If you like numbers and the zen of a balanced bank account, starting your own virtual bookkeeping business may be for you. You would only need one or two clients to make an extra $500 a month!

Surveys

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Watching Netflix and answering some questions can earn you money. Making anywhere from $100-$500 a month can be achieved through websites like Survey Junkie or Swagbucks. 

Blogging

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Blogging is not as easy as the gurus make it sound, but it’s also not rocket science. It takes hard work, patience, and the willingness to keep trying new things. It’s not a quick payoff, but making $500 a month on the side is certainly doable, with the possibility of making way more.

Freelance Writing

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There is a massive demand for content from bloggers and other businesses looking to establish a web presence. Writing just a few articles a month can lead to $500 a month. 

Food Delivery

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DoorDash, GrubHub, and Uber Eats all need drivers. If you have extra time during the day (especially at lunch or dinner), you can earn an additional $500 monthly in just 5 to 10 hours a week.

Referee

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Football, soccer, basketball, baseball – there are literally thousands of games being played every weekend by kids and adults. You can easily make $20-30 an hour as a referee. Line up back-to-back games on weekends and rake in some extra spending money.

Overtime

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While not the most exciting idea on the list, sometimes the best place to look for extra income is where you’re already making a decent salary. See if there are overtime opportunities where you work, maybe even in a different department. 

Dogsit

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People need someone to watch their pets when they go out of town. Often they would rather let someone local watch their pet rather than putting them in a kennel. Earning extra money while hanging out with a furry friend is a great way to boost a monthly income.

Ebay

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If you enjoy thrifting and the art of finding good deals, flipping on eBay for a profit is a good way to earn extra income every month without putting in a ton of time.

Credit Card Rewards

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While not a traditional “side hustle,” it’s easy to make an extra $500 – $2,000 a year without much effort if you have a good credit history.

Housesit

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Collect the mail and water the plants while people are away to earn money. Whether you’re just stopping by a few times a week or getting paid to stay there, it can be an easy way to make extra money on the side.

Drop Shipping

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Drop shipping is a popular way to go because you don’t have to store any physical inventory. The sky’s the limit on how much money you can make.

House Projects 

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Mow lawns, clean out gutters, or wash windows for extra money. Time is a commodity; if you can help with house tasks people don’t have time for, you can earn extra cash.

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