10 High Reward Side Jobs

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Are you looking for a way to earn some extra money to help reach your financial goals? You’re not alone. More than 44 million Americans have a side gig.[i]

If you’re looking for flexible side jobs, consider this list of 10 high-paying side hustles that can help you generate some extra cash.

1. Ride share driver

If you have a car and a smartphone, you can easily add new earnings to your bank account by becoming a ride share driver with companies like Uber or Lyft. Turn your car into a taxi-like service by driving people where they need to go.


Potential income range: $10–18 per hour.[ii]

Education or experience required: None.

Flexibility level: High. You only drive when you want.


2. Food delivery driver

The growth of food delivery apps has opened a wealth of income-earning opportunities. Drivers get to choose their hours. When you need some extra cash, you can deliver food. When you’re fiscally sound, you can take a break.


Potential income range: $8–12 per hour.[iii]

Education or experience required: None.

Flexibility level: High. Deliver food only when you want.


3. Online writer

If you’re a good writer, there are opportunities for you to use your craft and make some extra money. Whether you want to write freelance articles for a magazine, manage a blog, proofread reports or write short stories, there are  many online marketplaces with clients who are looking for great writers and editors.


Potential income range: $24 per hour.[iv]

Education or experience required: Some writing experience and writing samples can helpyou land higher-paying gigs.

Flexibility level: High. You can write anytime from anywhere and only apply for projects that suit your interests.


4. Graphic designer

If you have design skills on your resume, you can likely use them to earn some extra income. Consider specializing in a certain kind of design to help narrow the field, like logo design. Many sites with online writing jobs also post freelance projects for graphic designers.


Potential income range: $20.22 per hour.[v]

Education or experience required: Some design experience is best to land higher-paying gigs.

Flexibility level: High. You can design anytime from anywhere as long as you have a laptop and the necessary software.


5. Virtual assistant

With more entrepreneurs launching businesses, many are looking for help with everyday tasks to keep their companies running. A virtual assistant helps with scheduling, bookwork, phone calls and more.


Potential income range: $15.84 per hour.[vi]

Education or experience required: Little to none.

Flexibility level: Medium. You can assist from anywhere but may have to work certain hours set by the company you assist.


6. Babysitting

Babysitting isn’t just for high school kids. Many parents prefer to leave their children with other parents or adults rather than teenagers. It’s one of the best side jobs for moms or dads looking to make money without needing daycare. You can even advertise on sites like Care.com or SitterCity.


Potential income range: $14 per hour[vii]

Education or experience required: Parenting skills are a bonus, and clients may prefer that you have CPR or first aid certification.

Flexibility level: Medium. You can watch a neighbor’s child while taking care of your own kids, but you may need to work nights and weekends.


7. Eldercare aid

As baby boomers age, there’s a growing need for senior care. One of the best side jobs for caring and compassionate people is an eldercare aid. The job requires sitting with seniors in their homes or in a senior community. The job might include entertainment, like playing cards, or some light cooking, like preparing lunch.


Potential income range: $13.14 per hour[viii]

Education or experience required: Eldercare experience is a plus but not necessary. You’ll likely need to undergo a background check.

Flexibility level: Lower. You’ll have to commit to certain times.


8. Tutor

There are plenty of students – young and old – who need a little extra help to understand certain curriculums. Whether you join a tutoring group at a local school or a tutoring organization or offer your services online, there’s money to be made in this industry.


Potential income range: $17.83 per hour.[ix]

Education or experience required: Tutor students in fields that you specialize in.

Flexibility level: Medium. If you work for a school or tutoring organization, you’ll likely have a set schedule to meet with students.


9. Rent out your home or room

Have a spare room in your home? If you have some extra space, you can rent it out. Sites like Airbnb or VRBO provide a platform for homeowners to advertise their available space and rent it to people looking for a place a stay.


Potential income range: Rates vary, but average Airbnb hosts earn $924 a month.[x]

Education or experience required: None.

Flexibility level: High. All you need is extra space.


10. Rent out your car

In certain cities, you might be able to rent out your car. Sites like Turo give car owners the ability to advertise a car for rent, and the site handles all of the insurance. If you’re okay with letting someone else drive your car when you’re not using it, it could bring in a few extra bucks.


Potential income range: Rates vary, but average Turo users make $720 a month.[xi]

Education or experience required: None.

Flexibility level: High. All you need is a car that’s available for others to use.


Any of these side job ideas could help you increase your monthly earnings, save for a rainy day or help you achieve a financial goal like buying a home or paying off credit card debt. Learn more about important things to keep in mind regarding your income from a side job.


[i] “More than 44 Million Americans Have a Side Hustle,” CNN Money, (July 12, 2017).

[ii] “Rideshare Driver Salaries,” Glassdoor.

[iii] “Driving for UberEATS,” RideSharingDriver, (March 29, 2016).

[iv] “Freelance Writer Salary,” Payscale.

[v] “Freelance Graphic Designer Salaries in the US,” Indeed.

[vi] Virtual Assistant Salary. Payscale.

[vii] “Babysitter Pay Rates: What’s the Going Rate for a Babysitter?” Care.com, (May 30, 2018).

[viii] “Home Care Assistance,” Indeed.

[ix] Tutor Salary. Payscale.

[x] “Here’s How Much an Airbnb Host Earns in a Month,” Travel and Leisure, (June 16, 2017).

[xi] “How to Turn Your Car Into a Money-Making Machine,” Turo, (February 21, 2017).