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15 side hustles that pay top dollar in the gig economy

We all know that driving for Lyft or turning your spare bedroom into an Airbnb can be lucrative. But just how much cash can you really make?

15 side hustles that pay top dollar in the gig economy

Side hustles can be a great source of income.

Making a decent living is no longer limited to the 9–5 life—it often includes a serious side hustle.

Perhaps that’s why more and more people are getting in on the gig economy. According to Finder.com, about 1 in 4 Americans holds a side gig, aka an extra way to make a buck aside from their main source of income.

These side gigs aren’t just good for pulling together some weekend bar money or saving up for summer travel plans, either. The income that people are hauling in can be as much as $7,000 a month, according to a recent CreditLoan.com survey. You could pay off your student loans or put a down payment on a house with a supplemental income like that.

So, what is it, exactly, that these people are doing to make so much money? Creating makeup tutorials? Walking dogs? Try again.

The CreditLoan.com survey identified the top side jobs that offer the highest earning potential each month. Taking a look at the jobs on the list, you’ve probably considered picking up one of these side gigs at some point in your life. And after seeing how much money you could make, you’re going to want to start hustling every day, or at least start chauffeuring drunk 20-somethings around town. Seriously, we have so many jobs hiring at Lyft, Postmates, TaskRabbit, and other top companies right now. Check out the full list below to see which side jobs can make you the most money.

High-paying side hustles:

1. Selling or renting property

Median monthly income: $500

Median hourly rate: $81

Maximum monthly income: $7,000

Find all property rental jobs on Monster.

2. Ride-sharing

Median monthly income: $350

Median hourly rate: $15

Maximum monthly income: $3,000

Find all driver side jobs on Monster.

3. Fitness training or coaching

Median monthly income: $200

Median hourly rate: $20

Maximum monthly income: $3,000

Find all fitness trainer side jobs on Monster.

4. Freelance work or consulting

Median monthly income: $200

Median hourly rate: $20

Maximum monthly income: $4,000

Find all freelance and consultant side jobs on Monster.

5. E-commerce or drop shipping

Median monthly income: $150

Median hourly rate: $15

Maximum monthly income: $6,000

Find all e-commerce side jobs on Monster.

6. Tutoring or teaching

Median monthly income: $150

Median hourly rate: $15

Maximum monthly income: $3,000

Find all tutor and teacher side jobs on Monster.

7. Reselling items online

Median monthly income: $100

Median hourly rate: $20

Maximum monthly income: $1,500

Find all consignment side jobs on Monster.

8. Babysitting nannying, or caretaking

Median monthly income: $100

Median hourly rate: $10

Maximum monthly income: $1,500

Find all caretaker side jobs on Monster.

9. Computer repair

Median monthly income: $100

Median hourly rate: $20

Maximum monthly income: $4,200

Find all computer repair side jobs on Monster.

10. Direct sales

Median monthly income: $100

Median hourly rate: $7

Maximum monthly income: $1,230

Find all direct sales side jobs on Monster.

11. Housecleaning or repairs

Median monthly income: $100

Median hourly rate: $17

Maximum monthly income: $1,500

Find all housekeeper and handyman jobs on Monster.

12. Landscaping or gardening

Median monthly income: $100

Median hourly rate: $11

Maximum monthly income: $1,000

Find all landscaper and gardener jobs on Monster.

13. Music or dance performance

Median monthly income: $100

Median hourly rate: $10

Maximum monthly income: $5,000

Find all dancer and musician jobs on Monster.

14. Photography or videography

Median monthly income: $100

Median hourly rate: $20

Maximum monthly income: $2,000

Find all photographer and videographer side jobs on Monster.

15. Survey-taking

Median monthly income: $100

Median hourly rate: $5

Maximum monthly income: $3,000

Find all survey taker jobs on Monster.

Find all side jobs on Monster.

 

Put your side job search front and center

Every job search—even if it's in the gig economy—requires full-time dedication. Yes, we know, you probably don't have time for that. Need some help? Join Monster today. As a member, you can upload up to five versions of your cover letter and resume—each tailored to different types of jobs that interest you. Recruiters search Monster every day looking to fill top jobs with qualified candidates, just like you. Additionally, you can get job alerts sent directly to your inbox, so you can apply as soon as positions become available. Put your side-job search front and center.

 


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