Top 3 Side Hustle Ideas for 2021

Need a way to make extra money that doesn’t interfere with your main job or school schedule? You’re in luck — what with the pandemic and the growth of the gig economy, there are more opportunities to successfully work a side hustle than ever.

Here are 3 of the most popular side hustle ideas, where there’s still plenty of room for you to get in on the action.


These days, everyone is having everything delivered. Most of these options require you to have your own car, though in some cases you could use a bicycle or scooter.

  • Work for Doordash, Grubhub or UberEats, bringing food from restaurants to customers’ homes.
  • Shop for customers yourself and deliver their purchases through Instacart or Shipt.
  • Give people rides through Uber, Lyft and similar apps.
  • Deliver packages through Amazon Flex, which serves Prime Now, AmazonFresh and Amazon Restaurant Delivery customers.

Online Business.

Starting and running a business from your home computer combines the advantages of working at hours you choose and spending more time at home.

  • Sell stuff. This “stuff” could be consumer products through a storefront on Amazon or Shopify, your own art and craft items on Etsy, or unwanted/salvaged things on eBay or your local Craigslist or FaceBook Marketplace.
  • Sell your skills. If you can type, write, design, program computers, translate, make sales or any of many other areas of expertise, sign up with a freelancer marketplace such as Guru, Upwork or Freelancer.
  • Create content. This could be videos on Tiktok or YouTube, a blog (free on platforms like wordpress or on your own .com domain for a minimal fee) or an email-able product such as an ebook. As soon as you get enough followers, the platform will monetize your page or site by placing ads on it. This will bring you a steady stream of “passive income,” though some types of content require frequent uploads to maintain follower numbers.

Temporary Shift Work

Unlike the other options above, as a temporary worker you’ll have an employer that you report to. This may sound more restrictive, but it’s offset by the additional protections and benefits you receive as an employee: worker’s comp, occupational safety and health guarantees, minimum wage and overtime rates, income tax contributions, health insurance and more.

Temporary jobs are usually limited to a few weeks or months. This is an ideal situation if you are a student on summer break or someone who just needs extra cash for a specific project such as home repairs or holiday shopping.

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