Want extra money but have to stay home with your kids or just don’t want to leave your house? Check out these top-paying side hustles from home.
Let’s start with one of the oldest side hustles — babysitting or running a full-on daycare.
While your comfort level may vary, there are absolutely parents who are willing to come to you. This might include neighbors, members of your church, or even people you find through advertising.
Care.com has a good overview of the average pay you can make as a babysitter or nanny by zip code and your experience. Spoiler: It’s usually around $20 per hour. They also have a service that matches families and caregivers, so if you’re looking for work or need someone to watch your kids while you do another side hustle, join today.
One word of warning is that since you’re dealing with people’s kids, you really have to make sure you pay attention to legal and insurance issues. When you run a home business, your homeowner’s insurance often won’t cover you if a kid you’re watching gets hurt.
If you work through an app or company, they might cover you. If not, you can try Hiscox small business insurance.
If you want to work with kids who are a little older or even adults taking college courses, tutoring might be a better fit for you. In addition to having people come to you, you can also tutor online.
There are a number of online tutoring sites like Wyzant, Train the Brain, Preply, and Varsity Tutors that hire tutors. If you live near a college, it’s also fairly easy to go out on your own by posting flyers or using college message boards.
Pay ranges from $20 per hour to $50+ depending on what subjects you can help with. You also don’t need to have graduated at the top of your class as long as you were good at one subject or test.
Teaching Online Classes
If you like to teach, you can also teach an online course. It doesn’t even have to be related to any type of school subject. Popular online classes include cooking, fitness, dancing, languages, and more.
People are willing to pay for both live video classes and pre-made online classes where they can work at their own pace. Popular platforms include Coursera, Outschool, and Thinkific. You can also run your own classes via Zoom or by making your own website.
Pet Sitting and Pet Training
Let’s face it, teaching or dealing with kids isn’t for everyone. Maybe you’d rather work with dogs or cats as your side gig.
You can pet sit for people who are away on vacation or act as a doggy daycare while people in your neighborhood are at work. Training pets requires you to have a little more of your own training and experience, but people are always getting new pets that they need help training.
Rover is one of the most popular apps in this space, but it’s also common to just market in your own neighborhood. Local vets may also be willing to let you post a flyer or business card.
Surprisingly, pet sitters can actually make more than babysitters if you’re willing to travel. If you definitely want to stay home, you might be looking at around $10 to $50 per day. That’s not bad if the pets are low maintenance and you can keep an eye on them while you go about your regular day.
Many businesses need virtual assistants to perform routine tasks like updating spreadsheets or making minor website updates. Those types of jobs usually let you set your own schedule.
Other jobs include things like answering phone calls and emails on a set schedule. If you always have scheduled free time, such as when your kids are at school, these jobs are a good way to get paid regularly.
You’ll usually be looking at pay of around $15 per hour.
If you like the idea of online work but want to make more, freelancing can help you upskill and boost your earnings. Common freelance side hustle ideas include running social media accounts, being a freelance writer, and graphic design.
If you have specialized skills, such as computer programming, you can also usually find freelance work in your field.
Depending on the type of work you can do, you can make anywhere from $25 to $100+ per hour.
Becoming an Influencer
There are YouTube channels and blogs about just about everything. Almost all of them are making money.
Once you start a blog or other online channel, you can either join an ad network or make affiliate deals to promote specific products. Whether you can make good money varies widely based on what type of content you produce and whether the people who buy it are likely to buy from advertisers.
While you might need to devote a few hours a week making content, once it’s up, it will continue to generate passive income over time.
Renting Out a Room
Another fairly easy way to make money is to rent out a room on AirBnB or similar sites.
Travelers are often willing to pay roughly what local hotels are charging. As long as you do your own cleaning, you won’t have much in the way of expenses.
Of course, you’ll need to be willing to share your space or have a separate mother-in-law suite, but some people like having guests around.
Before You Start a Side Hustle from Home
Before you start trying to make extra cash from home, there are a few steps you should take.
- Check if you need a city, county, or state business license.
- Make sure what you want to do doesn’t violate zoning laws or ordinances.
- Check out the Independent Contractor Tax Guide to find out how much extra income you’ll actually take home.