Earn Amazing Hourly Income with These 15 Side Hustles

Earn some extra cash by adding a side hustle to boost your bank account.
Last updated March 15, 2023 | By Jenny Cohen Edited By Michael Kurko
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You don’t have to rely solely on a full-time job to bring in income.

Sometimes you may want to add a side hustle to cover extra costs each month, save money to retire early, or just want a few more dollars for your bank account.

If you’re thinking of adding a side hustle to make some extra cash, here are a few options that can earn you money with a good-paying hourly income.


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A bookkeeper may be a great option if you’re good with numbers or spreadsheets. A bookkeeper typically works with clients on balance sheets to account for income or expenses. You might also keep tabs on tax records for a client.

A bookkeeper can expect a median hourly income of $21.90 per hour, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Web developer

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A web developer is responsible for creating websites for clients or developing content for a client’s online presence. You may write code for a website, create graphics for the site, and work with clients to bring their vision to life.

Web developers can work full-time or as a designer as a side hustle making a median hourly wage of $37.65.

Project managers

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You can work in your specific field as a project manager on a freelance or part-time basis depending on how you want to make this position work for you as a side hustle.

Project managers work with clients to develop plans, assign responsibilities to staff, and manage the budget for the duration of the project.

If you want to take on a project manager position as a side hustle, you can expect to make $45.43 in median hourly wage.


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Know a second language? You could turn that into a side hustle. Translators can work on an hourly basis for places like government agencies, hospitals, schools, and more. You can set your own hours to be a consultant on your own schedule.

Translators can expect a median hourly wage of $23.61, according to the BLS, which also expects the field to see a 20% rise in jobs from 2021 to 2031.

Interior designer

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Do you like to design interior spaces for clients? Then consider a side hustle as an interior designer.

You can help develop your client’s vision by choosing types of paint and wall treatments, furniture, accessories, and more.

Interior designers can set their own schedule while making $29.01 in median hourly income.

Fashion designer

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You may enjoy clothes, sewing, and developing clothing items, which could help you create a side hustle as a fashion designer.

You’ll spend your time designing and assembling clothing and fashion accessories that you can sell as a side hustle.

Fashion designers make a median hourly income of $37.24, and you may want to consider working under contract for fashion clients.

Graphic designer

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Graphic work with clients on visuals for posters, logos, advertisements, and more. You’ll typically help clients bring their overall visions to fruition using your talents as an artist.

A graphic designer can earn a median hourly wage of $24.38 as a side hustle.

Event planner

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If you like to plan parties like weddings or birthdays, you could take on a side hustle as an event planner.

You’ll coordinate with caterers, musicians, venues, and more to put an event together. It can be a good side hustle if you plan to take on jobs on the weekends like weddings.

Events planners can expect to pick up $23.79 in median hourly wages, according to the BLS.


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Chefs and cooks work with food, which may be the perfect side hustle if you like to cook or bake unique treats for clients. You can work in a restaurant as a side hustle or you can cook on your own for private clients.

Chefs earn $24.11 in median hourly income if you decide to try it as a side hustle.


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Do you like words? Editors edit content or work with writers and clients to develop content for publications. You may work for a magazine, newspaper, or website or with corporate clients to help create written content.

Editors can set their own hours as a side hustle making a median hourly wage of $30.46.

Real estate agent

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Real estate agents can help clients find commercial or residential real estate that they can buy or invest in. You may work on nights and weekends to look at different properties and find the best place for your clients.

You’ll need to get a license with your state to work in real estate and can earn a median hourly wage of $23.45. However, that income can increase or decrease depending on whether you make a commission on your sales.

Executive assistant

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An executive assistant works in an office or even virtually helping out with information requests, planning travel, or scheduling meetings. You may work for government organizations, schools, or for executives in companies.

Executive assistants can earn a median hourly wage of $32.15, according to the BLS.

Travel agent

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You can help your clients by booking travel and planning trips for them as a travel agent. The job requires you to be organized and interested in various aspects of the hospitality industry.

You can be a travel agent as a side hustle making $21.06 in median hourly wage.


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Use your knowledge in different fields to be a tutor for students who need extra help with studying. You can on an individual basis or with small groups of students, and you can set your schedule as you want for your clients.

This also could be a good work-from-home side hustle if you decide to teach via video conferencing.

Tutors can earn a median hourly income of $20.09, and you might be able to earn more depending on your specialty.

Public relations specialist

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Create a positive view of your clients as a public relations (PR) specialist. You’ll write press releases, schedule interviews, and draft speeches for your clients while setting your own schedule.

Expect a median hourly wage of $30.19, according to the BLS.

Bottom line

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Side hustles are a great way to add additional income to your bottom line. So sit down and identify talents you have that you can turn into lucrative side hustles.

You also may want to create an estimated budget to figure out how much you may need to make as part of your side hustle to boost your bank account and save some money.

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