Starting a side hustle is a great way to meet savings goals, get more disposable income, or pay down your debt.
But some require quite a bit more work and time than others to get a steady income stream going.
If you’re thinking of picking up a side gig but are on the fence about which to go with, here are 15 lucrative side hustles where you could begin making $200 (or more) per week quickly.
Do freelance work online
Many side hustlers make good money freelancing in their spare time.
If you have a marketable skill — such as writing, graphic design, or video editing — you may be able to pick up work on popular freelancing sites, like Upwork or Fiverr.
When using these sites, you can look for well-paying jobs or set your own rates. And the great thing about freelancing is you can pick up as much or as little work as you need.
Walk dogs/pet sit
If you love animals and have some free time during the day, you can make good money walking dogs or offering pet-sitting services.
Many people who work 9-to-5 jobs hire dog walkers to pop into their homes and take their dogs for midday walks.
According to Indeed, the average dog walker's wages are just under $20 per hour. That means you could start making $200 a week with just a few clients.
Teach English online
If you’re a native English speaker with a good handle on grammar, teaching English to students overseas can be a lucrative side hustle.
There are many companies, like VIPKid, that connect English teachers with students. Some companies have more requirements for teachers (like a bachelor’s degree or some experience teaching).
The International TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Academy reports that English teachers typically make between $10 and $40 per hour, depending on experience.
Rent out your space
You don’t need to own a second property to rent out space on a site like Airbnb.
Plenty of travelers are happy to rent just a room. You can also rent out other spaces in your home, like a shed, garage, or parking spot.
In areas where parking is sparse — like New York City and the surrounding areas — parking spaces can be rented out for $300 a month and beyond.
Be a social media manager
If you’re good with social media, you could leverage those skills into a lucrative side gig.
Freelance social media managers can work with many clients and may be responsible for coming up with a schedule for posts, creating graphics, interacting with followers, and growing an audience.
ZipRecruiter puts the average pay for freelance social media managers at $25 an hour.
Be a part-time photographer
There are several ways you can turn an eye for photography into a lucrative side hustle. First, if you take high-quality photos, you may be able to sell them online to a stock photo site, like Shutterstock.
You can also make good money photographing events, like weddings. Talented wedding photographers can charge around $400 per hour, though you would have to invest in equipment.
Become a virtual assistant
If you have general administrative skills, you can make good money from the comfort of your own home as a virtual assistant (VA).
These employees can pick up work on a freelance basis. They may be responsible for data entry, responding to a client’s emails, managing social media accounts, blogs, or websites, and more.
Freelance VAs can find work through a site like Upwork and make an average of $10 to $20 per hour. The more skills you can offer, the more you can charge.
Rent out your car
If you don’t have space in your home to rent out, you can still make passive income renting out your car on a site like Turo.
There are some requirements to rent your car on Turo: It must be less than 12 years old and can’t have more than 130,000 miles on it.
If you do have an eligible vehicle, you may be able to make around $1,000 a month (or more) renting it out.
Offer yard work services
If you enjoy spending time outdoors, offering yard work services — like mowing lawns, trimming hedges, or even gardening and landscaping — is a great way to earn extra cash.
You can offer services locally online, by word of mouth, or sign up for a service like GreenPal that connects freelancers with people in the area looking for quality lawn care.
Help people move
Picking up odd jobs is another way to make cash fast — and helping people move means you can get a workout in while making money.
Instead of paying for expensive moving companies, many people turn to sites like Craigslist or TaskRabbit for help with moving, heavy lifting, furniture assembly, and more.
On TaskRabbit, the pay range for helping someone move is between $59 and $155, and the pay range for taking a heavy lifting job is $52 to $127.
Offer proofreading services
If you have a solid understanding of the English language and grammar rules, offering proofreading services can also be a lucrative side hustle.
People seek proofreading services for all sorts of publications, from blog posts to book manuscripts.
To start out, consider advertising your services on a site like Upwork or Fiverr.
Become a babysitter
Babysitting can be an extremely lucrative side hustle, even if you just do it for a few hours every week.
Some people pick up babysitting gigs from friends or acquaintances, while others use a service like Care.com to link up with clients looking for childcare in the area.
Average hourly rates vary a great deal depending on where you live. New York City and Los Angeles sitters average $20 or more per hour, while smaller cities are closer to $16 or $17, according to Care.com.
If you enjoy making crafts like candles, jewelry, or graphic T-shirts, you may be able to turn that hobby into a lucrative side hustle. Millions of people use craft-selling sites, like Etsy, to sell goods.
According to Statista, there were 7.5 million sellers on the Etsy platform alone in 2021, and more than 96 million buyers around the world. That’s a whole lot of potential customers, no matter what you’re selling.
Become a coach/tutor
If you’re particularly knowledgeable in a certain subject or have a knack for a specific discipline, you may be able to leverage those skills into very well-paying side hustles.
Tutoring (even online) pays around $25 per hour, according to ZipRecruiter. The pay for teaching music lessons falls in a similar range.
Offer web design services
Web design is another side hustle that can be extremely lucrative if you have some basic skills in CSS, WordPress, or using other platforms.
According to ZipRecruiter, web designers who work on a freelance basis average more than $26 an hour. The site reports that some designers can make more than $53 an hour, depending on their skill level.
Picking up a side hustle is a great way to make extra money every week, but it’s important to choose one that fits your needs, schedule, and abilities.
The jobs here, along with many others, have the potential to be real earners. And it’s a bonus if you can pick up a gig you’re interested in — maybe even more than your day job.
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