In 13 years, I went from being a broke musician to being a self-made millionaire. One of the main ways I was able to grow my wealth was through side hustles.
My side businesses, which ranged from affiliate marketing to selling products online to product testing, not only helped me pay off almost $495,000 in debt, but they also brought me enough money to start my multi-million dollar financial education company.
I’ve helped hundreds of clients jump on very lucrative opportunities. Here are my favorite in-demand hustles — some can net you up to $3,000 a month — and where to find them:
1. Sell stock photos
If you love photography or have great photos, you can get paid to post them on photo platforms. These can be scenic travel photos or just everyday photos that you already have stored in your phone.
Bloggers and online marketers are always looking for photos for their websites that comply with copyright regulations. As a result, sites like Shutterstock and Depositphotos are constantly looking to expand their portfolios of royalty-free images.
Depending on the quantity, quality, and uniqueness of your photos, you can earn between $200 and $500 per month.
2. Audio transcription
Are you an excellent typist? If so, you can make at least $20 per hour transcribing audio – and maybe more if you have legal or medical experience.
Sites like TranscribeMe lets you take advantage of this skill and you can do as much or as little transcription work as you want. Speakwrite’s transcriptionists are paid between $0.005 and $0.006 per message, with top earners earning an average of $3,000 per month.
3. Rent your car
If you don’t want to drive other people as a Lyft or Uber driver, you can rent your car from sites like Turo and Getaround, just like you would for your house or apartment on Airbnb.
You become the competitor of the car rental company. There are obvious risks, but it depends. your situation, it can become quite lucrative. A client I worked with rented his car two to three days a week and was generating over $3,500 a month.
4. Babysitter, nanny or pet sitter
This area has a lot of competition, but it is possible to advertise your services, grow a clientele, and build a reputation with reviews on the platforms you use or through referrals and word of mouth.
The goal is to maintain a solid list of loyal and reliable customers. Depending on where you live, house sitters can compensate up to $100 per day; babysitters up to $20 per hour; and pet-sitters up to $18 per hour.
5. Product trials and research studies
Yes, you can get paid to give your opinion. There are many market research companies out there looking for people to test their products, take surveys, and give their opinion on a wide variety of consumer goods.
6. Mystery shopping
Some people consider it a dreamy hustle, which is one of the reasons it’s in such high demand. You’re shopping anyway, so why not get paid for it?
Mystery shoppers are hired by market research companies to assess the quality of service in various restaurants and stores. Check out sites like Elite CXS and Market Force to find opportunities.
According to ZipRecruiter, the average pay for a mystery shopping activity is $23 per hour.
7. Sell unwanted stuff
If you have a storage locker with lots of old furniture, appliances, or collectibles, you can get rid of them on apps like OfferUp and eBay. You can even do it professionally for others and make a commission.
A medical student from Rochester, Michigan was making $5,000 to $6,000 a month selling second-hand clothes on Poshmark.
8. Transportation of waste
Just about every city or town seems to have several services offering to transport waste. It is a secondary activity that can also become a major business.
Most people know 1-800-GOT-JUNK, but that’s not the only example. College Hunks Hauling Junk started as a summer project in Washington, DC and is now in over 100 cities across the United States and Canada.
The estimated average salary is $35 per hour.
9. Resume Writing
If you’re the person your friends go to for resume and cover letter help, consider starting a resume writing service. I recommend advertising your services on sites like Fiverr and Upwork.
This is one of those side hustle where you can start to build a balance sheet and increase your rates over time. One woman’s resume writing business, The Writing Guru, started as a side hustle. She initially charged $150 per hour, then increased her prices to $500 per client.
10. Create Playlists
Every party needs a feel-good playlist. The process of making money is simple: people will pay to get access to well-curated playlists, and musicians who want to get their work out there will pay to have their songs on playlists.
Sites like PlaylistPush is designed to help independent artists get their music heard by Spotify playlist curators and YouTube content creators. Curators can earn between $1 and $6 for each track review.
11. User testing
Customers want to see and hear you interacting with their website. If you are thorough in your testing and provide feedback that the customer finds helpful, opportunities may arise to do live testing where you can interact with customers in real time.
Estimated earnings are $10 for 20 minutes of testing, or up to $60 for longer live tests.
Jeff Lerner is a self-made millionaire and founder and Chief Vision Officer of Institute BETWEEN, an educational platform that signed up over 200,000 users in its first three years. He is also the author of “Unlock Your Potential: The Ultimate Guide to Creating Your Dream Life in the Modern World.” Follow Jeff on Twitter @thejefflerner.