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7 Side Hustles You Can Start Today With No Money

7 Side Hustles You Can Start Today With No Money
Jennifer Leach Aug 17, 2019
Want to Earn Some Extra Money?

side hustles to start with no moneyAre you looking for side hustles to start for free for extra money?

Regardless if you need money for next month’s rent, saving for a summer vacation or you want to boost your savings, a side hustle makes sense for a lot of people.

If you’ve already started looking for ways to earn an extra buck with a side hustle, you may have come across tons of money-making strategies.

The truth is, there are a lot of ways shown online to make extra money.

With all the opportunities, how do you know which one is right for you?

How do you know which side hustles are legitimate?

And, how can you start a side hustle for free for extra money?

No matter your background or what your skills are, thanks to the internet, making extra money is within reach for a lot of people.

You have tons of opportunities at your fingertips, including those that can be started with no out of pocket cost and we’re going to share them with you!

What you’ll love about our list of money-making side hustles?

They can be started for free and help you make extra money. Some are a quick start and others may take more of your time to get going. Either way, you can pick the right opportunity for you that delivers the most value.

Keep reading to learn about these easy, free side hustles you can start for extra money.

1. Delivering Food

You can be a delivery driver, transporting food to hungry consumers from local restaurants. As a delivery driver, your task is simple.

Accept a food order, pick up the order from the restaurant, and deliver it to the consumer on time. Rinse and repeat, working from the comfort of your car, earning a nice side hustle.

Where Can You Work?

What’s Required?

The requirements are based on the company. If you look at the driver requirements for an UberEATS driver, they’d look something like this:

  • You must be 19 years or older, or at least 18 years old if you deliver using a bike
  • You must have a valid driver’s license
  • You must have valid auto insurance and proof of vehicle registration
  • You must have at least one year of driving experience
  • You must be able to lift up to 30 pounds
  • You must pass a background check. The background check looks at major driving violations over the past seven years including DUIs and reckless driving
  • You must meet any additional requirements based on your city. For example, some areas require specific documentation that other areas do not

While the vehicle requirements are these:

  • Car Deliveries
    • Must be a two-door or four-door vehicle
    • Vehicle must be 1998 age or newer
  • Scooter Deliveries
    • Any type of two-wheel scooter is allowed
    • The scooter must have a motor of 50cc or less
    • The scooter must travel 30 MPH or less
  • Bike Deliveries

Make sure to check with the company you are interested in to ensure you meet their requirements.

How Much Can You Make?

Your earnings can vary widely, depending on many factors including:

  • The company you work for
  • Peak times
  • Number of orders you accept
  • The schedule you choose to work

With GrubHub, drivers earn $10+ per hour.

Postmates drivers can earn $8 to $15 per hour, according to this source.

UberEATS drivers can make around $11 per hour.

2. Delivering People

You will work as a taxi driver, more or less, bussing people to and from their origin to their destination. This is similar to food delivery but you’ll be in a more intimate setting with people so being friendly, polite and professional are super important with this.

If you enjoy working from your car, a flexible schedule that you can choose, and the ability to take on as much or as little work as you want, then working as an Uber or Lyft driver might be the right fit for you.

For my brother-in-law, he absolutely loves it.

His wife recently gave birth to their newborn and while she works her 9 to 5 during the day, he stays home with the baby and in the evening he works as an Uber driver. It’s great for him because he gets to spend time with his child, save money on childcare costs, pick the schedule he wants to work, gets paid weekly, and other perks.

Where Can You Work?

What’s Required?

There are driver and vehicle requirements if you work for Uber or Lyft. Take a look.

Uber Driver Requirements:

  • Meet the legally required minimum driving age in your city
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Provide proof of residency
  • At least 1 year of driving experience
  • Clear background check
  • Auto insurance

Uber Vehicle Requirements:

  • The vehicle must be 4-door and be able to hold 4 passengers
  • Vehicle age must be no older than 15 years old (requirements vary according to city)
  • Valid in-state car insurance, a valid registration and number plates
  • It must pass an Uber vehicle inspection

Lyft Driver Requirements:

  • You must be 21 years old or older
  • You must pass a DMV check and background check
  • You must use either an Android smartphone or iPhone smartphone
  • You must have your driver’s license for a minimum of one year
  • You must provide proof of valid auto insurance
  • You must provide proof of a car inspection
  • You must provide a photo of yourself
  • You must have valid license plates and have current registration

Lyft Vehicle Requirements:

  • The car model must be age 2005 or newer. Some states and cities allow 2002 models while others require models age 2009 or newer. See the link above for details.
  • The car must have four doors.
  • Each door must be able to open and close from inside or outside of the car
  • All of the doors must have locks that the passengers can use
  • All seat belts must work and there should be a minimum of five seat belts in the vehicle
  • The brakes, engine, and suspension must all function correctly
  • All of the car’s lights must function including all headlights, turn signals, brake lights, and both reverse lights
  • The exterior of the car cannot be dented or damaged
  • All four tires must have sufficient tread
  • Windows, mirrors, and the windshield should not have any cracks
  • All windows should be functional
  • The windshield wipers must be functional
  • The car horn must function
  • The front seats should be able to move forward and backwards
  • The exhaust system must meet the specs according to your state requirements in your state
  • The vehicle A/C and heat must be working properly

How Much Can You Make?

Uber drivers can earn up to $25/hour.

On average, Lyft drivers make around $17.50 per hour, according to this source.

For more on becoming a driver, take a look at our Uber and Lyft reviews.

3. Become a Professional YouTuber

Hear me out on this one. Did you know that professional YouTubers can make a lot of money?

Ryan ToysReview channel reported income of $22 Million in 2018, according to Forbes.

There are many channels that give viewers a behind the scenes look at their income, showing screenshots, video, and other proof of exactly how much they make.

It’s truly mind-boggling and you wouldn’t think you can earn so much filming videos and broadcasting on YouTube.

Here’s how it works:

YouTubers create a channel around a niche. A niche is a specific topic. While you don’t have to have your channel on only one topic, it certainly helps to hone in on your target audience.

For example, you could start a channel around vegan cooking as opposed to cooking vegan meals and daily life and shopping and going to school, etc. While lifestyle channels can do well too, it can take a lot longer (in some cases) to start earning more income, compared to if you “niche down” from the start.

After you pick your channel niche, you start creating content and building our audience.

The key with YouTube is consistency so the more videos you put up, the better. If you can put up videos on a schedule like once a week or 5 times a month, for example, that’s great and exactly what your audience is looking for.

Over time you will build your audience, grow your channel and start making money with YouTube.

What’s Required?

To get started you just need a YouTube channel. It’s free to start and can be created in under 5 minutes.

Best practices to kick off your channel:

  • Add channel art
  • Add YouTube video covers
  • Upload videos consistently and on a schedule
  • Collaborate with other YouTubers in your niche and cross-promote
  • Promote your channel on other social networks like Facebook, etc.

This is the perfect side hustle to start in your spare time. If you have a computer with webcam or cell phone with camera, you can start a YouTube channel. To be honest, you can also create content without even sharing your face, using screen share software to display your screen, which is great for tutorial-based teaching channels.

How Much Can You Make?

The sky is the limit. Here are some ways to make money with YouTube:

  • Ads
  • Sponsorships
  • Affiliate marketing
  • Products and services

With ad income, once you reach 4,000 watch hours and 1,000 subscribers, you can monetize your channel with ads. Ad income is not a lot, unless you have a lot of views.

For example, this source shares that you can earn $3,000 to $7,000 for 1,000,000 views. So, if your video goes viral and gets 1,000,000 views, expect income in or around this range.

Many high performing channels earn up to five or six figures per month from ads alone, so it can happen.

Next is sponsorship income. With sponsors or brand deals, the YouTuber gets paid to talk about a company. This can be a very lucrative endeavor.

For example, a brand deal might involve modeling a pair of shoes, talking about a sports ticket broker, trying out beauty products, and more. These deals vary in compensation but it’s not uncommon to earn thousands to tens of thousands (or more) per sponsorship!

Affiliate marketing is another way YouTubers earn. YouTube video description boxes are used to share more information about the video. This is a great place to drop affiliate links.

For example, if a YouTube is talking about starting an online store, they could place an affiliate link for an online store platform in the description box. If you think about a video getting 100,000 views, that means 100,000 times the description box can be seen. Then, take the average conversation rate of 2% on a $30 affiliate commission and that looks like this:

100,000 x 2% = 2,000

2,000 x $30 affiliate commission = $60,000

So, one video potentially earning $60,000 in affiliate commission!

Makes you think, doesn’t it?

Lastly, there is product and service income. These are products and services that the YouTuber offers. Here are some examples…

Product examples:

  • Digital course
  • Merchandise like apparel, shoes, socks, coffee mugs, etc.
  • Digital ebook
  • Digital list or printable

Service examples:

  • Consulting
  • Auditing
  • Bookkeeping
  • Training
  • Coaching

Considering the same video with 100,000 views at the standard 2% conversion ratio on a $99 product.

100,000 x 2% = 2,000

2,000 x $99 = $198,000

So, $198,000 in product income.

These numbers might seem unreal but they are very real figures that YouTubers earn every month.

Does this feel like enough incentive to get started?

Keep in mind, YouTube is journey. Overnight successes can happen but it’s a slow and steady race more times than not. So, give this a try if it sounds interesting and keep at it!

4. Ebook Author

If you have a lot of knowledge around a particular topic, consider creating ebooks. Ebooks are a great way to turn your thoughts, opinions, knowledge, and experience into published work and get paid for it!

People love ebooks because they are an affordable, instant solution to get them answers to questions they have:

  • How to start an online business
  • How to save for a wedding
  • How to get website traffic to your blog
  • How to teach behavior therapy skills to your special needs child
  • How to learn Spanish
  • How to learn meditation
  • How to become a better organizer

The list is endless. There’s tons of opportunity and lots of money to be had in the ebook publishing space!

How it works?

You can create an ebook for free, with tools you probably use anyway. Most ebook authors start with word processing software like Google Docs or Microsoft Word. Draft your outline then start writing. Do proofreading and editing, apply design and formatting and then you’re ready to sell.

Where to sell ebooks?

You can start with your network, selling to family and friends, your church group, neighbors, coworkers, etc. You can post free classified ads, you can promote on your social network profiles and more.

What’s Required?

It all starts with an idea. The time required to create an ebook depends on many factors like the topic, amount of research required, and your time. This is a self-paced project so you can create your ebook in an afternoon, in a weekend, or over a period of a few months. You’ll need access to word processing tools like those mentioned above.

How Much Can You Make?

The sky is the limit. Your earnings depend on your marketing power, the price, your audience size, and other factors.

You can make $3,000 in 2 weeks, much more, or less.

Want to know the secret to a successful ebook launch? Check out these top tips.

5. Tutoring

Tutoring is a great business to break into that’s free to start. Like most service-related businesses, the startup costs are minimal. All you need is a business plan and first clients, to get you started.

There are two directions you can take with tutoring:

  • Start your own business
  • Work as a contractor for a tutoring company

Advantages of Starting Your Own Business

  • Be your own boss
  • Flexible schedule
  • Control how much and what type of work you take on
  • Decide on fees and other costs and rules related to the business
  • Personal satisfaction
  • Unlimited income potential

Disadvantages of Starting Your Own Business

  • Attention to detail and great organization skills are required
  • Time commitment for finding clients, marketing the business, bookkeeping, and more
  • Financial stress
  • Undesirable duties
  • Taxes

Advantages of Working for a Tutoring Company

  • Clients are brought to you
  • More stable work/income

Disadvantages of Working for a Tutoring Company

  • You have to follow the rules of the tutoring company
  • Flexible schedule may not be available
  • Taxes

Where to find work?

If you decide to start a tutoring business, here are some places you can look for clients:

What’s Required?

  • A great attitude
  • Patience
  • People skills (working with clients one-on-one)

How Much Can You Make?

Tutors can earn $12 to $30 per hour.

6. Graphic Design

If you are strong in design, consider working as a graphic designer. Graphic design is in high demand and you can start making a lot of money quickly. Here are some design niches you can focus on, to give you some ideas:

  • Business branding
  • Business cards
  • Resume templates
  • Ebook and book templates
  • Social media graphics
  • Logo design

This gig is perfect for creatives who get the satisfaction of exploring their creative side and get paid for it!

Take a look at these other perks:

  • Bring your imagination to fruition with design
  • Learning new techniques and skills
  • Career growth and opportunities to network with industry experts
  • High income potential
  • Independent work
  • Flexible schedule

Where to find work?

Check out these 15 places designers can find clients.

What’s Required?

Generally, a degree or specialized training is not required to do graphic design. I’ve done design work with the help of software with no background or formal training in the field of design.

You’ll need a computer or access to a device with internet access. You’ll need access to software or tools to help you do design, like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Indesign, Canva, or PicMonkey.

How Much Can You Make?

Around $48,000 with the top 10% earning around $80,000, according to this source.

7. Animal Care

You can start a business in animal care with zero startup cost with the help of a computer and some networking skills. Animal care extends to grooming, pet walking, and pet sitting. Animals are very important to their owners and there’s a need in this market to find quality professionals to take care of pets.

What’s Required?

A computer is an essential tool to get any business up and going. With your computer, you might do things like:

  • Create a business website
  • Put up ads and publish promo materials
  • Business planning
  • Setting pricing and fees
  • Plus, more!

How Much Can You Make?

If you adopt a business type like Rover with dog walking, making $1,000+ per month.

8. Sharing Your Opinion

Get paid to share your opinion and earn hundreds to thousands doing so! I’ve done this personally and made four figures in the process.

Here’s how it works:

First, join survey companies. These ones are staff favorites:

Then, take surveys and get paid.

Surveys can pay from $.25 to $40 each, depending on the survey. Here are some best practices to help you earn the most from survey-taking:

  • Treat it like a job
  • Get organized
  • Set up a separate email address just for survey-taking
  • Join multiple survey companies

Then, you have panels, which are a type of survey offer with a bigger commitment. Surveys usually take up to 30 minutes while panels take at least 35 minutes and can extend up to 3 weeks long!

What’s involved in a panel?

You’ll be interviewed more on a personal level, in a group setting or individually. The questions asked will be based on your personal background and experience. You should be 100% honest and answer as thoroughly as you can.

Because of the time commitment and level of involvement required from panels, they also pay a lot more, generally $40 to $500 each!

Of the two options, many people might steer toward panels however, you want to keep in mind that you won’t be able to participate in panels as often as surveys would allow. Surveys can be taken daily while you may only be selected as a panelist once every quarter or once every six months, sometimes more or less.

Consider doing both for some variety.

Panel companies to check out:

What’s Required?

You will need take surveys on a device with internet access like a computer, smartphone, or tablet. That’s it! Legitimate surveys are free to take and free to register. Some companies may allow you to login and take as many survey offers that are available. Others will email you when a survey opportunity is available that matches your profile.

How Much Can You Make?

Survey taking is a fun side hustle. It’s not lucrative and you won’t earn a full-time income from this.

Considering taking 1 panel a month and 40 surveys/month (or 10 per week), your pay may look like this, at a minimum.

1 panel at $300

40 surveys averaging $2 each, or $80

$300 + $80 = $380/month

The income can vary based on the number of surveys you take and the payout range. Payment is usually issued via PayPal deposit, direct deposit, gift cards, or other rewards.

Final Thoughts

What do you think about these 8 side hustles to start for free? We hope you found this roundup helpful and informative.

Are there side hustles you know of that can be done for free for extra money? Share with us! Comment down below so we can hear from you.

Jennifer Leach

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