10 Side Hustles You Can Start for $100 or Less

Whether it’s the rising cost of living or the dread of an unfulfilling job, many people these days are looking to side hustles to build a better life. And while these side gigs are usually hobby-based or simple, many people find such success with their side hustles that they are able to say goodbye to their hum-drum day job for good!

Sound far-fetched? From self-published authors who make $5k every month to bloggers who rake in $1.5 million a year, side hustling is clearly something that, with work, can become highly profitable.

Ready to sink your teeth into a side hustle of your own, but don’t quite know what to try? I’ve got your back. Here I have 10 interesting projects that’ll put good money in your pocket.

1. Kindle

If you’re a shopper at Amazon.com, then you’re probably familiar with their popular eBook service, Kindle. The wonderful thing about Kindle eBooks is that they require no publishers to publish your book, so anybody can write a book and instantly put it in front of millions of potential readers. You can write anything from cookbooks to supernatural romance to biographies – the sky’s the limit! Even better, you save hundreds of hours by not having to hunt down potential customers, since Amazon already has a tremendous user base. They even allow you to do five days of promotion per 90 days in which your book is priced for free; this sounds counter-intuitive, but is actually a wonderful way to earn those all-important good reviews and shoot you to the top of the bestseller’s rank. What’s not to love?!

Revenue Potential

With Kindle, what you get in is what you get out. If you write top-notch, well-designed books and know a thing or two about marketing (beyond what Amazon does for you), then you may very well find yourself among the authors happily earning $1k, $5k, $10k, or more. I won’t sell you any wooden nickels though – this is a side hustle that requires strategy, creativity, and hard work. But for those that are equal parts ambitious and creative, this is well worth your consideration.

How to Maximize Potential

Kindle can be a tough (but fun) nut to crack, but here are some pointers that can give a boost to your upstart author career.

  • You don’t have to do everything in the book-writing process yourself. In fact, you don’t really have to do any of it if you plan it right. Use a service like Upwork.com to find a freelancer to do any (or all) parts of it – from writing, to editing, to designing the book cover and more.
  • Use a service like MerchantWords.com to find the hot but underutilized keywords that readers are looking for.
  • If you want to design the covers yourself but don’t want to use Photoshop or GIMP, try a site like Canva.com that allows you to easily make beautiful covers yourself for free.
  • Just like a summer blockbuster, build an eager and loyal audience before you launch. Join Twitter and Facebook groups where you can give your future audience exciting sneak peaks of your book so they can’t wait to get their hands on it before you publish it!
  • It may take several books before you reach your income goals. Don’t be discouraged if some don’t take off like you’d hoped; just learn from the experience and change your strategy for the next one.

2. Maven

This one is for the expert window shoppers. If you love to surf through Instagram or Pinterest and ogle at all the cute clothes, killer DIY projects, or drool-worthy beauty supplies, then this will rock your world. With Maven, you can create boards (think Pinterest) of all the cool stuff you find while surfing on the web and earn a cut of the profit whenever somebody buys from your board. Almost sounds too good to be true!

Revenue Potential

This side gig might not give enough for you to kiss your boss goodbye, but you can certainly pocket enough for next weekend’s concert or this month’s car payment. And all just for window shopping!

How to Maximize Potential

As with most things, the more eyeballs you can get in front of, the better you’ll do. Try introducing your boards to your social media followers, your blog audience, and even your IRL girlfriends (without being spammy, of course). Try to keep an overarching theme to your boards to maximize the chances that it’ll resonate with people.

3. Blogging

While blogging as a career (or even part-time gig) is a somewhat recent phenomenon, it is easily one of the most versatile and rewarding online opportunities available. Whether your passion is self-improvement, food, or fashion, the sky’s the limit on where this unique side hustle can go. Most bloggers these days get their income from a variety of sources, such as affiliate marketing, product sales, and display ads.

Revenue Potential

Blogging is fantastic because, unlike many other startups, it doesn’t require a lot of overhead. There are usually no physical products or employees to manage, and there is no need for a lot of expensive tools. Plus, potential income is only limited by your strategy and reach, and can scale much quicker than any traditional job.

While virtually all bloggers would agree that this is one of the most rewarding side hustles you could undertake, it sure isn’t for the faint of heart. As a blogger, you have to wear many hats and face months and months of hard work before you see any financial gain – but once you do, it can skyrocket from there. Some bloggers can get their blog to $50k – $100k per year after just 1 to 3 years of part-time work, and some can even get to $100k per month.

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How to Maximize Potential

Like I said, bloggers wear many hats. It requires a diverse skillset, but if you can really zone in on your ability to promote then you’ll greatly boost your chances of success. Many bloggers fall into the trap of thinking that the way to get more traffic is to write more, but that couldn’t be less true. The most important part of building your audience is promoting. Promoting yourself and your blog posts, yes, but also promoting other people. By promoting other “competitors” in your niche, you’re being genuinely helpful to your audience by showing them great content and you’re making a good impression on other, similar bloggers – ones who you can trade guest posts, shout-outs, and advice with. Win-win-win. 😉

Also, don’t forget the power of automation. Automated tools can help with email, social media outreach and growth, post scheduling, updates, and more. They’re like an assistant who works 24/7 and who you don’t have to pay. 🙂

Stay tuned for an upcoming post on my favorite tools to help automate your blogging process!

4. Ebay Arbitrage

Are you a hands-on, DIY kind of person? If so, this might be for you. Ebay Arbitrage is the process of getting low-priced items in one market and selling them for a higher price in another. Many people find success in finding old, worn-down items, restoring them, and selling them at a large profit margin. This might include furniture, cars, appliances, or something else entirely.

Revenue Potential

This depends largely on what you sell. Some things, such as cars, will have a high investment cost but a potential for high revenue. Others, such as antiques, can sell extremely well or collect dust in your garage depending on how in-demand it is and how talented you are at selling it. A friend of mine was able to pay for college in cash just by refurbishing old furniture he found at flea markets. It all depends on how well you research your market and what that market is.

How to Maximize Potential

While every market is different, here are some pointers to keep in mind.

  • Know your keywords. There are thousands of entries on Ebay every day and most people search by simply entering keywords into the search bar. If you know what keywords they’re likely to use, you’re more likely to be at the top of their search results and more likely to sell something.
  • Take good photos. A drool-worthy product won’t sell if the listing’s photo is blurry and poorly lit. Take a high-quality photo with a clean product.
  • Headlines matter. On a site with thousands and thousands of products, you have to step up your game if you want to stand out. Write a catchy and interesting headline (and description) that makes people want to click.

5. Dog Walking

This one isn’t reserved for just the kids and teens out there. Animal lovers of all ages can make a decent buck from walking their neighbor’s furry friends.

Revenue Potential

This is also dependent on your availability and the area you live in. As this post outlines, if you can walk 4 dogs every 2 hours at $15 per dog, then that can be as much as $600 every week. If you can walk more dogs, do more hours, or provide an extra service, then it can go up from there.

How to Maximize Potential

It’s important to keep your appointments full if you want to make that much every month. Try to advertise in-person in areas where you suspect people might need help watching their dog – areas with a lot of professionals and busy parents might be your best bet.

6. Tarot Reading

Are you intuitive? Are you fascinated by fortune telling and the spirit world? Being a professional tarot reader might be up your alley. With the freedom to read wherever you want, even over the internet, this unique side hustle can easily scale up to a full-time job with enough planning and hard work.

Revenue Potential

This post does an extremely good job at laying out a realistic year-by-year plan for the upstart tarot reader. If you follow that plan, you might be able to make around $32k by year 3. Not bad for a side gig!

How to Maximize Potential

One of the main concerns for new tarot readers might be the somewhat high overhead required for the first year of business.

7. T-Shirt Sales

This can be an excellent, straightforward side income stream. Using a service such as Printful.com, you create the design of your shirt and they fulfill the order directly to your customers. It’s really that simple! While you’re still in charge of getting your shirt company’s name out there, they do all the print work and shipping so it’s a breeze for you. They even have a free guide on how to find success selling shirts and a free calculator to estimate how much profit you’d make off each product.

Revenue Potential

If you find the right market and focus on touching on your potential customers’ passions, there’s certainly money there. This guy made over $1200 in t-shirt sales in just three short weeks.

How to Maximize Potential

As with the other side hustles, do your research beforehand and try to focus on a hot niche. This could be funny shirts, workout gear, or ones that touch on certain passions like pets, maps, or art. Try posting your new creations on visuals-based social media, such as Pinterest or Instagram, as well as targeted forums that cater to your niche, such as certain subreddits.

8. Web Design

You might be surprised to see that web design is still an in-demand skill when platforms like Wix.com, Square.com, and WordPress.org make self-designed sites so easy, but there’s a decent amount of money to be made here. And especially since it can all be learned from codecademy.com for free, this is one of the most promising side hustles on the list.

Revenue Potential

You can easily charge $500 – $1000 per page if you have an eye for design and have the technical know-how to build a gorgeous website. Add on an e-shopping cart or fancy animations and the price can go up substantially. And between cheap Udemy courses and free codecademy lessons, your startup fees are minimal.

How to Maximize Potential

Try to niche down on who you serve. You can generally charge more for a website if your client’s company is high-profile and high-revenue, such as construction, medical, or legal. Try to stick to one category so you can become an expert on what that industry needs and what designs sell the best.

9. Tutoring

Why not turn that big brain into big bucks? If you’re especially good at a particular skill, whether it’s academic, musical, or something else entirely, then there is sure to be someone willing to pay for your knowledge – sometimes quite handsomely. I have a friend who passed Calculus 3 with flying colors who now charges $50/hour to help struggling students. As you could imagine, she gets so much business that she hasn’t had a traditional job in over 5 years now and still has plenty to go on exotic vacations with.

Revenue Potential

This depends on how you work and what subject you tutor in. This post claims that the average private tutor rate is $30 – $40/hour, but can go as high as $85/hour. So if you feel comfortable charging $35/hour tutoring for 2 hours per day, 5 days per week, that’s an extra $350 every week. Not bad for only a few hours a week.

How to Maximize Potential

Your success tutoring will greatly depend on your reach, your subject, your competition, and your rates. It’s never a good idea to compete on price, so try advertising in-person as well as online through a service such as Care.com or Wyzant.com to attract more clients. Also consider tutoring in more in-demand disciplines that match your skill level.

10. Survey Taking

Who knew you could get paid for your opinion? Places like Swagbucks not only pay you to complete surveys on your favorite products, but pay you a few cents to watch commercials, play games, and shop online. While it’s not something to pay the bills, it’s wonderfully easy side money to help out with groceries or give yourself a little bit of fun money. I use it to treat myself to a bunch of goodies and Kindle books every month. 🙂

Revenue Potential

Swagbucks is a great side hustle for gas money or a nice night out. I regularly use the Swagbucks TV app where I watch small news stories and commercials while I do housework, so it’s almost free money even if it is small. They also offer a free bonus if you meet your daily point goals, so there’s even more free money if you stay consistent.

How to Maximize Potential

Take advantage of Swagbuck’s daily bonus and the Swagbucks TV app while you’re doing daily busywork to squeeze the juice out of this opportunity. If you shop online, you can get a ton back if you shop through Swagbucks!

Wrapping it all up

This is by no means an exhaustive list of all the possible side hustles you could take advantage of, but I hope it sparked an idea for you. No matter what your motivation for starting a side hustle, I know that with enough action and planning, you will find success.

What side hustles are you working on? What for? Be sure to share in the comments below or reach out to me on social media!

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