9 Side hustles you can start with less than $100
Everyone dreams of upping their income to help make life that little bit easier. What better way to do that than to be your own boss? Sure, it can take a whole lot of hard work, but it also has some amazing upsides in addition to all that extra money. Being your own boss means you can work when you like, where you like, which is essential if you want your side hustle to fit in around a full time job or family. Most of the below side hustles can be done during school hours too!
One thing that puts off so many people from starting their own business is the cost. Depending on the type of business you want to start, start-up costs can be crazy expensive. Luckily for you, that’s not always the case. There are business that can be started for next to nothing, and one of the below side hustles you can start with less than $100 might be just the one for you.
Freelance blog writer
There are so many blogs covering an endless number of topics, and they all need content. There are plenty of blogs that pay freelance blog writers to create that content for them, and there is serious money to be made depending on the hours you want to work. The amount you will earn differs massively from blog to blog, but you can expect to earn from $20 to $200 per article, depending on the blog and the length of the article.
The best way to get started is to approach various blogs that cover topics that interest you, and ask if they need any freelance writers.
Start your own blog
If you want to take freelance blog writing to the next level, consider starting your very own blog. It’s something that needs very little outlay to get started, and has endless earning potential, like these 6 bloggers who earn 5 to 6 figures every month.
All you need is a domain name which should cost less than $20, and website hosting which Siteground offer for $4.95 per month. I go through the exact steps on starting a blog here in my how to start a blog tutorial.
Become an Uber driver during school hours
If you have a clean, reliable car and spare time during the day, an Uber driver could be a great side hustle. You can take on as many or as little jobs as you like, and it’s something you can easily do during school hours. Find out more about Uber Driver here.
While it’s physical work, it’s something you can easily fit in around schools ours or paid work. All you need to get started is a car and some basic cleaning products. Try advertising your services on local community noticeboards and by word of mouth. There is always someone looking for a reliable cleaner, and if people are happy with your services they are sure to tell their friends and family, leading to more work. You should be able to earn at least $25-$30 an hour.
Sell stock photography
As a blog owner, I’m always looking for new stock photos to use on this website. Given the explosion of blogs there is a growing market for stock photos, so if you are handy with a camera it can be a great way to earn some extra cash. Try selling your photos on sites like Shuttertstock, iStockPhoto, Getty Images or even Etsy. You could also start your own monthly subscription service offering subscribers a number of new stock photos every month.
This one might not earn you thousands each month, but it is a great way to earn extra cash in your spare time and it costs nothing to get started. Find out how I earn $250/month with 8 paid survey sites here. How much you earn will depend on the number of survey sites you sign up for, along with your location. Survey makers are generally looking for participants in a certain demographic.When you sign up with a survey site, always be sure to fill out your profile in full, as this will often be used to determine who gets sent which surveys.
My favourites are Purkle and Octopus Group. Purkle send out plenty of survey offers, and while Octopus Group don’t send out quite as many surveys, the ones they do send are shorter and pay better than others.
If admin style tasks are your thing, this could be the side hustle for you. Once again it’s something that can easily fit around other life commitments. Start up costs are low if you already have a laptop and office area set up. You can take on as little or as much work as you like.
Become a pet sitter
If you love cats and dogs, a pet sitter could be the perfect side hustle for you. There are always people needing their pets looked after while they are away on holidays, and boarding kennels can be expensive. Many people prefer to have their pets looked after by a pet sitter, who can offer their pets plenty of attention. Website like Pawshake link pet sitters with pet owners, and can be a great way to list your services and get started as a pet sitter.
Airtasker is a great site for picking up odd jobs. People list a task that they need done, and you can then make an offer to do the task for them. The range of tasks available is huge, and there is a mixture of both online and local jobs. Some Airtaskers reportedly make the equivalent of a full time income just by completing various odd jobs. Best of all, there are no start up costs whatsoever.