16 Simple Side Gigs That Don’t Require a Creative Streak


Side hustles might sound like they’re best suited to creative types, but you definitely don’t need to be the next Van Gogh to make cash on the side. In fact, there are plenty of side jobs that don’t require a creative streak or any particular skill set—like these 16—but can still help you earn hundreds more each month.

1. Dog walking

According to Angie’s List, dog walkers can charge up to $30 for a 30-minute walk. Staying active and petting cute animals? That’s a win. Find clients at dog parks or on neighborhood bulletin boards, by spreading the word to friends and acquaintances or signing up for apps like Wag! or Rover (which both take a cut of your earnings).

2. TaskRabbit

On the TaskRabbit platform, you can find hourly or project-based work for all sorts of chores and handyman tasks, from assembling furniture to picking up dry cleaning. Some TaskRabbit users will pay you just to stand in line on their behalf for stuff like theatre tickets or the latest iPhone. One survey estimates TaskRabbit workers’ earnings to average $380 per month.

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3. Virtual assistant

As a virtual assistant, you’ll work remotely to help a company or individual with tasks like scheduling meetings, arranging travel and managing email—for about $15 per hour, according to Payscale data. Find jobs on platforms like Upwork, Freelancer and FlexJobs.

4. Remote English teacher

If you’re fluent in English and hold a bachelor’s degree (in any subject), consider teaching English online. TeachAway estimates you can make $14 to $23 per hour working with high school students, especially if you’re available during hours that work for students in Asia (such as 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. on weekdays).

5. Sports coach

Coaching a local rec league on evenings and weekends can help you earn up to $21 per hour, according to Glassdoor. Similarly, you can earn around $15 an hour coaching little league. Contact local sports leagues about opportunities, and check out neighborhood jobs boards.

6. House and pet sitting

HouseSitter.com says you can charge up to $45 per day to water plants, collect mail and keep an eye on things while homeowners are away—perhaps offering a much-needed break from your roommates or that upstairs neighbor who blasts death metal at all hours. Overnight pet setting can be more lucrative: Thumbtack estimates that’ll earn you up to $85 per night.

7. Transcription services

Transcribers simply listen to notes or interviews and type them up—typically for medical professionals or journalists. Payscale says that medical transcriptionists earn an average of $15 per hour, though it may require special training to work with a medical transcription company. Freelance transcribers for writers can earn up to $1 per minute of audio transcribed. Keep an eye out for gigs on Twitter or in writers’ Facebook groups.

8. Snow shoveling and other yard work

Yard work like mowing lawns and watering plant beds isn’t glamorous, but can earn you a decent chunk of extra cash, especially if you already own the equipment. Depending on area and lawn size, you could earn $20 for mowing. For snow removal, CostHelper reports you can get between $25 and $75 an hour, depending on snow conditions and the size of the area you’re clearing. Put up posters in your neighborhood, or seek out gigs on CraigslistFiverr and TaskRabbit.

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9. Remote customer service

Basically, you work as a customer service agent for a company for about $10 an hour—but from the comfort of your own home. Check out Remote.co, SkipTheDrive and Indeed for job listings.

10. Caregiving

If you’re a people person, caring for kids or seniors is a good way to make extra money (and a nice excuse to spend time at the playground or sharpening your bingo skills). Payscale reports that both earn about $10 an hour, though you can earn more in certain areas (like New York City) and up your rates on holidays.

11. Airbnb host

If you have an extra room in your home, Earnest says that Airbnb hosts earn an average of $924 a month. You’ll need to provide basic amenities for your guests, like toilet paper, sheets, towels and pillows, and respond quickly to booking requests and questions.

12. U.S. Census Bureau temp worker

The Census Bureau is seeking temp workers nationwide to assist with the 2020 Census for roles ranging from census takers to clerical assistance. You must be a U.S. citizen over 18 and willing to complete a background check. Apply online here. Pay rates vary by area, ranging from $12 to $25 per hour.

13. Standardized patient

Standardized patients are used to help teach medical students. Basically, you’re given a list of symptoms to memorize and the students will try to diagnose you—kind of like you’re an actor on “House.” Earnings vary by location, but Nuevoo lists an average pay rate of $17 per hour.

14. Resell books

Buying and selling old books—particularly textbooks—can be a simple way to make some extra cash. On bookscouter.com, enter a used book’s ISBN number to see what buyers are willing to pay for it. One blog estimates you can make $750 a month by flipping five books a day.

15. Data entry

Typically, you don’t need any special skills or training to get started doing online data entry, which Time says you can make $12.70 per hour doing. Check out listings on Indeed and ZipRecruiter.

16. Driving for a rideshare app

Earnest reports that Lyft users make an average of $377 a month, and $364 for Uber. To drive for Uber and Lyft, you need to be over 21 with a valid license and be willing to undergo a background check and driving record check. Vehicles need to have four doors, and there may be other requirements based on your city or state.

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