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12 Side Hustles You Can Do From Home

By Maurie Backman - May 5, 2021 at 8:00AM
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12 Side Hustles You Can Do From Home

Get ready to count your extra cash

Whether you're looking to carve out money for your retirement savings, your emergency fund, or the vacation you've been looking to take for years, a side job could be your ticket to meeting the financial goals you set for yourself. And the best part? You don't even have to leave the house to earn income outside of your main job. Here are some remote side hustle ideas worth looking into.

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1. Tutoring

Unfortunately, a lot of students have fallen behind academically during the pandemic. If you're skilled at a specific subject, you can tutor children remotely and help them catch up. Or, if you’re comfortable, you can welcome clients into your home for in-person lessons.

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2. Music lessons

While in-person learning is generally a more effective way to teach an instrument, a lot of people still aren't comfortable with close interaction at this stage of the coronavirus outbreak. Therefore, you may have some luck teaching a musical instrument over a videoconferencing app. And if there are clients who are willing to come to your home, you can turn your living room or den into a makeshift music studio and welcome them in.

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3. Telemarketing

Telemarketers tend to have the reputation of being annoying, but if you're looking to earn extra money, you may need to join their ranks. The upside is that telemarketing can easily be done from home -- you may not even have to get off the couch.

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4. Web design

If you're computer savvy, you may be able to pick up a gig designing websites in your free time. A good bet in this regard is to start with local businesses you know of that either don't have a website, or don't have a very user-friendly one.

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5. Data entry

Let's face it -- data entry isn't the most exciting gig out there. But if you want to earn extra money, it's an easy way to score a paycheck on the side.

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6. Writing and editing

If you're good with words, you may be able to find a job writing for different websites or blogs. Similarly, if your grammar skills are solid and you've got great attention to detail, you may qualify to edit everything from magazine articles to medical publications.

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7. Translating

If you know a foreign language, you may be able to snag a translating gig. You could be asked to translate documents or materials for a law firm, magazine, or marketing company.

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8. Crafting

Enjoy knitting or making jewelry? There's a huge market for homemade crafts, so if you want to earn extra money, you can try peddling your wares online. You will need to leave your house to ship those goods out to your customers, but the crafting itself can be done at home.

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9. Baking

If you love whipping up treats in your kitchen, you can try selling baked goods for cash, whether it's custom birthday cakes or other treats. Just be sure to research your local food safety laws before you embark on a home baking venture. Some cities and states have rules about selling food items you prepare at home.

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10. Pet-sitting

Love animals? Opening up your home to them is a great way to boost your cash reserves. You can start a pet-sitting service and help out local families when they need to go away and leave their furry friends behind.

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11. Product testing

Some companies will pay you to use their products and provide feedback or share your experience. You may be able to test out everything from beauty products to video games. Talk about a dream job.

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12. Survey taking

Marketing companies and research firms conduct surveys all the time and need people like you to fill them out. While this may not be the most steady remote side gig, it's an easy one that you might enjoy.

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Get ready to boost your earnings

Getting a side hustle could give you a world of options. It could help you pay off debt, save for a big purchase, or fund a brokerage account to buy stocks in. The great thing about these specific side gigs is that they can all be done from the comfort of home, so if you want or need extra money, give at least one of them a try.

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