Active Side Hustle Ideas

Brian Winch | October 31, 2019

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Are you looking for active side hustle ideas to boost your income, pay off debt or to work for yourself? A side hustle is a great way to generate a second income while keeping your current job.  To make extra money, people often look to part-time employment while some start a business as a side gig. The key to finding the right hustle is to combine an activity you enjoy, that fits your schedule, skills and financial goals, with a way to make extra money in your spare time.

This list of Active Side Hustles is also geared to those of you who don’t like sitting around. If you like to be out and about, meeting new people and/or burning calories while you’re working, this list is for you!

Parking Lot Litter Removal

Every business wants to keep their property clear of litter. This means you can make money going for a walk! You simply walk the exterior property of any retail, office or industrial property and sweep litter into your litter collection bag. When your bag is full, the contents can be emptied into the onsite waste dumpster. Almost any commercial property with a parking lot is a potential job site. The work is done at night or early morning, on foot, using inexpensive hand tools and can earn you $30 – $50 per hour.

I made so much money in this side hustle, I quit my full-time job after only 3 months. It’s been my business since 1981.

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Do you love kids and have a lot of patience? Consider starting a day-home. Offer meals/snacks, activities and of course, supervision. Working parents in your neighborhood are looking for you. Check out

Handyman Service

There are lots of people who are willing to pay someone with skills to do odd jobs around the house. See Angie’s list, Craigslist or Task Rabbit.

Lawn Care

Plenty of people would gladly pay you to cut their grass. Offer a discount if they provide the mower and trimmer.

House Cleaning

Make great money cleaning for people who are too busy to do it themselves or hate cleaning. Use their cleaning supplies. Cleaning businesses are super side hustle ideas since they can cost so little to start and be turned into very profitable enterprises. Search your area in Craigslist.

Dog Waste Removal

Some people love their dog but not the “gifts” they receive from their pet. Make money doing what others won’t do.


If you have some experience caring for children, you can watch other people’s kids so parents can have a date night. Connect with to become a certified and recommended babysitter in your area.

Dog Walker

Dogs need exercise, but their owners aren’t always able or motivated to take them for a walk. Check out the app, Wag, that links up dog walkers and dog owners.

Truck for Hire

If you own a truck, offer to pick up various goods for people, haul junk to the dump or assist with small moves. Post flyers in your community or advertise in Craigslist.

Errand Service

Assist people with various errands and tasks. Check out Task Rabbit or the apps, Gig Walk or EasyShift.


Specialize in planting and maintaining flower or vegetable gardens for people who don’t have “green thumbs”.


Recreational sports leagues need officials. This can be a fun way to make extra money on the side if you can tune out the odd cat call.

Carpet Cleaning

You could specialize in small jobs such as pet stain removal.

Spring and Fall Yard Work

Many people enjoy the exercise from mowing their lawn but can’t be bothered with the extra seasonal cleanup work. Offer a Spring power rake and aeration service and a Fall leaf cleanup. Rent the equipment as needed.

Paint Street Numbers

Offer to paint people’s street numbers on their curb so their house can be more easily found. All you need are paint and stencils.

Door Peep Hole Installer

This is one of the more unique side hustle ideas I have come across. When I moved into my new house, someone rang my doorbell one day. They offered to install a peep hole in my front entrance door for $30. They were done in about 5 minutes.

Home Entertainment Installation

Plenty of people search for someone to mount their big screen TV to a wall and make necessary connections. What’s difficult for some can be profitable for others. Check out Task Rabbit.

Assembly Service
As with Home Entertainment Installation, a lot of furniture needs assembly from someone who can make sense of the assembly instruction (not me!).

Clean/Repair BBQ’s

People enjoy cooking outdoors but some don’t like the cleaning and maintenance.

Snow Removal

Clear snow from sidewalks and driveways with a shovel or snow blower. Clear snow from parking lots with a plow blade mounted to your truck.

Instacart shopper

With the ability to set your own schedule, this makes for a convenient way to make great money during your free time.

Uber Eats and Door Dash

Just like Uber or Lyft, but without the passengers.

Odd Jobs

Nextdoor is a great place to find people who need odd jobs, and they’re usually conveniently close to your home. Gigwalk app is another way to find small jobs in your area and only work when you want to.


Are you an early riser? Most Starbucks open at 5:00am, meaning you could work a part time shift before your regular job. Or evening and weekend shifts. Plus, they have great benefits.

Teach Fitness

Become a Personal Trainer and help others to find a healthy way of living.

Teach Yoga

Many yoga studios offer instructor training which you can use to hone your craft and learn how to instruct others.

Caregiving – for older generations

Have some time to sit and chat or take a stroll? There’s a family caregiver out there who needs a little break.

Mystery shopping

Shop the store you were hired by, or spy on their competition!


Have culinary skills? List your services on to find catering gigs.


Ever wanted to see your name in lights? Consider applying for opportunities to be an extra in movies shot near your location! A simple online search for “extra casting calls” in your city will pull up websites with casting calls you can answer.


Do people rave about your organization skills? Put that to work by helping others to declutter their kitchens, closets and garages.

Human Billboard

You’ve seen folks wearing sandwich board ads standing in front of shopping centers or at busy intersections. Sign spinners are also in demand.

Spray tan on demand

Invest in some equipment and start advertising your service! Folks will love that you travel to them and can provide a spray tan in the comfort of their home.


Love water and sun? Get certified and lifeguard at local beaches and community pools.

Mobile vehicle detailer

Another great side hustle where you’re providing convenience. Whether parked in a driveway or in the company parking lot you can come to their location of choice to perform this service.

House Painter

Painting is a skill, but it’s not all that complicated, and you can make decent money once you know the tricks of the trade.

Window Washer

Even if you live in a small town you can make a window washing business a successful side hustle with little skill and minor equipment expenditures.

Home Staging Business

If you’ve ever binged HGTV on a rainy weekend you know that there is a market for home staging in conjunction with real estate buying and selling.

Start an Estate Sale Business

You don’t need special training or certifications to become an estate salesperson. Estate sales are often conducted after someone has recently died, but they’re also used by people looking to downsize or liquidate personal collections.

Golf Instructor

Certification is important with this side hustle and will impact your compensation depending on your level of training.

Furniture Upcycling

Handy with woodwork and upholstery? Recycled and upcycled furniture is gaining in popularity with eco-conscious consumers.

Do you have other active side hustle ideas that we haven’t coveredThis is a list of active side hustle ideas. If you want to earn extra money on the side but don't like sitting around- this list is for you!? Please share them by posting a comment below. If you like this list, please share it.

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