The Top 10 Side Hustles for 2020 That None of Your Friends Know About

Updated on November 14, 2019
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Timothy is a writer and video content creator. He enjoys helping others learn to improve their lives and shape better futures.

Everybody needs to have a side hustle in today's world. Gone are the days of finding a 9 to 5 that will pay all your bills, last until retirement, and give you a full pension.

But have you noticed how many people are trying the SAME side hustles. You get what you think is a good idea only to realize that 15 other people you know are trying it too. It's depressing!

To keep you from having a nervous breakdown and to put some extra coins in your pocket, compiled below is a list of great side hustles for 2020 that most people have never even heard about!

1. Write Articles Online

Most people think that making money writing articles online died out with AOL, GeoCities, and MySpace.

But this isn't true. Articles are still one of the top ways people get information online, and there are still a few platforms out there that will pay you to write these articles.

Hubpages.com is a good example. You can get started writing on Hubpages for free, and you can write about almost any topic you wish. Hubpages has a variety of monetization options already integrated into the website that allow you to make money off your articles like Hubpage Ads, Google Adsense, Amazon, and more.

2. Become An Electric Scooter Charger

If you live in a major city, then chances are you have seen the invasion of electric scooters available for rent on the streets. And while these scooters may be an eyesore for the city, they can mean big bucks for you.

How? Well, someone has to round up all these scooters and make sure they get charged everyday. So scooter companies pay people to pick the scooters up, take them home and charge them, and then release them back into the wild.

Seems like a fairly easy way to make some extra cash. If you are interested in this side hustle you can sign up to be a scooter charger on the Bird Scooter website.

3. Rent Out Your Spare Bedroom (or Whole House) on Airbnb

Airbnb is rapidly changing the game when it comes to where we stay when we are on vacation. .

More people than ever are choosing Airbnb for their hospitality needs instead of traditional hotels and motels.

This is good news for you if you have a spare bedroom in your home that your aren't using. Instead of just using it to store all your junk, why not throw a bed and a few other pieces of furniture in there and make some cash!

Even if you don't have a spare bedroom you can still make money with Airbnb. When you go on vacation, instead of just letting your house sit empty, you can list it on Airbnb and rent it out on the nights you are away.

There are even people who buy houses just to use them as Airbnb properties. Instead of renting the houses by the month to traditional tenants, they rent them by the night to Airbnb users. There is a little more hassle involved in cleaning, changing dirty linens, interacting with guests, etc., but the monetary rewards are well worth the extra effort.

If you want to know more about how much money you can make renting on Airbnb check out the video below.

4. Get Paid to Answer Questions Online

People will always have questions. It's one of the things we humans do best. And the good news for you is that if you have the answers, you can earn money.

How?

By working for a website, like JustAnswer.com, that provides clients with answers to questions that they would otherwise have trouble finding online.

If you are an electrician, plumber, doctor, mechanic, lawyer, tax accountant, finance professional, computer geek, or veterinarian, you can probably make some good money in your spare time answering questions about your profession or skill.

5. Teach English Online in Your Spare Time

We've all heard of people traveling to other countries and financing their travels by teaching English to the locals. But did you know you can make the same money without flying halfway across world?

The magic of the world wide web now makes it possible for you to teach English (or any language for that matter) to students across the globe without leaving your living room.

Companies like Magic Ears and VIPKid are always hiring skilled English speaking teachers and tutors who want to make extra money.

6. Rent Out Your Car For Extra Cash

Why stop at just renting out your home with Airbnb? Why not rent out your car as well?

If you don't use your car for long periods of time or you have an extra car sitting around, apps like Turo, Getaround, and HyreCar provide a platform for you to rent it out and make extra money.

Would you be willing to rent out your car to strangers for cash?

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7. Become a Part-Time Real Estate Investor

At one point in everyone's life they've probably thought about getting involved in real estate. But for most people it never goes farther than the dreaming stage. But if you have a some money stashed away and you want to turn it into more money, real estate is still one of the best ways to do it.

And the best part is that investing in real estate has now become cheaper and more passive than ever. Real estate has jumped on the crowdfunding bandwagon which allows you to invest in properties and become a fractional owner.

This means that instead of you putting up a ton of cash and owning the whole property, you put up a small percentage of the total cost and own a percentage of the property. Which entitles you to a equal percentage of the rental profits.

Companies like Roofstock allow investors to get started with as little as a $5000 investment. And the best part is they handle all the property management issues. So you can just sit back and collect your portion of the rent each month!

8. Transcribe and Caption Videos For Online Creators

Video is more popular than ever online these days and smart video creators are starting to add subtitles and closed captions to their videos. Not only does this make their videos more accessible to the hearing impaired, but it also makes them more user friendly for everyone else.

But many video creators lack the time or the patience to sit down and transcribe audio everyday. So they are willing to pay someone like you to do it for them. Which is great news for someone who is fast with a keyboard, has some spare time on their hands, and likes money.

Companies like Rev and 3 Play Media are great starting points for getting into the transcription and captioning game.

9. Give Walking Tours of Your City

If you live in a town or city that gets lots of tourist on a regular basis then you can earn some extra money giving walking tours. This is an awesome side hustle because there is no real overhead, you'll constantly be meeting new people, and it's great cardio!

If you are wondering how you will meet the people to lead on your tour, don't worry GuruWalk.com has you covered. All you need to do is signup on the website and then follow instructions.

And if you are wondering how you will get paid, well it's tip-based compensation. If people like your free walking tour they will give you a tip. You put the tip in your pocket and go home - it's that simple.

The more interesting your tour, the more money you will probably make.

10. Pick Up Trash in Parking Lots

There is a lot of money to be made in trash. And you can get your hands on both the trash and the money if you start a part time parking lot cleaning business.

Basically, you get contracts with local businesses to go out early in the morning and pick up trash, blow leaves, straighten up signs, etc., in their parking lots before they open.

You won't need much equipment get started ( a trash can, a rake, and maybe a blower) and you can charge a decent amount for even a small parking lot ($100-200/week).

And the best part is you only have to work an hour or so each morning so you can do this side hustle before your day job. Not to mention you will probably find some really cool stuff in some of those lots.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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    Mikey Karlovsky 

    4 months ago

    I've watched you videos on YouTube about HubPages, hence giving it a try, thanks bro!

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