Ideas for side hustles

Four ideas for side hustles which don’t cost money to start

If you’re in need of some extra cash, you’re in luck. Never before have there been more opportunities for “side hustles” that are both lucrative and fun. If you’re like most side hustlers, you don’t have much, if any extra money to then try and make more money with your side hustle. If that’s true of you, then, here are four ideas for side hustles that don’t cost money to get started.

Online surveys

Unless you’re quite speedy, this side hustle option won’t make you rich, but it can certainly provide some extra income in your spare time. All reputable survey sites are free to use, meaning that if you’re ever asked for money before taking a survey, you should run the other way. Simply fill out some basic information about yourself, and you will be presented with a variety of surveys that match your interests. Complete the surveys, and you’ll be well on your way to side hustle stardom.


You probably know the significant environmental benefits that result from recycling. However, recycling can have financial benefits as well. A great way to get started is to simply drive around your neighbourhood, looking for scrap metal that people have set by the curb. Once you have a decent collection, you can take your haul to a scrap metal recycling service that will give you cash on-the-spot for items that other people were just going to throw away.


Writing is one side hustle that you can turn into a full-time job if you have the right skills. There are many options to make money from your writing, whether you are paid per word on a content clearing-house, monetise a blog you start yourself or finally write that best-selling book you’ve been putting off for years. If you write for someone else, just be sure to write for a reputable company to ensure you are paid for your time and effort.


If you have particular expertise in a certain area and feel comfortable sharing those skills with others, you likely have all you need to earn money as a tutor. You can either market your skills as a private tutor or you can work as an employee for a tutoring company. There are plenty of options available in this area, so you’ll want to be sure to “shop around” to ensure you get the most money for your particular skill set.

As the money starts rolling in, it’s important to spend it wisely. If you have a full-time job in addition to your side hustle, you may want to use your side hustle income exclusively to pay off any debt that you have accrued. Or, if you don’t have any debt, wise spending will allow you to save your money to finally take the vacation of your dreams.

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