Why Have a side hustle?

Side hustles for women are a way to earn extra money in addition to one’s regular job.

There are many side hustles for women and reasons people take on side hustles:

  • To earn extra income to pay bills, save money, pay off debt, etc. A side hustle is a great way to supplement a main income source. According to this article, 39% of Americans have a side hustle to help pay their bills.
  • To pursue a passion or hobby. Side hustles allow people to monetize skills and interests they have outside of their day job.
  • To gain new skills. Taking on a side hustle can help people expand their abilities and learn new skills!
  • To eventually transition into full-time entrepreneurship. Testing out business ideas with a side hustle allows people to take less risk.

I’ve created a list of side hustles for women that can fit into different types of schedules and require various skill sets. Side hustles aren’t just for women, anyone can have a side hustle! However, this article touches on some safety concerns and precautions women (or anyone) can take to stay safe on certain jobs. Whether you are creative, have a degree in a certain skillset, love animals, or just like to drive around town in your car, there’s a side hustle for you! Let’s discuss some accessible side hustles for women that people can explore to earn extra money!

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In this post we are covering 17 Side Hustles for Women

Food Delivery

Food delivery is a popular side hustle that allows you to earn money in your spare time by delivering restaurant meals or groceries using your own vehicle. Major food delivery platforms include DoorDash, GrubHub, Uber Eats, Instacart, and others. This side hustle offers a flexible schedule where you can choose when and how often to work.

Here are some key factors to consider:

  • You’ll need reliable transportation as well as auto insurance that covers food delivery driving. This side hustle puts wear and tear on your vehicle so factor in gas and maintenance costs.
  • Pay varies but food delivery drivers typically earn $10-20 per hour including tips. Strategies like working during peak meal times and providing good service can help maximize your wages and tips.
  • You’ll be shown which restaurant you’ll need to pick up the food at, but not where you’ll be delivering it until after you’ve gotten the food. However, it will tell you the total milage of the trip prior to accepting.
  • Occasionally, you may have to deal with angry customers when their food is not delivered within the allotted time. This can happen when the restaurant takes too long to prepare an order, or you run into traffic. Generally, people are understanding, but not always. It helps to message them and let them know if you are at the restaurant waiting on their order or stuck in traffic. That way, they know what’s going on and are less likely to call you with an attitude asking “where’s my food?!” There are some Reddit forums with helpful info on how to deal with these situations when they arise.
  • Understand the pay structure and fees for each delivery platform. For example, DoorDash pays per delivery plus tips while Uber Eats pays per mile and minute.
  • Beware of scams where people will message you once you have their delivery and ask you to drop it off at a completely different location. This forum discusses helpful information on this topic. If it’s across the street or just down the road, it’s generally because the building or home they are located in was newly build and they were unable to pin the exact address on the map, but if it’s much farther away than the listed address, then that’s a red flag.

Independent contractor taxes, lack of benefits, and fluctuating demand for orders are downsides to weigh. But overall food delivery offers a flexible way to earn extra income if you have a reliable vehicle and enjoy driving around town.

Ride Sharing

Driving for Uber and Lyft has become a popular way to earn extra income in recent years. To drive for either platform, you’ll need a relatively new 4-door vehicle, a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and a clean background check.

Some key things to know about ridesharing:

  • Vehicle requirements vary by city, but generally your car needs to be a 2008 model or newer. SUVs and luxury vehicles are in high demand.
  • Driver safety should be a top priority. Keep your doors locked, avoid risky situations, and don’t drive more than you’re comfortable with. Having an emergency kit and dash cam can provide additional protection.
  • When you register a dash cam on Uber, it alerts the rider that you may be recording. You can also purchase stickers to place on your windows. If a rider knows you have a camera in place, they are more likely to not do anything stupid. Additionally, it can help you in the event of an accident if you have evidence that the crash was not your fault.
  • Expenses like gas, maintenance and insurance can significantly cut into earnings. The average driver spends 25-35% of gross earnings on expenses. Tracking mileage and deductible expenses can help reduce tax liability since you can report some of this on your taxes.
  • Average earnings per hour vary greatly by location and demand. One study estimates rideshare drivers earn a median of $21.12/hour before expenses. Driving during peak times like rush hour and weekends tends to be more profitable.
  • Like UberEats and Door Dash, you can only see the pickup location, not the drop off point. It’s important to keep this in mind if you are near a part of town you aren’t comfortable traveling to.
  • Occasionally, people will ask you to drop them off somewhere other than the address they had originally put on the app. Uber advises against this, but people can get upset if you decline. The customer has the ability to update their new drop off location within the app, which can be helpful so you don’t get blamed for dropping them off in the wrong location, and there is record of where you dropped them off. Just be aware of this, use caution, and confirm their drop off location with them before beginning their ride.

Ridesharing provides flexible earning potential but also comes with costs and risks. Doing thorough research and planning can lead to better outcomes.

Freelancing

Freelancing involves working as an independent contractor, often on a project-by-project basis. Common types of freelance work include writing, graphic design, web development, and consulting. The rise of freelance marketplaces have made it easier for freelancers to connect with clients worldwide, but have also made freelancing more competitive.

Some of the pros of freelancing include setting your own schedule, choosing your own projects and clients, and having flexibility in your work. Freelancers can often charge higher hourly rates than traditional employees. According to recent statistics, there are an estimated 76.4 million freelancers in the United States as of 2024.

However, freelancing also comes with some downsides. Freelancers are responsible for finding their own work and managing their own taxes and benefits. Income can be inconsistent, depending on the availability of projects. Some clients don’t pay on time or try to negotiate lower rates. Competition is high in popular freelance fields like writing and design. This is not to discourage you, but to let you know up front about some difficulties you may face if choosing to pursue freelancing as a side hustle.

With hard work and perseverance, it can be a rewarding career path. But it requires discipline and business savvy to find and retain good clients. Understanding the pros and cons allows individuals to make an informed choice about pursuing freelance work.

Pet sitting

Pet sitting can be a lucrative side hustle. Some gigs offer more flexibility than others, as people’s pet care needs vary. Some may need morning or evening drop off visits to check in and feed their cats or caged animals like hamsters, while people with dogs will either need more frequent check ins or someone to stay at their home throughout the entire duration the family is away.

How to find pet sitting jobs:

  • Rover can be a great way to find pet care jobs in your area, but they will take a small percentage of your pay. It can be worth it though to establish a profile with glowing reviews where potential clients can easily see your services offered, rates and photos. It’s helpful to check out other petsitter’s profile in your area to see the current going rates for petsitting.
  • Your town’s local Facebook group page is another good place to find petsitting jobs. Oftentimes, people will create a post asking for petsitting recommendations nearby. Many people do not want to use a boarding facility and are seeking pet care from individuals that can come to their home or host their pet in their home.
  • It’s extremely beneficial to have some references when starting out as a petsitter. Consider petsitting for friends or family first and asking them if you can use their information as a reference. Potential clients will want to know that you are trustworthy of caring for their beloved pets. Volunteer work at a shelter is also a great way to gain experience with animals of different temperaments and have a reference that you are great with animals.

Overall, petsitting offers flexibility to book clients who’s hours of care needed fit into your schedule. There is also the flexibility of caring for pets in the client’s home or your home. Exercise caution when going to meet and greets. Let someone know the address you are visiting and what time you should be leaving.

Childcare or Babysitting

If you love kids, childcare can be a rewarding and fun (but also exhausting) side hustle. Many parents are looking for evening and weekend childcare so they can go on date nights with their spouse, attend events, ect. Some families may even only need morning care, overnight care or be flexible with the hours or days they need, depending on their jobs.

You can utilize care.com to find childcare jobs in your area. As with pets, parents are going to want some form of reference before you care for their children and to set up an interview with you. It’s good practice to conduct a phone conversation with the parent’s first and if all goes well, set up an in-person interview. They will normally ask you to come to their house, but if you aren’t comfortable with this at first, you can ask to meet in a public place (that’s kid-friendly).

Once you’ve provided childcare for a family, you can request they leave you a review. The more reviews on your profile, the higher you’ll rank in searches.

It can take some time to apply to jobs and find a family who fits within your schedule. But once you do, it can be super rewarding because they likely have friends and neighbors who need childcare as well that they will be able to recommend you for. This can also lead you into some pet care jobs, since most families have pets that you’ll be spending a lot of time with and if they trust you with their kids, they’ll trust you with their pets as well!

Tutoring

If you have a passion for teaching kids, tutoring can be a great side hustle. Many families need tutors for their kids in varying grades and topics. Check care.com to see if any families are looking for tutors in your area. Additionally, homeschooling families are sometimes in need of an “assistant teacher” type of role where you would help the kids with their homeschooling studies for a portion of the day.

Tutoring roles can vary greatly from one to the next, based on the subject matter and age of the child.

Elderly Care

Elderly care has some similarities to childcare, but requires much less energy. However, you may need to be physically fit if the elder needs help standing, using the toilet, ect. The requirements and skill set needed for this side hustle will vary greatly depending on the needs of the family.

Some families are just looking for someone who can drive their senior family member to and from doctor appointments, run errands with them or just be in their company for a few hours each day so they aren’t alone all the time. But some families need more intensive care for their senior family member and may require you to administer medication or do heavy-lifting.

Consider what you are willing and capable of doing when searching for senior care jobs to ensure you find the one that’s the best fit for you, your capabilities and comfort level. You may not necessarily need previous experience with this, but a reference or two is always helpful even if it’s from your own grandparent’s or a friend’s relatives! People will want to know that you are trustworthy and will take good care of their loved one.

Assistant Pre-school Teacher

If you love kids and have a passion for helping teach them but don’t have a degree, you could be an assistant pre-school teacher. Technically, you could be an assistant for any grade, but I’ve listed pre-school specifically because the hours needed are much less than another grade. Pre-schoolers are usually in school for just a few hours in the morning, like 9am-12pm, whereas other grades would need you there all day (so not exactly a side hustle). Pre-school assistant teacher roles are great for anyone who has morning hours available.

Schools may favor someone with previous childcare experience, but it’s not a requirement since you won’t be left alone with the kids, and will have the lead teacher there to guide you on how to handle things.

Schools (public and private) in many areas really need people to fill these roles now, so these jobs are pretty in demand and sometimes schools are willing to work with you on your available hours (to an extent) if they are really desperate. There may be certain time frames they need the most help (i.e. recess or small group time). You could speak with the pre-school director or principal and let them know of your interest and availability,.

If you decide being an assistant pre-school teacher doesn’t fit in your schedule, you can offer to be a substitute pre-school teacher. This requires less weekly hours but is sporadic and un-predictable (unless it is for a planned absence, like a pre-scheduled doctor’s visit or surgery).

Lunch Monitor

Some schools are in need of lunch monitors, where you would come in only during lunchtime hours and supervise the students in the cafeteria.

Younger kids often times need assistance opening milks or other containers, which you would be responsible for as the lunch monitor. Lunch monitors also help ensure that kids are being safe during lunch time and following rules (not cutting in line, bullying each other, fighting, throwing food, etc.)

There should be more than one lunch monitor per cafeteria so you aren’t left alone with all of the kids at once. You would generally be responsible for a section or half of cafeteria, while another monitor or teacher would cover the other.

Be sure you understand the rules the kids are supposed to be following, and what to do if they don’t.

Selling Handmade Goods

Selling handmade goods like crafts, artwork, jewelry, and other creations can be a fulfilling and profitable side hustle. Popular online marketplaces for makers include Etsy, eBay, Amazon and Mercari. These platforms provide exposure to a large base of buyers looking for unique handmade items.

When selling on sites like Etsy, excellent photos, descriptions, titles, and tags will help drive traffic and sales. Research successful shops selling similar items to get ideas. Product variety and frequently adding new items keeps buyers coming back. Provide outstanding customer service and ship orders quickly.

Useful tips for a handmade business include focusing on a niche, telling your story, participating in farmers markets and craft fairs, offering custom and made-to-order options, and leveraging social media for marketing. Connecting with the handmade community provides support. To be successful, be passionate about your craft and pay close attention to costs, pricing, profit margins, and managing your time and workload. You’d be surprised at what hobbies and handmade creations can be turned into a profitable side hustle with dedication and hard work.

YouTube Tutorials

If you have a skill that people are searching for on YouTube, consider making a video about it. Especially if there isn’t tons of competition in your niche or if you have a way to stand out. For example, there are lots of jewelry making tutorials on YouTube but it is still possible to stand out and get views. People search for all kinds of tutorials sometimes, so you might be surprised what will rack up some views.

Sell Used Items

Selling used items is a great way to declutter and earn extra cash. Popular platforms for selling used goods include Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, eBay, Poshmark, and Mercari. You can also scour your local Facebook Marketplace for free items you can resell online, or check out estate sales and auctions.

  • When pricing items, research similar listings to gauge market value. Consider item condition and demand when setting a price. Price items higher than your minimum will leave room for negotiation. However, pricing too high will lead to no offers or interest in the item.
  • Take quality photographs. Photograph items against a clean, simple background in natural lighting. Clean items before photographing and capture any flaws. Take photos from multiple angles to give buyers a complete view of the item.
  • Write clear descriptions highlighting features, dimensions, damage, etc. Be upfront about an item’s condition to set expectations. Respond promptly to buyer inquiries and negotiate fairly. Package items securely for shipment so they don’t get damaged.

Live Chat Support

Live chat support representatives handle incoming chats and texts from online customers through a variety of media channels.

Tons of apps and websites have the option for live chat support nowadays. Many of these roles are hiring for part time positions. You’ll likely be able to find many customer service roles on Indeed.

Bartender

Bartenders primarily work evenings or weekends, so this can be a great side hustle if you’re outgoing and enjoy the night time scene. Friendliness, good memory and the ability to work under pressure are extremely important skills to have in order to be a successful bartender.

Many establishments require previous bartending experience, but there are definitely some smaller restaurants and bars (think: small towns) that will hire with no previous bartending experience. Having an amazing energy is key. Some sort of previous food service or customer service experience is very beneficial to have, but won’t necessarily help you if you aren’t outgoing and have a friendly energy.

If you have no experience at all, begin by practicing making drinks at home for friends and family using different tools, techniques and alcohols. Learn how to make popular drinks, especially ones that are popular in your area. You can also gain lots of knowledge as a barback! This side hustle can be fun, but super fast-paced. It has the ability to be a lucrative side hustle if you’re good at it!

Photography

If photography is one of your hobbies already, why not turn it into a side hustle? There are likely lots of families in your local area looking for a photographer for family photos, engagement photos, etc!

Start building a portfolio by practicing on your friends and family. Use these as example photos to show to potential clients! Start with low rates to gain valuable experience, then work your way up! Practice daily to stay familiar with your camera settings and watch YouTube tutorials to expand your skills. You could also photograph homes for realtors, if photographing people isn’t for you.

Realtor

This side hustle takes some dedication, work and money to get started, but once you do, it can turn into way more than just a side hustle!

  • You will need to pass the state licensing exam and pay the required fees to get your license.
  • Total start up costs can be around 3 thousand dollars for your licensing and other fees. This could be less or more depending on your state and how much you invest in marketing. You should be able to take the courses needed, complete your licensing and pay MLS fees for about 2k.
  • New agents have to work under a broker and some brokerages charge monthly fees.

This can sound like a lot, but one way to look at it is even if you don’t love being a real estate agent or you don’t succeed, you’ll at least be able to be your own realtor when you sell or purchase your next home and not have to pay the realtor fees (which will likely be around the same cost, depending on the price of your home).

Working under a broker is nice in the beginning because they can provide you with additional training. Once you’ve worked as a real estate agent with a broker, you can decide to move on and get your broker’s license. But your first step is getting your real estate license.

The upfront cost and time spent studying may be an obstacle for you to overcome, but the rewards can be well worth your investment!

Makeup Artist

If you have a passion for doing makeup, being a makeup artist could be a fun side hustle for you! If you have no experience doing makeup on other’s, you’ll want to begin by practicing on your friends and family. Take before and after photos to add to your portfolio and show potential clients. Offer your services on your local town’s Facebook page or social media. Start by charging a small fee, and work your way up once you gain experience and confidence!

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Key Takeaways

Starting a side hustle can be a great way to earn extra income on top of your regular job. The key is finding one that matches your skills, interests, and schedule. Some of the most popular and accessible side hustles include freelancing, selling handmade goods online, renting out a spare room, ride sharing, reselling used items, food delivery, and pet sitting or childcare.

When choosing a side hustle, think about what you enjoy doing and what you’re good at. Consider your availability and time commitment as well. Set realistic goals, and track your progress. Be prepared for some trial and error as you get your side business up and running! Stay organized, provide excellent customer service, and don’t get discouraged by initial setbacks. Your mindset will play a big role in whether or not you succeed in your side hustle journey!

With hard work, persistence and will to learn, a side hustle can provide a nice income boost while also allowing you to pursue your passions. Just be sure to choose wisely based on your personal circumstances. A rewarding side hustle takes effort, but can greatly improve your financial situation, quality of life and in some cases can turn into more than just a side hustle!

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