The 18 Best Part-Time Jobs To Make Extra Money in 2023

For many, the start of a new year marks a time when we set goals for better health, wealth, and happiness. Financially speaking, we set goals to save money, pay off our debt faster, and figure out how to get ahead.

The key to achieving any financial goal is to have more money. So, earning additional income will make reaching financial goals more accessible. And perhaps the most tried and true way to make more money is by landing a side hustle.

1. Complete Surveys

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Reputable online survey sites will pay you money to complete surveys. Survey companies conduct market research for other brands and businesses and will pay you real money for your feedback. 

Here are a few legitimate sites to get started:

While completing surveys is a good way to make extra income, you likely won't earn as much money as you would from some of the other high-paying part-time jobs on this list.

2. Play Games

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Getting paid to play games on your mobile device takes the prize for the coolest way to earn money. Sure, it sounds like every teenager's dream, but app developers need people to play their games to help them improve their products. In turn, they pay you for playing games.

It's easy to get started – download any of the apps below and play spend time playing games to earn money:

3. Work as a Fitness Instructor

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If you’re interested in keeping fit and making extra money simultaneously, becoming a fitness instructor is a great opportunity.

A fitness instructor can teach yoga, body pump, Pilates classes, and more.

The average pay is around $18/hour. Flexibility means managing other commitments is easier.

Not only is fitness coaching and teaching a great side job, but other benefits include the following:

  • A discounted or free gym membership to that same gym.
  • Getting in shape while you work.
  • Adding value to other people's lives.

Although you may not start with the best pay, experience on the job means a pay raise every year. You might also get the opportunity to complete certifications and CPR training for free.

Follow these steps to become a part-time fitness instructor:

  1. Become a group fitness instructor.
  2. Visit your local gym and ask about spin, yoga, or Pilates training and the requirements for becoming an instructor.
  3. Look online for steps for becoming a personal trainer.

4. Walk Dogs or Watch Pets

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Taking care of other people’s pets can be incredibly fulfilling and an easy way for any animal lover to make money.

As a dog walker, you can make pretty good money starting at $15 per hour. Pet sitters earn even more, typically around $40 per day or more if you stay the night.

Both options offer a flexible schedule since you can choose your clients and your availability. So while this isn't always a work-from-home job, it is a great option for any animal lover looking for flexible jobs.

Some companies that help people get started with dog walking are:

  • Wag
  • PetBacker
  • Rover
  • Care

5. Rideshare Driver

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While they're not your typical work-from-home jobs, driving people to their destination is one of the best ways to make money in your spare time.

Whether you're looking for a full-time schedule or prefer to work fewer hours, you have control over your schedule and can make money from an app – which is remarkable when you think of how people made money 20 years ago.

While there are many pros, such as working on your own, flexibility, quick money, and operating on a 1099 status, there are also cons to consider.

Cons include wear and tear on your car, variable wages, and you must put in a good number of hours to make good money.

Apps to check out for driving people around include:

  • Lyft
  • Uber
  • HyreCar

If you’re not into driving people around, you may prefer delivering food orders instead. Here are a few good options:

  • DoorDash
  • Postmates
  • Grubhub
  • Uber Eats
  • Instacart

If you think delivering food might be your meal ticket, here is a list of the best food delivery apps to make money!

6. Grocery Shopper Part-Time

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Yes, you can get paid to buy and deliver other people’s groceries – and make a sweet $25 per hour.

Who would have thought there would be a market for delivering people their groceries as a part-time job? But sure enough, thanks to 2020, that is now the case.

Consider gas, taxes, and insurance expenses when setting your prices.

To get started part-time delivering groceries or shopping, check out companies such as:

  • Postmates
  • Instacart
  • Peapod
  • Favor

While these jobs are not home-based – since you're picking up orders at grocery stores and delivering them – they're legitimate options for someone looking for a part-time job that offers flexibility and quick money.

7. Personal Trainer

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Like a fitness instructor, a personal trainer gets to work with people of all ages, all while keeping fit.

If you’re working a 9-5 job, becoming a personal trainer is an ideal part-time gig that helps you get out of that desk job and move while interacting with others.

When starting, you’ll work in a gym to help build up a clientele. Pay may range anywhere from $8 to $15 per hour. Once you build a list of clients, you may consider starting your own company.

You can get your trainer certs with NASM online and start training in a matter of weeks or months.

Some trainers have made personal training a legitimate work-from-home opportunity by training clients over Zoom, offering online programs, and even starting websites.

8. Promotion & Marketing Specialist

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If you’ve worked in marketing before, becoming a brand promoter or marketing specialist can be a fun side hustle.

You’ll work on marketing platforms online, create campaigns, and help businesses. Small businesses are always looking to find influencers who want to promote their brand.

9. Catering

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Most caterers make upwards of $25 per hour, plus tips.

From mid-March to the New Year, caterers are in high demand, especially on weekends. Whether working for a wedding, a retirement party, or a corporate get-together, caterers stay busy.

However, if you choose to work as a caterer, you can walk away with $250+ per event. Work four monthly events; you might have an extra $1,000 towards those New Year goals.

To become a caterer, investigate the following:

  1. First, search for catering companies near you.
  2. Ask friends with bartending or catering experience.
  3. Contact large wedding venues near you and ask if they're hiring.

10. Manage Social Media Accounts

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This is an excellent alternative part-time job if you enjoy marketing and have a good feel for social media. You can charge clients a monthly fee to manage their accounts, such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Then, take it a step further and set up a team with graphic designers and writers to manage a company’s entire branding. Next thing you know, maybe your part-time gig will turn into a full-time opportunity!

11. Start a Blog

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Consider starting a blog if you have a fun hobby you’d like to teach others about. Building your brand online turns a blog into a live portfolio for other opportunities. Choose a niche you're interested in, and you'd be willing and able to write plenty of blog posts about.

Running a blog is one of the best part time jobs as you can work as much time as you want, and it doesn't require a college degree or prior experience. In fact, the only real requirement to starting a blog is a stable internet connection since most of your tasks will be online work.

12. Get Your Real Estate License

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Becoming a real estate agent is the perfect way to enter the real estate industry while earning money.

The costs range from $1,500 to $2,000 to obtain a license. There is also an annual fee to a board of realtors.

13. Tutor & Teach English Online

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Teaching English can be done from the comfort of your home, on your schedule, and without a degree.

Many programs and apps hire native English speakers to teach English to children in Asia or other countries worldwide. Additionally, some of the best online tutoring platforms pay $20+ per hour to those with a degree.

Some online platforms that offer online tutoring include:

  • VIPKid
  • QKids
  • Cambly
  • iTalki

14. Become a Virtual Assistant

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If you have good communication skills and attention to detail, being a virtual assistant (VA) could be your next side hustle. Virtual assistants are the new administrative assistants, and they are in high demand! 

A VA helps businesses or individuals manage various tasks, except they do it remotely. As more and more people have online businesses, they need people to help with daily tasks such as:

  • email marketing
  • manage social media platforms
  • customer service
  • ​writing
  • research
  • and much more

It's a great job that pays $20+ an hour without needing a bachelor's degree. In addition, depending on the specific tasks, you can often find work as a VA at different skill levels

15. Freelance Work

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If you’ve got specific skills that can find clients, earning extra income as a freelancer may be a good fit. Freelance work is a convenient and flexible part-time option if you can do something in front of a computer, such as writing or designing.

Test out which skills people would pay for and start building a portfolio. Then, check out platforms like Upwork and Fiverr to begin working on projects.

One of the best things about freelancing is that it's remote work, so you can work from your bed or coffee shops, if you prefer. Freelancers also have more freedom in deciding how many hours of work they want to put in, and typically it's easy to scale up to full time if that's your goal.

Freelance ideas for part-time jobs include:

  • Editing
  • Graphic Design
  • Writing
  • Consulting
  • Digital Marketing
  • Web Design
  • SEO Consulting

16. Data Entry

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Data entry jobs are prevalent right now because they are super flexible.

Stay-at-home moms can do them; people with already busy schedules who need money on the side and even those who want to work from home (in their sweatpants) are ideal candidates.

Data entry jobs are a dime a dozen. Search for “Best Data Entry Jobs at Home” on Glassdoor or ZipRecruiter.

17. House Cleaner & House Cleaning Business

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Whether you clean houses on the side of your full-time job or start a house cleaning business, it is a great way to make an extra $100, $500, or even $1,000+ per month.

The going rate to clean a house is at least $100, depending on the size. But you can usually clean a normal-sized home in just a few hours, making it a very lucrative part-time gig.

House cleaning and landscaping (below) are two of the best part-time job ideas! Why? Because you can easily turn this type of work into a scalable business venture, should you desire.

18. Start a Landscaping Company

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Landscaping is a great way to make an extra $1,000 per month while enjoying the outdoors.

For most of my life, I have made money cutting grass, trimming shrubs, planting trees, and mulching for people on the side. Many people need help maintaining their yards, making it an excellent option for a weekend side hustle.

Good Luck Getting That Part-Time Job

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On top of this list, if you’ve got a friend or a family member that needs help with something, consider offering them a service in exchange for payment.

If your current job pays extra for overtime, why not try it put in some extra hours?

Depending on your financial goals, an opportunity for part-time work is right around the corner. There are so many options these days. Good luck getting that next side hustle and meeting your financial goals!

Josh writes about ways to make money, pay off debt, and improve yourself. After paying off $200,000 in student loans with his wife in less than four years, Josh started Money Life Wax and has been featured on Forbes, Business Insider, Huffington Post and more! In addition to being a life-long entrepreneur, Josh and his wife enjoy spending time with their chocolate lab named Morgan, working out, helping others with their debt and recommend using Personal Capital to track your finances.