15 side hustles that pay top dollar in the gig economy

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We all know that driving for Lyft or turning your spare bedroom into an Airbnb can be lucrative. But just how much cash can you really make?

Making a decent living is no longer limited to the 9–5 life—it often includes a serious side hustle.

Perhaps that’s why more and more people are getting in on the gig economy. According to Finder.com, about 1 in 4 Americans holds a side gig, aka an extra way to make a buck aside from their main source of income.

These side gigs aren’t just good for pulling together some weekend bar money or saving up for summer travel plans, either. The income that people are hauling in can be as much as $7,000 a month, according to a recent CreditLoan.com survey. You could pay off your student loans or put a down payment on a house with a supplemental income like that.

So, what is it, exactly, that these people are doing to make so much money? Creating makeup tutorials? Walking dogs? Try again.

The CreditLoan.com survey identified the top side jobs that offer the highest earning potential each month. Taking a look at the jobs on the list, you’ve probably considered picking up one of these side gigs at some point in your life. And after seeing how much money you could make, you’re going to want to start hustling every day, or at least start chauffeuring drunk 20-somethings around town. Seriously, we have so many jobs hiring at Lyft, Postmates, TaskRabbit, and other top companies right now. Check out the full list below to see which side jobs can make you the most money.

High-paying side hustles:

1. Virtual Social Recruiter / Marketer

Median monthly income: $500

Median hourly rate: $81

Maximum monthly income: $7,000

2. Ride-sharing

Median monthly income: $350

Median hourly rate: $15

Maximum monthly income: $3,000

3. Fitness training or coaching

Median monthly income: $200

Median hourly rate: $20

Maximum monthly income: $3,000

4. Freelance work or consulting

Median monthly income: $200

Median hourly rate: $20

Maximum monthly income: $4,000

5. E-commerce or drop shipping

Median monthly income: $150

Median hourly rate: $15

Maximum monthly income: $6,000

6. Tutoring or teaching

Median monthly income: $150

Median hourly rate: $15

Maximum monthly income: $3,000

7. Reselling items online

Median monthly income: $100

Median hourly rate: $20

Maximum monthly income: $1,500

8. Babysitting nannying, or caretaking

Median monthly income: $100

Median hourly rate: $10

Maximum monthly income: $1,500

9. Computer repair

Median monthly income: $100

Median hourly rate: $20

Maximum monthly income: $4,200

10. Direct sales

Median monthly income: $100

Median hourly rate: $7

Maximum monthly income: $1,230

11. Housecleaning or repairs

Median monthly income: $100

Median hourly rate: $17

Maximum monthly income: $1,50

12. Landscaping or gardening

Median monthly income: $100

Median hourly rate: $11

Maximum monthly income: $1,00

13. Music or dance performance

Median monthly income: $100

Median hourly rate: $10

Maximum monthly income: $5,000

 

14. Photography or videography

Median monthly income: $100

Median hourly rate: $20

Maximum monthly income: $2,000

 

15. Survey-taking

Median monthly income: $100

Median hourly rate: $5

Maximum monthly income: $3,000

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