5 Successful Online Side Hustles For Millennials

June 13, 2017

In my early twenties, I worked as a travel agent and I was all about that 9-to-5 grind. I went to the office every day, did my work and got the same amount of money every two weeks.

I was safe. But I was bored.

With permission from work, I decided to take a 2-month long trip abroad. I went backpacking across Europe, learned how to save money for travel and visit places like Prague on a budget. I fell in love with life on the road and away from home.

When I came home from the trip, I made it my mission to find a way to make money online. I spent hours reading countless articles about online side hustles and decided to try out some of the methods myself.

And guess what? It worked.

Within a few months, I felt confident enough to leave my day job and turn all of my side hustles into my main hustle. I became a digital nomad. And to this day, I travel while working online.

Learning how to make money online in my 20’s literally changed my entire life. You can read my about me for more information about my journey.

As an homage to the countless blog posts that inspired me, I decided to create this list of my most successful online side hustles and hopefully, I can inspire you to start your own.

And who knows?

Maybe one day your side hustle will turn into your main hustle too.

The Best Side Hustles for Millennials

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1. Offer Services on Fiverr

Fiverr was my first side hustle attempt and it has by far been my most successful.

Most of you probably don’t know what Fiverr is, so let me explain.

Fiverr is an online marketplace where freelancers can offer countless types of services. There are categories for graphic design – seriously, you can get an amazing logo for $5, digital marketing, writing and everything else in between. The services start at $5 (hence the company name) and can go all the way up to $500.

Personally, I think Fiverr is the BEST place for millennials to start a side hustle because you can try out so many different jobs. I’ve had Fiverr gigs for press releases, website content, video testimonials and voice overs. Seriously, the options are endless. Best of all, it’s completely free to set up a profile and start offering your services.

In two years, I ended up working on over 700 projects and earning almost $17,000 from Fiverr alone!

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If you want to learn more about making money on Fiverr, stay tuned for my upcoming blog post, where I will detail my entire Fiverr strategy and show you everything I did step-by-step.

2. Become a Freelance Writer

Although my freelance writing journey began on Fiverr, it definitely didn’t end there. After a few of my clients from Fiverr contacted me personally and began offering me higher-paying jobs, I started to realize just how much money you can make from freelance writing. Fiverr was the perfect introduction. It gave me the skills and confidence that I needed to expand my freelance writing business.

Here are some of the websites that I’ve used to make money freelance writing:

  • Upwork: A freelancing platform where freelancers can set their own hourly rate.
  • Freelancer: A marketplace where freelancers can bid on jobs set by employers.
  • Constant-Content: A platform where writers can upload and sell their own articles and content.

Surprisingly, one of the easiest places to find freelance writing jobs is Craigslist! There are literally thousands of job postings for blog posts, articles and website content. And since the work is done online, you are not restricted to searching the job postings for just your city – you can search just about anywhere. Even though I’m in Toronto, I often search for freelance writing jobs in bigger cities like New York and Los Angeles because there are more opportunities there.

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With any of these websites, it’s important that you maintain a professional appearance because you want your clients to take you seriously. Fill out your profile, add a portfolio if you have one and make sure to send personalized messages highlighting your skills to Craigslist postings.

3. Surveys and Online Rewards

Online Surveys

I’ll be honest, you’re not going to make a lot of money taking surveys. If you want a side hustle that has the potential to turn into a job, this isn’t it so keep scrolling. If you want a side hustle that requires very minimal work, survey and reward sites might be for you!

The only survey site that I’ve personally tried is Swagbucks, which offers you “Swag Bucks” for taking surveys, conducting searches watching videos, playing games and more. Your Swag Bucks can then be redeemed for gift cards from places like Amazon and Target.

In the course of a month, I put in around 2 hours of actual work and I was able to earn enough Swag Bucks to redeem a $20 Amazon gift card. Take that for what you will.

Online Cash Back

An online reward site that I just discovered is Ebates and I have to say, this has quickly become my favorite way to save money online. Seriously, it’s so simple.

You earn cash back by shopping at your favorite stores through Ebates. And if you’re anything like me, maybe you do a lot of online shopping? In that case, you can get a lot of your money back! They offer 8% cash back on Sephora purchases, 3% cash back on Amazon purchases and so on. You can redeem all of your cash back directly to your PayPal.

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

It’s completely free to sign up for Ebates and if you do it through my link, you will get $10 for free just by signing up!

Online Coupons

Another great way of saving money online is to use or look for coupon codes. Before I buy anything online, I will do a quick Google search ( like”company name coupon code 2017″) to see if any coupons come up. You will be surprised at how often you find one.

While we’re on the subject of online coupons, I have two that you can use right now:

There you go, now you can treat yourself to an overnight getaway for free!

4. Teach English Online

Personally, I think teaching English online is the perfect side hustle for millennials. It’s a great way to earn extra income and meet new people from around the world. It might even lead to some great travel adventures in the future!

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There is always a huge demand for English tutors to coach people over Skype. The pay varies depending on the situation but I was able to make just over $30 an hour tutoring someone from Hong Kong. Job search websites like Indeed are always posting remote teaching jobs, so just search through the latest postings.

And contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to have a TESOL certification, you just need to be a native English speaker.

If this is something that interests you, definitely read this blog post by Lindsay from Lindsay Loves Languages.

5. Start a Blog

Did you really think I wasn’t going to include blogging in this list?

Starting a blog might not be the quickest way to make money online but it is hands-down the most rewarding side hustle, at least for me. I get to write about things that I’m passionate about and meet other like-minded bloggers.

If you’re new to the blogosphere, you should check out my post on How to Start a Lifestyle Blog. By using my method, you can start your own blog in 15 minutes and get a free domain by signing up with Bluehost.

If you already have a blog, you might be wondering how to make money blogging. And lucky for you, I wrote an entire post about it and you can check that out here.

Personally, I’ve had the most success with affiliate marketing through sites like Awin and ShareASale.

And here are some of my articles about blogging:

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Even if you don’t want to quit your 9-to-5, starting a side hustle is a great way to earn some extra money at the end of the month and who doesn’t want that?!

I hope this article gave you some ideas and inspiration. I would love if you could share it on Pinterest!

If you have any questions or suggestions, shoot me a message! And be sure to let me know your thoughts in the comments.

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What is YOUR most successful side hustle?

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59 Comments

  • Stefanie

    Thanks for sharing these great tips!!!

    June 13, 2017 at 12:25 Reply
    • Maya

      You are very welcome Stefanie!

      June 15, 2017 at 17:16 Reply
  • Alvin Lau

    As someone who writes on making money online, I can relate to this! Helpful tips for those who’re just starting out!

    June 13, 2017 at 15:14 Reply
    • Maya

      I hope so too Alvin! Thanks for reading!

      June 15, 2017 at 17:16 Reply
  • Jenn

    Love these ideas! I need to look into all these. Love the side hustle prospects!

    June 14, 2017 at 01:26 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks Jenn! Definitely try something out. You’ve got nothing to lose! 🙂

      June 15, 2017 at 17:18 Reply
  • Claire

    These are actually really helpful. I was shocked by your sales in Fiverr. Maybe I should try that one haha!

    June 14, 2017 at 02:27 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks Claire! I totally recommend trying Fiverr. Freelance writing was the obvious choice for me but there are SO many different services you can offer.

      June 15, 2017 at 17:19 Reply
  • Lea

    These are some great ideas. I personally don’t see myself doing most of them but turning my blog into a business would be something I could see myself doing.
    Lea, xx

    June 14, 2017 at 07:06 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks Lea!

      June 15, 2017 at 17:20 Reply
  • Style & Life by Susana

    I am book marking this post!! These are awesome tips and suggestions and I will be referring back to it!! Thank you!!

    June 14, 2017 at 08:05 Reply
    • Maya

      Susana you are so welcome! If you end up trying something out and have any questions – just let me know!

      June 15, 2017 at 17:21 Reply
  • Tereza

    This is such a useful post! I’ve actually bookmarked it (Which I never do haha) – I have such mixed feelings about Fiverr but you seem to have gotten the hang of it really well, definitely going to explore that option a little more. I’m now looking into Etsy as one of new sources of income and it’s so exciting. Doing a course too which is very interesting! xx

    June 15, 2017 at 06:11 Reply
    • Maya

      Tereza, this made me so happy to read! Fiverr definitely isn’t for everyone but you should totally try it out. And full disclosure, I just went to your blog to try and find your Etsy page but ended up reading the whole “8 Reasons Why” series, which I love. Also, I watched your Youtube video and girl, it’s really good! You should do more of those!

      June 15, 2017 at 17:32 Reply
  • Andolina

    Honestlly, this is the freshest list of online side hustles that I’ve ever found! I always see those articles that include taking online surveys and selling your old stuff online. I’m, I guess it’s called, a minimalist. I don’t keep anything I don’t need. I don’t have stuff that I could sell online because I get rid of things so quickly. The online surveys are a DRAG. I’ve tried it, it’s so boring you quit almost immediately.

    I love your list <3

    June 15, 2017 at 15:30 Reply
  • Ying-NavigatingAdulthood

    These are all such great tips- I had no idea you could make that kind of cash on Fiverr!

    June 16, 2017 at 02:12 Reply
    • Maya

      To be honest Ying, I was never expecting that kind of success on Fiverr! Some things just surprise you.

      June 16, 2017 at 19:27 Reply
  • KD Harris

    This is so awesome! I really needed this. Good to know stuff like this exist. Such an informative read!

    June 16, 2017 at 06:56 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks! It’s easy money and I figured I should share!

      June 16, 2017 at 19:28 Reply
  • Ell

    This is awesome!! I definitely want to look into freelancing and fiverr!! Thank you for sharing !

    June 16, 2017 at 07:02 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks Lauren!

      June 16, 2017 at 19:42 Reply
  • Stefanie

    This is great! Great tips. I didn´t know fiverr yet but I will check it out 🙂

    June 16, 2017 at 08:23 Reply
    • Maya

      Stefanie, you should totally check it out! It’s what got me into working online.

      June 16, 2017 at 19:43 Reply
  • Purnima

    Thanks for the fruitful content 🙂

    June 16, 2017 at 08:27 Reply
    • Maya

      You’re welcome Purnima!

      June 16, 2017 at 19:29 Reply
  • Asaake

    Awesome post! I have purchased gigs from fiverr but never thought of offering my own services. Now I need to think of what I can “sell”.

    June 16, 2017 at 09:10 Reply
    • Maya

      Honestly, there are so many different services to offer on Fiverr. I’m sure you’ll find something that you’re great at!

      June 16, 2017 at 19:29 Reply
  • Divyanka

    You rightly stated that your 9-5 work got you bored. Following the same pattern, each day is not fine with everyone. Starting a blog is a great idea and I’m working on it!

    June 16, 2017 at 11:52 Reply
    • Maya

      That’s awesome Divyanka! I wish you the best success with your blog.

      June 16, 2017 at 19:29 Reply
  • Deborah Nicholas

    Great ideas and i think as long as youre willing to put the work in then anything will work!

    June 16, 2017 at 13:24 Reply
    • Maya

      Absolutely Deborah! That’s great advice.

      June 16, 2017 at 19:38 Reply
  • shannon

    great post – never knew about the craigslist writing / editing gig!

    June 16, 2017 at 13:59 Reply
  • Hannah

    Ok this has the be the most useful thing I’ve read on a blog in a while!! I haven’t heard of many of those things but they are exactly what I’m looking for!! Going to look into fiverr and online tutorin!!

    June 16, 2017 at 15:38 Reply
    • Maya

      Hannah, honestly that makes me so happy to read! You should definitely try both Fiverr and online tutoring out. And if you ever have any questions about it, just let me know!

      June 16, 2017 at 19:40 Reply
  • Jade

    Maya,

    This is soo relatable to me right now!
    Thanks so much for sharing these tips!
    Happy Friday!

    June 16, 2017 at 16:17 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks Jade!

      June 16, 2017 at 19:40 Reply
  • Laura

    This is brilliant! All noted down 😊
    Subscribing too!

    June 16, 2017 at 16:19 Reply
    • Maya

      Laura you just made my night! Thanks girl.

      June 16, 2017 at 19:41 Reply
  • Jasmin N

    Oh I’m going to check Fiverr out ! Sounds wonderful 🙂 thank you for sharing these tips 🙂

    June 16, 2017 at 18:55 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks girl! Yeah check it out for sure and let me know what works for you!

      June 16, 2017 at 19:43 Reply
  • Hannah K

    Absolutely fab post! I never thought of using half these platforms to earn extra money ! Thankyou so much!

    June 16, 2017 at 19:21 Reply
    • Maya

      You are so welcome Hannah!

      June 16, 2017 at 19:41 Reply
  • Helene

    Great suggestions! I have heard both good and bad things for Fiverr. But i think i will check it out right now. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

    June 16, 2017 at 22:05 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks Helene! Definitely check it out.

      June 20, 2017 at 23:35 Reply
  • Selma Aganagic-Gabela

    I’m not a millenial but I’d say that a blog is a good idea. I work in Aviation and blogging is my second job for fifth year now – it requires a lot to be given but is also immensely rewarding.

    June 16, 2017 at 23:35 Reply
    • Maya

      Selma, these jobs are for people of every age, of course! And I completely agree with you, blogging is very rewarding indeed.

      June 20, 2017 at 23:36 Reply
  • Nykki

    Ugh. I have tried the online survey so many times. I just get so tired of it and quit before making any money! lol.

    June 17, 2017 at 04:39 Reply
    • Maya

      I hear you Nykki! It’s one of my least favourite ways of making money online.

      June 20, 2017 at 23:37 Reply
  • Liz Stephenson

    Such a great post. Fiverr was iffy for me but actually I have bought lots of services there so it works for some people haha

    Vip Kid is great too!

    June 17, 2017 at 16:01 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks Liz! It seems Fiverr is definitely a hit or miss. I’ve never heard of Vip Kid, I’ll have to check it out for sure!

      June 20, 2017 at 23:37 Reply
  • Alice

    I have to say I love your blog design and layout! It’s just so pretty and chic!

    I’ve heard of Fiverr before but oddly never signed up – I think I may have to after reading this!

    Alice

    June 18, 2017 at 09:45 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks so much Alice!

      June 20, 2017 at 23:40 Reply
  • Prerna Garg

    These are great tips. I have been meaning to make some money from freelance gigs and never realized I could use Craigslist! Also, I am definitely going to try Fiverr!

    June 21, 2017 at 16:15 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks Prerna! Let me know what works out for you.

      June 29, 2017 at 12:48 Reply
  • Samantha N Proctor

    Your blog is perfection! Thanks for the great tips!

    July 7, 2017 at 10:29 Reply
  • Charlotte Chua

    Wow! Thanks for sharing this! This totally helped me and it’s a good reference too!

    July 8, 2017 at 13:43 Reply
  • Michelle

    Good for you for being able to do what you love. Your post was great and gave me a lot of great ideas.

    July 8, 2017 at 14:35 Reply
  • Elise Cohen Ho

    I hire people from Fiverr all of the time. I also like Upworks.

    July 9, 2017 at 01:59 Reply
  • moumita

    Earlier I did so many online surveys. Atleast it used to pay my phone bills

    July 9, 2017 at 11:41 Reply
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