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
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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:
- The first is a $50 Airbnb coupon code! Seriously, I wish I could redeem that one for myself.
- The second is a free Uber ride!
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!
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.
And here are some of my articles about blogging:
- How to Start a Self-Hosted WordPress Blog
- 19 Essential Tips for Bloggers
- How to Make Money Blogging
- SEO Tips for Beginners
- Blogging Freebies
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!
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