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5 Easy Side Gigs That Pay Well

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If you’re considering opening a second stream of income, the first thing you probably want to know about any side hustle you’re considering is what it pays – but what you should ask yourself is how much money is hard to come by.

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The most famous side hustle of all is driving for Uber or Lyft, but is driving strangers – sometimes rude or drunk – in your own car really for you? If you want to make money carpooling, you’ll have to work long, hard hours – and the same could be said for many of the other top gigs.

The good news is that you can make just as much money or more with less hassle hustle. Keep reading to learn more about side hustles that ask you less but pay you more.

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Drop shipping

The average drop shipper makes $21 per hour or $42,657 per year, according to ZipRecruiter. It’s not free money, by any means, but there are certainly more taxing e-commerce gigs out there that don’t pay as well.

Drop shippers are online intermediaries that create websites and list products – but they don’t ship anything or hold any inventory, making them one of the most popular side gigs. When they make a sale, they pass the customer’s information and order to the manufacturer or wholesaler and earn a commission for their troubles.

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Tutors earn almost as much as direct shippers — the median tutor can expect to earn $18.27 per hour, according to PayScale — and they can work with elementary, high school, college or adult learners.

The job doesn’t come with the stress, preparation, and rigor of being a teacher, and you don’t have to show up to work at a school. You can set your own hours, choose your students, and it’s one of the most scalable side gigs. Many tutors have turned their hassles into full-time jobs that pay more than most educators can hope to earn.

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Resume writing

If you don’t have the skills or desire to help people learn, you might have what it takes to help them find a job. Resume writers earn an average of $21 an hour, according to ZipRecruiter — one of the highest-paying side gigs on this list.

If you have a background in HR, career coaching, or as a hiring manager, helping job seekers put their best foot forward on paper could be a small boost for a big payday.

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computer repair

If you have a knack for technology and a grasp of electronics, you can earn even more as a computer repair technician than you would as a tutor or drop shipper. According to, the median computer repair technician earns $30 per hour. Whether you’re making house calls or working from a home office, fixing troublesome computers takes skill, experience and focus – and it can be stressful – but it doesn’t qualify. not exactly like hard work.

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Rent your car

The easiest side gigs are those that generate truly passive income, which is exactly what P2P car rental marketplaces like Turo offer. If you have a car that you rarely drive, you can open up a new revenue stream by renting it out to carless drivers who need a vehicle but want to avoid the hassle and expense of Avis and Hertz. According to Turo, the average one-vehicle host makes $10,516 a year, but many hosts have gone full-time by scaling up to more cars.

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