8 Fun Side Jobs You Can Do from Home and In Your Spare Time

Unusual side hustles can help you earn extra money in your spare time. Do you need to find a way to earn extra money to pay off student loan debt? How about wanting to save up for a down payment (this is what I did) on a house?  Most of these fun side jobs can be done from home. More importantly,  each of these unusual side hustles can be done in your spare time.

Side jobs should be fun and something that you enjoy. Especially if you are already working another job or going to school full time. Therefore you definitely want your unusual side hustle to be enjoyable.

Some of these ideas are simple, like Rover. All you have to do is set up a profile. Provided that your profile is unique the pet requests should start coming in. Other ideas might take a little more effort but once you put the initial effort in, you can start earning money with the side job of your choice. More importantly, starting out looking for a summer job with animals might help you figure out if that is the path you want to take.

Whether it’s an online job or a unique work from a home side hustle, they are all a real legitimate thing. In addition, these are not scams but real ways that you can make money from home! Furthermore, earning extra money with a unique side hustle can be your reality!



A Unique Side Hustle as a Pet Sitter

Pet sit through Rover
Basically, I was able to make a lot of extra money for years by being a Rover sitter. In fact, this is something that you can do in your spare time. In general, you make your own schedule and choose whether or not you want to take a dog after you set up a pet meet. Rover collects all of the money from the clients and pays you after each booking. Similarly, another great thing is that you set your own price for your services. At first, keep your price on the low end. Accordingly, when you build up more reviews you can increase your price. This is what I did and it totally paid off!

Although if you have already been doing pet sitting for friends and family then you can ask some of them to write you a testimonial. Particularly, having a few reviews to start out will likely get your requests coming in right away. Above all make sure that you upload a lot of good clear photos. The photos should include various animals having fun in your care. Just check out Rover for yourself here!

Unique side hustles for NYC living

Another Idea for Unique Side Hustles: Create Logos for Small Business Owners


Are you a skilled artist or graphic designer? You can sell logos or design business cards for entrepreneurs just starting out. There are so many sites where you can do this nowadays. The more people that see and like your designs the more referrals you will get. This is an excellent side business for anyone who loves to draw or knows how to use Photoshop.

Unique Side Hustles: Working with Animals


Do you love cats? Start a side business cat sitting. Most people that hire you for cat sitting are asking you to come by once a day to feed the cat, scoop the litter, provide playtime, and give the cat company. How do you find people who need cat sitters? Here are a few ideas: word of mouth, start telling friends and family that you are available. Another idea is to make flyers and start plastering them around your neighborhood. Of course, you can also use social media to get the word out.

Online Surveys are Always an Easy Way to Earn a Little bit of Extra Cash


Do online surveys. Online surveys is definitely not a way to make a significant amount of side income but if you enjoy taking surveys, then why not participate in ones that pay you!
This company PanelPlace.com will provide you with a list of paid survey companies.

Another one where you can Get Paid For Your Opinion is American Consumer Opinion.

A third option is Survey Junkie, they are a popular survey company that pays you to share your opinion and helps brands deliver better products.



Teach Others What You Know: Become  A Tutor!


Do you enjoy teaching others? Become a tutor on any topic. Due to COVID many children doing at-home learning. Parents are struggling and some students who normally get straight A’s are struggling. As a result, this is where a tutor can come in handy.

A great tutor is eager to help others learn. Whether you are a teacher, professor, Ph.D. student, or industry professional, you must have something you are an expert in that others want to learn.

The great thing about tutoring as a unique side hustle is that if you really like it you can go on to become a professional tutor.

You can tutor anything from Japanese to Biology. Are you bilingual? There are so many people who want to learn another language and seek a conversation partner. Speaking another language with a conversation partner is a must when a  person wants to master another language. If you are fluent in a 2nd language why not put an ad on craigslist or FB marketplace advertising your services?

Additionally,  are wondering how to find tutoring jobs? More importantly, there are many places to find a tutoring side job.

  • Facebook – let your friends and family know that you are available.
  • Put up flyers in your city.
  • Add your business card or flyer to a coffee shop bulletin board.
  • Craigslist
  • Start a free website and list it on Yelp and Google My Business. Tutor some students for free until you build up reviews and clientele.
  • There are various platforms where you can list your services, like care.com.

Unique side hustles are out there, they may just take a bit of brainstorming!

Whatever you are good at, why not turn your expertise into a unique side hustle? On the one hand, you can earn some extra cash, and another hand you will be helping a student who is struggling. This side hustle is a great way to help others learn about topics that you are an expert in.




Unique Side Hustles: Start a Podcast!


Start a Podcast!

Do you have a unique topic that you are passionate about? To begin with, podcasters can earn money through sponsorship and donations. As an example, The Afford Anything podcast by Paula Pant started out as her fun side job. Now the podcast earns income through sponsorships. Initially, Paula’s podcast started out as a passion project. Afterward her heartfelt need to help people become financially independent kept her podcasting.

There are so many podcasts out there, and they all have a unique spin. There are podcasts on addiction recovery, veterinary medicine, veganism, punk music, and so much more. More importantly, just think of any topic that you love and I guarantee there is a podcast for it.


Necessary Unique Side Hustles – Meal Delivery Apps!


With many countries still experiencing shutdowns and no indoor dining, due to the worldwide pandemic,  the need for a restaurant delivery service has become more crucial.  Working for the various meal apps is a quick and easy way to earn extra money.

This unique side hustle allows you to turn on the app whenever you feel like it. There are even veterinarians and doctors who drive for these meal delivery apps. As a result, they earn extra money towards their student loans or bills.



Take a Dog for a Jog!


Dog Jogging!

Are you already an avid jogger? Why not earn some extra money by taking someone’s dog for a jog. Recently on the website Nextdoor, I saw someone in my area offering $20 to anyone willing to take their dog on a 45-minute job 2x per week.  In many cities, there are dog walking companies but few dog jogging companies. Since most dogs have so much pent up energy, taking them for an hour-long jog can be an easy way to earn some extra cash.

dog and person jogging. Unique side hustle ideas.

There are so many dogs who would benefit from a daily jog. More importantly, getting clients for this particular unique side hustle will be pretty easy.

Dog jogging is truly one to add to our unique side hustles list! Although you may want to get insurance through a pet sitting insurance company. Taking care of other people’s pets is a risky business and being protecting allows your clients to know that you take the well being of their dog seriously. Pet insurance is inexpensive, making it worthwhile to have.

Here are some ways to get your new fun side job noticed.

  • Facebook – let your friends and family know that you are available.
  • Put up flyers in your city.
  • Nextdoor app – let your neighbors know through here that you are available.
  • Add your business card or flyer to a coffee shop bulletin board.
  • Craigslist
  • Start a free website and list it on Yelp and Google My Business. Offer to take a few dogs for a free jog until you build up reviews and clientele.

Final Thoughts On Fun Side Jobs

In conclusion, there are many ways you can earn extra income. First and foremost brainstorm and write down 10 ideas that you are passionate about. Secondly, research if any of them can be turned into a fun side job or unique side hustle! Just remember that there is nothing wrong if you want to spend your extra time volunteering at a zoo internship. Side hustles are not for everyone!