Whether you have a full-time job, part-time job, or you’re a stay-at-home mom, a great way to supplement your income is by finding a legit side job. An online side job, otherwise known as a side hustle, can be any type of paid work you complete.
Most online side jobs allow you more freedom than having a second job because they are flexible and can pay you per job instead of by the hour. Plus, the only requirements are a computer, internet service, and often a telephone.
The only problem that arises when finding an online side job is finding jobs that are legit. There are many spammy sites and scams on the internet, especially when it comes to finding paid work. Many sites will promise you a high amount of money, but the work you are doing is not what they describe on their site.
For example, I’ve come across numerous rebate processing jobs that sound easy and pay ridiculously well. All of these jobs I’ve looked into consisted of selling a service and getting people to sign-up so you can make money. You do not actually process any rebates. These are the kinds of jobs that you need to beware of when searching for side jobs online.
After searching for good online side jobs, I have found a select few that are legit. Below you will find a list of legit online side jobs along with where you can look for open positions.
1. Freelance Writer
Writers are in huge demand. Many websites and blog owners do not have the resources to create new content, so they need to outsource it to freelancers.
If you are an expert in a particular or subject or have good writing skills, you can check these sites and apply for job openings:
See this post for more freelance writing jobs.
2. Virtual Assistant
Tasks can include scheduling, social media management, administrative duties, bookkeeping, etc. Depending on your schedule, many virtual assistant jobs can be part-time or full-time and can be done when it fits into your schedule.
Virtual Assistant jobs can have a wide range of people who will hire you. To find work, you can search blogs, check job posting sites, LinkedIn, and Facebook Groups.
Here are a few companies that hire freelance virtual assistants:
3. Graphic Designer
For this side job, you definitely need to have the right experience to complete graphic design work. Starting as a freelancer is the perfect way to start your career while still working as many hours as you desire.
Some of the best places to find work online for graphic designers include
4. Customer Service Representative
This online side job typically entails answering questions, helping customers with problems or complaints, and general product information. Most customer service representatives who work from home do need to work set hours and shifts. This side job does not have as much flexibility, but you can do it from the comfort of your home.
You can find customer service representative jobs on major job boards, LinkedIn, even company websites.
Here are a few companies that offer remote customer service roles:
5. Data Entry Clerk
Data entry work is one area where you need to be careful. Not only are there scam data entry companies, but many companies only pay pennies per document.
But it’s not all bad news. There are legit companies that are looking to have people enter data into their software systems. The best part of these jobs is the work is easy, and you do not need to have a lot of experience to get hired.
If you are seeking a data entry job that you can do from home, take a look at companies like:
6. Complete Short Tasks
Short tasks are exactly what they sound like, small one-off tasks that you complete for cash. The micro jobs you can work on all depend on your skills and expertise but include side jobs like transcription, research, verifying information, moderating content, proofreading, translation, and lots more!
To apply for short task jobs, look at:
If you have excellent typing and listening skills, transcribing audio clips into written documents is a tremendous online side job you can do from home. As long as you’re a fast and accurate typist and you can meet your deadlines, transcription is something that can be done any time of the day from any location. You will need a transcription foot pedal, headphones, transcription software, and a computer with an internet connection. According to ZipRecruiter, the average transcriptionist earns $15 per hour.
To find transcription jobs, check out:
8. Website Tester
If you’re tech-savvy and enjoy testing things out, applying for website testing gigs is an easy and quick way to make money online. Many of these side jobs require you to share a recording of your computer screen, so you will need a laptop with a built-in camera. The average pay for a website tester is $10 for a 5-20 minute test, although I’ve seen some sites that pay much more.
Does website testing sound like a fun side gig? Then check out these sites:
9. Survey Taker
Surveys are one of those side jobs that tend to get a bad rap, and that’s because some surveys take too long for the amount they pay. But as long as you use reputable sites and only complete surveys that are worth your time, it can be a nice little side earner! In fact, on one platform that I use, Gauge, I earned $70 in one month from seven surveys that took less than 10 minutes each!
Want to make money with surveys? Check out these legitimate companies:
10. Online Tutor
If you’re a college student, teacher, or have extensive knowledge of a subject matter, you can make money through online tutoring. Many of these tutoring platforms allow you to log in anytime and work as much or as little as you’d like. You’ll need to prove your academic credentials and expertise, and you should enjoy working with students.
Here are some tutoring platforms to help you earn extra cash on the side:
11. Focus Group Participant
Focus groups are an easy way to make good money on the side by giving your opinion on things like products, services, music, commercials, and lots more! On average, you’ll earn $50-$150 an hour participating in focus group studies. These market research studies have a variety of formats, including simple surveys, one-on-one interviews, group studies, telephone studies, dairy studies, and online studies. The longer the study, generally the more money you’ll make.
Here are some focus groups to check out:
Are you fluent in more than one language? Do you have excellent written and oral communication skills? If so, take this knowledge and turn it into a bilingual side hustle! Many companies need documents translated from one language into another, and they’re willing to pay you good money. Or you can work on the phone as an interpreter. According to ZipRecruiter, freelance translators, on average, earn $29 per hour!
Here are some companies to go through:
13. Sell T-shirts Online
If you have a creative flair and want to make money selling T-shirts online, there are many ways to get started. Best of all, many T-shirt selling platforms allow you to get up shop for free! Decide on which T-shirt selling platform you’re going to use, create your designs, price your shirts, and start promoting them online. One individual that found success with this side hustle is Benny Hsu. He profited $100,000 using the platform Teespring and documents his story and success here.
Want to make money selling T-shirts? Check out these platforms:
14. Teach English Online
If you’re a native English speaker with excellent communication skills, you can make money tutoring others (non-native English speakers) online. Some companies will require you to have a bachelor’s degree and your TEFL or TESOL certification, while others like Cambly don’t require any experience at all. Pay rates for this side job vary greatly but run anywhere from $10-$26 per hour.
To make money as an ESL tutor, check out these legit hiring companies:
If you have a good grasp of the English language and an eye for catching spelling and grammatical errors, proofreading may be the perfect side job for you! Most companies that hire editors and proofreaders will require you to have a bachelor’s degree, and you’ll often need to pass a timed proofreading exam before accepting assignments. To find proofreading gigs, you can look on freelance sites like Upwork or Guru, or you can browse some popular staffing agencies like Kelly Services or Robert Half.
Here are a few other companies that hire proofreaders:
16. Closed Captioner
Closed captioning work is very similar to that of a transcriber in that you’ll listen and watch videos, TV shows, and movies and transcribe the sounds into subtitles for the hearing impaired. Just like transcription, you’ll need to be a fast and accurate typist with an excellent command of the language you’re captioning. These jobs can be found on freelance sites and larger career boards like FlexJobs and Indeed.
Here are a couple of companies that hire closed captioners regularly:
17. Test Scorer
While computers can tabulate results for many tests, there are some tests that computers cannot grade, like written essays. If you would like to make some extra cash on the side, and you have a college degree, check into scoring test papers online! According to Glassdoor, test scorers make an average of $12-$16 per hour. Often these remote positions are location-dependent because of on-site training requirements.
Does this sound like a fascinating side job? Check out these hiring companies:
See this post for more test scoring gigs.
18. Use Your Photography Skills
Are you good with a camera? If so, you can make money online by selling your photographs to stock image sites. You generally need to submit a few images to each site to show what you’re capable of, but once you’re accepted, you’ll earn a commission for each photo you sell. Some platforms will require you to sign an exclusivity agreement, so be sure to read all the terms before joining.
Here are a few reputable places you can sell your stock images online:
19. Online Teacher
If you have your teaching certificate, or you’re well-versed in a particular subject, you can make money online teaching others a skill, trade, or topic. Online teaching positions for grades K-12 require you to have a degree and teaching certificate, while other platforms, like Outschool, don’t require formal teaching credentials.
For ways to make extra money teaching, check out:
20. Become a Mystery Shopper
Does going undercover sound exciting? That’s precisely what you’ll do when you become a mystery shopper! Sometimes your gigs will consist of calling a company and asking them a series of questions. Other times, you’ll visit an establishment in person, and you’ll write a review about your experience. Mystery shopping gigs vary greatly in pay depending on how the assignment is completed (phone, on an app like Mobee, or in-person). Often, part of your payment is a free product, service, tickets, or a meal out.
If mystery shopping sounds like a fun side hustle, apply at:
21. Clean Out Your Closet
When was the last time you went through your closet and took out things you no longer wear? These items, whether they’re dresses, jeans, shoes, shirts, purses, sunglasses, or jewelry, can be sold online for extra cash! Some people make this into a full-time side hustle by scouring thrift stores and garage sales for cool vintage or brand name items that they can resell online for quick cash!
If selling clothing online sounds like a dream gig, check out:
22. Become a Mock Juror
Do you love watching Law and Order? Then perhaps becoming a mock juror is the perfect side earner for you! Before lawyers go to trial, they may use a mock jury to test out their arguments and different points of view. Sessions usually take 20-60 minutes to complete and pay around $20-$60.
To get started as a mock juror, apply with:
23. Social Media Manager
If you’re an avid social media user, you can make good money by managing, creating, and moderating social media accounts for business owners. As a social media manager, you may create content for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, Pinterest, and more!
Want to manage social media accounts for extra money? Check out these hiring companies:
24. Search Engine Evaluator
Search engines like Google are constantly testing and tweaking their search results to ensure that the best content is served up when a user searches. To do this, they use search engine evaluators to evaluate search results. While these positions don’t require any formal experience, you must be tech-savvy, know about current events, and be detail-oriented. The pay for this position averages $9-$13 per hour, but the hours are flexible.
To apply for these side jobs, check out:
25. Pet Sitter
If you’re a dog lover, you can make extra money by offering pet sitting and dog walking services to dog owners. With on-demand apps, it’s never been easier to connect with pet owners who need your services. According to the Wag website, you can make an extra $500 a month by dog sitting just three times per week!
Here are a few places to find pet sitting gigs:
26. Online Stylist
Is fashion your passion? If so, you can work part-time from home as an online stylist. As an online stylist, you’ll curate clothing items for people who are too busy to shop for themselves. Most of these positions don’t require a degree, just excellent customer service skills and a love of style and trends.
Here are a few places that hire virtual stylists:
27. Virtual Babysitting
Yes, virtual babysitting is a thing! With VeeBee, a family and a virtual babysitter log into a video conferencing platform. While the parents are getting stuff done around the house, a virtual babysitter interacts with their children remotely. With VeeBee, sitters determine their own prices (usually $10-$20 per hour), and payments are distributed via an agreed-upon payment platform like PayPal, Venmo, or Zelle. VeeBee gets a 5-star rating on Facebook.
As you can see, there are lots of legit online side hustles for the taking. If you come across an interesting side job, make sure you take the time to properly research any company before divulging personal information or accepting a position. If they seem “too good to be true,” more than likely it is. Even though there are a lot of scams online, you can still find plenty of legit online side jobs that you can do in your spare time.
What side jobs have you done?
Originally published December 30, 2014. Content updated October 2021.