It might seem like just about everyone these days has a side hustle, and research can back it up. Approximately 44 million Americans hang onto side gigs—and those gigs often come in the form of a creative or business pursuit managed outside of their regular job.
As side hustles become more mainstream (half of all millennials have one), the types of work that fit the mold seem to be expanding. There's a growing desire for work opportunities to be more flexible, too, which can also make a side gig more appealing.
That said, with so many options available now, how is someone supposed to narrow down the best opportunities for a side hustle? To tackle this question, Stacker wanted to take a look at some of the more profitable options out there. To qualify for this list of 30, an opportunity had to be both part-time and high-paying, with an average hourly wage of more than $15. There's a little something for everyone, so read on for some inspiration and to find out which side hustles—from Etsy to Uber—made the list.
Delivery truck drivers work locally, carrying packages and shipments to designated recipients. For those who like being on the road but also returning to the comfort of their own home every night, this job may be a great part-time fit. It has a median pay rate of $15.12 an hour and requirements typically include a high school degree, a valid driver's license, and on-the-job training.
Those with a passion for health and fitness may be pleased to know there's a market for private fitness instructors and personal trainers. They work with clients to develop and implement fitness goals and can often offer rates in the $20 per hour range.
Though the requirements to enter speech pathology can be demanding (including certification that requires a graduate degree, or even a doctorate degree), the field can be rewarding. Many speech-language pathologists work in clinics or schools, but some are independent, with the ability to set their own hours, schedules, and rates (which can range from $30 to $60 per hour).
Accounting, or keeping financial records, is often associated with long hours and busy schedules—but with a median hourly wage of $33.34, plenty of professionals make it a part-time gig. Training and education requirements can vary depending on the role and often include a bachelor's degree and certified public accountant license.
Musicians with the ability to teach their instrument can earn money giving lessons on the side. Rates can vary based on skill level, instrument, and location (and can even be offered online). Piano teachers, for example, earn on average around $31 per hour.
Dog walkers can earn anywhere from $15 to $75 per hour, with rates often set by number of dogs, number of walks, and length of walks. The ability to set one's own schedule, get exercise, and spend time outside with dogs might appeal to those who start a dog-walking business, making it an ideal side hustle for animal lovers.
Those with an academic area of expertise and competitive qualifications (that often include advanced degrees and relevant professional experience) may qualify for an adjunct professor role at a college or university. Positions are often part-time, and with classes at many schools offered throughout days and evenings, an instructor could easily add teaching alongside another job. Rates average $54.58 per hour.
Virtual assisting, or remotely performing tasks typically handled by a personal or administrative assistant, pays an average of $15.64 an hour. Aspiring assistants have a few options to get started, including starting a business of their own, searching out postings for hiring opportunities, or getting certified.
Those with a creative eye and access to the proper equipment can offer their photography skills in side hustle form. The gig affords many of the same benefits that side hustling is known for, including variable locations and hours, and the ability to manage one's own schedule. The average wage is $31 an hour.