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High-paying side hustles

  • High-paying side hustles

    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.

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  • Personal shopper

    Depending on one's location, a personal shopping side hustle has the potential to be a lucrative endeavor. Established shoppers have shared rates in the $150 per hour range for individual clients and even more for businesses which seek out services for their employees.

  • Rideshare driver

    Perhaps one of the first things that comes to mind when side hustles are mentioned is driving for a rideshare service like Lyft or Uber. Along with a number of other apps, driving for Lyft or Uber epitomizes the flexibility of this style of work. With tips, busy drivers can earn $30 an hour.

  • Delivery truck driver

    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.

  • Fitness instructor

    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.

  • Graphic designer

    Creatives who want to turn client ideas into clear and attractive visuals might enjoy graphic design. Small businesses and entrepreneurs often have graphic design needs but not enough to employ a full-time employee. Median hourly pay was reported to be $23.41 in 2017.

  • Mail carrier

    Depending on one's location, a part-time mail carrier position or may be a surprisingly good fit for those looking for something to do on the side. A high school diploma is required, as well as one's own vehicle. The average hourly pay rate is $17.81.

  • Speech pathologist

    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).

  • Accountant

    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.

  • Real estate agent

    Real estate agents often work when clients are available, outside of traditional office schedules. Most earn commission on homes that sell or are rented, and it tends to average $20.85 per hour.

  • Dog trainer

    Dog trainers can help dogs—and their owners—master commands, tricks, and various obedience training methods. With hourly rates averaging $16.71, the role might be especially appealing for dog lovers with the desire to control their own schedule and hours.

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