There are two good ways to start a search for remote side hustles: 1) look for skills and careers that are conducive to online, remote side hustles, or 2) find a marketplace with online projects and jobs.
In this article, we’ve covered both options in depth. Click a link below to start your remote side hustle search whichever way works best for you:
- 12 best remote side hustles (plus hourly earning potential for each)
- 19 online marketplaces to find remote side hustles
- The story behind my remote side hustle
Best Remote Side Hustles Organized By Career
To analyze your potential to earn in a remote side hustle, start with what you’re good at. Below, you’ll find 12 skills that are frequently hired for as remote, work-from-anywhere freelancers (or, side hustles). Take a look at the list to find a few of the skills you might possess.
Then, take a look at the earning potential per hour, since you’ll most likely develop your remote side hustle for a few hours here or there. Finally, you’ll see a recommendation for the best marketplace or platform to find these type of jobs. You could set up a profile on that website to start earning in your new remote side hustle.
|Side Hustle||Job Titles||Average Hourly Rate||Hourly Rate Range||Best Platform|
|Social Media||Social Media Content Creator, Social Media Specialists, Social Media Assistant||$17.50||$11.87 – $28.13||PeoplePerHour|
|Data Entry||Data Entry Specialist, Data Entry Clerk, Data Entry Technician||$16.61||$12.70 – $22.63||Fiverr|
|Virtual Assistance||Virtual Administrative Assistant, Virtual Receptionist, Remote Virtual Assistant||$17.31||$10.62 – $26.93||Upwork|
|Transcription||Legal Transcriptionist, Documentation Specialist||$18.32||$11.52 – $30.86||Fiverr|
|Graphic Design||Creative Graphic Designer, Junior Motion Graphic Artist, Graphic Artist||$19.44||$13.61 – $30.68||Upwork|
|Proofreading||Copy Editor, Junior Copy Editor, Content Moderator||$19.59||$12.36 – $33.73||Upwork|
|Writing||Copywriter, Blog Writer, Technical Writer||$24.18||$12.79 – $55.77||Hubstaff|
|Tutoring||Online English Teacher, Online Tutor||$19.36||$11.44 – $40.35||Tutor.com|
|Testing||Website Tester, Game Tester||$30.80||$20.16 – $44.27||Upwork|
|Research||Research Analyst, Junior Researcher||$23.15||$15.74 – $32.92||Upwork|
|Translation||Translator||$22.24||$12.17 – $42.91||Fiverr|
|Photo Editing||Photo Editor||$16.71||$12.05 – $42.91||PeoplePerHour|
*The average hourly rate and rate range comes from Payscale.com.
Best Marketplaces For Side Hustles From Home
The other way to find a side-hustle, remote job that is a good fit is to find the right platform where freelance jobs are posted. We talked about these platforms in our post about work-from-home, make-your-own-schedule jobs.
In the table, you’ll see the name of the marketplace, a link to sign up to find jobs, the main job types on the platform, and the estimated monthly visitors to the website according to a tool named Semrush. I included this column to give an idea of the size of the platform (how many people use it in some way each month).
|Marketplace||Find Side Hustles||Types Of Jobs||*Monthly Visitors|
|Fiverr||Click here||Design, Marketing, Writing, Video, Animation, Audio, Programming, and more…||93,600,000|
|Upwork||Click here||Virtual Assistance, Accounting, Support, Sales Marketing, Design, Development, Writing, and more…||56,800,000|
|Dribbble||Click here||Graphic Design||23,180,000|
|Freelancer.com||Click here||“Design, PR, Translation, Research, Development, Marketing, Writing, and more…||8,490,000|
|Toptal||Click here||Development, Design, Finance, Product Management, Project Management||5,190,000|
|99Designs||Click here||Graphic Design||5,120,000|
|PeoplePerHour||Click here||Design, Writing, Translation, Design, Support, Marketing, Programming, and more…||3,500,000|
|Hubstaff Talent||Click here||Development, Marketing, Design, Writing, IT, and more…||3,140,000|
|Guru||Click here||Development, Writing, Translation, Art, Administrative, Legal, and more…||1,280,000|
|Truelancer||Click here||Programming, Design, Writing, Data Entry, Customer Support, and more…||570,000|
|NoDesk||Click here||Support, Design, Marketing, Sales, Operations, and more…||150,000|
|FreeUp||Click here||Inventory Management, Support, Design, Marketing, Accounting, Finance, and more…||130,000|
|Codeable||Click here||WordPress Development||90,000|
|Outsourcely||Click here||Design, Development, Writing, Support, Sales, Marketing, and more…||70,000|
|Gun.io||Click here||Software Development||50,000|
*This is an estimate of the monthly web visitors to the site according to Semrush.
Buildremote: My Remote Side Hustle
Why did I write this post?
You are visiting my first remote side hustle right now!
I started Buildremote in 2020 and ran it as a side hustle until the fall of 2022. That’s when it became my full-time business as I left the company I worked at for over eight years.
I wanted to compile a helpful report so other people can find a great side hustle from home, as well. If you have any questions about how or why I decided to start Buildremote (and the opportunity to build your own side hustle), reach out here.
How To Find Flexible, Remote Work
There is one big, trustworthy job board specifically for flexible schedule, remote jobs. That is Flexjobs. Now, this is not necessarily the right place for remote side hustle jobs. It is more for full-time and part-time work work at remote and flexible companies. But I wanted to mention it as an option.
What is the best remote side hustle?
It depends on what you have as a skill. But generically speaking, these are some of the highest-paying (by hour) side hustles you can do from home:
- Testing: Website Tester, Game Tester ($30.80 per hour)
- Writing: Copywriter, Blog Writer, Technical Writer ($24.18 per hour)
- Research: Research Analyst, Junior Researcher ($23.15 per hour)
- Translation: Translator ($22.24 per hour)
What is the easiest side hustle online?
This, too, depends on the skills you possess. Writing jobs might be easy to one person while researching may be hard to another. Pick the skill in which you can bring the most value, and that will be the easiest. From our list, these might be some good options:
- Data Entry
- Virtual Assistance
- Social Media Management
- Photo Editing