If you want to make extra money after putting in the hours at your nine-to-five job, you can pursue plenty of evening side hustles.
Side hustles allow you to boost your income and put extra cash in your pocket. They can also provide some fun and a nice change of pace from your full-time job. And many of the opportunities covered in this article have the potential to turn into a full-time income if that interests you.
Whether doing odd jobs or setting up an online business, there are plenty of ways to make the most out of your free time in the evenings and at night. In this article, we’ll cover 20 different possibilities. Keep reading if you’re looking for new ways to start making extra cash today.
And if you’re looking for more options, see our list of 150+ side hustle ideas.
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Best Evening and Night Side Hustles
If you’re looking to make extra money in the evenings, one of the best options is to get a serving job at a restaurant in your area. Serving jobs are usually easy to find, and many restaurants need help for the busier evening hours. You can make a considerable amount of extra money from customer tips by working these hours.
You don’t even need any experience to start in this field. Many places are willing to train you on the job. You can learn quickly and be off on your own in no time. And if you have previous serving experience, even better.
Some of the options we’ll cover later in this list involve building a business. While those opportunities tend to provide higher long-term income potential, it can take a while before you start making money. By working as a server, you can start making money very quickly.
Overall, serving is a solid option if you’re looking for an evening or night gig that pays well and offers some flexibility. It’s ideal for someone who enjoys working with people and wants to hone their hospitality skills.
Bartending is another great side hustle for the evening and night crowd. If you have a knack for crafting drinks and interacting with customers, this could be an ideal job for you.
Like serving, bartending jobs are relatively easy to find at restaurants and bars in your area. Some of them even offer bartender training classes if you don’t have any experience. And chances are good that there will always be demand for skilled and friendly bartenders.
You can make good money from tips while working as a bartender, especially on nights when it’s busy. Plus, many places also offer flexible hours so that you can work around your day job schedule if needed.
Working as a bartender is also one of the best weekend jobs. If you can take weekend shifts, you can make even more money.
Valet service could be a good option if you have a valid driver’s license. Restaurants, bars, country clubs, and other establishments in your area often need someone to help customers park and retrieve cars.
This is usually a pretty easy job that pays well. You’ll just need to park cars and make sure that everything is safe and secure. And as a bonus, you might get to drive some pretty nice vehicles (although they’ll be short drives). Like serving and bartending, most of your pay will come from tips.
Valet service is also one of the best side hustles for college students looking to make some extra money while studying. It offers excellent flexibility and doesn’t require any specific skills or experience.
4. Delivery Driver
Food delivery apps are becoming increasingly popular and are a great way to make money in the evenings. Platforms like DoorDash allow you to sign up and deliver meals almost immediately (you’ll need to pass a background check).
This is an excellent side hustle because:
- You can choose your schedule (subject to availability).
- You can start making money quickly.
- It’s low-stress, which is nice after working a full-time job.
- You can earn a decent income.
DoorDash operates in more than 7,000 towns and cities. Chances are, it’s available in your area. And unlike rideshare driving, you don’t need a newer model car to qualify. DoorDash allows you to use any vehicle (including a bike in urban areas).
Do you love music and entertainment? Becoming a DJ could be an enjoyable evening side hustle. You can get gigs at weddings, clubs, bars, corporate events, and other occasions. Many of these events occur during the evening or night hours, so it could work with your schedule.
If you’re just starting, you may look for local venues offering open mic nights or small DJ events. This will give you valuable experience and help build your portfolio. As your skills improve, you can look for larger gigs like weddings and corporate events.
This is also a great opportunity if you enjoy meeting new people and having fun at parties and events. Of course, you’ll have a job to do, but having fun and bringing energy to the event is part of the job.
Becoming a DJ is an excellent option if you love playing music and don’t mind working late hours occasionally. You could turn this into a full-time career with some hard work and dedication.
6. Dog Walking and Pet Sitting
If you love animals, dog walking and pet sitting could be the perfect evening side hustle. You can make your own hours, set your own rates, and choose which services you want to offer (basic walks, extended stays, etc.).
While doggy daycares are popular, having a traditional job prevents daytime availability. However, you can make good money by offering overnight pet sitting for people who may be traveling.
You don’t need a lot of experience to do this job. All you need is enthusiasm and a genuine interest in animals.
Platforms like Rover make it easy to connect with pet owners looking for dog walking and pet sitting. You can also advertise on Craigslist or local bulletin boards. You can even pass out flyers in your neighborhood to promote your services.
Outdoor side hustles like dog walking can provide a welcomed change of scenery if you’re indoors all day at a full-time job.
7. Mowing Lawns
Mowing lawns is another excellent side hustle to tackle in the evenings. It’s a seasonal job, so you may need to find something else during colder months. Or you can simply enjoy the extra money during spring, summer, and fall, and take the winter off.
All you really need for this job is a lawn mower and the willingness to put in some hard work. Having a riding mower and other equipment will be helpful, but you can start by taking only smaller jobs if you only have a push mower.
Although plenty of landscaping and lawn care companies are out there, the prices tend to be high. As an individual with very low overhead, you can probably charge less and still make an excellent income for your time.
Since there are plenty of people willing to pay for lawn care, this is one of the best blue-collar side hustles.
Babysitting is a great evening side hustle for people who love working with kids. Depending on your availability and preferences, you can find babysitting gigs that are either one-time or ongoing.
The best way to find babysitting jobs is through your personal network. Most parents prefer to hire a babysitter they know or someone who comes with a recommendation from a friend they trust.
Talk to all of the parents you know and see if they need a babysitter or if they know anyone who does. You can probably find your first few clients just by leveraging your existing network. And if you do a good job, you may get additional clients through word-of-mouth advertising.
If you want to start an online business with excellent long-term income potential, you could start a blog. You can create your own blog in any niche that interests you. Then, write and publish quality content regularly.
Once your blog gets visitors, you can monetize it by selling ad space, participating in affiliate marketing, publishing sponsored posts, or creating digital products like e-books or courses.
Blogging income is truly unlimited. There are plenty of successful bloggers earning six or even seven-figure incomes. Of course, many bloggers don’t achieve success. However, the biggest reason for failure is giving up too soon.
Building a successful blog takes time and patience. Many top bloggers made very little money for the first six months or longer. You’ll need a long-term focus and the willingness to work before you start seeing results.
To learn more, please read our article How to Start a Blog.
10. Create and Sell Printables
Printables are digital products that can be printed out and used. Popular printable products include planners, organizers, calendars, journals, checklists, etc.
One of the best things about this opportunity is that you can build a business around your interests. You can make printables that relate to just about any topic or audience. Use your creativity, or check and see what other people are selling at marketplaces like Etsy.
You don’t need to be a graphic designer to create quality printables. Canva is online software that makes the process easy. But if you don’t want to do the work yourself, you can hire a designer on Fiverr to create the printables for you.
Once you have a library of printable products ready to sell, you can open an online shop (like an Etsy store) and start selling your creations. You can also promote via social media or on your blog if you have one.
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This is the perfect side hustle if you:
- Want to work from home
- Don't have much time
- Like the idea of selling on Etsy
- Don't have prior experience
If you have typing and language skills, you can use them to make money by transcribing audio and video files. Transcription is a great way to make money in the evening. Many platforms offer flexible transcription jobs, and you can do the work whenever it fits your schedule.
With most of these sites, you can sign up and quickly start making money. You may need to pass a brief typing test before jobs become available to you.
You’ll need a computer and an internet connection. A good pair of headphones and a transcription pedal are also highly recommended (see our article on transcription equipment for details). In general, you should be able to type at least 75 words per minute to become a successful transcriptionist.
You can practice and improve pretty quickly if your speed isn’t quite where it needs to be. Online typing tests help you evaluate your current skills and monitor your improvement.
Aside from using transcription platforms to find work, you can also freelance and work for your own clients. In fact, freelancing offers much better income potential.
Learn how to get started as a transcriptionist with this free 7-lesson course from Janet Shaughnessy of Transcribe Anywhere.
- Learn the two keys to success as a transcriptionist
- Use your existing typing skills
- Work part-time or full-time
- Work from home or anywhere with an internet connection
12. Proofreading and Editing
If you have strong spelling and grammar skills, plus keen attention to detail, you can make great money as a proofreader or editor. This may involve working for a blog or online publication, a print publication, or freelancing with various clients.
You can find these jobs on freelance marketplaces like Fiverr, Upwork (or even Craigslist), or contact bloggers directly. You’ll need to demonstrate your grammar and editing skills before taking on any projects.
Proofreading and editing jobs require considerable focus and concentration, so it’s important that you work in an environment that’s free from distractions.
This opportunity comes with significant income potential and the possibility of turning into a full-time business.
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13. Virtual Assistant
As a virtual assistant (VA), your job consists of providing various services to clients remotely. Typical responsibilities include organizing emails and schedules, completing small research projects, moderating forums or Facebook groups, answering customer service inquiries, dealing with social media accounts, and more.
You don’t need a lot of experience to become a successful virtual assistant – just dedication and reliability. You can find virtual assistant jobs at platforms like Fancy Hands, or go out on your own and find clients.
Some VAs take a generalist approach and offer a wide range of services. Others specialize (like a Pinterest VA). Specialists can usually demand higher rates because of their expertise. However, you may want to start by offering a wide range of services and then narrow your focus as you build your client base.
If you’re looking for a way to work from home in the evenings and use your administrative skills, working as a VA could be a good fit.
Freelancing offers the potential to make a lot of money if you have the skills and determination. You can work on projects related to writing, coding, design, photography, video editing, and much more. Chances are, you already have some skills from your current or previous jobs that would allow you to start freelancing and get paid.
Most freelancers start by joining marketplaces like Fiverr or Upwork. Here you can build an attractive profile and show off your portfolio of work. Clients come to these sites looking for specific services, so it can be a great way to find jobs.
You can also leverage your existing network and connections to find clients. Once you have a few projects under your belt, ask for referrals or testimonials. This can help you to land more work and increase your rates over time.
Your rates will vary depending on the services you offer and your experience level, but the income potential for freelancers is excellent. Most gigs will be completely flexible as long as you can meet the deadlines.
Bookkeeping is an excellent side hustle for people comfortable with numbers and with some bookkeeping or accounting experience. You can offer bookkeeping services to small businesses and organizations from the comfort of your home and do the work during evening hours.
You don’t need a specialized degree or certification to become a successful bookkeeper. However, you’ll need to know how to use QuickBooks or other bookkeeping software. Thankfully, there are plenty of courses that will teach you what you need to know pretty quickly.
Aside from offering basic bookkeeping services (like invoicing and paying bills), you can also provide consultancy services such as setting up accounting software, helping clients track their performance against goals, etc.
This type of work is usually quite well paid with good flexibility.
16. Invent Things
Here’s a unique side hustle opportunity for creative folks. You can use your spare time to work on new ideas and inventions. It’s important to note that you may not make any money for your efforts. However, with a creative idea and some good fortune, you may be in line for a big payday.
This is not an ideal opportunity if you need a side hustle to pay bills or fill in the gaps in your budget. But if you’re financially stable and looking for a fun way to use your evenings, this could be a good possibility.
Once you’ve got an idea or a prototype, there are many companies that pay for invention ideas. You can pitch your invention to relevant companies and see if it goes anywhere. Alternatively, you could build a business around your invention instead of waiting for someone to pay you for the idea.
You may need capital and marketing skills to get your project off the ground. You could also look for crowdfunding opportunities on sites like Kickstarter.
17. Teach English Online
If you have a good command of the English language, you can use your evenings to teach English online. This is another great way to make money from home while having flexible hours.
Some sites that offer teaching opportunities have specific qualifications, but the requirements vary from one to the next. You’ll need a computer with a reliable internet connection, and some platforms require a college degree or teaching experience.
One of the reasons why this works well as an evening or night side hustle is because your students are likely to be in other parts of the world. When it’s evening for you, it may be morning or afternoon for your students.
VIPKid is one of the most popular platforms.
18. Online Surveys
Taking paid online surveys is one of the most popular side hustles. It’s certainly not the highest-paying opportunity, but it’s very flexible, and anyone can do it. You don’t need special skills or experience.
You can take surveys in your spare time, even if you only have a few minutes. You can also work from your phone wherever you are, as long as you’re connected to the internet.
The best approach is to use a few different survey sites because the opportunities will be limited at each one. Using a few sites or apps, you can take the surveys that pay the most at each site while ignoring the lower-paying surveys.
There are many survey sites, but my top recommendations are:
You can make a few hundred dollars of extra income each month using several different sites.
19. Playing Games
Another similar opportunity is to play games on your smartphone or tablet. A growing number of apps allow you to play games and earn rewards like cash or gift cards. Some of the apps are totally free, and others will require you to deposit money to access higher-paying games and competitions. Obviously, spending money in hopes of winning comes with risk.
There are many different games that pay real money. Some of the apps offer a variety of different games and others focus on a specific type of game. The top choices include:
- Mistplay (Android only)
- Bubble Cash (for iOS or Samsung)
- Bingo Tour (for iOS or Samsung)
- Bingo Clash (iOS only)
- Cash Giraffe (Android only)
While you won’t make a lot of money with these games and apps, it can be a fun way to make a little extra cash. You can even play games while you’re watching TV.
Bubble cash is one of the top ranked apps on both iphone and android devices (on the app store it has 4.6 out of 5.0 with almost 100,000 reviews. You get REAL CASH by playing a bubble shooter tournament game. This is a super fun way to make some extra cash!
Microtasks are small, simple tasks you can complete for money. They usually require little more than being able to follow instructions and have access to the internet.
These tasks may include things like data entry, watching videos, categorizing data, website testing, and much more. Microtasks are generally very low-paying. However, they don’t take long to complete, so you can perform several tasks in an hour.
Overall, you’re likely to make a relatively low hourly rate with microtasks. However, the work is very flexible. You can do as much or as little as you want and work when it fits your schedule. If you have an hour of free time in the evening, you can log in, complete some tasks, and earn extra money.
Like taking surveys and playing games, microtasking is popular because almost anyone can do it. You don’t need specific skills or experience to qualify.
Some popular microtask platforms include:
Final Thoughts on Evening and Night Side Hustles
These are just a few of the side hustles you can do in the evenings or nights. Hopefully, this list gives you some ideas and helps you to find an opportunity that’s a good fit for you.
The best way to find out what type of work suits you is to try different things until you find the side gig that works for your lifestyle and interests. With effort and dedication, it’s possible to make good money from any of these side hustles. Good luck!