While there are many ways for individuals to make extra money in their spare time, you may be looking for a side hustle you can do with your spouse or partner. Working together can be a fun way to increase your income while still spending time together.
Here, you’ll find a list of side hustles for couples that covers the best ways you can work together for supplemental income. Look at the options and see which ones might be a good fit for the two of you.
The Best Side Hustles for Couples to Make Extra Money Together
Here are the top side hustles for couples that you can use to make money on the side. Check these side hustle ideas and see which ones are best for you to make extra cash.
1. Start a Blog or Niche Website
Starting a blog or niche website is one of the best ways to make extra money for an individual, and it’s also an excellent option for couples. You can start a blog or niche site on a topic of your choice, so it’s possible to work on something you both enjoy.
A niche website is very similar to a blog. The primary difference is that many blogs cover various topics. On the other hand, a niche website focuses on a specific topic. Also, niche websites are typically all about the content. Readers may follow a blog because they connect with the blogger’s personality, but niche websites tend to be less personal and focused strictly on the topic at hand.
With a blog or niche site, you’ll create a content-based website that can make money in several different ways, including advertisements, affiliate marketing, sponsored content, and selling your own products.
The income potential is unlimited, and your online business may produce a full-time income instead of just extra cash.
Building a blog or website is a perfect side hustle for a couple because having two people working together makes it much easier than working alone. Content-based websites need to publish a lot of content, and two people can produce more content than one person can on their own.
Even if you’re outsourcing the writing to freelancers, both of you will be able to split up the work. You can share tasks related to editing articles, managing social media profiles, and promoting your site.
The downside of this side hustle is that it requires time and patience. Most new blogs and websites make very little money during the first 6-12 months, so you’ll need to be willing to put in the effort before seeing any results. However, your income may snowball once you have a solid foundation for your site with some established traffic.
Additionally, a money-making blog or website is a valuable asset you can sell at some point.
2. Start an Etsy Shop
Etsy provides a massive audience for anyone selling the types of products their audience is looking for. It’s easy and free to set up an Etsy shop, so this is a side hustle that doesn’t require a financial investment, at least not upfront.
Because Etsy is so popular, there’s a lot of competition among sellers for the attention of buyers. Success with an Etsy shop requires more than simply listing your products for sale and waiting for people to buy them. You may need to advertise (Etsy offers paid advertising options) or promote your products to get momentum and earn extra money.
There are a few advantages to selling printables instead of physical products. First, there are no materials to buy, so your costs of creating the goods will be low. Second, you can sell the same product repeatedly, making it easier to scale your business.
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- Want to work from home
- Don't have much time
- Like the idea of selling on Etsy
- Don't have prior experience
3. Start a YouTube Channel
Starting and growing a YouTube channel is similar to building a blog or niche website, except you’ll focus on video content instead of written content. Like a content-based website, a YouTube channel takes time and effort to grow, and you’re not likely to make money in the short term. However, the long-term income potential is unlimited.
A YouTube channel could be a great side hustle for a couple. Your videos may be more exciting and entertaining with two people than just one working alone. And even if both of you are not on camera, one of you could handle responsibilities like running the camera or editing the videos.
Your channel can be about any topic of your choice, so it’s possible to work on something you both enjoy. You can even incorporate a hobby or something you like to do together. For example, you could create a channel about travel.
YouTube channels can make money in a few ways, including advertising (the YouTube Partner Program), direct sponsorships, affiliate marketing, or creating and selling your own products.
4. Start a Podcast
A podcast is another type of content-based business. Instead of video or written content, you’ll produce audio content (some podcasts also make a video version).
Podcasting could be the perfect side hustle for couples because you can host the show together. Podcasts with two hosts are more interesting than those with a single host, so this is an excellent opportunity to work together.
Like starting a content-based website or a YouTube channel, growing a podcast into a successful business requires time and effort. You’ll need to put in 6-12 months of work before seeing the payoff. But once your show takes off, the income potential is unlimited.
Podcasts can make money in several ways, including sponsorships, affiliate marketing, or selling your own products.
One of the great things about starting a podcast is that you don’t have to be an expert on the topic of your show. Many podcasts rely on guest interviews for the majority of their content. So even if you’re not an expert, you can interview experts and leverage their knowledge and experience to grow your channel.
While you can invest individually, it may help to work alongside your partner. With the two of you working together, you’ll be able to bounce ideas off each other and benefit from different perspectives.
Whether you want to invest in stocks, ETFs, crypto, real estate, or something else, doing it alongside your partner will help to improve communication about financial matters. You can create a plan together and work to make progress toward your end goal.
The key is to find an investment strategy that works for you and stick with it. If you can do that, you could see some great returns on your investment over time.
If you want to invest in real estate for passive income, Fundrise is a solid choice. Or, you could buy and manage rental properties in your local area. If you go the rental route, having two of you working on it together will help to spread out the responsibilities related to maintaining and managing the properties.
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6. Rental Business
Here’s a side hustle opportunity that many people overlook. You could make extra money simply by renting your stuff to other people. Of course, the possibilities available to you will depend on what you have that you’re willing and able to rent out.
Some of the most common and most lucrative options include:
- Renting out an RV or camper with RVshare
- Renting out storage space with Neighbor
- Renting out a car with Turo
- Renting out a truck with Fetch
- Renting just about anything with Fat Llama
A rental side hustle is ideal for couples that don’t have much time but need a way to earn money. Since you’re making money based on the value of the asset you’re renting out, your income isn’t directly tied to the amount of time you work.
Like the other options on this list, you can do a rental side hustle on your own. However, it’s also ideal for couples because you’ll probably need to clean the item between renters. By working together, you can turn it around faster. For example, if you’re renting a camper or RV, two of you can clean it faster, and you can book rentals closer together.
7. Create Online Courses
Creating courses is an online business model with the potential to be highly lucrative. While this is an excellent business for an individual, it’s also a perfect way for couples to work together. For example, maybe one of you has the knowledge needed to teach a course on a specific topic, and the other can handle duties like creating the website and managing the technical details.
There’s plenty of work involved with creating courses, but once you’ve finished the course, it may continue to generate revenue for years to come. Depending on the topic of the course, you may need to update the material periodically, but this lucrative side hustle has the potential to earn passive income.
Online courses tend to have a higher perceived value than ebooks, so you may be able to sell your course for a high price. Many courses sell for hundreds or even thousands of dollars. And if you want to increase your income, you can create multiple courses.
For example, you can create bundles with several courses and increase the average order size. Or you can use low-priced courses as introductory offers and then upsell a higher-priced course.
The technical aspects of creating an online course are not as difficult as you might think. Platforms like Teachable and Podia make it easy to set up a professional website for your course. They’ll handle the processing of payments, and your students can log in and view the course material anytime.
8. Sell on Amazon
There are a few different ways to make money by selling on Amazon. One of the most popular options is selling private-label products under your own brand. You would find a manufacturer or supplier to put your logo or branding on a product and create a listing on Amazon.
Private labeling offers unlimited income potential, but it does require a financial investment because you’ll need to purchase the inventory you plan to sell. My wife and I started a side hustle selling private-label products on Amazon, which was very profitable. We sold the business for six figures after running it as a side hustle for two years.
Another option is to buy sale or clearance products at retail stores and resell them at a higher price on Amazon. Retail arbitrage involves purchasing products in stores to resell. The business model is online arbitrage if you’re buying the products online.
The downside of retail arbitrage and online arbitrage is that you’re constantly looking for products to sell. So my wife and I chose to go with a private label business because we liked the idea of building a brand and having our own products.
Selling on Amazon is one of the best side hustles for couples because there’s a lot of work involved, and it can be difficult for a single person to manage.
A print-on-demand business could be an excellent option if you or your partner are creative or artistic. With print-on-demand, you’ll sell physical products that are printed and shipped as they are ordered. As a result, you can avoid buying and storing inventory, and the supplier also handles everything related to shipping orders.
You can sell many different products with a print-on-demand business to make money online. T-shirts are popular, but you can also sell other types of apparel like hoodies, hats, and more. You can also sell tote bags, mugs, water bottles, mouse pads, and more.
The profit margin for print-on-demand is smaller than it would be if you were buying the inventory upfront. Still, you’ll benefit by not taking the financial risk of purchasing inventory you can’t sell. Additionally, it’s easier to scale up since you can release new designs and products quickly without needing inventory.
To start your print-on-demand business, you could sell at a marketplace like Redbubble or CafePress. These sites allow you to upload your designs, and then visitors can purchase those designs on a variety of products.
The other option is to start your own site. Starting and growing your site will take more time and effort since you’re starting from scratch, but the long-term income potential is higher. You can build your site quickly with Shopify and then integrate it with Printful (also easy to do) to provide print-on-demand services.
10. Trash Cleanup
Starting a trash cleanup business is another excellent side hustle that’s easy to overlook. While it may not be the most glamorous work, it has the potential to bring in a lot of money. Additionally, it requires no specific skills or experience, so almost anyone can do it.
Brian Winch started a trash cleaning side hustle in the 1980s. By picking up litter from parking lots, he surpassed the income from his full-time job in a few short months. Since the ’80s, Brian has been making a six-figure income with his trash-cleaning business.
If you’re interested in this opportunity, Brian created Cleanlots. This manual teaches the process of building a successful trash-cleaning business. It involves contacting property managers and offering a service to clean parking lots for office buildings, apartment complexes, retail stores, strip malls, and other businesses.
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Working as a couple is ideal because you can complete the work twice as fast and take on more clients. Whether you want to remain a small operation and make a side income or grow it to a full-time income, a trash cleanup business could be a great option.
11. Flea Market Flipping
If you’re looking for a fun way to make extra money with your spouse or partner, consider flea market flipping. With this side hustle, you’ll buy underpriced items at yard sales, flea markets, estate sales, auctions, and thrift stores and then resell them for a profit. You can sell the items locally using Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace or list them on eBay and ship them to buyers.
Flea market flipping is a perfect side hustle for a couple because you can go out looking for underpriced items and spend time together while working.
Many couples enjoy yard sales, so this is a way to turn that hobby into supplemental income. Also, each of you will be familiar with different products, so it helps to work together and find more things you can resell. Check out our list of the best items to flip for profit for some ideas.
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12. Flip Furniture
With flea market flipping, you find underpriced items and resell them for a higher price. You might clean up the item, but it generally doesn’t involve significant work on the product.
Another similar side hustle for extra income is flipping furniture. You’ll find an old piece of furniture that’s either very cheap or free, put in some time and effort to restore it, and resell it for what it’s worth after your work.
Solid wood furniture is usually the best option for flipping because it can be very valuable once restored. You may find cheap solid wood furniture at yard sales, flea markets, estate sales, and auctions. You can even find free furniture out for trash collection.
Flipping furniture often involves painting or staining, making an old, unattractive piece look new. You may need to strip some old paint or sand, but the exact steps will depend on the piece. You can also replace the hardware and drastically change the look for a small investment.
Once done with the piece, you can take photos and list it for sale on Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist.
Furniture flipping could be an ideal side hustle for a couple. For example, the two of you could do all the work together, or one could focus on finding the pieces while the other does the restoration work.
Photography is a hobby for millions of people, but have you ever thought about making money with photography? There are several ways you can make extra income, including selling stock photos, taking portraits for clients, selling prints, creating a photography blog, and more.
Working together as a couple could be ideal in a few scenarios. For example, if you want to make money with stock photography, one of you could serve as a model. Or you could use a tripod and the timer to capture photos of the two of you together. If you have kids, you could also incorporate them into family stock photos.
Another option is to work together for portraits or photo sessions. For example, one of you could take the photos while the other helps with props, wardrobes, and other details. And if you’re interested in wedding photography, working as a team allows you to cover the even more effectively than an individual.
14. Social Media Management
Suppose you or your partner have experience building a social media following. In that case, you could leverage that by offering services to small businesses as a side gig. Of course, most business owners recognize the importance of social media. Still, most don’t have the time or experience to handle it independently.
By starting a social media marketing agency, you and your partner could manage social profiles for clients. Your work might involve:
- Writing and posting updates.
- Designing images to be shared.
- Responding to comments and questions from other users.
Depending on your experience, you can also offer services to set up and manage ad campaigns on platforms like Facebook, Pinterest, and Google. Ad management services can be highly lucrative, so this is an excellent opportunity to explore.
One of the best aspects of this business is that many of your clients will need ongoing services. For example, you can offer monthly packages that provide a set number of hours or posts each week or each month. Then, once you’ve got a handful of clients, you won’t need to dedicate time to finding new clients.
Social media marketing is a side hustle that could provide extra cash to supplement your income, or you could scale up and grow it into a significant business.
15. Bonus Chasing
Here’s one that won’t be the first idea that comes to mind, but it can be a fantastic way to make extra money without dedicating too much time. It involves signing up for offers with a bonus and racking up as much bonus money as possible.
Banks, credit card companies, and app creators are often willing to compensate people for signing up or trying a service. Rather than spending money on advertisements, they offer bonuses to entice new users who want to get paid.
Credit card sign-up bonuses can be hundreds of dollars for a single credit card, but you can’t sign up for endless cards. If you sign up for more than one or two per year, you could risk damaging your credit score, and you’re also likely to be rejected for overapplying. But with you and your spouse working together, you can each sign up for an offer per year and increase the bonus money you make.
Banks frequently offer bonuses for opening a checking, savings, or investment account. These bonuses can also be hundreds of dollars, and you can open more bank accounts than credit cards. Bank account bonus offers will always have specific requirements to qualify, so read the details. You may need to maintain a certain balance or receive money by direct deposit to meet the requirements.
Also, many websites and apps pay you to sign up. The dollar amounts may not be as high as credit cards or bank accounts, but the requirements are generally straightforward. For example, Moomoo, Public.com, and Webull all offer free stock bonuses for new users who make a deposit.
16. Dog Walking and Pet Sitting
If you and your partner are animal lovers, what better way to make extra money than caring for pets? You could work as dog sitters or offer pet sitting services.
As pet sitters, you could watch animals during the day while their owners work, or you can provide overnight services for traveling people.
Dog walking is easy if you’re healthy, and finding clients isn’t difficult. There are people in every town and city that aren’t able to walk their dogs because of physical limitations or busy schedules.
Pet sitting is also relatively easy, although you’ll need to be responsible. Although it does involve work, many animal lovers enjoy pet sitting.
You could advertise your services on Craigslist, local bulletin boards, or by passing out flyers in your neighborhood. Alternatively, you can create a profile on Rover so local pet owners can find you.
17. Lawn Care
Lawn care is another service you can offer in your local area to earn extra cash. Suppose you and your spouse or partner enjoy working outside together. In that case, you could mow lawns and provide related services like trimming plants, gardening, weeding, mulching, and leaf cleanup.
The work is seasonal, but you can also adjust your services so you have something to offer throughout the year (like leaf cleanup and snow removal).
If you’re only looking to make a small amount of extra money, talk to some of your neighbors and see if they’re looking for someone to mow or provide lawn care. You can advertise your services to find more clients to turn it into something bigger.
18. Flipping Houses
Renovating and flipping houses can be an excellent way to make money with real estate, but it’s also risky. You might make a lot, or you could spend a lot of time working on the house and lose money.
This side hustle is best for someone with real estate or construction experience. If that’s you or your partner, this may be a money-making opportunity you want to consider.
As a house flipper, you’ll look for houses you can renovate to increase their value. You may be able to do the work yourself, or you can hire others to do it for you. Of course, you’ll save money by doing the work yourself, but you’ll also need to flip it quickly to keep carrying costs down.
19. Airbnb Hosts
If you have an extra room or unit in your house, you could offer it as a short-term rental through Airbnb or other similar platforms. By becoming an Airbnb host, you could make extra money by taking advantage of an asset you already own.
Short-term rentals can be potentially lucrative, but there’s also a lot of time and effort involved in cleaning the room or unit between renters. If you’re working together as a couple, you can do the cleaning much faster.
Depending on where you live and the type of room or unit you can offer, you can make good money with this side hustle.
20. Donate Plasma
The last idea on our list is an easy side hustle that doesn’t require any skills or experience. You can get paid for donating blood plasma up to two times per week.
The amount you make will vary depending on details like your weight. Most people can earn $300 -$400 extra per month by donating twice weekly.
You can double that amount if you and your partner do this together. As a result, it’s one of the best side hustle ideas for couples.
There are plasma donation centers all over the place. To find one in your area, search for “plasma donation center near me” or search Google Maps for a center.
You’ll need to tolerate needles to make money with this side hustle. The process generally isn’t painful, but it is longer than a simple blood donation. The process may take about an hour for each donation.
Final Thoughts on Side Hustles for Couples to Make Money Together
If you’re looking to make extra money while working with your spouse or partner, there are plenty of side hustle ideas you could pursue. Check the side hustles for couples covered in this article to find something that’s a good fit for you. Once you’ve found something, take action and get started.