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The 11 Highest-Paying Side Jobs in 2019

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These days, it feels like everyone has a side hustle. Some people provide taxi services through Uber and Lyft, others deliver food through PostMates and UberEats. But not all side jobs pay enough to be worth the investment. Chances are, if you’re thinking about adding a side job to your schedule, you want a high-paying side job that’s worth your time.

If you’re ready to start making some serious cash, check out these high-paying side jobs you can try in 2019: 

Walk, Sit, and Snuggle Dogs and Cats

One of the fastest-growing sectors of the gig economy? Pet care. For those who can’t get enough of furry friends, it’s a dream gig: get paid to play with animals all day long. While there’s certainly more to it than that, it’s a great side job with huge payout potential, especially if you can build a loyal customer base.

Expect to make: $1,000+ per month

Find gigs on: Wag, Rover, Bed and Biscuits

Serve Up Looks as a Makeup Artist or Hair Stylist

If the reason you need a side gig is so you can buy the newest eyeshadow palette, the high-paying side jobs of makeup artist and hair stylist are perfect for you. This isn’t the same as working at a salon on a fixed schedule: working as an hourly makeup artist or hair stylist lets you set your own hours and accept the jobs you want. Most of your work will be for weddings or vow renewals, where the looks might be tame, but the pay is worthwhile (especially if you’re asked to work on the entire bridal party). 

Expect to make: $25+ per hour

Find gigs on: beGlammed, GlamSquad, Priv

Write for Blogs, Websites, and More

Every business needs someone who can write, but not every business has the right person for the job. If you’ve got the write (pun intended) skills, serving as a freelance blogger or writer is an excellent way to make some serious cash. The more you write, the better you become…and the more you can charge clients. Plus, as long as you’re making your deadlines, you can do the job anytime you want, making it perfect for night owls or folks with busy schedules.

Expect to make: $20 – $70 per hour, depending on experience

Find gigs on: CloudPeeps, Fiverr, Contently

…Or Copy Edit for Other Writers

Every writer needs an editor, and many businesses or individuals need an outside editor for individual projects. This is another high paying side job that can be worked whenever it’s convenient for you. But this isn’t for everyone: many writers are passionate about their work, so you’ll need to learn to balance honesty and compassion to earn stellar reviews and make good money as an editor.

Expect to make: $20 – $75 per hour, depending on experience

Find gigs on:CloudPeepsFiverr, UpWork, Indeed

Give Expert Advice at Any Hour on The One

If you’ve ever needed tech support in the middle of the night, you understand the need for a 24/7 helpline. The One is like that, but it’s not limited to tech. No matter what your area of expertise is, you can provide live video chat assistance to people who need it, with pay by the minute.

Expect to make: $1-$15 per minute, depending on your area of expertise

Find gigs on: The One

Run Google and Facebook Ads for Small Businesses

Data-driven people will find that digging into numbers can generate a number of high paying side jobs, but one of the highest is running ads on Google and Facebook for small businesses. While understanding how to do this effectively takes some time, it can easily be self-taught with online articles and guides. Once you know how it’s done, it can be a very high paying side job. 

Expect to make: $20 – $40 per hour, based on experience

Find gigs on: Indeed, Fiverr

Move People’s Stuff (and Get a Workout In) with Dolly

Own a pickup truck? Put it to good use. As a Dolly Helper, you can use your pickup truck, box truck, or cargo van to help people move their stuff, all while making over $30 per hour (plus tips!). Even if you don’t own a truck, you can sign up to be a Hands and make $15+ per hour by helping with the heavy lifting. 

Expect to make: $30+ per hour 

Find gigs on: Dolly

Be a Nanny for Serious Cash 

This isn’t your high school babysitting gig. Working as a professional nanny isn’t for everyone, but if you like kids, you can make some serious side money taking care of them. And if you have credentials–like a certificate in child development or experience working in childcare–you can build a referral business that could make nannying more lucrative than expected.

Expect to make: $15 – $40 per hour, based on credentials

Find gigs on: UrbanSitter, Care.com

Become a Flipper

Flipping isn’t just for houses. In fact, you can flip just about anything: designer clothing, limited edition sneakers, vintage furniture…if someone values it, you can make money flipping it. Simply find a niche product where you can buy the original for a low price and resell it for a markup to the right market. A great place to start is in an older family member’s attic. They may think their vinyl collection or vintage clothing is worthless, but online, their stuff could be a small fortune.

Expect to make: varies based on what you’re selling, but can reach between $20 and $50 per hour

Resell stuff on: PoshMark, Craigslist, eBay

Actually Make Money Driving People with Wingz

Uber and Lyft aren’t exactly known as the highest-paying side jobs, which is why Wingz feels like something else entirely. Uber and Lyft are the taxi services of the gig economy, and Wingz is the town car service. You’re expected to do more as a driver, and you’ll spend far more time making airport trips, but the pay is better, your jobs are scheduled out in advance, and you get frequent repeat customers who are more likely to tip for a stellar ride.

Expect to make: $40+ per hour

Find gigs on: Wingz

3D Print Pretty Much Anything

3D-printing is a specific job, but if you’re interested in engineering and are willing to learn, 3D printing can be a lucrative side hustle. You can work as a printer who works off pre-made templates, or you can take commissions and build your own 3D-printed items from the ground up.

Expect to make: $25+ per hour, depending on the project

Find gigs on: accept commissions on 3D Hubs, or sell pre-made pieces on Etsy

While many side jobs aren’t worth it, some can be incredible moneymakers. No matter which side job you choose, make sure you’re passionate about it and the pay is worth your time. 

Miranda is the Marketing Coordinator at Dolly. She’s moved nine times in the past six years, and while she’s grateful for the moving expertise, she’s hoping she doesn’t need to move a tenth time anytime soon.

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