16 Best Side Hustles For Men (2022)
At some point in time, you might want to make a bit of extra money on the side to reach your financial goals.
This could mean building up your emergency fund, going on vacation, or getting a new car.
Whatever the case, side hustles are one of the most effective ways to boost your monthly income. And in the long-run, they can let you build serious wealth or even start a new career.
I’ve been side hustling personally since my college days. And I even turned blogging and freelance writing, two of my hustles, into my full-time job.
But today, I’m covering 16 awesome side hustles for men you can use to increase your income.
If you’re ready to work, let’s get to it!
The Best Side Hustles For Men
One quick note before jumping into some of the best side gigs for dudes.
Anyone can complete the following gigs in their spare time. But I wanted to include gigs that were very flexible, have a high income potential, and also include hobbies or tasks guys might be good at.
Of course, there are plenty of other ways guys can make extra money in their spare time. But these gigs play to some of men’s natural abilities and common interests, so I hope one of them catches your eye!
1. Do Odd Jobs For Cash
One of the easiest side hustles for men that you can consider is to just do random odd jobs around town.
There’s all sorts of ways to find local cash gigs that you can complete in your spare time.
For example, if you search on Craigslist, you find all sorts of gigs like:
- Appliance removal
- Furniture assembly
- Junk removal
- Photography work
- Snow plowing
- Window cleaning
All you have to do is fine an afternoon after work or weekend you have off, and you can potentially make $50 to $200 or more for some honest hours of work!
Craigslist is also free to use so it’s an excellent place to start. You can also use free apps like Steady and find local gig jobs or part-time gigs in your area as well.
2. Food Delivery Gigs
Food delivery gigs are another popular side hustle for guys, and it’s a great option if you want steady work and a flexible schedule.
Generally, you can work for delivery gigs as long as you’re 18 or older and don’t have any major driving violations or criminal charges within the last 7 years.
Some popular food delivery gigs you can try out include:
- DoorDash: The leading food delivery service that’s available in 5,500+ cities in North America.
- Instacart: The leading grocery delivery app in North America.
- Uber Eats: Another popular food delivery gig that’s like DoorDash.
- Cornershop: A grocery delivery service that’s owned by Uber and is very similar to Instacart.
Many of these gigs can realistically make $15 to $20 per hour, and you keep 100% of all your tips.
Plus, jobs like DoorDash and Uber Eats let you deliver with your bike in many markets. This means you can get a workout in while making extra cash as well.
3. Be A Handyman
While this is pretty cliche, one great side gigs for men is to offer handyman services to people in your neighborhood.
People need help with stuff like furniture assembly or hanging TV mounts all the time. And if someone lacks the skills or tools to get the job done, they’ll pay you instead.
Websites like TaskRabbit are an excellent option for listing your various handyman services that people can hire you for.
It’s free to become a Tasker. You also set your availability and hourly rate so you’re in complete control.
Furniture assembly, handyman help, moving help, and tech support are pretty popular gigs. But there are dozens of gigs you can offer as a Tasker.
Handy is another popular option where you can list handyman services, including electrical and plumbing work, that people can hire you for.
4. Sell Stuff On Etsy
If you want to run your own online business, another great side hustle for dudes is to sell stuff on Etsy.
Etsy is one of the most popular marketplaces for selling apparel, artwork, jewelry, and anything vintage.
However, there are tons of Etsy niches where people sell crafts, woodworking pieces, furniture, and even tools.
For example, one Etsy shop owner I interviewed is actually a full-time blacksmith and sells his wares on Etsy as well as his own online store.
He has thousands of sales, and Etsy has actually grown from a side hustle into a full-time business more or less.
It’s also free to create your Etsy shop. You just pay a $0.20 listing fee per item and a transaction fee when you actually make a sale.
5. Start A Cleaning Business
If you have a high level of attention to detail, you can always try starting a cleaning business for your next side hustle.
Again, websites like Craigslist and TaskRabbit let you offer this type of service to people in your area. You can also use apps like Handy to offer cleaning help to people in your city.
Professional cleaners can easily earn $25+ per hour, or even more if you also get into services like carpet cleaning or air duct cleaning.
Granted, this is very hard work, but if you live in a major city, you might find a steady roster of clients pretty quickly.
You can also read this guide on starting a cleaning business for a full breakdown of how to launch your own cleaning business and the supplies you’ll need.
6. Freelance Online
If you prefer working from the comfort of your own home or remotely, freelancing is another excellent side hustle for men.
Online freelancing has also been my main side hustle over the years. In fact, it’s how I started blogging in the first place and what let me become a digital nomad.
When I graduated college, I started working at a digital marketing agency running paid ads.
But I started freelance writing for a few clients on the side. And after a while, I got tired of a 9-5 office job, quit, moved to Colombia, and started writing full-time.
It was a scary transition. But after a year, I was making way more money with writing than I ever had in paid media.
And this is just one personal example of how dudes can make money with freelancing.
Some of the other popular freelancer fields you can explore include:
- Accounting and bookkeeping
- Graphic design
- Social media marketing
- Web design
- Virtual assistant work
Turning to my own network and connections from blogging is how I found my first clients. But freelancer marketplaces like Upwork and Fiverr are also ways you can find your first gigs.
7. Start A Rental Business
If you want to earn passive income, one mens side hustle you can consider is to start some sort of rental business for yourself.
People do this all the time by renting out expensive equipment to people to make a bit of extra cash. And you can use websites like Fat Llama to find local renters for things like:
- DJ equipment
A few rentals per month, and suddenly, you might be looking at an easy hundred bucks in your pocket without having to put in any effort.
And you don’t even need expensive things to rent out to start this sort of business.
For example, platforms like Neighbor let you rent out your extra storage space to people in your city.
You can rent out all sorts of spaces as well, including a spare room, garage, basement, shed, attic, or any space that can safely hold people’s belongings.
Neighbor also lets you set your own rates and when renters can access their stuff, so it’s a very laid back, nice passive side hustle to try out.
Another classic side hustle for men is to start a landscaping side hustle.
This could involve full-on landscaping projects like laying down new grass, backyard redesigns, or building decks.
But it could also be something simpler like regular lawn care, grass cutting, or hedge trimming.
Websites like Lawn Love can also help you find your first clients if you need help on the marketing front for your lawncare hustle.
You know your skills and what type of work you want to do, so play to your strengths. One of my friends did this during summer and just aerated people’s lawns and went door-to-door, so you can keep it simple.
9. Help People Move
I already mentioned completing Craigslist cash jobs as a side hustle for guys.
However, one very popular gig on Craigslist is to help people move. So if you’re willing to lift things for a few hours and pack up someone’s place, you can potentially make hundreds of dollars.
The downside if you likely need a box truck or pickup truck for this side hustle. Or, at the very least, you have to rent one for complete moves.
But you can also use apps like Lugg and sign-up as a helper if you don’t have a truck and easily make $20+ per hour.
This is very tough work, so if your day job is physically demanding already, it might be best to skip this side hustle.
But for very fast cash, an afternoon of helping people move is where it’s at. And you might even get some free pizza and beer if the people you’re helping are nice!
10. Junk Removal
If you have a pickup truck, hauling junk for people is another awesome side hustle for dudes that you can try.
Once again, people post these cash gigs on Craigslist all the time. This is because paying someone to haul junk is much easier than going to the junkyard yourself.
Depending on how much you’re hauling, you can easily make $20 to $50 for a trip, and then you just pay some fees at the junkyard.
Some people also resell the products they haul or sell scrap metal they haul to make the most out of this hustle.
11. Dog Walking & Sitting
If you’re a fan of dogs, you can always offer pet sitting or dog walking services to people in your city.
People are willing to pay for pet care help if they’re away on vacation or have hectic lives. And with websites like Rover, finding your first clients is much easier than you’d think.
With Rover, you can post your dog walking and sitting services for free. You get to set your own rates as well and even choose the types of dogs you’ll work with.
Many walkers on Rover can earn $15 to $20+ per hour. And dog boarding or sitting can pay even more.
You need some experience and a love of animals to really shine with this side hustle. But if you live in a large city, you might find there’s plenty of people in your area who need help with their furry companions.
12. Flip Stuff For Money
One of the most popular side hustles for men involves buying things and then flipping them for a profit.
There are also several ways to go about this flipping hustle.
For the simplest route, you can try retail arbitrage and buy popular products from discount stores like Walmart and then resell those products online.
People often use eBay or the Facebook Marketplace for selling stuff. And if you find cheap enough merchandise, you can actually turn a decent profit pretty quickly.
Alternatively, you can go the refurbishing route with this flipping idea.
For example, you can buy furniture off of the Facebook Marketplace or just pick it up from the side of the road on junk days. And with some DIY love, you might be able to resell that furniture for a handsome profit.
The video above shares how YouTuber Mission Side Hustle makes extra cash by flipping furniture in her spare time. And this is just one example of how you can use flipping as an extra income source.
13. Airbnb Host
Renting out your home or a spare room through Airbnb is an excellent source of semi-passive income. And if you’re a friendly dude, it’s definitely a side hustle that’s worth considering.
Airbnb rentals can make hundreds or even thousands of extra dollars per month in extra cash.
It’s also free to become a host, and you just pay a 3% booking fee to Airbnb when you get bookings, which is a pretty low take.
Of course, this side hustle is only viable if you have the extra room to spare and live in a city where Airbnb is pretty popular.
But if you want a more passive idea, I definitely recommend considering Airbnb or other alternatives like VRBO hosting.
14. Sports Referee
While this can take some certification or signing up for courses, becoming a sports referee is another great side gig for dudes.
Many of my guy friends did this throughout high school and college by becoming soccer refs.
All they had to do was take a few courses, and next thing you know, they were making $15 an hour by refereeing games for younger rep teams.
Over time, you get paid more as you referee older leagues as well, and this is also a chance to get paid for working with a sport you enjoy.
I couldn’t create a list of the best side hustles for men without mentioning blogging. After all, blogging is one of my first side hustles and has also become my full-time job!
I started This Online World, my main finance blog, in January 2018. Here’s how the income slowly grew over the years:
- Year One: $1,700.
- Year Two: $7,000.
- Year Three: $22,000.
- Year Four: $92,000.
That blog makes money from Mediavine ads and affiliate income. Manly & Modern has the exact same structure and earns from Mediavine and Amazon Affiliate income.
This is a much smaller blog and makes about $800 to $1,000 per month.
But it was such a fun side hustle to start, and I blogged with my good friend Daniel on the side after work and we slowly grew the site.
We write about dude things on this blog, so it’s a bit of dude-ception going on in this article. However, there are so many other niches you can write about.
The main challenge is to be consistent and to learn the basics of search engine optimization (SEO).
16. Farmer’s Market Seller
One final side hustle for guys that you can consider is to start selling stuff at your local farmer’s market.
If you think about it, anyone can pay and register to sell at a farmer’s market. So what stops you from growing produce and selling it, or jams, or ciders, or whatever thing you know how to make better than most people.
Again, this is easier said than done and you need some talent or cooking/growing abilities to succeed.
But if you have a green thumb or cooking skills, you can always consider becoming a weekend farmer’s market seller.
Tips For These Manly Side Hustles
Now that we’ve covered some of the best side gigs for men, here are a few tips to keep in mind when working for that extra cash!
- Experimentation Is Key: Trying out several gigs is a great way to find what you enjoy most and what pays the most in your city.
- Set Some Goals: How much extra weekly or monthly income do you need to make? Set an actual goal so you can track your progress and pick a side hustle that has the right income potential.
- Have Fun: I’ve tried dozens of hustles over the years, but the ones I stick with are always ones that I enjoy. So, play to your strengths, but also think about what’s actually fun for you to do!
Extra Reading – The Best Hobbies For Teenage Guys.
I hope our list of the best side hustles for men helps you make some extra cash in your spare time and reach your financial goals.
These are just some of our favorite ideas; you could probably think of 100 more if you get a little creative.
Just be sure to set some realistic expectations and to put in the work!
You can make hundreds or thousands of extra dollars per month if you’re dedicated. But there’s often a learning curve, and money doesn’t come easy, so keep this in mind.
Best of luck with your hustling!
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