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Side hustle ideas for Australians to make extra money

Cameron Carpenter

Making extra cash from a side hustle is one of the best ways to improve your finances, doing the work you love.

And depending on the time you put into it and your side hustle of choice, it can also be pretty lucrative: research shows the average Australian earns more than $600 per month.

But knowing where to begin is often one of the hardest parts of getting started on your side hustle journey — so here's a list of more than forty ideas to get you going!

We'd also love to hear your ideas and side hustle story – so be sure to share them with us in the comments.

Drive for a ride-sharing service such as Uber

Turn your car into a moneymaker by driving for a ride-sharing service such as Uber. You never have to work specific hours or days, and when you're ready to work, all you have to do is switch on the smartphone app and wait for a job.

Driving for Uber in Australia can bring in about $31.75 per hour on average, climbing to more than $34 if you're driving in Sydney.

Rent out your house or a spare room on Airbnb

Get paid for your pad! Rent out a room on Airbnb for some fast cash or even the entire house the next time you go away. You get complete control over what nights your space is available and how much you charge per night.

According to Airbnb, the average Australian host earns $5,500 per year, with many using the money to help offset the cost of their mortgage or rent.

Moonlight in the hospitality industry as a bartender or waiter

Australia's hospitality industry faces a staffing crisis as ongoing border closures reduce the supply of migrant workers — so there are plenty of part-time jobs available. Most roles require an RSA certificate which costs about $100 and requires you to complete an online exam.

I worked as a bartender during the weekend while I still had an office job during the week and had a blast! Not only was it a great way to meet new people and get some exercise (unlike sitting at a desk all day), it also paid for a holiday in the United States I'll never forget!

Tutor university or high-school students (online or in-person)

Becoming a tutor and helping students improve can be a rewarding side hustle. So, if you have expert knowledge and understanding of a specific academic subject or topic, why not make some extra money while helping them out.

Many online platforms can help you start your tutoring side hustle in Australia, including SuperProf for university students. Another option is to tutor high-school students, using the website which helps match students with tutors.

Become a dog walker or pet sitter

Who doesn't want to get paid cold hard cash for playing with dogs, cats, and other furry animals in the comfort of your own home! There is no training or certification required to become a dog walker or pet sitter – you just need to be reliable and love animals.

Websites such as and Mad Paws match walkers and sitters with dog owners needing someone to take care of their pup. You can choose to work as much or as little as you want.

Users have the choice to set their prices as they see fit, but on average, pet hosting earns between $25-35 per night, while dog walkers bring in between $10-25 per session.

Help out business owners as a virtual assistant (it pays to be organised!)

Do you have excellent computer and communication skills? Then working from home as a virtual assistant could be the perfect side hustle for you!

So what exactly do they do? Generally, a virtual assistant's tasks might include scheduling appointments, making phone calls, sorting out travel arrangements, and dealing with emails.

You can find virtual assistant roles on online job boards, including Seek, Upwork, FlexJobs, and Fiver. Decide how much time you want to dedicate to this gig  – and work for business owners worldwide.

Wash and detail cars in your neigbourhood

Make a side income on weekends by washing and detailing cars for your neighbours. No need to get fancy or expensive here! You only need a water supply and a few cleaning items.

To get started, you could hand out flyers in your local area and let people know about your service by posting in local community Facebook groups.

Complete tasks on Airtasker

Every week, thousands of Australians post tasks they need completed on All sorts of one-off tasks are posted on the site, including gardening, building, furniture removal, and cleaning, to name a few.

It's super easy to get started – just set up an account on the site and start looking for opportunities in your area.

Start a cleaning service

There's always a massive demand for cleaners right across Australia. You could get regular work cleaning family homes or Airbnbs. Another option is to search for one-time deals such as end-of-lease cleans when people move. Many businesses also need cleaners outside of office hours so you could fit this side hustle in alongside your regular job.

You can list your services on sites such as Airtasker, local Facebook community groups, or even signup with a cleaning agency for more regular work.

Do social media for small businesses

Social media is now a necessity in today's digital world, but it's also a huge time suck that can distract business owners from their core service. So if you're savvy with Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest, why not offer up your social media skills to help them out. This side hustle is perfect for digital media and marketing students hoping to build up a work portfolio or those who already have a strong following on social media.

Social media marketers earn between $30 and $75 an hour in Australia. To get started, you could pitch to your favourite small businesses to see if they can use your skills and list your services on sites such as Upwork and Fiver.

Copywriting or proofreading

Do you have a way with words? If you've got writing skills, there's plenty of side hustles that you can do from home. You could write website copy for businesses, blog posts and even proofread other writer's work to make sure it is on point. Use sites like Freelancer, Upwork, and others to advertise your services or signup with an online copywriting agency.

Become a babysitter

Babysitting is the original side hustle and generally is pretty well-paid work. It's also flexible enough to fit around your existing study or work schedule. It's never been easier to get started with websites such as Find A Baby Sitter and Care linking up people with jobs in their area. Most sites require you to have a working with children check and a first-aid certificate before you signup.

Start a dropshipping store

Dropshipping is a side hustle that will require a bit of research before you get started, but can be lucrative once you get set up. Essentially dropshipping is an online business model where a third party manufactures and ships existing products for you. All you have to do is set up your store, price your products, and market the business.

Amazon's fulfilment programme and platforms such as Shopify offer some excellent resources to get you started.

Flip stuff on Facebook Marketplace

Facebook Marketplace is like a never-ending garage sale! You can use it to get some extra cash by selling some of the stuff lying around your house. Furniture, fitness equipment, bikes, clothing, and electronics are some of the best-selling items on the Facebook marketplace.

Rent out your car when you're not using it

The average cost of car ownership in Australia is around $7,000 per year! And it just sits there while you're not using it. However, you can offset the cost of owning your car by allowing it to be rented out on a service such as Car Next Door when you're not using it.

Participate in online surveys

Get paid to take surveys online! All you have to do is register with a survey company, and they will contact you when they have a survey that matches your age group and demographic. So easy! A few survey companies to get you started include Octopus Group, Prize Rebel, and My View.

Invest in stocks and make money while you sleep

Make your money work for you by investing in the stock market, but remember this involves some risk – so be sure to do some research first. By trading shares, you can earn a profit by selling them at a higher price than what you originally paid for them.

Some companies even pay out a share of their profits to shareholders throughout the year as a dividend. This will allow you to earn an ongoing passive income without having to sell the shares.

I recommend getting started with an exchange-traded fund (ETF), which allows you to invest in many companies with one trade.

Cancel memberships and subscriptions

Making extra cash does not always require extra work! By auditing all your monthly expenses, you can cut back on everything you don't need. How much is going out the door on all those subscriptions or the gym membership you don't use? Cut back and save big!

Work as a mystery shopper

If you've got a great memory, consider becoming a mystery shopper. Companies will pay you to verify their in-store or call-centre experience. Mystery shopping providers in Australia include The Secret Shopper and Retail Mystery Shopping Australia.

Become an extra in movies and commercials

Australia's film industry is thriving as streaming giants like Netflix and Amazon seek out more local content. The coronavirus has also forced some international producers to relocate productions to Australia, creating local demand for extra's in film and TV commercials. You'll literally be getting paid to stand around all day and fill in the background scenes. To get started, search for an extra agency in your area and sign up with Star Now, and they'll let you know when something's filming near you.

Join Australia's Army Reserve

Joining the army is not the first thing you'd think of when considering a side hustle, but it has to be one of the most exciting, challenging, and rewarding gigs available. It offers some great benefits, too, with a $10,000+ tax-free wage. Many jobs also offer defense leave for workers in the reserves, so you can take leave and do something different, getting paid from both positions.

Grow and sell plants

Turn your love for gardening into a moneymaker! Grow plants from seed and sell them on the Facebook marketplace. It will be slow to set up, but the money makes itself!

Work as a security guard at events and bars

Bars, clubs, and events are always looking for extra help on weekends. Before you dive into the work, you'll need to complete a course such as the Certificate II in Security Operations, which costs about $1300, and then apply for a security licence.

Referee community sports games

Make money from your love for sports by becoming a referee for community sports games. Being a referee usually involves a small commitment to being trained – with requirements varying by sport and state. Officiating doesn't always pay big bucks, but you can earn $30 or $50 for officiating a game. This side hustle isn't for the faint-hearted – you're going to have all your decisions questioned and objected to every time you blow the whistle!

Make money from your passion for cooking as a private chef

Gone are the days when you had to work in a restaurant to make money as a chef. Australian-based websites such as At Your Table and Take A Chef matches chefs with in-home dining bookings and events. You can even cook from the comfort of your own home and then deliver the meals to client's homes.

Sell your arts and crafts on Etsy

If you love to make things consider starting up an Etsy store to connect yourself with buyers all around the world. Unlike the other online stores, items sold on Etsy must be vintage, handmade, or custom-made. Top selling items on Etsy include toys, kids' clothing, organic products, and jewellery.

Vehicle advertising (turn your vehicle into a billboard)

Car owners can get paid to put ads on their cars! Once you get your vehicle wrapped with the advertisement, you'll earn cash based on how much you drive. The simplest way to get started is to sign up with a vehicle advertising provider. In Australia, sites such as Wrappli and Ads on Wheels are an excellent place to get started. Wrappli says Australians can make up to $600 a month for having ads on their car!

Create an online course

If you have any knowledge-based business, or valuable knowledge about anything, an online course is a great way to generate a side income. Platforms such as Udemy and Teachable make it easy to sell your course to people all around the world interested in your particular skill.

Give music lessons online or in your local area

Play the guitar, piano, or any other musical instrument? Consider teaching other people how to play and make a decent side income. Even if you aren't an expert in the field, you can give beginner lessons. Advertise your service on local Facebook community groups or share flyers in your neighbourhood.

Become a personal trainer

If fitness is a passion, turn it into an income by making it your side hustle. Start by training friends and work colleagues (once people see your fitness results, they'll be keen to know how you did it!). Then you could build up a following on social media to attract new clients. You could even construct workout routines or meal plans from home and sell them to people worldwide.

Try your hand at pet grooming

Turn your love of animals into a business and become a pet groomer. This side hustle will require an initial investment for all the tools, such as clippers and tubs, but they will pay for themselves once you establish a client base. You can operate out of your own home or fit out a van and go directly to client's homes to offer the service.

Get paid to look at websites

You can get paid to test out businesses' websites. Don't worry – you don't need lots of technical knowledge for this. Website and app developers want to know how everyday people use their sites and apps so they can improve the design or figure out what features they need to have. This side hustle allows you to work from home, and you can earn up to $60USD per test. Sign up to several testing sites such as UserTesting, Testing Time, and Validately to get going.

Distribute flyers in your neighbourhood

Get paid to walk by distributing flyers for local businesses in your neighbourhood. This does not require any initial investment; just search for jobs on Gumtree or Airtasker. You could even approach local businesses such as real estate agents or signup with a flyer delivery agency.

Sell your services on Fiverr

You can sell literally any gig on Fiver, but some of the most popular ones include graphic design, video editing, and website design. Although prices start at $5, you can charge up to $995 for your service.

Sell your old clothes

Selling clothes that you don't want or need anymore is a great way to make money on the side. There are so many sites out there that allow you to sell your secondhand clothing, including Depop, thredUP, and Carousell. You could also sell your items on the Facebook marketplace. Another option is to scour local op shops for designer items and then sell them online for a profit.

Become an influencer

Did you know that influencer marketing is the fastest-growing method businesses use to attract new customers? Amid this growing industry, becoming an influencer can become a pretty profitable side hustle. You'll need to build up a solid social media following first; then you'll be able to earn money through sponsored posts or selling products.

Video editing

Every minute, 300 hours of video gets posted on YouTube, and almost every business now uses video to market their services. So if you have the technical skills to edit videos, there's no shortage of work out there to turn it into a lucrative side hustle.

Refurbish and sell used furniture

Find old pieces of furniture at garage sales, thrift shops, Facebook, or even the local curbside pickup and transform with some tender loving care! Refurbishing furniture is the perfect side hustle for anyone who loves DIY projects. Once you've transformed the furniture with a new lick of paint, you can the items for a profit on Facebook or eBay.

Assemble IKEA or Kmart furniture

If you've mastered the art of flat-pack furniture assembly, make some extra cash by doing it for others. On average, furniture assembly jobs on Airtasker pay $118 each.

Sell cakes and baked goods

If you've got talents in the kitchen, put them to good use and start up a home baking business on the side. Let all your friends know you are starting up a baking business, and they'll be the first people to call you up when they need some homebaked treats for their parties and special occasions. They'll let their mates know, and you'll have a list of clients in no time. Make sure you post pictures of all your yummy creations on an Instagram page, which will help get the word out too!

Host an international student

Put unused rooms in your house to good use by hosting an international student. Not only will it be an enriching experience for your entire family learning about another culture, but it will help you write off expenses you'd be paying for anyway, such as groceries or your mortgage.