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Surprisingly lucrative side hustles

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, side hustles have become very popular in the last few years.

Earning a little extra income from a hustle not associated with your main job is liberating.

It’s also fun to read about “innovative” side hustles because it can get your own creative juices flowing. Today I want to share a few surprisingly lucrative side hustles you may never have thought about.

Teacher Makes $30,000 Charging E-Scooters To Pay Off Debt [Winning to Wealth] – This is a podcast where a teacher from Atlanta shares how he made $30,000 last year charging e-scooters.

Side Hustle #78: Being a TV / Film Extra! [$200+/day] [Budgets Are Sexy] – “To be honest, anybody can be a TV extra. You don’t need any formal acting experience. In fact, you don’t even need to look like a supermodel or know Steven Spielberg or David Cronenberg to succeed. You just need to know how to market yourself as a brand/product with diverse headshots and looks.” I once met a retired engineer who came to Northrop Grumman to give a brief talk. In chatting with him, I learned that one of his side hobbies was being an extra in movies. He was one of the extras in Wedding Crashers!

How You Can Make Money From Hosting an Airbnb Experience [Studenomics] – “I recently launched a coffee crawl as an official experience on the Airbnb platform. Tourists (and anyone in general) can sign up to do my coffee tour to drink coffee with me at unique shops in my community. I’m going to show you how you can make money with Airbnb Experiences by setting up your own activity/thing to do on the Airbnb app. I want you to have the best Airbnb experience so that you bring money in. This is the best income source that you’ve likely never heard of yet…”

(and check out this more recent followup about different Airbnb experiences that Martin has seen)

Public Domain Publishing: $100,000 Selling Classic Books on Amazon [Side Hustle Nation] – “Looking for a part-time side hustle where you get can your inventory for free and there are almost no startup costs?

This week, I’m excited to introduce the side hustle of public domain publishing. […] Since 2013, Aaron Kerr has pocketed over $110k in royalties through this very part-time side hustle. You can see all his public domain projects over at” Not bad!

Lastly but not leastly, did you hear about how Carlos Ghosn snuck out of Japan? He was the former CEO of Nissan who escaped Tokyo, where he was facing criminal charges that could’ve put him in prison for a long time. Here’s the story about how he got out of Japan and to Lebanon.