Side hustles to make extra money in Portland

Here are four ideas for extra income streams in the metro area that will make you money on the side.

A neighborhood street on a sunny fall day bordered by leafy trees and homes, with cars parked along the curbs.

Imagine turning your empty driveway space into a monthly income stream.

Photo by @cambrieee_

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Good people of Portland, ever wish you had more spending money lining your pockets? If the holiday gift fund has been looking a little low, we’ve got four leads for a side hustle that you can implement now.

And for those already bringing home the bacon — if you need extra storage space, a place to park your car, or help with outdoor upkeep, this story is for you, too.

Turn that empty garage, attic, or shed into moola

  • A parking spot in Nob Hill is practically worth gold. Become a storage host on Neighbor to rent out anything from closets to parking spots + driveways to sheds. Listing your space is free + you’ll give another Portlander the storage space they’ve been needing (if that’s you, surf the local listings here).

Convert your hobbies into services for hire

  • Picture this: You’re leading a yoga class at Skidmore Bluffs or snapping engagement photos at Cathedral Park, and you’re getting paid. Land local gigs by advertising your services for free on Thumbtack. You can list pro skills like dog training, notarizing, and assembling furniturebasically, the sky’s the limit. And for those looking for hired hands, browse local pros for jobs like house cleaning or interior painting.

Get into the Airbnb game

  • Spruce up a spare room, apartment, or house for an extra cash stream, plus the opportunity to tell tourists how great shopping in the West End is. Just make sure you familiarize yourself with restrictions within certain city limits. List on Airbnb, or if you’ve got an entire private residence vacant, list on Vrbo. Draw inspiration from staycation destinations like this house with a zen garden.

Dash dinners for dough

  • We all know hungry Portlanders love nothing more than getting their Expatriate cheeseburgers and Mirisata curries delivered, so sign up to be a Dasher with Doordash. You can choose your own hours and ride around town on your car, scooter, or bicycle. If all that food talk just made you hungry, here are the highest-rated restaurants available for delivery near you.
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