There’s more to Reddit than cat photos.
There are also cat videos, cat paintings and cat simulators. Oh — and a lot of good strategies to make money.
If you’re new to the internet, Reddit is basically where all the memes you see on Facebook are posted a week before you see them on Facebook. The website dubs itself the “front page of the internet,” and it functions essentially like a content aggregator and forum for just about any topic you can think of.
(Don’t believe me? Go ahead, try it. I’ll wait… Hmm, so they do have a thriving community for people who like to Photoshop human arms onto birds? Told ya.)
If you know where to look, Reddit can be a great place to get side hustle ideas and feedback. We compiled a list of 15 Reddit side hustle communities, aka subreddits, perfect for budding gig workers and entrepreneurs.
Chock full of tips and advice on the best ways to make a quick buck, the BeerMoney subreddit connects you with quick surveys and gift cards if you need an extra $10 or $20 and boasts a following with more than 330,000 members
Have you dreamed of working from the shores of Bali — lazily sipping an iced coffee, your toes burrowing in the sand? You’re not the only one. For many r/DigitalNomad subscribers, that’s their reality, or at least the reality they’re actively aspiring to. Members often share exactly how they quit their day jobs and found low-cost countries to move to while sustaining themselves with online work.
As you might assume, the DoorDash subreddit is for current and prospective drivers for the gig app DoorDash. The app is very similar to other delivery apps like Uber Eats or BiteSquad. The community consists of more than 17,000 members, and most of them post funny memes and delivery stories. Besides a good laugh, the community is useful if you’re on the fence about which delivery app to choose.
With more than 570,000 members, the Entrepreneur subreddit is a great place to bounce business ideas off like-minded people. In the early stages of starting a business, feedback is crucial. If your idea is a dud, it’s best to know early on so you can cut your losses. People also share motivational quotes, ask business-related questions and post strategies about how to to scale a moneymaking side hustle into a full-fledged business.
R/FinancialIndependence is a community for people who want to make a game plan so they can ideally retire early — a strategy known as FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early). These strategies are often coupled with career and business advice. Typical FIRE methods include landing a high-paying job in your early 20s or 30s, living well below your means in order to max out a 401(k) and IRA and then retiring by 40 or 50 years old, or switching to a low-stress job that brings you fulfillment.
This subreddit wrestles with the question: Should your career be a field you’re passionate about? More than 60,000 members weigh in. Whether you’re a freshman college student having trouble picking a major, or a lifelong accountant who’s decided that you hate math and want to try writing a novel, you’re welcome at r/FindaPath.
Fiverr is one of the most well-known freelance websites. The subreddit about Fiverr isn’t nearly as popular, but that’s OK. It still has a burgeoning following of about 5,000 freelancers, and it serves as a perfect place to ask both sellers and buyers for opinions about the platform before diving in yourself. FiverrGigs is its smaller sister subreddit, where users can post links to specific jobs and listings.
Becoming a full-fledged freelancer is scary stuff. In addition to variable income and freelance taxes, you have to hunt down clients, which is a job itself. With more than 100,0000 r/Freelance friends, you won’t have to go it alone. The subreddit is a hub for informative articles for freelancers and a place to ask any burning questions. Usually, the seasoned pros are happy to help.
Want to know the answer to the age-old question: Which is better Lyft or Uber? I won’t tell, but the Lyft subreddit may be able to help with that. R/Lyft is a place where passengers and drivers can interact, pose questions, share advice (or frustrations) and talk policies about one of the top ride-sharing apps on the market.
Read closely because this one requires some splainin’. Amazon used to be an online bookstore, but now it’s an e-commerce behemoth that has birthed multiple gig-economy services that some people use to make extra money. One such example is Amazon Mechanical Turk, which in internet lingo is shortened to Mturk because who has time to type all that. Got it? No? Head on over to r/Mturk, where there are about 50,000 members who can answer your followup questions.
This one is a Penny Hoarder favorite. R/PersonalFinance is an incredibly popular community with more than 13 million members who share stories and advice about debt, investing, credit card rewards, mortgages, budgeting and much more. Most of the content is in question form, so the good stuff is usually in the comment section.
Notice how I said r/PersonalFinance is “a Penny Hoarder favorite”? That’s because it’s a contender and not the Penny Hoarder favorite — r/PovertyFinance is. It’s a judge-free zone for people who need some help getting by, and I don’t mean people struggling with choosing the right mutual fund to invest in. This subreddit is for people who need to make rent or stretch $20 till the end of the month, and that’s what The Penny Hoarder is all about.
Maybe you have a job, but as soon as you get home, you’re off to the basement to tinker with a side project that motivates you. It hasn’t turned a profit yet, but it could. You just need some time. Sounding familiar? Then r/SideHustle is the subreddit for you. Its membership is a small-but-mighty 10,000, all people who are in the same boat and are happy to collaborate or help out when they can.
Hark, it’s the other side of the Uber vs Lyft debate, the final missing piece to this complex, two-piece puzzle. If membership is any indication of an answer, r/UberDrivers has more than 33,000 users. But when it comes to side gigs, we all know that quality is better than quantity… Or is it?
This subreddit is dedicated to gainful online work, which goes beyond one-off surveys or tasks from gig apps. R/WorkOnline is home to several strategies that help followers find legit remote jobs (they clearly haven’t caught on to The Penny Hoarder’s work-from-home jobs portal yet), monetize blogs and websites, narrow down which platform is the best to teach English online and everything in between. The key principle is that the strategy needs to “yield the user minimum wage or better.”
As with any community, each subreddit has its own set of rules. So before you join, be sure to read over the community guidelines because some subreddits are more curated than others. While a photo of a cat with a melon on its head might get you a round of guffaws in r/DoorDash, it could get you a lifetime ban in r/Freelance.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Adam Hardy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. He specializes in ways to make money that don’t involve stuffy corporate offices. Read his latest articles here, or say hi on Twitter @hardyjournalism.