Side hustles in San Jose, CA

Rent out local parking + storage to bring in the big bucks.

A skyline shot of Downtown San Jose from an airplane.

San Jose has a bunch of opportunities to begin building up extra funds.

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Now that it’s the season of gifting, ever wish you had more spending money lining your pockets? If your holiday fund is looking a little low, we’ve got four leads for a side hustle that you can implement now.

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

💸 Turn that empty garage, attic, or shed into moola

A parking spot on Santa Clara Street 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, and you’ll give another San Josean the storage space they’ve been needing (if that’s you, surf the local listings here).

💸 Get into the Airbnb game

Spruce up a spare room, apartment, or house for an extra cash stream, plus the opportunity to tell visitors about the great shopping around Santana Row or the views atop Mt. Hamilton. 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 guest house with a Zen garden.

A woman in a yoga pose with the sunset in the background at the Municipal Rose Garden.

There are many ways to make some extra money on the side.

Photo via @linda.lococo

💸 Convert your hobbies into services for hire

Picture this: You’re leading a yoga class in the Municipal Rose Garden or snapping engagement photos at Hayes Mansion, 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.

💸 Dash dinners for dough

We all know hungry San Joseans love nothing more than getting a dish from Dia de Pesca or some Sicilian-style pizza delivered from Tony & Alba’s, 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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