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The 10 Most Popular Cash-Paying Jobs of 2020

The 10 Most Popular Cash-Paying Jobs of 2020

Today, I’m going to explore the ten most popular cash-paying jobs in 2020. I have spent hours researching to find exactly what you guys are searching for, and this list is exactly that!

Whether you’re looking for full-time employment or you just want a few ways to make money fast, I’m sure there will be something for you!

I’m going to start with the most popular cash-paying jobs at the top and work my way down.


1. Graphic Designer

This is a great way to make money if you’re creative and willing to learn.

Graphic designers are employed to combine art and technology to communicate a message.

People need graphic designers for many reasons including:

  • Social media
  • Website art/logos
  • Merchandise
  • Advertising
  • Company logos
  • Marketing

You don’t necessarily need a degree to become a graphic designer—especially if you just want to make some cash on the side.

You can simply read some of the best graphic design books, start your 7-day free trial of the Adobe photography plan (which includes Photoshop and Lightroom) and go from there!

You can learn basic photoshop skills in 5-10 hours, while it takes 50-100 to learn advanced photoshop skills.

Here are some of the things you can expect to do as a graphic designer:

  • Meet with clients to decide the details of your project
  • Use digital illustration and photo editing software to create designs
  • Create visual elements such as logos, original images, and illustrations to help deliver a message
  • Present design concepts to clients
  • Incorporate changes recommended by clients into final designs
  • Review designs for errors before printing or publishing them

You will be able to find plenty of graphic design gigs on Fiverr.

Graphic designers typically make around $45,333 a year or roughly $21.79/hour.

2. Computer Repairer

If you know how to build home computers, then you may consider charging people to build and repair their computers.

As a PC enthusiast myself, I know that there are many things that can go wrong with a computer that most people would pay to get fixed.

Not many people know much about computers or how they work, it’s more of a hobbyist thing. You can exploit this to make some quick cash.

You don’t need a degree to fix computers for money either. To be honest, building and repairing computers is easier than it sounds. Computer repair tools are cheap, and you can learn everything you need to know on YouTube.

Here are some of the best YouTube channels for learning how to build and repair computers:

  • JayzTwoCents
  • Linus Tech Tips

Building your first computer can be a bit scary, but it’s easier once you get the hang of it.

You could make upwards of $40/hour by charging people to fix their computers.

3. Handyman

Being a handyman is a great way to make some cash if you have experience as a carpenter.

A handyman is a carpenter that doesn’t spend his time building frames or fittings for houses. Instead, they carry out small maintenance jobs to keep the house in good working order.

Some jobs that you can expect to do as a handyman include:

  • Assembling furniture
  • Fitting locks
  • Minor repairs
  • Painting
  • Small carpentry jobs like fitting shelves
  • Gardening
  • Cleaning out gutters
  • Minor plastering jobs or repairs
  • Picture/wall hangings

As you can see, there are plenty of odd jobs you can complete to make some cash fast.

You’ll need plenty of experience as a certified carpenter to become a handyman. A handyman needs to know how to solve any kind of problem that may arise on the job. An apprentice carpenter simply wouldn’t have the skills and experience to do this job effectively.

There are a few ways you can market your services. You could simply create a Facebook page or take it a step further and create a website to get some work.

4. DJ

Becoming a DJ is a good way to make money if you like music and want to be your own boss.

Your starting costs as a DJ will be about $250, which is about the average cost of an entry-level DJ controller. Assuming that you already have a laptop and some speakers.

Here are some things you’ll need to become an accomplished DJ:

  • Computer
  • DJ Software
  • DJ Controller
  • Headphones
  • Microphone

There are a few different ways to make money as a DJ.

Radio DJs: A radio DJ will typically host a radio talk show and talk calls from listeners. But you’re better off being a mobile or club DJ if you want to get paid in cash.

Mobile DJs: You might find mobile DJs at weddings, birthday parties or corporate events.

Club DJs: They play at bars and nightclubs.

The average DJ makes about $50-100 an hour. So, you could easily make $200-400 in one night if you work for four hours.

5. Phone Repairer

Do you know your way around mobile phones? Well, you could make some money repairing them.

If you don’t know how to repair phones you can simply look on YouTube and find plenty of tutorials on how to replace phone screens and make other repairs.

To get started, you’ll need some basic tools like screwdrivers, spudgers, adhesive tape, scissors, and tweezers. This should cost about $50.

There are a few ways you can make money by repairing phones:

  • Fix the broken screen and charge a repair fee
  • Buy working phones with broken screens, replace the screen and resell them for a profit

Both of these ways can work, your success will depend on how crafty you are!

The average cell phone repair technician employee makes anywhere from $18,000-$45,000 a year. It’s hard to pinpoint how much you will make if you start your own phone repair business, as there are no limits to your earnings.

6. Photographer

Photography is a job with a low barrier of entry—which is great for making cash quickly.

To make money with photography you’re going to need a few things. First of all, a camera, and some photo editing software like Photoshop.

You could probably find a used DSLR for around $300, or somewhere from $500-$1000 for a brand new one. The Adobe Photography Plan (which includes Photoshop) will cost $9.99 a month, not too bad.

People need photographers for all types of events to capture special moments. This could be weddings, birthday parties, sports and more.

There are plenty of ways to make money as a photographer including:

  1. Photograph small businesses
  2. Teach photography
  3. Sell digital or printed copies of your work
  4. Sell your photos on stock websites
  5. Write a photography blog
  6. Take people on photography tours
  7. Shoot portraits
  8. Sell photos to magazines
  9. Shoot events
  10. Enter photo contests

The average photographer makes $14.59 an hour or $30,620 a year, but you can make much more as a successful freelancer.

7. Driver

Making money as a driver is pretty straight forward, you drive people around for cash. Being a drive is a great way to get paid in cash quickly.

This could be a great way for you to make a few hundred extra dollars a month if you have a car and don’t mind driving people around.

Here are some advantages of working as a driver:

  • You choose your own hours
  • The more hours you work, the more you make

You could start small by advertising on your social media and telling your friends that you’re happy to drive them around for cash.

You could also take it a step further and work for a company like Uber or Lyft—although they do not pay under the table.

You’ll make the most money with drive share apps by working late at night. People will be out at bars or clubs and will be willing to pay a lot of money to get home safe.

You could also look on Craigslist for some driving gigs.

The average Uber driver makes $29,501 per year while the average Lyft driver makes $29,175 per year.

8. Artist

If you are creative and love art, I bet you’ve wondered if it’s possible to make money with your skills. The answer is yes.

But you’re probably going to need some serious skill to create something that someone is willing to pay money for.

You can hone your skills by buying courses on a site like Skillshare.

You’ll need some ways to actually make money as an artist once you have built up your skills.

Here are some of the best ways to make money as an artist:

  • Sell art on Instagram
  • Teach art face-to-face or online
  • Applying for competitions and grants
  • Earn passive income by selling wall art (via digital copies)
  • Writing an art blog
  • Sell art at fairs or art conventions
  • Sell art on Etsy

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average artist makes $25.67 an hour or $53,400 annually.

Selling your art can be a great way to make money if you have the skills.

9. Personal Trainer

Selling sessions as a personal trainer is a great way for extroverts and fitness junkies to get paid in cash.

There are a few different ways you can make money as a personal trainer:

  • Sell memberships
  • Offer in-home personal training
  • Host boot camps
  • Provide personalized workout and meal plans

You don’t need a certification to be a personal trainer, but it certainly improves your credibility. An entry-level personal trainer certification will cost between $400-$600.

The demand for personal trainers is expected to grow by 13% from 2018-2028 (much faster than average) according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The average personal trainer makes $42,000 while the top 10% of earners make over $76,000 a year.

10. Tutor

If you did well in school, you could possibly make some money as a tutor.

Many parents will seek help if they notice that their kids are falling behind in school. A lot of people also seek help so they can score as high as possible in their SAT or ACTs.

You can find teaching gigs on Craigslist, Facebook, or simply market your services by word-of-mouth.

If you want to take it one step further, you can launch a website and use Google AdWords to find potential clients.

The following subjects have the most demand for tutors (most demand at the top)

  • Maths
  • English
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Biology

To be a private tutor, it helps if you already have teaching experience, particularly with the age of kids you’ll be tutoring.

You could go to your students or have them come to you for their lessons. It might be best to drive to them to make yourself stand out among other tutors with similar skills.

The average tutor makes $22.97/hour or $47,777 annually assuming they work a typical 40-hour week.

A lot of these options are great if you just want to make money fast, but many of them are actually viable ways to make a full-time income.

By Jasper Stojanovski

I'm Jasper Stojanovski from
I’m 21 years old and I live in Geelong, Australia. I’m studying for a Bachelor of Commerce at Deakin University and started my personal finance blog in November of 2018.
I started my blog because I want to help people save money, make more money, and ultimately—build wealth.

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