The Top 10 U.S. Cities for Starting a Side Hustle, According to Statistics

Do you live in any of these 10 US markets?

August 4, 2021 2 minutes to read

You don’t necessarily need special skills or business experience to start a sideline, which has made you so attractive over the past year. People who lost their full-time jobs due to the pandemic turned to gig work like grocery and grocery delivery, and those who already had a sideline job suddenly had the time to turn it into a full-time job.

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Of course, starting a business comes with liability, and if you don’t work for a big corporation like Amazon, how are you supposed to get insurance? Providers like Thimble are intended for side hustlers who don’t necessarily need full-time insurance. For example, a DJ could get on-demand insurance for the five hours they work at a wedding, or a makeup artist could get insurance for the day they spend on a shoot.

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No matter where you are in the United States, there are ways to make money on the side. But in certain cities, side hustles are part of the norm and generally easier to start and run. Thimble analyzed statistics about the people who use its products, and it came up with a list of the top 10 cities for outside employment in the US For example in college cities like Provo, Utah (home of BYU) or Cambridge, Massachusetts (home to Harvard and MIT) sideline jobs thrive. In California cities like Los Angeles and Anaheim, actors and entertainers are the most common sideline jobs.

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Read on for the full list of cities.


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