Side Hustles for Travel Nurses · The Gypsy Nurse

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By Triage Healthcare Staffing

August 28, 2023



The Best Side Hustles for Travel Nurses

Triage Healthcare Staffing provided this article.

One thing we know about travel nurses is they’ve got hustle. It’s not like travel nurses are content staying home and taking a staff job—they’ve got some extra drive and grit that gives them the confidence to work in a new facility and explore a new city every three months.

We’re pretty sure that’s why so many travel nurses have their own side hustle. Looking for a new one? Check out our list of the best side hustles for travel nurses.

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Deliver Take Out or Groceries With Delivery Apps

If you want to make some quick cash, delivery apps are one way to do it. You don’t need much to get started. As long as you have a vehicle, a driver’s license, and insurance, you’re good to go. Plus, you can truly choose when and how much you want to work, so you don’t have to worry about your side hustle interfering with your travel job. If you’re looking to do strictly pick-ups and deliveries, you can deliver for Door Dash, Uber Eats, Grub Hub, or even Walmart. If you want to earn a little more and have the time, you can actually shop for customers using Shipt or Instacart. In most cases, customers want you to drop the items off at the door, so there’s minimal contact with customers.

Use Your Agency’s Referral Program

Most travel agencies have a program where you refer your friends and can earn a kickback once your friend finishes up an assignment. When looking for a travel nurse referral program, you’ll want to check on the company’s reviews before referring your friends. Look for patterns in the reviews. If there are consistently the same types of reviews—good or bad—you can likely trust them over a one-off review. Also, ask how and when you’ll be paid, as well as how the referrals are tracked. If you’re able to track your referrals’ progress, you’ll know when you’ll get paid without relying on the agency to tell you.

 Additionally, look for a program that doesn’t require you to be on assignment with the company, especially if you think you’ll eventually step back from traveling. Lastly, check how you’re paid, particularly if you’re not planning on traveling forever. If you’re currently on assignment, they can normally pay you through a regular payroll, but if you’re not a current traveler, you may receive a 1099, which means you’ll have to include it on your taxes when you file. Either way, it’s an easy side job for travel nurses.

Teach or Tutor Online

Looking for something you can do from your home and take with you on assignments? Sign up to teach or tutor online. You can specialize in a subject or two and tutor online, or you can even sign up to teach children overseas how to speak English. You can make anywhere from $10 to $40 an hour, but it definitely depends on what company you work with.

Popular companies include VIPKID, DaDa, and Magic Ears, which all work with kids learning English as a second language. If you’re looking for tutoring in specific subjects, consider Chegg, Skooli, Wyzant, and eTutorWorld. Some companies do require at least a six-month commitment, but since you can teach from anywhere, the job can follow you on assignment. You definitely need a healthy dose of patience to teach or tutor, but you’re a nurse—you’ve already got that.

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Dog Walking or Pet Sitting

Love animals? Dog walking or pet sitting can be the perfect side gig if you have to leave a furry friend at home while traveling. You can find clients on or the Rover or Wag app. Like other side hustles, you’ll be able to set your own hours. Unlike other apps, you can set your own pay rate for walks or pet sitting, so you have more freedom to earn what you want to earn and decide what your time is worth.

Take Advantage of a Social Media Following

Are you the one, your friends always turn to for advice on what to buy? If so, turn that into a social media following. While things like brand deals can take a while and are hard to come by when you’re starting out, anyone can become an affiliate. Basically, you share your favorite products via a special link, and you’ll receive a portion of the sales when one of your followers clicks the link. The best part? Your followers don’t even need to purchase the specific product you linked to in most cases—any purchase they make after clicking your link will count toward your sales. And if you have a large following that works in healthcare, you can even share your agency’s referral program, netting you a sweet referral bonus without much effort.

While these are just a few of the side gigs for travel nurses, they’re some of the easiest ones that you can take advantage of when you’re a travel nurse. Looking to get started with the Triage Referral Program? Sign up today, and once your friend completes their first assignment, we’ll send you a cool $750.

Our job board is a great place to search for your next travel nurse assignment. We have you covered with our housing page if housing is an issue. You can search for what you are looking for.

If you are a new travel nurse or looking into becoming a travel nurse:

Travel Nurse Guide: Step-by-Step (now offered in a PDF Downloadable version!)

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