In today’s scary economic climate, pretty much everyone could use some supplemental income, especially if you don’t have to leave your house to do it! After all, have you seen how high gas prices are? The beauty of an internet side hustle is that you can earn extra money from the comfort of your own home, and even learn some valuable skills along the way!
Side hustles are a great opportunity to not only make more money, but also gain experience in fields outside our professional expertise. Perhaps you want to make a career transition, but you’re not sure what you want to do. Try starting a side hustle as a way to test out something new before actually committing to it.
Let’s say, for example, that you’re a teacher and you’re getting burned out, so you’d like to try a new career on for size. Instead of upending your entire life on a whim, start smaller. Get a side hustle to see if you even like this new field first. So what are some good online side hustles that will actually make you money without monopolizing all of your time? Here are some ideas:
1. Try Your Hand at Freelance Writing and/or Copywriting
I’m such a big believer in freelance writing that I’m literally doing it right now! While my full-time job is in marketing, I love writing articles for websites like Evie on the side because it allows me to stretch my creative muscles, learn new things, examine my beliefs, and make some extra spending money. If you’d like to write for Evie too, here’s how to submit a freelance pitch!
No matter what your interests are, there’s bound to be an online publication that caters to them. Think about the websites you visit the most frequently and check to see if they also have opportunities to submit freelance pitches. If you’re not super creative but you’re still a decent writer, then freelance copywriting is another great idea. Check out job boards like Indeed to see if there are any companies that are hiring part-time or contract copywriters. The opportunities are out there if you look!
2. Become a Proofreader or Copy Editor
Maybe you have a keen eye for spelling and grammar, but writing isn’t really your thing. Good news: Every writer needs an editor (sometimes more than one). Lots of businesses look for freelance copy editors and proofreaders to ensure that the content they’re putting out there is in good shape. Check out job boards and LinkedIn to see if any companies are hiring contract or part-time proofreaders. You could also reach out to friends or acquaintances to see if they need help with their content, resumes, projects, etc.
Freelance writing helps you stretch creative muscles, learn new things, and make extra money.
3. Sell Your Stuff on Poshmark
Maybe writing isn’t your thing, but fashion is. Try listing your clothes on Poshmark! All you have to do is download the app, create an account, and have some extra stuff lying around. No clothes? No problem, you can sell home decor, beauty products, and other things too. You’ve probably been meaning to Marie Kondo your closet for years anyway, right? Well, now you can kill two birds with one stone: get rid of the items that don’t bring you joy and make some money in the process!
4. Get into Blogging or Vlogging
Have some thoughts and ideas you’d like to share with the world? Then why not make some money off them? Blogging – or its more contemporary video form, vlogging – can be extremely lucrative if you pick your niche properly and put out content that people find real value in.
It’s free to start a Wordpress site and there are tons of resources out there to help you learn about SEO (Search Engine Optimization) so your site can gain traction. Starting a blog is definitely not easy, nor is it something you can make money at overnight, but if you’re willing to put the work in and build a following, then starting a blog or vlog channel could be well worth your while.
5. Partner with Brands on Social Media
Speaking of building a following, capitalizing on your social media following is another great side hustle idea. Contrary to popular belief, you actually don’t need a massive number of followers to make money on social media. The more followers you have, the more money you’re likely to make, but even if you only have a thousand followers, there are brands that want to work with you.
Engagement is key though, so make a point to be actively engaged with your following, post consistently, and provide value. Reach out to brands you actually like and use – that way your content will feel more organic and you won’t be reaching for content. If you’re into fitness, contact health and fitness brands. Love to cook? Start posting recipes, tagging your favorite brands, and showing how much you enjoy being in the kitchen! When your content feels genuine, people are more likely to follow and engage with you.
6. Become a Pinterest Virtual Assistant
If you’re obsessed with Pinterest, then I have some good news for you: You can make money doing what you love and you don’t even have to create your own content to do it. Pinterest Virtual Assistants help Pinterest creators with their content. You might help them with creating pins, managing their tasks, graphic design, scheduling, and more. You could make hundreds of extra dollars a month as a VA, and Pinterest even offers a course to help you learn how to do it.
7. Open an Etsy Shop
Are you great at drawing or sewing or throwing pottery or literally any other craft? Well then, you can make extra money online. Basically, if you can make something with your hands, then you can open an online store and sell it. If Etsy’s not your thing (they’ve gotten into some hot water recently for increasing their transaction fees and hitting sellers’ bottom lines), then Shopify or Fiverr are also great options. If you don’t want to be hit with transaction fees, try creating your own website or utilizing Facebook Marketplace.
If you can make something with your hands, then you can open an online store and sell it.
8. Try Online Tutoring
If you were one of those kids who actually did well on standardized tests in school (a.k.a. not this gal), then this could be the side hustle for you! Or maybe you just really enjoy teaching. Why not put those skills to good use? If you have actual teaching qualifications or experience, then that’s even better! There are a number of online tutoring platforms out there that you can sign up for, and they’ll match you with students. No matter what your area of expertise is, there are opportunities out there for you to share your knowledge.
9. Start an Online Coaching Business
Do you have any special qualifications or interest in things like fitness, mental health, finance, or something else entirely? Here’s an idea: leverage that knowledge and help other people at the same time! Starting an online coaching business will help you not only grow your own skills and make some extra money, but you’ll also feel like you’re doing something good in the world. If your full-time job isn’t giving you the fulfillment you desire, then helping other people improve their lives via online coaching is a great way to fill that void.
Side hustles can be extremely rewarding, both financially and professionally, but it’s important to remember that it’s a side hustle, so don’t forget about your full-time job! Your real job always comes first and needs to be prioritized over any extracurriculars. If you work hard enough and truly fall in love with your side hustle, then maybe you can turn it into your full-time job one day.
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