If you’re creative and hard-working, then there are ways you can pull extra cash each month.
Side hustles are something you do – before or after your day job – to generate extra income, whether it’s to paid down debt, put aside more savings, or treat yourself to something that’s not in your budget.
There have always been traditional part-time gigs like babysitting, doing yard work, and cleaning houses. But creative people are finding more fun ways to boost their income while using their talents or pursuing hobbies they enjoy.
It’s just a matter of finding the right hustle for you...
Imagine earning a generous side income by sitting at home on your computer, typing away!
Sites like Upwork and Fiverr help you connect with clients and find freelance gigs.
- Hire yourself out for resume development. Most people struggle to put together an attractive, well-written resume and cover letter and they’ll happily pay you to do it for them.
- You don’t need a journalism degree to become a freelance writer. If you’ve got the chops for research and writing, you can learn to pitch stories to any newspaper, website, or magazine and they might agree to pay you for an article.
- Social media management is a fast-growing field. You can get paid to post on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn for businesses who don’t have the time or know-how.
- If you’re handy with building websites, market your services to small local businesses who don’t have an online presence. They’re likely interested but can’t afford what a large marketing firm would charge.
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How do you promote yourself?
- Social media channels, like: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, and LinkedIn...just to name a few
- Your own website or blog
- Sites like Freelancer
- Good ole’ word of mouth
The goal? You’ll need to build up your client list.
Are you crafty? Enjoy working with your hands? What about a side hustle where you create products to sell through an online store like Etsy? (Here’s how to set up an Etsy shop.)
- If you’re handy with a sewing machine, you can whip up dresses, accessories, tote bags, bandana bibs and other small projects while you’re watching TV at the same time.
- Painters can sell finished pieces online, but the real money is in selling high-quality prints from those works of art.
- Like to knit or cross-stitch? What about designing your own patterns (using free software) and selling the patterns online? You do the work once and get paid over and over with each purchase.
- Mesh wreaths are fast and cheap to make, but people will easily pay $30 or $40 for a finished one to hang on their front door.
- What about designing T-shirts or other products – without having to worry about making them or shipping them? Sites like Teespring and Merch by Amazon allow you to do exactly that!
Here’s a success story of a young woman from New Brunswick who started selling her artwork on Facebook to pay off her $8,000 of debt and paid it off “within just a few weeks.”
What subject are you an expert in?
Write a blog with informative, entertaining posts and there are lots of ways to turn it into an income-generating project. Sites like TheBlogStarter.com can give you free step-by-step instructions on getting it up and running.
No this is NOT a quick and easy way to earn money, and it’s far from “passive income.” You’ll need to invest many many hours before you start seeing some result and hopefully snowball from there.
Couple of ways you can make money from your blog: advertising, and/or selling your own products and services.
Create and sell your products
We’re living at an age where people expect free. And if it’s not free? Well then, forget it, right?
So creating that product where people would open their wallets is a tall order. That product needs to resonate with people. It needs to deliver. It needs to solve an irritating problem.
To start, read this intro on how to create and sell products on your blog.
Where can you sell you products?
- Your website or blog
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Providing a service
Think about people’s “pain points” and how you could make their lives easier.
Maybe the answer is providing a valuable service and getting paid for your efforts. You don’t even need a website if you market yourself well on social media or on buy/sell sites – see list above.
- Do you enjoy cooking or baking? (Usually people strongly prefer one over the other, which is interesting.) There are always people looking to buy special baked goodies and pre-made dinners.
- If you’re handy with a camera and enjoy taking beautiful pictures, what about setting up a side business as a photographer? No formal training required because your work will speak for itself.
- Have a talent for decorating or organizing homes? It’s an area where a lot of people struggle, and a side-hustler would have more competitive rates than a professional.
Back at you
Any of these online side hustle ideas piqued your interest?
Anything that should have been included in the list? Share below!