In an era defined by technological advancements and a shifting work landscape, location-independent side hustles are changing the game. Thanks to tech, more of us are diving into gigs that don’t tie us down to a specific place.
Whether it’s freelancing, online consulting, or diving into e-commerce, the cool part is being able to work from wherever, whenever. It’s all about flex and freedom, letting you create your own work/life balance and schedule.
Interested in starting a side hustle you can do from anywhere? Here’s a list of 16 different location independent side hustles for you to consider.
Blogs are the perfect passive income source for writers or hobby enthusiasts. Because they exist entirely online, you can start and run your blog from wherever in the world you can have solid internet connection.
A blog (shortening of “weblog”) is an online journal or informational website displaying information in reverse chronological order, with the latest posts appearing first. It’s a platform where writers share their views on a subject.
Our number one tip for anyone considering starting a blog is to only write about something you actually care about. People turn to blogs when they are trying to learn something. If you don’t really know what you’re talking about, people will know when reading your posts.
Your blog becomes a passive income stream through display ads, affiliate marketing, and/or digital product sales.
To start your blog:
- Select the perfect niche for your blog
- Choose a blogging platform (Example: WordPress)
- Pick a domain name (Example: www.myamazingblog.com)
- Get a web hosting account (Example: SiteGround)
- Design your blog, write content, and promote through social media
Blogs can take years to build up into a stable, reliable passive income stream. Keep this in mind when committing to starting your blog. You may not reap its rewards for several years!
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2. Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing consists of you teaming up with retailers to promote their products. You can get paid a commission for each sale in exchange for promoting products or services. This is an easy form of passive income because you simply promote someone else’s product and get paid.
Some places to promote your affiliate links are through social media, email marketing, a YouTube channel, podcast, or blog. Some well-known affiliate marketing platforms are Amazon Associates & ShareASale. But there are a host of platforms to choose from.
The key here is authenticity. The moment you promote bad products is the moment your audience loses trust in you. Make sure you only promote products you know, love, and trust.
3. Start A Dropshipping Business
Dropshipping is where you manage an online retail store and use a third-party supplier to fulfill the order. With dropshipping, you don’t have to handle the product directly. The biggest difference between dropshipping and the standard retail model is that the seller doesn’t stock or own inventory. Instead, the seller purchases inventory as needed from a wholesaler or manufacturer to fulfill orders.
Since you are not holding any inventory, you are not tied down to a physical space. You can take your online e-commerce business anywhere, and fulfill the order from wherever you are. If set up right, there is very little you’ll have to do with each order that is placed, as you can set up systems to have it run.
With the dropshipping model, you don’t need as much upfront capital to get started. That’s because you don’t need to purchase the requested product until the sale takes place. Without the need for stocking inventory, it’s possible to start a successful dropshipping business with little upfront costs. And you don’t have to know how to code or build a website to get started. You can use a platform like Printify to start your dropshipping business today.
4. Freelance Writing
Freelance writing is the practice of writing for money while working on one’s own and not being employed by a company or organization. These writers produce whatever written text is needed by their clients, either working from home or in a rented office space. Writers can have many different clients, or, one very large client with a lot of steady, ongoing work. Writers can work as generalists and cover topics as diverse as automobiles and architectural design. Or, they can specialize in one area, such as the culinary arts.
Explore the type of demand for these articles on sites like Fiverr. Once you research what type of articles are being most demanded, start there. As you gain exposure and clients, you can start to build out your niche. Key to writing good articles is going to be your ability to SEO.
5. Resume Writing
Once you create your templates, you will be able to post them on sites like the above and set up your systems to automatically deliver the templates upon purchase.
There are two main tracks you can go with this route: language tutoring, or topic-based tutoring. While you can find dozes of online tutoring platforms, you can also offer in-person services wherever it is you are travelling or living within. For example, have you ever been walking down the street in a new city, and seen signs advertising English classes?
With English being one of the global economy’s top languages, the demand for English language tutoring never ceases. Check out this remote teaching blog post for a look at 8 different companies to start offering your services. Maybe even more so now, families are looking for extra support with their kids.
And if you want to branch outside of language and get into more topic-based experiences, check out online tutoring platforms, like Varsity Tutors, to apply and build out your client list.
7. Virtual Assistantship
With the rise in remote work and entrepreneurship, there’s a rise in opportunity for virtual assistantship. These positions range in what they entail, depending on the employer’s background. Tasks can include things like email management, content creation, community engagement, etc.
Becoming a V.A. is truly location-independent because, in many cases, the tasks can be performed online and on your own time.
8. Graphic Design
If you’re coming from a design background, even better. Your skill in designing graphics can allow you to go anywhere through contract jobs.
However, if you’re not coming from this background, there are still ways for you to dip your toes into this space. For example, a virtual assistantship position might require you to create some of the online content. Start dabbling into this practice, through sites like Canva.
Transcribing is turning an audio file to text. Check out this online transcription jobs blog post for a look at five platforms and helpful equipment. If you’re really trying to minimize the amount of stuff you have when pursuing a location-independent job, you can skip the equipment!
10. Social Media Management
Most social media marketers help businesses grow their online communities.
This usually includes:
- writing and scheduling posts
- running ads
- replying to fans
- creating graphics
Your duties as a community manager or social media manager will most likely depend on your job description, time, budget and expertise. It’s up to you to pitch your services. Go to your favorite local business and show them why you’re the person to grow their social media presence. Make sure to have a sample profile of your work.
11. Become a Social Media Influencer
Want to ditch your day job to do something you love? Or would you prefer to set up an epic side hustle? Truth is, you might already have the answer. We’re talking about your social accounts! Did you know that if you have 3k+ followers on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, you can turn this into an income. How? Basically, you’ll be paid to create content celebrating brands you already use and love! And with no hidden fees, you get 100% of what you charge! Find out how to start building your online presence.
12. Course Creator
In many ways like blogging, creating a course is built on years of experience and expertise. You can do either live courses, or invest the time and energy into creating an ever-green course that sells itself.
The demand for bilingual content is increasing more and more. Tap into your second-language skills and start offering up your services on sites like Fiverr.
14. Video and Photo Editor
If you possess this skill, you are at an advantage! Even moreso if you already have your portfolio of work.
To start finding your own opportunities regardless of a full-time job, you would turn to websites like Fiverr. This work can be done from wherever as long as you have a powerful computer.
The key here is going to be having stable internet connection to connect with your clients. From there, you have many options with what area you’d like to offer services in. With this side hustle, you can offer 1:1 or group offerings. Check out our podcast episode with Cat Del Carmen to learn how to start a coaching business!
16. Copywriting & Sales Funnel Design
Copywriting is the process of designing copy to promote a product/service while encouraging consumers to purchase. Web page design and content writing, ad copy creation, and promotional banners or materials all constitute as copywriting.
The Bottom Line
Learn in-demand skills, grow an online income in conjunction with your day job, and start to network with other entrepreneurs that are making a living online. When you’re ready to make the jump, you’ll already have a support system in place to sustain yourself.
The internet is amazing, and it’s never been easy to land a location independent job and to live a flexible lifestyle. Just take the time to prepare yourself for the change, and never stop hustling!
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