Side hustles are a great step towards growing your income and skills. Read on for an actionable list of 20 side hustles you can start today!
At one point or another, you’ve probably seen a list of side hustles that sound like a waste of time. Taking surveys and clipping coupons? No thanks. Personal finance influencers will give you all kinds of lists but they’re not always actionable. Today we’re giving you a list of 20 side hustles you can start today that won’t get you doing all kinds of crazy things.
Side Hustles For Passive Income Enthusiasts
1. Start A Blog
Blogs are the perfect passive income source for writers or hobby enthusiasts.
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.
Your blog becomes a passive income stream through display ads, affiliate marketing, and/or digital product sales. To earn passive income through display ads, you’ll want to focus on SEO (search engine optimization). SEO the science behind getting traffic to your website. Once your blog is consistently getting traffic, companies may even reach out to partner on projects.
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
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 and love.
3. Sell Your Products on Etsy
Etsy is an online marketplace where independent artists and crafters can sell their goods. Etsy is primarily associated with handmade toys, collectibles, art, home goods, vintage furniture, jewelry, clothing, and holiday items, in addition to crafts, craft supplies, and digital downloads.
Unlike Amazon and Walmart, everything on the site is made, collected, curated, and sold by its sellers. These independent business owners not only produce their goods but manage their orders and inventory, too. Etsy acts as the middle-man, giving smaller, independent creators a platform to find and attract customers.
4. 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.
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.
Side Hustles For Writers
5. Write Freelance Articles
Freelance writing is the practice of writing for money while working on one’s own and not being employed by a company or organization. Freelance 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.
6. Resume Writing
Side Hustles For Organizers & Educators
6. Teach English Online
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.
7. Sell Lesson Plans Online
This is for those who have some teaching experience. Now in the digital age, though, maybe you’ve gotten a little creative with your kids and have created some of your own lesson plans. Sell them on Teachers Pay Teachers!
8. Become A Virtual Assistant
With the rise in remote work and entrepreneurship, there’s a rise in opportunity for virtual assistantship. Follow some of your favorite creators and small businesses on their socials, check out Fiverr, Upwork, or any other job board you would normally seek out to find some V.A. opportunities.
9. Become a Tutor
Maybe even more so now, families are looking for extra support with their kids. Check out online tutoring platforms, like Varsity Tutors, to apply and build out your client list. VIP
10. Become a Transcriptionist
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 (but not necessary!)
Side Hustles For Creatives & Digital Nomads
This set of side hustles is for the person that’s always got an idea in their head, or for those who have an art skill.
11. Become a Social Media Manager
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.
12. Participate In Marketing Focus Groups
You won’t have these lined up all week, but every so often you’ll get one or two that pay up to $100/hour. To qualify for these studies, you’ll take screening surveys and someone will message or call you back if you fit the criteria. One of my favorite platforms for this is Schlesinger Group!
13. 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.
Side Hustles That Require Active Work
14. Deliver Food or Groceries
We’re talking InstaCart, GrubHub, UberEats—whichever you prefer!
15. Flip or Sell Items on Digital Marketplaces
A reseller is an individual person or business that buys a product, marks up the price and sells it for a profit. It’s the middle-men between manufacturers and customers.
Resellers can be 4 different people:
- Distributor: Buys a product from the manufacturer and resells to either a wholesaler or retailer.
- Wholesaler: Purchases the product from distributor to resell to a retail store.
- Retailer: Purchases the product from wholesaler to sell to the customer.
- Arbitrage (Flipping): The customer who finds a deal and sells the product for a small markup on an online marketplace.
16. Walk Dogs
17. Drive for Uber or Lyft
Take your car out for a spin, log some miles, and get paid while you do it. Remember to wear a mask when doing this!
18. Sign Up for TaskRabbit
TaskRabbit will have random odd jobs for you to pick from. Think, building a table, lifting furniture, or cleaning a home.
19. Rent Out Your Car
Did you know you could rent out your car to be used by others? If your car is sitting in your driveway this season, consider listing it on Turo, where you can make a buck for letting others use your car.
20. Declutter Your Home and Sell Used Items
This side hustle will require you to clean out your home spaces every so often. Keep in mind that not everything you want to get rid of will be able to be sold; use good judgment to decide what you should just toss, what you should donate, and what you could make some money from. We love using sites like Mercari to sell things we no longer need.
We’ve given you a list of 20 concrete, actionable side hustles you can start as soon as today. Choose a category that best aligns with your personality and start trying one out!
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