These days, no one is paid enough money for what they do. It’s 2018, and the idea of a side-hustle is real. But, no one wants to pick up weekend shifts at Starbucks where *shudder* we could run into someone we know. We all want to be in bed in our PJs raking in the Benjamins without a care in the world.
So hey, I’m going to tell you how to do exactly that.
Now, a quick caveat. Not all of these tricks are going to work for you, and that’s okay. You wouldn’t want to pick up 28 new side hustles anyway. So find a couple you think are interesting, and try them out until you find the perfect intersection of money-making and acceptably lazy. I believe in you.
So you want to get your side hustle on?
Get out your pen and paper, and open a fresh browser window, because we’re about to dive in.
(But maybe don’t do this while you’re at work.)
Start a blog and make it niche.
Are you a big talker? Maybe Siri can convert that into text for you. Here are two tips in one!
Start a WordPress blog, that utilizes Ads. You won’t be raking in the dough right away, but after a while, and after A LOT of articles, things will start to happen.
While you’re waiting for the money to flow in, reach out to brands that sell products you love. You can write reviews for them, and possibly get free stuff in return.
Sell some physical products on an E-Commerce site.
Remember the days when you had to make your mom a candle for Christmas because you knew it would cost you $2, but she would still love it? That’s sort of like economics!
You can use those shrewd business instincts to starts an online storefront. Sell your candles to all your relatives, and then their friends, and then like, I don’t know, Oprah! It’s that easy.
Here come the links. Hundreds of companies are looking for freelance workers, and guess what? There are websites that can connect you. Check out these sites to find a job you’re fit for.
Coaching is 2018’s version of advising. And honestly, it’s probably a bunch of B.S. There are so many people who have started businesses off of luck and have NO IDEA how to it. But maybe you do. If you have some kind of business expertise, big or small, sell yourself as a Business Coach and hit the streets.
You don’t even need to consult specific companies. Set up your own website and offer a blanket approach by putting your information behind a paywall. That way you can set it and forget it.
Create some online courses.
Similar to the last one. If you have a specific area of expertise, make some videos or write some posts about that topic, create a website, and run some ads!
Okay. Sure, YouTube might not bring in as much money as it used to, but there’re still a lot of opportunities there. Once you start gaining some followers, you can start work with sponsors, create merch, and even team up with other YouTubers to grow together.
And another little tip for you. Volume is key on YouTube. Create as much as you can.
You know you want to. You’ve always wanted to.
Do me a favor and make it about something interesting or unique. No one wants to listen to you talk about every episode of the Wizards of Waverly Place that had ever aired, but we also don’t want to listen to another true crime podcast.
Find the middle ground.
Websites have bugs and often need testing. Who doesn’t want some decent money for messing around on the internet, and getting paid to report what happens? I know I do.
Do some voiceover work, or narrate an audiobook.
Do you think you have a beautiful voice? Find some awesome casting calls for voice over artists and start to stretch your acting chops to the max!
You may need to invest in a nice microphone to get started.
Sell that book you’ve always wanted to write.
Get writing! Even if you write 10 pages to start, that still counts.
When you’re proofread and ready to sell, you can pass it over to Amazon. They have some great self-publishing programs that will help you get selling in no time.
Start an e-mail newsletter.
Get started on MailChimp and start a curated e-mail newsletter. As soon as you gain a following, you can start using Affiliate links to sell products you’ve used, or pick up sponsors.
Shopify is the king of this method. With dropshipping, you curate a store of products you like, which ship straight from other companies to your customers. Think of yourself as the ultimate tastemaker. Dropshipping is super easy and Shopify has some built-in tools to help you get started.
Make your mom proud. If you’re a crafty person or have a niche hobby, you can start an Etsy store! Get your products into the largest home-goods store on the Internet. It’s super easy to set up!
Consult some local businesses.
Take your coaching to the next level. Find a local business you love and that you think you can improve, and sell your skills part-time. You can work for a business that you love and want to see improve, and make some money at the same time.
Got bit by the photography bug? Did grandma gift you a nice camera a few years ago that’s still in the box? Why not run around taking some dope pictures of meadows and stop signs and sell them on sites like Getty or Shutterstock?
Rent space through Air Bnb.
I know it’s weird, but if you’re going to be out of town frequently, you might as well.
It’ll help you keep your place a little cleaner than it currently is, and who doesn’t want that?
If you’re good at designing art, then you can sell your prints on either your own site or upload your designs to a website like Cotton Bureau and let them handle all of that for you.
Become a Virtual Assistant.
Are you a super-organized person?
I know that I’m not, but if you are, you should become a Virtual Assistant. It’s so easy, you just need to send a few emails and calendar invites are you’re good to go. You don’t even need to get out of bed.
Who doesn’t want to be a freedom writer? Now you can become an online virtual Hillary Swank which is even cooler. You may want to get ESL accredited, but after that, check out Learn4Good or Remote.co to get started.
Become a guest writer for online magazines or blogs.
Hey, look mom! My job made the list!
Start your blog and create a few samples. Then, send some posts around to your favorite websites and see if they’re looking for any writers.
Help people prep their taxes.
Do you know how to prepare taxes? If so, email me (only kidding).
But seriously, that’s a seriously in-need skill. Put up some online ads on craigslist that you’re available for some tax-prep goodness!
Have you caught all the tiny grammar mistakes in this article? Then maybe proofreading is right for you! Again, you can check out websites like Upwork to get started.
Who doesn’t love data-entry? Oh, me. I don’t. But maybe you do! Do some job searching online, these jobs are aplenty.
Become a college admissions essay editor.
It’s college application season! Nothing like reading the same exact essay over and over again and helping some desperate high school seniors with getting into college. I wish I had some random person on the internet to help me! Scribendi, Top Admit, or Essay Edge are your go-to websites.
Join a focus group or take an online survey.
I was apart of a focus group once. It paid really well, and all I had to do was smell some body spray. I would highly recommend.
We all have an old first-generation iPod at the bottom of a drawer somewhere.
Sell it! Old clothes, movies, electronics, whatever! Hop on eBay or craigslist and start selling. Plus, you’ll have way less crap in your place.
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