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Want to earn extra income? Here are some of the best side hustles you can do while keeping your regular job.
Table of contents
- Top Side Hustles You Can Do for Added Income
- 1. Be a Virtual Assistant
- 2. Teach a Language Online
- 3. Open an Online Store
- 4. Manage Social Media Accounts
- 5. Become a Freelance Writer
- 6. Give Affiliate Marketing a Try
- 7. Drive for Lyft or Uber
- 8. Create Your Own Course
- 9. Sell Your Photos
- 10. Deliver Items
- 11. Become a Dog Walker
- 12. Rent Out Your Unused Room
- 13. Teach Driving Lessons
Top Side Hustles You Can Do for Added Income
1. Be a Virtual Assistant
One of the most popular ways of making money online is by becoming a virtual assistant. The tasks of a virtual assistant can include a lot of things such as scheduling, email management, taking calls, and basically any clerical work that can be done without having to be in an office.
A lot of startups and mid-sized businesses have started outsourcing services to virtual assistants because it helps them save on office space and resources.
2. Teach a Language Online
There’s no doubt that technology has made communication so much easier. Aside from talking to family or friends who are halfway around the world, you can use messaging apps such as Facebook Messenger or Skype to teach a stranger from another country or continent.
Online language tutoring has gotten quite popular over the past years. All you need to do is to look for an online language school, register, and go through the application process.
You can teach your native tongue, gain new friends from around the globe, and even make this a full-time career.
3. Open an Online Store
Do you have a lot of pre-loved items you don’t use anymore? Or maybe you love creating art or DIY crafts? Or, choose from this list of great ideas of things you can sell online.
Then, creating an online or e-commerce store should be a good side hustle for you! E-commerce is booming today because of its convenience for both buyers and sellers.
Alternatively, you can set up shop directly on Amazon through the Amazon Seller Central program. You can even use tools like Jungle Scout or Viral Launch to do your own product and keyword search to determine the best products to sell. Check out Jungle Scout Vs Viral Launch – Battle of the Amazon Tools for more information on these two research tools.
Creating an e-commerce site also makes a great side hustle for working moms.
4. Manage Social Media Accounts
If you’re spending a lot of time on social media, you might as well make good money off of it! Social media managers are sought after by small, mid-sized, and even large businesses.
Social media, after all, is a great and cost-effective way to get leads and grow a business.
It doesn’t sound as easy as it seems, though. Unlike for your personal social media accounts, you don’t just post selfies and share random content when you’re using an account meant for business.
It’s important to learn the best practices on how to get more attention from the business’ target market.
5. Become a Freelance Writer
Are you passionate about writing? Then you ought to try selling your service!
Websites, blogs, and advertisements thrive on content. If you can frequently come up with smart and relevant content that will drive traffic to a certain website, you can definitely make a living from your writing skills.
You can start marketing yourself as an online writer through websites like Upwork or Fiverr. Writing projects can range from one-off deals to something more long-term and constant depending on the client’s needs and of course, your availability.
You can write for blogs, sales pages, or web content. Try to find your niche and enhance your knowledge so you can go for highly-specialized and targeted projects and clients.
6. Give Affiliate Marketing a Try
If you don’t have your own products to sell, you can always try affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing is when you sell or endorse another person’s product or service and get a percentage of the sales you bring in.
Becoming an affiliate marketer is a great source of passive income and is easy once you find the method that works best for you.
Passive Income Definition: A way of earning money from an enterprise that doesn’t require active involvement from someone.
Some bloggers or social media influencers make money by writing or posting about a product and giving their readers or subscribers a link to buy it. They then get an amount for every sale that was made through that link. If you would like to give it a try, check out the best affiliate programs for beginners.
If you’re new to affiliate marketing, you can start out through the Amazon Associates Program.
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7. Drive for Lyft or Uber
Here’s a great and easy side hustle or gig if you love being on the road and want to earn extra money. You can use your free time to drive for ride-sharing apps such as Uber or Lyft.
The pay is great, and you get to have control of your spare time or work hours. You can turn the app on or off any time you feel like it.
In Uber, for example, you can sign up online given that you’re at least 21 years old with good driving history, has a car in good condition with at least four doors, and your smartphone is iPhone 4s or higher or Android 2013 or higher.
8. Create Your Own Course
Maybe you’re an expert or passionate about a certain subject matter and would love to share your knowledge and skills to the world. Creating an online course is a great way to reach many people who share the same passion as you and would love to learn more.
9. Sell Your Photos
Have an eye for photography but don’t consider yourself an expert just yet? You can start making money through your pictures by selling your image uploads through stock photo websites such as ShutterStock, Pixabay, and Dreamstime.
Your passion for taking pictures is a great way to boost your confidence as you work your way through the ropes of professional photography. You may also consider this as one of your fun hobbies that make money.
10. Deliver Items
Here’s another side hustle for those who are always on the road. You can earn extra income by delivering items.
Apps like Postmates offer jobs to people who want to get involved in the delivery service industry. A great thing about Postmates is it doesn’t require any time commitments — you can work as much or as less as you want.
All you need to do is get their app and sign up. You’ll be asked to describe yourself and how you’re planning to deliver. You’d also be required to provide proof of identity and a profile photo.
Once your identity has been verified, Postmates will send you a prepaid card and delivery bag for free. Once your account and prepaid card have been set up, you can start delivering around your city.
Tip: You can earn more by strategizing. Find out which time in your area is busiest during the day so you get more packages to deliver and earn more. Postmates doesn’t charge any fees to its “fleet” so you can take home 100% of what you’ve earned.
11. Become a Dog Walker
Love dogs? Become a dog walker and earn extra!
Apps like Wag! are a godsend for people who need their dogs walked but don’t have the time for it. On the other side of it, dog-walking apps are also perfect for dog-lovers who are looking for a side hustle.
If you want to become a dog walker for Wag!, you can sign up on their website. Their application process is designed to test your dog care knowledge, so it’s ideal that you’ve had experience caring for a dog.
You can earn on your own time and feel good about your job because the company donates a part of their earnings to feed shelter dogs. The more dog walks you can do, the more you can earn. and as a bonus, the more dogs you’ll help!
12. Rent Out Your Unused Room
If you have a spare room in your place, why not make money out of it? You can renovate if it needs a makeover and do some cleaning and organizing to make it look rent-worthy. This is especially ideal for those who live in or near touristy areas.
Advertise your space online and check sites that allow you to do so. You can sign up on Airbnb, an online marketplace for property and activity hosting where you can list your space for short or long-term rentals.
This saves you the hassle and cost of printing and posting fliers for your space. You can set your own price and only need to pay a low fee upon reservation.
13. Teach Driving Lessons
Maximize your driving skills and use them to earn extra money by becoming a part-time driving instructor. The first thing you have to do is to get licensed as a driving instructor. Requirements vary per state so be sure to check your local DMV.
What’s good about this is that you can advertise your service online and offline. You can also check sites like Indeed.com, to search for driving instructor jobs.
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In this highly advanced technological world we live in, we are given more and more options to create additional income. There are lots of great side hustles you can work on even when you have a full-time job.
You can even eventually transition to it on a full-time basis and leave your job if you wish once you get the hang of it.
What side hustle ideas do you have or which of the side hustles mentioned above will you start trying? Let us know in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on November 5, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.