What a time to be alive. Our parents and our grandparents would kill for the opportunities we have at our fingertips. Their side hustle ideas needed a lot of groundwork, grit and crossed fingers. Our side hustle ideas are only limited to our imaginations.
The internet is the great equalizer.
Now we can create one or more streams of income with an internet connection. It’s easier to get our lives together by trying different sources that can earn us $1000 and beyond.
In the abundance of water, the fool is thirsty.Bob Marley
Despite that, one big problem we face is we are spoiled for choice.
And with all these options, you can easily get paralyzed. It’s not that most side hustle ideas are bad ones.
You just need the ones that can get you the best return on your investment of time.
Your side hustle ideas should be “High-Income Skills”
Sure, you can do “survey sites” and “get paid for shopping online.” But you’ll bring in a few dollars versus the thousands of dollars you can make if you pursue “High-Income Skills” according to entrepreneur, Dan Lok.
If you’re looking to bring in some extra cash and need some side hustle ideas, look no further than below:
And to this day, the written word does that better than almost any form.
Copywriting is the art of writing words for the purpose of marketing to and convincing a prospect to purchase a product or service.
Millions of businesses, websites, and even your government need copywriting to engage potential customers and convert them into buyers. The most popular forms of copy needed today are for Written Sales Letters, Landing Pages, Webinars, and Video Sales Letters.
That’s where you could come in.
By learning copy, you can start reaching out to clients and offering your services. And the more you learn, the more you can earn. IF you’ve never done copywriting before, take up a copywriting course. While taking the course, find famous copywriting letters and practice re-writing them. This will condition your brain to think in copy, and you’ll know how to position your client’s copy.
While you’re learning, offer to write or rewrite someone’s copy for free. Then you can use the samples to apply for Copywriting jobs or pitch to potential clients in Facebook Groups or LinkedIn. Before long, you’ll have your first client. In terms of charging, you should aim to charge a flat fee per project, based on the value you’ll be providing your customer. The best copywriters in the world earn 6-figures, easily. By getting 1-2 consistent clients, you can earn $1000 or more monthly on just a few hours of focused work.
Freelance Writing/Content Marketing
One of my favorite side hustle ideas is Freelance Writing (a.k.a Content Marketing). How is this different from Copywriting? The genesis of both is to convert potential customers into buyers. However, Content Marketing focuses on building a relationship with your readers.
So writing blogs (like this one), articles, white papers, social media posts, and ebooks positions companies as a trusted thought leader. It can also evolve into Social Media posting, Email Marketing, Video, or Webinar creation.
Months or years later, someone can purchase just from remembering a blog post or subscribing to an email list from a piece of your content.
Content Marketing is growing rapidly in terms of demand, and effectiveness. So hundreds of thousands of businesses around the world hire people to create content, as it’s time-consuming to make compelling stuff.
Setting up your Content Marketing business
It’s easy to start your own Content Marketing side hustle. First, pick a niche that interests you like sport, cryptocurrency, or online marketing. Next, pick a type of content you’d want to specialize in (e.g ebooks, or articles). Then, brainstorm some topics and start building a portfolio. Do this in two ways:
- Start writing content on a Google Doc or Microsoft Word document.
- Submit content to blogs who accept writers, so you can get a by-line.
Now you can pitch to other blogs, businesses, or content marketing agencies to write freelance. You’ll have a portfolio to show off when they ask for examples. I’ve found most companies and clients don’t care about your expertise. They care about the results.
In terms of charging for your services, businesses will ask for your rate per word or per hour. A good starting point can be $0.10 per word.
Writing a few blogs per month will easily bring in $1000 or more. Soon, you can charge $0.25 per word or more, or start submitting pieces for flat rates.
As a side note, I’d avoid some sites like Freelancer or Guru. These sites have lots of scammers and are really outsourcing to you for pennies per word. Cut out the middle man and pitch directly to companies and blogs.
If you want to turn writing into a business, start your own blog. It’s a serious upfront grind with an excellent return on your investment.
Writing on Medium
Speaking of blogging, if you want to write whatever you want with reckless abandon, then using Medium.com could be right up your alley.
Medium is a platform that shares written content with their 30 million-plus readers. What makes it amazing is that you can start blogging on Medium with just a few clicks.
All you need to do is create a profile, click Write Story and you can start creating blog posts. But to get paid, you need to sign up for the Medium Partner Program (MPP), using a Stripe account.
With MPP, Medium divides the $5 subscription of their Premium base amongst writers who place stories behind their paywall. Using a mix of ‘claps’ (their equivalent of likes), reads and views, Medium determines a weekly rate per article.
I’ve been writing on and off on Medium, and as little as 5-10 500-word articles a month nets me $100. Writing 1-2 articles a day could get you to $1000 or more.
Some of the most successful writers on Medium make $10,000 – $15,000 a month. What could you do for just $1000 a month?
Just make sure you get some of your articles into Medium’s popular publications like The Startup, The Ascent, and The Post-Grad Survival Guide.
As long as we’re online, we would need Front End, Back End, and Full Stack Web Developers. The demand for web dev heavily outweighs the supply.
If you have the skills, you can pick up a part-time freelance job doing designs for companies or websites who need your expertise. Sites like We Work Remotely post remote part-time developer jobs.
Or you can advertise your services online or on a freelancer website.
If you don’t have the skills, you can learn Web Development on Coursera, Udacity, or Skillshare.
But Colt Steele’s Udemy course on Website Development is the best on the market for next to nothing. He goes in-depth and in the end, you’ll be making websites and databases from scratch.
With web dev skills, you have different avenues and niches you can leverage to make thousands a month investing a few hours each week.
This is super simple.
Buy something and sell it back for a profit.
You can start off buying things at a local store and selling them on Amazon or Instagram. Do some research on Facebook Groups or on Amazon to see what products are hot. Or hit your local garage sale, closing down sale or classified for amazing deals.
Once you have your products, you can take some pictures with your phone and post them up, selling them at a mark-up to make $1000 plus each month.
It’s one of the easiest side hustles to start with little start-up capital. Soon, you could amp it up using Fulfillment By Amazon as there are sellers making $100,000 a year or more.
Do you have a skill you can share with others? Teaching is one of the best side hustle ideas done up by millions today.
The knowledge economy shows no signs of slowing down. Take your skills and start adding value to others ASAP.
It’s easy to get imposter syndrome with teaching. You may feel you need a degree or certification to start teaching. But as long as you have the knowledge and can provide serious value, nobody really cares about that minor stuff.
First, decide which skill you’re going to teach. Then determine which method of delivery works for you:
- Teach in-person
- Teach online (1:1 or group classes)
- Create an online course
You can start by hosting a class at your home, a coffee shop or a co-working space. If time and space are an issue, use Zoom or Skype to host online classes. When you get the hang of it, now it’s really time to scale.
Write out a course outline and objectives. Then, record a class using a camera or an app like ScreenCastify. Then upload your course on a paid program like Udemy, or Teachable. Start pitching your online classes to friends, business partners, and past students. You can even use Facebook Ads to target your ideal student.
Soon, you’ll have not one but three ways of teaching the same info, at different price points.
Cleaning and Organizing
Have a knack for keeping a clean house? Then use that Marie Kondo skill to charge to clean or organize a room or house.
A few clients a month could get you a steady side hustle income. All you need to start is your own supplies (or the clients can provide their own) and a way to get paid. Then advertise your services on social media or an ad in the paper.
You can even do a couple of spaces for free for the exposure. Get some before and after pictures and testimonials to help build your credibility.
A couple of hours a day can get you $1000 monthly and you can hire other cleaners if the demand picks up, and you’re stretched.
Conclusion: What are your side hustle ideas?
Try out one of these side hustle ideas today. Having only one source of income won’t get you to where you want to be so don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
You’ll start slowly at first.
Mistakes will be made.
Only a few dollars to start.
But soon, the momentum will build and you’ll have more clients and opportunities that your side hustle could handle.