You’re talented, you’re passionate, and you’ve got bills to pay. Life is good, but it would be better with a little extra cash flow. Sound like you? You’re not alone! In fact, according to a recent survey, nearly half of working Americans say they have a secondary source of income. Furthermore, one in four survey participants who supplement their income with a side hustle said they are “more passionate” about that work than their primary job - that number jumps up to 40% for 18-to-22-year-olds.
We are a generation of go-getters. (So can we stop with the lazy millennial thing yet?!) If you haven’t joined the side-hustle movement yet but want to, we’ve got you. Here are five ideas for side hustles you could start today - that aren’t Uber!
#1 - Launch your freelance writing career
If you have a way with words, or an eye for design, put those skills to good use and start charging for your talents! Start by updating your LinkedIn profile, then hone in on your skills, and create an LLC. Creating an LLC is actually quite simple and inexpensive. (Laws vary from state to state, so this may not be necessary.) You can then apply for freelance jobs on sites like Upwork and People Per Hour, where companies around the world will hire you to design logos and websites, write web copy, manage social media, and more. You’ll be able to find gigs in tons of industries that range from short-term to long-term projects, and even some recurring projects that will keep your side hustle going steady. The beauty of freelancing is that there is no expectation of a permanent single client, so you can take on as much as you can manage.
#2 - #GETPAID to be a micro-influencer
Insta game strong? Leverage your social talents and make some money as a micro-influencer! Scrunch defines a micro influencer as “someone who has an audience within the follower range of 2,000 followers up until about 50,000 followers on a particular social media channel.” That’s right! You don’t have to have a million followers to make money. Create an account on Heartbeat and they’ll pair you with a company that you’ll become a brand ambassador for. It’s a lot of fun and then best part is you’ll get to try new products!
#3 - Coach others to success
The personal development industry is growing rapidly, which means personal coaching is taking off, too. Now more than ever, people are willing to pay big bucks for good advice and motivation around career, finance, relationships, health, and more. If you’re an expert in some area and you have what it takes to support others and help them achieve their goals, consider becoming a coach! All you need is a Zoom account - So easy! And while there's no official organization that regulates the coaching industry, it can't hurt to complete a training course to boost credibility.
#4 - Write a book
If you love to write, writing an eBook could be a great way for you to explore your creative side while raking in some extra dough! Check out Funds For Writers and The Write Life to get connected to eBook job opportunities. Both sites are full of great writing tips and tools, as well!
Writing purely from a place of passion is awesome, but be careful not to sell yourself short. Charge what you deserve because there’s no reason that you shouldn’t be making bank to do what you love! Pro tip: Research what topics are popular and do well from a sales standpoint. Make sure you’re maximizing the top-searched keywords and phrases in your writing so you can hit your financial goals faster.
#5 - Sell your creations
Has anyone ever said to you, “You could totally sell this!”? Maybe it was your homemade earrings, a macrame plant hanger or the T-shirts you designed for your BFF’s bachelorette party. Whatever the case may be, if it’s cool, people will probably buy it. Set up shop on Etsy or at a local artisan market and make some money for your craft! Need some cool product inspo? Tune in to the Products Worth Talking About Podcast!
If illustrating or graphic design are your jam, you can sell your creations without the production costs. Turn your designs into coffee mugs, pillow cases, hats - you name it - by uploading your designs to a site like CafePress.