Why should you even bother with online side hustle ideas? – Isn’t it enough to clock in at a job and make money that way instead?
It used to be that working a job was the secure thing to do .
The process was: Go to school, graduate, find a job that pays well (with health insurance benefits) and work until retirement age (or beyond).
Life can be unpredictable and these days having only one source of income can be a very risky thing. I personally believe that the key to financial security is to have multiple sources of income.
There are many people (thanks to the internet) who are making alot of money online because of their side hustles.
Do you have to be super smart to make more money on the Internet? Nope! You don’t have to go out and create an entirely new product or a whole new industry in order to make it financially.
It’s possible to make some extra cash by putting your own spin on things that already exist!
If you want to succeed at starting a business or even making some extra cash, -you will need to get creative.
To make a consistent income online you need to offer people something of value that solves a problem or two.
Working from the comforts of your own home and setting your own schedule does not have to be some far off fantasy.
If you are determined, you can actually turn your dreams into a reality! Or make some extra cash on the side too if that’s what you want.
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Benefits of making extra money on the side even if you have a regular full time job:
- It allows you to save more money
- Pay your bills
- Get out of debt
- Save for vacations & getaways
- Have more spending money
- Less stress from living paycheck to paycheck
- Save for an emergency fund
- Buy gifts for loved ones
- …And so much more!
A few online side hustle ideas that you can use to make extra cash from home:
1. Start a blog
Starting a blog is something that you can do in one day. You don’t need alot of money and you can get started for as little as $3.95/month .
A blog is not a get-rich-quick scheme by any means so you need to be prepared to put in some work if you want to make money blogging.
I have put together a step by step guide on how you can start a WordPress blog in 1 hour or less so make sure to check it out.
I also have a PDF on how to make money with a blog for beginners so make sure to also take a look at it if you want more information on ways to monetize your blog (the download is FREE and you will get immediate access).
Are you a good typist? Do you want to start your own profitable business (or make enough to supplement your income)?
If your answer is yes, then you should consider becoming a part-time transcriptionist.
Whether you are a retiree, student, stay at home parent, full time worker etc. Transcription work is something that you can do to make extra money in your spare time
There is a free transcription mini course you can look into if you want more information into transcribing as a way to make extra money.
Feel free to check it out here !
3. Become A Virtual Assistant
As a virtual assistant you offer virtual assistant services to business owners and in exchange you receive a fee for your services.
VA services includes but are not limited to: Graphic design, online order refunds, editing and proofreading, keyword research, bookkeeping, data entry, transcription, blog content writing, ghost writing etc.
The services you can offer to your client/clients as a virtual assistant are endless!
Gina Horkey is a very successful virtual assistant, she has a post on how to become a VA you can check it out if you want more information!
If you want to start your own successful virtual assistant business then you don’t want to miss out on learning from the best!
4. Become a Scopist
First of all what is Scoping?
Scoping is where you edit the transcripts of court reporters.
If you are good at attention to detail (and editing) then you can make a good living as a Scopist!
As a Scopist you can work from anywhere in the world (as long as you have reliable Internet access of course).
You can earn anywhere from $30,000 – $50,000 a year doing Scopist work!
Being a Scopist is in high demand and most court reporters use Scopists in order to save time.
If you are interested in Scopist work,- you can get a glimpse on how you can get started with the FREE Intro to Scoping Mini Course.
5. Freelance Writing
Being a freelance writer can be a very lucrative side hustle.
Freelance writers can make anywhere from $500, $1000, $2000+ every month and other writers make as much as $5000 if not more per month!
If you want to write for money, Gina Horkey has an article on how to become a paid freelance writer . This article will give you some ideas on how you can get started.
…So what are you waiting for? Give freelance writing a try!
6. Start an Online eCommerce Store
Do you want to start your own online store?
…Perhaps you want to sell apparel, jewellery, crafts, food etc.
You will have to work on getting traffic to your store and you can do this through word of mouth, Instagram and Facebook ads etc.
With your own standalone store you can do things such as: Import clothing and items to sell, drop shipping, warehouse fulfillment etc.
If you have an idea about what you would like to sell, you can start your 14 day free trial on Shopify it’s risk free! If after 14 days you decide it’s not for you, you can always cancel.
7. Make YouTube Videos
If you love being on camera why not start your own YouTube channel?
In order to start a YouTube channel all you need is your iPhone or a good camera (within your budget of course).
Do you need to have hundreds and thousands of subscribers to make money on YouTube? Nope.
Did you know that there are people who have hundreds of thousands of subscribers who make less money than someone with say…50,000 subscribers?
Some people make really good money as content creators on YouTube. It’s worth a try if you don’t mind being on camera.
8. Do Surveys
You can make extra money doing surveys in your spare time and in the comforts of your own home.
Earning an extra $200, $300+ each month can help you to pay for things such as your cell phone bill, car insurance, groceries, the water bill etc. Every bit helps!
I have put together a list of legit online surveys so make sure to check it out if you want some survey websites that you can start with.
Never sign up for any survey website that ask you to pay before you can complete their surveys.
9. Sell handcrafted items
Have you heard of Etsy?
Etsy is an online marketplace where you can sell handmade items such as soap, clothing, jewellery, hair products, cell phone accessories, wigs etc.
If you are good at hand-making things then Etsy is a great place to start!
Etsy already has the traffic in place so all you have to do is list your items and put in keywords to optimize your listing.
Some Etsy sellers have become so successful and now have their own independent online stores after using Etsy as their launching pad.
Etsy is a good place to start selling your handmade items!
If you are interested in starting a business on Etsy then The Handmade Entrepreneur is a book that will teach things such as: How to take good product pictures, how to price your products, writing titles and descriptions, how to rank on Etsy, places to promote your listings, and so much more.
10. Freelance Photography
If you are a decent photographer and you know the basics of lighting, composition, photo editing etc. then you can start making some extra cash on the side with your camera!
Make extra money as a freelance photographer working at special events, high school graduations, milestone birthdays etc.
Setup your own website ( I show you how here ), set your rate and find clients!
Having a Facebook and Instagram page is a great way to showcase your work so make sure to set those up.
Take pictures of your friends, strangers or acquaintances for your portfolio and start making $$$!
11. Brand ambassador
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Being a brand promoter is a fun and flexible way to make some extra money on the side.
Brand promotion is popular with college students so if you are still in college/ university then you should definitely try it!
If you are looking for this kind of work you can find many promotional gigs and promo agencies (especially if you live in a big city) on job posting websites.
Search for titles such as “promo girl/guy”, “brand ambassador” etc. to see the kinds of promotional jobs are available in your city.
Budgets are Sexy did a really through explanation of what being a brand ambassador is all about and you can check out the post here.
12. Join a focus group
Looking for good side hustle ideas?
You can make money through focus groups and this can be done locally or worldwide.
Last year I was able to test out a new flavor of protein powder for a week and was awarded with a check for $150 just for giving my opinion on the product!
I haven’t had the time to join any focus groups at the moment- but I am on the lookout ( I need that holiday shopping money).
You can also find focus group opportunities on Indeed.com so make sure to check there too.
13. Sell Your Services
You can make extra money online through online marketplaces such as Freelancer.com or Fiverr.com.
Some people even make a full-time living selling their services on site like these.
You can sell services such as: Video editing, voice overs, private investigation, resume writing etc. There are many entrepreneurs (and companies) that go on these freelance websites looking for the right person for the job.
If you are an expert at something that people are looking to pay for then this is a good place to start!
14. Create & sell your own eBook
If you are an expert at something (or you just know alot about a particular topic) then why not write and sell an eBook!
Writing an ebook is a great way to make some passive income in the long run.
You can start selling and delivering your eBook with Sendowl, it’s very user friendly plus you can create and sell your eBook and also get paid directly by your customers!
There are many topics you can write about such as: Social media success tips, health & fitness, online ads, mental health, influencer success tips etc.
Other people also make money writing fiction, sci fi and non-fiction eBooks so go with what you’re good at!
15. Create and sell your own course
I would not recommend this option if you are just starting out as a blogger.
Creating and selling your own course is a great way to make money if you already have a mailing list.
Course creation can take a lot of time but in the end it can be a very serious money maker.
Course creation is definitely something I plan to do in the future.
If you already run your own blog with a mailing list then you can create your own online course with Teachable.
Teachable is a very user friendly platform and a top choice for many successful bloggers who sell their own online courses!
That is all I have for online side hustle ideas for now and I will probably be adding to this list whenever new ideas come to me.
Do you currently have a side gig from home? Feel free to share what you do to make extra cash.
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