So why am I going on about online side hustle ideas? Isn’t it enough to just have one job and make money that way instead? Well…It used to be that working a job was the secure thing to do and the process was: Go to school, graduate, find a job that pays well (one with health insurance benefits) and work until retirement age. But 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 tons 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 succeed financially. It’s possible to make some extra cash by putting your own spin on the things that already exist in the market! If you want to succeed at starting a business or even making some extra cash you will need to get creative. To make consistent money 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 seem like a far off fantasy, -you can actually turn your wishes into a reality!
Benefits of making money on the side even if you have a regular full time job:
- 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 can be something that you can do in one day. You can get started for as little as $3.95/month and without breaking the bank. A blog is not a get-rich-quick scheme by any means. You need to be prepared to put in the work if you want to make alot of money as a blogger. I put together a step by step guide on how you can start a WordPress blog that makes money so be sure to check it out here. I also put together a PDF on how to make money with a blog for beginners so make sure to check it out, the download is FREE and you will get immediate access!
Are you a good typist? Do you want to start your own profitable business without having to invest thousands of dollars up front? If your answer is yes, then you need to take a look into becoming a part-time transcriptionist. Whether you are a retiree, student, stay at home parent, full time worker etc. Transcribe Anywhere is a course that you can look into if you want to start your own business as a transcriptionist, this course caters to both beginners and experts. Feel free to check it out!
3. Become A Virtual Assistant
As a virtual assistant you offer virtual services to business owners in exchange you receive a fee for your services. VA services includes but isn’g limited to: Graphic design, online order refunds, editing and proofreading, keyword research, bookkeeping, data entry, transcription, blog content writing, ghost writing etc. – As you can see the services you can offer as a virtual assistant are endless!
If you don’t know where to start and you don’t want to pay thousands of dollars for a course, take a look at Gina Horkey’s 30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success. Gina is a very successful VA so she knows what she’s talking about when it comes to this topic! 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 Internet access of course). You can earn anywhere from $30,000 – $50,000 a year. Being a Scopist is in high demand and most court reporters use Scopists in order to save time. If you want to become a Scopist you can get more information and the how to on getting started at Internet Scoping School.
5. Freelance Writing
Being a freelance writer can be very lucrative. Freelance writers can make anywhere from $500, $1000, $2000+ every month and other writers make as much as $5000 if not more! If you want to write for money, you can find out more information on how to become a paid freelance writer it will give you all the tools you need to get started. You can make some extra money writing for different paid publications. So what are you waiting for? Give freelance writing a go!
6. Start an Online eCommerce Store
Do you want to start your own online store instead? Sell your crafts and homemade items on Etsy. If you want your own standalone store you can do just that. The downside to having your own store outside of Etsy is you will have to work on getting traffic to the store.Getting traffic to your online eCommerce store is not impossible and you can do that with Instagram and Facebook ads etc.
With your own store you can do things like 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? All you need is your iPhone or a good camera (within your budget of course). The Canon T6 is a great starter camera and Canon DSLRs are great quality and user friendly. 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? Yup its true. It’s all about the kind of content you make and how engaged your audience is with your content. Some people make a really good income as content creators on YouTube so it’s worth a try if you like to create video content.
8. Do Surveys
You can make extra money doing surveys during your spare time and in the comforts of your own home. Earning an extra $200, $300+ each month can really help to pay for things such as your cell phone bill, car insurance, groceries, the water bill etc. Every bit helps! – This is why I put together a list of legit highest paying online surveys so be sure to check it out if you want a list of survey websites to start with. Never sign up for any survey website that asks you to pay first before you can complete the surveys offered.
9. Sell handcrafted items
Ever heard of Etsy? It’s 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 making things from scratch then Etsy is a great place to start! They already have the traffic in place and all you have to do is list your items and input keywords to optimize your listing. A few Etsy sellers 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 already and you know the basics of lighting, composition etc. then you can start making some extra cash on the side using 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 locally so set those up, find friends/acquaintances for your portfolio and get started!
11. Brand ambassador
Being a brand promoter is a fun and flexible way to make some extra money on the side. Brand promotion is especially popular with college students so if you are still in university try it! You can find many promotional gigs and promo agencies especially if you live in a big city and looking for this kind of work. 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 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 participate in many focus groups as of late but I am on the lookout ( I need that holiday shopping money). A few places you can find focus groups is: Field Work, Focus Group Global, Intelli-Shop, 20/20 Panel etc. You can also sometimes find focus group opportunities on Indeed.com so check there too.
13. Sell Your Services on Fiverr
You can make extra money online through marketplaces such as Fiverr. Some people even make a full time living selling their services on there. If you are an expert at something that people are looking to pay for then Fiverr is a great place to start! On Fiverr you can sell services such as: Video editing, voice overs, private investigation, resume writing etc. There are entrepreneurs and companies that go on Fiverr looking for the right person for the job. So what are you waiting for?! Get started today.
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 good 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!
Sell your book to more people by concentrating on a specific niche. 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. But, it’s a really great option to make money if you already have a mailing list. Creating your own course can take a lot of time but in the end it can be a very serious money maker. This is definitely something I want to try in the future. If you already run your own blog with a mailing list then you can create an online course with Teachable. It’s such a user friendly platform and a top choice for many successful bloggers for this very reason.
That is all I have for online side hustle ideas for now and I will probably be adding to this list as the time goes and new ideas come to me. Do you currently have a side gig from home? Share what you do to make extra cash.