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Making money is easier (and faster) than ever. A side hustle gives you the flexibility to boost your income or pay off your debt while still working your full-time job. Ready to turn your passion into a side hustle? Here are 15 side hustle ideas to try in 2019.
1. Become a self-employed Social Media Manager
Are you a social media pro? Or do you just love learning more about the ins and outs of social media? Pitch a social media marketing plan to a small business owner and become a social media manager. A lot of small business owners don’t have the time, expertise or resources to have a full-time social media expert on staff. You can offer your services for a contracted monthly fee.
To help you get started, offer social media management services for cheap to get clients and referrals. This Quora post has some great ideas on how to approach small businesses and pitch your services to them.
2. Answer questions on JustAnswer
If you’re a certified expert you can get paid to answer questions on JustAnswer. They have more than 175 categories (Computer, Engineering, and Finance to name a few).
You can make your own hours and work from wherever you want. The application process is pretty straightforward and should only take about 30 minutes. Apparently, their top experts earn thousands each month helping customers solve everyday issues.
3. Start a blog
Starting (and maintaining) a blog will take a great deal of time and effort but you could end up making some serious money including passive income once you learn how to effectively monetize your blog.
If you love to write and have about 10-15 hours a week to invest, starting a blog might be right for you. Here is a list of my favorite bloggers that make up to six figures each year. They have a lot of resources, courses
Check out my resources page for more tools and services I use to keep my blog running smoothly.
4. Teach an e-course
Online or e- courses are a way to share information or your skills. Everyone has cultivated some type of expertise in their life. Create your own course and share it with other people. eLearning Industry has 5 Tips To Create Your First eCourse Like A Pro.
Udemy or Skillshare are some great platforms to get you started connecting you with students all over the world.
5. Drive for Uber and Lyft
These ride-sharing apps are an easy way to earn extra money anytime. The best part – incredible flexibility! Don’t feel like driving? Stay home. Need some money and got nothing better to do? Drive away. It’s that easy.
The requirements vary slightly from city to city so make sure to check out the requirements for your area. Here are the basics:
- Meet the minimum age to drive in your city
- Have at least one year of licensed driving experience in the US (3 years if you are under 23 years old)
- Have a valid US driver’s license
- Use an eligible 4-door vehicle
6. Publish an eBook
Another one for the writers among you. Similar to a blog, an eBook can be a great form of passive income. It’s an effective, low-cost way to self-publish. CreateSpace and KDP, both by Amazon, allow you to easily create and sell your eBook. Publishing takes less than 5 minutes and your book appears on Kindle stores worldwide within 24-48 hours. Get writing!
7. Freelance Gigs on Fiverr
Fiverr is an online freelancing platform and the world’s largest marketplace for digital services. Almost anyone can find something to sell on Fiverr. Sign up, find where your skills can fit in and get to work. You can create so-called Gigs highlighting the service you provide on Fiverr (such as website design, writing content, translations etc).
8. Rent out parking spaces with AirGarage
With AirGarage, you can sell your unused parking spaces and earn extra income hassle-free. They manage everything – lot enforcement, payment processing, and customer support. Spaces on AirGarage range in price (about $30-$70 a month) depending on location and availability. AirGarage only takes a 3% processing fee the rest is yours to keep.
9. Start an Etsy Shop
Every year my mom sends me handmade gifts for Christmas – I’m talking cosmetic bags, handbags, scarfs, blankets. She loves to create things and she’s a pro! I keep telling her to start an Etsy store so she can turn her hobby into an income – and so should you!
Etsy can help you sell pretty much anything to people looking for unique and fun gifts. The platform empowers sellers to do what they love and helps buyers find what they love. Many people have turned their Etsy stores into a full-time business.
10. Babysitting on Care.com
Care.com saved me in college. I was desperate for cash and found a high paying babysitting job almost immediately after signing up. I had previous experience working as a full-time nanny but even if you have less experience – Care.com will match you with your perfect family.
If you love kids and know how to make your profile stand out, Care.com can be a great high-paying side hustle. The average pay rate is $12/hour (per child) and there aren’t any service fees for the sitter.
11. Dog Sitting and Walking
I don’t know about you but my dog does not do well when boarded. When I found out about Rover I was so excited to find a loving sitter that my pug Greg absolutely adored. When I moved into my own place I signed up to become a sitter myself right away. I made almost $2,000 that year doing what I love most – spending time with pups.
You can make your own schedule and customize your availability and dog preference (age, weight, house sitting, walking, boarding etc.). I increase my earnings by about 15% every year because I have a lot of repeat clients (that also recommend me to their friends) and great reviews. The only downside is that Rover keeps 20% of all your earnings.
Related: How To Make Money Pet Sitting – The Ultimate Guide
While I make about 90% of my dog hustle income with dog boarding at my home there is also a great need for dog walkers. Services like Wag Walking you with on-demand walking services.
12. Write Resumes
When I applied for new jobs about 6 months ago I did a ton of research and rewrote and edited my resume about a million times. I finally perfected it and was able to score an interview for almost every job I applied to. I started revising my friend’s resumes as well and found out pretty quickly that writing good resumes is a highly sought-after skill.
A lot of job seekers need help turning their resumes into well-crafted and structured tools that show off their skills and get them the interview. You can read more about how Freelance Resume Writers earn money here.
Ok, I’ll admit it, the concept is a little strange – you let strangers stay in your house renting it out for money… but Airbnb is used and trusted all over the world. You can meet interesting people and control your pricing and schedule. Some people make thousands each month. Airbnb only keeps 3% of your earnings.
14. Reduce your expenses
Alright, I know that’s not really a side hustle. Take some time to sit down, track your expenses and actively determine the areas in your life where you could save money. Start making a budget, stick to it and watch your “income” grow. I saved more than $12,000 last year by actively cutting back my expenses.
15. Become a Virtual Assistant
Virtual assistants are in high demand. You’ll need to commit to about 20-30 hours a week, be very organized and have some experience (or are willing to learn). Virtual assistants provide services like WordPress Website Management, Content Creation, Blog and Email Management and other administrative support. You can sign up with a VA company like BELAY or Fancy Hands to see if this is something you’d like to try.
If you want to learn more about this side hustle opportunity and are interested in setting up your own VA business I highly recommend checking out Horky Handbook’s ultimate step-by-step guide on how to become a virtual assistant.
BONUS: Investment apps
Are you interested in making money investing in the stock market? With a bit of research and some upfront investment, you could earn some big returns. But careful – it’s also possible to lose really quickly if you have no clue what you’re doing.
That’s why I chose to get started with Robinhood. It is probably the best investment app currently out there. They don’t charge users to trade stocks, ETFs and options so there is no cost. There is also an option to trade cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin. You can learn to invest in the stock market as you build out your portfolio.
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Do you have a side hustle? How did you get started? Do you have any advice to share?