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Hustles: 50 Side Gigs, Side Hustles, and Side Businesses that Work

Hustles

 

Are you looking to make a little extra money on the side? Or maybe you’re interested in finding something that you can do that will one day replace your full-time job? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

Whether your job doesn’t pay you enough, or if you make enough at your current job but are looking for some extra spending money, having a side hustle is the perfect way to earn some additional income without having to leave the security of your job.

Having a side hustle has become commonplace for many people across the globe. People of all ages want to find a way to use their talents and extra time to advance themselves financially.

In the past, to have a side hustle, you would need to invest a lot of time, money, and energy into a venture that may or may not make a return. But now, with the gig economy and the ease of launching a venture, earning money with a side hustle is easier and less risky than ever.

This article will list 50 side hustles, gigs, and businesses you can start right away to make some extra money. We will also list some resources, tips, pros and cons, and steps to help you get started. 

We’ve also created a table of contents to simplify things and have broken down the hustles by categories.

 

Categories

Driving and Delivering Side Hustles

Photography and Videography Side Hustles

Content Creation Side Hustles

Social Media Side Hustles

Reseller Side Hustles

Coaching and Consulting Side Hustle

Creative and Artistic Side Hustles

Other Side Hustles

 

Driving and Delivering Side Hustles 

 

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1. Amazon Flex

Amazon Flex is a package delivery service that offers the opportunity for independent contractors to deliver packages to Amazon customers, make their own schedules, and earn money with each delivery. With this side hustle, you will need your own vehicle and a reliable cell phone service plan to navigate through your deliveries. The average hourly pay as an independent contractor is between $18-$25, based on information provided by Amazon Flex. 

Pros to working for Amazon Flex

  • Once your application is approved, you’ll be able to apply for and receive flex shift jobs instantly.
  • Receive a scheduled block of 3-4 hours to deliver on your time.
  • The pay you receive for your block is not reduced if you complete your deliveries early.
  • Get paid twice a week.

Cons to working for Amazon Flex

  • Mileage and gas are not factored into your pay and are your responsibility.
  • You will be required at times to lift heavy packages.
  • Depending on your location there may be a waiting list to work for Amazon Flex if it is not available in your area yet.

 

 

2. Postmates

Postmates is a delivery service recently purchased by Uber as a part of their UberEats platform. With Postmates, you can work for yourself accepting orders provided by the platform and receive payment for the deliveries you make. Some of the most noted delivery pickups are from restaurants, retailers, grocery stores, and alcoholic beverage locations. Drivers for Postmates receive a $4-$6 base rate per delivery plus tips. 

Pros to working for Postmates

  • Flexible delivery options are available during times of store availability.
  • You can choose which deliveries you want to accept.
  • There is no rating system; therefore, you are not penalized for store issues.
  • Now that Uber has purchased Postmates, the customer service issues with the app should not be as much of a problem as previously reported by drivers.

Cons to working for Postmates

 

  • Tipping is offered after delivery, giving the customer the option to change their mind when tipping you.
  • The delivery details, such as how many miles you will travel or how much the delivery will profit, are not visible until you accept the order.
  • UberEats has been known to be more restrictive with drivers. For example your car cannot be older than 20 years old if you want to drive for UberEats. This restriction may trickle over to Postmates drivers.

 

 

3. Deliv

Deliv is a company that provides same-day delivery services recently acquired by Target. You can expect to make $20 per hour as a driver, delivering everything from flowers and gift baskets to clothing, and prescriptions. Deliv operates in over 35 cities currently. 

Pros to working for Deliv

  • You are not limited to just a few deliveries.
  • Most errands are delivered locally. 

Cons to working for Deliv

  • This company still has unclear developments since it’s so closely linked to Target. Target is currently only interested in the technology Deliv provides its fleet.

 

 

4. Uber Eats

Uber Eats is a food delivery service. They offer flexible schedules for their drivers and incentives for each delivery made within the month, totaling a certain number of points per delivery. In addition, you can create a profile for your customers to rate and learn more about why you drive for Uber Eats. The average pay per hour is $15, depending on your area and order acceptance. 

Pros to working for Uber Eats

  • Flexible schedule not limited to any certain deliveries.
  • The miles used in a delivery are factored into the base pay.
  • UberEats offer Green, Gold, Silver, and Platinum reward systems based on points earned from deliveries.

Cons to working for Uber Eats

  • Tips are adjustable up to 1 hour after the order has been delivered, leaving room for customers to remove a tip completely.
  • Rewards systems are only maintained if the required points are acquired that month for deliveries.

 

5. GrubHub

GrubHub is a food delivery service like Uber Eats and DoorDash. However, what makes this company different is its pay system for its drivers. With GrubHub, you are compensated for mileage used per order, time spent on the road, tips, and any special offers going on at the time of delivery, all totaling your pay for that delivery. 

Pros to working for

  • Pay for mileage and time spent performing a delivery.
  • All orders are pre-paid.

Cons to working for GrubHub

  • You are subject to distant orders outside of your city.
  • Incentives can be scarce. 

 

 

6. DoorDash

DoorDash is a delivery service offered for restaurants, convenience stores, and pharmacies. Drivers are provided the flexibility to make their own schedule and accept orders localized to their area. In addition, DoorDash offers incentives to their drivers, bonus pay, 100% tips, and a base pay rate of $2.50 to $10 per order. 

Pros to working for DoorDash

  • Flexibility to work when you want.
  • 14 days of new Dasher customer support immediately when needed.

Cons to working for DoorDash

  • Penalties for late deliveries and possible deactivation for extremely late orders.
  • Customer prioritized platform.

 

 

7. Instacart

Instacart is a full-service grocery shopping delivery service. The amount of money shoppers will be paid to shop your order depends on which service you request. For example, Instacart guarantees shoppers will get at least $5 to shop for each batch that requires them to shop only and at least $7 to $10 for full-service orders.

Pros to working for Instacart

  • More pay than your average delivery service, including tips.
  • Cash out your earnings instantly with a $0.50 charge for cashing out each time.

Cons to working for Instacart

  • You are required to lift and carry heavier bags during delivery to homes or apartments.
  • Scheduling for shifts is done in advance. So if you miss your scheduled shift, you cannot enter that slot until another one is open for you.  

 

 

8. Shipt

Shipt is a grocery delivery app that allows customers to order their groceries online and for shoppers to earn money by picking those groceries up and dropping them off. Target has acquired Shipt, so a lot of shopping will take place at Target stores. They’ve also partnered with other grocery chains. 

The average pay for a Shipt shopper is $16-$22 an hour based on experience.

Do you get penalized for dropping shipt orders?

Dropping orders can (but not always) hurt your Acceptance Rating (AR). If you do need to drop an order, be sure to accept at least one offered order per scheduled hour. It’s very important to only claim Delivery Only orders if you can actually fulfill them. If you drop more than two orders, your Delivery Only certification will be revoked.

 

Pros to working for Shipt

  • 24/7 customer support no matter the time you are in delivery.
  • Flexible schedule.

Cons to working for Shipt

  • No mileage reimbursement.
  • Customer contact is necessary when items are out of stock or not the size customer wants.
  • Not available in most areas.

 

9. Uber 

Uber is a rideshare company creating flexibility for its drivers to work and earn on their time at various hours of the day. The money you make driving with the Uber app is based on when, where, and how often you drive. Other pay factors include standard trip fare and surge area bonuses. 

Pros to working for Uber

  • Get paid instantly with their cash-out option.
  • Work almost anywhere in the world.
  • Rent or lease a vehicle through the Uber program if you do not have transportation. 

Cons to working for Uber

  • You are responsible for paying your own taxes as you are labeled an independent contractor and not an employee of Uber.
  • Reliable, clean transportation and insurance are required as well as periodic vehicle inspections.

 

10. Lyft

Like the Uber app, Lyft is another popular rideshare company used in all parts of the world. Flexibility is also available when choosing the time you wish to drive. Pay is based on the standard fare for the travel location as well as a per-minute rate and distance driven, similar to Uber. Drivers can make an average of $17 per hour, bringing the total earnings to over $35,000.00 a year. 

Pros to working for Lyft

  • Freedom to work your own schedule.
  • Ability to make as much money as you want without a cap.

Cons to working for Lyft

  • Rating system is not easily accessible. 
  • Unable to see drop-off destination before accepting a ride.

 

Photography and Videographer Side Hustles

Freelance Photographers

Most of the photographers who shoot weddings opt to be freelance. This business will need a level of experience, and you can choose to back up a more established photographer before venturing on your own. The median projected pay for wedding photographers is $62,135 annually. Top-rated photographers make over $77,833, and there is no limit to the amount you can generate as a freelance photographer.

 Types of Freelance Photographers

11. Special Occasion Photographer

A special occasion photographer is involved in projects such as birthday parties, baby showers, baby announcements, christenings, and product launches. To start, you can do a couple of free events to launch your portfolio, and your rates will increase as your experience expands.

 

12. Real Estate Photographer

This type of photography specializes in taking favorable photos of commercial and residential properties. Real estate photographers usually work directly with realtors who use the images to help sell available properties. 

 

13. Social Media Photographer

As social media continues to play an important role in life and business, the need for professionals who can help others succeed increases. As a social media photographer, you would be working with influencers, individuals, small business owners, and corporations to promote their brand through dynamically engaging images. Social media photographers’ hourly rates range from $15 to $33 per hour on average.

Other types of photographers

  1. Wedding Photographer
  2. Family Photographer
  3. Newborn Photographer
  4. Stock Photographer
  5. Branding Photographer

19. Videographer

The rise in video marketing has sparked a demand for skilled videographers. If you can record and edit videos, you may want to consider videography as a side hustle.

As vlogging on Youtube, IGTV, and Tik Tok continue to be a trend, content creators will need people who can capture video in a vibrant and professional way. 

You can offer multiple videography services, including sports, documentaries, weddings, acting/modeling portfolios, and corporate training resources. To increase the amount you make per client, offer professionally edited videos as an add-on service.

 

 

 

Content Creation Side Hustles

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20. Start a Blog

If you have a desire to share your knowledge, experience, or thoughts through writing and want to make a little money while doing it, starting a blog is one, if not the best, way of doing that. Blogging as a source of income has been around since the early 2000s. And now, more than 20 years later, running a profitable blog is still a viable hustle.

The beautiful thing about blogging is the numerous options for monetization. Unlike many other side hustles, bloggers get to choose which monetization strategy they want to implement. 

Monetization strategies for blogging:

  • Affiliate Marketing
  • Display Advertising
  • Product Sales
  • Sponsored Posts
  • Consulting/Coaching

In most cases, you don’t need to have a lot of technical expertise to start a blog. However, you will need to make sure that you produce content regularly and use social media as well as have some understanding of SEO to get visitors to your blog. 

21. Start a Vlog

If you want to blog but don’t like to write, then starting a vlog may be a better option as a hustle. A vlog is a social media account or even a personal website where an individual or group posts videos. YouTube is the most popular vlogging platform. So if you would like to start a vlog, Youtube is the first place to start, hands down,as the earning potential in YouTube is limitless.

If you’re also interested in filmmaking and videography, vlogging offers a nice way to enter the space at a low cost. The beauty of vlogging is that there are numerous niches you can choose to focus on, like gaming, make-up, comedy, and photography. 

The most important thing to remember when vlogging on Youtube is that  consistency is the key! Your vlogging channel will live and die by your ability to continue providing subscribers with frequent updates.  Starting a vlog is also a good side hustle for couples.

22. Creating Online Courses

The e-learning market size surpassed $250 billion in 2020 and is anticipated to grow at an exponential CAGR of over 21% between 2021 and 2027. If you have an area of expertise and can share that knowledge in an organized way, creating an online course is one of your best options for side hustling.

You have a lot of options for creating and selling an online course. You can design the course and sell it yourself using a platform like Thinkrific or Teachable. These platforms allow you to create your own pricing, maximizing your earnings.

You can also create the course and make it available for sale on Udemy or Skillshare. These platforms do the marketing for you since they already have a built-in audience. The downside is that you will need to price your course for less, which means you may earn less.

23. Start a Podcast

 

It seems like everyone is podcasting. From athletes and actors to business leaders and enthusiasts of all kinds, podcasting has gained tremendous traction, and there is no sign of the trend slowing. 

In 2018, there were just over 500,000 active podcasts. Today, there are over 2 million, with thousands of new episodes being uploaded daily. So now is the time to get in.  Many podcast hosting platforms like Podbean and Libsyn are a great place to start.

To start a decent podcast, you won’t need much. In many cases, you can create a podcast for less than $100. The monetization options for podcasting are similar to blogging. You will need to build an audience, but once you do, the earning possibilities are endless.

24. Selling eBooks

Selling eBooks online was once seen as the nail in the coffin of traditional publishing of paperback books. While that hasn’t necessarily been the case, selling ebooks online has become a significant opportunity for authors and those looking to make a side income.

Selling ebooks is not only a great side hustle; it is also one of the few side hustles that also produces passive income. Once you have developed a process of writing and publishing your ebooks, your income can compound. Depending on their ebook pricing, authors can expect to make $1-$4 royalties on each copy of their book sold. 

Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) is the best way to publish and sell your book. Amazon’s reach will help your book gain traction without much marketing. Be sure that your book is quality so that you can gain positive reviews that will help drive sales.

Social Media Side Hustles

25. Social Media Manager

One of the biggest needs businesses struggle with is attracting, influencing, and selling on social media. Since social media is an essential tool for branding and marketing, good social media managers are in high demand.  

A social media manager’s responsibilities include writing and scheduling posts, creating content, answering customer questions, managing ads, and more. Corporate social media managers make between $34,432 to $56,571 annually.  As a for-hire social media manager, you can be more competitive with your prices or even charge more if you deliver results.

 

26. Running Facebook & Google Adwords Ads

For many small and local businesses, advertising online is not optional. The online space is so competitive that running Facebook and Google Adwords ads are the best way for these businesses to stay competitive. As a Facebook and Adwords marketer, you will help companies get in front of their ideal customers.

Running ads for clients has the potential to earn you $1,000 to $1,500 per client. Learning how to run ads is an integral part of this side hustle. The good news is that Facebook has learning tools and training available to help you learn how to use Facebook for business. Google offers similar training information.

You will need to identify the type of clients you want to work with. You will also need to make sure that you keep with the Facebook and Google algorithm changes when they happen. These changes may affect your client’s ad performance, so be sure that you are aware of the changes and communicate them to your client.

 

 

27. Instagram Influencer

The Instagram influencer market is expected to grow 15% in 2021, reaching a market cap of $5.8 billion, according to HypeAuditor’s State of Influencer Marketing 2021 report. It means that the age of influencer marketing is still very much alive. 

Instagram influencers make money by promoting products and brands to their followers using the Instagram platform. Furthermore, once an influencer builds a large and loyal following, they have the potential to scale their efforts and earn a sizable income. An influencer can earn anywhere between $100 to $100,000 or more per post, depending on the size of their audience.

What makes this such an attractive side hustle is that an influencer can build their audience without a lot of capital or time. Once you have an audience, the potential for earnings expands as you do not need to promote other products to make money. 

An influencer’s money can also be made by affiliate marketing as well as launching their own product or merchandise. You can also use your influence to promote other side hustles. For example, if you sell on Poshmark or Etsy, you can use your influence to sell those items as well.

It is important to know your goals and where you stand regarding your influence. Here are the types of influencers by the number of followers.

Types of Instagram influencers:

  • Mega – 1,000,000 or more followers
  • Macro – 500,000 to 1M followers
  • Mid-tier – 50,000 to 500,000 followers
  • Micro – 10,000 to 50,000 followers
  • Nano – 1,000 to 10,000 followers

Teaching/Coaching/Consulting Side Hustles

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28. Life Coaching

Life coaching has become more popular over the last several decades as more people want to know how to reach their personal goals and are looking for guidance and accountability. Life coaches offer advice, feedback, and strategies to help clients achieve their goals faster.

So who can be a life coach? The answer is just about anyone. The International Coaching Federation and The Association for Coaching offer resources and training to help you get certified as a coach. 

Although anyone can be a coach, great life coaches possess a number of personal skills that make them great at their job. Having good listening, organizational, and interpersonal skills can make the difference between a good life coach and a great one. 

 

29. Instagram Coaching/Consulting

If you can market on Instagram but don’t want to grow an account directly, there are 1 billion people who use the Instagram app every month. O A huge chunk of these users are trying to grow their brands and following, and Instagram coaches charge $150 an hour just for consulting. 

As a consultant, you will be tasked with expanding a company’s or an influencer’s brand. For example, an Instagram coach will typically improve the aesthetics of their client’s site and advise them on which photos and videos to post.

 

30. Fitness Coaching

Being fit is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle. But most people who want to get in shape, lose weight, or just be more physically fit, often do not know where to start. And often, lack the motivation and accountability needed to follow through on an exercise program. As a fitness and wellness coach, you can help your clients achieve their health and fitness goals. It can take the form of being a trainer or running coach. 

The demand for digital fitness coaches has increased as the number of lockdowns in 2020 shifted the need from in-person coaching to online. This switch now makes it easier to help clients and allows coaches to reach a wider audience.

 

31. Online Tutor

Those who have a good understanding of mathematics, speak a second language, or have a knack for teaching and coaching others in any area of academics should look at tutoring as a perfect side hustle.

Tutors provide supplementary instruction in a range of topics. You do not need to have a degree in teaching or any other training to be a tutor. Tutors can teach at a client’s house, their home, or another location like the local public library. Tutors can earn between $10 to $75 per hour based on the areas of study and the level they instruct.

Places to offer your tutoring services:

  1. TutorMe
  2. Tutor.com
  3. TakeLessons

 

Reseller Side Hustles

32. OfferUp Stuff

If you have stuff around the house that you no longer need, or if you know how to find great-priced items that you would like to resell, then you may want to consider reselling on OfferUp.

OfferUp is a platform that connects local buyers and sellers. The app allows you to buy clothes, furniture, cars, electronics, and other things from other people in your area. One of the benefits of OfferUp is its ease of use. You can take a picture of your item and list it in just under a minute. 

Succeeding on Offerup

 

  1. Take good photos – Taking great photos will help with the visibility of your items. The more attractive the images, the more interest you will attract.
  2. Price correctly – Make sure that your items are priced fairly. On a platform like OfferUp, people are looking for deals so an item with a price tag that is much higher than the product’s worth will be an immediate turnoff.
  3. Write accurate descriptions – When you list your items, make sure to write attractive but accurate descriptions. Users can rate other users on OfferUp, so if you are selling a product that doesn’t match the description, you risk getting a bad rating, making it harder to sell in the future.
  4. Be ready to negotiate – As I mentioned before, people are looking for deals on OfferUp, so you must be prepared to negotiate with many of the people interested in your stuff. However, keep in mind that you don’t want to give the items away. 
  5. Be safe when meeting – Often, you won’t be able to ship items sold on OfferUp. So when you do meet with the buyers, make sure the location is safe and convenient for both of you.

 

33. Etsy Seller

The Etsy website prides itself on selling vintage, handmade, and custom products. Etsy is the go-to for those who want to sell their crafts. 

Etsy processed $10.28 billion in gross merchandise sales in 2020. The platform has about 4.1 million sellers but enjoys a whopping 81 million buyers. It means that you have a great chance of getting your crafts in front of someone who wants them.

With Etsy, presentation and quality make a huge difference. Be sure to take great  pictures and serve your customers well. The good reviews will help drive more potential buyers to your page, which will maximize your side hustle income.

 

34. eBay Reseller

 All you need to do to become an eBay reseller is to open an auction account that can be customized. You can opt to focus on one stock or sell a combination of products. eBay resellers are always on the lookout for wholesale goods they can sell to make profits. You can even check flea markets and garage sales for different products. 

 

35. Amazon Reseller

Amazon is the world’s second-largest retailer. If you want to sell anything online, selling on Amazon has to be a serious consideration. Becoming an Amazon seller is as easy as opening an account. However, selling successfully on Amazon does take more work and research.

There are currently 1.5 million active sellers and counting. It means that the competition is high. You will need to find the right product and make sure to serve your customers. Research your niche well and make sure that your products are priced to sell.

One of the benefits of selling on Amazon is that you may not need to worry about shipping items to customers. Fulfillment by Amazon (FBA) takes care of shipping your items out once they have been ordered. 

 

36. Poshmark

Poshmark is a social commerce marketplace for new and secondhand styles for women, men, kids, pets, homes, and more. The platform has over 60 million users. Using Poshmark, you can sell new and used items to shoppers looking for unique styles at a reasonable price.

What makes Poshmark a little different from larger platforms like eBay and Mercari is its social experience. There are tools such as videos of sellers displaying trending outfits that are available, tagging based on style, and the ability to share items creating a high level of social engagement.

You can start a Poshmark business right away by listing unused clothing and accessories that you have in your home. 

 

Technology Side Hustles

These side hustles are for people who already have some technical knowledge or a strong desire to learn valuable technical skills. These are ideal for people who already have a knowledge base for a particular technical discipline such as coding or hardware repair.

Participating in these technology side hustles without prior education and experience can be very difficult since the market is competitive, and you will be going up against individuals who are more skilled than you may be at this time.

However, the knowledge that you need to succeed in these types of hustles can be obtained. Furthermore, when applied, they can be leveraged to create a substantial amount of side income. 

 

37. Computer Repair and Cell Phone

When it comes to our devices, people are holding on to them longer than in the past. With less than stellar feature upgrades each year, upgrading laptops and cellphones seems less necessary than in previous years.

Because people want to hold on to their current devices longer, getting that device repaired is becoming a popular alternative to replacing the said device; if you can identify and repair iPhones, Android devices, laptops, and iPads, you will have a stable and lucrative side hustle that you can start.

When it comes to this side hustle, price is a major factor. If the price of getting a device fixed is too high, the customer may just opt to replace the device. Check out pricing at places like Best Buy and Ubreakifix to see if you can do the same jobs for less.

 

38. Web Designer

 Even though  sites like Squarespace and Wix make it easier to design a website, not everyone wants to take the time to build their own website. However, if you know these platforms and understand HTML, WordPress, Drupal, or WYSIWYG website builders, you can help small businesses get their companies online.

One of the significant challenges to overcome as a web designer is pricing. There is a lot of competition for web design, so you will have to choose whether you will charge by the hour or the project. The good news is that you can vary your pricing strategy depending on the client.

 

39. App developer

App development is one of those hustles that can be challenging but also very rewarding. 

The  two main monetization strategies for app developers are freemium and the paid model. Under the freemium model, you would be able to list your app for free downloading and make money from ads  shown to your users.

The paid model would require your users to pay to purchase the app and/or pay for a subscription to the application. The best way to understand which model you should pursue is to offer the app for free at first until your app gains traction.

Then, you can develop premium features that you can offer your users for a fee. It will help you increase your income without sacrificing your ad income.

Developers are in massive demand, and those in the Android platform have an average salary of $97.6K.

Here are some of the most popular types of smartphone apps that can make side income:

  1. Games
  2. Productivity tools
  3. Education apps
  4. Health and Wellness apps

 

40. Build a WordPress Plugin

WordPress is an open-source platform that was made popular with the rise of blogging during the late 2000s. However, the platform has also evolved to support other web content types, including traditional mailing lists and forums, media galleries, membership sites, learning management systems (LMS), and online stores. As of 2021, WordPress was used by 42.8% of the top 10 million websites in the world.

Building a WordPress Plugin would allow you to take part in the massive WordPress marketplace. Plugins are applications that can be added to a WordPress site that offers custom functions and features, enabling users to tailor their sites to their specific needs.

When you build a plugin, you offer the website owners an opportunity to improve their site with your plugin’s functionality. In addition, as the needs of the site may not be completely satisfied with the free version of your plugin, they can purchase a premium version or subscription of the plugin.

One of the most successful plugins is the All-in-One SEO Pack, with over 18 million downloads. The plugin’s developer is Michael Torbert, has also developed a premium version of the free plugin for $79.

 

41. Teaching People How to Code and Develop

Let’s say you have some technical expertise but don’t have any good ideas for an app, plugin, or website. Or maybe you just don’t want to do more coding yourself. Then teaching other people how to code and develop may be the perfect side hustle.

There are people who do have an idea for an application but do not have the technical expertise to develop their idea. You can help these people by teaching them how to code and design. You can do this in several ways.

One of the best ways is to develop a course to sell on Udemy or Skillshare. You can also offer your services in an online classroom setting by hosting a Facebook Live or other live streaming option.

You also have the option of doing both by first hosting a live webinar or series of webinars. This will allow you to charge a fee to join the sessions. From there, you can turn those sessions into a full course which will enable you to earn passive income from the classes.

Creative and Artistic Side Hustles

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This section will focus on side hustles for creatives. Artists usually have a difficult time monetizing their works, but with these side hustles, you will be able to be creative and earn some money from your artistic vision.

42. Sell Your Artwork

If you can produce original artwork of any kind, you will be able to sell it online as a hustle. Selling artwork in the past consisted of hosting an exhibition or setting up a tent at a local art festival. 

Now, there are a number of platforms available to see your original artwork or print reproductions of your masterpiece. Below is a list of some of the most popular sites where you can sell your creations.

Top Marketplaces to Sell Art Online

Singulart – This is one of the most popular curated online art galleries. Singulart provides digital sales tools for their artists and handles all payment, insurance, shipping, and delivery. Artists must apply to join Singulart, but it is not acceptance is not guaranteed. If you have a following or some notoriety, you will have a better chance of getting accepted. 

Etsy – Etsy is well-known as a place to sell crafts of all kinds. All types of creative works can be sold on Etsy, including original artwork. 

Artfire – Similar to Etsy, ArtFire is a marketplace, craft, and maker community where people worldwide come together to buy, sell and interact. 

Zatista – It is an online marketplace for artists to sell their original work. This is another marketplace where you will need to apply and get accepted before you are able to sell; Zatista takes 45% commission.

Saatchi Art – Saatchi Art is a marketplace where artists can sell prints and originals. Saatchi takes a 35% commission on each piece sold, but it’s free to sign up to sell.

Artfinder – Artfinder allows users to shop original art from independent artists around the world. The site has a global audience of over 450,000 art lovers, and there are a variety of seller plans available. However, keep in mind that Artfinder sells original art and limited edition prints only.

Pictorem – Pictorem sells print-on-demand reproductions. The platform does not take a commission from their artists, which means you would keep 100% of the proceeds.

Artplode – This is considered a premium art platform as artworks must be priced at $1,000 or more. The good news is that there is no commission charged to buyers and sellers. Instead, Artplode seems to make money by charging $60 for artwork advertising.

Artspan – This is a platform for painters, photographers, sculptors, jewelers, printmakers, fiber artists, ceramicists, mixed media artists, and digital artists of all kinds. Artists pay a monthly fee ranging from around $11 to $26 based on the package. One cool thing Artspan has is their free “Live Preview” feature. This neat little feature allows buyers web-browser access to see how the art will look in their own space.

 

 

 

43. Graphic Designer

Graphic designers’ roles have expanded in the last several years.  Many businesses not only need logos and branding, but they also need social media and website graphics.  Because of this, graphic designers are still very much in high demand. If you have an artistic eye and can learn to use programs such as Adobe Illustrator, Gimp, Photoshop, and other software, you may want to consider starting a graphic design hustle.  

This isn’t a hustle that is very hard to start and thrive. Most graphic designers can quickly begin taking on clients without any official certification. You may not even need to learn advanced design tools. Most part-time designers can start selling on Fiverr and use a tool like Canva to create graphics for clients.

The average salary for a freelance graphic designer is around $50,028 annually.

 

44. License or Sell Your Music

If your creative outlet is music and you haven’t landed that record deal yet, then you can begin to cash in on your talents by licensing your music online. The spectrum can range from a Youtuber needing music for their workout video to an independent film needing a soundtrack to a TV series needing original music for their show.

You can easily earn $20 for licensing to a Youtuber or possibly $25,000 for being picked up by a series. Of course, to license your music, you need to be familiar with the process. But you can easily use sites like CDbaby and Tunecore to begin licensing your music.

If you are a beatmaker, you can also use sites like Airbit to sell your beats directly to consumers.

 

 45. Music Lessons

If you are musical, like working with people, and would rather not sell your music, offering music lessons is a great way to earn extra cash. Some of the most popular musical instruments that people would like to learn include the piano, guitar, and drums. If you are a singer, you can also give singing lessons.

There are other aspects of making music that you can also teach. For example, aspiring musicians also need to learn how to read music and write a song. Offering your musical talents as an instructor can usually bank you $40-$60 an hour.

 

 

Other Side Hustles 

 

 46. Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistants execute various tasks for their online clients. Some of these tasks include sending and responding to emails, conducting research for blog content, posting and editing blog posts, and updating social media. Highly skilled virtual assistants who charge per hour are paid between $10 and $100.  

Full-time assistants can even make six figures; you can increase rates as you broaden your portfolio. One perk in this business is the flexibility to work from anywhere. Flexible schedules also make virtual assistants an attractive business.

 

 

47. Airbnb Hosting

Airbnb has been disrupting the hotel industry since its launch in 2008. The company offers homeowners an opportunity to rent space on their properties or the entire property to travelers. These bed and breakfast properties allow guests a place to stay that feels more like home than a hotel. And it offers property owners the opportunity to make passive income from their property without renting out to tenants.

One of the best things about Airbnb is that you do not need to have a rental property to be a host. If you have a spare room in your home, you can host a traveler using that room. The key to success in this hustle is to make sure that your guests are treated very well and have everything they need. Reviews of hosts on Airbnb go a long way.

The monthly earning potential as an Airbnb host stands at $607, and the platform charges a flat fee of 3% for every reservation, which is among the lowest in the industry as described on the website. In addition, the site boasts 800K average stays every night across the world, which is a viable market to start your hosting business.

 

48. Pet Sitter

People love their animals. They make space for them on their couches, spend countless dollars on accessories and clothing, and even throw birthday celebrations for their pets. So you can create a decent side hustle if you share this infinity people have for their pets.

Pet sitting (which includes dog walking) can be a lucrative hustle since most people would prefer not to send their pets to a boarding house when traveling. Create a profile on Petsitter or Rover and let people know of your love of animals and desire to give them a safe, fun, and comfortable place to stay.   

 

49. Freelance Content Writer

Aspiring writers have a golden opportunity to make extra money now more than ever. As the demand for online content continues to increase, the need for skilled writers has also skyrocketed. Writers can now find jobs writing articles, ghostwriting ebooks, and creating content for company blogs.

The barrier of entry into the world of freelance writing is extremely low. Getting started is as easy as registering with Fiverr, Freelancer, or Upwork, and it is a side hustle that can be done in the mornings or weekends and does not usually affect your full-time job.

The income possibility for freelancers can be anywhere from $100 a month to over $5,000, depending on the client and project. However, to have longevity in this line of work does take consistency and attention to detail. You need to understand the different types of writing styles and be able to research topics that you may not be familiar with. The best way to get started is to gain some exposure for yourself and collect good reviews.

When starting out, try offering your services at a discount price. Once hired, complete the jobs with care and on time. Once you begin to collect good reviews, you can use your portfolio to land higher-paying jobs. 

 

50. Handyman Services 

Homeowners are always finding ways to lower the cost of home repairs. But not every homeowner is a DIYer. This is when a person who is handy and affordable becomes valuable to a homeowner.

If you can make minor repairs around the home, offering handyman services on Taskrabbit is a viable side hustle. Taskrabbit allows you to post your skills and experience. Then, property owners can hire you to take care of the repairs they need done in a timely manner. It is reported that the average person earns about $100 a month on Taskrabbit. However, some higher earners have made as much as $12,000 a month on the site.

 

Contributing Writers:

Ralph Paul-https://startupmindset.com/author/ralph/

Paige Tipton-https://startupmindset.com/author/paige-tipton/ 

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Ralph is the Managing Editor at StartUp Mindset. The StartUp Mindset team consists of dedicated individuals and is designed to help new, seasoned, and aspiring entrepreneurs succeed.

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