I’ve been working at home for myself for over 4 years now and it’s still crazy looking back at the day I decided to try my first side hustle.
I love side hustles because of the opportunity they give to people who are low on time or aren’t really sure if they’ll like a certain job. And once you find a side hustle you enjoy, who knows where it will take you.
Side hustles earn you more money and diversify your income in case you ever lose a job. Many side hustles can even replace your day job.
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Here’s a list of side hustles I’ve done that have earned me over $250,000.
One of my current side hustles is working as a Virtual Assistant. It’s great consistent income that I use to help pay off my husbands student loans and it doesn’t take that much time to do each week. I manage social media, create Pinterest graphics, write blog posts, and a few other tasks that help a small business. I’ve been doing this for about 3 years and still enjoy it.
How to become a Virtual Assistant
If you’re interested in learning how to become a virtual assistant, my friend Kayla teaches people everything they need to know to find jobs and make money doing this. She even has a free workshop here called: 5 Steps To Become A Virtual Assistant. This is a great side hustle or part/full-time job for someone who enjoys working for others and wants to work from home.
As a blogger, I’m in charge of many tasks including writing blog posts, graphic design, affiliate marketing, SEO, sending out emails, sponsored partnerships, managing social media, and more.
I’ve been blogging since 2012, but went full-time in 2017. I’ve been working from home ever since and it’s been a dream come true.
If you want to become a blogger and work from home, you can do it, but it’s hard work. If you’re not afraid of hard work, I highly recommend it! I quit my day job and became a full-time blogger and haven’t looked back.
How to become a blogger
If you want to learn more about blogging and how to get started, I have a free course here.
The free course teaches you how to:
- How to create your own blog from scratch
- 10 things to do after launching your blog
- How to monetize your blog from the beginning
- The 1 blogging resource I recommend to new bloggers
I’ve been a freelance writer for a few years and it was one of the first side hustles I started. There are tons of freelancing jobs available and if you have a knack for writing, this side hustle is probably for you.
How to become a freelance writer
If you’re thinking about becoming a freelance writer, here is a free workshop called: How To Build A Six-Figure Writing Career. The free workshop teaches you the 6 keys to freelance writing success, techniques to get to $200,000 a year, and how to get started freelance writing. My friend Holly created this free workshop and is personally a freelance writer (earning over $200,000 a year from it!), so you’re learning from the best.
One of my newest side hustles has been creating courses. If you are an expert in a particular field or have something to share that you know other people will be interested in, a course is a great way to make money from your expertise. If you’re a blogger, selling courses is another great side hustle to take advantage of.
If you’re a blogger, YouTuber, or Instagrammer, my course Making Sense of Sponsored Posts is a great way to learn how to make money by working with brands. I teach people how to reach out to brands, provide templates so you know exactly what to say in your email pitch, how much to charge, how to find sponsored opportunities, and a lot more.
How to sell courses
If you’re interested in selling courses, Six-Figure Blogger is the course that teaches you step-by-step how to create digital courses and guides. This is the course that taught me how to create my first course, Making Sense of Sponsored Posts. You can also look up on Google for articles that teach you how to get started selling courses.
Though I definitely don’t rely on investing apps for my retirement, I find them entertaining. I use Robinhood and invest very small amounts in individual stocks. And since I’m a Robinhood user, I have a referral link for others in case anyone is interested in trying Robinhood.
How to get started with investing apps
Side hustles I used to do but no longer do
Rover dog walker
Dog walking on Rover has to be one of my favorite side hustles because I never felt like I was working. I got to hangout with dogs and go for a walk, which are both of my favorite things. It helps to have references and a background check.
How to sign up as a Rover dog walker
Sign up as a Rover dog walker and start your rates out low. This gets more people hiring you as a dog walker, which means more reviews you’ll receive. People love reviews and want to hire a dog walker that they can trust.
Babysitting is one of the easiest ways to make money. I had a Care.com profile that gave me date night jobs and even a full-time nannying job. To make your profile standout, get a background check from Care.com and references.
Resell items online
I sold a few items on Craigslist that we no longer used around the house. This is a great way to declutter your house and make extra money. You’d be really surprised at what people are willing to buy, even if you think no one would buy it.
How to start reselling items
If you want to learn how to buy and resell items for profit, sign up for a free workshop called Flipper University Workshop. This workshop teaches you how to turn your passion for thrift stores into a profitable reselling business.
Other side hustles to start
Sell Etsy Printables
Selling printables is my favorite side hustle on this list because it’s almost entirely passive income, meaning you do the work in one sitting, and then get paid for it for months and years to come. With just a few hours of work, my friend Julie made over $5,000 selling printables. She loves this side hustle and recommends it to anyone who is short on time, wants extra money, and wants to work from home.
Are you wondering how to get started selling Etsy printables? Julie made a free guide which includes a secret list of best-selling printables and how to capitalize on seasonal trends to make sales. It’s a free download and so helpful!
I published an interview with Julie here. She shares pictures of her printables, revenue dashboard, and exactly how you can get started selling printables.
Sell digital stickers on Etsy
Another great side hustle related to Etsy is selling digital planners and digital stickers. My friend Michelle sells digital planners and stickers on Etsy. Michelle personally uses digital planners stickers, so she decided to sell them herself. She made over $700 her first month in profit. In her second month, she made over $1,000 in profit.
She even created an affordable course teaching others how to do the same here. You don’t need any prior skills, no background in drawing, and no special software required. This is a great side hustle for people looking to make some extra money every month.
I love side hustles like this because you put in a few hours of work, upload your digital products to Etsy, and then earn extra money for months to come. Check out the Digital Stickers Course here.
Facebook Ad Manager
Did you know you can become a Facebook Ad Manager for businesses and make an extra $1,000+ a month with just 1 client?Facebook Ad Managers are in charge of running ads for businesses to increase their customer base and income. In short terms, Facebook Ads can really help businesses grow.
There are over 27 million businesses in the U.S. with over 500,000 new businesses starting every month. Out of 27 million businesses, all you need is 1-2 clients to make $1,000 a month.
Many Facebook Ad Managers take on 10 clients a month, which can be roughly $10,000 a month.
You can learn how to become a Facebook Ads Manager in less than 28 days with the Facebook Side Hustle Course.
Filling out surveys to make money is an easy way to make money by simply providing your opinion to questions.
I enjoy surveys because I love sharing my opinion on different topics. I’ve always been into taking quizzes and surveys, so naturally, I love this method of making some extra cash.
Here are a few of my favorite surveys:
- Swagbucks ($5 bonus for signing up)
- Opinion Outpost
- Survey Junkie
- MyPoints ($5 bonus after 5 surveys)
- Springboard America
Are you interested in becoming a freelance proofreader? My friend Caitlin is a successful freelance proofreader who turned her side hustle into a full-time business. Her first year of being a freelance proofreader, she made over $43,000 working 30 hours a week.
A proofreader serves as the last set of eyes on a piece of content before it’s published. They make sure there are no spelling, punctuation, grammatical, or formatting errors, and they make sure the content is as polished as possible.
Proofreaders can work remote and from anywhere in the world. Having a computer and reliable internet access is a must.
Picking up litter in parking lots
Did you know you can make money by cleaning parking lots? My friend Brian started a cleaning service in 1981. He cleans commercial properties like parking lots, sidewalks, or landscapes. He’s even now teaching people how to replicate his business and do the same.
I know what you’re thinking, how do you even get started doing something like this? This is why Brian created CleanLots. CleanLots is a how-to affordable guide that teaches you how to start and run a litter removal business. There’s a lot of money to be made in this space because let’s face it, parking lots can become a huge mess and it reflects poorly on the business.
Pinterest Virtual Assistant
Do you have a creative side or enjoy supporting small businesses? If so, you should consider becoming a Pinterest Virtual Assistant. A Pinterest Virtual Assistant is in charge of helping businesses thrive on the Pinterest platform.
Businesses need to be on Pinterest because there’s a lot of money to be made on that platform, which is why Pinterest VA’s are in such high demand. For example, I’ve gotten millions of page views from Pinterest which has lead to thousands of new readers, customers, and followers.
If you’re interested in becoming a Pinterest VA, here is a free workshop: How To Become A Pinterest Virtual Assistant And Land Your First Client.
A bookkeeper is in charge of filing receipts, recording sales, organizing expenses, and more. Bookkeepers earn up to $25 an hour and can earn much more depending on experience and qualifications.
Building an online bookkeeping business isn’t easy, but that’s how any business is. To make things easier, I found a free workshop for people who need some assistance getting started: Start A Successful Bookkeeping Business.
I believe there’s a side hustle for everyone. So whether you want to make extra money, quit your day job, or simply want to start new something, there’s a side hustle out there waiting for you to start it.
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