You guys already know how much I love side hustles. I started side hustlin’ back in college and juggled numerous gigs to make extra money.
In fact, side hustles allowed me to build my online business [it gave me more flexibility and time].
Today’s post is one of my favs because it highlights a few inspiring people that will help motivate you to start a side hustle. This list includes side hustles for any of you creative peeps, analytical types, and introverts or extroverts.
Let’s get started on this list of inspiring people earning $1,000+ a month with a side hustle.
1. Julie sells printables on Etsy
One of my favorite side hustles on this list is selling printables and digital downloads on Etsy. In case you don’t know what a printable is, it’s a digital file or PDF that people can buy, download, and print on their own printers at home.
Julie is a personal finance blogger who has a side hustle on the side, which is selling printables on Etsy. She’s made over $5,000 with this side hustle and raves about it because it’s great for people short on time. This is because you make a printable once, list it on Etsy, and earn passive income over time [making money in your sleep].
Julie now teaches other men and women how to become successful at selling printables on Etsy in her course: E-Printables Course. This course includes: 12 modules with text and video lectures, 13 bonus lessons by printable experts, free month in VIP group for accountability and community, AND even includes templates that you can use and customize to your liking and sell online. You don’t need any special software to do this [Julie shows you free tools to use] and even helps non-creative types make money with this side hustle. She even has a free guide for people curious about selling on Etsy.
This side hustle is for: Anyone who prefers a passive income side hustle and wants a side hustle that is fully remote and can work from home.
2. I blog full-time
I started this blog 7 years ago and it was purely a hobby blog. It wasn’t until 3 years ago that I decided to go all in on my blog and turn it into a real online business. I ended up quitting my day job, picked up a few side hustles, and worked on my blog any free chance I had. I earned over $80,000 my second year blogging full-time and I credit that to affiliate marketing, sponsored posts, and ad revenue [and patience and consistency].
Building a business isn’t easy and blogging is a lot harder than I thought it was going to be, but I seriously LOVE it. Blogging helped me pay off all my consumer and student loan debt, max out my 401(k) and IRA two years in a row, and build a substantial emergency fund. This is why I always recommend blogging for a living if you do not mind putting in the work.
If you want to get started blogging today, I recommend signing up for Launch Your Blog Biz. This is a course that teaches you how to start and grow a blog to $1,000+ a month. I always recommend purchasing a course when you’re serious about blogging. This is because you learn absolutely everything you need to know and get all the tools and steps you need to create an amazing blog.
If you want to learn more about my blogging story, check out my Forbes feature here.
This side hustle is for: Entrepreneurs who want to work for themselves and create an online business. Anyone willing to put in the time, work, effort, and patience into their business.
3. Holly is a freelance writer
If you enjoy writing and want to work from home, becoming a remote freelance writer might just be for you. I was a freelance writer while I was in college and it was great work. You work a few hours for a flat fee (that’s how it worked for me, at least) and you can make a lot of money.
My friend Holly makes over $200,000 a year as a remote freelance writer. She’s created an amazing career for herself and was willing to put in the hard work and time to develop a clientele so she gets repeat work on the same publications.
Holly even has a free workshop for anyone interested in learning more about what it takes to become a freelance writer. You can check out the free workshop here.
This side hustle is for: Anyone who wants to make a living from home and doesn’t mind putting in the work to reach out to publications.
4. Kayla is a virtual assistant
A Virtual Assistant provides administrative help for a business online, similar to what a secretary or assistant would do in person at a company. Some of these tasks may include: email management, graphic design, social media assistance, editing, and many other things.
There are so many benefits to being a virtual assistant such as: learning how a successful business works, working from home, and usually even setting your own hours. You can choose to be a part-time or full-time virtual assistant, too.
My friend Kayla makes over $10,000 a month as a virtual assistant and loves it. She even teaches others how to do the same with her amazing course $10K VA.
This side hustle is for: Anyone who wants to work from home and enjoys working for other people. As a virtual assistant, you get tasks assigned to you. I personally like this because you always know exactly what needs to get done.
5. Melissa and Greg flip items
Are you someone who enjoys going to thrift stores, yard sales, or flea markets? If so, you are going to love this side hustle [which can definitely turn into a full-time job!].
My friends Melissa and Greg flip and sell items full-time. They started their side hustle making $42,000 a year [part-time] and now make over $133,000 a year full-time. Melissa and Greg now teach others how to do the same and start a booming flipping business with a course called Flipper University.
I even have a reader of Fitnancials whose made over $60,000 since taking Flipper University. She messaged me about her success and she’s now saving up to buy an RV to travel. So inspiring.
This side hustle is for: People who enjoy treasure hunting and flipping items. In many cases, you can find treasure that is free on the side of the road and sell it for hundreds of dollars on eBay.
6. Megan is a Pinterest Virtual Assistant
I love love love this side hustle [which is really a full-time job] because I love Pinterest. Pinterest has drastically changed my business and I owe at least of my business income earnings from Pinterest because of all the free traffic it gives me. This is why Pinterest Virtual Assistant’s are in high demand.
My friend Megan is a full-time Pinterest Virtual Assistant who also travels the world. As a Pinterest VA, you can work anywhere in the world as long as you have a reliable internet connection. You can even pre-schedule everything on Pinterest so you can work whenever you want to and set your own schedule. You can read Megan’s story here.
Megan enrolled in a course called Pinterest VA and followed all the steps from the course to become a full-time Pinterest VA. She secured her first client within a month of starting her business. She also said it took her about a month to finish the course.
This side hustle is for: Anyone who loves Pinterest and working for another person. A Pinterest Virtual Assistant is in charge of making sure a business is seen and gets new clients from Pinterest.
7. Robert is a Facebook Ad Manager
Facebook Ad Managers are one of my favorite side hustles on this list because a lot of people are seeing success doing this. This is because Facebook Ad Managers can make local businesses a lot of money by sending them new clients.
For example, say you own a gym and have $75 memberships per month with one 90-minute personal training session each month. That person stays with you for 12 months, which is $900. On average, a customer going into your business can be worth $900.
Facebook ads can target customers to that business and give them 10-20 leads every month. Those leads can eventually turn into customers and can bring in an extra $18,000 per month to that business. A business will 100% pay $1,000 for an extra $18,000 per month.
Robert makes $5,000 a month as a Facebook Ad Manager and is just one of the many success stories I’ve heard of from the Facebook Side Hustle course. [Seriously, check out all the testimonials here of real people doing this full-time].
8. Brian cleans parking lots
One of the most interesting side hustles on this list is cleaning parking lots. This is also a great side hustle for someone who wants to keep their full-time job and work another job in the evening. This is because cleaning parking lots is usually done at night when businesses are closed and there are no cars.
My friend Brian makes over $50,000 a year cleaning parking lots and has been doing this for over 30 years. He’s got it down to a science and now teaches others how to do the same in his affordable guide CleanLots.
I love this side hustle because it helps the environment and makes businesses look even more professional by keeping a clean appearance.
This side hustle is for: Anyone who enjoys physical activity, helping the environment and getting satisfaction from making the world a cleaner place.
9. Michelle sells digital planners and stickers
Similar to the side hustle above, you can make money selling digital planners and stickers on Etsy.
Michelle’s made over $6,000 with her passive income side hustle, with that number always increasing. She started out making printables but found her real passion was selling digital digital planners and stickers. You don’t need to be an artist or have any previous experience making digital planners or stickers to make money with this side hustle.
This side hustle is for: Similar to the printables side hustle above, perfect for introverts who want to work from home alone and be fully remote.
Take a look at Michelle’s earnings and her Etsy shop below.
10. Caitlin is a freelance proofreader
Do you enjoy reading and finding errors? Perhaps you’ve found several errors in this blog post. If so, freelance proofreading is for you. This is not my forte, but if its yours, you need to take advantage of this skill.
My friend Caitlin is a freelance proofreader and also runs a successful business teaching others how to become remote proofreaders.
If you’re on the fence about becoming a freelance proofreader, I recommend watching this free workshop to see if it’s for you. You learn the 5 signs if proofreading is for you and the surprisingly easy way to attract clients.
This side hustle is for: Anyone who has a talent or skill for proofreading [not me] and wants to work fully remote.
11. The Selling Family makes money with Amazon FBA
Selling on Amazon is a fantastic way to make money because Amazon’s [obviously] not going away any time soon. There are more than 100,000,000 (yes, million) Amazon Prime members with more than 50% of all Amazon sales come from third-party sellers. This means there’s a lot of room for third-party sellers to make a living on Amazon.
My friend Jessica and her husband have perfected the art of selling on Amazon and have made over $100,000 profit. They even teach others how to start a profitable Amazon business in a free 9-part video course. She includes a ton of free information that will help you get started with your profitable Amazon FBA.
This side hustle is for: Anyone who wants to sell on Amazon and start a profitable business.
12. Michelle makes money with affiliate marketing
If you’re a blogger or influencer, you need to take advantage of affiliate marketing. Affiliate marketing is earning a commission by promoting a product or service. For example, there are several affiliate links throughout this blog post you’re reading.
Affiliate marketing isn’t just slapping a bunch of affiliate links on your blog, there’s a lot more strategy to it.
My sister Michelle is a boss at affiliate marketing. She’s even earned $300,000 just from one single blog post. There are tons of other bloggers killing it with affiliate marketing like Rosemarie from The Busy Budgeter who makes over $25,000 a month from affiliate marketing.
I love Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing because the course gives you a step-by-step process and tools to become successful. Not only that, the Facebook group is my favorite place to ask questions about blogging. There’s daily discussions in the group and it’s more active than any other Facebook blogging group I’m apart of.
This side hustle is for: Bloggers or influencers who want to earn money with affiliate marketing.
Here’s how much money you can potentially make with affiliate marketing.
13. Amy is a bookkeeper
If you’re a numbers person, becoming a remote bookkeeper is a great option. I’ve interviewed multiple virtual bookkeepers and find that this side hustle can easily turn into a full-time business and provide a stable income.
Amy is a virtual bookkeeper and says it is so much better than working in the corporate world. This is because you get flexibility and freedom to work when you want to. I think it’s important to share that she says it was not easy becoming a virtual bookkeeper. It took her 3 months to find her first client, but she ended up finding three clients within 2 weeks shortly after. You can learn more about Amy’s story here.
This side hustle is for: Anyone who is a bookkeeper and wants to take their business online.
I love highlighting the stories of people who are killing it with their side hustle. Having multiple streams of income is ideal and I always recommend. If you lose a job, you’ll always have backup sources of income.
Do you have a side hustle?
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