A side hustle is much more than a part-time job. A side hustle is a job that can grow into something that could make as much if not more money than your job over time. Long story short, a side hustle could replace your job, so you never have to work another day again.
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While Miss Millennia was my side hustle for a long time that turned into a full-time career for me, I can say that I know a little something about the art of a side hustle. But Miss Millennia was not my first side gig; I had several in college and even a few in high school. Although I only pursued a few on this list, I researched several more. If you have been thinking to yourself “I Need a Side Hustle,” then check out my list and references for starting a good side hustle that could potentially replace your day job.
1. Take Surveys Online
Surveys were my first ever online side hustle gig. There are so many survey sites out there that pay you to spend 5 minutes or so answering a few questions in exchange for cash and freebies. Not only was I making enough not to get a part-time job in college, but I got some cool stuff from surveys too (my very first 80GB iPod.) It’s free to sign up, easy to use, and you can start taking surveys to earn rewards right away.
If you want to start making easy cash with surveys, I suggest sites like:
- Haris Poll Online
- Opinion Outpost (this one was my favorite!)
- Pinecone Research
- National Consumer Panel
If you are looking for more legitimate survey websites, I have a full list here for you to check out here.
2. Get Paid for Photography
If you have a decent camera and take many beautiful photos, a great way for you to make some extra cash may be in selling your photos as stock photography. There are some sites out there that pay photographers for their work. Some sites pay up to 85% once a photo sells. If you are good at pictures, this is your hustle.
A few sites I suggest if you want to start earning include:
3. Freelance Writing
After earning cash for doing surveys online, I was hooked to making money from the Internet. This led me to my next side hustle online which was freelance writing. I had to write papers for school all the time, and I figured I could make some cash off the papers I already wrote. I found a few websites, submitted my articles I already wrote and got paid. From then on, I wrote online all the time.
A few websites I’d suggest for freelance writing include:
- Make a Living Writing: These 79 Sites Offer $50 and Up
- The Blogging Pro Job Board
- Pro Blogger Job Board
4. Create a Course on Udemy
Ask my team at Miss Millennia, and they will tell you that my motto is that everyone is an expert at something. We learn and grow, and we develop differently. We pursue different interests and passions, and there are always people who want to learn a skill that you’ve already developed. Why not teach them? Did you start a blog? Take lessons in photography? Or do you consider yourself an expert when it comes to job hunting? Figure out what you know that you can teach others and create a course on Udemy. The best part of this side hustle? You do the work ONCE and get paid for those who take your course over and over again. Wondering if you have what it takes to create a course? If you’ve ever created a PowerPoint presentation before you can do a course.
Check out the resources below to learn more.
- How to Create a Udemy Course
- Udemy: How To Create A Udemy Course In 3 Days Or Less – Secrets To Creating And Promoting Your Udemy Course, And Making Money From The Comfort Of Your … Passive Income, Make Money From Home)
- TEACH ON UDEMY (2016 Version): How to Research, Create and Market Courses on Udemy… Make $3,000 Per Month Teaching About Your Passion
5. Start Coaching Online
Going back to my motto about everyone being an expert at something, maybe you feel like creating and designing a course is not your thing. NBD, just start coaching about the topic you know. The great thing about coaching is that once you get a few happy clients, just let their testimonials and references be your leads. I know many professional coaches that do not even bother with marketing anymore because their clients come to them. This could be you too!
Here are some awesome resources to get you started.
- How to Start Your Own Coaching Business
- The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future
- How to Become a Life Coach and Get Paid
6. Write an Ebook
An e-book is great for a couple of reasons. 1. You can say “Yeah I wrote a book before.” 2. You do the work once and keep counting the money. But it has to be good, and it has to be helpful. Writing a practical guide is the way to go, again cashing in on your expertise.
Below are a few books that will help greatly.
- HOW TO WRITE AN EBOOK: In Less Than 7- 14 Days That Will Make You Money Forever
- How to Write a Book From Outline to Finish Line: 10 Simple Ways to Outline Your Nonfiction Book
- How to Write a Nonfiction eBook in 21 Days – That Readers LOVE!
7. Sell Your Crafts on Etsy
This one is ideal for those who are more creative. When I was in high school, I was sewing and designing purses for my classmates and selling them for $50 a pop! Now with Etsy, you have the ability to sell your creations to the world. Setting up an Etsy account is super easy, and if you are already creating things, you could be making money sooner than you originally imaged.
Below are a few resources that could help you on your way.
- Etsy-preneurship: Everything You Need to Know to Turn Your Handmade Hobby into a Thriving Business
- How to Start a Home-based Etsy Business (Home-Based Business Series)
- ETSY FOR NEWBIES: How to Start Your Own Etsy Based E-commerce… Even if You’re Not a Product Creator, Have No Huge Capital & Business Experience
8. Become a Virtual Assistant
Being a virtual assistant can be pretty profitable if you are strategic and organized. Most of the work that is assigned to a VA is task work, simple projects that can be done by almost anyone. Once you get a good schedule down, you can find ways to automate many of those pesky tasks and find another client to work with. If things really get crazy with work, it may be time for you to hire your own VA to help.
Want to get going on this hustle? Check out these sources below.
9. Start Tutoring
Tutoring is a much-needed service. I have both been tutored before and tutored others for cash. It will never go out of style. Get a few good clients, and you have a business on your hands. Once you get some steady income, hire more people to work for you. If you can do all your tutoring via Skype, you’ll be ahead of the game. If you want to learn more about starting your own tutoring gig, the resources below should be of good use to you.
10. Start a Blog
Starting a blog has changed my life. I have had the opportunity to learn more about marketing online which led to several other job opportunities. I got a chance to meet and interview some of my favorite authors, gave me experience in roles I would’ve never even thought to apply for and has helped me grow as a person overall. I get to have conversations that I care about with the world every single day. Many people are not aware of how to make blogging a profitable career, and I often tell people how we earn income. There are three big ways we make income, Sponsored posts, advertising, and affiliates. But the reality is there are SO MANY WAYS to earn income from a blog.
The articles and e-book below is a great way to start!
- Blogging on the side: Where passion meets profit (this ebook was a game changer for me in my business!)
- How to Set up a blog that will make you money
- How I Started Miss Millennia: My Journey with Entrepreneurship
- Building a Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook (This course is everything about getting a blog going, and staying organized along the way)
11. Become an Influencer
Being an influencer and a blogger is very similar in the fact that you can be paid in a number of ways. However, influencers, don’t necessarily need to have a blog. They can influence people on Twitter, Instagram, or on a podcast. If you have over 5,000 followers on any social media account currently, you may have some clout to start making a little money. If you don’t believe me, think about every celebrity you follow on social media. They are all technically influencers, and they make hundreds if not thousands for every sponsored post they do.
Join the free websites below that pay bloggers and influencers to do sponsored posts on their blogs and social channels.
12. Start a Private Label Business on Amazon
I am new to private labeling and am making a plan to my first private label product (More details about that soon). But if you are weary of what it is and how it works, there are some excellent resources out there to learn more. Private labelers find a product to sell on Amazon, hire a manufacturer to create the product and then they start selling.
A few great resources to go to to learn more about how to make a profitable private label business is below.
13. Become a Yoga Instructor
If you enjoy yoga and have always thought about teaching a class, getting your certificate is another way to earn extra income. You can start by teaching at a gym or studio, but who knows where it could lead? You may even be able to open up your own studio one day.
You can get your yoga certificate by taking the online course below.
14. Become an Amazon, Delivery person
Amazon has a new program called Amazon Flex that is an awesome alternative if you are looking for a quick side hustle. They pay between $18-$25 per hour, and you deliver packages from Amazon warehouses. You make your own schedule, work when you’re free, and you get paid great! They are currently in Arlington (VA), Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Nashville, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh, Richmond, Rockville (MD), San Antonio, Seattle, Springfield (VA), Tampa Bay, and Virginia Beach. You need to be 21 and have a smartphone.
Check out more details about the program below.
15. Start a podcast
Podcasts are becoming more and more popular. And if you like the idea of becoming a blogger, but are not big on writing, a podcast may be the right avenue for you. As with a blog, consistency is key so once you start your podcast, make sure to keep up with it. A good mic and podcast software is needed as well here.
Check out the guides below on getting started.
- How to Start a Podcast Tutorial
16. Become a Youtube Star
Easier said than done right? I see youtube just the way I see podcasts, you must stay consistent, and you still have the ability to voice your opinion or educate the world without having to write a thing. Youtube makes it pretty easy to sign-up and start earning income from your videos, so long as they are original. I love hearing stories about Youtube stars because it’s almost unbelievable. One of my favorites to hear is Tyler Oakley.
If you want to learn more about starting a Youtube channel, check out the sources below.
- How to make millions as a Youtube Star
- How to be a Youtube Star
17. Become an Uber or Lyft Driver
I know everyone who has ever taken an Uber or Lyft has thought to themselves if I was really desperate enough, I could just become a driver. Anyone can sign-up, you can work full-time or part-time, and the hours are flexible. Mind you, I don’t think there are drivers out there getting rich off of this, but there are plenty who are using Uber driving as an income source to give them the flexibility to propel them to their dreams. If you are not as social and would rather not have strangers in your car, Uber Eats is another great option. Just get paid to pick up people’s food for them and drop it off.
There you have it! I am a living breathing example that there are other ways to live and make money while you’re at it without having to sacrifice your soul to a job you don’t like. Get your side hustle on! It is worth it to live the life you want and also have the opportunity to make bank!
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