Millions of Americans have figured out the side hustle hack. Do you want to be your own boss, want to make more money on the side or start your own business? Not sure what business you want to own or don’t know where to start? I've been there and I'm telling you it is possible. I've put together top list of the 25 Hustle Hacks that will get you starting your own side hustle and, on your way, to making money!
What is a side hustle?
A side hustle is a way to make money on the side while still working a day job.
It is easier now than ever in this day and age to make money on the side. Dependent on your skill set, you are able to start a business right from your computer, on your mobile, in your home town or across the world!
Thanks to the convenience of the internet we have access to education and an entire online audience just wait for each of us to produce something that they need.
It's now easier than ever for you to get in the game. More and more millennials are turning to side hustles to make ends meet. You want in?
30 Hustle Hacks to Get you Making Money
Whether you want to start an online business or make money on the side; we have you covered! Here is a list of the top 30 Side Hustles that people are doing RIGHT NOW and MAKING MONEY!
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1. Freelance Jobs
Freelancers typically target businesses whose budgets are typically larger. One of the benefits of freelancing is that there is so much opportunity online. By posting your resume and portfolio on sites like fiverr.com or upwork.com you are able to reach businesses looking for your particular service.
There has been a common trend however, where freelancers must put a lower price point for their work in order to get business's attention. Be careful as an established artist to drop your prices so low that your time is now worth less than you are worth. Here are some examples of services offered on these types of sites and ideas for potential freelance side hustles:
Social Media Marketing
Freelance Graphic Design
Resume and Job Search Consulting
Web Design and so much more
The Gig Economy
Specialized services consist of offering your services at a cost for your level of expertise. For example, a hairstylist may offer their services for a wedding or a construction worker may have a side business working on small home projects for local homeowners. These individuals may have their own websites or landing page featuring their business or they have the option of a lower overhead marketing through local sources such as craigslist, the newspaper or word of mouth. Here are some example of specialized gig categories.
Contracting (Construction / Electrical/ Plumbing / Landscape etc.)
This type of gig economy refers to a more entry level position that requires little to no expertise, but may provide a substantial income.
Become a dog walker / house sitter
Drive an Uber or Lyft Rideshare service
4. Sell items on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, Nextdoor, or ebay
Selling items on these types of site requires you to already have items to sell. Some individuals may also consider upcycling furniture or upholstery and selling it on sites such as trove.com or letgo.com. For more ideas on this option take a look at RealSimple.com
5. Real Estate Investing
Real Estate investment requires capital up front, however can provide greater returns over time. It is a way to build equity and will provide you with less time spent to make money in the long run.
6. Become a Virtual Assistant (V.A.)
Virtual Assistants provide support to businesses from a remote location. Virtual Assistants are becoming more and more in demand as digital entrepreneurs are on the rise and they do not want to bring employees on location. As a V.A. you need to determine the type of service you want (type of task) to offer and two whom (niche market).
7. Become a tutor
If you are specialized in a particular area you may be able to become a tutor to high school or college students in the area. If you want to be remote then this is a perfect opportunity to market your tutoring service globally using Skype to teach remotely. Learn how to start your remote tutoring business today!
8. Create and Sell a Course Online
Take your specialization and create a course online. Determine the problem you are looking to solve and create a curriculum surrounding that topic. There are many course creation services out there like Teachable and Kajabi that you would be able to use and then it is just marketing your course online. Want a really affordable platform with very similar capabilities? I'm bias, but its a great platform to start I still use it 4 years later... Check out New Zenler! (affiliate link)
9. Create your own Retreat and Travel Planning Service
If you are good at curating the details and feel that you would be able to customize plans for people’s trips and retreats you may have an opportunity to pursue a Retreat and Travel Planning Service. You would create the itinerary for those individuals that do not have the time and then add on an additional fee for the trip in order to make a bit of extra money on the side.
10. Start your own Consulting Company
You can leverage your skill set to create a business consulting service. First you would need to narrow in on the niche topic you specialize in and then determine the types of clients you would target. Schedule a roadmapping connection call and I'd be happy to talk through how to craft your messaging and build a profitable business.
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11. Organization De-cluttering Services
There are many people that are looking for organizing services and it may be a great way to start a side gig. The nice part about this position is that it can morph into potential staging efforts as well.
12. Airbnb or Vrbo rentals
13. Staging Houses for Sale
Have a knack for interior design? Start a home staging business and realtors may just start coming to you to help their clients get their homes sold!
14. Get ordained and make $300 per ceremony
If you want a great way to make money you can get certified to become ordained and make money on the side. Click here to learn how!
15. Create and sell t-shirts
Want to design and sell t-shirts from your home? Click here to learn how!
16. Start an online drop shipping business
Drop shipping is becoming easier and easier to get in the game. Drop shipping is a new way to sell where the retailer does not need to keep inventory in stock. Rather the customer orders and shipment information is passed directly to the manufacturer so that the retailer does not need to touch the shipment or have the capital to hold inventory. Click here to watch a video on how it works and get in the game!
17. Launch and Run Retreats
Retreats are an amazing way to get paid to travel and create an amazing experience for others! Wanna learn how, check out my blog post on how to launch your own retreats!
18. Sell cover letter or resume templates
If you have had experience in the Human Resources and want to help people then you may just be able to start creating your own resume and cover letter templates. People are always looking for an easier, more elegant way to present themselves and are willing to pay for it from an individual that is able to provide insight and recommendations to job seekers.
19. Start a blog
20. Become an Instagram influencer
Do you love social media? Become an Instagram influencer! An influencer is an established Instagram page that has credibility based on the number of followers and the amount of consistent engagement who can persuade others based on their authority and trustworthiness. Click here to learn how to become an influencer.
21. Become an affiliate marketer
An affiliate marketer is someone who promotes other businesses or services for a profit of their margin. You can add affiliate postings to your blog or if you are looking to start your own profitable site then take a look at the following sites: https://www.affilorama.com/blog/first-affiliate-marketing-sale or https://neilpatel.com/what-is-affiliate-marketing/
22. Launch a Mastermind
Masterminds are a high-ticket way to make reoccurring revenue and create a community, facilitating learning amongst a particular topic of interest. You can bring in experts, host mastermind retreats and combine it with your other service or product-based business. Take a look at how to launch your first mastermind and then check out our 3 part video series on how to price your high-ticket offer.
23. Sell Printables
Printables in the easiest form are a graphic design that is offered as a download (paid or unpaid). If you have a knack for graphic design or you just want to begin creating beautiful things such as calendars, to do’s, note cards or any paper products for that matter, you can make an assortment of items and market them on places like Etsy or Pinterest.
24. Start an Etsy shop
If you like to craft or create handmade products, Etsy is a great place to sell them and make money. From woodworking to jewelry making, Etsy sells it all and is considered to feature a more local small business products.
25. Subscription service
If you have a passion and you are able to solve a problem for individuals, then you may just be able to start your own subscription service. A subscription service is a service offered to individuals for an ongoing fee. For example, a friend was well versed in agates and was able to create a subscription service that provided areas to agate hunt on Lake Superior for a small monthly fee. I launched my business refined ritual selling meditation boxes for entrepreneurs. Click here to get the tools to start your website.
26. Manage social media for a small business
If you have a talent for social media then you should look to small businesses in the area to see if you can promote their small business on social for an ongoing fee. This is a great way to work wherever you are and make money.
27. Start a niche podcast
Share your knowledge with the world! Podcast are still growing and there is room to get in this game and play. Learn how to start a Podcast with Pat Flynn’s step-by-step tutorial. Wanna find your niche? Click here for a free guide!
28. Start a You Tube Channel
If you feel confident on video then starting a YouTube Channel is for you. Video is booming in 2019 and anyone who knows anything can start a YouTube channel. Click here to find out how.
29. Direct Amazon Kindle Publishing
If you have the intellectual genius to write a book then you can self-publish your book for free and begin to generate passive income, all it requires is your time and effort to produce. Click here to learn more.
30. Clean Houses
Listing your services on places like houskeeping.com or care.com allows you to market your services to those looking for house cleaning. Given the increase in rental homes, people are always looking for reliable people to clean their homes.
HA! Here is a bonus side hustle hack....
31. Amazon FBA Products
An Amazon FBA business is a setup where you, as the merchant, get to choose your product, find a supplier, order the products, package, and ship. Instead of you storing the product, you ship it all to Amazon and they distribute for you upon sale. Everything is housed in one of Amazon's many Fulfillment Centers and they manage the rest. Click here for a guide to Amazon FBA. You need a bit of capital to purchase your products up front, but the ease of sale is much easier than traditional eCommerce. Amazon sells more than 12 million products and has more than 49% of the retail market, definitely a good game to play if you want to make some money!
Still Struggling to Choose Your Niche?
I got you!
I put together a guide to walk you discovering your strengths, your weaknesses, your passions and opportunities. By further understanding your ideals, you will be able to narrow in on your side hustle business idea so that you create a side hustle niche that you will enjoy in the long term.
Download the guide and get going today! After completing the guide you will feel a million times more confident to take on your niche and your business!
I hope that this post helped to give you some ideas that can help you create your side-hustle! I know there are so many more. Would love to hear what is working for you, leave me a comment below!