Need a little cash each month? Consider a side hustle. Below are 10 side hustle ideas that could replace your 9-5 job.
However, before considering a side hustle, think of all the possibilities that will work for you and your family. Side hustles could vary on the amount of work you need to do depending on your niche, ability, where you live and what you may already be doing in your daily routine. It should be fun and seamless. After all, you don’t want to add to the daily stresses of your 9-5 job. Just a reminder, don’t quit your job until the income you make from your side hustle replaces your wages.
- E-Commerce: If you are comfortable with dabbling on the internet and enjoy on-line retail shopping, e-commerce may be for you. E-commerce allows you to sell products on your website without having to hold inventory – you may have heard of drop shipping. Select a third party web-based company to partner with who will fulfill those on-line orders and send them out. You may want to check out a few and test the quality and timeliness of their products before deciding to partner with them. To get started on e-commerce, do your homework. Scour the internet, watch YouTube tutorials and do your research. There are different platforms and websites that are available but, you must choose the right one for you. There are so many options out there to help you get started. Choose from different webhost companies like Shopify, Etsy or Amazon or, start your own website store. Do your research and find out what is right for you. Gone are the days where you need a brick and mortar store to hold all the inventory.
- Affiliate Marketer: Become an affiliate marketer and share products you enjoy using social media outlets or your website. There are many companies, like Amazon, who offer affiliate programs where they pay a commission for the sale of their products via your social media outlet.
- Freelancer: Become a freelancer if you have a few hours within a day to do work for others. Start ups and seasoned entrepreneurs are looking for content writers, social media managers, blog writers, virtual assistants or help with tasks to help get their business up and running or, wanting to scale up. A couple of companies to consider or get started a a freelancer is Upwork, Fiverr, or Task Rabbit to name a few. You could also seek work from your friends and family to see if they need help. Start off with offering free or discount work until you hone in your craft and are scale up to start your book of business.
- Photographer/Videographer: In the age of social media and e-commerce, pictures and images are worth a 1,000 words. or a $1,000. There are so many opportunities to take your hobby of taking photos and videos, to scaling up and selling your images on-line and/or creating video content to millions of people around the world, to make tens or thousands of dollars each month.
- Become an Influencer: Start a YouTube channel on your favorite topic or share your talent, product, know-how, or life story on social media and start racking up viewership. I’ve learned, there’s something out their for everyone.
- On-line Tutor: On-line tutors is a great way to showcase your knowledge, patience and talent. Consider teaching English, reading, or any “how tos”, on-line. You won’t believe what people are willing to pay to learn new skills or hone in existing ones. Create your own YouTube channel, subscription based course or partner with a company. But, before diving head first into this side hustle, make sure you check the requirements needed, if applicable.
- Pet-sitting: Calling all pet lovers…if you enjoy being around animals, this may be one for you. This niche has exploded in the last two decades. Pet parents love their furry, feathery, slithery and wet babies and they will always be looking for honest and caring people to take care of their pets when they aren’t able due to additional work hours or needing to go on a trip, Start within your network circle or neighborhood, where you are trusted and grow from there.
- Ride Share: This side hustle allows you to make a little cash each week whether your choose to drive for Uber or Lyft or rent out your car through Turo. Do your homework to see what’s right for you and make sure your car meets the standard and safety requirements.
- Food Delivery: Consider becoming a Door Dasher and deliver food on your spare time. Tips help!
- Yard Work: If you are one to get your hands dirty and immerse yourself in hard work and enjoy being outside, this side hustle is for you. This is a side hustle that will never go our of business. Homeowner, landlords and commercial owners will always need help with caring for the landscaping on their property. This business could easily scale up to a full time job and becoming a stand alone business.