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Side job is an activity you can do in addition to your primary job. Sure. You can make extra dough. However, it’s usually something you do because you’re passionate.
So what is holding you?
Well, time crunch is a valid reason. But if you believe it’s because it costs a small fortune, you couldn’t be more wrong. In fact, there are many side jobs you can start with little or no money. You can also make a pretty penny to boot.
Do not you believe me? Here are the 10 most profitable side jobs you can start from pretty much scratch.
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1. Consult and teach.
The things you already know and can do are your most valuable assets. So why not take advantage of your existing knowledge or skills?
Whether you’re a math genius, grammarian, musician or environmental consultant, there’s definitely money to be made here. In the United States, ZipRecruiter reports that the average annual salary of a Freelance Business Consultant is $69,814 as of April 2022.
Moreover, if you are an experienced and certified teacher, you can earn $100 per hour. Even online education through sites like Chegg starts at $20 an hour. And teaching lessons like guitar or music at home can save you $15 to $30 an hour when you’re just getting started.
You already have the necessary tools to get started, which will keep the overhead low. However, you will eventually want to invest a few dollars to advertise your services so that you can attract more customers and gain experience. In turn, you will be able to charge much more.
2. Car sharing.
Most of us have used car sharing services instead of traditional taxi services at least once. Those who don’t mind driving and love meeting new people can make some serious money by driving for Uber and Lyft. You can even find niche options such as ZIRO or Wingz, which offer two-way shuttle services to airports.
The getting started process is pretty simple. To apply, you need to take a few simple steps online, have a driver’s license, and have a reliable vehicle. Once you’ve passed the background check and filled out the paperwork, you’re on your way to a potentially profitable side hustle.
How much can you earn with car sharing? It depends on your location, strategy and hours spent. However, it is possible to earn $500 a day with Uber if everything works out for you. To be realistic, Uber drivers seem to be paid an average of around $9-10 per hour. If a driver worked 20 hours a week, the average salary would be slightly less than $200.
You should also remember that being a driver comes with costs such as gas, maintenance, tolls, car washes, and self-employment taxes. You will be working as an independent contractor for Uber and Lyft. So you are responsible for everything.
3. List your home.
If you have a spare room, it may be a good idea to rent a room in your home. Besides the fact that you can save a lot of money, there are two big advantages to renting your spare room on Airbnb:
- Airbnb adds your location to its homepage as soon as someone searches for a place nearby, without you having to spend any money on marketing.
- You don’t need to sell anything.
On average, Airbnb hosts earn $924 per month. Of course, the income you earn can vary greatly depending on where you live, how good your home is and the amenities you provide.
Even if you don’t own a property, you can still hop on the Airbnb wagon. For example, you might be a co-host where you approve books, inspect the property, and communicate with guests. Or you could be an Airbnb copywriter or photographer.
4. Deliver food and groceries.
Getting groceries or groceries right to your door has never been easier. Whether you’re craving food from your favorite restaurant or traveling less to the store, there’s an app for that.
In fact, grocery delivery and pickup sales have increased as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sales in August 2019 were $1.2 billion. Statista states that this number has increased to four billion dollars in March 2020. That’s an impressive 233 percent increase.
In terms of expenses and taxes, the same warnings apply to drivers who deliver food and groceries as for rideshare drivers.
5. Print on demand.
The rise of on-demand printing has been a boon for side scammers. It’s easy to find sites where you can design unique products like shirts or coffee mugs with original or customized graphics.
You can find a website design template to use for your print-on-demand online store and use free plugins to give the page a professional look. Orders are placed directly through a seller, so you don’t have to print shipping labels or ship packages. And even better, you don’t even need money to get started.
6. Pet sitting, house sitting or babysitting.
According to the TSA, the number of passengers passing through one of the checkpoints last year more than doubled by the end of 2021. Therefore, people will need housekeepers when they go on their travels.
But staying at home can be a very personalized experience. You may be asked to stop by every few days, pick up the mail, and water the plants. Others may want you to stay at the property, take care of pets, do some light cleaning, and start their vehicles occasionally. To properly care for someone else’s property, you must know what is comfortable and how much time you have.
In addition to Craigslist and Facebook, there are services like TrustedHousesitters that help you find a house sitter. You can use Care or Rover for babysitting or dog sitting. By using these sites, both parties will be able to find the right partner without worrying about fraud.
Note that the growth potential is not as high as other side gigs. However, this can be a pretty easy way to earn an extra $500 per month.
7. Garage flip.
Garage flip is the practice of buying cheap goods and reselling them at a higher price. “Okay — I know this isn’t a groundbreaking idea, but you need to be inspired by people who dare to dig deep and come up with an idea for themselves,” says Jeff Rose, founder and CFP of Good Financial. cent. “For years, people have been searching flea markets or garage sales for deals on antiques, electronics, and appliances.” There are also items that can be sold at thrift stores, non-business sales, or online platforms like Craigslist, eBay, OfferUp, and Facebook Marketplace.
Not only is this side hustle flexible and fun, but if you enjoy looking for opportunities, you can make a lot of money. For example, Rob and Melissa Stephenson of The Flea Market Flipper were able to make more than six figures with the garage flip. Here are a few other ways to make money online like these!
Social media is a part of our daily lives, whether we like it or not. According to Kepios, 13 new users joined social media every second in October 2021. With new social media platforms popping up regularly, that number is unlikely to drop.
It is common to have a variety of responsibilities associated with managing social media accounts. As a social media manager, you can manage everything from someone’s Instagram account to the entire company’s social media strategy. It is important for every social media manager to follow current trends and learn how social media algorithms work.
As a social media manager, you need to gather jobs and/or followers. After all, why are you getting paid? And meanwhile, a social media manager can earn anywhere from $24,468 to $214,095 per year.
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The rise of websites like Upwork and Freelancer has revolutionized the way professionals and individuals complete projects worldwide.
There is always a high demand for web development, programming and graphic design professionals. Freelancers are especially sought after by small businesses to complete projects at an affordable price. As a freelancer, you can take advantage of these needs while offering an additional income stream. Freelancers at Upwork, for example, earn an average of $17.96 an hour. However, you can set your own fee.
You don’t need technical skills to be self-employed; your creativity can also be used.
For example, you can draw on your writing or photography skills. There’s no shortage of clients needing skilled freelancers to help them create content for their blog or social channel. Customers also need editing and proofreading services. It is even possible to find individuals who are looking for creative individuals who will turn their vision into a work of art.
And definitely don’t overlook the virtual assistant demonstrations. Some people have managed to make a staggering $10,000 a month from the VA.
By visiting freelancing markets, you will quickly see that you can use your skills and talents in a variety of ways. The possibilities are limitless. What’s more, you can literally start with something other than the skills and resources you have today.
10. Start a blog.
My final suggestion for a low-cost side business is to start a blog. Why did I save the best for last?
Whatever side business you pursue, a blog can help you increase your profits even more. Whether you’re developing WordPress websites, photographing property rentals, managing social media for local businesses, or freelancing, having a blog builds credibility and allows you to showcase your work.
Plus, your side business can grow by providing a way for customers to find you.
Also, as a blogger, you can generate significant income if your blog creates value for an audience. A blogger who consistently publishes valuable content typically earns $500 to $2000 per month in their first year.
The great thing about blogging is that it doesn’t require daily attention. For great content, you need to research, develop and deliver several hours a week. When you post consistently, you’re ready.
Ways to make money by blogging on WordPress include;
- Affiliate marketing, monetizing blog content such as Google AdSense, or selling sponsored blog posts.
- Paid membership site.
- Paid webinars and online courses
- Add an eCommerce store to your WordPress site in minutes by installing the WooCommerce plugin.
The best part? Anyone can blog for almost anything.
Attention Side Huslter
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Consider avoiding jobs in highly regulated industries, such as healthcare, as guidelines can be difficult to understand. Additionally, you don’t want to jeopardize your main source of income. Initially, you may need to stay in a full-time job to generate income.
The most important thing is not to give your full attention to your side hustle and just do the things you normally do. Additionally, be sure to check your contract. You certainly don’t want to start your new job only to discover that you have signed a non-compete agreement with your employer.
And one more thing.
While it’s important to keep overheads low, there are some parts you shouldn’t cut corners on. It’s important to comply with industry regulations, even if you’re starting a business based on your current skills, such as babysitting, pet sitting, haircutting or baking. You should check your landlord’s insurance policy to see which events are covered and which are not, and you should buy riders accordingly if you plan to run your business from your home. And the same goes for your auto insurance if you share the car or deliver food.