Side Hustlin’ Sunday: Virtual Assistant

I am unsure if I brought this up earlier, but I will expand on this further either way.

Virtual Assistant.

Now, I know of several companies that offer legit remote Virtual Assistant opportunities, but I feel like they all require you to get yourself or be vetted through the company you’re going through. I’m firm a believer that a side hustle shouldn’t be difficult to get started. So, if you found yourself in one these companies and had no luck getting clients, strike out on your own.

You can creat a website, Facebook page, a Craigslist posting or whatever it is to help you get the word out there. By all means, do so. But also narrow down your services and packages. I’ve done this in so many forms, I didn’t know what it was at the time, just that it paid.

How I did/do it – I still use this hustle from time to time – was simple:

  • List all the services I was willing to offer and complete. Nothing on the list could be something I hated doing. ‘Cause then I wouldn’t do it.
  • Have a fixed price for each service. I used a flat monthly fee. Example, my social media marketing service was $175. My research was service was $150.
  • Offer packages. Make it more appealing by offering some of your services together for a fair price. You can offer three services for $500 or something.
  • Make sure take a deposit up front. Keeps everyone honest and fills your pockets to help some of the cost, should there be any.
  • Offer payment options: Venmo, PayPal, Square app, cash, credit card, whatever you like and think your clients might use.
  • Get a commitment timeline from your client . One month is not a good show of faith for either you or the client. A 3-month minimum commitment is ideal.

If this is an appealing opportunity, find a way to make this work and even enjoyable for you.

Happy hustlin’!

Side Hustlin’ Sunday: Niche Writing

I talked about writing before as a side hustle. And it might’ve been in respect to résumé writing, because I’ve had my fair share doing that along with writing cover letters. But writing in general is a great income stream if you have a niche for an target audience in need.

Other writings that I’ve personally done that brought in income were:

  • Press Releases – living in LA makes this a very lucrative opportunity as just about anymore involved in the entertainment industry is trying to put themselves our there.
  • Social Media Curator – yes, this is a thing and a sought out thing. How is this writing? You will be writing the content for brands and companies social media posts. Trust me when I say they don’t write themselves.
  • Blogs – this writing very easily falls under social media, but is more labor intensive because blogs are much longer pieces content with SEO practices used and it has to be well written and attractive.
  • Books – ebooks, guides, how-to content, whatever it is, put it into a book. I’ve helped a number of people get self published but I’m finally working on my own. Currently writing book number two.

But don’t stop there. These are just the ones I’ve done. Depending on your background and experience, your writing experience can create opportunities with:

  • Drafting affidavits
  • Agreements and contracts
  • Letters of Intent
  • Slogans and sayings
  • Flyers and poster
  • Scripts for TV and movies
  • Teach a writing class

If you’re good with writing and want to earn a little sumthin’ – sumthin’ on the side, find one niche in the market and make it your own.

Happy hustlin’, my fellow hustlers!

Side Hustlin’ Sunday: Professional Organizer

I did a little —very little— of this myself in my earlier hustlin’ years but nothing came of it because…well, I prefer a little disorganized chaos in my life. But it’s a great gig for those you who are meticulous about order and tidiness and neatness.

I like order and everything, but I also like things look productive. Anytime I see a desk that’s too neat, I just think to myself, “they ain’t working”. Now, maybe that’s just me but I’m use to stepping into the thick of things, so it gets messy in my world from time to time. But getting back to organization…

I took a professional development class a few years ago from a man whose wife is a professional organizer and every so often I’ll get her newsletters about quick organizational tips and seasonal tidying tips. What’s so cool about her gig is as professional organizer, she provides the individual service for those requesting help getting organized, she teaches a class on it, and she sends out newsletters with tips to clients and those that signed up. She is just spewing out information and resources like no other. In other words, she’s made being a professional organizer a very versatile opportunity beyond the name. As all gigs should really be.

So, does anyone want to come over and, uh, I don’t know, help me get rid of these papers, old pens and dusting collecting magazines?

Side Hustlin’ Sunday: Photographer

I think this is a side hustle I’ve been a little leery about sharing, not because I don’t believe it can’t be a lucrative side hustle, but because the market is so heavily saturated. I mean, I can think of five people I know personally who are self proclaimed photographers, regardless of how successful their hustle may be. And I love photography. I love taking pictures, even if it’s on my smartphone. I mean, there are dozens of apps out there dedicated to art of taking pictures.

But when people think of photography as a way to make money, they think photo shops, weddings, big production events because that’s where the money is. But how does one break into an industry where there is so much competition? Look for other niche markets.

Such as…?

Maybe you can be a business photographer. Companies need someone to professionally take of their business location for their website or social media. Or take pictures for a local digital magazine. Or…create your own.

Sites like Foap will pay you for your photos. In other words, in a market so competitive, find opportunities that aren’t. After all, the best side hustles are finding markets whose needs have not been met.

Stay hustlin’!

Side Hustlin’ Sunday: GigWalk

So, I just started using this new app thanks to The Penny Hoarder called GigWalk.

It is an app that allows you to earn extra money by “walking” to various retail stores and taking pictures of the advertising content displayed at the those stores. The “client” – I’m assuming is the agency responsible for the marketing materials – have individuals like ourselves verify the ads are posted in selected stores by taking pictures of the advertisements in the app.

How it works once you download the app and fill out your information, you apply for gigs close to you and wait to hear back if you’ve been accepted. Act fast because what I’m learning is that the gigs fill up fast. And once you apply, you’re given a choice as to when you think you can get it done… within 3 hours, 12 hours or 24 hours. And whether you selected for more gigs depends if you complete the gig or not.

All payouts are deposited into your PayPal account and each successfully completed gig is paid from $4 to $10.

Good luck.

Side Hustlin’ Sunday: Graphic Design

Now, graphic designers are becoming as ubiquitous as real estate agents.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t make a good side hustle or even a good living being one.   And we all know that the more you do something, the more you practice at it, the better you become.  And the better you become, the more you can charge.

With free sites like Canva.com, you can begin to teach yourself the basics about graphic designing.  It’s no PhotoShop, but hey, eveyone’s got to start somewhere.  And once you’ve nailed resizing, duplicating and choosing the right font, maybe you can go ahead and invest in learning PhotoShop and other tools of the trade.

Much success!

Side Hustlin’ Sunday: Read

Okay, this probably isn’t what you were expecting for a side hustle, but reading offers many opportunities… to create opportunities. I would say that at least 80% of the side hustles I took on and made some kind of money from came from reading. Reading other people’s blogs. Researching and reading ideas how other people were making extra money. Reading craigslist posts and seeing what people needed. I read on a very regular basis The Penny Hoarder.

Reading — yes, is fundamental– because it can create opportunities you had not thought of before. It can stimulate your imagination and creativity and help you produce ideas to improve the quality of your life.

I also read a lot of marketing books. Marketing is still very power in business and in creating businesses.

So, read. A lot. Start off with whatever interests you. Get those juices flowing so you make your money grow!