I am unsure if I brought this up earlier, but I will expand on this further either way.
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.
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!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Have you ever figured out how to replaced a broken computer screen?
Or recovered lost “files on a computer? What about cleaning someone’s digital files so their computer runs faster and at a better performance? Have you ever helped someone who was completely new to email set up an account?
Probably, if you though long and hard about it. You have some skill or knowledge that someone else out there is willing to pay you for. Capitalize on it. No, seriously. I have a client (he’s really the client of another client and they referred him to me because what he needed was more time consuming than they had imagined) and I help him with some on the the most basic stuff many of us could do in our sleep. But not to him. To him, the tasks he’s asked of me are challenging to him. Very challenging, that he’s admitted that when he had asked other people to help him, thy became instantly frustrated with him. Grant, I could see why, but I do my very best not to go there with and instead him what he needs. Support and instruction. And the best part, I set my own price and charge him more then the client who referred him to me in the first place.
I’ve taken the things I know well enough to do that I could explain it to someone else and turned it into a gig. With a returning client. And let’s be honest with ourselves, people only come back to work with you if they like you. Why? Because people want to work with or do business with people they like or who are like them.
ANd it’s easy to be liked when you’re handy.
I never thought I’d be the type of person who would chase after certifications and licenses as a way to earn extra money outside of my 9-5. Don’t get me wrong, I know that the more education someone has and the higher their degree goes, the better positioned they are for negotiating their desired salary. Like, a ‘duh!’
But how many people would a course or two or however many were needed to get a license or a certification to earn extra money? Which, I guess could be argued as being the same as earning ‘more money’. But I’m not talking about earning ‘more money’ as a W-2 holder, but rather as a freelancer. An independent contractor. Dammit, a hustler.
Who here is willing to spend the time and money on themselves for themselves, not for an employer? Not to look good to another employer, or look more appealing to your current employer or because an employer asked/commanded of you. Just for you to add to you wealth toolbelt.
I have a notary commission/license. Earned it last year. Been putting it to work and earning back the 18 hours of training that went into it and the $306 investment I made for it. I’ve reaching out and networking, putting myself out there on a daily basis. Because my success matters to me.
How many people are ready to stop being C students and are ready to go for As and A+s in their own professional journies?
I’ve heard about these opportunities last year through The Penny Hoarder but never found one to be fruitful. I mean, I signed up and everything but never heard back from the organization or anything. Nothing. Well, yesterday I get this big envelope in the mail from Survey Savvy – one of my paid survey sites I use regularly that pays out cash — to participate in another opportunity: giving them my junk mail. Yep. Junk mail. The kind of stuff I would typically recycle at the post office or throw into the shredder at my office.
Now, they did send me a letter explaining what I have to do and how often. This project only covers the month of March, but I have deadlines I have to hit. They sent four postage paid envelopes so all I really have to do is throw my junk mail in it and toss it in the mail.
Oh, and they do send a notice wih the instructions that they don’t sell your information. So there’s no need of worrying about being on dozens of unwanted marketing call lists.
The payout for this project: $10. Hey, that’s $10 more than I had for doing next to doing. I never look down on extra money I can earn.
I don’t know how I got selected for this project or if it was a blanketed tactic. But if you’re interested in seeing if you can be part of the next one, visit my From: Me, To: You page. I have referral link in which you can join.