Start A Side Hustle and Make That Extra Moulah!

So you want to earn some extra income – who doesn’t?! 

Let me introduce you to some side hustles that can make you some serious extra income.

Now, before we dive in, I want to express that it is called a side HUSTLE because you actually have to hustle and work hard at it! 

A ton of people claim to want a side hustle, but not everyone understands the work that has to go into them in order to make them profitable and maintainable.

This list of side hustles are not quick solutions such as taking online surveys or selling your unwanted stuff on Craigslist (which you can obviously do as well). Instead, these side hustles require dedication in order to see great results.

So, if you’re really ready to start side hustling, let’s get into our top 3 options!

Side Hustle #1: Blogging

I’m sure this first side hustle comes as no surprise, but blogging really can be an awesome way to make some extra income!

One of the best things about starting a blog, is that it’s relatively cheap to set up. I use SiteGround for my web hosting which starts at only $3.95 a month!  We’ve even got a step-by-step video tutorial to walk you through it courtesy of our new course coming out!

You can also find affordable themes for your site if you want your blog to be more visually appealing. You can sign up to be notified about when our super affordable Website Builder Blueprint launches in a few weeks, or you can even buy my theme if you want to try Bluchic WordPress Themes!

These days, you can really blog about anything, there is a niche for any hobby or interest that you may have.  A few topics that are currently booming are Mommy blogs, health and fitness and, ofcourse, lifetstyle. 

Make sure you consider how you will monetize your blog, as it’s a major way to earn extra income from your efforts.

Monetization can come from things like sponsored posts, advertising, affiliate marketing, and Google Ads. 

My favorite blog monetization strategy is Affiliate Marketing. (If you’re an affiliate virgin, check out our post on Getting Started with Affiliate Marketing).

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Here’s an example from a conversation I had with a good friend the other day.  She wanted to talk about turning her passion for “DIY decor on a budget” into a blog.

She thought maybe it might help her gain some clients she can help with DIY decorating as a side hustle to her full-time job.  

So I made her take a moment to think about that strategy…  

Would you rather spend time driving here and there seeing clients after work when you’re exhausted, or write blog posts with affiliate links that can make you money while you sleep.  And in comes the blank stare…  

So I explained – You write a DIY tutorial about how you created this gorgeous gallery wall from thrift store frame finds.  You then include links to reasonably priced amazon picture frames in case the person reading doesn’t have the time or want or ability to find a thrift store or antique market.  

They click on your Amazon links and purchase some frames or god knows what else. (Because it’s hard to only buy 1 thing at a time on Amazon – totally guilty!)

Every time someone make a purchase on Amazon using your affiliate link from your blog – CHA-CHING!

I think I blew her mind.

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 You can even set up a sidebar on your website (like mine on the right) that promotes the products or services that you use! 

If you can produce the content and you can create a proper website, then this is probably the best side hustle for you!

Side Hustle #2: Become a Virtual Assistant

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t actually need to be tech-savvy in order to become a Virtual Assistant!

Virtual Assistants aren’t limited to graphic design or website building, they can take charge of simpler tasks such as data entry and social media maintenance.

The truth is, you can become a Virtual Assistant in literally any niche, just don’t let the V.A. title scare you off.

You can have experience in admin work (or no experience at all for that matter in the beginning) and still end up managing social media accounts or writing blogs for businesses.

This is exactly how I started in the world of online business!

The trick is to start off with services that you’re familiar with. Stay curious and continue to learn new types of work that you can offer once you get more comfortable!

If you have more writing experience, maybe start by offering services like proofreading and blog writing. As you keep learning (and taking eCourses!) you can branch out into other areas like graphic design and business branding.

We’ve got a monster of a post dedicated to helping you understand what a Virtual Assistant does and how you can narrow down the perfect services you want to offer!

Go and give it a read:  How to Become a Virtual Assistant

 

Side Hustle #3: Sell Digital Products

Selling digital products is the ideal side hustle if you want to drive passive income, a.k.a. set it up and watch it make money on auto-pilot.

Don’t just trade your time for money – that’s what a regular 9 to 5 is for!

Instead, focus on creating digital products that you can sell like we do through our shop.

There are are a ton of digital products that you can create to sell online! Here are just a few profitable examples:

eCourses:

Establish yourself as an expert in your niche by offering an awesome digital course!

As we primarily create design templates for female entrepreneurs, we offer a Canva Crush eCourse where we teach my audience to use Canva for their business branding!

We also have a Pinterest Principles eCourse and our Website Builder Blueprint coming soon – we are soo pumped about that!

I create all of my eCourses through Teachable because it makes it so quick and easy to create my course and package it! They break down the process into simple steps that anyone can follow!

eBooks:

eBooks are another effective way to establish authority within your niche.

There are tons of different options for eBooks that you can offer:

Meal planners, beginner’s guides, crafting how-to’s, a collection of sewing patterns…anything in your niche that you think there’s a market for! 

You could even create a workbook to go along with your eCourse for people to fill out as they go!

It can be as simple as creating a word document and saving it as a PDF, you really don’t need serious technology for this!  Psst… we also offer eBook templates in our shop, just saying.

Design Templates:

Design templates are a great digital product to offer as every business can benefit from using them. 

Our shop focuses mainly on design templates made through Canva, but we are working on offering all of them in Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and even PowerPoint. 

There really is no limit to the types of design templates you can create, from social media branding to logo creation. 

Feminine Website themes are also all the rage right now with so many female entrepreneurs entering the online space on the daily.

The reason that digital products sell so well is because a lot of businesses can’t afford to pay an expert to completely redesign their branding and website. 

Design templates are not only an affordable solution, but they allow clients to completely edit and customize the template to fit their unique branding style.

Stock Photography:

If you have a passion for photography, it’s a good idea to explore your options in stock photography!

Businesses use stock photography to personalize their branding and social media so there is a huge market for stock photographers!

You can choose to launch your own personal stock photography website or you can take the (arguably easier) route of working with already established companies.

Larger sites such as Shutterstock, Adobe Stock, and Getty Images invite contributors to submit their photos. Every time someone downloads your images, you get paid!

Psst. Did you know that we also offer Styled Stock Photos within our membership?!

Speaking of memberships, you can even establish one for your customers if you start building up a solid library of digital products, online training or a mix of both! 

Memberships are a perfect source of recurring income.

Don’t limit yourself by only selling your products through your website; look into different eCommerce platforms that you can use as well!

Etsy and Creative Market are just a couple of the awesome eCommerce sites available. (We sell on them too)

Phew, you made it to the end!

I hope this blog post has inspired you to start your own side hustle! I would love to hear from you if you do!

Remember, there are soooo many side hustles to choose from that aren’t on this list, but these can yield the most profit if you can put the time in. 

A side hustle is not a get rich quick scheme but can absolutely change your life if you pick the one that’s right for you and stick with it!

Happy side hustling! 

Tasha DaCosta