All right, so we've been getting a lot of comments and questions around side hustles that you can actually do from home.
So we decided to create an eBook with 101 side hustles that you can do to make some extra cash.
The pandemic has certainly propelled the interest in finding the best side hustles you can do from home, without requiring you to go anywhere. Basically, side hustles you can do in your pyjamas.
As a serial entrepreneur, I have started over seven (7) businesses. Some of my businesses today started off as side hustles - so I've been doing this side hustling thing for quite some time now.
So let’s dive in this list of side hustles that you can do at home.
Number 1: Freelance Writing
If you have ever wondered how companies like Forbes are able to get a lot of content written - they leverage freelance writers who can actually do the research and contribute to their publishing online.
If you’re a good writer, you can put up your services on platforms like Fiverr and Upwork, where you can leverage these platforms to get a lot of business. Also, many businesses are looking for freelancers who can then write blog articles for them at an affordable rate.
So how much money can you make writing as a freelancer?
Well it really depends. Some freelancers are earning as much as $100,000 or more each year as freelance writers. For instance, one Brooklyn-based freelance writer, who finds work via Fiverr, earned over $300,000 per year as a freelance writer on Fiverr.
Number 2: Selling on Online Marketplaces
So when I talk about online marketplaces I'm referring to platforms like Amazon, eBay, Etsy and more. One easy way to start selling on these online marketplaces is by starting a print-on-demand business where you can come up with some graphic designs for your brand and then list them online on platforms like Etsy.
An example is you can come up with some interesting phrases, hire a graphic designer on Fiverr or Upwork, and then take those designs and turn them into T-shirts, into mugs and other things and then sell it on Etsy, or Amazon. When an order comes in, you can just submit the order to the print-on-demand service and they ship it directly to the person.
If selling on Amazon is more of your thing, there are multiple ways you can do that. There are some people who do it by doing retail arbitrage where they go to places like Walmart and Target and they find things that are like on a really amazing deal right, and then they go on Amazon and list the items and make money on the difference between what they bought it for at the store and what they sell it for on Amazon. Another way to sell on Amazon would be to start your own private label business. This would require you to create a brand, find a supplier and then list the products on Amazon. You can use tools like Jungle Scout to help with sales data that can help you identify the product category to start with.
Number 3: Create an online course
The knowledge market is growing exponentially. Reports state that people are looking for a wealth of information from people who've done it and have the experience. So if you are experienced at something, you can literally create an online course and you can use platforms like Kajabi, Teachable and Thinkific to host your courses and drive traffic to those courses, and you can start selling.
I've seen people start online courses that go a wide range from video editing to knitting and how to make a potato gun. Literally anything you can imagine, there is most likely an online course for it. So do not let your talent or knowledge go to waste - create an online course and start generating that much needed extra cash.
Be sure to do a little bit of research and understand the competitive landscape. Just because you know how to do something doesn’t mean you should create an online course for it. However, the key point is, you can create an online course as a side hustle and generate a considerable amount of income without having to leave your house.
Number 4: Online Tutoring
Online tutoring is a great side hustle area if you’re really good at a particular subject. You can meet your students virtually and you can earn anywhere between 30 to $50 an hour teaching virtually from the house. Here is a list of some online tutoring platforms that you can you checkout:
- Wyzant (use affiliate link): provides private, 1–on–1 lessons with the expert instructor of your choice. Students have the option to meet their tutors online or in-person.
- Varsity Tutors: finds in-person and online tutoring jobs for experts in everything from reading to LSAT preparation.
- TutorOcean is a global tutoring marketplace, where tutors can find new clients or manage existing tutoring relationships.
Number 5: Proofreading and Document Translation
A lot of businesses need people to proofread documents and make sure that any grammatical or spelling mistakes are fixed. If you’re multilingual, you can put your language skills to good use and translate to documents. A good example is Amazon sellers who sell on international marketplaces like Amazon Germany need German speakers to help translate documents and copy for their Amazon listings. For visibility, you can post your translation or proofreading service on gig economy websites like Fiverr and Upwork.
Number 6: Customer Service
Many companies are now using work-at-home customer service reps. And when the calls come in, they just pick up and so that's something that you can do as well you look for some of these service providers who are looking for people who can provide customer service, obviously the company and the training products and services, and you can then just working at home as an extra way for me to make some money.
Number 7: Digital Marketing Specialist
And then the last one - is one that is in high demand With the rise of e-commerce, people with digital marketing skills have seen a surge in their skills. If you aren’t a digital marketer already, I highly recommend building this skill as this can help you unlock some decent extra cash. Digital marketers provide services like social media, email marketing, running paid social ads on platforms like Facebook and SEO (search engine optimization), just to name a few.
If you’re interested in getting into digital marketing, I highly recommend starting with affiliate marketing. I highly recommend taking the 15-day challenge by David Sharpe from Legendary Marketer if you want to learn how to become an effective affiliate marketer in a relatively short period of time. I took this challenge myself and I was able to benefit from the wealth of knowledge that David and his team share.
So if you’re planning to have a side hustle that you can do from home, the above seven side hustles are great places to start. If you’re looking for even more options, please feel free to download our e-Book with 101 side hustles.