Do you have a full-time job but still find yourself living paycheck to paycheck? Do you find that you don’t have much (if anything) left in your bank account at the end of the month? Stop living in the red and start considering a side hustle.
A side hustle is exactly what it sounds like: a money-making hustle you work on in your spare time, on the side of your “regular” job. Also known as a side gig, a side hustle is any way you can make a little extra money every month. What could you do with an additional $100 in your pocket every month? How about an additional $500?
It’s entirely possible to make more money by monetizing a current skill or bit of knowledge and establishing a side hustle. Here are some creative ideas to get you started:
Tap into your artsy side.
If you have any artistic ability, share it with the world and make a little cash while you’re at it. Sites like Etsy make it easier than ever for producers of creative goods and pieces of art to sell their craft. The sky is the limit here; if you can make it, you can sell it.
Build a niche website.
With a little startup cash (less than $100), you can create your own niche website that makes money off of advertising. This is a great idea for you if you have patience; you’ll have to create some content, work on link-building, and understand how to utilize SEO to make this hustle work. It could take a few months for your site to rise in search engine rankings. But once it does, you could make anywhere from $100 to $1000 per month from your niche site.
Sell your photos online.
Do you love taking pictures? If so, selling photos online could be a great option for your next side hustle. There are ample websites, blogs, publications, and content creators who need original photos to use. Beautiful landscapes, expertly laid product and work space flatlays, and beautiful interior designs all make for desirable photographs. With a keen eye and a decent camera, you can make extra cash by selling photos.
Help current jobseekers.
Can you craft a standout resume? That’s a true talent, because most people can’t. Set up shop and charge for resume writing, editing, and consulting services. You’ll have people clamoring for your help. The job market is still tough and most people have no idea how to create a resume that sets them apart from hundreds of other applicants.
Be a beauty consultant.
If you love fashion, style, and makeup, there’s no reason why you can’t start charging for your expertise. You can be a virtual stylist for the fashion-challenged, produce YouTube videos showing off the latest makeup trends, or offer one-on-one advice on all things beauty. The best way to get started is to establish your own website so you can show off your expert knowledge.
Get into travel hacking.
Travel hacking is growing in popularity, and one of the best ways to score amazing deals is by finding big credit card sign-up bonuses. But it can take time to research and compare all the cards available to find the best offers for a particular trip, airline, or hotel chain–and people will pay you to do it for them. If you love travel and know how to leverage credit card reward points, this might be the side hustle for you.