7 Side Jobs To Make Extra Money (2018)
The Best Ways to Make Extra Money by Freelancing, Telecommuting, or Starting A Side Job
In order to have a successful side gig, you need to have the confidence to put yourself – and your business – out there, grit, and an abundance of energy. Another plus? If you pick something you love as your side gig, it will never feel like work.
Having a side job is becoming increasingly common as a way to earn extra money, increase your income, and build job security. It may seem difficult at first, but it doesn’t have to be.
Below are six promising side gigs that are easy to get into, and offer the possibility of making extra money.
Start Your Own Etsy Store
If you are creative or DIY-inclined, then you will probably be able to find a market for your wares on Etsy. The site is known for connecting customers with talented artisans, who handcraft everything from Christmas stockings to hand-painted decorative letters. There is also a market for vintage items, handmade goods, and craft supplies. Think shoes, clothing, bedding curtains, frames, furniture, even homemade deodorant. Yes, I’m serious.
If you have any sort of craft-related hobby, chances are, you can find someone who wants to buy it on Etsy. But to be successful on Etsy, customer service is key. Each time a customer buys one of your products, encourage them to write positive reviews on your page. It’s the best way to build a following of loyal customers and make extra money.
Become a Photographer
One of my favorite photographs of my family was taken by a woman who works in a doctor’s office full-time but takes photos on weekends and at night. While her rates are less than that of a studio photographer, (and she has little overhead), she is making a good-sized side income.
In order to start your own photographer business, you should first take the time to understand the basics and fundamentals of photography. If you really want to make it a profitable side gig, you can’t just pick up any point and shoot camera and take all photos in automatic mode. You need to have a reliable camera body, a few different lenses, and at least a bit of understanding of manual mode, if not more.
Before going out on your own, gain experience by working for free for other established photographers as either a second shooter or assistant. This provides you with a rare opportunity to work with and observe other photographers in action. You can gain knowledge about techniques they use and how they interact with clients.
As with any new skill, practice makes perfect, so the more hours you log, the more advanced your skills could become.
How much money you will earn on your side gig photographer business can vary. Rates for some photographers run from 0 to 0 and beyond. It also depends on how much you hustle. Some successful photographers do as many as four shoots a weekend, two in the morning and two in the late afternoon. Others book sunset shoots for the summer months, increasing their extra side income even more.
Start a Food Business
If you love to cook, starting your own food business could be a great fit for making extra money. Many states employ a cottage food law, with allows for the legal home processing and preparing of food. First, you should research your state’s rules. For example, many foods that are legal to sell do not require refrigeration, like brownies, granola, or cookies at local farmer’s markets, shops, and restaurants.
How much extra money you can make with a home-based food side gig varies. It depends on your local competition, market, skill level, and the time you commit to the venture.
Before you start, you should form a business plan, which will calculate startup costs, supply price, and how much you will price the items you produce. You can’t just start baking and selling; it’s a recipe for disaster.
If you’re not one for baking, you can still start a food-based side income business. You could prepare entire meals or host dinners in your home, like other startups Cookening and EatWith.
Get Into the Pet Care Business
If you’re an animal lover, then starting your own pet walking or pet sitting side gig could be a good option for you. Plus, these options could be both profitable and enjoyable for you. Many people, after leaving their full-time jobs, make enough money dog walking to not have to return to a regular job.
Pet sitting is another great option. Many pet sitters are paid as much as 0 a day to watch other people’s pets while they are on vacation or out of town. If you’d rather stay at your home, try an online marketplace site that facilitates this type of side gig, like Rover and DogVacay. Through these job search sites, you can host others’ dogs or other pets in your home while their owners are on vacation, making a healthy side gig income in the process.
Try a Coaching Side Gig
Consulting and coaching jobs are in great demands right now, making them an ideal money-making opportunity for those looking for a side job, or those who already have full-time jobs.
There are a variety of options in this field: Success coaches, life coaches, retirement coaches, transition coaches, even career coaches. There are training programs to help get into the field, like The Coaches Training Institute and the Institute for Life Coach Training, but a major plus of the industry in terms of side gig opportunities is that virtually anyone can get into it. However, there may eventually be a certification involved in this field, experts say.
Regardless of your certification, you still should have experience related to the industry of field that you’d like to coach. For example, if you want to be an executive coach, you should have corporate leadership experience. Same with business coaches – you should have run your own business (could be any type) for a significant amount of time.
Another plus of coaching as a telecommute job is when you can work. Many coaches offer phone sessions, so they are not bound by location when it comes to acquiring new clients. Coaches also usually provide email coaching and advice in between sessions. This flexible schedule makes it an idea telecommute job to earn extra money on the side.
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