8 SIDE GIGS YOU CAN START IMMEDIATELY

Updated: Feb 16



Building Websites

If you're tech savvy with an eye for design, you can build websites for others. Platforms like Squarespace or Wix allow you to design from templates or from a blank slate. Depending on your skill level (for example, whether or not you can code), there is plenty of money to be made in this industry. Many of these platforms offer affiliate or partnership programs if you're serious about gaining clients. My recommendations:


Squarespace

Wix

Shopify

Wordpress



Caregiving

Babysitting was my #1 side hustle as a college student. After undergrad, I worked as a full-time nanny for a year. For a while, that job was the most money I ever made on a weekly basis. I was able to cover rent, utilities, groceries, my car note, my phone bill, etc. and STILL have money leftover. I mean... WHAT A CONCEPT. Here are some websites where you can find babysitting and nanny gigs:



In addition to childcare jobs, many of these platforms offer opportunities in tutoring, senior care, jobs, pet care jobs, housekeeping jobs, and errands/odd jobs.


Drop Shipping

Do you have a design or saying that would look great on a T-Shirt? Drop shipping allows you to design and sell your own merchandise without the worry or cost of inventory. Here are a few websites you can check out in no particular order:


In my opinion, drop shipping is great if you don’t want to worry about packaging and shipping and if you want to avoid expensive startup costs. However, drop shipping usually requires you to price your items a bit higher to cover extra fees and/or monthly subscriptions.


Paid Research Studies

You may have used a website like SwagBucks to do online surveys for money, however these online surveys can be very time consuming with very little pay. Your opinion is worth more than just a few pennies, which is why I would recommend participating in an actual focus group. I got paid to test feminine products for a week and give my review. Why not receive free products and get paid to do what I already have to do? It’s a win-win situation. Check out these links to both in-person and online focus groups.


RideShare & Delivery Services

We’ve all used these services. Why not start making some money from them? What’s better than a job that lets you decide when you want to work.


Delivery Services


If you live in a denser city, DoorDash and Postmates allow you to deliver on foot or bicycle. So if you don’t have a car, these are still options!


RideShare Services


Sell Stock Content

If you’re a skilled photographer, videographer, or musician, you can sell your content to stock websites and receive a cut of the profit. Here are a few options:


If you want to keep 100% of the profit, you can build your own website using a program like Wix.com or Wordpress to sell your creations without the middleman.


Transcribing

You know those captions that appear on your favorite TV shows or web videos? Yeah, someone actually has to type them up. If you’ve got good listening and grammar skills, you can make money online as a transcriptionist! You can choose how little or how much you work. Check out some of these websites to get started:


Rev

TranscribeMe

3 Play Media

Crowdsurf



Turo

Do you have a vehicle(s) that you barely use? Rent it out on Turo! I currently have one vehicle listed on there at a rate of $50 per day. The newer you car is, the more you can charge. You decide on the car's availability, whether it can be picked up or delivered, the minimum days it can be rented, etc. It's a great way to make money while you do nothing.


Turo


If you’re using Tribe, you most likely participate in freelance or client work. The above mentioned gigs are recommendations on ways to make money outside of your specialty or business.


To my creatives, entrepreneurs, and freelancers - Keep on building your clientele! Upwork.com, Facebook Groups, and Word of Mouth have yielded the most results for me when it comes to booking new clients.


Written by Lelai Givens


What side gigs have worked for you? Where do you find your gigs or new clients? Let us know in the comments!

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