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15 Side Hustle Ideas You Can Start Today

Are you looking for a few ways that you can start earning some extra money from a side hustle?

Fortunately, these days there are more ways than ever to start earning some quick cash and many of these have the potential to be built into successful careers or even businesses.

No matter what you’re currently doing, the internet has completed changed the way we work and fortunately, has made things a lot more flexible than they have ever been before. With jobs, careers, and side hustles at our fingertips, there has never been a better time to start earning money on the side.

The first thing to do is to understand what your unique skills are, then try and find a way that you can monetize them on the side. Are you a great writer, do you own a car, do you have any special skills with software like photoshop, can you code, can you cook? 

It doesn’t matter what your skills are all you need to do is match those skills with people who need them and then you’ve instantly just built yourself a side hustle. Here are 15 ideas that you can start doing today, to turn your finances around and start making some extra money. 

1. Do odd jobs

If you’ve got some skills around the house, like fixing things or mowing lawns then those skills are in demand. Check out Airtasker, which is a platform that connects skilled people with households that need help. You can easily run entire businesses off this platform alone.

2. Sell on eBay

While the days of garage sales aren’t quite gone, these days anything you don’t need anymore you can quickly sell on eBay. Selling things you no longer want anymore is a great way to make some extra cash, and there are other options as well such as Gumtree.

If you really want to get entrepreneurial, try buying things and then selling them for a profit by improving the photos and cleaning the items up.

3. Become a virtual assistant

Businesses and entrepreneurs always need good people, however, it is normally unaffordable to take on full-time staff. If you’re great at helping and doing admin type task, why not start a career as a virtual assistant. You can work from home and help people at the same time.

4. Sell on Etsy

If you’re great at crafts and creating unique items, why not try to sell them. Etsy is a great platform for creatives to sell their products and earn money on the side.

5. Drive for Uber

Most of us know about Uber and the boom in rideshare services. Uber and others like Lyft are a great way to earn side income while being completely flexible to work around your jobs or your study schedule.

6. Rent out a spare room

Are you renting a house with some spare rooms? Instead of finding a long term flatmate, why not rent it out on a day rate on Airbnb and earn some extra money. You will need to furnish the room, but you’ll likely take twice as much money as you would from a normal long-term tenant and it’s also a great way to meet people in the process.

7. Sell your services on Fiverr

Have you got any special tech skills, such as web design or graphic design? You can quickly sell your services on various online platforms such as Fiverr or Upwork. These platforms connect people with skills to those looking for them. This is a great way to monetize your skills and you can even build a full-time career on these platforms alone.

8. Tutor with Zoom and Skype

We’ve all seen first hand the move toward video conferencing in recent times and it’s now becoming very viable to offer tutoring services online. Not only does this make the process easier, but you can take your skills to the entire world instead of the local neighborhood. Zoom and Skype are both free to use, so you can easily get started.

9. Start blogging

If you’re a prolific writer a blog is a way you can earn money on the side. You can use your blog to sell advertising or even sell your own products or use affiliate offers. A blog is a slower way to make money but has real value over the long term.

10. Teach a course

These days there are a number of ways you can create your own online courses and sell them. If you’ve got some skills in a certain area, put a course together and sell it on a site like Udemy. You can sell an online course anywhere from a few dollars up to thousands.

11. Start a podcast

They say podcasting is the new blogging and if you understand a specific area, blogging is a powerful way to create an online presence. When you’re podcast is up and running you can sell advertising or even offer things like books and products.

12. Become a chef

Do you have some skills in the kitchen? Why not become a personal chef and cook for others. Sites like HireaChef make it easier than ever to launch your own side business.

13. Try dog walking

A classic side hustle for years, dog walking is a job that is always going to be around. Why not create a few flyers for your services and drop them in mailboxes in your local neighborhood and your business is up and running. 

14. Become a nanny

Parents are always on the lookout for a trustworthy and reliable nanny, so if you love kids why not give it a go. These days there are a host of sites that connect nannies and babysitters with parents making this a great business to start.

15. Clean houses

If you love to keep things neat and tidy, why not start your own business and get paid to help others in the process. Put an ad on Gumtree and your business is up and running. It’s hard to find a good reliable cleaner and there is always plenty of demand for people to come and clean your house.

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Written by Luke Fitzpatrick

Luke Fitzpatrick is an academic speaker at Sydney University. He enjoys writing about tech, productivity, lifestyle, and is a contributor to Forbes.

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