Note: This post contains affiliate links. This means that I may receive a small commission (at no cost to you) if you subscribe or purchase something through the links provided. You will never see me post a link to a product or service that I don’t use myself or truly love! (Learn more here)
Who’s ready to start a side hustle?
Side hustles are just a fun way of saying making extra money. You hustle your way to some extra money by taking on a part time job, working overtime, etc.
Today, I’m going to share 8 side hustles you can start today and start earning money, just in time for the holiday season!
Blogging, my friends. It’s super cheap and easy to set up a blog. You can blog about anything you want but if you’re looking to start earning quickly from day 1, I’d recommend these niches for quick money-making potential:
- Parenting and kids
- Budgeting/saving money/couponing
- Making money
Blogging is great because you get to express yourself, go on a rant, share a funny story, talk about your successes and failure, AND get paid to do it!
Monetize your blog:
- Google Adsense: Apply, get approved, and install the code on your blog. It’s super simple. This will have you earning from day 1! Check out this post to help you get the most income from your Adsense.
- Sponsored posts: My networks are Linqia, Izea, and Massive Sway. They are newbie friendly. I’ve earned around $200 or so from sponsored posts so far. I don’t focus on them too much but if you do, you could easily make thousands per month.
- Affiliate marketing: Stop! Before you continue, if you are serious about affiliate marketing, THIS COURSE is golden. I started earning four figures monthly, and have been steadily doing so, after I completed this course. It’s totally newbie friendly. In fact, it’s great for all blogging levels. To give you an idea about how poppin’ the course creator is, she regularly earns $50,000+ PER MONTH, from affiliate marketing alone. She’s very responsive too so if you have questions about the course, she gets back to you (for real).
2.) DRIVE FOR UBER
You might be rolling your eyes as your read this, but Uber driving, is the ish! You can make hundreds in just a few days, from the comfort of your own car. No learning how to drive commercial vehicles, no feeling out a new company car, it’s your own car! It’s flexible and Uber is becoming very popular, so it’s great way to earn a steady income stream.
3.) SURVEYS/PANELS/FOCUS GROUPS
You can make some real money with surveys, panels, and focus groups. I’ve been surveying casually for the past few months. I’ve done a handful (less than 5) and have made over $500.
For example, imagine earning $25 a day, that’s $750 a month! The survey sites I belong to (around 10) offer this much in opportunities daily. Imagine $25 a day per site for 3 sites, $2,250 a month, wha-what!
It can be done. Check out this interview from this survey goer who makes four figures every month from surveys : Can You Really Make Money with Paid Online Surveys?
4.) OPEN AN ONLINE SHOP
Does it feel outside your scope? It’s not as hard as you think. When I launched my online store (since, sold) I started making a few hundred per month and it grew from there.
Step 1:) Figure out what you’d like to sell
Step 2:) Source products (this means, find out where you will purchase the wholesale products from)
Step 3:) Open up shop (Shopify is strongly recommended)
Step 4:) Promote like crazy
Thats it! If you need some more guidance, feel free to give me a shout. I’d be happy to help.
5.) WORK A SEASONAL JOB
The holidays are near and tons of businesses are looking to hire seasonal employees. I worked one holiday season at Nordstrom. It was so much fun and I made full time income working part time (there was commission).
I got to be in the heart of holiday shopping with bustling shoppers, holiday decor, and more. It was awesome. While this opportunity isn’t online, don’t knock it. There are tons of great opportunities for seasonal work during the holidays and throughout busy seasons in the year.
To my blog and biz site owners, have you ever been to Peek? You sign up and get your site “driven” by a stranger. What does that mean? Well, a brand new user visits your website.
They talk out loud and share their first impressions. It’s really cool. And, it’s free. If you haven’t done this, it’s truly eye opening. Give it a go.
So, the new users who visit your site get paid $10 per user test. That’s what they call visiting your site, a user test or usability testing.
YOU can be a user tester to earn some extra money. It’s pretty simple. The test I had done was 5 minutes. No face was shown, just voice and screenshots live while they navigated the blog.
Check out sites like:
Search for an opportunity that you are an expert in, like freelance writing, graphic design, logo creation, and social media coaching, etc.
You can earn up to $10,000/month or more freelancing. Once you showcase your quality work, you will create loyal relationships and lots of repeat business. A great side hustle that can be super long term.
8.) MARKETPLACE SELLING
Similar to starting an online store, marketplace selling involves selling online in a marketplace like Amazon or eBay. There is a ton of money to be had here.
Best part, you can do this part time or full time, after work, late at night, etc. Its so flexible.
Favorite articles on the subject:
And there you have it friends, 8 side hustles you can start today! What side hustle will you be doing?
PINTEREST STRATEGY GUIDE: A crazy good guide filled with tons of actionable strategies to help you get traffic and make money using Pinterest! From super blogger herself, the creator Rosemarie Groner of The Busy Budgeter reveals all her secrets to rockin’ Pinterest and getting hundreds of thousands of visitors each month, all from Pinterest!
BLUEHOST: Amazing web hosting starting at as low as $1.95/month! Streamlined set up and easy integration with WordPress. Check out The Foolproof Way to Start a Blog. Bluehost is currently the host used for this blog, Drink Coffee & Prosper. Highly recommended.
CONVERTKIT: Newsletter services to your subscribers AT ITS FINEST! I have to admit, I am not a techie, AT ALL! ConvertKit makes it all so easy. Lots of easy tools, streamlined newsletter creation, affordable packages. It takes me a few minutes to shoot out a newsletter to the blog’s thousands of subscribers. Easy peasy. You’ll love ConvertKit!
BOARDBOOSTER AND TAILWIND: I’ve tried these Super Pinning tools separately but I have BOTH! The minute I made that change, my repins increased by 200X, no joke! I love the features and tools from both. You’ll like the simple, easy navigation of Boardbooster. Not too complicated at all. Tailwind has tribes! Another awesome way to connect and grow your pins exponentially. They are both very affordable. A must have and my secret weapon for exploding my blog pageviews!
MAKING SENSE OF AFFILIATE MARKETING COURSE: Join the ranks of Michelle Schroeder and be on your way to earning $50,000/month in affiliate income like she does! In fact, she had a record SIX FIGURE MONTH in July 2016! Learn from the very best. Read my full review of her course on my post, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing Reviewed.