9 Simple Ideas for a Lucrative Side Hustle

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Brian Roberts

July 21, 2020  •  5 min read

Searching for a lucrative side hustle? Over 45% of U.S. workers have a side hustle, earning an average of $1,122 every month with them. You can do the same. Take a look at these 10 simple ideas for a lucrative side hustle. They’re  an excellent way to supplement your income, grow your savings or fund your next adventure. 

1. Freelance Writing

You don’t need a college degree in English to make money as a writer. “It’s not necessary to be a ‘writer’ to write well,” said William Zinsser, author of the classic, On Writing Well. “Clear writing is the logical arrangement of thought; a scientist who thinks clearly can write as well as the best writer.” 

In short: clear thinkers make great writers, not English degrees. And, freelance writing can be one of the most lucrative side hustles you can  start. You set your hours, fees, and get to pick your clients and projects. Here are some popular websites for freelance writing jobs:

  • Fiverr allows you to post gigs offering writing services like article writing, e-book writing, social media copy, ghostwriting, and more.
  • Upwork is for more long-term work, and allows you to apply for specific writing jobs buyers are seeking. New jobs are posted hourly.
  • ProBlogger is a job board packed with high-quality freelance writing jobs, including long-term recurring work.
  • Craigslist has a writing section that lists local writing jobs in your area. These may not pay the best, but are a great way to get experience.

2. Drive or Rent Your Car

Driving is one of the largest gig economy job sectors. Many companies provide sign-up and trip bonuses. All you need is a driver’s license and a car to start. Jobs can be found on: 

3. Join The Side Gig Economy

We all have special skills and talents. Depending on what yours are, you can earn money doing everything from tutoring online (more on that shortly) to graphic design, photography, sound design and loads more. Regardless of your skillset, the following sites can connect you to paid opportunities:

  • Behance.net allows you to search for jobs based on your industry, from social media management to 3D rendering.
  • Freelancer.com, like Behance, enables you to build a portfolio and send it to potential buyers in a number of industries.
  • FlexJobs allows you to find remote work, freelance work, and on-site jobs.

4. Social Media Manager

Social media managers run social media channels, like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, for companies. They respond to comments and create content. There are no special requirements for this job, just be reliable, responsive and hard-working. Here are the social management tools  you should learn to use so you stand out:

  • Buffer offers both free and paid plans, and allows you to post on most social networks at once.
  • Spokal offers keyword recommendations, image editing and more. Pricing starts at $49 a month.
  • Hootsuite is one of the leading social media management tools and allows you to run contests and specialized campaigns to improve engagement.

And here’s where you can find social media management jobs:

  • Remote.co is a remote job board with positions available from companies of all sizes.
  • Indeed is one of the largest online job sites, and offers a wealth of remote jobs.

5. Become A Virtual Assistant

As more and more of our daily lives have moved online, the need for virtual assistants has spiked. Becoming a virtual assistant allows you to earn extra money working remotely and performing different administrative and bookkeeping tasks. 

You can find virtual assistant jobs through companies such as ZipRecruiter, which lists virtual assistant jobs where you can earn $12-28 an hour.

6. Sell Photographs

If you have a knack for photography, you can make a lot of money from selling your photographs online. All you need is a high quality camera and some experience with Photoshop. Here are some sites that buy photography:

  • Shutterstock will pay up to $120 per image download.
  • iStockphoto will give you 15-45% of all sales from your photos.
  • Etsy allows you to sell photos plus decorations, gifts and crafts.

7. Create An Online Course

You can put your skills to good use by teaching others through online courses. By creating an online course, you can turn your knowledge into a product you can sell . These are some platforms that let you create online courses:

  • Thinkific is one of the largest online course platforms, with over 40,000 registered creators in over 160 countries. It’s a true all-in-one solution: from building and designing to marketing and selling; from creating quizzes and surveys, to downloads and discussions, it’s packed with features. Pricing starts at $49 but they offer a free, limited feature plan. Course creation is free.
  • Udemy is another juggernaut in the course creation space. With 50m students taking Udemy courses around the world, it offers a massive built-in audience for skilled creators. They offer over 65 different courses categories.
  • Teachable is a professional website builder for online course creators.

8. Dropshipping

Dropshipping is a side hustle that lets you sell products to customers without having to buy inventory. This means you can start earning money without having to invest your own money first. Here are a few reputable dropshipping websites:

  • AliExpress is free to join and you can sell products in 40 different categories. Millions of people use AliExpress to ship and sell products.
  • SaleHoo is a powerful research tool, supplier directory, and online community for dropshippers. It costs $67 a year with a 60-day free trial.
  • Doba offers instant access to hundreds of dropship suppliers and millions of products in one catalog. Their starter plan starts at $29 a month.

9. Micro-Jobs

If you don’t have a lot of time for a side hustle and just want to earn a small amount of extra cash, micro-jobs only take a short time to complete. There are plenty of sites that pay you for performing small tasks from building a bookshelf to performing virtual outsourced office work. Here are some sites where you can find micro-jobs:

  • Mechanical Turk is an Amazon crowdsourcing marketplace that pays you to perform virtual tasks.
  • TaskRabbit posts small jobs like delivering groceries or performing handyperson tasks like assembling furniture.

Our Two Cents

If you have  a little extra time on your hands, you can  take advantage of one of these lucrative side hustles. Any one of these jobs can be a great way to add some extra income to your primary earnings and help you start thriving instead of struggling to stay afloat.