The secret to creating a successful side job or side hustle for yourself is to know what you’re good at and how to capitalize on it. After all, working from home has created the perfect opportunity for anyone to earn extra money with a side job, using their unique set of skills. If you don’t know, side jobs are supplementary work you perform in your spare time to earn extra money or gain experience and skills, according to ZipRecruiter. For example, a computer programmer may perform side jobs building websites or consulting for a client so that they can boost their resume, add experience, and expand their network.
Some professionals find temporary side jobs through temp agencies or by referrals from clients or personal contacts. There are many reasons why someone may want to take on a side hustle, with the biggest reason being the potential to make extra money. And while that’s as good a reason as any, it also allows you to pursue or explore a passion outside of your main source of income while polishing your skills and beefing up your resume, especially if you find that you have a substantial gap in between jobs. Thousands of people are taking this approach, redefining how they work. If you’re thinking of joining the ranks, see below for a list of proven ways on how to make extra money for yourself.
Tutor a student
If you find that you’re really good at a certain subject, whether it’s history, science, or math, put those skills to use by becoming a tutor. The great thing about this side job is that it allows for flexibility in terms of when you do it and where. Want to tutor via Zoom? No problem. As mentioned, we’ve learned to adapt to doing things virtually, making this a great opportunity for anyone looking to make extra money from home. If you’re not sure where to look to find tutoring roles, ZipRecruiter is a great source for anyone looking for tutoring opportunities. And if you’re invited to apply for a position on ZipRecruiter, you’re three times as likely to get hired.
Become a ride-share driver
Entrepreneur states driving for Uber or Lyft as one of the most widely available side hustles. The ride-share business has grown exponentially in the last 10 years and shows no signs of slowing down, making this a great long-term way to make extra cash on the side. Similar to tutoring, there’s also the added benefit of flexibility as you can turn on and off your availability through these networks with the simple click of a button, allowing you to pick your rides and make money on your own time and schedule.
Pet or house sit
As more people start to travel, they’re going to need reliable folks to look after their homes. This may require you to drive by every few days, pick up the mail, make sure the plants are watered, or do some light cleaning. It may also require you to stay at the home as of course, responsibilities increase when you have a pet in the mix. Either way, there are plenty of ways to go about this side hustle and just as many opportunities available. To see what’s out there, see some of the job listings available on ZipRecruiter—you can apply with just one click!
Another great way to earn extra money is to freelance write on the side. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 68% of writers in 2020 were self-employed, and their annual mean salary was just over $78,000. Additionally, the freelance writing job market is on the rise so this profession is very much in demand. In this role, you could help edit blogger’s content, be a ghostwriter, or write articles for publications. Using sites such as Upwork (which is catered toward freelancers) and job sites such as ZipRecruiter, which is rated the #1 job site in the U.S., are sure-fire ways to help you find these opportunities.
Make and sell handmade goods
With sites such as Etsy and Facebook Marketplace, selling handmade goods has never been easier. Sure, creating handmade items may take a lot of time, but if it’s something you enjoy and that you’re going to do anyway, why not make money off it. Whether it’s calligraphy, embroidery, knitting, painting, or crafting, these passion projects can easily be turned to side hustles that benefit both you and the consumer.
Rent a spare room
If you have the space, renting your house or spare room on Airbnb can be an extremely profitable side job — and it’s easy. Renters will get paid 24 hours after a guest checks in, so you don’t have to worry about any scams or when you can expect to see your money. It’s not unheard of for people to make this their sole source of income so if it’s something you’re interested in, you’ll definitely get your money’s worth.
Start a blog
Last but certainly not least is creating a blog. This is an extremely popular side hustle as it allows you to work from home or on the road. Depending on your interests, a blog can be about anything you want — food, business, travel, fashion, parenting, etc. And one of the best things about this side hustle is that it looks great on a resume as you’re sharing work potential employers may see. However, it’s important to remember that in order to have a blog that generates revenue, you’ll most likely have to incorporate product/commerce recommendations or advertisements.
This article was created by BlogHer for ZipRecruiter.