I’ve been a chronic side-hustler for a while now. And there’s nothing I love more than being able to work and make money from the comfort of my own home.
I’m also a firm believer that everyone should have a side hustle, it’s just not financially savvy to have all your eggs in one basket.
So whether you want to quit your job or make some extra money at home, here are 10 tried and true side hustles you can do in your pajamas.
This has been a lifelong favorite of mine. I’ve loved animals since I was a little kid, Animal Planet and Steve Irwin were my best friends growing up. So it just made sense to pet sit. I love dogs and dogs love me (at least 99% do). Pet sitting is easier than babysitting and you can make up to $1000 a month, if not more. I have a friend who started pet sitting casually on weekends and now she has a full-blown doggy day-care at home and was able to quit her 9-5. You can check out Rover to create a sitter profile to start creating your clientele.
Become a Virtual Assistant
Virtual assistants are in hot demand right now. If you are good at doing administrative tasks for companies or individuals, this can be the perfect career for you. Virtual assistants can earn between $10 – $15 an hour and a lot of the time you can set your own hours.
Entrepreneurs need help to manage simple tasks like email, meetings, data entry, etc. The nice thing about virtual assisting is that the tasks vary greatly so it’s not likely to become a boring or tedious job for you. Check out websites like upwork.com or freelancer.com. The key is to attract great clients you are eager to work with.
Sell Crafts On Etsy
Is there anything you’re particularly good at making? Perhaps jewelry? Or maybe bath bombs? There is no limit to what you can sell on Etsy, as long as you’re creative and willing to learn, you can open up a shop in as little as 10 minutes. There are a lot of success stories online of people starting an Etsy shop as a hobby and creating a full-blown business by accident. Could you imagine?
Social Media Management
Do you use Instagram? Or Facebook? Be honest, you probably use it a lot. And it’s likely you’re quite familiar with the platform and how brands use it, so why not get paid for posting? Many companies don’t know what they’re doing on Social Media and don’t like to waste their time posting, commenting, and replying to customers. It also offers a lot of flexibility and freedom. I do, however, recommend you find clients in categories you’re familiar with. It will be hard to come up with captions and promotions for a mountain bike company if you know NOTHING about bikes or biking.
Online Survey Taker
Surveys won’t make you rich but they can add an extra $300 to $500 a month to your wallet. The key is to join a couple of different, legit survey sites and commit to answering about 5 surveys a day.
Survey companies I recommend are Survey Junkie, SwagBucks, Harris Poll Online, Pinecone Research, VIPVoice and Vindale Research. All of these are free to sign up and use! Sign up for a couple (or all) so you can get as many opportunities to answer surveys as possible. More surveys = more money.
Become a Virtual Tutor
You can earn anywhere from $12 – $35 an hour tutoring online. You do have to have some sort of background and/or degree in a field to teach. Most tutoring sites require at least a bachelors.
But if you have, say, a bachelors degree in art history, that could still allow you to teach English online for sites like VIPKid. The vetting process takes a while but it’s a fun company to work for and they provide all the learning material. Other tutoring sites to check out are TutorMe, Tutorvista, and Tutor.
A Ghost Writer
Ghostwriting is when you write articles for someone but they use their own name as the author. You can ghostwrite blog posts, articles, and even entire books. If you’ve always had a knack for words and don’t mind being anonymous, this is a great side hustle for you. Big companies especially like to maintain a blog for SEO-purposes but they tend to outsource the blog posts. Check out upwork for opportunities.
Be a Graphic Designer
Did you ever play around with Photoshop or Illustrator? There is a bit of a learning curve with graphic design but there are plenty of online courses on the subject. You can create logos, brochures, business cards, invitations, etc. Graphic Designers are always in hot demand and you can make a significant amount of money in your spare time. Sign up for fivver or upwork to find clients.
A transcriptionist can make up to $25 per hour. If you’re unfamiliar with what a transcriptionist doesn, they listen to audio recordings and type everything they hear word-for-word. This job might require some prior experience but if you’re a beginner check out Quicktate.com or TranscribeAnywhere.com, which will give you a short test to measure your skills and accuracy, once done you can start taking on transcription jobs with them.
Start A Blog
My favorite side hustle! Although this one can take a while to make a significant income, there really is no limit to how much money you can make blogging. As long as you commit to constantly work on your blog, learn new things, and not be afraid of failure, you can turn your blog into a money-making machine. There are many, many ways to monetize a blog: ads, sponsorships, affiliate marketing, selling courses. The sky is the limit! It’s also a great business endeavor because it requires very little investment and no risk. Launch your own blog today with this comprehensive guide.