If you think your full-time gig keeps you from pursuing other things, think again. Meet Your Side Hustle.
I first ventured into the world of the Side Hustle back in 2005. While I had a day job, I kept things moving on the side on a startup. Hired contractors, developed marketing campaigns, and eventually got it to a point where the Side Hustle became the Full-Time Job. Your Side Hustle doesn’t have to be like that – you can keep it as something on the side while you keep working full-time, with no designs on ever quitting (at least until retirement).
In any event, if you’re looking for some inspiration on side hustles, take a look here.
The Writing and/or Blogging Side Hustle
It seems like everyone’s a writer these days. Which makes writing AND making money at it a tough one-two combination.
Don’t fret, though, as there ARE ways to make cash as a writer. It may not be a ton, but you can find those gigs out there. Some tips:
- Look in unusual places – we know people who have learned to write about some of the oddest things, because those are the things where there is actual money to be paid.
- If you’re looking to monetize your own stuff…Amazon. Also, don’t expect to have huge bank accounts afterward.
- If you have a blog or two (or three), be sure to look around at affiliate networks – you can find a few that will consider your blog to run their offers. (Most common are the ones where people have to click on a link on your site, then go to another site and buy something – once all that happens, you can get paid.) DISCLOSURE – we work with a couple affiliate networks on this site, and we clearly tell you when a link could compensate us.
The Brand Ambassador Side Hustle
At a blog called “Dear Debt,” we learn about one person’s take on brand ambassadorhood. Great thoughts here, and we can add a few from a different perspective…
We did some brand ambassador work in the wine industry – sometimes it sidetracked into spirits, and very occasionally beer, but it was mostly about wine. Three pro tips from our perch:
- Need your own car.
- Need to be willing to work nights and weekends.
- Attitude is everything.
I won’t talk about the perks – one man’s benefit is another person’s desire to get cold hard cash – but the advantage here is that it involved wine. The perks do vary from company to company, so keep that in mind, too.
The Maker Side Hustle
People make stuff all the time – I’m just not one of those people, since I have very few skills that involve mechanical inclination. So I’ll let you head other directions for advice on what to make and where to sell it.
But you can take a little inventory here…what are you good at doing? Can you sew? Can you work with your hands – like woodwork or sculpting or art? You get the idea.
Side hustles can potentially be everywhere…maybe it’s time to find one for yourself?