How to Start a Side Hustle
Are you thinking of starting a side hustle?
When I think Side Hustle, I think of something that you can start small, in your spare time that could turn into a real business over the years.
It’s not uncommon for working Moms or stay-at-home Moms to start something on the side that they are truly passionate about and find that it develops into something awesome. Something way bigger than originally planned. A full-on business. An empire. Some m
A side hustle can be just that, something you do in your spare time for some spare cash.
Or it can be the birth of your entrepreneurial journey.
It can allow to you work from home, full-time. Or set you free to become a digital nomad.
Either way, it all starts with YOU and your passions, your interests, your strengths.
Why start a Side Hustle?
- If you’re stuck in a dead-end job, bored out of your mind, you’ll be looking for something that makes your heart sing, something that suits your personality.
- Or you may be in the right job right now but you feel you’re running yourself ragged for a boss and you’re looking for something for a bit of flexibility and time freedom.
- Or maybe you’ve just got from maternity leave and realised you’d rather be home with your baby. You’re looking for something you can do from home.
- Or you’re just plain done with the daily grind and the daily commute.
- Or you might be where I was a year ago, you’ve started working on your main hustle but it’s taking longer than you expected to bring in money so you try out a few side jobs for extra cash.
Whatever your reason for starting a side hustle, you’re going to want to choose something you’ll enjoy.
So here’s where I suggest you start. First, find out your Wealth Profile.
Huh? What’s a Wealth Profile?
Do You Know Your Wealth Profile?
Roger Hamilton identified 8 Different Wealth Profiles and created the nifty Wealth Dynamics Profiling Test so that you can discover your own personal Wealth Profile.
The test works very similarly to any other Psychometric Profiling Test, except this one is to help you uncover which path to wealth would be best for you.
To put it simply, you’ll learn what type of entrepreneur you are. Once you are armed with this knowledge, you’re going to be able to make money faster because you’ll be working within your own strengths, passions and interests.
Do what you love and the money will follow.
Very briefly, here are the 8 Wealth Profiles.
- Creators are best at creating. They love new ideas and starting new projects.
- Stars love to shine brightly or promote something or someone.
- Supporters are great team leaders.
- Dealmakers are matchmakers, often matching investors and opportunities.
- Traders know how to strike when the iron is hot. Timing is everything to them.
- Accumulators build their wealth by building their asset base.
- Lords rule quietly, behind the scenes. Their focus is on money, not people.
- Mechanics create systems or franchises that work. Perfectly.
You can read more here or click here to Take the Test.
Okey dokey. Now that you know Your Own Personal Wealth Profile, you can take your pick of Side Hustles from the lists below:
Side Hustles for Creators
As a Creator, you are really spoilt for choice. There are so many side hustles online for those who love Creating and Inventing.
You could create Handmade Greeting Cards for:
- Paper Magic Group – http://www.cssindustries.com/web/guest/paper-magic
- Recycled Paper Greetings – http://www.prgreetings.com/Recycled Paper Greetings
Or Write Card Greetings for:
Blue Mountain pay up to $300 per poem – Go to https://www.sps.com/greeting-card-guidelines-submissions
Calypso accepts written submissions as well as artwork – https://www.calypsocards.com/Submissions_ep_49.html
Photographer? Sell your Photos
- Dreamstime – Make 50 – 80% profit each time your photo is sold – https://www.dreamstime.com/sell-stock-photos-images
- Fotolia – 50% for each photo sold – https://us.fotolia.com/
- Shutterstock – Refer uploaders, Refer buyers, Provide pictures for 25 cents per purchase (no exclusivity clause) – https://contributor.stock.adobe.com/
- http://www.photostockplus.com/ – Pay you 85%
- https://prime.500px.com/ – Pay you 70%
- https://www.bigstockphoto.com/ – 30 cents to $3 per image
- https://www.bigstockphoto.com/ – 50% plus 15% of profits for referrals plus 10% for referring other photographers
Writers could Freelance for Content Mills:
- Constant Content – https://www.constant-content.com/about/writer-guidelines.htm – $7 to $20 per article
- Text Brokers – https://www.textbroker.com/how-does-textbroker-work
- Post Loop – http://www.postloop.com/
- Cracked pays Writer or Artists – http://www.cracked.com/write-for-cracked/ – pay $100 per article or artwork
Sites that Pay you to Write
- Listverse – write a list – get paid – http://listverse.com/write-get-paid/ – Pay $100
- Love to Know – https://www.lovetoknow.com/Careers/careers.html
- Knowledge Nuts – http://knowledgenuts.com/submit-a-nut/ – $10 for every knowledge nut
Bloggers and Content Writer’s can:
- Create their own blogs and monetize them.
Or find freelance jobs on:
- Job Boards: https://problogger.com/jobs/
- http://snipsly.com/ – write short articles (only 150 words) – 80% of Adsense Revenue
Side Hustles for Stars
If you’re a budding Music Star, you might want to rate music at:
- Slice the Pie – https://www.slicethepie.com/ – 2 to 20 cents per review
- Hit Predictor – http://www.hitpredictor.com/
- Music XRay – http://www.musicxray.com/ work your way up from 5 cents to $1 per review (the more you work, the more you earn)
Into Advertising and Promotions?
Come up with Slogans – http://www.namingforce.com/
Create and Sell Videos:
Both Creators and Stars may love this one. Make High-Quality Videos you expect to go Viral and sell them to:
- https://www.youtube.com/ – Make money on Advertising
- http://official.dailymotion.com/en/ – Make a higher cut on Advertising but to a smaller audience
- http://www.metacafe.com/ – Earn 5 times what you can on You Tube
Or Rent Out Your Videos:
- https://www.brightcove.com/en – Post videos or self-shot movies for rental for minimum $1 and earn 70% of the Revenue
- Either Rent or Sell Videos on Amazon Instant via https://www.createspace.com/
For Social Media Influencers:
- Viraliti – Are you a Pinterest Influencer? Viraliti is a way to monetize your Pinterest account.
- http://paidpertweet.com/ – up to $5 per Tweet
- https://www.loop88.com/pinners/ – Pin what they tell you to and get paid (previously Pin Booster)
- https://sharemagnet.com/account/signup/ – Like It, Share It, Earn Cash, Share on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other favourite social media platforms.
- https://sponsoredtweets.com/ – We connect influential content Creators with the world’s biggest brands.
- http://twitpub.com/ – convince followers to sign up to a Premium Feed and earn 80% – sign up to sell tweets or buy tweets
- http://gen.video/ – influencer marketing on Video
Side Hustles for Supporters
Sites that pay you to Tutor:
- For Peer to Peer Tutoring: https://buddyschool.com/
- Happy Tutors: http://www.happytutors.com/ (there is a cost to be listed)
- Tutor Hub (UK only) : https://tutorhub.com/ (paid per minute)
- Verbal Planet: https://www.verbalplanet.com/tutorhome.asp
- https://www.keen.com/give/advice.asp – Paid for Psychic Advice (not accepting new listings at the moment)
Or Have Knowledge you’d Like to Offer Others?
- https://www.maven.co/ – Become a Maven Micro Consultant “Everyone knows something”
Sites that Pay You Write Reviews:
- Review anything on Review Stream – https://www.reviewstream.com/writereview.php – Write Reviews – get paid $2 per review plus 10 cents for votes
- Review Software – http://www.softwarejudge.com/ – limited to 3 reviews a day. $1 per review, popular reviews up to $50
Side Hustles for Deal Makers
Deal Makers might enjoy this one: Get paid for your opinion
Become a Mock Juror:
- https://www.onlineverdict.com/ (only for US citizens over 18) (20 to 50 minutes reviewing each case, pay $20 to $60 per case)
- http://www.ejury.com/jurors_signup.html – $ 5 to $10 per review
Sell Your Used Laptops or Phones:
Side Hustles for Traders
Online Trading – You might want to start out by checking out these sites:
What if you just want to play games for a living? These might suit Traders who just want to have fun and don’t mind taking risks:
Games of Chance:
- Cash Dazzle – http://www.cashdazzle.com/ – Play Spin and win
- Lala Loot – http://www.lalaloot.com/
- Play and Win (UK) – https://www.playandwin.co.uk/
- Exodus 3000 – http://www.exodus3000.com/
- Pogo – http://www.pogo.com/
- World Winner by GSN – https://www.worldwinner.com/ – may also suit Accumulators
Know a lot about Finance And Investment?
- Share your Knowledge at Seeking Alpha – this could work for Traders or Accumulators
- https://seekingalpha.com/page/become-a-seeking-alpha-contributor – Earn up to $500 per article
Side Hustles for Accumulators
If you’re an accumulator, and you’ve accumulated a lot of books, here are a couple of places to sell them:
Accumulators may also enjoy this side hustle.
Get paid to be a Mystery shopper:
- A Closer Look – Become a Mystery Shopper (North America Only) – https://insight.a-closer-look.com/ShopperApplication-Start.aspx
- A Customer’s Point of View – Become a Mystery Shopper – http://www.acpview.com/mystery-shopper-application/
- Shoppers View – Become a Mystery Shopper – https://shoppersview.com/shoppers/ – includes work from home with telephone mystery shopping
- Anonymous Insights – http://www.a-insights.com/shoppers.html
- Mystery Shoppers Inc – http://www.mystery-shoppers.com/shoppers/
- Secret Shopper – https://www.secretshopper.com/info/shoppers/ShopperIntro.asp – worldwide
- Field Agent – https://app.fieldagent.net/ – make money with your phone
- Swagbucks – https://www.swagbucks.com/
Side Hustles for Lords
If you’re an Expert in anything, you can get paid for your Expert Opinion:
https://www.justanswer.com/ – Doctors, Lawyers, Vets etc. – make $5 to $25 per response
Small Biz Advice – http://www.smallbizadvice.com/
This game is definitely for the Lords among us:
- http://secondlife.com/ – Anything you can do in real life you can play online
- Exodus 3000 – http://www.exodus3000.com/
Lords might also make great Virtual Bookkeepers
Side Hustles for Mechanics
If you’re an expert in anything, you can get paid for your expert opinion:
Mechanics also Make Very Good Affiliate Marketers. Start here.
- Wealthy Affiliate teaches you all you need to know about Affiliate Marketing.
Of course, once a Mechanic has mastered the basics, they will more than likely want to start their own Affiliate Program:
- Read this post first: https://moz.com/blog/roll-your-own-affiliate-program
How about trying?
- Bingo Zone: http://www.bingozone.com/
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Over to You
Which side hustles have you tried?
And have you ever started a side hustle and found it turned into your main hustle?
Do let me know if you try any of these. I’d love to know how they’re working out for you.
Very well researched. This is a great article for those who are looking to make money online.
Thanks a million, James. Glad you found it a useful resource.
Very cool info Lauren.
As a creator, my biggest struggle is focus and follow thru. For 20 years I had a team that took my creations and took care of the monotonous details. Now I’m flying solo and when dealing with those dreaded details it’s difficult for me to, as I said, stay focused and follow thru. Any advice advice or hacks u might suggest?
Hi CT, aah, yes! Creators love to start new things but don’t like getting bogged down in the details. Sounds like you had it waxed. And I have no doubt you will create the perfect team around you again.
You could try hiring a Virtual Assistant, Social Media Marketer or freelancers to do the stuff you’re not into.
You can find freelancers who charge per task on Fiverr or SEO Clerks. Not quite sure where to find the best Virtual Assistants and Digital Marketers, but will look into it and post an article ASAP.
Great guide to Side Hustling Lauren. I’m a side hustler too. Been trying so many different things and this post has given me more options.
The best thing about side hustling is that everyone can try to make a few extra bucks while still having a regular income to support family.
Hi Vince, oh excellent. You make such a great point. It’s great to have a main hustle to cover the bills and try side hustles in your spare time for extra cash. And who knows where they could lead? Glad I was able to give you some more options to play with. Enjoy!
Hi Lauren – This article has a lot of great content. I myself identify with several of the listed personalities, and now have a number of options to look into for side hustle opportunities. Thanks so much!
Hi Christen, aah, interesting. I also found it difficult to determine which Wealth Profile I was until I did the test. I thought I was a Supporter but it turned out I’m actually a Star. Knowing your exact path shortcuts the process of wealth creation for you because once you are in your flow, it becomes easier to tap into opportunities and make the most of them.
Have fun trying out your Side Hustles.
This is an excellent article. I love it and learnt a lot. In fact, every time I visit your website, I always learn something new. I really appreciate your time and effort putting this together. I will definitely share this with others. Thank you very much.
Thanks a million for your lovely compliments and gratitude, Hong. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the post so much.
Hi Lauren, what a well-researched and very useful post. Almost everyone on the internet right now, if not looking, gets interested when they see information about earning extra bucks. I, myself, realized there really are lots of opportunities online that one can work based on their passion or interest. Thank you for this.
Absolute pleasure. And you are so correct, King King’s Girl. Who doesn’t want to make some extra money?
Very informative & helpful article. Much appreciated.
Thanks Lem. So delighted you enjoyed.
What an informational and inspiring. I have never related the words side hustler to what you have written here.
I will bookmark this page as I can’t really determine what profile I really fall into.
I definitely belong somewhere and I want to find my side hustle.
Aah, so happy to hear I could offer you a unique perspective.
Hope you find your perfect Side Hustle, Lee Ann.
Thanks for your comment.