Have you thought about starting something on the side of work but weren’t sure of the best side hustle ideas?
10 years ago side hustles weren’t even a thing. Thanks to the internet, apps, and the majority of people hating their job 44 million people side hustle each year.
Side hustles are great for so many reasons and can be started with very little money. Some side hustles are for extra cash like selling on Craigslist or driving for Uber. But the best side hustles are the ones that have the potential to scale and grow into a business.
Side hustles are also great because you do them in your spare time without leaving your full-time job. Many people have already found out these benefits and encourage you to start one of these best side hustles today.
7 Reasons to Start a Side Hustle
I started following Nick Loper at Side Hustle Nation last year and he was one of the reasons I decided to start my blog. As he said, “Most people have one income stream, their day job. But what if you had two, three, or four income streams?”
On the other hand, what if you got fired or lost your job? What would you do for income?
If you depend solely on your day job for income you are giving your employer too much power over your life. It’s been said that the average millionaire has SEVEN income streams, how many do you have?
Here are seven reasons these best side hustles can help your life in so many ways:
Earn More Money
Wouldn’t it be great to have a third or fourth paycheck each month instead of the 1st and 15th from your 9-5 job? Side hustles allow you to channel your passion into helping people and in turn making more money. The more people you help, the more money you make. If you want to earn a billion dollars, help a billion people.
Build Relationships & Meet New People
As a blogger, I have been able to meet some great people in the industry, attend events like FINCON, and meet new people that I normally wouldn’t have without blogging. Remember as Jim Rohn said, “Your network is your net worth.” The more people you know the more you can learn, collaborate, and learn from.
Increase Your Productivity
Americans watch a lot of TV, nearly five hours a day according to this study from NY Daily News. I get it, TV is better than ever. But what if you cut that time in half and spent it on a side hustle?
You could use that time to start a website, write a chapter of your book or record podcasts. A side hustle can increase your productivity and increase your happiness by spending time on something you love.
Gives You More Freedom
Side hustling can help you earn more money, which in turn will give you more freedom. You could take a quick vacation, pay down bills or donate to your favorite charity. Isn’t freedom what most people are after anyway?
Protects You From The Unknown
Society may want you to think that a 9-5 job is the “safe” route in life but you should always be prepared. Companies go out of business all the time, sometimes with little notice. Create a second income stream so you always have a backup plan.
Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone
Once you have been at a job for some time it’s easy to get into a comfortable routine. But your comfort zone is where dreams go to die. Challenge yourself to do more with your time by learning new skills, meeting people and getting paid to hustle.
Now that you understand the benefits of side hustling, here are the best side hustles to start:
5 Best Side Hustles to Start
Become A Freelancer
Freelance writing can take some time to get started but has been a fun, profitable income stream for me and there is a ton of potential.
If you are already a freelance writer or want a course to get started I highly recommend checking out Holly Porter’s “Earn More Writing Course.”
She routinely makes over $200,000 per year and shows you how to pitch, cold email prospective clients, and start earning money.
Within two days of taking the course, I landed a new ghostwriting client that paid for the course itself! Learn more about the course here.
Freelancing can also scale into a business relatively easy once you have a few clients. It can also extend into coaching or consulting to earn even more money!
Start A Blog
I started this site in 2016 and can’t believe where it’s taken me. I’ve made it my full-time career, changed my life entirely, networked and found my passion for writing.
No matter what you want to write about there is almost certainly a niche for it. There are countless other opportunities that come from starting a website like:
- Publish a book
- Appear on a podcast or TV
- Get paid to speak at events and seminars
While it’s not easy to monetize a blog at the beginning you can eventually make a passive income selling ads and digital products like online courses. Blogging is the best side hustle and helped thousands of people live a better life.
Publish A Book
Of course, you need to spend the time creating content, but if you write about something you are passionate about it will be easier than you think. Use some of your spare time to start writing your first book!
Sell on Amazon (Amazon FBA)
Do you know what a private label product is?
If you have shopped on Amazon there is a strong chance you have purchased a private label product in the past. Instead of a recognizable brand, someone buys products from China, adds their logo and ships to an Amazon warehouse.
Amazon then ships the products to consumers (including Prime) and handles returns and customer service. There are some higher upfront costs to this side hustle but some people make hundreds of thousands of dollars every month by doing using “Fulfillment by Amazon” or FBA.
Start A Podcast
There are more people listening to podcasts now than ever before! People download them for daily commutes or long flights to stay entertained. Like blogging, podcasts exist for nearly any topic. All you need is a microphone and laptop to get started. Like blogging, it takes time to build an audience but if you love the topic you’ll stay committed.
These side hustles are more long-term projects that can evolve into a business. For short-term ways to make money check these 40 ways to make money outside your 9-5.
Side Hustle Books
If you’re still on the fence and not sure if you want to learn how to start a side hustle check out some of these books. These are my top five favorite books to get started side hustling and generate new business ideas:
Written by best-seller and ultimate hustler, Gary Vee, “Crush It” is one of the first books to write about side hustling. He is incredibly inspirational, has an amazing work ethic and knows how to motivate people to side hustle
This book is all about how to create a side hustle working full-time.
The core of this book is that we all have the same 24 hours each day. If you work eight hours, sleep eight hours, you will have eight left — How will you spend this time? Netflix binges, exercising, or creating another stream of income?
My thought…do all three.
The easiest way to stay motivated is to have a clear-cut goal for your side hustle. Focus on what you want to earn each money and how you will spend or save the money.
Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days
I got to meet the author, Chris Guillebeau, and hear him speak at FINCON and loved his message. Early in his career, he realized he was “totally unemployable” and had to become an entrepreneur. He has gone on to create unbelievable success as a best selling author and influenced millions around the world.
This book is all about creating a side hustle and making money from it within 27 days!
By creating urgency you will be more motivated to work on your hustle, not put it off, and start seeing success almost immediately. If you want some more info on Chris, be sure to watch this interview with Lewis Howes.
Rich 20Something Book
The author, Daniel Dipiazza, hasn’t worked a 9-5 since he walked out of his restaurant job at Longhorn Steakhouse in 2011. Now he has built an online empire which includes a great website, podcast, courses, and other resources to help others earn money online. Did I mention he has a top-selling book as well?
The entire book is all about how to start freelancing and getting out of your 9-5 “slog.” Daniel does a great job breaking down how to start freelancing, finding your first clients, and managing your time. Daniel will show you how to leave your day job, sell a product or service, earn extra income, and turn it into a full-time job.
The Side Hustle Path
The author, Nick Loper, is a side hustle expert where he shares his experiences on his website and podcast. His goal is to help readers earn more money through job free income and has produced amazing results.
He is now a full-time hustler after experimenting with all kinds of different methods over the years.
The Freelancers Bible
Freelance writing is one of the easiest ways to get started making money online.
I’ve started freelance writing earlier this year and have loved the variety of working on different projects. You might get a one-off job or land a client who loves your work and have regular content. It’s awesome to get paid to write about what you love!
This book has everything you need to turn your side hustle into a full-time business.
Create Side Hustle Goals
While there are a ton of resources here on the best side hustles I will give warning that sometimes progress is slow. Even the best side hustles take time to grow. There is always a learning curve to anything new that you try.
To stay on course I recommend setting side hustle goals to stay accountable. Share your goals with friends and family to keep you motivated.
After blogging over two years and starting other hustles my #1 recommendation is to remain persistent. It might be hard at the beginning but the opportunities are endless.
What Will Be Your Side Hustle Story?
Will you let another year pass without trying something new? Without starting a side gig that could potentially change your life?
There is such little downside it’s almost nonexsistent…but the upside is nearly limitless. These are a just a few of the best side hustles but you can always get more creative. Follow your passion and you will be able to find a few ideas to get started.
Put in the work now, the time will pass anyway!
Remember, the average millionaire has seven streams of income. How many do you have?
Did I miss any of the best side hustles? What are you currently doing to make money on the side of your main job?
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