Okay, it’s no news that people are quitting their full-time jobs in droves since early 2020 (no seriously, millions of people QUIT in an event now dubbed “The Great Resignation”). In the last two years, our worlds have been completely rocked! The COVID-19 pandemic has been, of course, a living nightmare. However, something good has come from all the suffering. We have been forced to sit back and think about what truly matters to us. What is worth 40+ hours a week of our time? What level of respect do we deserve in the workplace?
It’s precise questions like this that have people packing up their cubicles to seek better employment or even start their own businesses! If your job is not allowing you to Love the Life You Live, it’s time to FIRE YOURSELF from it!!! Life is Too Short to stay miserable. I’ve compiled 10 different income stream ideas for you to read about here in this article. Try one of them, or all of them – I personally have loved using #1, #3, and #10 in the past year to allow me to take some steps towards ditching my corporate job. Which side hustle will help you Live Your Best Life?
Think you could write an article just like this one? How about like the mindset articles Dani writes for this site? Are you an expert in something – anything? Baking? Exercise? Growing plants indoors? Chances are there’s a small business owner out there who needs a skilled writer to help them out in whatever it is you know everything about!
Maybe you don’t write, but you do incredible graphic design work. Did you know you can get all kinds of design jobs from the comfort of your own home? The process for starting freelance writing and designing is the same. Try out a freelance platform like Fiverr, Upwork, Contra, or even LinkedIn. All of these platforms are free to sign up on!
Then, do your research. Get advice from people who have been successful – check out Alex Fasulo for copywriting or Brent Galloway for design. Personally, signing up for the platforms and then listening to Alex explain how she got started is what motivated me to start freelance writing! It is such a good way to supplement my income, and I know that if I ever wanted to leave my day job, I totally could.
Okay, so you don’t write or do design. But I bet you can learn to schedule social media posts, send out emails, schedule meetings, organize travel details, manage calendars, answer calls, fill in spreadsheets, and maybe write a LinkedIn post or two! Virtual Assisting is such a lucrative industry these days. You can even still use sites like Fiverr, Upwork, Contra, or even LinkedIn to find VA work! It’s still freelancing, though your to-do list may look a little more colorful than a writer’s.
People are making good money at this, and you can do it whenever you’d like. Are you a night owl? Book customers on the other side of the world and work all night! Are you a student? Limit yourself to one or two clients and make some extra cash! To learn more about becoming a virtual assistant, check out Abbey Ashley’s YouTube channel.
This one is close to my heart. One day, I went down a YouTube rabbit hole trying to find a perfect side hustle for me (before I found freelance writing). After hours of watching, I stumbled across the Furniture Flipping Teacher – a super cool lady who refurbishes cheap furniture in her spare time. I watched tons and tons of her videos, completely mesmerized by the before and after photos of the crappy second-hand pieces turning into mock high-end furniture!
I was determined. I scoured Facebook marketplace in my town for anything free, and I found a dresser and chest of drawers. I went to pick it up ASAP and swung by the home improvement store. I went straight to the “Oops!” shelf (where they put discounted paint) and snagged a couple brushes, a can of primer, and a can of off-white paint for just $5! I was so ready to get started.
I sanded down the pieces, took off the cheap plastic hardware, primed and painted, added some new metal hardware I found at a resale store, and voila! I had a matching set that eventually sold for over $200! Two hundred dollars for approximately 8 hours of my time is pretty good in my books. These days, I keep an eye out for a good deal on a project piece on Facebook, Craigslist, and at Goodwill, and I snag them whenever I can. Such a fun and creative side hustle to do a few times a month! And if you live in a larger city, I could definitely see this having the potential to be a full-time gig.
Now if you’re looking for a long-term growth idea, blogging or vlogging could be the right choice for you! With either one, you want to be able to settle into a niche – be it food, fashion, or some other topic you’re passionate about it, choose a theme for your site or channel! Blogging is when you have a website that you upload posts to on a frequent basis. This website you’re on is technically a blog-style site! We stick to the topic of self-betterment. Blogs can make money through a bunch of different methods – ad monetization, affiliate marketing, selling things, and more. Here’s a great summary of how to monetize a blog.
Vlogging is like a video version of a blog – hence the name. Usually, people use YouTube for this, but the use of video livestreaming platforms like Twitch is growing rapidly! Whichever video platform you choose, you can gain sponsors, get paid by how many subscribers you have, and even run ads on your videos. For more ideas on how to make money vlogging, read this article.
Now, this one’s very interesting. If you have a supply of something that’s in high demand to be rented, you may be able to start a lucrative rental company! I have a friend who had one kid, but as he grew out of his highchairs and car seats, she kept them. Now, when people who come visit her town on vacation need things for their kid that they may have left at home, she rents them out via Facebook and other apps.
Don’t have any kids? That’s okay! This idea can be replicated in any number of ways. Build some wooden wedding alters that look like the ones on Pinterest and rent them out. Invest in decorations for a bridal shower and list them as a package to be rented! You could even offer delivery, set up, and tear down services as monetary add-ons. Sit back and brainstorm on this one, and I bet you’ll come up with something.
If you’re looking for a side hustle that will make you some extra income that you can truly do whenever you want, and only when you want to, transcription may be perfect for you! All you need to start transcribing is a working laptop, some headphones, and a Wi-Fi connection. You may have to put in some applications and complete some sample transcripts before being accepted to the most popular transcribing sites, but it shouldn’t take more than a couple weeks.
There are tons and tons of transcription sites out there (Go Transcript, Scribie, TranscribeMe, GRM Transcription, and even Upwork) but the only one I’ve personally used is Rev.com. Every time you refresh the project page, there are dozens of new assignments available. Rev pays every single week, and you can transcribe as much as you want. Transcription can be tedious, but if you’re a quick typer it can be lucrative! Here’s a great video all about transcription.
People are making tons of money by uploading children’s eBooks, coloring sheets, learning workbooks, and more to places like Amazon and Etsy. Talk about a passive income stream! Just upload some goods to the marketplace and watch the money come in as people download your products. Kids have so much autonomy and freedom with devices these days that they’re downloading things like crazy. Reading several eBooks a week, requesting new coloring books, and even needing new homeschool assignments all have parents scouring the internet for materials! You can use sites like Canva and reach out to freelancers on Fiverr or Upwork to create your product, and then learn all about publishing on Amazon! Here’s a great blog all about this side hustle from CreativINDIE.
Do you know about building or updating websites and optimizing them for SEO? How about using blogs and new page copy to drive organic traffic to the site? Okay, how about creating engaging social media content to boost a company’s digital presence and solidify their brand and voice? If you have some basic knowledge on these things, you could totally run someone’s digital marketing strategy!
Talk to your friends and family who own businesses to see if anyone you know needs help with their marketing efforts. Get on Fiverr, Upwork, Contra, or even LinkedIn and start selling your skills! Before you know it, you’re gonna have a handful of clients who believe in you. Who knows, you may end up needing to hire a few other employees and have a full-fledged agency before you know it!
This is such a cool idea. The number of new businesses being started each day (most of which have no clue how to start marketing themselves online) is staggering! Contrary to common belief, this market is absolutely not oversaturated. If you have an interest in this but aren’t sure you know enough to get started, get to learning! Get on YouTube and Skillshare and MasterClass. Soak up info until you feel ready to hit the ground running, and then keep learning as you go.
Are you a licensed teacher looking to escape the all-day classroom life? There are so many wonderful remote opportunities out there for teachers, from tutoring to freelance grading. However, my favorite is teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) online! You can choose your own schedule, most platforms give you the lesson plans already made, and you only teach in short bursts. Check out Qkids for one example of an ESL teachers contracting website. For more guidance on starting your ESL side-hustle, check out this blog from the Financial Post.
Ah, real estate, what a complicated and complex topic. But it doesn’t have to be! You can get started making money on real estate in so many ways. You can passively invest in REITs(Real Estate Investment Trusts). You can Airbnb your place when you’re out of town. You can purchase a home and “house-hack” by having roommates who pay your entire mortgage. You could consider moving into a duplex and rent the unit you’re not living in.
You could move into a new home and rent your current one to start building a rental empire. You could sell your services as a property manager for property owners. You could even invest in a couple of yurts(editor note: they are a portable, round tent covered with skins or felt), like this girl, and Airbnb them for a mind-blowing nightly rate. Real estate investment can mean so many different things to different people. The opportunities are truly endless!
Why wait to start making money outside of your day job? The sooner you can create new income streams for yourself and stop relying on your full-time paycheck, the sooner you can be a part of The Great Resignation (or be out of debt, or own your house, or better yet, the point of this site, “FIRE YOURSELF” and retire early). Seriously, there’s no downside to trying out a couple of side hustles.
So, what will it be? Real estate, vlogging, freelancing, furniture flipping? Whichever side hustle you choose, dig deep and FIRE THE “OLD YOU” who sits around wishing they made more money or is daydreaming of the moment they can leave the 9-5, and watch the “NEW YOU” rise from the ashes and build a Life You Love. Get out there and do something that makes you proud and excited to get up each day!! Seriously, and please remember, “Life’s Short, Love The Life You Live”!