Right now, more people than ever are looking for side hustles and realising the importance of having ‘plan B’ incomes.
Side hustles are great for bringing in extra income and offering stability. Not only do they bring in more money, you can build up your side hustles so that they start paying for your living expenses, allowing you to live completely off ‘hustle funds’.
With side hustles often comes a new set of skills, networks and opportunities. With the current state of global affairs, there has never been a better time to start a side hustle! Perhaps this is the perfect opportunity to turn your passions into profits and monetise your hobbies – or maybe you have an unused skill that could be earning you a little extra income.
With online working fast-becoming the way forward, here are ideas for 5 *REALISTIC* side hustles you can do from home…
#1 Teaching from home
Depending on your skillset and experience, you may have to think outside the box here. If you’re great with language or have teaching experience, you could easily get some work teaching English online with flexible hours and great pay. Different organisations will have different requirements, and some may require a language degree or teaching qualification, so do your research but here are a few sites you can try:
English First are looking for UK and USA based teachers to teach English online, from home. They may require a degree and TEFL qualification, so check them out to find out more.
EF Teach Online are looking for UK English teachers to work from home, completely online. They require you to have a TEFL certificate and be a native-level English speaker and hold a bachelor’s degree.
iTalki is a platform that connects teachers with students and can be a great place to source online teaching work. They have different teacher types – professional and community – so check out their website to see if you’d be suitable.
If teaching English is not your thing, you can still make money by teaching online at home. Think about what skills you have or what profession you’re currently in. Are you in the fitness industry, beauty industry, or perhaps you bake really great cupcakes – if you get creative you will start to come up with ideas about how to sell your services online.
For example, if you’re a personal trainer you can run live online fitness classes via YouTube, social media or Zoom. You can teach dance classes (like me!) and even offer private online classes where you can charge slightly more for your service.
If you work in beauty or just have great makeup skills, offer virtual makeup or hair lessons.
And if you have a hobby that you’re just really good at (like baking cupcakes), think about how you can teach this skill to others.
Send out some feelers to suss out whether there is an interest for live online baking classes or cupcake decorating. Right now this would be a great family activities to also get the kids involved with!
#2 Become a virtual assistant
This is the side hustle I’m most familiar with, because it’s my real life and something that I still do now as I just love my work so much.
As a business owner in this industry, you can trust me when I tell you that virtual assistants are in high demand. Virtual assistants are also often well paid and the work available spans across a range of skillsets. Many business owners outsource their services to virtual assistants, including things such as social media, content creation, copywriting and editing, blogging and customer service. Many business owners also require assistants for diary management, general admin, research and much more, so there’s a lot of option as a virtual assistant.
This is something I can help with specifically, as my company is currently hiring for virtual assistants. If you are interested or would simply just like some advice, please reach out to me and I’ll be happy to help! We can have a virtual coffee chat ☕
#3 Audio transcription
If you’re trying and listening skills are up to scratch, you might consider doing some audio transcription. You’ll be paid reasonably well and it’s something you can do in your pajamas.
And if you speak another language, you’ll be higher in demand and will often receive a higher rate of pay.
Platforms such as Upwork and Fiverr allow you to advertise your skills and services and connect with people who nbeed specific jobs doing. These types of sites have really diversified in the last few years andf you can promote a variety of skills that you might be able to offer someone.
It might be worth checking out the sites and see if it’s for you. You can get signed up easily and start connecting with people very quickly.
#5 Network marketing
Firstly, if you really want to overhaul your finances and life in general, I’d highly recommend reading (or listening to the audio) Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. This book is an absolute classic and you may already be familiar with it.
Robert Kiyosaki completely changed my misconception of network marketing when I listened to his audiobook The Business of The 21st Century (go have a listen on YouTube – it’s only a 27 minute audio!).
The reason I agree with Kiyosaki about network marketing being a great side hustle is that it’s a ‘business in a box’ with all the tools and training you need to start making residual income, from home or wherever you are in the world. Rather than starting a brand new or risky online venture that requires research and planning, a network marketing company will get you set up and ready to go in a matter of hours.
For people with the right drive and vision, the opportunities are endless and in addition to an extra income you also gain valuable skills and networks.
So there you have it, my 5 realistic side hustle ideas you can start from home today!
In 2016 I quit my 9-5 to pursue my passions and I’ve been loving it ever since. I’d love to encourage others to do the same, and with the current circumstances I really feel there’s no time like the present! So if you’d like some advice or just to chat about how I made it all happen, please feel free to reach out. I’m only a message away!