If you’re looking for ways to make money from home, then it may be easier than you think. Thanks to technology there are an ever-growing number of side hustles you can do, even with a full time job. Here are 6 suggestions of how to make extra money with freelancer jobs and side gigs.
If you have good typing skills and a keen ear, you could earn between $15 and $25 an hour as a virtual transcriber. This is a good way to earn money online from the comfort of your own home. While computers can transcribe audio files into text, they’re not 100% accurate, so transcriptionists are in high demand.
Sites that have transcribing jobs or help you to become a transcriptionist include:
2. Virtual assistant
If you love organizing and have good communication skills, then why not offer your services as a virtual assistant? This is one of those side hustles that is never boring as one day is never the same as another. You could be doing research, booking appointments, blogging, or managing social media accounts.
As a virtual assistant you can expect to make around $15 an hour depending on your skill set. Some places to look for VA jobs include: Upwork and CloudPeeps.
3. Selling clothes and accessories online
There’s a big online market for selling used clothes and accessories. So if you have a closet full of unworn gear you’re sitting on one of the most lucrative side gigs.
Poshmark for example, is a fun and simple way to make money from selling used clothes and accessories. You simply list an item on the site with a price and ship it off to the buyer when it sells. Listing is free but Poshmark will deduct 20% for sales above $15 and a flat fee of $2.95 for sales under $15.
Read this review of Poshmark before you sign up to understand how it works.
4. Freelance writing
Writing is one of the easiest ways to make money from a home office, and the flexible hours make it ideal for moms, part-time workers, students, travelers and more.
Sites like Upwork and Freelancer have tons of freelancer jobs on offer for writers including:
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Even if you’re just starting out, it’s easy to nab some low paying freelancer jobs. If you want to make decent money with freelance writing, then you’ll need to raise your rate and choose clients willing to pay for more experienced writers.
As you gain experience, a professional website and LinkedIn profile will attract even more clients. Ideally you want to have a few regular clients who are willing to pay well for your work, rather than a lot of one-off clients who pay peanuts.
5. Social Media Marketer
If you spend a decent amount of time on social media, why not get paid to post? Lots of companies need social media marketers savvy with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Social media is a chore for many businesses but it could be a fun way to spend a few hours each day and make money from home at the same time.
Formal qualifications aren’t needed but you do need to have good writing skills, a creative mindset and know how to choose images, graphics and video for the best engagement. Using a social media scheduling tool, like Buffer or Hootsuite, means you can schedule posts for clients during hours that work for you.
6. Sell your crafts on Etsy
Opening an Etsy shop and selling your crafts and artwork can be a lucrative way to make money online. If you get a large enough following you can make tens of thousands of dollars a month, just for doing what you love. To do this you need to learn how to properly price your products, take appealing photos, write optimized descriptions and market them on Facebook and Instagram.
Check out Etsy’s seller handbook for all the ins and outs of creating a successful online shop.
The best thing about all these side hustles is that you don’t need to be an expert or have professional qualifications to get started. All you need is motivation, persistence and a good work ethic. Once you’ve built up a good reputation with client reviews it’s easier to nab those higher paying freelancer jobs.
Angela Pearse is a blogger for Zumper who frequently combines travel with freelance writing. She’s passionate about Art Deco hotels, historical novels, Netflix, hiking and healthy living.