Side Hustles are a great way to make extra money to pay off debt and save money when you’re on a tight budget. If you’re looking for new ways to make money fast, while working from home, keep reading. Use these creative ideas to start earning money today to help you reach your financial goals.
In this post, you’ll learn where to look for work, how to get started, and how to make money with passive income side hustles.
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Creative Side Hustles to Make Money Fast
Ready to get started? Make a list of your creative skills and what type of side hustles you’re interested in. If you’re drawing a blank, jot down anything that you currently do at your day job and what you could see yourself doing in your spare time.
Browse job listings on Upwork, or Fiverr to see what skills people are looking for to fill these jobs. You’re not going to start making money overnight if you don’t put in the work today.
Use this time to invest in yourself. Create a plan, set some goals, and get ready to start making money fast.
How to find the right creative side hustles that work for you
While a side hustle can help you earn extra income to pay off debt, or save for a special occasion, keep in mind that these side hustles can dig into your free time. Find something you’re passionate about, learn as many skills as possible, and focus on creating quality work.
1) Get Paid to Teach Online
Do you like teaching and helping others? If you enjoy setting your own schedule, working with kids and have reliable internet, teaching online is a great way to earn money today.
Sign up for:
- VIPKid – Teachers in the USA (except California) and Canada can apply.
- iTutorGroup – Teachers worldwide accepted.
Here’s what you’ll love about teaching:
- Travel and teach. You can work from anywhere as long as you have reliable internet, and a quiet space to work.
- You don’t have to spend hours prepping for class or create lesson plans.
- Teach when you want and how often you want.
- You’ll get paid on time every month.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
If you want to work for VIPKid and ItutorGroup, you’ll need a Bachelor’s Degree and a teaching certificate like TEFL or TESOL. If you sign up for VIPKid, you can get your certification through them, or check Groupon to sign up for the International Open Academy course for under $20.
Things to consider:
- Teaching for several hours can be exhausting. Pace yourself to avoid burnout.
- Some programs have strict cancellation policies. If you can’t commit to your schedule, you could be charged a fee for not showing up to class.
- Learn how to market yourself if you want to book clients fast. Optimize your profile to get more bookings.
- Do your research before you apply. Practice and prepare for your teaching demo so you can pass on your first try.
- This is a real job, and you do have to pay taxes.
2) Make Money With Affiliate Marketing
If you love a product or service and can’t stop telling your friends about, blogging and affiliate marketing is a great way to make money while working from home. While you do have to put in the work, create quality content, and learn how to market your blog, once you get started you can start making money from one blog post.
Step 1: Create a self-hosted blog.
If you want to get serious about making money online and turn your blog into a business, don’t waste time. Launch your blog on WordPress and invest in Siteground hosting. I use Siteground because they offer 24/7 support. Whether you have an issue with your site or have questions about any of the technical stuff, the Siteground team is always available to help.
Step 2: Find your niche.
What are you going to blog about? Who is your target audience? What problems do they have and how are you going to solve them with your content? Before you start creating content, think about who you want to serve, and what makes you unique.
Step 3: Branding.
Take a look at your favorite brands and blogs. What do they all have in common? Great branding! While your logo is important, you also want to focus on your colors, fonts, voice and images for your blog. Create a cohesive theme for your blog that sets you apart from the competition.
Step 4: Create a content strategy.
If you’re serious about your brand, don’t waste time creating content that no one will see. Research long-tail keywords so you can end up on the first page of Google. Focus on writing catchy headlines and creating quality long-form content.
Whether you’re a business owner or a blogger, a content marketing strategy is a great way to drive traffic to your site. A well-optimized post can build trust with your audience and generate leads.
Step 5: Decide which affiliate programs to join.
If you’re wondering what programs to join, start by looking up your favorite brands and see if they have a referral program. Scroll down to the bottom of their website, click on the affiliates tab and apply. Before you start throwing banners and links on your site, create a strategy that focuses on driving traffic to your affiliates.
You don’t have to have a lot of followers or create hundreds of posts to start making money online.
- Powerful Blogging Resources and Tools – Start Strong Before You Launch
- 10 Tips To Take Your Blog To The Next Level Right Now
Here’s how I got started:
I’m a huge fan of dk active, a sustainable activewear brand made in Australia. I ordered yoga pants and a top online and really loved the fit, style, and fabric. I loved everything so much that I reached out to the company to let them know how happy I was! The company invited me to join their affiliate program, and now every time someone buys activewear through my link, I earn a commission.
I find it easy to write reviews and talk about the products I use because I already know and trust these brand.
- Sustainable Activewear: 5 Things You’ll Love About dk active
- Sustainable Swimwear: Ethical Swimsuits For Every Body
3) Get Paid to Write
Love writing? Start creating content for businesses and brands and get paid for your creative skills. If you’re ready to dive into freelance writing, there are many places you can look for writing gigs.
- Content Writer + Blogging
- Social Media Posts
- Product Descriptions
- Case Studies
Where to Find Writing Jobs:
Freelancing Websites: You can find work on Fiverr, Upwork, and Problogger. The key is finding the right client who will pay you what your time is worth. If you’re not sure what to charge, consider how long it takes you to write the content, how much research time you’ll need, and what fees you’ll have to pay when you get hired. Most companies take a 20% cut.
Pitching: Reach out to the editors of your favorite magazines or websites, do your research and learn about what topics they’re currently looking for before you start pitching.
Here is a list of editors who are looking for pitches. (I have not worked with these outlets, but you can reach out to the editors to ask any questions.)
Email: email@example.com When you send Fodor’s a pitch, they will automatically email you their pitching guidelines. Here are a few tips:
- Include a proposed title.
- Try expert recommendations and intriguing angles.
- Be Specific.
- Include one pitch per email.
- Don’t follow up before six weeks.
Personal essays, as-told-tos, diaries, profiles, how-tos, reported features, and more. Contact Alyse Kalish at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re a freelancer interested in writing about careers, productivity, success, VCs, CEOs, entrepreneurship, business schools, and management ideas.
First-person essays in all topic areas. Contact: Emily McCombs @msemilymccombs Email: email@example.com
Stories on the environment, climate change, biodiversity, inequality, environmental justice. Contact: Laura Paddison @laurapaddison Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sustainability, personal style, nostalgia, style on screen, industry trends, and shopping. Contact: Georgia Murray @GeorgiaGMurray Email: email@example.com
Send a pitch (what’s the greater relevance? What’s timely and newsworthy?) and link to a folder of images. Contact: Maura Friedman @MauraFriedman Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
4) Sell Clothes Online
Do you have a closet full of clothes that you never wear? Most of us do! Purge your closet and start posting pictures of your clothes on Poshmark or Depop.
Now is a great time to Marie Kondo your closet and start listing items to sell on Poshmark, Depop, and Facebook Marketplace. Selling secondhand clothing extends the life cycle of an item, and it’s a great easy way to make a little extra cash. Many sellers transition to full time reselling on Poshmark. If you’re worried that nobody will buy your clothes, don’t be. As long as it’s in good condition and has no stains or tears, someone will love what you’re selling just as much as you once did.
How to Sell Clothes Online:
- How to Sell Clothes on Poshmark and Be Successful
- Poshmark Tips: How to Fix Slow Sales in 2020
- Selling Clothes on Poshmark: Where to Get Clothes to Sell
5) Make something to Sell
Use your creative skills to make something to sell like a product or service to make extra cash. There are more than 60 Million items for sale on Etsy and 42.7 Million active buyers.
If you want to create an online business selling something you made, make sure to set aside time for creating, posting, marketing, shipping, etc.
Check out my Etsy shop: BohoMacrameFeathers
Conclusion: Creative Side Hustles
Whether you want to teach, write, or start a blog, use these creative side hustles to kick start your passive income strategy. Invest in yourself, learn new skills, and you can start earning money fast to take that trip or pay off your debt today.
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