A lack of money can keep you from making a career change – after all, you can’t put your bills on pause while you figure out what to do with your life. Do you want to quit a nightmare job but need a steady flow of money while you figure out your next move? Or perhaps you want to leave your 9-to-5 to set up a business, but need money to do so. Regardless of your escape plan, an easy side hustle can be the perfect way to take the pressure off and bring in the money you need to make your career change. To help you do just that, we’ve pooled together 9 easy side hustle ideas that are simple to set up.
Web design for entrepreneurs
One of the first things all new businesses want is a website; however, many lack the time and skills to do this for themselves. What few people realise is that creating a simple website isn’t as hard as it looks. With many ‘done-for-you’ WordPress themes and ready-to-go website builders like Squarespace and Wix, you don’t need to be a techie wizard to create decent looking websites for others… and in just a couple of hours.
Being a virtual assistant (VA) is another way to make a fast buck by helping out time-pushed entrepreneurs. A VA does everything a business owner needs to help their business run smoothly. This could involve diary scheduling, admin tasks, writing content, sending emails, market research and so much more. The best part of this role is that it is always 100% remote – hence the title ‘virtual’. That means that you can do it from the comfort of your own home and easily fit it around your own job.
You’ve probably started to notice a theme to these side hustles, but here’s yet another role for helping out new and existing business owners. With almost everyone advertising their services online, strong written content is key for getting customers. If you are a good writer and happy to write about people’s products or services, working as a copywriter could be the easy side hustle for you. You could specialise in writing website copy, newsletters, blog posts or even social media posts for businesses – the choice is yours. Check out The Writer’s Bureau for details on how to launch your copywriting side hustle.
Online bakery store
This may sound a bit old-school, but it works. If you can bake a mean cookie, brownie or cake, you can sell these directly to customers through sites like Etsy. Check out the baked goods stores on Etsy and you’ll find that a simple tray of brownies can be sold for more than £10. Given that you can whip up a batch of brownies for as little as £3 – you stand to make a nice profit from spending a couple of hours in the kitchen.
Social media manager
Are you pretty good at creating content for Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or even Pinterest? Do you have a good understanding of how their algorithms work? Then being a freelance social media manager is a great easy side hustle for you. Entrepreneurs and small businesses all know that social media is a powerful marketing tool, but few have enough time to give these platforms the attention they need to grow a decent following. If you can show you’ve grown your own accounts (or that of others) well, that’s all you need to convince others to pay you to look after their accounts.
Facebook ads manager
You can take your social media management services a step further by focusing on Facebook Ads – and there’s big money to be made here. Like web design, many businesses and entrepreneurs know that Facebook ads are very effective for making sales, yet most find them daunting to use and understand. Instead, they will happily pay you to set up and manage their Facebook ads for them. The best part of this is that when you set up an ad, you often need to leave it for a couple of days before tweaking, which means that this is one easy side hustle that will not require your undivided attention 24/7.
Airbnb experience host
Got a spare room? Leaving your place empty for a while? Then why not list it on Airbnb and earn a little extra cash? But don’t just stop there, did you know you can also earn money by becoming an Airbnb experience host? Simply apply to become an Airbnb experience host. You’ll be paid to show tourists places and things you enjoy doing in your local town or city.
Rent out your parking space
If you live in a city or town where parking is in short supply and you’re lucky enough to have a parking spot that sits empty during the day, overnight or on weekends, did you know that you can rent your parking space out on a daily basis? Check out apps like JustPark or websites like Your Parking Space to get started in minutes.
Online language tutor
The best side hustles involve using skills you already have and doing so from the comfort of your own home. Even if you only speak English, that’s still enough to become an online language tutor. You can offer your services to those who want to speak English by using apps like Italki or Verbling. Alternatively, you can go it alone and reach out to overseas students looking to improve their English skills.
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