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From Dropshipping To Caregiving, 10 Side Hustles That Will Make You Extra Money

These side hustle ideas will definitely inspire you to find the right one for you
UPDATED JAN 22, 2024
Cover Image Source: Pexels |  Tranmautritam
Cover Image Source: Pexels | Tranmautritam

Create a Safety Net With Side Hustles

Representative Image | Pexels | Caio
Representative Image | Pexels | Caio

Side hustles are not only great for boosting your income but also allow you to stay in touch with your passion or even explore new business ideas. People are getting side hustles like never before and they have plenty good reasons. Getting a side hustle can reduce the number of times you dip into your savings and decrease the urge to swipe your credit card at the end of the month. Needless to say, side hustles also secure you in case of a potential layoff, with a few of many reasons why one needs a side hustle established, let's look at ten side hustle ideas that will inspire you to find the right side hustle for you.

 1. Content creation

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Representative Image | Pexels | cotton-bro studio

Freelancing has been proven to be a stable way to earn some extra cash and therefore is rightfully on the list today. Receiving remuneration per-project basis has many benefits. Apart from this it also gives one the flexibility to schedule the tasks according to their liking. The demand for skilled workers has skyrocketed in the past decade and therefore finding a client who is looking for something you can offer has become a cakewalk. Websites like Toptal, Fiverr, Upwork, and LinkedIn can help you find work regardless of what you do. 

2. Pet Sitting

Representative Image | Pexels | Emrah AYVALI
Representative Image | Pexels | Emrah AYVALI

A pet-sitting side hustle is ideal for animal lovers. You can provide in-home care for pets while the pet parents are away vacationing or at work and you can also align with a daycare that takes care of animals while the pet parents are at work. While the job sounds extremely exciting and fairly easy, it's important to note that some states require permits and therefore it's important to do your research before you decide to go ahead with this. Apps like PetBacker are a good place to start if you are completely new. 

3. Tech Services

Representative Image | Pexels |  ThisIsEngineering
Representative Image | Pexels | ThisIsEngineering

If you are someone who is extremely tech-savvy, setting up home networks and computers can prove to be a great way you can earn some money. You can start by marketing your skills in your community or even post on social media and other apps. If you want to do this on a more serious level, you can always seek tech certifications and provide tech services to boost your credibility as well as income. 

4. Blogging

Representative Image | Pexels |  George Milton
Representative Image | Pexels | George Milton

It's the age of the internet and therefore the age of information. You can always take to one of the platforms and start a blog. Make sure to choose a niche that interests you. Choosing a category will help you build a loyal and strong audience base and help gain more traction. As we all know by now it's not only the traffic that pays but the ads that come with the traffic. While garnering the initial follower base can be quite tough, many have stressed the fact that it's consistency that helps in the long run. 

5. Caregiving

 Matthias Zomer | Pexels
Matthias Zomer | Pexels

More and more families are opting to keep aging parents and relatives at home and therefore the demand for senior sitting has skyrocketed in the past decade. This has opened up many opportunities for people looking to make extra money as a caregiver. While the job sounds simple, it's advisable to get a few certifications and take CPR and ADL lessons to understand the job better. You can start by marketing your services in your community and on social media and even set up your bookings and payment using Square.  

6. Self-publishing

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Representative Image | Pexels |

Fleshing out characters and building words is daunting for a writer sure, but the real frustration lies in trying to find a publisher for your work. Not anymore! Finding a reader online is not difficult and you don't have to be a wordsmith to be able to engage readers. Even a small creative and gripping essay can be engaging and can help you get some money. In the online world, you can even find ghostwriters and freelance editors to polish your work and then simply publish on platforms like Smashwords, Barnes & Noble Press, Lulu, or Amazon. 

7. Online Coaching

Pexels | Karolina Grabowska
Pexels | Karolina Grabowska

If you have an area of expertise, you can start selling online courses. Many YouTubers are selling their online courses and you can also do the same. There are plenty of low-cost online course platforms where you can sign up to launch your online course. Most of the platforms such as Udemy, Thinkific and Podia retain a portion of the fee, but you will still be able to earn quite a lot. You can make a website and launch your classes independently.

9. App Testing

Pexels |  Christina Morillo
Pexels | Christina Morillo

This is a great side-hustle option for all the coders and developers. There's great demand for people who can review the platforms and apps. Therefore, you can always opt for the no-cost side hustle option. While this job cannot be turned into a business, you can earn quite a lot from doing this on the side. You can apply for testing opportunities on platforms like UserTesting, and Swagbucks and get a hand of it today. App testing is one of the most lucrative side hustles of today's time. 

10. Dropshipping

Pexels | Liza Summer
Pexels | Liza Summer

Dropshipping helps you build a thriving e-commerce platform without worrying about a lot of things like production, distribution, shopping, and more. Dropshipping is simply paying for the items you sell after the customers make a purchase. The vendor takes care of all the packaging and everything. It can be time-consuming but at the time pays pretty well. However, it's important to know that it's still one of the easiest ways to break into the e-commerce world of business in 2023.