If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that life can change in the blink of an eye and by change, I mean your finances can fall apart faster than you can say 2021.
One minute you have a stable job and plenty of money to pay your bills, save and invest. The next thing you know, you are without a job and struggling to make ends meet as the world goes into lockdown.
No one liked that feeling, which is why 2021 is bound to be a year of many more side hustles and diversified income so we don’t have to experience the financial distress 2020 brought on anymore.
Are you thinking about starting a side hustle in 2021? Here are the top ideas you don’t want to miss.
Sell Items Online
Whether you have items lying around your house you no longer use (or never used) or you love the thrill of a bargain hunt, there’s money to be made online.
eBay, Craigslist, and Facebook Marketplace are all great spots to sell items and make a little profit. Electronics, collectibles, clothing, toys, and sporting goods are all great items to sell online.
Think of it like an online garage sale year-round. People love finding great deals and if you can supply them, then you’ll pocket the profit whether you have items new with tag or in good used condition.
Freelance your Skills
If you have skills, use them outside of your 9 to 5, making money on your own. Fiverr and Upwork are two great sites to market your skills. You leverage the audience of millions of buyers these sites already have, advertising your skills.
As you build a clientele, you’ll boost your sales and make more money. You set your rates, turnaround time, and terms. Fiverr and Upwork take a portion of your earnings in exchange for handling the payment and administrative side of handling your business while you focus on doing what you do well.
You can do just about anything on either site, but the most popular services including graphic design, content writing, website development, and voice-overs.
Sell Digital Products
Digital products are a great way to make money because you do the work once and make money with each sale.
Anyone can sell digital products including spreadsheets, digital art, and printables. You can sell products on your own website, advertise them on social media, or leverage sites like Etsy and skip the work of creating your own site while enjoying Etsy’s already large audience.
Create a Course
If you have skills you can teach others, create a digital course on sites like Teachable or Udemy. You create the course once and make a profit every time someone buys it. You choose how you handle the course.
Some teachers upload a course and that’s it. Others provide ongoing support or offer add-ons for consultations or other services if students want to learn more or have more questions.
Be a Social Media Manager
Small businesses today must be on social media. With lockdowns, state restrictions, and just a general fear of being in public, all businesses need to be online to succeed.
Most small business owners don’t have time to manage their business and social media though. They often let social media fall by the wayside which hurts their business.
If you have social media skills and can help them manage their platform and even grow their audience, there is plenty of work out there for you.
If you can create graphics, come up with unique social media posts, encourage engagement, and grow a business’s audience, you’ll have plenty of clients filling up your books for 2021.
Offer Proofreading Services
As most small businesses make their way online, many will need someone to oversee the content they put out there.
Proofreading is a distinct skill as it catches any grammatical errors and even makes words sound better. Small business owners may be great at what they make or sell, but if they can’t communicate what they offer well, it won’t help their business.
Proofreaders are a crucial part of any small business plan, which means you can create quite the side hustle using your mad grammar skills.
Rideshare or Delivery Drivers
If you’d rather have a side hustle that gets you out of the house for a while, consider ridesharing or delivering food for a delivery service like Instacart or DoorDash.
Rideshare drivers usually drive for Lyft or Uber. You use your own car and pick up routes when you’re available or in the area. You set your own hours and even choose the routes you pick up. All you need is a reliable car, insurance (check with your provider), and time to drive.
If you’d rather drive food than people, consider sites like DoorDash or Instacart. With DoorDash you deliver food from restaurants in the area to people at home or work. Like Uber and Lyft, you choose your hours and which orders you take. Instacart is a grocery-deliver service, where you pick orders, shop for them, and deliver them to the buyer’s front porch.
All rideshare and delivery services have an app in which you communicate with your customer and if you deliver exceptional service, you may receive good tips on top of your hourly pay.
Are you Starting a Side Hustle in 2021?
2021 is the year to diversify your income to prepare yourself for anything that may come your way. 2020 was an interesting year for most, but if anything, it was a year to rethink your priorities and learn to protect yourself financially.
Finding a few side hustles that bring in more money and help you diversify your income is one of the smartest ways to protect yourself. Make starting a gig or two your resolution for the New Year and let’s start 2021 off on the right foot.