Whether you are off travelling, want to work from home or are simply trying to get some more money saved up each month, there are now more and more ways than ever to bring in some extra income without enrolling in a typical day job.
While there are plenty of opportunities in 2020 to start your own business, sometimes you want something that helps you bring in the cash without making any big commitments or investments. Luckily, there’s plenty of opportunities to do that too. Here’s 8 side hustles that can help you bring in $1000 monthly.
Being fluent in English is one of the biggest assets for earning cash wherever you are in the world. There are thousands of people all over the globe who want to learn English and lots of online platforms designed to help you teach them remotely. Most sites require a bachelor’s degree but not previous teaching experience. Sign up, complete the Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) course they provide and get started right away. TeachAway, iTutorGroup and VIPKid are popular options which provide you with simple syllabuses and easy-to-use lesson dashboards to tutor foreign children and adults. You can earn around $22 per hour and easily clock in enough hours per week to get paid a nice lump sum at the end of the month.
Take Online Surveys
Filling out online surveys for money might not bring in the big bucks each time but it’s an easy, mindless task which you can generate a nice income from if you complete enough each month. They can also be done from anywhere at any time, so you can even side hustle your extra cash on your daily commute or while you’re binging Netflix. Survey Junkie is a popular option if you are living in the US, Canada or Australia – it uses a point system, where each survey you complete gives you 50-450 points and 100 points equals $1. Swagbucks is a similar, international platform with the same points system and an added bonus of letting you earn points when you browse the web using its own search engine.
TaskRabbit is a handy solution for people who don’t have the ability or time to carry out DIY tasks but do have the money to pay someone else to. Whether clients need help moving house, cleaning their kitchen or putting together IKEA furniture, you can get paid to carry out simple jobs at a rate of your choosing. There are also tasks which require more specialist skills, such as fixing someone’s toilet or rewiring someone’s wall, which you can fairly charge more for. Just download the app, browse for local tasks and start earning as much money on the side as you can.
Be a Social Media Manager
You would be surprised how many small businesses around you are only lacking in sales because they aren’t utilizing social media marketing properly. Setting a local business up on Google Business, Facebook and Instagram and helping them target content to the right audience will be invaluable to them, and can earn you anywhere between $20-200 per hour. Research which local companies could do with some digital help and create a short proposal to pitch to them. It’s a good idea to include statistics and examples which show how impressions, reach and engagement on social media can grow their business.
Rent Out Your Belongings on Fat Llama
If you don’t want to sell that professional camera you rarely use or the expensive guitar you inherited, it doesn’t mean you can’t make some money out of it. Fat Llama allows you to rent out almost anything, allowing you to earn hundreds if not thousands of dollars a month without making any permanent losses. They help you connect with people who want to borrow what you have and cover the items you are renting up to £25,000 – all you have to do is upload some decent photos of your belongings and wait for a pick-up.
All businesses, corporations and independent individuals with a customer-facing website or app know that they need it to be as user-friendly as possible to make it worth their while. Enter Usertesting.com. They offer site owners user-testing to help them target, engage and convert their traffic efficiently, and they pay you to carry out those tests. You can get paid up to $60 to navigate a site and provide a commentary of your user journey, completing a set of tasks while recording your experience. All you need is a working computer with an internet connection and microphone, the ability to download their testing software, the ability to speak your thoughts aloud in English and be 18+ years old.
Freelance writing is one of the biggest opportunities for people who have a way with words, and you get to do what you’re good at from anywhere in the world. Blogging is one of the most profitable ventures for writers, either ghost-writing or being a regular contributor of articles on a topic that you know well. Most blogs pay at least $50 per piece, with some niche websites even going up to $200. Research around your fields of expertise, whether it’s parenting, amateur golf or travel photography, and find sites with a “Write For Us” section. Note that it might be worth having a portfolio of previous written work to showcase, or even a freelance writer website, if you’re going to reach out and cold pitch to clients.
Authors, students and professionals from all over require proofreaders and it can be an easy side hustle provided you can get started. Proving that you are an expert proofreader can be tough and bid sites such as Upwork and Fiverr only offer very competitive rates for beginners. The trick is using your network – businesses or individuals that you know – to hire you via these platforms and show some glowing reviews that will get the ball rolling. Once you can demonstrate that you are a recommended proofreader and clients know that they can trust you, you’ll be able to set a much higher $ per hour and get enough projects to bring in some more serious income.