Let’s be honest, for most of us the possibility of earning extra money sounds appealing, although trying to figure out where to start may deter many of us from ever pursuing the idea. Making extra money on the side of your day job doesn’t have to be a complex puzzle. What it takes is an honest understanding of your strengths and how to utilize them. Here are 8 ways you can make money on the side using your skills and passions.
Chances are you’ve at least once in your life gone to YouTube in search of a tutorial or discussion about a topic you wanted more information about. Why not take your knowledge on subjects you are passionate about and make videos to help others? You don’t need fancy equipment to start out. To get started find popular subjects discussed about your area of expertise and use those as the focus for your first few videos. This will help attract people to your channel. As you grow, build a social media presence to help promote your channel. Before you know it, you will cultivate followers and be able to monetize your videos, get sponsors, and see extra money appear in your bank account.
Freelance allows you to do what you love while taking the burden of work away from business professionals and creators. From writing to graphic design to voice acting, there are plenty of people out there looking for someone like you to make their project easier. Websites like Fiverr and Upwork allow you to make a profile and make connections with people and businesses seeking your skills. You can also talk to friends and family and let them know your services are available.
Were you a word nerd back in school? Did friends, family, and classmates always want your meticulous eye to look over their paper before they turned it in? Creating a side editing business might be the perfect fit for you! You can help writers with manuscripts, business professionals with resumes and cover letters, and even help bloggers make post that are crisp and clear.
Patreon is a great opportunity for hobbyist that are getting serious about their passions. Patreon is a platform that allows creators to connect with their audience and receive monthly pledges from said audience to help with operating costs, supplies, and expanding. Patrons make monthly pledges to help you create your content. You can offer rewards to your patrons as a way of saying “Thank you” including sneak peeks behind the scenes, updates on your progress, and personal messages from you. Patreon is a great opportunity to connect with your audience while growing your platform and services.
Chances are that if you are passionate about something, you probably have a vast array of tips and tricks that beginners would appreciate. YouTube videos might not appeal to you because you’re camera shy. Instead why not use your knowledge to create resources for those following in your footsteps? Using websites like PicMonkey or Canva, you can create a pamphlet or workbook to help others in your field with tips and tricks. You can cover an assortment of topics including how to’s, DIYs, and organization tips.
Build Your Social Media
We live in a world where having a large presence on social media is so much more than about popularity, it can become a legitimate business. The larger your audience grows, the more chances you have to work with companies to promote their products. Creating an online persona first involves geinuene, engaging posts and connecting with your audience. Once you build that relationship you can turn to partnering with companies that match your aesthetic or product needs. The important thing is being honest with your audience when you are doing a paid promotion and giving honest reviews on the products you discuss.
It pays to be crafty these days. No longer are you confined to signing up for local craft fairs to show off your creations. Websites like Etsy make it easy to reach a large audience with your homemade items. Setting up an online shop will make it easy to connect with potential customers all around the world.
Lastly, why not get paid to write about what you love? Creating a blog about your passions is a great way to engage with fellow creators and make financial gains. Once your cultivate enough traffic to your site, you can begin seeking sponsors to help support your work.
The key to success with side jobs is conviction. With practice, you will develop an audience and grow your side income. When it comes time to organize the finances from your side business, let us help! You’ll be glad you increased your opportunity to earn more money and pursue your passions.