The year 2020 was a serious nightmare to millions around the world thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic that still continues to deal a serious blow on the world economy while leaving hundreds of thousands dead with millions others hospitalized. The situation of the pandemic ha taught many of us the hard lesson of always bracing for the worst because no one expected it when it came and that is why there is the need to always diversify n the ever changing world we’ve found ourselves in today.
Working 9 to 5 is a good thing especially if you are passionate about your career but as research has it that a whooping 60% of employees hate their jobs but have to because it’s what pays their bills, this is a bad notion that led to millions of jobs being lost last year as many jobs were deemed “non-essential”.
Time is a very important asset which no one really have 100% control over but what differentiate the rich and successful from the poor and miserable is the ability to have total control over their times. While you basically trade your time for money in a 9 – 5 cubicle, you might want to ensure that on the long term, you can have your time back whereby you can be able to spend more of it with those that matter most to you such as friends and families as well as engaging in your favorite hobbies.
Without any further ado, below are some of the most interesting yet lucrative side business or hustle which you can venture into today and get the best out as an entrepreneur while keeping your job or daily job until you can max out the potential of the side business to quit your job for it.
Drive for Uber
This is always my number one for those who have a car but don’t just want to waste their time sitting at home when they’re back from work. Driving for Uber mean you can always make extra cash when you’re back from work or going back home or even during the weekends.
If you live far away from your work, you can always use this chance to pick a number of other people going towards that direction. This practice is quite common in Lagos, Nigeria and is a means of getting extra cash you can use to refuel your car.
But driving for Uber is a lot more refined as you get people hailing your ride and you provide the service at your comfort. Quite lucrative and good for never going broke in 2021 for beginners but that’s not all, below are some other interesting side hustles you can try out this year.
The year 2020 taught the world the importance of the internet as a virtual meeting ground where almost anything can be done without the need for a physical meeting and that is where a remote tutoring comes in. If you’ve got some great skills that you want to share with others, there are a number of sites you can go and get registered as an expert in the field and teach others about your knowledge.
This is especially good for those working completely remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic as you’ll be able to teach others from around the world, make your money for doing so without leaving the comfort of your home. All you need is to setup a small home studio using great webcam and microphone which are basic tools you need to get started.
There is no better time to help market other’s products than this period. So if you have a blog or a big internet following, you can recommend great products to your followers/audience and get commissions for whatever sales are made through you.
This is a win-win situation for everyone whereby you help your audience find the best products that will help their life, you get paid for your job while the company get a newer customer base. This can be done at the comfort of your home and at work as you don’t need to specially set up anything to get this done.
You can start by heading to a number of affiliate sites like AliExpress or Groupon to get started whereby they give you an affiliate ID that you’ll need to include with a personalized link that you’ll share with your audience with which they can make purchases and you get a return on the sales.
Even though many borders have been closed around the world to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, that will not be the case forever and when borders are opened again, many people will travel as usual and its your job as a travel consultant to help people get the best of their experience and offer them the value 100%.
As a travel consultant, one of your task is offering people the best ideas about where to go and how much it will cost them. Also helping them find the best accommodations for their money and other interesting deals that will make their traveling memorable.
Write an eBook
Writing an eBook is one of the best ways to make money in 2021 as it involves offering a high value to those that needs it the most. Publishing an ebook doesn’t have to cost you too much than the time it will require to put the content together.
Narrate your expertise or tell an interesting story or a tale that can be marketable. Amazon is a free-to-join platform where you can sell your ebooks as well as other social media outlets such as Facebook or LinkedIn it doesn’t matter as the sky is the limit to what you can achieve with this.
If you’ve got what it take to be an IG influencer, then you should go for it. As an IG marketer, you’ll be able to help brands get a massive exposure for their products and services. Usually an IG marketer doesn’t necessarily need to have millions of followers but you can go online to learn about methods which can help you grow your audience and turn them to loyal customers which you can use to help market othehr brands.
Sell Photos Online
We’re in the time whereby people consume pictures and high-quality photographs for different things. So if you’ve got some really professional-looking photographs that you’ve taken in the past or whenever, it’s time to sell them online to sites that require them.
There are numerous services online such as 123RF, Dreamstime and Shutterstock or SmugMug and Flickr are all there to sell your images or license them for royalty fee. You can also shoot skylines, B-Rolls and short videos of different sceneries that can be purchased by people who want them.
Develop and Sell Websites
If you’re a web developer, its time to make extra bucks by basically earning few bucks on platforms like Fiverr, UpWok or Freelance.com whereby people pay you to build them websites. You can also build a full-blown website with domain hosting and all that and then get them sold off for a bigger price tag.
There are numerous websites that specializes in this and you can just turn it to your career, Working on such small projects will further help build your own knowledge and help you grow in your career as a web developer and you can become a better version of yourself in all ways possible.
Start a Blog
This is quite an ancient approach to making a passive income online but it requires passion and hard work which can pay off if done right. The internet is filled with people hungry for better information and if you think this is for you, its your obligation to provide people with the most in-depth information and help them get the best out of whatever thtey want to learn.
Blogging has been so simplified thanks to newer platforms such as Medium and the good old WordPress which hosts your blog for free or even BlogSpot all which are great mediums of getting your voice out there to the general public. But despite this, you can always make money when you garner a large audience which will enable brands and businesses to advertise through your platform. Neil Patel is a great SEO expert and you can read his blog on how to grow your blog online and make money off it.
Sell on Etsy
This is an e-marketplace where you can transact goods with others across the internet. Etsy give you that quality control and the advantage to stay in charge like you’d want. The other interesting thing about the service includes the fact that you can do all these at the comfort of your home without necessarily going out anywhere which is the essence of the internet and remote money-making method anyway.
With all these said, the internet is filled with endless possibilities which allows you to enjoy the massive benefit of always being able to make money passively. While side hustle doesn’t necessarily mean you have to dedicate a boatload of time doing all the aforementioned jobs, you can be rest assured that dedication is all that it requires to achieve most of them and that is why you need to be dedicated and invest some moment into ensuring that you build a sustainable side hustle which can always be a means of earning passive income while you sleep.