In 2019, I shared a list of side hustles to help boost your income. Fast forward to today— an updated, long overdue, REMOTE-ONLY edition is finally here! Now, don’t get me wrong, the classics from my original post are still great options. But let’s face it—COVID taught us a thing or two about working from home, and now, leaving the house to make a buck seems so last-decade.. As long as you’ve got internet access, a phone and/or a computer, you can literally be making money from your couch!
In this blog post, I am going to share 10 things you can do virtually to help fatten up your wallet. A lot of these, I actually do myself and the ones I don’t, I know people personally who do. Each idea will include what it is, who it’s perfect for, how to dive in, and even how much you can earn as a newbie.
Lets get into it shall we!
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1. Freelance Writer/Copywriter
What is it: Creating written content for various clients or publications on an as needed basis.
Best for: Writers or those with a knack for storytelling.
How to get started: Create a portfolio showcasing your writing skills. Platforms like Upwork, Freelancer, or Fiverr are great places to find freelance gigs. Or you can create your own website showcasing what writing services you offer. You can check out mine HERE.
Earnings: Beginners can make around $500-$1,000 per month
2. Virtual Assistant
What is it: Providing remote administrative support to businesses or entrepreneurs
Best for: Someone who thrives on staying organized and loves diving into administrative tasks
How to get started: Websites like FlexJobs, Upwork and Fivver list virtual assistant opportunities. You can also join the Facebook group Virtual Assistant Savvies to connect with other virtual assistants and explore job opportunities
Earnings: Starting from $15-$30 per hour
3. Online Tutor
What is it: Providing educational guidance or lessons in a specific subject or skill
Best for: Those who have a teaching qualification or a degree
Earnings: Ranges from $15-$40 per hour.
4. Affiliate Marketing
What is it: Promoting products or services and earning a commission for each sale made through your referral links.
Best for: Online influencers or bloggers
Earnings: Beginners might start with $100-$500 per month.
5. Esty Seller
What is it: Selling handmade or digital products
Best for: Creative individuals
How to get started: There are so many things you can sell on Etsy – jewelry, artwork, scarves or digital products like resumes, budgets, invitations, etc! Once you figure out what you want to sell, setting up an online store is super easy! You can check out my Etsy Shop HERE where I sell digital products for job seekers!
Earnings: Varies widely, but some earn $500-$2,000 per month.
What is it: Transcribing audio files into written documents for businesses or podcasts.
Best For: Fast typists with good listening skills.
Earnings: Beginners can make $200-$500 per month.
What is it: Building wealth by investing in stocks, funds, or other financial instruments.
Best for: Anyone with a bit of savings and a long-term vision.
How to get started: First things first, educate yourself and start small. Dive into books, online courses, or seek advice from financial experts. Platforms like Robinhood or Acorns are great for beginners!
Earnings: Here’s the deal—investing takes a long time and has ups and downs. It’s about planting seeds for the future. Depending on your strategy and market conditions, returns can vary widely. Some might see modest gains of a few percentage points, while others, with a diversified portfolio and a bit of luck, might score substantial returns over time.
8. Start a business
What is it: Creating your own business venture, whether it’s a service, product, or online store.
Best For: Entrepreneurs at heart with a unique product or service to offer.
How to get started: Craft a business plan, set up a website, and market your offerings. Choose the right ecommerce payment provider for online transactions.
Earnings: The sky’s the limit!
9. Social Media Influencer
What is it: Individuals who create engaging content on platforms like Instagram, YouTube, or TikTok and earn through sponsored content or partnerships.
Best For: Those with a passion for creating engaging content and building a following.
How to get started: Pick your niche—whether it’s fitness, fashion, travel, or any topic you’re passionate about. Then start creating engaging content, growing your following, and collaborating with brands for sponsored content.
Earnings: Beginners might start with a few hundred dollars per sponsored post.
10. Remote Customer Service Representative
What is it: Handling customer inquiries, troubleshooting, and support remotely for various businesses.
Best for: Individuals with good communication skills and customer service experience.
How to get started: Apply to remote customer service positions listed on job boards or company websites.
Earnings: Varies, but remote reps typically earn $15-$20 per hour or more based on experience and the company.