We go to work every day and assume our earning potential ends right then and there.
Well, I'm going to let you in on a little secret...
That's right: you don't need to go back to school or take out a loan to start a new business.
You just need to start thinking outside of the 9-5 box. It's hard, but give it a try.
Once you do this, you'll realize that there's literally no limit to money you could be making.
Whether you're in between jobs, running a business, or working in your dream career, you can make more money.
How? Through online side hustles.
What Are Online Side Hustles?
Generating revenue in your spare time has never been easier because there's literally thousands of opportunities right at your fingertips.
Whatever your skills are, whatever your hobbies are, and whatever resources you have, you can harness them to start making more money almost instantly through online side hustles.
Let's step outside the box together and take a look at all the possibilities.
Keep in mind, these ideas might not necessarily start generating income immediately. You need to put in the work.
If you're ready to roll up your sleeves and put in the time and effort required, these online side hustles can pay off big in the long run.
Give something a try. You'll thank yourself a few months down the road.
Using the ideas below, you can make money in your spare time utilizing skills and resources you already have.
That's the beauty of online side hustles.
1. Start a Successful Blog on a Topic You Love
Everyone's an expert in something. Harness your expertise and start your own blog.
Don't laugh it off. There's plenty of ways to monetize your blog and create substantial revenue.
It's true, I started generating income from my blog Eat Greens Every Day after only nine months. Yep, in less than one year, my blog was creating extra money.
What are your interests or hobbies? Cooking? Photography? Reading? Movies?
By reaching the right audience, you can make extra money online through advertising revenue alone.
But the trick is you need traffic. Luckily, there's plenty of free tools online for learning search engine optimization (SEO), basic web design, WordPress, social media promoting, and more.
There are also a number of ad providers available including Google AdWords and RevContent. You can even reach out to related businesses and offer them advertising packages on your website.
Monetizing your blog doesn't have to end with ad revenue.
Thinking of starting a recipe blog? Companies could pay you to reference their product in your recipes. You can also sell products on your blog either directly or as an affiliate (more on that later).
Just pick your topic and get writing.
Still unsure where to start?
Cruise on over to Udemy and sign up for their 2017 Blog Blueprint: How To Turn Blogging Into A Career They are offering this course right now for pennies on the dollar.
Udemy is a global marketplace for learning and teaching online where students are mastering new skills and achieving their goals by learning from an extensive library of over 55,000 courses taught by expert instructors.
I highly recommend this course and others on their platform. I even picked up a tennis course by Andre Agassi on Udemy. It is awesome!
If you are looking to set up a blog quickly, I would use SiteGround to host your Wordpress blog.
Look at this video to understand how SiteGround is able to secure our websites from all hackers and other security threats.
They are highly educated, very fast and Siteground offers some unique features that make them the best support team.
Their performance, reliability and excellent support systems make SiteGround a perfect choice.
2. Become an Affiliate Marketer and Get Paid to Promote Products
Alright, so you have your blog up and running or maybe you've got an active social media account with an active and engaged following.
How can you leverage audience activity on your account and generate revenue? Consider becoming an affiliate marketer.
What's an affiliate marketer, you ask?
You simply promote products or services to your audience and the company you're promoting pays you a commission for each sale you generate.
There are so many possibilities when it comes to affiliate marketing. You just need to understand how to best apply the program to your blog or website.
If you've never earned a penny online, it might seem out of reach.
But what if you could earn an extra $500 a month?
I can almost guarantee that's within reach. Yes, even for you.
To prove it, my Michelle created her course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. In this course you will learn how Michelle went from $0 in affiliate income to over $50,000 per month.
Affiliate marketing also provides an effective way to monetize your blog, especially if your traffic isn't top-notch just yet.
For beginners, Amazon offers a very simple affiliate program. What are you blogging about? Food? History? Knitting?
Find relevant products on Amazon, sell them through your blog, and earn extra money from each sale.
It's really that simple. Here is a great beginners course on how to master Amazon Affiliate Marketing on Udemy.
Heck, maybe you already have a product or service and you want to create an affiliate program for your product/service. This is an affordable way to build your own sales team with no risk involved.
People sign up for your affiliate program and they share your product/service with their network. If someone signs up for your offer through their affiliate link, they get paid and you get a new customer.
How simple is that?
If you are going to set up your own affiliate program, I highly recommend Tapfiliate. They by far have the best and easiest solution to set up so you can grow your brand with people who love it.
If Tapfiliate is not for you, check out Refersion. They offer a cool option and it is only $29 per month.
3. Teach by Creating an Online Course
What do you do for income? What's your day job? Bookkeeper? Chef? Interior designer? Massage therapist?
You can take those skills and sell them to people online. Seriously!
Look at all the courses I shared from Udemy. You could be one of them.
There's people out there – right now – who want to learn what you have to offer. You just need the right platform to connect with these folks.
Maybe Udemy is not your bag? Would you like to create a course like Michelle's affiliate marketing course?
If the answer is "yes", then you should check out Teachable.
Let's take interior design for example.
Many people would like to improve their homes but aren't ready to shell out tons of money hiring an interior designer.
In fact, many people would like to learn these skills for themselves.
As an interior designer, you might look at this situation and balk. After all, it means lost work and income for you, right?
Wrong! You can actually take advantage of this new market.
You can still sell your professional skills by teaching others through Teachable's online courses.
Are you a baker who never opened a bakery? That's okay, you can create your own courses online and still make money sharing how to Make Fabulous Cakes.
Whether your skill is fitness, fashion, health, or scrapbooking, you can sign up with Teachable and start making money today.
4. Sell Anything on Amazon, eBay, or Etsy
More people are already taking advantage of this than you think.
You can sell just about anything: clothes, jewelry, books, you name it. My brother sells jerseys on eBay and even makes money while he's on vacation.
Websites like Amazon tend to rank first in Google and other search engines. If you already have a product you're trying to sell, how can you compete with this?
Put your products on eBay and Amazon. You don't even need to use Amazon to fulfill the order because they can reroute the traffic back to your personal store.
If you're feeling up to it, you can even send your products to Amazon warehouses and they will take care of everything for you. You just create the listing.
Customers still get to use Prime and shop through Amazon and you get revenue from sales. It's a win-win!
Another easy route for selling your own items is eBay.
Not sure what to sell?
Head to yard sales and thrift stores looking for products you could sell, such as jerseys, jewelry, or vintage coats.
For example, my brother Adrian is a huge sports fan, so he decided to sell jerseys on eBay. He set up an eBay page called "Goods By Adrian".
He has been selling jerseys like nobody's business.
Udemy eBay course. :-)
Do you have a hobby that you could transform into a product such as jewelry, tie dye clothing, or artwork? Etsy is the place for you!
Just sign up through one of these websites, list your products, do some marketing, and wait for the sales to roll in.
5. Become a "Professional" Photographer
Have a camera phone? You can become a paid photographer.
If you enjoy taking photos as much as my wife does, you're in luck because there have never been so many opportunities for making money as an amateur photographer online.
Social media platforms like Instagram and Pinterest have opened a world of opportunities for monetizing your photography skills.
Have a lot of Instagram followers? Companies will pay you to sponsor their products in photos.
You don't even necessarily need a huge following. Many businesses opt for rising stars and lower-traffic accounts to create a more authentic image.
Maybe social media isn't your thing. That's okay, you can still make money online as a photographer.
You can offer on-location photography services for events or portraiture.
Do you enjoy photographing events, landscapes, or cities? Create your own stock photo website to sell your work. Many media outlets are willing to pay money for your work.
6. Sell Your Real-Life Skills (Whatever They Are)
Think you don't have skills? Wrong!
It's never been easier to monetize things you already have experience doing.
Babysitting, dog walking, cleaning, gardening, the list is truly endless.
With social media, you have so many options for promoting your skills.
Craigslist is the first place that comes to mind, but also consider using Instagram or sponsored Facebook posts.
Make money in your spare time by advertising your skills through social media.
Get bold: instead of waiting for customers to come to you, go to them. This is so easy to do online.
Send emails or reach out to groups and individuals in your area who might be interested in your skills.
If you live in an upscale urban area, you could make a significant amount of money just walking dogs or helping take care of pets.
Ever heard of house sitting? Someone pays you to stay in their house while they're out of town.
Yes, you can actually make money just taking care of someone's home for them while they aren't even in it.
7. Write Reviews and Take Surveys Anytime
Just like testing websites, you can also make money in your spare time by reviewing products and taking surveys online.
Some websites don't pay out large amounts for each review, but they will send you free products to test out.
This option is great because just about anyone can do it. Companies need average people to test their products and talk about them online.
Many review websites only offer payouts in the form of gift cards, but you want cash, right?
Of course, who doesn't?
Product Report Card pays both cash and gift cards for taking online surveys and writing reviews.
Just take five minutes to sign up on their website.
You'll start receiving surveys within 24 hours. The more you take, the more cash you get.
Survey Junkie is another popular survey website that pays in both cash and gift cards. It's easy and free to sign up. You can start taking surveys immediately. Users receive points for each survey which can be redeemed for cash.
Do you write or design on your own time? Do you have some niche skill like fitness or tarot readings?
You can sell your skills online through dozens of freelance companies.
The best part? You don't even need a degree in the field.
Just create a portfolio of your writing or graphic design work and reach out to freelance companies.
Upwork hires for a broad range of freelance work including web developing, graphic design, copy writing, editing, customer service, sales, and much more.
Upwork also gives you the freedom to market your freelance work as if it's your own business.
Fiverr is another website where you can sell your freelance services. Yes, they provide traditional freelance work like writing and graphics design, but this place lets you branch out.
You can sell astrology readings, translation services, relationship advice, pranks, and just about anything else you can think of. If you have an idea for something you think you could sell, check out Fiverr.
Maybe you're a career designer and you just want some flexible extra income? Toptal is the place for you.
Toptal only hires the top 3% of freelance experts in finance, design, and developing. If you're an expert, you can get paid more at Toptal than other freelance websites.
Looking for sell your app development skills in iOS? Or maybe Android too? Get listed on Toptal!
They will become your sales team.
Unlike many of the ideas in this blog, testing websites pays off nearly immediately: in just seven days to be exact.
I actually still do this once in awhile. It gives me some extra spending money or even helps pay for tennis private lessons for the kids.
I know this sounds too good to be true, but I promise it's very real. Many large companies are willing to pay lots of money to ensure their websites and mobile apps are sleek and customer-centric.
That's where you come in.
It's super easy and you don't need to be a business or technical expert. You just need some basic knowledge of web design and digital marketing. Which I think we all do.
This is something anyone can do – anytime.
In fact, with User Testing, you could turn this side hustle into a part-time job. The company will pay you $10 each time you review a website and $15 for each mobile review.
The best part? Each review only takes about twenty minutes.
Just sign up on the website and visit websites or apps. Remember to put yourself in the shoes of an average customer.
Complete a set of tasks and describe your experience visiting the website. You then receive $10 or $15 through PayPal for each review after a seven-day waiting period.
Here is how it works.
Start Earning Today for More Freedom Tomorrow
If you're willing to put in the work, you can significantly increase your revenue with these side hustles.
That's the best part: you can do any of this in your spare time. There's literally no limit to the amount of money you could be earning.
Trust me, I have over 17 years of experience owning and running my own business. I've already gone through the trials and errors so I know what works and what doesn't.
Remember, flexibility and adaptability are the keys to success here.
How can you make these side hustles work for you? How can you adapt them to fit into your life? What are you waiting for? What starts out as a side hustle could develop into your new career. You could finally make a living doing what you love.