12 Side Hustles that Work and What Most Bloggers Wont Tell you


June 30, 2017 BY COSMO MORABBI, THE GF PEACH GUY

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Side Hustles

Many bloggers talk about making extra money, but is the money their making worth the effort?

​The answer, of course, is sometimes.

Some people will argue that "any money is good money."

Again, the answer that is sometimes.

When we truly need money, then any money is good money. If you have unexpected medical costs (although I wish everyone had 6 months and emergency funds), job layoffs, surprises from family or loved ones, etc. I commend you for your hustle. In this situation no one can argue an extra buck is worth it.

​On the other hand, If you are looking for a side hustle you can stick to, you better not try the many $3 an hour ones soooo many blogger suggest.

Look, when you are not in a dire situation and you are trying to learn about the ways to making extra money, you're telling me you want to know about making money that can change your life.

Whether that's $50, $1000, $5,000, or $10,000 you're looking for something to change your life. 

​I am working towards that too! Most of us with hustling spirits can fight this urge and we are eventually going to try it sometime in our lifetimes. 

So, when other bloggers post links to a website that pays out $2-$3 for an hour of extra work (usually after a $5 sign up bonus you can't even cash out on), I get very upset! (side note: I am not talking about efficient money saving apps like Ebates or Ibotta)

Unless the post is about side hustles for emergency situations, or dedicated towards readers in countries where $3 goes a long way, they should not be posting about how amazing the money is. THIS KILLS ME! That $3 an hour wont change your life!?!? Not only that, it's usually a hustle that wont improve your skills, knowledge, or quality of your life.

​Instead, a side hustle should be something that 

  • Teaches or improves a set of skills for bigger and better opportunities in the future
  • Can grow to be as large as you like
  • Has options to have required hours be as consistent or inconsistent as you want

So why not stick to making money with something that you can use tomorrow? That makes you more money tomorrow? and requires to less and less effort?

​This is the only side hustle that I touch because, not to long ago, I graduated from graduate school with over $180,000 in student loans. 

That's right $180,000​. The number was so high I didn't want to look at it,  think about it, or hear anyone talk about it. I was afraid and ashamed of my debt.

Then everything changed when I learned about careers in flipping houses, selling on amazon, flipping furniture, extreme couponing, etsy sellers, blogger etc. and how they all started out some extra income through side hustles. 

They all did it because they wanted to do things like

  • Pay off student loans, mortgages, car payments
  • Go on vacation with significant others and kids
  • Avoid living paycheck to paycheck
  • Find a way to quit their job
  • Retire a few years ealier
  • Find ways to make income after getting really sick
  • Buy some extra conveniences every month
  • and the list goes on

​These people all started out at different skill levels and varying amounts of time to commit. 

After learning about them, I was sold on doing online blogging... except that I gave up... TWICE!.... because I couldn't get my website the way I wanted. And with me living paycheck to paycheck I could not afford the experts I needed to fix them the way I wanted. ​That is until I came across Thrive Themes. Now I can design a website I love, all by myself.

​So if you are curious and asking the question "How can I make extra money to change my life?" then you are in the right place.

HERE IS THE SPECIFIC CRITERIA WE USED TO MAKE THE LIST

  • Low-barrier to entry. 
  • Can be relatively consistent
  • Grows skills for current or future opportunities
  • Is a side hustle that can grow into a business

​We chose not to include things like Uber or Lyft because they do not provide value in the skill development department. Unless you plan on becoming a personal driver or limo service provider, driving around is not going give you a business opportunity.

So without further adieu, here are 25 side hustles that meet The Peach's criteria for side hustles in 2017.

Start A Blog And Pour Your Heart Into It

Our number one recommendation is to start a blog like this one. To sum it up, you can write, share, record, etc. all the things you love and make a great side income from it. There are several bloggers, including me, that do this full-time and make more than they were at their previous job. And while it isn't easy, it sure beats the 9-5.

You can get started with your very own blog for just $3.95 a month, plus your domain name (www.example.com) is free if you sign up using our affiliate link. Then just sign up for our free 7 day Blogging email course

Become A Tutor In Person or Online

Tutoring has been considered one of the best side hustles and full-time jobs for a very long time. Use your expertise or knowledge in subject areas to teach students, working professionals, or entrepreneurs to excel in areas that they need help. 

If you are thinking you need to have a big degree or skills in complicated subject areas, think again. Skills in working with children and coming up with creative ways to learn can take you a long way. For instance, this tutor earned $140 an hour by teaching pre and elementary school children in creative ways and is now starting a tutoring business empire.

If you prefer to work remotely, it has never been easier to get started as an online tutor. From websites like tutor.com, chegg's tutoring, and tutor vista you have an array of options to start generating some extra income and getting some experience if you were to ever start your own tutoring business. 

Create Ebooks

Many people will question their ability to write an Ebook, but I am here to say "you have a lot to share with the world whether you think it or not." This side hustle may take a bit longer than others (although some Ebooks can be 10 pages or less), but it's value long term can be extraordinary.

​We live in the golden age for books. With access coming from in-store books to several online platforms, a well written and rich content Ebook just seems like a given for anyone trying to side hustle or grow their personal brand. 

An Ebook is a very valuable marketing tool because it shows you have tons of experience and/or took the time to research your subject area. You are instantly viewed as more valuable in your career field and it can open doorways to interviews and further publications. 

Teach Languages Remotely

For some of you, teaching remotely sounds like a dream. While many sites do require that you have a degree or a year experience, some do not. Quite simply, if you can speak English you should be able to teach English. If you speak another language, expect to have more opportunity and a slight increase in pay. Hourly wages can range from $10-$25 and it is not uncommon to see some tutors take their marketing and teaching skills to the next level charging anywhere from $45-$70 an hour. Now that's a side hustle!

You can get started on websites like ​verbal planet, italki, or lingoda

Become a Sports, Instrument, or Singing Coach

What's your sport or instrument. Using your skills from those hard hours at practice in your youth or hobby can pay off!  It's common knowledge that parents are always looking for the best of the best in sports and music. And they'll pay a premium for it.

For instance this music coach charges up to $300 an hour. She started it as a side hustle and now works with many of her clients remotely over the internet.

I used to coach 1 on 1 basketball and would charge some parents upwards of $50 and hour. I know several teammates from my youth who do this full time one on one and with groups. They turned their love for the game into their life's coaching business. You can get started by becoming a coach on CoachUp. 

Be A Social Media Star

Yes it's true. Those people with 20,000, 50,000 or even 100,000 follows on Instagram are raking in the cash! If you are a natural social media star or have a knack for getting like, consider stepping up your selfie game and grow your account. Check out our Instagram @TheGf_Peach. We have a unique take that provides consistency and engagement with use of our workout videos and blog.

There will come a point where companies will reach out to you to share their content or information to which you will be paid. If you don't get messaged you can try to sell your instagram photos on sites like twenty20.

Think Pintrest can't be monetized. Think again.

Pinterest is one of the biggest sources of free traffic to businesses and entrepreneurs across the globe. If you are person who has a knack for getting tons of repins and follows this might just be a side hustle worth doing for the long term. Pinterest is also one of the most, if not the most, important social media platform for bloggers. So if you are blogging or considering it, Pinterest is a must.

The other options include Facebook and Snapchat. A great example of someone that turned their side hustle into a blossoming business in Nas Daily. If you have't seen his videos 99% of them are uplifting and make you see the good in the world. I highly suggest you check out one of his videos.

Overall, there are always new up and coming platforms, so look for those if you're thinking about hustling social media and don't want to grow your current followers. You never know, you might just become the next social media star.  



Be a Babysitter or Nanny

Baby sitting is a wonderful way to find consistent or one time, no commitment side hustle. Getting on sites like care.com or sittercity.com can instantly boost your exposure to parents in need across your area. A key tip for these sights is to get referrals and ratings that will stick out. It also helpful to be CPR certified.

I know of some people that have found part-time gigs for parents who work at night meaning they are getting paid for watching children when they are asleep. Now this is the ultimate get paid for nothing job. Granted the ones I know are respectful and do some chores while they are there, they still have plenty of time to do whatever they want. 

If it were me I would take that time to work on my blog and continue to build my blogging sphere and empire. ​

Become a Photographer

Yes we all know that one friend who is a part-time photographer. Did you know that she may be getting paid $150 or more a shoot? Yes, the good photographers charge their value and this doesn't include costs for taking photos at events or weddings. 

On top of the great money, there are now photographers that exclusively work with phone cameras. ​Talk about a low barrier to entry!

Technology has advanced so much that you can take your photos and then edit them on the same device with apps such as snapseed, which is completely free.

Take a look at all of our photos, many of them have been edited using Snapseed, including the one below. If you are interested in knowing how to edit your photos with this app check our our free tutorial.

Clean Homes

When we moved out of our first rented home we paid a cleaning lady $300 to tidy everything up. I will never forget how happy this woman looked doing her job! She had her headphones blasting and hips swinging as she mopped up and vacuumed every square inch of our rented house. 

$300 isn't too bad for a days work and by day, I mean she got done i about 4 and a half hours. Consider cleaning a friends home who is moving out or post flyers and/or information on local forums like Nextdoor. Landing a client can lead to several more ultimately opening up a lucrative business opportunity cleaning homes. You can get started marketing through housekeeper.com 

Bartend

Know of any career  bartenders? Exactly, bartending a great side hustle that could turn into a money making career depending on location and dining costs.

Walk Dogs or Groom Pets

One of my first jobs was dog walking. Upon reflection, i realize that I was making good money and wonder why I ever quit.

After working with a few of the neightbor's dogs, I got several requests for more. I wondered why they asked me instead of the local big companies, then I came to realize that it was because I liked to run with the dogs during their walk. If I would have stuck to it, who knows, I'd be running my own dog running business. 

It's hard to admit, and some of you may get upset, but pets are the new babies for 20 somethings. Not only that, but there are a plethora of benefits stating that dogs are great for older adults and widowers. A thriving pet ownership means a thriving pet grooming opportunity. ​

Freelance for Big Money

Many people already have the skills to offer freelance work. Writing, designing, developing, fixing, all things on the computer can be a lucrative side gig. Get enough experience and good reviews from your clients and you can easily turn this into a full-time career. I recently started doing some freelance work and made $30 for a 1000 word article. 

If you already have these skills why not step out of the box and try one of these sites like Upwork or Freelancer

Bonus: Be a Tour Guide

Last but not least, are you bilingual or a catalyst for what's hip in your city, become a tour guide. You can get started by signing up to be a tour guide for sites like tour by locals.

Conclusion

​That's our list of 12 side hustles that work! All of these are jobs that build skills, can turn into a future business, and give you the freedom to make your own schedule.

It helps if you have some expereince, but remember that many of these can be started by working for other online businesses. With a little time, you might just turn your side hustle into a thriving self-employed business.  

And remember... STAY AWAY from surveys that pay $3 an hour unless absolutely necessary. ​We wish you the best. Now go and get your side hustle on!

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