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Side Hustle Ideas to Supplement Your Income

While some of you might be happy with the income you’ve got, there’s no denying that a lot of people would like to supplement it in one way or another. In today’s world, where everything is online, there’s a vast variety of online careers that can help you achieve that very easily.

That being said, not all of them are as profitable as they claim to be, and it’s not always easy to get to a high-income level. There are some options that offer fast and easy earning such as streaming on popular cam sites. But even though they’re incredibly profitable and offer flexible working hours, they’re not everyone’s cup of tea.

To help you choose a good side hustle that’s going to be profitable (in the long run as well, not just short term), let’s take a look at a few ideas that you need to consider. 

Digital Marketing

One of the most important things brand owners and managers need to know is that their brand must have a strong online presence if they want to make it big in today’s digital landscape. If you’re looking for a side hustle, why not help brands get that presence by utilizing digital marketing?  

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Of course, you’ll need to know what you’re doing, but digital marketing, as a concept, is something you can learn rather easily. Start with the basics – identifying how search engines work, what makes them rank websites better than other websites, and then take it from there.

Once you’ve got the search engines taken care of, switch to social media. Social media is all the rage nowadays, with platforms like Instagram and Facebook having an incredibly big impact on a business’s success.

When you’re confident you know what you’re doing, you can start looking for clients. It would be a good idea to have a few smaller projects that you can present as a portfolio, whether that’s a personal website of yours, or maybe your own Instagram profile – show them some metrics and let them know you can do that for their business. This is a very well-paid job if you’re good at it, and will definitely be a nice supplement to your income.

Blogging

Here’s one for the patient among you – start a blog. Many of the folks that start a blog give up too quickly because the lack of income at first can be somewhat demotivating. But blogging is a long-term strategy, you have to grow your blog before you can monetize it and make money off of it.

When you’re starting out, the key is to identify the right niche. It needs to be one, something you’re passionate about, and two, something you’re confident you’re better than the competition at. Being passionate about the niche will ensure you don’t lose interest after a month or two because regardless of income, passion is what keeps you going. Being better than the competition will allow you to get more viewers and an audience than the competing blogs in that same niche.

Once you’ve set things up – promise yourself you won’t care about income for the first few months. Blog for the fun of it, blog because you like the niche and want to tell people what you think about certain things. This will allow you to be honest, rather than writing about things that get you more visitors.

It’s only when you have a consistently big viewer base that you can think about monetizing your blog. There are multiple ways to do this, but affiliate marketing and brand collaborations are probably where you want to start. Give it time, and you’ll see that your blog brings you more money than you ever thought was possible.

Development

It doesn’t matter what type of development piques your interest, but if you’re keen on writing code, know that it pays very well when you get good at it. And it’s definitely something everyone can learn, all it takes is for you to have a bit of patience, and persistence.

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When it comes to development, it’s the experience that counts most. You can start off with online courses (there are great free and paid ones to pick from), and most of the good ones will also have you doing practical projects very often. Make sure you save these projects – you can use them for your portfolio down the line and present them to your clients.

Don’t be worried if clients don’t pay too well when you’re starting off – that’s something that will definitely improve when you start working on more serious projects. Developers oftentimes make well into the triple digits in terms of salary, but it takes a bit of time and experience to get there.

The best thing about it is that you don’t have to start with a full-time job. A freelance project or two are perfect because you can work on them whenever you want to, and they’ll still be great for your portfolio (and your income).  

One Comment

  • Edna Williams

    While a good side hustle sounds like a great idea, sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what to do. Love your ideas! Thanks for the article!

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