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15 Side Hustle Ideas To Turn Into A Real Career & Make Money

15 Side Hustle Ideas To Turn Into A Real Career & Make Money

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Are you currently looking for a side hustle idea to turn into a money-making business? 

When I first started out I had no idea where to start so I decided to write up a post to give you some of the best side hustle ideas to turn into a successful business this year. So, if you are just starting out or if you want to add a new side hustle this post will help guide you. 

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1. Freelance Writing

If you love writing and are great at it this side hustle might be wonderful for you. With freelance writing, you can write for different businesses and even bloggers and get paid.

Elna Cain from Twinsmommy has an amazing freelance free course that helps hopeful freelance writers start their freelance career. Click here to see the full interview and see how you can start freelance writing this month. 

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2. Graphic Designer

Graphic designers work with clients to create websites, logos, brand mockups, and much more. This job requires that you have a creative eye to design multiple projects, and it also requires that you have some necessary designing skills.

Some skills that graphic designers need are computer skills, knowledge of programs & software programs such as Canva, PicMonkey, Microsoft Word, and Photoshop. If a person is interested in starting a graphic design side hustle they can put their services up on places such as their website, on Fiverr, Upwork and LinkedIn.

3. Blogger

Blogging has changed my whole life. Since starting my blog in 2016, I have turned it into a profitable business that makes full-time income each month. If you are interested in blogging there are a lot of ways you can make money from blogging. Ways you can make money from blogging are affiliate marketing, selling your own digital products, working with an ad publishing company and working with brands on sponsored posts opportunities. Click here to find out how to start a profitable money-making blog this month. 


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4. Start A Podcast 

Next to blogging, a lot of bloggers and online business owners start a podcast. A podcast is a digital audio that can be available on the internet for download. One of the most popular ways a person can listen to a podcast is through Apple iTunes.  If you are looking to start a podcast a great place to start is with Pat Flynn’s video tutorial on how to start a podcast for beginners. Click here to check it out by clicking here. 

5. Airbnb Host

Airbnb is an alternative to hotels. Airbnb hosts share their spaces in 190 countries and more than 34,000 cities. As an Airbnb host, you put your room or home up on the website, and people can book the space on the Airbnb website or the app. Many Airbnb host makes an extra $1000 a month and many make much more. If you are looking to become an Airbnb host click here to find out more information on how to get started.  

6. Doula

A Doula is a trained and experienced childbirth coach that helps and prepares the mother for birth. Doulas help mothers create a solid birthing plan and give them insight and education on the birthing process. A Doula can also provide emotional support for the moms throughout the pregnancy, during labor, and after labor, if desired. If you are interested in becoming a doula check out this post:  which shares how to become a certified doula by clicking here. How To Become A Certified Doula

7. Photographer

Starting a photography business can be one of the best ways to turn a side hustle into a primary career. With this job, you will need some photography experience under your belt, and you will need a portfolio of your work online to showcase your work to potential clients. You also need to have good knowledge about how to work your camera and its different functions of it. If you are looking to start a photography business click here to read a post about how to get started. 

8. Makeup Artist

If you are looking for a fun side hustle to turn into a meaningful business, becoming a makeup artist might be great for you.

As a makeup artist, you will book clients that are in need of getting their make-up done professionally for weddings, birthdays, events, and much more. Makeup artists are trained professionals who have excellent customer service and communication skills. Click here to read an article on how to become a makeup artist.

9. Facebook Ad Manager

A side hustle that is on the rise is Facebook Ad Manager. As a Facebook Ad manager, you will have to help assist businesses and companies with their Facebook ads and make sure they are set up correctly for success.  I have an interview on my website with Becky from Splash Owl Media and she shared a ton of tips and resources on how to get started as a Facebook ad manager. Click here to check out the post

10. Pinterest Virtual Assistant

If you are knowledgeable about Pinterest and know the platform very well, you can offer Pinterest VA’s service. A Pinterest VA’s is a virtual assistant for Pinterest.  Some services Pinterest VA’s can offer⁣

  • Custom pin design ⁣
  • Update pin and board descriptions with SEO and relevant keywords⁣
  • Business account set up ⁣
  • Organize boards and pins ⁣
  •  Set up Pinterest profiles (bio, boards, pins, etc.)

Add A Menu of Your Service(s)

When you first become a Pinterest VA you can add what you offer on your menu on your website. After your menu is made you can set up your rates and prices. The average Pinterest VA prices I have seen vary but I have seen VA’s earn around $15 to $65+ an hour depending on service.

  How To Find New Client

One of the best ways to find new clients is right in Facebook groups. I absolutely love Facebook groups for connecting with other bloggers and business owners.   

To find out how I find clients in Facebook groups see the Facebook Client video tutorial below. 




11. Music Producer

If you are a songwriter or music producer, you can write and produce songs for other artists and musicians and get paid by doing so. You can also collect royalties on the songs you have written. To promote your services, you can use social media such as your Facebook Fan Page and Instagram page to get the word out. You can also put up flyers in local music colleges and venues. Click here to find additional ways to make money from creating music. 

12. Baker

If you are a chef, you can set up a catering business that caters to different clients and businesses. As a freelance chef, you may work as a personal chef for an event or cater a big event for a large company.

Freelance chefs typically have multiple clients and can make great money by catering to different events and working with different people.

13. Tutor

Some responsibilities that tutors have are helping students learn about a specific subject and helping them develop the study skills needed to be successful in their academic studies.

Most tutoring companies hire qualified individuals to help tutor students online. Subjects that tutors can tutor in are Math, Science, English, Science, History, Finance, and more.

Places to find tutoring job online are listed below:

14. Etsy Shop Owner

If you love selling handmade crafts or digital products setting up an Etsy shop might be a great way for you to earn passive income. I did an interview last year with an Etsy shop owner and she earns six-figures a year with her Etsy shop.  If you are looking for other shop owners to gain information from check out the Etsy Seller Support Facebook group by clicking here. This group is filled with a ton of Etsy sellers that you can work with and get help from. 


15. Website Flipper

With Website flipping, you create a website with the intent to sell it later for a profit. This method is very similar to house flipping but just with websites. When you create a website, you have to grow the site and build the audience professionally. You also have to generate traffic to the website and promote it on social media to get it seen. Websites such as Flippa lets users sell websites, domains, and apps to others and get paid. Many people make over $40k per year by creating and flipping websites. 


Places To Sell Websites


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