Prior to starting my blog, I always thought that making money online was just a huge scam. In fact, I’m sure many people will see the title of this blog post, roll their eyes, and quickly scroll onto something much more interesting as I once did as well. So, kudos to you for actually clicking through and reading this. It means you’re probably in need of some extra cash in your life.
Whether you’re looking to simply boost your income, increase your savings, or pay off your debt, a side hustle may be exactly what you need. And quite truthfully, it’s very common for side hustles to end up turning into full-time careers with full-time money, if you work hard.
Whatever it is that you need extra income for, starting an online business is a fantastic way to do so.
So, without further ado, here are 3 legitimate side hustles business ideas you can use to start earning money.
1. Start a blog
The greatest way to make an income online is to start a blog and monetize it.
Although starting a blog won’t make you money immediately (I only started earning at the end of my 2nd month), it is the best way to go as far as making money online. There is no cap on how much you can make and you are entirely in control of your business. You have your own platform and you make your own rules. If you put in the time and effort to learn and grow your blog, you can easily make 5 figures, or even 6 figures a month. Plus, it only costs about $4-$10 a month to run a website, so it’s well worth it.
To get started, the first thing you’ll want to do is of course, start your blog. It’s an easy process and that link will take you to a step-by-step tutorial on how to set everything up.
The second thing you’ll want to do is get familiar with ways to monetize your website. This could be through affiliate marketing (you promote an external brand or product, generate a sale, and earn a commission in return) or something as simple as placing ads onto your website (you generate money from people clicking on the ads and/or making a purchase through them). There are many, many different ways to earn money through your blog, so opt for the ones that make sense for the type of content you’ll be creating and the ones you feel would work best for you.
2. Freelance through hosted services
Freelancing is another good way of earning some extra cash. You can sell your services through high traffic websites such as Fiverr and Upwork, however, keep in mind that they take a cut from every sale you make.
Before beginning freelance work, make sure to have a clear niche. What value can you provide to others? What’s your expertise? How can you target your clients needs? Having a direct purpose will help you become more successful on the platforms, because it will show people that your solutions are clear and are exactly what they need.
– Email handling
– Graphic design
– Voice talent
– Social media management
– Video editor
– Search engine optimization
– Marketing strategy
– Data entry/Spreadsheets
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3. Create an online course
If you’re knowledgable or skilled on a certain subject, consider creating an online course through a marketplace such as Udemy.
Udemy allows you to create and sell online courses on their platform, so you can help educate people from all over the world. This is a great way of leveraging your skills to create an income.
The upside is that Udemy has had 20 million students take courses from their platform, which is great news for you because that means the website has traffic, thus that gives you the opportunity to receive plenty of exposure. The downsides of hosting your course on their platform is that that they own your audience and take a percentage of your sales.
All in all, I do believe starting a blog is the best way to make money online.
The other 2 options are definitely viable ways to earn money, however, if you opt for these routes, keep in mind that you do hand over ownership to the hosted services. Unlike a blog, you won’t receive 100% of the revenue from your sales and you won’t own the visitor traffic.
Whichever direction you do decide to take, I hope this has given you some ideas on how to earn some extra income while working from home. Good luck!