8 Side Hustles to Try in 2020
“I got 6 jobs, I don’t get tired” -Kevin Gates
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Maybe your job already fulfills your passions. Maybe you’ve already found your purpose.
Maybe you just make too much money and you’re looking for ways to actually get paid less.
Then again, maybe not.
There are plenty of reasons why people get side hustles. For most, you can make your own hours, work from home and earn extra money. You’ve been saying that you need to get a side hustle for some time now, so make 2020 the year you finally do it.
1. Transcribe and Caption Videos
If you’re a fast typer, transcribing and captioning videos might be a viable and easy option. While many people want to create online videos, not nearly enough want to take the time to write out the closed captioning. You usually don’t need any experience, and most companies like TranscribeMe, Rev and 3 Play Media just require you have to have access to a computer and WiFi. You know you do.
2. Give Walking Tours of Your City
Who knows your city better than you? Probably tons of people. Who at least knows their city a moderate amount? You do! Companies like Urban Oyster and Wanderlust will train you (and there’s even fun, genre-specific ones like Underground Donut Tour) on how to show off everything your town has to offer while getting paid for it. This gig will allow you to meet new people, get fresh air and exercise and shamelessly brag about the best city in the world, [Insert The Name of Your City Here]. You’re basically a rapper.
3. Deliver for UberEats, Postmates, etc.
If you have a driver’s license and a form of transportation (car, bike, motorcycle, lawnmower), you can make money by driving around and dropping off food. From Grubhub to UberEats to Postmates to Doordash, the options are endless.
4. Teach a Course (That You Created!)
Do you have a special skill set or a hobby that you love? Why not share your gift while making some extra cash? Using a platform like Teachable or Click4Course or the ever-popular Udemy, you can educate others on nearly any topic while still wearing PJs. Want to teach people how to play the piano? Create a course. How to pair the right cheese with the right wine? Create a course. How to create courses? Create a course.
5. Answer a Question
Humans will never run out of questions, and if you can answer some of them, you can cash out. Whether you’re an expert in your field or just know a lot of random information, you can earn anywhere from 20 cents to $20 for a single reply. Try sites like JustAnswer to answer questions related to your profession, FixYa for electronics-related queries, StudyPool and Chegg Study for the realm of academia and Maven if you fancy yourself more of a consultant. Knowledge is power, but now it’s also money.
6. Become a Virtual Assistant
If you find yourself bored with doing the same tasks over and over again and crave new challenges, being a virtual assistant might be your (side hustle) calling. Depending on who you work for, your day-to-day responsibilities will vary. You can be tasked with providing administrative support to creating websites for buying groceries to curating online meal plans. Being organized is also a huge plus; Belay looks for college-educated applicants for executive assistant positions, Time Etc seeks to hire full-time assistants and those who prefer to be task-based, while VaVa Virtual Assistants wants people who have special skill sets like graphic design, social media, and digital marketing, and web design.
7. Get Paid for Your Photography
Remember all those skyline pictures you took over the summer? Now you can post them somewhere other than Instagram. Sites like 500pxPrime, iStockphoto, Shutterstock and even Etsy will let you sell your photos. Do some recon first by looking to see what sells—some of these sites pay $100 or more per image.
8. Become a Doula
Hear me out: A doula isn’t a midwife or a doctor—they’re professionals who are trained to provide emotional and physical support to women during labor, as well as be their advocates. Your main goal would be to help the mother have a memorable and comforting child birthing experience. According to Natural Healers, you would need seven to 12 hours of childbirth education, 16 hours of birth doula training and attend two to five births. That’s a small price to pay for a job that pays $250 to $1,000 per hour.
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