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As 2018 is upon us, we need to start the year with a bang so we can start the new year on a right note. If you’re a freelancer, you should be looking for better opportunities that will help increase, if not sustain, your income. For those looking for ideas on how they can make the most out of their careers, Victoria Greene lists down some of the best side hustles that freelancers can jump into this year.
Everybody loves a side hustle. Their appeal is simple: you earn some extra money on top of the salary you take from your day job – and who doesn’t love having some extra money?
The problem with a side hustle is not the doing, it’s the deciding on what to do; with so many options available, it’s essential that you select the right side hustle for you. You will also want to ensure that you’re keeping on top of things and not letting your life get too off-balance.
That’s why I have kindly listed 6 side hustles that freelancers can start from home in 2018. Read, absorb, and select the right one for you. Here goes!
Become a virtual assistant (VA)
This is one of the most pain and stress-free side hustles that you can do. All you need is to be able to offer administrative support to a company, or individual. Who doesn’t have enough time to complete those tasks on their own.
Among the tasks that you can expect to perform as a virtual assistant are:
- Customer service
- Sending emails
- Arranging appointments
- Data entry
- Technical support
The web is swimming in companies advertising for people to start work as a VA. So do your research, find a company with a good part-time job going, and then get your side hustle going.
Eventually, this could blossom into a full-time VA business or agency if you find enough talented VAs to team up with or hire. This is a great side hustle for the super-organized.
Affiliate marketing through a blog
Affiliate marketing is a simple concept: you create a passive income for yourself by writing an article that links out to a product that is being sold by another website. The way that you make your money is that each time someone buys the product after following your link, you get a percentage of that sale.
Many of the world’s biggest brands offer affiliate programs, along with some less well-known businesses. Amazon’s affiliate program is one of the most popular ones as it’s so easy to get up and running.
The key to a good blog that’s monetized through affiliate marketing is creating high-quality, consistent content. You need to be able to rely on steady traffic and sales in order to make this side hustle work. There are loads of affiliate courses (many of them scams), but I would recommend joining some social media groups to see how others have made the affiliate world work for them.
Recommended reading: 24 Best Places to Share Your Blog Post for Maximum Traffic
Transcribing content for busy writers
Do you have fingers as fast as Usain Bolt? I thought so. Thankfully for you, your speedy fingers can be put to expert use by helping you to earn some extra money from a side hustle that you can start from home. How? By working as a transcriber.
There are plenty of market researchers, journalists, and academics out there in the world who have a lot of interviews that need transcribing, but not enough time to do it. That’s where you come in.
Advertise your services as a transcriber, or seek out companies looking for transcribers, and you’ll start to receive files which you then listen to, write up, and send back to your grateful market researcher, journalist, or academic. It really is that straightforward.
This is an easy job to fit around your commitments, but you will need to be able to type fast and meet hard deadlines.
Dropshipping has gone mainstream and it’s an e-commerce side hustle you can start with minimum fuss.
Dropshipping is a form of e-commerce whereby you sell products through your online store which are shipped directly to your customers by a third party supplier – you don’t need any stock, just a great idea and a product that someone else can ship.
While this side hustle may require a little more commitment on your part (it is, after-all, setting up a business where you’ll deal with customers, not clients) it is also the one with the highest earning potential. You can even use dropshipping to sell on marketplaces like Amazon and eBay, riding on their brand reputation and SEO authority.
So, think of a great niche idea and get going!
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Complete online surveys
This is possibly the least exciting of all the side hustles in this six-strong list. Thankfully, it’s also the one that takes the least effort and which has the greatest fluidity in the venue in which you can undertake it.
Completing online surveys is exactly what it sounds like: companies, brands, individuals, and institutions require the opinion, feedback, and research from real people, real people like you.
Simply find the right company for you and then settle down with your latest Netflix boxset while you complete the survey on your phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop – let’s be honest here, who doesn’t fancy getting paid to watch Netflix?
Become a digital tester
You can also take this one step further and become a user or beta tester, or even take on some mystery shopping duties. For the right person, testing and analyzing services and products is an awesome way to make money on the side.
Digital testers are employed by companies to test the usability, reliability, and accuracy of their software – you’re the test pilot for their digital tools. You don’t need any experience in order to work as a digital tester, just the willingness to spend the time trying out software.
As with all of these fabulous side hustles, there is plenty of digital testing work out there, it is simply a matter of searching for it. So get on the web and go find it to give yourself some extra money on top of your monthly salary.
Everybody loves a side hustle and after reading through the six examples listed in this article you’ll have fallen head over heels with the idea of starting one. But why stop at just one?
Decide on which side hustle(s) work best for you, then do your research, work out exactly how you’re going to do it, and watch the money roll in from the work you do when you have a spare few minutes available.
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Victoria Greene is a branding consultant and freelance writer. On her blog, VictoriaEcommerce, she shares tips on ecommerce and how writers develop their skills. She is passionate about using her experience to help other writers & marketers grow as professionals.