Because you have an office in your home you can design that space to suit your style without worrying about what co-workers or your boss would think. Here is one example of that principle perhaps taken to extremes, with beautiful results…
Imagine that you are going to be going into business for yourself at home or telecommuting to work, and you want a home office space which is separate from your main living area.
Your first thought might be to tack on an extension to your home. But then you might start thinking about building a tiny house instead to function as your private office.
But one thing you probably wouldn’t think about doing is putting that tiny office in the treetops.
This awesome tree house office was commissioned for a client in Shropshire, England. It has a cool medieval look to it with the arch windows and doors and the mullioned glass.
Shingles around the lower part of the siding provide a unique texture, and help to give the office even more character.
The interior of the office is the very height of luxury! And its functionality certainly extends way beyond that of your typical office. While it is meant to be used as a study during the day, after work is complete, it functions more like a den. There is a furnace for heat, Sky TV for entertainment, and a kitchenette with a wine cooler.
You can see the wine cooler in this shot. You also can actually see the part of the “office” which serves the actual purpose of office space!
Judging from this, I would say that the client is more focused on play than on work. It seems like about 90% of the “office” is given over to leisure.
But you know what? If I had an “office” this cool, I also wouldn’t want to just do my work in it. I’d want to hang out in here constantly. So that makes total sense to me.
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No matter how rewarding your full-time job may be, finding the right side business idea and eventually becoming fully self-employed is even more meaningful than great pay and solid benefits.
Choosing the path of entrepreneurship, and working on your side business idea, is without a doubt riskier than being content with holding a 9-5 job. It requires way more sacrifice. However, once you’re reaping the lifestyle benefits of being your own boss and hustling your way into making significantly more money than you ever could at your day job, the hard work will have all been worth it. So, let’s talk business ideas.
The question I’m asked the most (by far) when I meet and speak with fellow entrepreneurs is, “How do I know which business idea is best for me?” This one is always quickly followed by, “How do I start on this side business idea while I’m still working my full-time job?”
This makes perfect sense. With how many business ideas already exist out in the world, it can be difficult to come up with the right side business idea you should be spending your time on. Especially if you’re looking for the kind of home business idea that’ll afford you immense lifestyle flexibility.
The majority of us don’t have the luxury of being able to quit our day jobs to pursue starting a business idea today, without having to worry about how we’re going to meet our financial obligations moving forward with no immediate income.
Enter: The Side Hustle. I’ve created an entire podcast to talk about the side hustle, featuring interviews with the world’s top entrepreneurs right here on—The Side Hustle Project. Listen to my episode about How to Find a Profitable Business Idea right here…
That’s why I’m a huge advocate of always starting a side business while working full-time, so that you can test your way into your new product or service, get feedback, validate the business idea, and start generating income before you quit your job. If you can master the art of scaling a side business idea while keeping your day job, you’ll have no trouble succeeding once you’re fully self-employed.
When I set out to start in on a new business idea, I always make sure it aligns with both my core competencies and my interests. It starts with learning how to discover your strengths as an entrepreneur, and it’s how I make sure I’ll be engaged, even when the going gets rough. I learned this the hard way when I decided to start a freelance business a few years ago to offer my freelance content marketing services.
With that in mind, I put together this massive list of the 101 Best Side Business Ideas You Can Start While You’re Still Working a Full-Time Job, to help give you inspiration with proven side business ideas that can be executed on while you still keep your day job—and primary source of income.
The big problem for many of us is that working a full-time job makes it too exhausting to even consider trying to find an alternative outlet. Many of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs struggled with this when they wanted to start a business for the first time while they still had a day job.
Luckily, there are tons of ways to start businesses and make money with a side hustle while still leading a well-rounded, meaningful life. If you play your cards right, you’ll be able to quit your day job and grow your side business idea into an empowering self-employed career.
Obviously some of these small business ideas have more earning potential than others, but what they all share in common are relatively low barriers to entry and the flexibility to work at them for a limited amount of time per week. I also tried to focus on side business ideas that have some sort of online component to them, since that’s what I love most.
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Here are my picks for the best business ideas you can start right now, while you’re still working full-time.
101 Best Side Business Ideas You Can Start While Working a Full-Time Job
1. Graphic Design.
While having a formal background in graphic design is absolutely going to be helpful, it’s also relatively easy to learn the foundations of graphic design on your own. An increasingly easy-to-use Adobe Illustrator and even more easily accessible tools like Stencil and Visme are making it so that just about anyone with two opposable thumbs, a bit of creativity, and motivation can earn a side income doing things like designing (and selling) images like these motivational quotes that can be printed onto posters and sold on platforms like Etsy. Or you can find a local startup, small business owner, or photographer who could benefit from some extra help designing or altering images.
But before you can graduate from side business idea and start earning a full-time living as a graphic designer, you’ll need to build your skills—I recommend starting with reading the foundational book Graphic Design School and Steal Like an Artist, the incredible book by Austin Kleon about how to become more creative. To accelerate your education in becoming a graphic designer even quicker, check out the online courses Graphic Design Fundamentals and The Graphic Design Bootcamp.
Web designers are incredibly valuable for technology companies—which is why becoming a freelance web designer is a top side business idea today. Web design is all about mastering the art of creating a beautiful, value-driven experience for the people using a website or app. There are always new websites popping up in need of professional web design, and foundational books like HTML & CSS: Design and Build Websites by acclaimed web designer Jon Duckett and Don’t Make Me Think by user experience legend Steve Krug will get you started down the right path to quickly determining whether or not becoming a web designer is a viable side business idea for you.
Then you can move into more actionable online courses like Modern Web Design on CreativeLive and Learn Web Design and Profitable Freelancing on Udemy will teach you everything from foundational web design knowledge to earning your first freelance income as a web designer. On top of that, you can take even more immersive courses and learning experiences with access to direct instructor feedback and personal mentorship with platforms like Treehouse, Lynda and General Assembly to get up-to-speed even quicker with this career path and listen to my podcast interview with Ian Paget about how to become a freelance designer as a side business idea.
As a web developer, you’ll build incredibly valuable skills that are in extremely high demand. You can get up to speed on building websites in as little as a few months with inexpensive or free online education programs like Treehouse, the Web Developer Bootcamp on Udemy and Codecademy.
Using your skills for profit is a common trend with all of the best side business ideas. If you’re an expert at something, there’s likely an audience of people online who would be willing to pay to become an expert in your field—just like you. If you want to take your skills and turn them into an online course that teaches others how to get the same results you’ve achieved in your life, career, or business, start with How to Create an Awesome Online Course on Udemy, where instructor Miguel Hernandez covers how he makes over $90,000/yr teaching online. You’ll learn from more than 8 hours of video instruction.
If you want to find a profitable online course idea in the next 3 days, join my free online course Find a Profitable Business Idea today. It’ll walk you step-by-step through the process I’ve used to generate more than $15,000 in online course sales in a single week. Then once you’re ready to start teaching your own online course, I recommend using Teachable, the easiest and most affordable platform to use for creating, hosting and selling your online courses. They also have a ton of free educational resources about how to get started with creating an online course (yes, even as a side business idea) when you sign up right here.
Packaging your skills and knowledge into a downloadable eBook that delivers value to those seeking to learn a skill, advance in their careers, or start their own businesses, makes for a strong value proposition if you target the right audience. Check out Leslie Samuel’s great guide to selling eBooks online and start building your strategy around this side business idea. This class with Tara Gentile on CreativeLive will also show you how to use your existing body of work to write an eBook within the next week. Put in some serious work with your eBook, build an audience and you’ll have a platform to pitch traditional publishers on landing a book deal—then you can write one of the best business books and really build your personal brand.
6. Instagram Marketing.
Build up a following on your Instagram account and you could quickly be approached by major brands, gear companies, and other relevant businesses that sell products or services related to the type of content you share on Instagram—creating multiple potential side business ideas that’ll come to you. If you have the right marketing skills and hundreds of thousands of followers, you can easily charge anywhere between $500 to $5,000 per post (or more)—which makes for a very profitable side business idea. Check out this fashion Instagrammer on ThePennyHoarder, making a significant income from brand sponsorships. Once you get some traction, to cut down on the amount of time you spend uploading images, you can make your entire workflow more efficient by posting photos from your Mac or PC.
7. Online Coaching.
If you have something you’re skilled at and very passionate about, you can turn that winning combination into offering your services with one-on-one online coaching as a solid side business idea. Just be sure to implement your own opportunity management system so you don’t get caught up working with clients that you can’t measurably help. Regina Anaejionu will give you a step-by-step plan for putting your skills and experience to work by developing an online coaching business—even as a side business idea in the time around your full-time job—so be sure to check out her content for a jump start on this side business idea.
On top of just the skill and experience components to being a successful online coach, this side business idea is all about building a community around the help you’re offering and fostering trust with members. Plus, your community members will learn from each other along the way. Creating the space for that community can be as simple as setting up a private Facebook group or choosing a community-building platform like Ning.com that has even more capabilities like using your own custom URL, having internal forums, customized designs, and more.
If you can create a regular audience for your podcast on a specific topic, this is a great way to get sponsors and fund this side business idea. My podcast, The Side Hustle Project is actually my current side business idea, and because I had an existing audience here on my blog at the time I launched the show, I was able to broker a $5,000 sponsorship from Freshbooks to place ads on the first ten episodes before I even got started.
When I used to work at CreativeLive, I regularly paid $250-$500 (or even much more depending upon audience size) per episode for 90 seconds worth of advertisements on relevant podcasts like The Tim Ferriss Show, the #1 business podcast right now from the 4-Hour Workweek author, Tim Ferriss. The podcast has even helped Tim launch his latest New York Times bestseller, Tools of Titans to a wider readership.
Naturally, it helps if you already have an online audience you can tap for listening to your regular podcast (like I did), but that hasn’t stopped thousands of people from building successful side business ideas into lucrative podcasts—including Alex Blumberg, founder of Gimlet Media who teaches how to use storytelling and launch a podcast. You can also check out this class from podcaster and entrepreneur, Lewis Howes, abouthow to make money podcasting as a side business idea, which regularly broadcasts for free on CreativeLive.
9. Amazon Reselling.
Anyone can sell goods on Amazon, provided you have products to sell (or buy low, then resell). If you’re the type to hit all the local garage sales each weekend, there’s all sorts of valuable things that can be resold online as a side business idea. If you want to step your Amazon selling game up, check out this detailed guide to Amazon and eBay retail arbitrage on Entrepreneur featuring an interview with Julie Becker and several drop-shippers who’ve grown this home based business idea from side business idea into a lucrative money-maker.
10. Local Business Consulting.
If you’ve developed valuable skill sets or certifications within your industry over the years, consider putting your skills to use in your free time by offering your consulting services to local business owners as a potentially lucrative side business idea. Whether you’re an expert marketer, business strategist, or manufacturing aficionado, there’s likely a local business owner who’s willing to pay you to help them solve an issue with their company—if you can craft an effective cold email that convinces them to hire you. Start with this 18-step checklist to becoming a local business consultant as a side business idea, from Karyn Greenstreet. When you’re ready to get serious about becoming a consultant, check out all of my picks for the best online business courses to keep building your skills and learning how to land your first consulting clients. Personally, I think this is one of the best business ideas you can get started with today.
11. Phone Case Business.
There’s a huge growing market for mobile phone accessories, and plenty of handmade sellers are raking in 6 and sometimes 7 figures from their phone case businesses. You can get your own phone case business up and running as a side business idea in a matter of days with turnkey solutions from Case Escape, my previous company, and you can now get ready-to-go kits that’ll give you everything you need to start a phone case business. Once you’re up and running, you can sell cases on Etsy, Amazon Handmade, and Fancy. During our first year of selling phone cases as a side business idea on our Etsy store, we made around $60,000 in revenue from that selling channel alone—not to mention additional sales from fairs, trade shows, promotional products vendors, parties, events and other online marketplaces. From there, the sales only continued growing and we graduated from side business idea to full-time company that I ran with my best friend for multiple years.
12. Commission-Only Sales.
If you have a knack for connecting with people and the willingness to take on some risk, a commission-based freelance sales role could be a great side business idea for you. Many startups seek part-time and commission-only salespeople, especially when they’re just getting started, which means you’ll often be able to make this a home based business idea. Develop your sales strategies and become an inside sales rep on the side in your free time for nothing but commission, negotiate a little equity and you could profit big time if you’re pitching a solid product and the startup succeeds. Start your sales education with the acclaimed books, Secrets of a Master Closer and To Sell is Human by famed bestselling author Daniel Pink and you’ll be well on your way to getting this side business idea off the ground.
Then you can move on to more immersive sales education through online courses like Sales Training and Prospecting on Udemy, The Guide to Pitching and Selling Clients on CreativeLive and the wide variety of tactical sales courses you can get access to by starting a free trial on Lynda.com. Once you’re ready to put your selling skills to the test, check out and see if any sales position opportunities align with your interests—the last thing you want to do is get stuck selling products or services you’re not interested in. However, by starting out your sales career as a side business idea, that gives you the flexibility to easily change courses if you ever need to.
13. Affiliate Sales and Marketing.
If you already have a website that’s driving in targeted traffic, a great way to make passive income from the content you’re already creating as an easy side business idea, is through affiliate marketing. ShareASale, Rakuten, Clickbank, and Skimlinksare a few of the best affiliate networks and tools that can help you make money from the content you already produce, thus amplifying your side business idea income. Check out this extensive list by Justine Grey, covering the 59 Best Affiliate Programs for Business Bloggers to get some inspiration on how other bloggers are growing affiliate blogs from side business idea to full-time company.
14. Virtual Assistant.
Have a knack for staying organized? If you’re a jack of all trades, you should consider working as a virtual assistant as a side business idea. You can find great gigs on Elance, Indeed, or Upwork. It can be an awesome way to rub shoulders with some very important people, build up your professional network, grow your side business idea and you’ll have the added perk of being able to start this as a home based business idea. Becoming a virtual assistant can be a particularly great side business idea if your partner’s job means you’re constantly on the road—for example if you’re the husband or wife of a coach or athlete, which makes regular moving a way of life.
15. Tax Preparation.
It’s not the sort of side business idea that’s covered in glory, but someone needs to make sure all the numbers add up at the end of the year. Every business and most individuals need someone with the domain expertise to help prepare tax returns, especially time or resource-strapped small business owners. The Income Tax School provides an array of training programs that’ll certify you with tax prep in as little as 10 weeks, and once tax season rolls around you’ll be able to charge an average of $229 per return as a freelance tax preparer with this side business idea, reports CNBC.
16. Remote English Teacher/Tutor.
Teaching and tutoring English as a second language is a great way to make a solid side business idea work, not to mention opening doors for you to travel the world if you’d like. While full ESL (English as a Second Language) accreditation is recommended, as long as you’re a native speaker, there are people in countries such as Hong Kong or the UAE who are willing to pay upwards of $25/hr for you to teach them English via Skype. Indeed,Learn4Good and Remote.co often have remote english tutoring jobs posted, check back frequently. Then once you land that remote job, you’ll need somewhere more professional than your dining room table to meet with students—check out this post about how to find places to work remotely and you’ll officially graduate this side business idea into a full-time endeavor for yourself.
17. SAT Tutor.
If you had a knack for standardized tests and had no trouble acing the SAT, ACT or other college exams, why not start tutoring high schoolers as a side business idea? Parents of all economic backgrounds are more than willing to shell out upwards of $100/hr to the right tutor, if it means their son or daughter will get admitted to the college or university of their choice. See this quick checklist for starting an SAT tutoring business from the Work At Home Mom. Whitney over at Rookiemoms also has a cool story to share about a stay-at-home mom making $40/hr helping kids out with homework and turning it into a profitable side business idea.
18. Social Media Manager.
We’re all guilty of spending too much time on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest sometimes, so why not get paid to put your expertise to work as a side business idea? Lots of companies, especially startups or those in retail and travel—even influencers have heavy social media presences and are constantly in need of people to help build their brands online. You can find these types of opportunities on sites like Flexjobs and CareerBuilder and most employers on these websites are conditioned to working with people who operate these services as their side business idea.
Build your own social following and create a personal brand for yourself like Matt Nelson, founder of WeRateDogs has done (thus growing his following to more than 2.8 Million people), and countless opportunities will come your way for turning this side business idea into a full-time business.
19. Google Paid Ad Specialist.
If you know a thing or two about paid internet marketing and are comfortable with Google, a great way to make some extra income as a side business idea is to sign a freelance contract to manage a company’s Google Ad Campaigns, and gradually start bringing on more clients as your consulting business grows. Just be sure to brush up on all the right business slang and industry jargon that’s pervasive in the online marketing world before you launch unprepared into this side business idea.
20. Start a Blog.
Think blogging is no longer a viable source of income? Think again. Tens of thousands of bloggers, creating content on topics as diverse as scrapbooking, home cooking, travel, film, lifestyle, and more are launching self-employed careers thanks to a combination of email subscribers, affiliate marketing, blog sponsorships, and other revenue streams. Your first step is sharpening your writing abilities, understanding what your audience craves and learning how to write a blog post that drives traffic and brings you readers on a regular basis. Even blogging about tech gadgets and products you love can turn into a profitable side business. Take my friend Andy’s blog, AwesomeStuffToBuy for example. Or listen to my interview with Gaby Dalkin about how her journey to start a food blog as a side business idea.
If you want to speed up the process of building your blog, I recommend setting up quick, affordable and easy website hosting with a company like HostGator and then hiring a talented freelance designer or web developer on a high quality marketplace like Crew in order to free up more of your time to utilize on creating content, connecting with (and building) your audience. Then once you’ve been able to build a community around your blog, you’ll want to invest in really understanding your readers—so that you can give them more of what they want, which is where online tools and services like Quantcast come into play.
Yes, even the lowly PowerPoint presentation requires outside consulting every now and then—especially if it’s not your forte. I know I would happily outsource the visual layout of my presentation decks for work meetings, investor pitches and lectures. Tobias Schelle of 24Slides is living proof that you can turn your skills at slideshow presentation design into a legit side hustle business idea—and potentially earn up to $20 a slide for your time and talents.
22. Travel Consultant.
If you love to travel and find yourself randomly searching for airfare sales or browsing Lonely Planet, why not carve out a niche for yourself as a private travel agent? Take my friend, Mark Jackson’s lead with what he’s doing to build a travel consulting side hustle business idea. Start with word of mouth recommendations from friends who know they can count on you for the cheapest flights, create a Facebook or LinkedIn group to invite people who want to stay on top of the latest deals and keep giving them updates on how to make your dream trip a reality.
23. Landing Page Specialist.
If you have a way with words and know how to make the keyword-friendly, beautifully designed, SEO-optimized landing pages, why not charge other companies for your services and turn it into a money-making side hustle business idea? Even a short landing page is worth a couple hundred bucks in most cases, and so much more if you know how to pitch well. If you want to get started as a landing page specialist or freelance copywriter, check out Neville Medhora’s awesome post on How to Become a Copywriter with No Experience.
24. Interior Design Consultant.
Someone out there is remodeling their kitchen and needs to know which shade of granite will match best with mahogany flooring. That someone will often be happy to pay you for your advice, especially if you’re the kind of person that subscribes to websites like Contemporist.
It’s not exactly a way to make consistent great money, but housesitting—exactly what it sounds like—is a fantastic way to live in exotic locales around the world without paying a dime in rent. Did I mention it’s a way to travel and live rent free? Here’s a list of four great websites from the legendary Nomadic Matt, to start your housesitting side hustle search.
No, babysitting isn’t just for teenagers and college students. Quite on the contrary, if you call yourself an Au Pair instead, you can make some pretty good side hustle money working nights and weekends if you don’t mind the hours.
27. Property Manager.
Know someone who rents out property to others? Perhaps they could use a hand managing their property. If so, you can make a decent amount of money on this side hustle with relatively little work on your part. It’ll take some hustling and the willingness to be flexible with your schedule, as you’ll be responsible for collecting rent checks, managing repairs and improvements, and simply being on call for emergencies. But, a property manager is essential for most real estate investors.
28. Sell on Etsy.
Have a talent for crafting or creating other handmade goods? From bracelets to phone cases, rings, furniture, and more, Etsy is one of the world’s largest independent marketplaces that’s perfect for anyone who is creative and willing to sell their handmade creations. As long as you have the space, this can make for one of the best home business ideas that can be started as a side hustle with a very limited investment. Consider these 5 steps to starting an Etsy store, from Handmadeology. Then, after you’re able to build your brand and grow your own audience, you can start an eCommerce site of your own and retain a larger portion of the revenue from your product sales.
29. Ebay Sales.
Similar to selling on Amazon, eBay is a place to make money selling just about anything you can think of as a side hustle, with the added excitement of using the auction selling model to sometimes get way more than you expected for that antique baseball card you picked up at a local street fair.
30. Fiverr Gigs.
Fiverris a great place for first-time freelancers who might not have tons of experience and want to build up a portfolio of their work. You’ll be able to complete simple tasks ranging from logo design, to creating animations, or even drawing a company logo on your forehead. While this side hustle idea won’t be growing into a million dollar startup for you, it can be a platform for funding your next big idea. Want to learn more about Fiverr’s history and how to get the most out of selling on the platform? Listen to my interview with Fiverr CEO Micha Kaufman.
31. College Admissions Essay Editor.
If editing and advising college students on how to write compelling 500 word essays on topics such as “You were just invited to speak at the White House. Write your speech,” seems like a compelling way to spend your free time, trust me—tons of parents will pay you to edit admissions essays and offer constructive feedback for their children. Be careful not to blur the ethical line of actually writing their essays, but serving as an editor to help them convey their message can become a great side hustle business idea that has the potential to spread by word-of-mouth referral in your community.
32. Portrait Photographer.
If you own a camera, starting a freelance portrait photography business could be a very natural way to make a side income. Start with doing free shoots for friends and family to build up a strong online portfolio, get familiar with your gear and the editing process, then you’ll be able to get paid for photographing professional head shots and celebratory family moments as your side hustle business idea. Get started by checking out this men’s portrait photography class that regularly broadcasts for free on CreativeLive.
33. Wedding Photographer.
Wedding photographers command premium rates. After all, you are capturing one of a couple’s most important life moments. Many professional wedding photographers charge between $2,500 – $10,000 (or more) to shoot a wedding, a very lucrative side hustle business idea. Check out the Complete Wedding Photography Experience to get up to speed on everything you need to launch a successful wedding photography business.
34. Online Dating Consultant.
Believe it or not, some people have such a difficult time at dating, that they can’t even handle the online component of it. If you’re a smooth talker, why not leverage that skill into a paid match maker? People are paying.
35. Writing Erotic Fiction.
Werewolves, stepbrothers, and tentacles—the demand is high. As odd as it may sound, if you’ve got the imagination (and a clever pseudonym), you can make upwards of $5,000 a month writing erotic fiction in your free time as a side hustle business idea.
36. Writing Greeting Cards.
Fancy yourself a poet? You can earn $300 for every poem you write that this greeting card company publishes—not a bad side hustle if you’ve got a way with words and aren’t afraid of rejection on poems that aren’t a good fit.
37. WordPress Website Consultant.
Countless small businesses start out their web presence using a WordPress hosted website before needing to upgrade to other solutions for various reasons. Many of them will pay several hundreds of dollars for someone to get them set up online. If you have the patience to learn how to do it yourself, it’s an extremely valuable skill and lucrative side hustle idea.
38. Drive for Uber or Lyft.
Driving for one of the two globally expanding app-centric taxi alternative services, Uber or Lyft can still be a fairly lucrative way to earn money as a side hustle on nights and weekends—working only when you want. But before you dive head first into this side hustle idea, do your homework and calculate the costs of extra gas, mileage, tires, wear & tear and usage on your vehicle.
39. Rent Your Car on Turo.
If you own a car but barely use it, you can make some easy cash as an effortless side hustle by renting it out on Turo. Before you freak out, know that there’s a $1 Million insurance policy on all cars, plus drivers are prescreened, so you can have peace of mind.
40. Art Collector.
Not to be confused with hoarding, this one takes a lot of time, patience, and passion. If you have an eye for good art, it’s easy to get in on the ground level by visiting the studio department at your local university—though don’t expect to get rich overnight with this side hustle business idea. Many art students are more than happy to sell their work for a bargain, and in as little as a few years, there’s a chance that piece you bought for a couple hundred bucks may be worth well into the thousands.
41. Catering Business.
EatWith is a great way to test the waters as a chef for your side hustle business idea, and if you have enough rave reviews you might be able to turn your knife skills into a full-time business.
42. Develop an App.
Sometimes it seems like there’s an app for everything. Yet somehow, new ones keep popping up and selling for lots of money, all the time. If you spot a niche that hasn’t been filled to its potential just yet, and you can learn the coding skills (or know someone who already has them), you could be on to something. Today, it’s even possible to build an app without any coding skills whatsoever. Just make sure you validate your app idea before jumping too far in. Even if your app idea doesn’t pan out to be a best-seller, you’ll still pick up valuable skills—and perhaps you can try your hand at diving into a freelancer career by becoming a product manager.
You don’t need to have a degree in journalism to be a reporter these days, and there are many news websites that can always use a bit of help on getting local coverage. Some of them, such as The Examiner or HuffPost, will compensate contributors based on ad revenue generated per article written—a great incentive to provide compelling content for your side hustle business idea.
44. Patent Something.
This side hustle idea isn’t for most, but consider Kia Silverbrock who has been granted over 4,665 US Patents in his lifetime (so far). You don’t have to invent the wheel to make good money from your patented concepts—just make sure that youridea can be produced affordably, or it will never stand up against a lawsuit in the future.
45. Buy and Sell Domain Names.
Domain name trading has been around for the last couple decades, and while most slam-dunk names have long been sold off (Insure.com went for $16 Million in 2009) there’s still plenty of others that you can get your hands on for relatively cheap and broker as your side hustle business idea. But beware: some experts doubt the long-term viability of this business, so you shouldn’t quit your day job just to put all your effort into this one without some successes already in the bag. To get you started, here are some tips from GoDaddy, arguably the world’s largest and most famous repository of domain names. Imagine owning desirable domain names for the next decade’s worth of innovative companies.
46. Start a Popup Shop.
While the barriers to entry for a retail shop can be very high, one way to keep costs down and limit your time investment while you keep your full-time job, is to set up a weekend popup shop. More of whatever it is you’re selling—donuts, clothing, antique baseball cards, or anything else—will stay in your pockets instead of going to pay for operating expenses such as rent or utilities by choosing to side hustle this idea with a short-term rental. This guide from Shopify will give you a step-by-step process for getting your popup shop off the ground.
47. Brew Your Own Beer.
Like drinking beer? Why not try making it yourself? With patience and skill you might end up brewing something that others are willing to pay to drink. Pick up an easy-to-use starter kit from Mr. Beer online, invest the time it’ll take to perfect your craft, make a unique brew and start shopping it around to friends & family to see what they think of this side hustle business idea.
48. Freelance Proofreading and Editing.
As long as there is still the written word, there will always be editors. Freelance editing and proofreading not only pays a decent hourly wage, it also gives you the chance to read about potentially interesting topics too. What’s more, freelance writing & editing can afford you a lifestyle that lets you travel the world as a digital nomad. You can find lots of job postings from companies and individuals in need of writing, proofreading, and editing services on Upwork, which makes this a high-demand side hustle business idea.
49. Buy Used Electronics and Refurbish Them.
Many people give up on their faulty laptops, mobile phones, or cameras without even looking into the cause of their malfunctions. If you have the skills to fix them, consider starting a side hustle refurbishing and reselling used electronics.
50. Data Analysis.
Got a thing for numbers? Plenty of companies need to hire talented contractors who are good at data analysis. Upwork and Digiserved are but a two of many websites that are great for freelancers with an analytical prowess, looking for extra work as a side hustle around their full-time gigs.
51. Acquire Parts from Electronics Stores.
There is a treasure trove of valuable items being thrown away by big box stores around the world. Electronics stores toss out everything from printer cartridges to tablets, and if you’ve got the stomach for rummaging around in dumpsters you can easily make money rummaging than you ever thought possible.
52. Freelance Writing & Copywriting.
Every website owner (including myself) hires copywriters to write content for things like about pages, FAQ’s, or blog posts. Hourly wages for novice copywriters are not very high, but with some experience and a growing portfolio, you can become a freelance writer today and soon be charging more than you make at your full-time job if you find the right clients and brand yourself as an expert. Check out one of my most talented friends, Jory Mackay, for an example of someone who’s doing a great job of positioning himself as a premium service-provider with his freelance writing side hustle. Then when you’re ready to start cold emailing potential clients, pick up my free downloadable freelance proposal template and get started today.
53. Licensed Product Distributor.
It doesn’t happen overnight, but licensing a foreign product for sale domestically, can lead to a big payoff down the road. Invest intelligently, sell a product you believe in, and you can reap the rewards for years to come.
54. Fill Out Online Surveys.
It’s not very engaging, or mentally stimulating, but online surveys do pay out (a little), believe it or not. Just don’t expect to make bank with this side hustle business idea—I recommend combining it with another source of side income and turning to surveys in your downtime.
55. Airbnb Host.
Not only is Airbnb a great way to make money by renting out your spare bedroom or living room couch, but you also have the benefit of meeting new people and making new friends if that’s your kind of thing. You can even rent out an entirely new apartment just to manage as an Airbnb side hustle, but don’t make the mistake of thinking this will be a passive source of income—you’re on call whenever you have a guest and you’ll always need to keep the place clean for incoming visitors.
Yoga is getting ever more popular, which means yoga instructors are more in demand than ever. Pursue emotional and physical balance with others, during your free time while helping your bank balance, too.
58. Start a YouTube Channel.
If you can create value-driven, entertaining video content and grow your subscriber base to a few thousand subscribers, your videos can start generating pretty substantial income from all the ads being displayed on your videos. Many YouTube users make well into the millions each year, so there’s clear potential to take this from side hustle business idea to millionaire with the right combination of content, audience, skills, relationships and timing.
If your mastery of another language is good enough to have the grammar and spelling down, translating is a great side hustle business to set up for yourself and can be done remotely. Flexjobshas literally hundreds of freelance, remote translator jobs available right now.
60. Tour Guide.
Live in a destination where travelers frequently visit? If you love meeting new people from around the world and also love the city you live in, starting your own local tour business will give you both of those perks. Take a unique spin on your local tour business like Erik from Vantigo. He was starting hisVW van tour business in San Francisco as just a side hustle business idea while he was still working a full-time job, and grew it to being a sustainable source of full-time income before quitting—now he’s running a multiple van tour business for himself.
61. Music Instructor.
Do you play a musical instrument well enough to teach it to others? How about taking your skills at producing music or sound design and teaching others based on your experience? Private music instructors in all disciplines charge upwards of $20-100/hr (or more depending upon skill and experience), and you don’t necessarily have to do them in person, either. This makes for a great side hustle idea that can channel your passion for music into profits.
62. Stock Photographer.
If you have a fondness for taking pictures of smiling families or laughing children blowing bubbles, consider becoming a stock photographer and selling your images to a stock photo company like Unsplash, ShutterStock and iStockPhoto as a side hustle. You’ll get royalties every time someone licenses an image you’ve submitted. To really be successful, build your own photography website to be able to showcase your portfolio and start getting private corporate work.
Ghostwriting pays pretty well, and if you’re talented at researching and creating great content within a certain subject domain, you can quickly build a roster of high-paying clientele. Writers like Jeff Haden have created very lucrative careers for themselves by writing for business executives and CEO’s—and Jeff also started his ghostwriting career as a side hustle idea outside of his full-time job as a factory manager.
64. Online Subcontracting.
Once you’ve established yourself in any number of freelance verticals online, spending your time focusing just on sales (booking freelance contracts with high-value clients) and then subcontracting your work out to other freelancers can help significantly grow your client list, and revenue generating possibilities.
Take the time to develop your skills at either making your own music, or becoming a pro at mixing, and your side hustle of dj-ing local events could turn into a much bigger business. Though you’ll first need to command a solid knowledge of sound design, mixing and music production before expecting to land your first gig.
66. Clothing Alterations and Tailoring.
Fashion, style, and grooming continue to be a lucrative side hustle business. If you know how to mend clothes, then you have a growing market of budget-conscious and/or personalization-obsessed customers. Entrepreneur says you need around two thousand dollars to start a decent side hustle business idea in this niche but there’s no harm in starting smaller and growing from there, as long as you can make magic with needle and thread.
67. Teach DIYs.
Nothing beats teaching more novice learners about your passion, hobby, or craft. Explore dozens of DIY portals (such as DIY.org, DIY Network, Instructables and Mahalo) to get ideas on how to earn a healthy side income just by showing others how to do the things you love. You can also sift through the countless ad-supported YouTube channels that teach just about anything from guitar strumming to 3D printing.
It’s funny how much baking can relate to making money. Start bringing in some side income by kneading flour, mastering the oven, and appeasing everyone’s sweet tooth. While some experts have already turned baking into their sole “bread and butter,” you need not leave your day job just yet. Depending on your experience, you can start by doing something simple on the side like Grandma’s nostalgic cookies before heading on to offer exquisite artisanal fare.
69. Being a Task Rabbit.
If you don’t mind doing other people’s chores, then TaskRabbit may be the right side hustle for you. Earn money doing odd jobs like walking your neighbor’s dog or mowing Mr. Smith’s lawn. Running errands not your style? Tell that to the top taskers on the portal who reportedly earn as much as $7000 a month.
70. Freelance Content Marketing.
From personal experience as a freelance content marketer, I can vouch for the profitability in this industry. I grew my side hustle into a $160,000/yr business before quitting my day job—all you need is the right skills and experience to back it up. With startups, established brands, and even notable influencers needing to build credibility and grow their brands, professionals who can serve up compelling content enjoy a huge demand for their services. And, since brands will always need high quality content to bring in new customers, your skills will always remain an asset to invest in—especially since the nature of creating a content marketing strategy is an ever-evolving one. Start by tapping into your existing network and tracking down local small business owners who could benefit from your marketing tactics, do a bang up job, ask for referrals and grow from there to the point where you’re doing blogger outreach and spreading out to a wider market.
71. Freelance Ebook Writing.
If you’ve always wanted to publish your own book, there isn’t a better time than now to do so. That’s because access to self-publishing tools and marketplaces has never been easier and more affordable. This eBook writer currently earns up to a couple of thousand bucks each month from six ebooks she published; while you can reportedly demand around $1000 per eBook project serving as a ghost writer. My good friend, Caroline Beaton used freelance writing as a side hustle business to eventually go from secretary to self-employed, while focusing on her own personal development and looking inward to discover what she’s truly passionate about.
72. Investing Your Money.
If you keep your money hidden in the attic or earning close to nothing in a savings account, you might want to consider putting it to better use through smart investing. Sure, there are plenty dangers to look out for, but most personal finance experts will advise you to start learning about the stock market if you want to grow your wealth.
73. Investing Others’ Money.
Incidentally, helping others grow their wealth is also a good way to grow your own financial worth on the side. If you have stock market and finance credentials, then you can earn freelance commissions or consulting fees, advising clients on how to get the best returns for their investments as a lucrative side hustle idea if you can get results.
74. Accounting and Bookkeeping.
Many small companies and startups now outsource jobs that aren’t part of their core business (such as HR, admin, and accounting), which makes this skill set a great opportunity for starting a side hustle that engages your number prowess. Because companies always need to track their cash flow, freelance accountants and bookkeepers can really benefit from the increasing demand for part-time help.
75. Building a Niche Website.
Find an audience for your passion or hobby and you’re all set to monetize something you love via a niche website as a side hustle. That of course, is easier said than done, something not intended for the faint of heart. Prepare to invest a lot of your time, but if you can hurdle the steep challenges and positively answer a few key questions on whether the website idea you’re thinking about is profitable, then you can begin building it.
76. Car Washing and Detailing.
A lot of car owners simply don’t have time to personally care for their vehicles, much less make them sparkle. With simple equipment such as car shampoo, polishing wax, tire black, sponges, a pail and a sturdy hose, you can start earning a decent side hustle income by making cars look fresh in your free time after work and on weekends.
Providing care for the elderly often requires a broader set of credentials. These may include licenses, training certificates, business permits, and tax forms depending on which state you wish to operate, the level of care you intend to provide, and whether you plan on running a formal business or just hiring yourself out as an independent worker as a side hustle. If you’re already giving unpaid care to an elderly relative or friend, you may want to review Medicaid provisions for some compensation. In all cases, you need genuine affection for the elderly, a lot of common sense, and good knowledge of first aid, CPR, and elderly care basics.
78. Carpet Cleaning.
Carpets make your home warm and cozy. But they also tend to gather dust, grime, stains, allergens and bugs over time. You can tap into this opportunity by launching a carpet cleaning business or serving as an independent contract cleaner in your free time. Either way, you’ll need to invest in proper equipment such as vacuum cleaners, carpet brushes, and cleaning chemicals. Look into the possibility of renting equipment for a full weekend and lining up 5-10 clients to service, to offset your rental costs. If you turn a healthy profit, you’ll eventually be able to invest in owning your own equipment and increase your margins, thus going from side hustle to serious business.
79. House Cleaning.
If you want to broaden your services and earn more, you can opt to make the entire house look neat and clean. House cleaning services cover carpets, floors, lawns, garages, windows, walls, and roofs, requiring a whole range of cleaning tools. You can hire maids and janitors to do the actual cleaning while you handle administrative and customer service tasks. Or, you can start small by actually getting your hands dirty as a contractor, learning on the job before launching your own cleaning operations with the help of cleaning business management tools like Swept. Check out Cleaning Zoom’s ultimate guide to starting a cleaning business.
80. Child Care.
Many families with kids, including single-parents, have very limited time resources, creating a demand for part-time child care providers. If you love kids and have some spare time, you can earn plenty of side hustle income by looking after children while their parents are away. Just be sure to identify the particular age group you’re comfortable caring for and you’re all set after any necessary certifications. Establishing a home-based daycare center capable of servicing six or more kids is also a lucrative option.
81. Computer Repair.
Employed techies planning to earn extra money as a side hustle can leverage their software and hardware skills by offering home-based computer repair services. If this rings a bell, you can start with a modest one-man tech team before envisioning a scaled-up operation as massive as Geek Squad. Remember, you can provide home service locally as well as offer remote support through online messaging and video calling services.
If you’ve got the attitude, there should be a product or service out there looking for the right model to promote their brand. You can sign up with a large agency, find a freelance agent, or look for your own modeling gigs as an independent talent. Since modeling is a complex field, get all the advice you need before jumping right in and find a mentor who can guide you through some of the early challenges before establishing your brand. Depending on your preference, you can specialize in a single media format such as video or still images, to build a compelling portfolio.
83. Computer Training and Lessons.
Everyone (even kids and retirees) need to have some level of technical know-how to stay competitive and appreciate the marvels of the digital age. Just observe how learning sites like Codecademy, Treehouse, and Udacity continue to grow and you’ll understand the urgency of getting computer training for our generation. If you’re a techie, you can cash in on this need by offering lessons and tutorials within your neighborhood or across cyberspace through portals like YouTube or Udemy as a side hustle idea. You can even set up your own tutorial site with an interface for online payments.
84. Contract Customer Service.
Some firms outsource their customer service operations and many of these companies accept home-based contractors. You can start by signing up on freelancing sites such as Upwork. If you’re already a CSR specialist with management skills, then you can form and lead a virtual team online and engage clients as a bona fide customer service company or, provide customer service training to such teams as well as individuals.
85. Dog Walking.
Dogs are amazing. But, owners aren’t always at home to take them for a walk. If you’re a canine fan like I hope you are, this great side hustle business idea can net you a regular profit by just taking some adorable pups for a stroll around the park. With pet-crazed, yet busy Americans having more pooches around, dog walking services have become a thriving industry in some U.S. cities. In fact, there’s already an app called Wag that links up dog walkers and pet owners.
86. Real Estate Sales Consultant.
The real estate market is on the rebound (for today) and people are buying and selling properties in many locations across the U.S. That means a lot of opportunities for professionals who know how to navigate the legal, financial, and commercial aspect of real estate. If you consider yourself an expert in the subject, it won’t be a walk in the park (hehe), but you can earn significant additional side hustle income as a home-based consultant.
87. Making Custom Furniture.
Turning your favorite craft or hobby into a revenue-generating business easily counts among the most fulfilling experiences anyone can have. Just take a look at what Jacob Huss of Soteria Designs is doing wit his hobby of hand-building furniture and wood jewelry. With more and more people demanding a higher degree of personalization in just about anything they own or use, count yourself lucky if your craft happens to be the creation of custom furniture. Not only is the real estate sector regaining its footing, the number of style-conscious customers is also on the rise.
Earning money on GigWalk is similar to working on Task Rabbit—not a bad side hustle idea if you’ve got the free time. You get to choose from an amusingly diverse range of jobs from taking snapshots of restaurant menus to counting the items arrayed on supermarket racks. It won’t make you rich though, with payouts tending to congregate in the lower half of their $3-to-$100 range. But, if you’re looking for some sustainable side income, it can’t hurt doing a strange but fun errand and getting a tip at the end. When you’re bored or a little short on cash, you can access GigWalk anytime, anywhere via their mobile app. Meanwhile, all the jobs specifically vetted for you will be within reach (ideally, just a brisk walk away).
90. Home Appraisal.
A real estate appraisal business can be operated from home, on a part-time basis, making for a fun side hustle. A perfect option if you want to keep your day job while earning extra on the side. You won’t need a college degree to start one, but you’ll need bankable appraiser credentials (including relevant training and professional licenses), strong knowledge of the sector, and a growing network of industry players including mortgage brokers, real estate agents, banks, and fellow appraisers that’ll want to utilize your services.
91. Human Billboard.
If you don’t mind parading yourself around in public places, and enjoy a little attention, then working as a human billboard can pay a surprising amount of dividends. Renting out your beard, for example can earn you as much as $5 a day while having a brand logo tattooed on your shaven head for five years could pay as much as $7,000—though this type of earning opportunity is admittedly rare. This is definitely not for the faint of heart, and is a little extreme for me, but nonetheless it’s been done as a side hustle for many people. You can start by holding a placard or wearing a sandwich board. If you think this is a good business idea for yourself, you can go all the way and turn it into a full on home business.
92. Purchasing an Existing Website.
Websites aren’t too dissimilar to stocks. Many are junk, but some can generate value for you. That’s why, like stocks, they are bought and sold all the time. You can buy and sell websites as a side hustle in the hope of generating future earnings based on their user traffic, current revenue intake, domain name, or some other factors that might be a hidden cash cow everyone else has overlooked. Interested? Check out marketplaces like Flippa and Flipping Enterprises to learn more.
We all wear clothes (at least some of the time). Which, of course, makes the business of cleaning soiled laundry a hit. In fact, the self-service laundromat industry in the US is worth more than $3 billion, with many related businesses such as a mobile app laundry service, a real rolling mobile laundry service, and home laundry pickup & delivery services springing up each year. Here’s one way you can cash in on the trend as a side hustle idea.
94. Junk Removal Service.
As the saying goes, one person’s trash is another’s treasure. Without people cleaning up everybody else’s junk, the world would be a lot messier than it already is. The job might not be glamorous, but you get to make the world a cleaner place while earning extra side income. To start, you’ll need a sturdy second-hand truck and standard equipment like shovels, wheelbarrows, sledgehammers, rakes, and garbage cans.
95. Becoming a Notary Public.
Public notaries primarily serve as validators of, and impartial witnesses in public legal documents, especially those related to affidavits, oaths, deeds, estates, special-powers-of-attorney, and business agreements. Depending on the state, a full-time notary public earns an average annual salary of $36,000, and it’s a great business to do as a side hustle as you bring in money through other ways. If you want to get started, here are the requirements and steps you need to consider in the US.
96. Wedding Planning.
Like birthdays, marriages happen all the time. Which means you can treat weddings as a recurring fountain of business opportunities: wedding dresses and coats, jewelers, food caterers, venue providers, photographers and videographers, performers, flower shops, travel agencies, souvenir crafts, and a host of other ventures. Now imagine if you can form a networks of these service providers so you can offer engaged couples a range of hassle-free wedding packages. The process is certainly fun (and time-consuming), but as a side hustle the pay can be pretty great.
97. Event and Party Planning.
Being a wedding specialist works well for top-notch players, but being a generalist also has its benefits. Event and party planners leverage their network of service providers to cover not only weddings, but also seminars, corporate events, birthdays, baptisms, concerts, conferences, holiday parties, and other events. Here are some tips if you want to run a part-time event planning business at home as a side hustle idea. And here’s a very honest look into the upside and downside of the trade.
98. Becoming a Personal Chef.
Busy schedules can stress people out. It can also disrupt family life to the oint that busy parents and homework-laden kids barely have time to prepare decent dinners and weekend meals. Hence, the surprising demand for part-time family chefs. If cooking healthy and delicious meals is your thing, then this lucrative side hustle business idea can supplement your regular income by helping feed busy homes.
99. Pet Sitting.
I mean come on, who wouldn’t be interested in this side hustle idea? Getiting paid to take care of a cute pup sounds like a dream. The prevalence of unattended pets is another side effect of busy life, creating job opportunities for people with time, patience, and affection to spare. Just check out DogVacay and Rover to see what I mean. Would the payout be worth it if you try? One person in New York earns $3,300 a month just pet-sitting for busy animal lovers.
100. Pet Grooming.
If that isn’t enough, you can expand your services to include pet grooming as an extra side hustle. To do that, you’ll need to have relevant training, an operating license depending on your location, and pet grooming equipment. According to PayScale, pet groomers have an average salary range of $17,600 to $48,500. Not bad as a side gig if you can find a way to get in most of your clients on the weekends.
101. Pool Cleaning.
Spending a leisurely afternoon in a swimming pool can be a lot of fun. But cleaning it can be a pain in the neck. Hence, most pool owners hire people to do the cleaning for them. If you need extra cash and don’t mind getting physical, then pool cleaning is a viable side hustle business for you.
I’ve been getting so much feedback with great business ideas from my community and in the comments, so I frequently add to this post. If you have side hustle ideas you’d like to share (or personal experience with a side hustle of your own), please add to them in the comments below!
102. Private Labeling and Selling Products on Amazon.
Counted amongst the most valuable tech giants, Amazon is also a massive global market where virtually anyone can cash in on the rising tide of eCommerce. But, like everything else that involves money, you have to do quite a bit of work to earn it. In this case, you need to do tons of research (looking for generic products such as clocks, key chains and mugs to attach your brand to) as well as a sensible selling strategy to milk profits from your private label side hustle. Check out how digital marketer Neil Patel recently did this as a public experiment right here.
Do you love sports? Officiating non-professional games held at community parks and college sport fields can be an exciting way to earn extra income as a side hustle idea on nights and weekends.
104. Selling on TeeSpring.
T-shirts can be a viable path toward creating an automated side hustle that makes money for you while you sleep. Even Bloomberg and Forbes feature stories from entrepreneurs who’ve done just that. Want to learn how to make it happen? You can find TeeSpring selling walkthroughs here, here and here.
105. Build Custom Software for Freelance Clients.
Software drives businesses today. This is a fact not lost on individuals and companies attempting to earn a profit, make a name for themselves, or simply get things done. As a result, the job outlook for software developers will be much sunnier than prospects for other occupations. In fact, it won’t take you long to find a good-paying software development project as a side hustle on sites like Upwork, Guru.com, and Freelancer. LinkedIn also recently launched their brand new freelancing platform, ProFinder which has a dedicated section just for hiring talented software developers.
106. Coaching Sports Teams.
Nothing beats playing your favorite game. But getting paid for coaching a sports team and staying close to the action is the next best thing. Not only will you learn new skills, you’ll earn money getting your team into shape. The median pay for sports coaches clock in at $30,400 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Expect to have only a slice of that if you’re signing up for part-time coaching as a side hustle only.
107. T-Shirt Printing Business.
As I’ve already covered with TeeSpring, the T-shirt retailing business is worth millions of dollars. But what if you want to do the manufacturing side of things? T-shirt printing turns out to be quite rewarding, but can quickly consume much of your side hustle time—so know what you’re getting into. This multi-billion dollar industry counts big corporate factories as well as home-based part-time entrepreneurs.
108. Vehicle Advertising.
Yes, you can turn your car into a money-maker by driving for Uber and Lyft, but there are other ways to convert mileage into money. One way is to do vehicle advertising, a potential side hustle income source of anywhere between $100 to $600 per month. Whether you own a compact sedan or a full-sized bus, your vehicle’s exterior space is prime real estate for ads. Check Wrapify, carvertise, and similar sites for more details.
109. Window Cleaning Services.
From the inside looking out, I want to see the world as clearly as possible. And so do a lot of homeowners and office managers. Now that creates a demand for window cleaners, especially for office buildings. If you want to try it out as a side hustle, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to start a window-washing business at home.
110. Working on Mechanical Turk.
Mechanical Turk operates much like TaskRabbit and GigWalk: it’s a corner on cyberspace where Amazon gathers tasks to be done, people willing to do them, and people willing to pay for them. On Mechanical Turk, you get to do the oddest jobs you can imagine as a side hustle, made possible by a parallel online universe that runs on hits, visits, surveys, reviews, pins, likes, CPCs, reads, and other metrics. But don’t get too ambitious. The small sums being paid out to human Mechanical Turk users rarely add up to anything seriously substantial, even if you invest most of your spare time into it. It’s a better opportunity for internationally-based people with internet access and lower costs of living than in the US. Here’s one person’s account of his former life as a Mechanical Turk.
111. Yard Work Services.
A large proportion of homeowners and small businesses have lawns to tend to. Many turn to independent providers of yard work services to take care of their lawn care woes. To start and sustain a yard work services side hustle business, you need training, equipment, and a growing network of customers. A full-time landscaping and groundskeeping worker earns a median wage of around $25,000, while those working on the side during evenings and weekends can expect to make substantially less.
112. Public Speaking.
If you have the gift of gab, public speaking is a worthwhile side hustle business to pursue. Many authors, medical practitioners, scientists, artisans, politicians, and other subject matter experts earn extra income by delivering speeches, seminars, and presentations. Professional motivational speakers earn an average annual salary of around $90,000 with just that portion of their business.
113. College Counseling.
College counsellors come in all shapes and sizes. Their primary duty is to help guide students through an important period in their lives. Some counselors focus on admissions, career advice, financial aid, athletics, extracurricular activities, and other concerns. There are institutions looking out for part-time college counselors, making for a fantastic side hustle, or you can even start your own practice and charge anywhere from $25-$100+ per hour for your consultative services if you’re well-versed on the subject.
114. Making Seasonal Decorations.
Christmas, Halloween, Easter, Yuletide, Hanukkah, Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year, 4th of July, Mother’s Day. There are a ton of traditional holidays that count as solid reasons to start a side hustle of crafting and selling seasonal decorations. After all, people and businesses pay good money for them. In fact, total sales of Christmas trees in the U.S. alone amounted to a whopping $1.04 billion in 2014. And you still have holiday lights, nativity scenes, crafted hangings, baskets, wreaths, and other decorations to cover.
The holidays do bring cheer, but when winter comes, so does the snow. Thick, traffic-hindering piles of it. Snow can be fun for a while but somebody has to get rid of it for our lifestyles to continue onward. Make extra money on the side from home by offering snow and ice removal services.
116. Selling Handmade Clothing and Garments.
With the rise of online craft marketplaces like Etsy, people with decent artisanal skills like sewing and woodworking have an always-open market to sell their products. If you’ve always wanted to design and make clothes by hand, then you can start turning those fashion ideas into real, hand-sewn garments and make some money on the side.
117. Antique Refurbishing.
The antique market is not as lively as it used to be. But there’s still money to be had from the industry if you love rare old stuff and possess the skill of restoring them to their former glory. To start an antique refurbishing business at home, you’ll likely need a few thousand dollars to build out a basic workshop and stock it with all of the right treatments and materials. Start small by borrowing around what you can, and learning the basics of the trade as a side hustle before investing in a ton of equipment.
118. Dance Instructor.
Most people, even those many won’t admit it, love moving their bodies. It’s also a great workout. If at some point in your life, you had to hang your dancing shoes for a more sensible office job, there’s nothing stopping you from earning money as a side hustle idea with this passion project. Part-time dance instructors get a fraction of the pie their full-time peers enjoy, but it can add up to hundreds each week if you’re consistent.
119. Part-time Bicycle Delivery.
Believe it or not, this freelance bike messenger makes more money than some people glued to their work desks. You won’t rake in a whopping $50,000 as this guy does by just doing this in your free time, but you’ll surely get a piece of the action. Even Uber is trying out a blueprint for a delivery service, and companies like WunWun and Amazon are stepping up their efforts to expand same-day delivery. If you have a decent bicycle, those pair of pedals might just earn you a healthy side hustle income.
120. Home-Based Makeup Services.
If you have a talent for helping people look their best, and know how to mesmerize with eyeliners and turn heads with lipsticks, consider using your beauty skills to create a profitable side business. For under $2000, you can start your own make-up artist business which can make for the foundation of a potentially lucrative side hustle.
121. Voice-Over Talent.
If you speak like James Earl Jones or Scarlett Johansson, quite a number of digital publishers (including game developers, animated film-makers, and training video producers) pay good money for voice talent and the time investment isn’t too intensive—making this a great side hustle idea. You can find these publishers looking for voice-over artists on sites like PeoplePerHour, Freelancer and Upwork.
122. Buying and Selling Cars.
Car flipping can be a fun way to turn your love for cars into a quick side business idea if you have the capital and a stomach for the inherent risk. Buying and selling cars is similar to other “buy low, sell high” business models, but the profit potential per hour invested is very high. According to Jeremy Fisher at 3HourFlip.com, the trick is to learn how to make car deals come to you, so you can minimize your time invested and maximize your profit on each flip.
123. Small Business Marketing Consultant.
If you have experience with marketing, SEO or a knack for getting people excited about the products and services you use on a regular basis, think about refining your skills and putting them to work as a small business marketing consultant in your region—especially if you can become a local SEO expert and can help local clients rank higher in their search results. Businesses of all sizes are in constant need of bringing in more customers, which is where you come in with your side hustle idea. Start by pitching some of these small business marketing ideas by Brian Downard and you’ll be sure to impress the first set of clients you begin working with in your area.
124. Professional Organizing.
If keeping your home organized comes naturally and you enjoy helping other people, consider becoming a professional organizer. As the need for baby boomers to start downsizing grows, you can use your organizing and decluttering skills to start making an industry standard $50-125 an hour with very little startup costs and some free expert advice from Jen Kilbourne. Believe it or not, pro organizers don’t just work with hoarders. More and more people are hiring professional organizers in order stop wasting time and money due to the stress of everyday disorganization. What’s even better, is that you can take this on as a side hustle during the nights and weekends when your clients will be at home.
125. Rent out your space.
People are always searching for one-of-a-kind venues for meetings, parties and weddings. Why not earn some extra money off the space you already have by renting it out for events? If you own a unique venue, like a studio, warehouse or boat, UK-based company Tagvenue will connect you with clients looking for somewhere special to host their event. Not a bad low-effort side hustle business idea.
126. Build a Chrome Extension.
With nearly 100,000 different custom extensions both free and paid available in Google Chrome’s marketplace, there’s a huge opportunity for creating a useful extension for people to use while browsing the web. One of my favorite Chrome extensions, Yet Another Mail Merge, which enables you to send bulk customized emails from within Gmail, gives you 50 free credits to send emails and gives you the chance to upgrade to a paid account to unlock more sending—a great upsell for the people who are getting value from the extension. Even free Chrome extensions like SVRF Tabs by SVRF, which replaces your new tab with stunning VR and 360º images, have the potential to bring in new users and eventually drive revenue for the startup’s core business. Another fun example from a friend of mine, Kathleen Garvin, is Hide images with NOPE, a Chrome extension that hides images on the web pages you’re browsing—to help eliminate distractions and keep you from seeing images (like those of certain politicians) that you may want to hide. This side hustle idea is particularly great because it also allows you to showcase your development skills—which can be used on a freelance basis alongside your Chrome extensions.
127. Floral Design.
Valentine’s day. Birthdays. Weddings. The list goes on and on—throughout the course of a year, there are dozens of occasions when people need to order flowers. What’s more is that once you’re up to speed in this business, your costs can stay relatively low if you know where to source your flowers, and typical margins are in the neighborhood of 300% (or more) on cut flowers which makes this a particularly profitable side hustle business idea in the right geographic area. Check out this amazing interview with floral designer, Sara Tedford of Ladybird Poppy to hear about how her floral design company started out as a side business idea of doing weddings and events for her friends and family.
Though certainly not for everyone, recycling the containers from products left strewn around on the ground can net you a surprisingly decent side income if you put in the time. Attending events like street fairs and outdoor concerts can be a great starting place. Put on a clean shirt, jeans, apply your sunscreen, grab a cheap pick-up tool like this one, sturdy plastic bags, and you can sell them for upwards of $4.00/pound on eBay.
129. Litter Removal for Local Businesses.
Like recycling, this side business idea requires the willingness to get your hands a little dirty. If you enjoy working outdoors, then you can make a pretty good side income cleaning up litter outside retail, office and industrial properties—especially for businesses that have large parking lots that need regular cleaning. Property management companies need their properties maintained litter free and you can do so with an on-foot service using inexpensive equipment like this cheap pick-up tool and a broom. Charge for your time at $35 – $50 per hour and bill your clients the same contract price each month. For even more on how to get started with a litter removal side business idea, check out Cleanlots.
130. Brand Ambassador.
It sounds too good to be true—getting paid to represent your favorite brands at events across the nation. But, if you have a friendly and outgoing personality (a growing social media following helps too), you can forge a potentially paid relationship as a brand ambassador with companies who want to reach other people within your community. As a Brand Ambassador, you do anything from demoing the latest technology, to passing out free swag at music festivals, to going on nationwide tours, to pumping people up as a mascot, and more. Depending upon the gig, you can expect to earn anywhere from $18-$100/hr. You can get started as early as this weekend by joining the Brand Ambassador Facebook group for your nearest major city (e.g. join the “Brand Ambassadors of Seattle” group if you live in/near Seattle). Once you’ve been approved to the group, you’ll get access to daily job postings from big brands and agencies with opportunities in your area. All you need to do is submit your resume and headshot to apply. For a step-by-step guide on how to get hired for the best gigs and the highest pay rates, I recommend checking out The Brand Ambassador Blueprint.
131. Career Coach.
Have you cracked the code for landing higher paying jobs at the drop of a hat? If you have a knack for helping your friends or co-workers navigate the process of finding their dream job, nailing an interview, negotiating a better salary or getting a raise at their current day job, other people would be willing to pay for your help too. Get started by sharing your advice on a personal blog and becoming a career coach on platforms like The Muse and Coach Me where there’s already an existing audience of people looking to make a move in their careers. From there, keep your focus on helping people get real results, building case studies to support this side hustle, and eventually charging for the results you’re delivering clients.
132. What Did I Miss?
Share in the comments if I’m missing any great side hustle business ideas that you can start while working full-time! Bonus points if you’ve already gotten started on it, and share the link to your website.
Digital nomads and tax: is it an ethical lifestyle choice or cheating?
“I go for a surf, work by the pool, get a massage, go home and my maid’s cleaned my house, drink a coconut at sunset, then repeat.”
More Westerners are becoming “digital nomads”, descending on cheaper countries in South-East Asia, Eastern Europe and South America, to flee rising rents, stagnant wages and repetitive lifestyles back home. And as the economy moves further online, more businesses are realising remote workers free them from overheads while opening a global talent pool.
“We say ‘digital nomads’, but really we’re just immigrants,” 26-year old Oli Canavan says.
“When it’s Westerners invading the East, we’re “digital nomads”, but when it’s Easterners coming to the West, they’re “immigrants”.”
On day two of his holiday to Palawan in the Philippines, the white sand and jungle paradise tagged “Asia’s final frontier”, Mr Canavan decided to ditch his “soulless” sales job and start a tour company with a local. One year on, he manages Big Dream Boat Man remotely from Bali, enjoying a lifestyle world’s apart from his high-pressure corporate role.
But for those stuck in “the cubicle” back home, the enviable lifestyles of nomads can feel like cheating.
Are we just jealous or are digital nomads exploiting the system? If so, who’s losing?
‘Are these people paying any tax?’
The most common question from “cubicle” critics is, “where are these bloody millennials paying taxes?”
Like everything to do with tax, the answer is complicated.
Most nomads have simply taken their job on the road and continue to pay taxes to their home governments.
It’s possible that nomads could escape paying tax altogether — “I am generally travelling on a tourist visa and not in one country long enough to be considered a resident, therefore I don’t pay taxes anywhere,” one traveller claims on a digital nomad forum.
Becoming “tax non-resident” is more complex than just leaving the country for a long time. Using Australian bank accounts or leasing and owning Australian property may mean you’re still a “resident” while you’re away. But it’s theoretically possible.
Then there’s company tax — some savvy nomads are moving their business structures offshore to score lower company taxes in places like Singapore and Hong Kong.
“Startups don’t stay in Australia because the capital gains tax system is not attractive,” says Australian nomad Brie Moreau, who runs a digital marketing conference and agency, which employs 10 people around the world.
“We’re seeing a brain drain because it’s not beneficial to be in Australia for financial reasons. Digital nomads are the start of this exodus of money out of Australia and other Western countries.
Offshoring not just for global companies
Some digital nomads spread tips on “offshoring” and tax minimisation through a web of Facebook groups. For many, paying tax to a country they don’t live or work in is the true injustice.
“I don’t have a problem paying tax to Australia; my company is set up in Australia and pays tax,” says Mr Moreau. “But I don’t think I should have to pay a 30 per cent [company] tax rate and deal with the bureaucracy of the Australian tax system when I don’t live there and my clients are international.”
Tech consultant Michael Tremeer works to “optimise” his tax bill, but views it in relation to the Australian services he will use across his life.
“I’ve been to university, I’ve used Medicare … Australia has been good to me, so I don’t mind paying my share,” he says.
But for Mr Moreau, the concept of a lifetime exchange with one country is at odds with the roving future he sees for himself.
“Are you obliged to pay tax to a country for the rest of your life because you lived there for a certain amount of time?” he says.
“I am not using Australia’s services yet I’m paying tax for them.”
‘They’re back home living with their mums in a year’
How to tax nomads goes to bigger questions for the digital economy: how do we say “where” digital work is done? Which government is entitled to reap taxes from work that’s done in the cloud? In a global economy, does a national tax system still make sense?
“This is a big problem for tax authorities and most major governments,” says Antony Ting, associate professor at University of Sydney Business School.
“The tax system was designed before we even had internet. Digital nomads might have small turnovers, but if you look at the bigger picture, digital companies like Google, Microsoft and Apple are deriving significant revenue in Australia, but the tax system can’t capture that income.”
For Mr Canavan and Mr Moreau, the focus should stay on these big companies and not on enterprising digital nomads.
“Eighty per cent of digital nomads are not making any money. They’re back home living with their mums in a year,” says Mr Canavan.
“So this tax question is not as big a deal as people think.”
‘Crypto-nomads’ are on the rise
Policing tax is tricky at the best of times, with most tax systems relying on workers to honestly report their earnings. Policing across border is even harder, but the Australian Tax Office is working on it:
“Information-sharing between countries has increased significantly in recent years with data exchanged automatically and through programs specifically implemented to improve global tax transparency,” the ATO said in a statement.
From September, foreign banks will feed information back to the ATO about Australians’ transactions overseas, under a new measure called the Common Reporting Standard. In theory, this should make it difficult for Australians overseas to conceal their earnings.
But, like all tax measures, it can’t monitor cash payments, bartering or cryptocurrency. Bartering is common in the co-working spaces that dot nomad hotspots. On cork pinboards and their digital equivalent — Facebook groups — nomads list their skills to share, from standard creative services (graphic design, marketing consulting) to more fringe offerings (“growth hacking”, “cryptocoaching”).
“Crypto-nomads” are also on the rise, as cryptocurrency trading goes mainstream, offering global, digital currencies without foreign transaction fees or high exchange rates. At this stage, not enough businesses pay or accept payments in cryptocurrency for digital nomads to bypass regular banks. But in future, it’s possible that digital nomads could operate independently of banks, hidden from the prying eyes of tax authorities behind 256-bit encryption — unless tax authorities catch up.
Are locals losing out?
Ask a digital nomad if they’re helping their host country and you’ll get an enthusiastic list of the ways. They’re volunteering on community projects. Bringing new skills. Spending money in the local economy. Paying their host government thousands in sales, lodging, transport and bed taxes — although usually not in income or company taxes, despite working from the country.
Ask a local and you might hear a different story. Yes, nomads are injecting funds into local economies, but this can also price-out locals — particularly when it comes to rent. In 2017, protests swept Europe as locals blamed Airbnb for driving up rents. Mr Canavan likens this to the gentrification of big cities.
“It’s an age-old story: first the artists move in, then the yuppies move in, then the artists have to move out. It’s the same here: the digital nomads move into a place, then the tourists come, then the digital nomads leave,” he says.
“It used to be that artists could go and live anywhere and create with their tools. Now you can be an artist with your computer.
“Digital nomads are kind of artists who can’t paint.”
Nomads argue they’re bringing new skills into their host countries. The influx of tech yuppies to Bali has seen the island dubbed “Silicon Bali”. Skill-sharing is key to the nomad ethos, but how often do locals get a look in?
“I’ve given talks at co-working spaces all over Europe, Asia and North America. There’s locals at those talks too, and they ask questions, and I am always willing to help anyone willing to learn,” says Mr Moreau, who runs Bali’s Digital Marketing Skill Share conference.
“The skills level in the digital marketing sector in Indonesia is low. The more high-level people that are here, the more that benefits the economy.”
Yet this model relies on co-working spaces taking the initiative to host events, and locals hearing about them, being able to afford a ticket and speaking English. Mr Moreau concedes that not all co-working spaces are so proactive: “many are just a shared office”.
Is being a digital nomad ethical?
At best, the digital nomad is a welcome financier of local, often struggling, economies. At worst, nomads are neo-colonialists, reaping cheaper living costs in a wealthy expat bubble.
Human resources expert Angela Knox isn’t confident that it’s possible to be an “ethical” digital nomad.
“Even if they’re careful with the way they’re making decisions to spend their money in that country, it will drive up costs for locals.
“We know the “trickle-down economy” doesn’t work like it should in theory.”
Remote work not for everyone
The difficulty of nomad life could offer a natural ceiling to the number of Westerners moving offshore. For every coconut at sunset there’s an inconvenient visa run or early-morning Skype call to loved ones thousands of kilometres away.
“Remote work isn’t straight-forward,” says Ms Knox, who is an associate professor in the University of Sydney Business School’s Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies.
Open-plan co-working spaces, unreliable technology and time-zone differences can make nomads unproductive, according to Ms Knox. And while co-working spaces can offer social connection, “the person you sit next to today, you might never see again.
“Some extroverts might enjoy the opportunity for constant networking, but this could be an introvert’s nightmare.”
Plugging the brain drain
Ms Knox believes companies could be doing more to stop smart young people from leaving the Australian market:
“One of the main reasons a lot of these young people go is that they’re unable to get permanent jobs, and even if they are lucky enough, many of them don’t see that there’s an internal labour market that will allow them to progress their career. People would also think twice about going somewhere else if the wages here were more attractive and there was wage growth.”
But in many cases, nomads can come home with new skills and connections that they couldn’t find at home.
When Mr Tremeer was travelling the world as a digital nomad, he met his tech idols by attending talks and workshops in Europe “every night of the week”.
“That was the most valuable part — that energy of everyone creating things, you sort of feed on that,” he says.
Now back on the Gold Coast, Mr Tremeer is using the tech skills he learnt while travelling to help Queensland hospitals use artificial intelligence to better diagnose disease and improve patient outcomes.
Be like Simba
For Mr Canavan, this reintegration is key to being an “ethical nomad”, which he explains with a handy reference to the Lion King.
“Being a digital nomad is like when Simba goes to Hakuna Matata world, and enjoys a few years of easy, worry-free living. But eventually, he stops eating bugs and goes back to fix his kingdom. I think that’s the healthiest path: you come home and take on whatever it is that you define as your purpose.”
“Not everyone comes home. You see people here who kind of own a bar and they’re always drunk and they’ve been here 30 years.
“You have to be careful not to get forever lost in paradise.”
The increase of people working remotely instead of at an office has risen quickly in recent years which makes good sense. If you have a skill that you’re willing to offer without taking up office space, you’re a greater asset than a full time paid employee. Not to mention you can live wherever you want in the world usually. This may mean your expenses are drastically reduced while still bringing in your countries currency.
Technology has created a new way for us to work and live. It has the potential to be a more balanced life because it is of your own making. The digital nomad lifestyle is taking the world by storm. You can do co-working on a yacht in Thailand, sit by a pool in Bali, or get your work done while sipping on a coffee in Costa Rica. The world is your oyster and the time to get into this bustling digital nomad world is now.
No matter what your profession or expertise is, it’s likely that someone online needs what you have to offer in some way, shape, or form. Sure, you may need to amalgamate your skills. For example, you know all about addiction because you worked as a counselor. You might not have the writing skills to create content. Take a course online. There are plenty. Some are free but if you pay, they are reasonable and fast. A small price to pay for living a life of freedom and adventure.
So what do you want to do for a living as you roam the world? Here are 25 digital nomad skills that are giving people their income for this exciting lifestyle.
Do you know what a copywriter is referred to? A salesman in print. If you can write words that inspire people to take the actions you want them to, you can make a pretty good living. This is a high demand gig online because let’s face it, every online business needs to have a lot of content to rank well on google and sell their products/services.
If you happen to have a knack for writing, take some low paying gigs to start. Get something in your portfolio. Eventually, it will build into better contracts and you’ll be able to leave your job. The entry-level jobs for copywriting have fairly low expectations so it gives you an opportunity to feel the lay of the land without disappointing clients.
You can slowly begin to learn how to do extra value tasks too. SEO and backlinking are a few examples of that.
To start, put a profile of yourself on Upwork or freelancer. These sites don’t always have clients that want to pay a lot but it’s good experience and you can show off your work history online.
If you want to take a little education to hone your writing skills, there are courses on Udemy and Skillshare.
The name Unsettled “is about turning something perceived as a negative into a positive,” Mr. Kalan said. “Everybody feels unsettled at some point. If you’re unsettled by a 9-to-5 job, then why not embrace the uncertainty?”
The concept resonated with Stacey Chassoulas, a digital marketer from Johannesburg. She joined Unsettled’s program in Buenos Aires last fall “to change the rhythms of daily life” and test the waters of remote work with her partner, Tyrone Niland. Both are 36 and love to travel, but wanted to keep their jobs and home.
“I wanted to see if it was a lifestyle that would mesh with the corporate world,” said Mr. Niland, a partner at Bramel Business Solutions, a small private equity advisory firm.
“Concepts like Unsettled are very new to South Africa’s professional environment,” but his company was supportive “as long as I could take phone calls and respond to emails,” he said.
Steve King, a partner at Emergent Research, an independent research and consulting firm, said combining work and travel was not new, but interest has been increasing. “We still don’t know how many digital nomads there are,” he said. “It’s hard to measure, but it’s pretty clearly growing at a strong rate.”
He attributed the increase in the number of remote workers to improved technology, a changing job market and inexpensive flights. The two main groups fueling it, he said, are millennials interested in taking time off from traditional work and aging baby boomers who have financial resources and flexibility.
“Humans are social beings,” Mr. King said. “It’s not easy to penetrate foreign cultures, so help in that process is hugely important.”
Resources are plentiful. They include Nomad List, a website that ranks destinations that are accommodating to digital nomads, based on factors like cost of living, internet speed and weather; and groups like Remote Year and Hacker Paradise.
“They can help make living and working wherever we want possible,” said Johannes Voelkner, founder of Nomad Cruise, who organizes two-week networking cruises for digital nomads twice a year. “A lot of people think, ‘I wish I could do this.’ But they make it too complicated — they try to change their complete lives instead of starting with a short test.”
Mr. Voelkner said he started the cruises about one and a half years ago to combat the loneliness he felt as a digital nomad. The next voyage, from Colombia to Portugal, is scheduled for May. A typical group is “very international,” he said — about 150 people from some 30 countries, their average age in the mid- to late 20s and 30s. But people in their 60s and couples with babies have sailed.
Roam, a network of co-living properties in Miami, Bali, Madrid, London and eight additional places by the end of the year, is geared to remote workers “who need a reliable base in different cities,” said Bruno Haid, the company’s chief executive. Each location has communal living areas, with meeting rooms, a co-working space and fast Wi-Fi, and offers social activities, often unique to the locale.
“It offers a much deeper sense of the local experience and is more affordable than most traditional hotels and apartments,” Mr. Haid said. (Costs start at $1,800 a month and $500 a week.) He compared Roam to extended-stay hotels popular with business travelers, but with a stronger focus on community and design.
Most guests are “freelancers, authors and creative industry types,” he said, but “we do increasingly see employees” from companies like Google or the Boston Consulting Group.
Jim Lockard, 65, and his wife, Dorianne Cotter-Lockard, 61, empty nesters, sold their California home, cars and most of their furniture just over two years ago and have been traveling — and working — ever since. They recently spent 16 weeks at Roam’s Miami location.
“We really like the co-working, co-living concept,” said Ms. Cotter-Lockard, who runs a leadership and organizational development consulting firm. Until recently, she said, they often booked accommodations through Airbnb, but internet connectivity “was hit or miss.”
Both said they enjoyed the weekly “family nights” and daily informal dinners, where people cook in a communal kitchen and dine together. “It gives us a home base and the opportunity to meet people from all over the world,” said Mr. Lockard, a former police officer and minister who now writes and coaches.
Studies show that when employees have the choice to work remotely, “business is a whole lot better” for “people, the planet and profit,” said Kate Lister, president of Global Workplace Analytics, a consulting firm that focuses on emerging workplace trends.
Gallup’s State of the American Workplace report, released in February, showed that more American employees were working remotely and for longer periods. The “sweet spot” was employees who spend three to four days a week off site; they reported feeling most engaged at work.
Mohammed Chahdi, global human resources services director for Dell, said a large percentage of its 140,000 employees already worked remotely and the goal was to have 50 percent do so by 2020. The strategy has helped the company “grow smart,” he said, by reducing its real estate and environmental footprints and retaining talented employees.
“We have data that show employees are more engaged when they enjoy flexibility,” said Mr. Chahdi, who works remotely from Toronto. “Why insist that they be in an office when it simply doesn’t matter?”
A new study, Future Workforce, released in February by Upwork, a marketplace for online work, surveyed more than 1,000 hiring managers in the United States. It found that only one in 10 believed location was important to a new hire’s success; nearly two-thirds said they had at least some workers who did a significant portion of their work from a remote location, and about half agreed that they had trouble finding the talent they needed locally.
“Remote work has gone mainstream,” said Stephane Kasriel, Upwork’s chief executive.” On-site work between the hours of 9 and 5 “is a remnant of the industrial era.”
But there are drawbacks. “Technology is just not there yet,” said Ms. Lister of Global Workplace Analytics. Many companies do not have programs to train staff members to work effectively with remote workers, and labor and tax laws can be challenging.
“But the genie is out of the bottle,” she said, “and it’s not going back in.”
Low-cost locations like Bali and Chiang Mai, Thailand, have long attracted digital nomads, but now other destinations are reaching out. “It’s one of the trends we really need to understand if we want to be relevant,” said Signe Jungersted, director for development at Wonderful Copenhagen, the region’s official tourism organization. When highly skilled people stay for extended periods, it not only promotes tourism, but also attracts business and touches off innovation, she said.
“Travel has changed,” Ms. Jungersted said. “Everyone wants to be a temporary local.”
But Mr. Niland, from South Africa, said the benefits were global.
“The opportunity to go live in a foreign city for a month and interact with the local people and experience their culture — that’s priceless to me. But culturally, we need to understand each other for the world to work,” he said. “And this is a way to achieve that.”
The ‘Digital Nomad‘ lifestyle sounds enticing right? Travel the world while working online with any number of skills in the digital workplace. To become a digital nomad is certainly possible. While it’s totally possible to live a life of travel while working online, it’s best to not plunge into the Digital Nomad lifestyle without a good degree of preparation.
First of all, you need some digital skills you can offer. Anything from web design to copy writing to article writing to customer service. Second, you should already be making money from clients and hopefully repeat clients. You need to be making enough income to support the additional expense of traveling, add to that some buffer cash for any emergencies you may encounter on your travels.
Plunging starry-eyed into the nomadic digital lifestyle is a recipe for disaster. A hard question you must ask yourself is do you really have the proper mindset, maturity and dedication to hard work to make this lifestyle work.
Working and traveling while providing any type of digital marketing requires a strong desire to learn, the willingness to edure loneliness, and be willing to be a marketer of yourself. You need to have a strong desire to be a Digital Nomad, – that means having a ‘fire in your soul’ and an incredible amount of motivation, discipline and drive.
In today’s fast-paced world, it’s not difficult to imagine the appeal of working from home in a remote office. But certain issues arise from that dream, such as where in your home to locate the office, how to minimize distractions, and the ever so difficult task of staying motivated.
In this article, we’ll explore various options to maximize efficiency. You may be looking for a new job because your current employer frowns on working from home: Check job websites to see if home-working is mentioned before applying, it is not really a question you can ask if it is not mentioned.
Location, Location, Location
Your employer permits working from home, and you’ve obtained permission to do so. You are lucky because not every employer allows this; some tasks just cannot be done away from your colleagues. If you work in the construction industry you are unlikely to be allowed to work from home. The next step is to decide where to locate your home office. The obvious location would be in the basement, away from the rest of the house, right? Wrong. The best location would be one with windows that open, allowing some fresh outdoor air to come indoors.
Fifty shades of colors other than grey
Believe it or not, color plays a major role in productivity. According to Angela Wright, color expert, what type of work you’ll be doing should influence your palette choices. Blue is good for the mind, Red stimulates the body, Green promotes balance, and Yellow is good for emotional health. For example, if you do mind-work all day, Angela would probably recommend blue to keep you focused, with red accents to keep your energy level from dropping through the day. If you are a designer and you want to be creative, blue will not be the color for you. Yellow would be a better color since it stimulates your ego and spirits, making you more optimistic.
I can have exercise?
Just as important as the physical properties of the office itself, is how you comport yourself in it. The biggest killer of effectiveness is to allow your office to become more than an office. In a world where work is boring, and funny cat videos are only a few clicks away, it is exceptionally important to stay focused on work. Gloria M. Miele, Ph.D. suggests the biggest distraction in a home office is a television. Avoiding your favorite programs may seem an arduous task, but is the easiest way to avoid distractions. Regular breaks to walk around and exercise are also vital.
The biggest drawback to working from home is one you wouldn’t expect: Lonliness. That’s right; as much as you may enjoy working from home, the social part of your brain still longs to be part of the team in the office, so the way around this is to get the best of both worlds into your office. A simple application called iDoneThis allows just that. IDoneThis tracks your progress and achievements, and sends that report to the office, so you can share with your team.
Balance is Key
Lastly, finding balance to your home/home office is essential. Letting other members of your household know your office is off limits is a good first step. You need to always remember that working from home is a bit of a misnomer. You’re not working from home, you’re working from your office, which just so happens to be inside your home. As long as you keep this in mind, you’re on the path to success. But there is a flip side to this as well; remember that you are at home. It is recommended that you allow yourself a short break every couple hours to relax, and keep your mind sharp.
Recent studies show that the ‘Remote Worker’ lifestyle is trending. If you are looking for more flexible work, now may be the time to refresh that resume…
Writing a good resume can be a tough and time-consuming process for most people. This statement is especially true when it comes to creating an effective resume for a remote work opportunity.
Most remote workers find it hard to develop an outstanding resume due to various reasons. It could be fear of failure, lack of effective writing skills, or the poor research they’ve done on the company they’re looking to join.
To land the perfect job position as a remote worker, you’ll need to bring complexity to the table. In today’s post, we’re approaching several strategies and tips that’ll help you create an amazing resume as a remote worker.
1. Chose an Outstanding Format
Before you actually get to the practical part and start writing your resume, you’ll have to choose the format that will suit you best. There are three types of formatting:
Chronological- listing the information in a chronological order
Functional- listing the information in accordance with your skills, abilities, and achievements
Hybrid- it’s a combination of chronological and functional formats
Moreover, you must also acknowledge and understand that recruiters won’t spent much time reading your resume. Therefore, you’d better keep it short, concise, and truly relevant. Also, choose a professional and readable font type and size. The recommended ones are Arial and Calibri at 10.5 or 12 size value.
2. List Your Contact Information
No matter what format you have chosen, your contact information must be at the top. Here’s what the list should contain and the order of the elements:
Professional email address
Social media handles (like LinkedIn)
URLs to personal blogs or websites
Some would say that you should add you address too, but since you’re a remote worker it would have no relevance. The URLs you provide are similar to your extra-work portfolio. Putting them in the contact information section is the best way to direct the recruiter to your best work.
3. Write a Catchy Introduction of Yourself
Janice Fardel, the HR manager at one of the top rated resume writing services , notes that “Most remote workers find it hard to decide which information they should present at the beginning of their resumes. If you’re in that position, you should strive to capture your recruiter’s attention by telling a meaningful story, by stating interesting things, or by simply displaying your unique traits.
Therefore, to develop an inspirational resume, you should first ensure that you’re being truly relevant and interesting to the interviewer while introducing your personality, knowledge, and skills.
The recruiter will spend approximately 6 seconds to scan your resume and he will start from the top. So, if you don’t catch his attention, your chances are gone.
4. Add Both Your Professional and Academic Experience
The body of your resume should begin with the experience section, where you should list, in a chronological way, all your job history, starting with the beginning and ending with your actual position, and all your relevant professional achievements. For each job you had, you should provide further information. See here how.
Furthermore, the educational section should also follow a reverse chronological order. In this section, you should include the following:
The type of your degree
The minors and majors you’ve chosen to study
The university you attended
All the awards and honors you received in the past
All the remarkable achievements you’ve had during your academic years
5. Write a Skills Section
If you want to increase your chances of getting called for an interview, you should dedicate an entire section to your personal and professional skills. You should only include the skills that are truly relevant to the job position you’re applying for.
Besides skills, let the employer know what makes you a unique and valuable employee. Display your most powerful traits and tell why they should choose you instead of other candidates.
6. Tailor Your Resume Well
Tailoring your resume about researching the company you’re applying to, understanding their requirements and expectations, and tailoring your resume according to your specific job role in that company.
Why is this necessary? Well, imagine that a job offer may attract hundreds of candidates and with so many resumes to read, recruiters use Applicant Tracking System software.
This software takes your resume and compares it according to the job description and specific keywords. So, if you want your resume to pass the ATS software, you’d better tailor it well.
7. Finishing Touches
Sending a resume full of misspelled words and grammar issues will only prove your lack of professionalism.
Therefore, you’d better check it twice, use proofreading tools like Grammarly and Language Tool , or simply ask someone else to check it over.
Keep in mind that a truly good resume requires your full attention, focus, and time. Take our tips into consideration, contemplate on them, and most importantly, apply them whenever you write your next resume.
Trends towards remote work are rising, with no end in sight. That’s according to a recent survey by Upwork. Today we will look at highlights of the survey, as well as get some answers about the topic from Upwork’s Zoe Harte, Senior Vice President of HR and Talent Innovation.
Ninety-one percent of hiring managers had open positions on their team at some point in 2017.
Positions are typically open for 36 days. Engineering positions were open for 45 days on average, and accounting and finance positions were open for 39 days on average.
More than three times as many hiring managers said that hiring was more difficult in 2017 than those who said it was easier.
The top hiring challenges in 2017 were access to skills (53%), cost and budgets (45%), and internal hiring processes (33%).
Fifty-two percent of hiring managers say that talent shortages are driving the adoption of more flexible models in the workplace.
Sixty-three percent of companies have remote workers, but 57% lack work-from-home policies.
Forty-eight percent of companies use freelancers, which is up 5% since last year.
Thirty-eight percent of survey-takers said that full-time/permanent employees will work largely from home.
Daily Advisor: According to your research, there has been a steady rise in remote workers. What has your research shown to be the major factor in the steady rise in remote workers?
Harte: Technology is fundamentally changing the way we work. Thanks to remote collaboration tools like Slack, Google Hangouts, and Atlassian, to name a few, it’s now possible to work without time and place restrictions. We’re no longer constrained by the walls of the office. While technology is the main enabler, another major force that must be recognized is that people recognize the ability to have more freedom and flexibility today, and they want to be able to work anytime, anywhere. In fact, the most talented professionals are increasingly used to being able to call the shots and shape their lives as they want to live them rather than as traditional 9-to-5 work required. This means that companies that want access to these talented pros need to allow remote work.
Daily Advisor: If the need to be flexible is being driven by the need for talent, what happens to the remote workforce if there are no longer talent shortages? In other words, are remote workforces only valuable because they help people fill their skill gaps?
Harte: The skills gap is not something that’s likely to go away anytime soon. Innovation is progressing faster than ever before. The underlying challenge for companies will be making sure there are enough people with the skills needed to support innovation. Technological and sociodemographic changes are shortening the shelf life of today’s skills. The World Economy Forum predicts that by 2020, more than 30% of the workforce’s essential skills will be new. Outside of access to skills, the other major benefit of having a remote workforce is the ability to scale teams up and down quickly to meet the demands of the business.
Daily Advisor: It was big news when IBM ended its work-from-home policies. What does it know that other companies don’t? What problem did it think it was solving by rolling back work-from-home policies?
Harte: IBM made the decision to colocate teams in what it claimed is an effort to inspire creativity and foster greater collaboration. While collaboration is a critical factor for success, location is not. Only 9% of hiring managers believe having a physical presence in the office is important to a new hire’s success. IBM’s decision to revoke its remote work policies was shortsighted, as its best talent will easily find new jobs with companies that are more open to remote work.
Daily Advisor: My understanding is that STEM workers, like those who would work at IBM, are in short supply. In your opinion, has IBM made a mistake by taking away the flexibility offered by allowing remote workers?
Harte: IBM’s reversal of its remote work policy was alarming and a big misstep. Remote work is not just the future but also the present. Forcing workers back into offices is archaic and a surefire way to lose your best talent. People today expect the freedom that technology provides. Not only do flexible work arrangements top job seekers’ lists of priorities but also making successful hires depends much more on relevant skills than on physical location. Companies that refuse to support a remote workforce risk losing their best people and turning away tomorrow’s top talent.
Daily Advisor: Working from home seems to go hand in hand with freelancers, contractors, and temporary staff. Your research shows a shift toward full-time and permanent employees being likely to work largely from home. Why is that?
Harte: The nature of work is changing. Employees are pushing companies to break down traditional time and place barriers that are relics of the Industrial Era and no longer make sense now that work can be done online. Flexible scheduling and work-from-home opportunities can be a major factor in an employee’s decision to take or leave a job. Innovative companies are realizing the value of nontraditional work models and are opting for more hybrid, flexible teams. In fact, 63% of companies today have remote team members. This will only continue to increase as companies see the benefits of remote work, including increased productivity and engagement.
In tomorrow’s Advisor, we’ll look at the rest of Harte’s answers, especially concerning workplaces without work-from-home policies. Additionally, we’ll look at their survey results infographic.