Last year I wrote a blog post about the best passive income ideas that were making me money every week at the time, and that article blew up. Since then, I’ve been inundated with messages from people asking for more ideas for side hustles that they can start this year.
In this blog post, we will go over different side hustle ideas that you can start to make money on the internet if you want.
For each of these side hustle ideas, we’re going to talk about how easy it is to start, how easy it is to make your first hundred dollars, and then how hard or time-intensive it is to keep going.
Let’s get into it.
What are The Best Side Hustles To Start Now?
1. Video Editor
Idea number one is actually to become a video editor for YouTubers. Now, bear with me over here. This is not as crazy as it sounds; it’s pretty straightforward to learn how to edit videos.
Within a weekend, you can teach yourself how to edit videos using final cut or premiere, iMovie or DaVinci resolve, or any other app. You can teach yourself how to edit videos completely from scratch, having never done it before.
If you want to make money using the service, you need to find people who are willing to pay for that service. Conveniently, YouTubers always need someone to edit their videos.
Once they’re beyond maybe a few tens of thousands of subscribers, maybe 20k plus, basically every YouTuber would benefit from having an editor that they can outsource their editing to.
And at that point, most YouTubers are also making enough money to support the service, and they don’t enjoy editing videos themselves. They’re desperate to find someone who can help them edit their videos.
If someone is a YouTuber in that position, they might be going on websites like Fiverr or Upwork or people per hour and looking for an editor from who they can outsource editing.
You find that about 95% of the responses are absolute trash, i.e., people don’t read the description correctly. They’re completely unprofessional in their communication, and they’re just terrible at video editing.
To stand out in one of these marketplaces, you have to communicate well and read the brief that the person is given rather than copy and paste it.
That’s one way of doing it where you’re essentially waiting for people to come to you—waiting for people to choose you. But there is another way of doing it, and that other way involves being a permissionless apprentice.
What you could do, for example, is you could find a YouTuber that you like and have about 50k to 250k subscribers. You can download one of their videos from youtube and edit it differently.
You can add some lower thirds, some effects, some titles and transitions, and background music.
Then you can reach out to that YouTuber on Twitter or Instagram or email and say, “Hey, I’m a video editor; I would love to edit videos for you, and here is an example of what I’ve done using some of your content.”
If you do this with just a handful of YouTubers, I can basically guarantee that at least one of them will respond.
Then the thing you ask them is, “Hey, why don’t you give me one of your raw videos and I’ll edit it for you completely free of charge so you can see what my work is like, and then after that, I charge fifty dollars a video or a hundred dollars a video.”
You’re telling your pricing upfront, so they know what the vibe is, and they can decide if they can afford this. You’re offering to do that first video for free because they’ve already seen your skills.
You’re giving them this free trial, so they can see how you’re doing, and then if all that goes well, they’re going to be paying you lots of money to edit their videos.
This model of becoming a permissionless apprentice applies to loads of things other than video editing. You could become a podcast editor; you could be a thumbnail artist.
You could be someone who converts someone’s email newsletter into an Instagram carousel that they can post on their Instagram account.
You can be someone who takes long-form video content from youtube and turns it into 9×16 TikTok-friendly content with the animations and the music.
There’s all of this stuff that you can do. All it needs is:
- having the skills which you can learn for free on the internet within a few days
- Having a little bit of creativity, ingenuity, and the ability to communicate well via email or via Twitter to find the people who will ultimately pay you for the service.
How easy is this to start? Pretty easy. You need to learn the skill, not very hard; you can follow youtube tutorials. It takes about a weekend.
How easy is it to make your first hundred dollars? Again not that hard. Probably two out of five stars because you can post many projects on Upwork, Fiverr, and people per hour and these freelance websites.
You can also reach out to your YouTuber friends. Making a hundred dollars shouldn’t be too hard in this context.
But the only drawback with this is that it is pretty time-intensive, and I’d give this a five out of five in terms of time intensivity. Because ultimately, when you’re selling a service like this, you are charging for your time.
Generally, it tends to become pretty time intensive when you’re charging for your time rather than building something and selling it where you’re not charging for your time.
2. Online Tutoring
This is how most of my friends when we were at the university, made the bulk of our side hustle money through tutoring people on the internet.
The best way to think about this is that wherever you are on your journey, there’s probably some stuff that you know that someone could benefit from.
For example, when I was 18 years old, I signed up for this online tutoring agency, and I started tutoring people in maths and science. Then when I got to university, I tutored people who were applying to medical school, helping them out with the entrance exams.
I’ve got friends who are currently working as doctors who are doing online tutoring for medical students and a few friends who have entirely random jobs that they’re doing.
But what they do tutoring in is in languages. One of my friends, for example, speaks french natively, and he’s an online french teacher. He teaches people french over the internet for about 30 to 50 pounds an hour.
This is pretty easy to do. You need to have a skill or something that you have learned that someone else will find valuable. And then you need to find people who are willing to pay for that skill.
Usually, you can sign up for an account for these online tutoring platforms, e.g., tutoring.com.
Another example of another friend of mine from med school who had one of these accounts on one of these online tutoring websites and ended up tutoring someone who turned out to be the daughter of some Nigerian royal family.
Then they liked him so much that they flew him out in their private jet for a whole summer to tutor their kids while they were going to these cool places all around the world, and he said that was a pretty sick experience.
I’m not saying that if you start online tutoring, you’re going to get that level of treatment, but what I’m saying is that it’s an excellent way of teaching something that you know to people who are willing to pay for that thing to be taught to them.
The other option, along with a similar vein, is a website called italki, and I’ve got a few friends who teach languages through that.
It’s kind of like a language teaching thing, but it’s not teaching it’s if you speak English, you can sign up for an account on italki, and people will pay for you to have a conversation with them over zoom in English.
Generally, people from abroad want to improve their English by having conversations with an English speaker. If you’re going to teach on italki, then it usually starts somewhere between four and eight dollars an hour. But you can always up your prices over time.
One friend I know is making a few hundred dollars a month from doing a few hours of italki a month.
This stuff is pretty simple. But you need to have the skill, and you need to be able to market yourself to get people to pay for that skill, and then you need to be good at teaching.
The thing is that all ways to make money require an exchange of value in return for money, and in this case, the value you’re providing is the ability to teach something.
Sometimes people get held back by thinking they need a formal teaching qualification, but you don’t need any formal qualifications.
This is one of those things where if you have learned something and you’re just good at explaining it, then you probably can teach that thing to someone.
You can practice with your friends, family, kids, or your colleagues.
In terms of ease of getting started, I’m going to give this a two out of five because you need to have that skill, to begin with.
It’s not too hard to make your first hundred dollars. I’m going to give this a two out of five. All you have to do is market yourself appropriately on the various tutoring websites that are relevant to you.
The problem is that this is a pretty time-intensive thing because you are doing a direct trade time for money, and generally, you’re being paid by the hours you spend.
The more hours you put in, the more money you’re going to make.
3. Website Designer
How do you become a website designer? These days are not that hard, like back in the day when I was first learning web design. You had to learn HTML and CSS and all that kind of stuff.
These days there are so many no-code ways of building a website like WordPress, Squarespace, Wix, and other drag and drop type website builders that are pretty reasonable.
It’s also pretty easy to learn WordPress. WordPress powers like 30% of the internet. You can download WordPress themes for free. You can customize them for free; they’re not that hard.
And you can watch youtube tutorials that teach you how to customize a WordPress theme. Within a week, you can learn how to make a website and how to make it look good. Suppose you’re using something like Squarespace, Wix, or WordPress.
Now you’ve got this skill that could be valuable to some people, and you need to find people who are willing to pay you for the skill. The trick here is to not appeal to absolutely everyone but instead appeal to a niche group of people.
There are two people that I’m currently thinking of who have done this very well.
One of them is a guy who I connected through this website, and he and I met up for coffee about two years ago. It turned out he had taught himself web design, and he specialized in building websites for orthodontists in two states here in America.
This is pretty niche. That was the only thing he provided. He just reached out to all of the orthodontists in the two states and some other states, and he said to them, “Hey, look, I specialize in building websites for orthodontists. I can make your website look prettier, it’ll increase your leads, and it’ll help more people sign up to your Invisalign.”
After sending a few dozen cold emails, he hopped on a few phone calls, and then he ended up being paid like $500 to make his first orthodontist website.
Then after that, he went to other orthodontists in the area be like, “Hey, I’ve worked on this website, here’s what it looks like, and it looked good, and those other guys were sick and wanted to hire him to build their orthodontist website.
He then upped his prices slowly over time to the point that he could travel the world.
Literally just building websites for orthodontists. And then the next thing he did after that was that he started going into paid ads and helping them run their google ads, and so he was traveling the world making a living as a digital nomad.
Starting off making websites for orthodontists and then selling ads for them.
The cool thing about that is once you’ve built a website, you’ve got the knowledge. It’s not that hard to create the same genre of website again by changing up the fonts, colors, and vibe to make it look slightly different, but the underlying structure is the same.
This is pretty easy to start. It takes about a week to learn how to make a decent-looking website, but getting your first client is hard because you have to put yourself out there and try to get some sales.
But once you’ve done that, making $100 is pretty easy. Again the issue is that this is a reasonably time-intensive thing because you are selling your time for money.
You can level up the whole building websites thing by actually specializing in building themes for other people to build websites with.
I’ve got a friend who’s the one who specializes in building themes for Ghost, which is a sort of niche kind of WordPress alternative that people can use to build websites.
He builds these website themes and then sells them on Ghost for about $50 to $100. And so he’s making pretty healthy passive income every single day from people buying his website templates.
This is the perfect example of doing the work once, of creating a thing, and then selling it multiple times without further costs.
Recently, there’s also been a new trend towards people building websites with Notion. Notion acts as a good content management system, and then you can plug it into a website like super.so. People can create a website off the back of a notion page.
This is cool because if you create themes for super, you can sell those themes. You’re doing the work to develop the awesome theme once, and then you’re selling it to whoever wants to convert their notion page into looking as a website and like the theme you’ve designed.
This takes more effort. You probably do need a bit of background in coding HTML and CSS, making stuff look a little bit pretty, and making sure the website theme works.
To make money online, you have to provide something valuable, and in this post, hopefully, I’m giving you lots of examples of useful things that you can provide to people who are willing to pay for them.
4. Social Media Consulting
If you’re reading this, you probably know more about social media than people over the age of 50. Conveniently, it just happens that most businesses in the world are run by people over the age of 30. Basically, every business in the world needs some social media presence.
Just by being of a particular generation, you’ll automatically have sort of, by default, a bit of a background in social media, and you can always learn a bit more in a weekend by just reading a ton of blog posts and watching a ton of youtube videos.
At this point, you can now advertise your services as a social media consultant. You can go to businesses in your local area or wherever that doesn’t have an outstanding social media presence, and you can offer consulting services to them.
You can say, “Hey, I specialize in social media consulting. I will give you all the advice you need to do to grow your Instagram or your Facebook or LinkedIn or whatever social media platform.”
Then these businesses run by people over the age of 30 would think that’s kind of cool. We need to get better at LinkedIn, but we don’t know how to do it. We need to get better at Instagram, but we can’t be bothered. And they’ll as, “can you tell us what we need to do?”
You can hop on a call with them. You can give them a free half an hour, and then you can be like yeah, sure, you know, I charge $300 a month as a retainer fee.
And that gives you one phone call every month or one zoom call every month where I analyze your social media presence and give you tips on what you can do.
That’s pretty good because you’re getting paid on retainer for these businesses, which you’re going to be actively reaching out to, and you’re hopefully giving them genuinely valuable advice about growing their social media presence.
This is because you’re you’ve got a skill. You’ve actively learned ways to improve that skill, and now you’re offering it to people who can pay for it, i.e., businesses.
What might happen is that you might get into a point reasonably quickly where people and businesses will see that you know what you’re talking about, and they will ask what it would take for you to manage their social media accounts.
At this point, you can offer a fully done-for-you service where you will take over their social media accounts and manage them and help them grow and maybe charge them about two thousand dollars a month for that retainer service.
You can make them three Instagram posts and one LinkedIn post every week, which you’ll completely sort out all, and a zoom call with them once a month to get some content from them.
This is what one of my friends does for one real estate company. He charges a few thousand dollars a month, and he is paid to do social media consulting.
They started off paying him to do social media consulting but then said that they needed to do a bunch of stuff with social media.
Now he built his agency model out of this where he does this for other clients as well, and it all started with “hey, I know a lot about social media, let me reach out to people who I know need help with social media and let’s figure out how I can make a business from this.”
How easy is it to start? Well, if you’re under the age of 30, it’s straightforward because you already know about social media. You need to brush up on it a little bit more and keep track of the latest practices and trends.
How easy is it to make your first hundred dollars? Again pretty easy. I’d give this probably a two out of five stars. You have to find a business because businesses make money, and businesses need a social media presence.
You don’t want to try and target individuals who are not making money because no individual wants to spend money to grow their social media presence. It’s only a business that wants to spend money to grow its social media presence.
In terms of time intensiveness, I will give this like a two out of five. You’re trading your time for money by doing these hourly consulting gigs, but if you can get some clients and do social media management for them, suddenly you can use this whole suite of apps like buffer and remix and things like that to schedule social media posts.
You can use things like canva or photoshop or Figma to bulk create assets so that maybe for one day a month, you’re doing the work to kind of manage three social media accounts.
Then you’re scheduling everything to come out across that month. You do not have to do much more beyond that.
In terms of time-intensive, the time for money trade is pretty good.
5. Notion Consultant
This is similar to this consultant thing, except it’s going more specific. Notion is an app that’s taken the world by storm, if you’re not familiar. I’m not going to talk too much about it.
Many businesses need to have their business processes streamlined and operationalized and need to have stuff converted into standard operating procedures, especially if they’re small businesses with maybe between three and ten employees.
They probably don’t have an excellent system behind how they’re running their business. Now, an app-like notion is fantastic for building an internal wiki, internal processes, and internal standard operating procedures.
If you can learn how to use Notion and learn how businesses operate in terms of SOPs, structure, org chart design, and all that kind of stuff. You can then start to advertise your services as a notion business consultant to local businesses.
You’re not giving them specific advice for their particular niche or industry; all you’re doing is taking the things they’re already doing. You’re going into their business, asking a few questions, and you’re turning things into notion pages, and you’re trying to streamline their workflows.
There is a guy who’s a notion consultant working in a content marketing company who’s helping them revamp their content production pipeline. He’s paid a large amount of money to do this because he knows a lot about Notion.
There’s a bunch of people on Twitter, and Upwork is doing this.
Notion consulting is now a thing, and people seem to be charging around $30 to $70 an hour for notion consulting. It’s not that hard to become a Notion consultant.
You need to watch many youtube videos and play around with notion for about a week or so, and then you’ll become better at using Notion than 99% of people using Notion who are not actively trying to improve their notion skills.
Back to our model. You have this service that is valuable to people who are willing to pay for it, i.e., businesses, and are you reaching out to people who might need that service, and then you can charge them money for it.
Maybe you’ll get your first client for free or for a hundred dollars. That’s totally fine, you’re building up a portfolio, and then as you go to more businesses, you can say, “Hey, I have helped these other businesses streamline the notion, and here’s a testimonial from them.
Would you like me to do the same for you?” They are likely to accept, and they’ll pay you some money.
How easy is it to start? I’m going to give this probably a one out of five. Notion is pretty easy to learn. There are tons and tons of youtube tutorials and courses that you can take on how to get better with Notion and start playing around and building your systems and staff.
You’ll have a working knowledge of Notion enough to help businesses with it.
How easy is it to make the first hundred dollars? I would give this a one out of five. If people on Upwork are charging $30 to $70 an hour for notion consulting, you can probably also do the same, provided you have proper communication.
How time intensive is this? This depends on how much time you want to be putting in. You could do this part-time consulting service and trade your time for money by charging $40 an hour or something like that.
You can also turn it into a whole full-time thing with your courses, consulting, and packages, and then it becomes very time intensive. It depends on how much effort you want to put into this particular side hustle.
6. Content Writer
You can become a writer for businesses, YouTubers, creators, entrepreneurs, or anyone who needs stuff written for them. The critical thing to remember here is that business writing is not the same as writing an essay in an English literature class or a dissertation or anything like that.
Business writing is writing for clarity.
For example, let’s say you’re an orthodontist and you want to attract clients to your orthodontist thing.
One way of doing that is by having a website or a blog and doing this thing called content marketing which is where you write high-quality blog posts explaining stuff regarding orthodontist-type things.
Then when people search orthodontist stuff, your blog post explaining the benefits of Invisalign might come up.
Suppose you’re an orthodontist and want to increase your website presence, search engine optimization, and social media. In that case, you’re probably looking to hire someone to write articles for you that explain things like how Invisalign works and how the different treatments work.
If you’re an orthodontist and have your team of nurses and staff, you probably don’t have time to write these articles yourself, so you’d love to hire someone to write these articles for you.
Every business with a website knows that they should have blog posts where they’re doing this content marketing type stuff.
If you’re good at writing with clarity, simple, clear, and concise, then offer that service that is valuable to businesses who are willing to pay for it.
It’s also not just businesses that are willing to pay for that. You can write articles for websites to help convert Youtube videos into text. There’s a lot of writing support that big websites and YouTubers need because they want to be across all different platforms.
Most businesses don’t want to spend the time writing articles, so they outsource that to someone else.
All businesses with a website would be very willing to have a content writer, a freelancer who can write high-quality articles that’ll help them rank for SEO.
How easy is this to get started? I would say probably a two out of five. Again I would use the permissionless apprentice model.
I would find a niche, maybe orthodontist, dentist, or any other niche in your local area, and say to them, “Hey, I’m a writer. I specialize in writing articles for this, and here is an example of an article that I could write for you. All I would need is half an hour of your time once a month to mine content ideas from you, and then I’ll turn those into articles. These articles will be great for your social media, website, Linkedin, and that kind of stuff.”
How easy is it to make your first hundred dollars? Well, once you’ve found that client through the permissionless apprentice model, then making your first hundred dollars should be pretty easy because, again, we are targeting businesses that have money.
When it comes to building these side hustles, we don’t want to target people who don’t have money.
For example, if I was thinking of a new side hustle, there is no point in me targeting 13-year-olds because 13-year-olds famously do not have money.
Whereas if I was targeting 33-year-old business owners who do have money. I can target them in a friendly way, not in a weird way, and they’re the ones who are able and willing to pay me for the service.
Those were side hustle ideas that you can start from home. If you like this article, you might want to check our blog post on passive income ideas.
Thank you very much for watching, and hopefully, see you soon.