The Best Side Hustles to Make Money Online

Who doesn’t love a good side hustle?  You could say finding new ways to earn money online is a hobby of mine…or an obsession, depending on who you ask.

I’ve been side hustling online for as long as I can remember and after years of persevering, I’m now able to earn a full-time income from my various side jobs.

The motivation behind my never-ending search for a profitable online business stems from my desire to have complete autonomy and independence in my life.  I want to design my own day and not be a slave to the morning commute and water cooler gossip. 

“No, Carol from HR, I didn’t eat your ham sandwich” is a sentence I’ll never have to utter again, thank god.  Goodbye office, hello freedom.  I totally ate it though, shhh.   

What is a Side Hustle?

A side hustle is anything you do to earn money outside of a traditional job.  In my case, the side hustles I started transformed from part-time jobs into legitimate businesses that provide me with a comfortable monthly income.

1.  Create and Sell Online Courses

E-learning is big business and you can cash in by creating online courses using platforms like Teachable or Udemy.

The best part, you don’t need to be an industry expert to build a successful course creation business.  Some of the most successful online courses have been created by regular everyday people and based around simple subjects such as gardening or cooking.

The idea is simple.  You pick a subject and build a comprehensive lesson plan around it.  You can use a combination of video clips, audio clips, and slide shows in your curriculum.  Once you’ve completed creating the perfect online course it’s time to promote it using social media and get the word out. 

Online course creators earn anywhere from $100 – $100,000 per month.  The only investment will be the time spent on building a course and the cost of your course building platform subscription, which makes this side hustle a very low-risk high reward endeavor.

The level of your success will depend on the amount of effort you put in and how motivated you are to leave your 9 – 5 grind.  It takes time to build a successful business so don’t expect results overnight but results will come if you stick with it.  

2.  Start a Blog

Blogging is solely responsible for my financial independence and it completely transformed my life.  I created my first blog over a decade ago and I haven’t looked back. 

If you have a way with words and a passion you’d like to share with the world, why not get paid to write about it?

Established blogs earn six figures or more every month through advertising and affiliate sales.

Have a look at this article for a more comprehensive breakdown of the best side hustles and side job ideas that you can start immediately.  Learn which side hustles are worth your time and energy. 

Launching a blog is an inexpensive business to start and in some cases, you can launch your website for under 5 bucks a month.  All you need is a domain name, a web hosting provider, and the desire to create content. 

Some Popular Blog Niches:

  • Finance Blog
  • Health and Wellness Blog
  • Fitness Blog
  • Food Blog

3.  Get Paid to Play with Dogs

I love this side hustle!  Get paid to make some new doggo buddies?  I’m in!  This isn’t just a fun way to earn money, it’s a great opportunity to include the entire family and teach your kids about responsibility and the value of a dollar. 

I had a neighbor who walked 3 dogs every night with her three children.  She was able to spend quality time with her kids while earning $60 each day.  It’s the kind of side gig that provides more than just monetary value. 

Getting paid as a dog walker is a side hustle that can be done entirely during your spare time.  Spend an hour every night walking a few dogs and get paid $15 – $25 per 30 minute walk.

Getting started as a dog walker has been made easier than ever with the advent of apps like Rover that connect dog walkers and pet owners.  The process is user friendly and smooth.  Check out the article linked above to see how you can apply to Rover as a dog walker.

Final Thoughts

The perfect side hustle should blend your passions and what you enjoy with a scalable business idea that can grow with you. 

Don’t just see dollar signs and run with it.  Remember, building up a business from nothing requires a lot of hard work and passion.  Of course, there are many ways out there to make a few bucks every day through menial work but if you’re someone who wants to gain the financial freedom you’ll need to dream bigger.

About the Author

Michael runs a blog called (thecouchcommute.com).  On TheCouchCommute you’ll find work from home job reviews, blogging guides, side hustle advice and much more. 

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