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7 Lucrative Side Hustles You Can Start Today

It’s a new day and time with a new breed of hustler in the workforce. Besides regular 9-to-5 jobs, many full-time employees are out looking for part-time jobs to supplement their income. There are many reasons for why this is happening. But there is one thing for sure – there are actually many lucrative jobs out there. 

Some require specialized skills with specific educational standards. Others do not. In our current economy at the time of this writing, it’s not uncommon to find jobs paying $15-$20 per hour. And those are at places like Target or McDonalds that require little specialized skill or specific educational background.

So, if you seek a side hustle that’s easy to master and makes good money, you are in the right place. Here you will find a listing of side hustle opportunities that anyone can apply for. A few of these may require a basic background or knowledge in the field. But if you have a willingness to learn, each could turn into a lucrative side hustle for you. 

Is it worth it to start a side hustle?

If you are looking for a stream of income that is more than your regular job can provide, starting a side hustle is worth it. With a part-time job, you can add to your emergency savings fund, pay off debt, or begin to build that down payment fund for your next house. 

Otherwise, without the extra side hustle money coming in, you may choose to borrow from friends and family or apply for a personal loan with cosigner to pay off that debt. 

Many people take out personal loans to pay off debt regardless of the the length of the repayment period or interest rates. They look around for the best rates before signing the agreement, thinking that is helping them get ahead. In reality, they are just moving debt around from loan to loan. It would be better if they used their side hustle to repay any and all loans and then never go into debt again. 

If you are wondering which side hustle opportunities might be the right fit for you, explore the following lucrative part-time jobs and see if you can qualify for one. 

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Social Media Influencer

Everyone is talking about influencer marketing nowadays. Many businesses collaborate with social media stars to promote their brands and expand their customer base. If you love the limelight and wish to become a social media influencer, you must first select your area of expertise.

The content you should produce is something you are passionate about. Your focus could be on cooking, fitness, sports, or anything else that’ll fit into lifestyle-themed blogs or vlogs.

Additionally, you should also optimize your social media profiles. Focus on one or two channels so you can monitor them effectively. Think of an interesting bio, and make sure to upload a striking profile picture and cover photo. 

Also, look into the built-in analytics tool in your social media platforms. Leverage these tools and get insights into your audience’s interests and demographics, allowing you to tailor your content based on your audiences’ preferences. 

Voiceover Job

For this job, you should at least possess voiceover skills. Many believe this skill is innate, but other successful voiceover artists think the craft can be learned. You can jump into many projects: animation, technical and information guides, advertisements, narrations, e-learning projects, and digital technology, among many other niches. 

To secure a voiceover audition, you must set up an online profile, check listings, record a demo, and make industry connections to ask for advice from fellow voiceover artists. 

Social Media Management

As a freelance social media manager, you will be hired by clients to work on social media strategies and execute them. The best thing about being a social media manager is that you can work with multiple clients at a time. It translates to multiple sources of income for you.

As a social media manager, you are expected to be skilled at copywriting, content creation, scheduling and publishing posts, managing content calendars, and monitoring Analytics, among other tasks. 

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Website Testing

If you are familiar with a website’s basic concept, you can work as a part-time website tester. This job will require evaluating a website’s navigation, user interface, and overall functionality. 

Businesses hire website testers to ensure there are no bugs and glitches in their digital storefronts. As a website tester, you are also required to provide feedback and insights on how to make a website more user-friendly besides just identifying the issues. 

Mystery Shopping

Mystery shopping is perhaps the least lucrative option we have on this list. If you love to shop and visit stores, this can be a fun source of income for you, though it’s not reliable as a primary source of income. 

To start your career as a mystery shopper, you will have to look for mystery shopping opportunities posted by businesses online. Evaluate the business to avoid getting scammed. You may submit a background check and sign related professional agreements or disclosures. 

For many mystery shoppers, the best perk they can get from the job is the ability to create their schedule and maintain a healthy work-life balance. Plus, you can choose what businesses you want to work with, allowing you to be selective of your employers. 

Virtual Event Planning

As a virtual event planner, you are expected to offer diverse services to your clients. You can do event sponsorship, event planning, ticket sales, affiliate marketing, and digital products. With these services, you can help your clients host successful virtual events and earn money for them. 

Virtual events that are most common today are webinars, online workshops, and virtual conferences, among others. To pull off such digital events, you should be skilled at vendor management, venue selection, attendee registration, event marketing, and speaker coordination, among many other things. 

Transcription Job

If you speak and write in multiple languages, you can be qualified to do online transcription jobs. It’s a work-from-home opportunity that is in high demand today. To start, you may sign up for transcription courses online. It will help you pass the transcription test that potential employers will send applicants. 

Today’s most common transcription job titles are general transcriptionist, legal transcriptionist, medical transcriptionist, etc. Look into one of these transcription jobs and master it for a better salary offer as an independent contractor. 

Final Thoughts

Side hustles can help you boost your financial security while you work on your passion. Moreover, it can help you build your portfolio and get more flexibility with your schedule. Most importantly, more than creating a stream of supplemental income, the part-time opportunities mentioned in this list will give you a sense of fulfillment that you might be missing from your regular job!

Leave a Comment or Answer a Question Below: Do you currently or have you ever had a side hustle? What did you use the money from the side hustle for? What other side hustles have you heard of that bring in a lot of money? 

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