Side hustles are a great way to earn extra money, especially now when the cost of living keeps rising across the world, every little bit helps. But which side hustle should you try? We've rounded up five great options that you can explore to help you make some extra cash with little effort.
If you have a voice that sounds like it belongs in an audiobook, you could be on your way to earning some extra money! There are a lot of people out there who would rather listen to someone reading a book than read it themselves and there are plenty of companies willing to pay for quality audio narrations. If you're interested in this option, we recommend checking out ACX (Audiobook Creation Exchange) or Voice123.
Write as a Freelancer
One of the easiest side hustles to start is freelance writing, which involves writing content for companies in exchange for payment. Freelance writers can either be paid per article, meaning you'll receive a flat rate regardless of how long it takes you to complete your work or per number of words written.
With this method of earning money as a writer, you can potentially make more than other side hustles if you focus on getting high-paying gigs (as opposed to churning out low-paying ones). In fact, some writers are able to earn $100 or more per hour through dedicated freelance writing jobs. You can find some great freelance writing opportunities on Linkedin Jobs or ProBlogger.
List Your Spare Bedroom on Airbnb
If you have an extra bedroom in your home, consider listing it on Airbnb. This is a great way to earn money from a spare room that's not being used for anything else, as well as earn some extra cash for when you travel. Hosts generally do not need any previous experience with hosting, but if you're thinking about renting out your space, make sure to read up on the laws and regulations of your area before doing so.
Become a Podcast Host
If you're a natural at telling stories, then podcasting might be the perfect side hustle for you. You can make your own podcast show about whatever topic interests you (travel, relationships etc.) or find one that already exists and contact the host to see if they need any help with equipment or content creation. If so, offer your services for free in exchange for a “behind the scenes” look at what goes on in the podcasting world. The host may be able to give you some advice and tips on how best to create your own show as well!
Take Online Surveys
Online surveys are a great way to earn some extra money, and they're also relatively easy to do. All you have to do is go online, sign up with a survey company like Survey Junkie, and then take surveys in exchange for gift cards or cash payouts.
There are hundreds of paid survey sites out there that will pay you anywhere from $1-$30 per hour for taking their surveys about things like your shopping habits or what kinds of products and services you use regularly. The best part about this option is that it doesn't require much time on your part—you can do them at any point during the day!
Proofread for Others
If you have a keen eye for grammar, punctuation, and spelling mistakes, proofreading could be a great way to make some extra money. There are plenty of people out there who need help proofreading their work before submitting it to an editor or publisher and you can find them by searching on sites like Fiverr or Upwork.
Become a Product Tester
If you love trying new products and giving your honest opinion about them, then product testing will be the perfect side hustle for you! There are tons of companies out there that need people to try their products in exchange for free samples or small payments. You can find these companies by searching online or by looking at newsletters that come in the mail. Some good places to start include Influenster & UserTesting.com.
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