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5 Side hustles that may help you quit your day job

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You have probably heard the line ‘side hustling has changed my life’ from entrepreneurs, bloggers and even career advisors a million times before.

Ten years ago, I wouldn’t have imagined myself saying this very phrase, because at the time, I was happy with my remote job and I had no plans to bite more than what I can chew or sacrifice my time with my family. I viewed side hustles as time-consuming tasks that won’t pan out or translate to money.

But indeed, side hustling changed my life completely. My passion to help people find a remote job that allows them to live life at its fullest without being broke has pushed me to discover my limits and explore my strengths.

Side hustling did not only change my mindset about earning money online, but it empowered me to speak up and have a voice of my own as a career blogger.

If you’re currently feeling stuck or demotivated, if you’ve been wanting to leave your day job or you just simply need extra cash, here are some side hustles that you may want to check out:

Blogging

This is on the top of my list for obvious reasons – I love blogging. While your passion may not be same as mine, blogging can still serve as a platform for you to get involved with things that matter to you. As I have always said, blogging may have a huge income potential, but if you don’t love it, it’s not going to work out.

The best thing about blogging is that you could write about anything, from sewing to coding to great causes such as HIV awareness, women empowerment, climate change or gender equality.

It might take some time for you to find your voice and get started, but once you know who your audience are, your business will be on the right path. 

Proofreading

Did you ever notice how many online publications, websites, and blogs are coming up every day? I would say A LOT. And there is one thing all of these businesses need: someone who will filter their content and ensure that their voice is consistent in all platforms they share it to. That’s where proofreaders/editors come in.

Providing professional proofreading services  is a highly profitable business that will allow you to earn more than your typical day job. Caitlin Pyle is a big inspiration for many aspiring content editors. She has gone from being a proofreader to a successful businesswoman and is currently earning over a million dollars per year.

To start this hustle, you need to have a keen eye for detail and you should know the English language very well. Though you might be able to find jobs that will ask you to proofread materials that are written in foreign languages, the demand for proofreaders of English content is very high.

Thankfully, there are many legitimate courses that can help you succeed in this hustle. All you have to do is find one that fits your preferences and goals.

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

This one is for the nerds and people who have the ability to analyze data. Search Engine Optimization is a huge part of any digital marketing campaign. All of the websites you see when you perform a Google search rely on SEO consultants in making their site visible to users.

According to a study, 74.71% of SEO consultants charge clients a monthly retainer fee of $3000 to $5000. Those that charge hourly can set their rates from $75 to $150 per hour.

SEO may sound very technical but don’t worry because even if you are completely new to this field, you can learn the process. In fact, most of the SEO consultants that make huge money from their skill are either self-taught or were trained by digital agencies.

How much you earn as an SEO consultant will depend on the kind of services you offer and your expertise.

Baking

Baking is a side hustle that is dominated by women. This is a perfect fit for busy mums or those who stay-at-home to take care of their kids. I have a lot of friends who operate their baking business from home and they are very successful.

Baking is a creative hustle that can bump up your earnings if you know how to build your brand and you know where to get clients from. Currently, there is an enormous demand for this hustle, and it requires very little investment. You just need your ingredients and your baking tools and you can already start earning money from home.

Please keep in mind that some states require proper permits before you can start a baking business.

Amazon FBA

Everyone knows the power of the biggest marketplace to date, Amazon. Amazon has been a blessing to side hustlers who love selling stuff online. With Amazon FBA, you can sell items without personally seeing, touching or shipping them. Amazon handles everything – even customer care.

The only thing you need for this hustle is the interest to find good items to sell. Sure, you’d need seed money but you should also be prepared to put in time and effort in finding your winning products and promoting them.

Many have taken up this hustle and gone full-time because of its fantastic money-making capability. If this is something that interests you, then I highly suggest you start doing your research. Here is a very informative article that can help you out.

There are hundreds of side hustles available nowadays. But if you’re planning to quit your day job, then it’s vital for you to choose the right side hustle. It does not matter what your side gig is; because if you’re really determined, you can start a full-time business out of it.

Just keep these things in mind before jumping to find the perfect hustle:

  1. Remember your long-term goals when choosing a side hustle. Only looking at short-term returns won’t help you make the right decision.
  1. If you plan to turn your side hustle into a full-time gig, then focus heavily on learning and promoting your hustle. This can catapult your success quickly.
  1. If you plan to take your hustle to the next level, then you need to work on adjusting your lifestyle accordingly. When you set aside more time for your hustle, you will eventually see more significant results.
  1. Have patience. Side hustles are not equal. Some side hustles might give you your required income in no time, and some might take longer. Just keep working on the right strategies and focus on your end goals. Things will work out.

Make your choice now and become a side hustler!

About Sireesha Narumanchi

Sireesha Narumanchi is a career blogger and founder of Crowdworknews.com. She loves discovering new ways to earn money online through legitimate online businesses and side hustles. She has successfully grown her online business from scratch to a full-time gig in just two years. Sireesha has been featured on websites like Moneyish, Payoneer, Virtual Vocations, Fairygodboss, Side Hustle School, and MyCorporation.

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