A side hustle doesn’t have to be a rideshare app such as Uber or Lyft. While those are really popular and effective side hustles, there are plenty of other options out there.
Before I continue, if you aren’t quite sure what a side hustle is, check out this article right here that explains everything – – – > What is A Side Hustle? And Why You Should Start One ASAP.
One of the main reasons I heavily promote starting your own side hustle is because it’s a great way to add a second (or third) stream of income, and it’s something that you can call your own. Programs like Uber, DoorDash, Lyft, and Postmates aren’t “your own” because you have no creative control, you have to pay a percentage to a company just to participate, and you have limited control over your rates and schedule.
However, many people I talk to think that the only way to start a side hustle and earn an extra income is to go through a rideshare company. While this might be easier and it might provide a faster monetary result, you can never truly call it your “own side hustle”.
But have no fear! Starting a side hustle that you claim as your own really isn’t that difficult.
The first step is to decide what side hustle you want to start. Don’t overthink this.
What makes an effective side hustle is your commitment and dedication, not necessarily the amount of money you bring in or the number of followers you have. If you can find a side hustle that you enjoy and that brings in a little extra money each month, that’s all you really need!
Here are 9 Effective Side Hustles that Aren’t Rideshare
1. Start a Blog
Blogging will always be the number one side hustle on any of my lists because I know how effective it can be when done properly.
There are so many people that make a great living from their blogging side hustle. My favorite part about being a blogger is that I have total creative control over my entire blog. I don’t have to answer to anyone and I can make all of the decisions.
These are just some of the other benefits to running a blog:
- You get full creative outlet over your blog
- All your success is based off of your own hard work
- A blog is a profitable side hustle and a great way to earn a passive income
- Running a blog can turn into a full-time job/income in a short amount of time
- Blogging is extremely fun and very rewarding
- Blogging gives you the chance to help a devoted audience and readership
If you don’t know anything about starting a blog, don’t worry! It’s actually really easy. The first thing you need to do is sign up for a hosting site. The reason you need to host your blog on a professional site is so that you can actually control and own your blog.
When you have a .com or a .net, you are the true owner rather than if you have a .blogspot.com, which is not owned by you.
Simply put, you need to spend the few bucks to claim rightful ownership. And, it really is only a few bucks, $3.95 to be exact. That’s extremely cheap, especially with all the money you’ll be making in the near future from your blog.
For step-by-step instructions on how to set up your hosting, read here – – – > How to Start a Blog – Easy Quick Start Guide
Once you’ve signed up for your website hosting, the next step is to find a niche that you want to blog about. I recommend that you focus in on a specific niche so that your audience always knows what to expect from you. From there, start cranking out blog posts and when you’re ready to monetize, the money will soon follow.
2. Online Surveys (that actually pay!)
I get it. Online surveys have a reputation for being scammy.
I’ll be honest, some of them are! I have definitely had my share with the scammy online surveys, which is why I know the perfect ones to recommend.
But here’s the thing about online surveys. You can do them while you watch TV. Sometimes, a side hustle just needs to be something simple. This is by far the simplest idea on this list because it is so easy.
It’s also probably the fastest and most assured way to make extra money asap.
If you’re interested in online surveys, I highly recommend using Survey Junkie or Swagbucks. Survey Junkie is reliable, secure, and they make sure to pay their surveyors the agreed-upon price. Swagbucks gives you $10 right away just for getting started.
So if you want a simple but effective side hustle that brings in money, try these online surveys.
Believe it or not, successful YouTubers make a lot of money. Some people might think that YouTube is just for teenagers to film themselves doing dumb things, but the truth is that it is a valid and effective side hustle that many people turn into their full-time jobs.
YouTube is not an overnight success but with some hard work it can be extremely profitable. Plus, you get total control over what you put on YouTube (just be careful about the music you use!).
With the way society is evolving, YouTube will only get more and more popular.
I personally watch YouTube every single day because I love all the free knowledge and fun it provides me. There is such a wide variety of videos on YouTube that you can watch anything from tutorials to movie reviews to educational information.
YouTube has it all which is why you will fit right in!
If you’re thinking that it is too late to get into the YouTube game, you’re wrong! If you have a skill of some sort, film yourself and share it with the world!
Recommended – – – > 7 Easy Side Hustles You Can Start Right Now
With the amount of written content going on the internet daily, proofreaders are definitely in demand. The reason this is an effective side hustle is because it provides job security, you can set your own rates and you can make your own hours.
And don’t forget that proofreading is not just for long, boring documents. Influencers need proofreaders for their social media captions, companies need proofreaders for their newsletter emails, bloggers need proofreaders for their articles, and the list goes on and on.
The point is, words out there need to be read. If you can capitalize on the proofreading industry, then you’ve found an effective side hustle for yourself.
5. Online Services
The term “online services” is extremely broad. That’s why Fiverr exists. Fiverr is a giant marketplace for you to advertise your online specialty to the entire world.
These online services include:
- Transcription services
- Website design
- Graphic design
- Logo creation
- Voiceover work
- Translation services
- Writing gigs
- Social media
- And so much more!
Any type of side hustle that’s online is highly effective given our current technology era. You might as well capitalize on it sooner rather than later, and Fiverr is a great place to get started.
6. Teach Online
More specifically, teach English online. You’ve probably heard that this is a popular thing that many people do. There are so many stories from people who travel the world all while making money teaching English online.
The reason this is so popular is because it actually works. And, since you get to call your own hours and work as much or as little as you want, it’s an effective side hustle.
There are plenty of different companies to choose from where you can advertise your teaching, but this article breaks down the 10 top companies: Teach English Online.
7. Etsy Store
Etsy is a giant marketplace for people to sell their crafts and projects. I actually know someone personally who has had a successful and profitable Etsy shop for many years. She uses Etsy as a side hustle and is able to bring in extra money each month just by making the crafts she loves.
Also, since Etsy is an already developed marketplace, you aren’t required to spend a lot of money setting up your online Etsy shop. The entire process is really easy and a ton of fun. Chances are, it won’t even feel like you’re working.
8. Voiceover Work
This side hustle is unique because many people forget about it.
We hear voiceovers daily on commercials, on the radio, in the news, and on TV. Someone has to provide those voices and that could be you.
If you have a unique, strong, quirky, or energetic voice, voice acting is a fun side hustle that you can do for easy money.
There are plenty of sites to list yourself for work and it’s as easy as recording yourself reading a customized script from the client.
To find the perfect site to list your voice over services, check out this article: 101 Top Voice OVer Websites to Find Voice Over Work
9. Write for HubPages on any topic
I just learned about Hubpages and I’m blown away. I’m so blown away that I decided I’m going to start using it as another side hustle of my own.
So what exactly is Hubpages? Well, it’s an online site that allows people to write whatever they want on any topic and get paid for it. You basically get to write for a giant audience.
There is also a great community that comes with Hubpages for you to interact with.
If you love writing (like myself), join Hubpages and make money from your articles. It doesn’t get much more rewarding than that!