The future is now and passive income is very much the VIBE these days.
Hearing about side hustles can be daunting and stress inducing, but having another source of income is always beneficial (as long as your mental health/exhaustion level allows).
We all want to get ahead, but we have to remember to also enjoy our life. Just because you have a hobby or something you’re great at (knitting, writing, baking) it does not mean you need to turn it into a side hustle and make it your JOB. Save a little something for yourself, ya know?
That being said, freelancing, babysitting, and dog-walking are some great ideas to get some extra cash, but if you’re looking for something that hits a little different, we have some ideas for you.
Today, we’ve put together a list of side hustles you may not have heard of. Buckle up, cause we’re full of ideas.
Unique Side Hustles No One Talks About
Side Hustles From Home
♡ Become a Notary Public
Looking for a side hustle that won’t eat away at your precious personal time? Try becoming a notary public.
This side gig isn’t mentioned much because it’s not a super well-known profession sadly. But, if you find yourself wanting extra cash without sacrificing yourself to time, this hustle might be a perfect match for you.
As a notary public, you’ll have the power to witness and certify signatures on legal documents, and you can do it all from the comfort of your own home. To get started, you’ll need to take a training course and pass a state-administered exam.
No, this side hustle will not get you a pool full of gold coins. However, it IS a low-stress way to earn extra cash and add a valuable skill to your resume.
♡ Furniture Reselling
The concept is to find vintage and/or outdated furniture pieces, give them a little TLC, and sell them for a profit.
It does take a little time and effort to find the right pieces and get them ready for sale. But, Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and OfferUp are all great platforms to get started with.
♡ Graphic Design and/or Web Development
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or in this case… the eye of designers and developers. Graphic design and web development are both hot commodity side hustles these days. So get in while the gettin’s good… got it?!
Graphic design and web development are niche skills that can be turned into a profitable side hustle, but they may not be as accessible to everyone due to the specialized knowledge required. Platforms like 99designs, Upwork, and Skillshare can be solid tools in your journey to start a side hustle. These are side hustles that will 100% help you quit your job if you want them to.
♡ Create and Sell Digital Products
Try creating and selling digital projects like printables and e-books for some proper passive income. These may not be as well-known as other side hustles, possibly because they require a certain level of creativity and marketing skills to be successful.
Online Side Hustles You Can Do From Anywhere
♡ Create and Sell Online Courses and Workshops
If you’ve got expert knowledge in a particular area, put an online course together. Subject mastery is the CEO of side hustle skills, especially if you’re passionate about it.
Use platforms like Udemy or Teachable to create and sell your courses or workshops. Just know, you’ll have to use social media or email marketing to find potential students. This side hustle idea may not be as well-known, possibly because it requires specialized knowledge and marketing skills to be successful. But it is one of the rare cases of, “You can do AND teach”.
♡ Start a Blog or Youtube Channel
Starting a blog or YouTube channel is a popular side hustle idea, but it may not be for everyone and can require a significant investment of time and effort. However, they’re proper environments for monetizing your content through ads, sponsorships, and affiliate marketing. And if you’re looking to start a blog, our friends at InfluencerSEO often post different blog ideas for different niches to get you started.
One of the best ways to get ahead here is to BE YOURSELF, and offer something that is unique to you (your voice, your perspective, your skill, your experience).
♡ Become an Amazon Seller
Looking for an online hustle that, but can’t be bothered to put ALL of the efforts you have into it?
Amazon selling is a great lil side-piece gig that allows you to tap into the vast world of e-commerce. It’s unique in the sense that no one talks about it, mostly because they don’t want any MORE competition.
This gig is essentially finding quality products to sell on Amazon, and taking a small percentage for each sale. Sell your own stuff, or source products from other suppliers, both work just fine. You’ll just need to set up an Amazon seller account and learn the ins and outs of selling on their platform. Do that, and you’ll be that much closer to another income.
♡ Virtual Assistants: The Backbone of Start-Ups
Becoming a virtual assistant is another good side hustle to get into. Especially for all you mega-organized folks looking for flexible opportunities. As you can probably already guess: it’s not as widely known because it requires major organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks for different clients.
With this side gig, you can offer your services to small businesses and start-ups that’ll need administrative assistance as they grow. Tasks like email management or social media scheduling are just a few items on their proverbial to-do lists, and stepping up where they can’t might just get an extra paycheck.
Side Hustles for Broke College Students
♡ Upcycle Your Wardrobe
Are you a trendsetter with a creative flair? Upcycling clothes will have your inner Miranda Priestly screaming, “Everybody wants to be us!”
The idea is to take outdated clothing and transform it into something new and chic. You can sell your one-of-a-kind creations on Etsy and Poshmark, or even set up your own store. The Facebook marketplace also works too.
This gig needs a certain eye for fashion trends which is why we rarely hear about it when side hustles are mentioned. Sadly, not everyone wants that nine-year-old green Billabong T-shirt you stole from your freshman fling.
♡ Food/On-Demand Delivery
Consider delivering food with on-demand delivery services like Uber Eats or DoorDash to earn extra cash in college. All while enjoying the freedom of setting your hours. But, keep in mind that it may require a reliable vehicle and the ability to work in various weather conditions.
You’ll get to explore your city and bring delicious meals to hungry customers all while earning tips and bonuses. If you have a busy schedule and are always on the go… deliver food. Your pockets will may just fill up.
♡ Teaching/Tutoring Services
Got straight A’s but can’t figure out how to make straight cash? Share your knowledge and earn money by offering tutoring or teaching services to other students in need. However, it may require specialized knowledge and the ability to work with different students and learning styles.
This side gig can be majorly rewarding by helping others, and yourself, build better study habits and retain information better.
♡ Brand Promotion
Nothing says, “I know my peers well,” like becoming a campus ambassador or a brand rep. Help companies expand their markets by promoting products or services to other college students.
You’ll get to organize events and create engaging content while earning money. It’s also a great opportunity to build your resume and gain valuable experience in marketing and communications.
Passive Side Hustles for Aggressive Income
♡ Go Forth and Invest
Consider investing in stocks, bonds, cryptocurrency, real estate, or a peer-to-peer lending platform if you’re looking for that passive income. Do your research, make informed decisions about what to invest in, and finally figure out what the actual fuck an NFT is (please… and let us know too, because what is it?). That’s why people talk about investing, but not in the same breath as side hustles. You’ll need to spend hours conducting thorough research before pulling the trigger.
Diversifying your income via investing is an insanely smart way to build long-term financial stability.
♡ Airbnb Hosting Like a Boss
If you’ve ever walked around your house and thought, “You know what would be great for more money? Strangers in my home!” Then this side hustle is calling your name. This gig would have strangers in your home, but it also entails adequate prep and management for success. Still, with the right set-up and attitude, it can be SUPER lucrative.
Rent out a spare room in your home on Airbnb and earn extra income. You get to decide when you rent your room, and who you rent it to, which is a perk. Plus, you’ll be able to meet new people and make more money, all while staying in the comfort of home.
♡ Website Domain Flipping
If you have an eye for identifying valuable assets, you can buy low-cost domain names or websites and resell them for a profit. Frankly, folks rarely talk about domain flipping because you NEED to be able to spot those assets. Or else you’d just be wasting funds. Spend time researching online domain marketplaces like Flippa or GoDaddy Auctions to find potential opportunities.
We hope this list inspires you to get creative and start exploring new ways to earn some extra cash. Remember, side hustles don’t have to be a snore-fest, or feel like you’re clocking in. They should be mostly fun, fabulous, and fulfilling. And they should help you build new skills and connections you wouldn’t have otherwise been able to build.
Do you have any side hustles that help fatten your wallets? Let us know below.
x, The Skinny Confidential team
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