Looking for a Side Gig? 10 Quick Ideas To Help You Get Started.

James Monroe, Business Management Expert and Author

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Need some inspiration for a side gig? Here are some ideas to get you started.

10 Quick Ideas For a Side Gig

1. Tutor and Teach

Use your skills in math, Spanish, golf, swimming or even the trombone and share your knowledge about anything you’re good at that others will want to learn.

2. Virtual Assistant

Earn money with your excellent organizational and communication skills by becoming a virtual assistant for busy businesspeople.

3. Social Media Manager

Prove to your mother you weren’t just wasting all that time online by becoming a social media consultant for small businesses.

4. Handyman

If you can fix almost anything, become a handyperson and assist your DIY-challenged neighbors.

5. Web Designer

Help small businesses look great online as a web designer.

6. Transcriptionist

Put your typing skills to work as a transcriptionist.

7. Personal Assistant

Unleash your nurturing self when you become a personal assistant.

8. Artisan

Turn your hobbies into side jobs by selling directly to customers. From photography to candlemaking to jewelry, sell what you make, or create custom products for special occasions.

9. Pet Sitter or Dog Walker

Lap up the puppy love by becoming a pet sitter or dog walker.

10. Designer

Put those Photoshop and Illustrator skills to good use as a designer.

Quick Start Hustles

Get started right away and only work when you want to with these driving and delivery services.

  1. Amazon Flex
  2. DoorDash
  3. GrubHub
  4. Instacart
  5. Lyft
  6. Postmates
  7. Uber

Things to Avoid

Steer clear of anything requiring a large upfront investment. Most of these platforms are free to join, so beware of anyone asking you for cash before you can sell on their platform.

Also beware multilevel marketing schemes. Rarely will you make money, and because you’re required to turn your family and friends into customers, you may end up pretty lonely.

Learn more tips for running and growing your small business at Index by Pinger.

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James Monroe

Jim Monroe is an author, business leader, marketing and product strategist. He is passionate about helping young managers be successful by avoiding common mistakes. His latest book on management is “Don’t Be a Jerk Manager: The Down & Dirty Guide to Management”.

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