A side hustle is anything you do to earn extra money during time off your “day job”, but it can also be your main source of income.
If you’re working full time and hate your job, your side hustle could easily be your ticket out of the 9-5 grind.
If you’re recovering from an operation or taking maternity leave for example, a side hustle may be just what you need to keep the cash rolling in.
Side hustles are a great way to test the market and your skills. Especially true if you’re thinking of changing careers.
With a good internet or broadband connection, it’s easy to run most of these creative side hustles from home. You’ll also need a computer and current business or creative software. Most software is available online by monthly subscription so don’t worry about having to make a big investment up front.
A good way to research the skills you’ll need for your side hustle is on sites like Indeed. Search by keywords to get an idea of what employers expect. Set up email alerts on Indeed or other job sites to see what skills and tech expertise you may need to brush up on.
Even if you’re not actually running your side hustle online, you’ll want to market it online through social media and a website.
At the very least you’ll need to set up a Facebook page to let the world know you’re in business!
8 Creative DIY Side Hustles You Can Do from Home
1. Selling on Etsy
Etsy.com is a worldwide marketplace for selling crafted or handmade goods, vintage items and craft supplies online.
Are you crafty? Do you like to make jewelry, knitted hats or hand painted tiles? Etsy can give a craftsperson exposure that can’t easily be found just selling locally.
Etsy is where people go to look for unique individual hand-crafted items.
What are you really good at making? Research etsy.com and see how much your craft or vintage items could sell for and if there’s a demand. Does your item have a different twist that will stand out in search results?
I’m thinking of those giant chunky knit blankets. Although the marketplace is flooded with them now, I’m sure the first seller to make them on Etsy sold out.
The benefit of using a website like Etsy to sell your craft is it allows you to focus on what you’re good at making. Etsy takes on the marketing, website and transaction details.
Etsy charges a listing fee plus transaction and payment processing fees which does put a bit of dent into your profits. But there’s no restriction on how much you can make. All from the comfort of home.
Come up with the next giant chunky blanket and you’ll have a profitable side hustle!
2. Selling on eBay
eBay was my first profitable side hustle. When eBay first came on the scene in 1995, there wasn’t another online marketplace like it but now it’s a recognized worldwide marketplace to sell and buy everything from cars to priceless antiques.
You’ll need to set up an eBay account as well as a payment system such as Paypal to receive payments. To mail the items you sell, you’ll want to establish a shipping method such as USPS or UPS. Some sellers sell large items for collection only. Ebay helps you with all of this. Their listing system is pretty goof proof now.
Got questions? Look on the eBay community boards for answers.
eBay charges transaction fees based on how much an item sells for. They frequently run specials on listing fees or waive them altogether.
If you’re good at sourcing bargains in garage sales or thrift stores, eBay could be a perfect side hustle for you. Research prices and demand before you buy by searching for “keyword” +”completed items” on eBay. You want to know what items are actually selling for not what they’re listed for.
eBay gives you access to millions of potential buyers and like Etsy, gives you the platform to sell on so you can focus on finding products to sell.
Your income is only limited by your willingness to go out and find saleable items. You can do this from home too. Some sellers buy on eBay to resell on eBay!
3. Teach Online on Udemy or Skillshare
Is there a subject you could create a professional course about online? Are you an expert at Excel spreadsheets or how to prepare for a law exam for example. How about Photoshop editing?
The Udemy platform claims to have over 25 million students who want to learn professional skills like accounting, video editing and business development. They pay per course. You’ll get paid a percentage each time a student purchases your course.
Skillshare is more project oriented and focuses on teaching creative skills like social media, lettering and creative software. Skillshare students pay a monthly fee. As an instructor you’ll earn a referral fee of $10. per student who signs up to premium membership. You can also earn royalties based on how many minutes students watch your lessons.
Both platforms guide you through the steps to create your course but you’ll have to take ownership of it.
Successful teachers market and promote their courses outside these platforms. Eventually you may want to take your courses off these sites and create your own teaching empire online.
Judging from reviews, you’ll make more on Udemy than Skillshare. The highest paid instructor on Udemy makes up to $300K per month vs $200-$3000. per month on Skillshare.
If you’ve watched the Great British Baking Show you know the desire for making (and eating) homemade baked goods is stronger than ever.
Through 2021 in-store bakery goods are projected to reach sales of $16.8 billion. Baking has moved on from the days of Betty Crocker but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a huge market for tasty and healthy new baked goods.
How can you take advantage of new taste and health trends? Gluten free, dairy free and sugar free are a few. Wedding cakes and special occasion cakes are easily made from a home kitchen. How about offering gluten and sugar free wedding or birthday cakes as your specialty?
Check with your local town or city health and safety office to check if you’ll need a permit or license to sell baked goods from your home. As long as you’re not sending food through the mail or using a delivery service you should be allowed to sell directly to consumers.
As a skilled baker you could also look into supplying local cafes and restaurants with baked goods. Make up some samples, make an appointment and take your yummiest baked goods to restaurant managers and cafe owners.
Look into local fairs, events and festivals about setting up a booth or table. How about your very own baking food truck!
Create your speciality baked goods, price competitively (research local bakeries and cafes) and get on social media. Start a Facebook page and don’t be shy.
Keep a close eye on expenses and be sure to figure out what your costs are before you set a price. How much flour, sugar, eggs etc goes into making that cupcake and how much does it cost you? Make sure you’re paying yourself a decent hourly wage.
Large specialty cakes command premium prices, but cupcakes, cookies and bread can be a sweet side hustle too.
5. Create a Gig on Fiverr
Fiverr is an online marketplace created so businesses and individuals can find creative services. Virtual assistants to proofreaders, Pinterest managers and more are some of the gigs offered on Fiverr.
Sellers create “gigs” and buyers purchase a gig directly from the seller by paying in advance when they order.
Gigs can be described as a package of services. For example, your gig might read, “I’ll create five logo designs in black and white and deliver 1 finished logo in a hi-res file for $10” The buyer pays the seller $10. and the seller receives 80% of that or $8.
If you’re an expert at creative services such as logo design, photography re-touching or web design, Fiverr is a quick way to set up a gig and start your side hustle business.
To get started you’ll create a profile and a gig description along with photos or video examples of your work.
Be prepared to come up with prices too.
I recommend you do some keyword research before you write your profile or gig. Stand out from the thousands of sellers offering similar services. Add specific keyword phrases such as “crowdfunding package” or “law virtual assistant” to your gig to target the right clients.
A Fiverr gig package starts at $5. but pricing is up to you. Research your competition. When you’re starting out you may want to price yourself just under the closest competitor until you get some reviews on your profile.
Fiverr is a not an immediate earning machine. Depending on what skill or gig you’re offering, it may take a while to build up a clientele and the positive reviews that will bring more business. The potential is there if you stick with it. Be sure to have the Fiverr app on your phone so you don’t miss a notification from a potential buyer!
6. Start a Podcast
Have you got a burning passion or an area of expertise you’d love to share with the world? It doesn’t matter if it’s obscure. There’s a place for you in the podcast universe. In fact being different is an advantage to standing out from the other 750,000 podcasts online.
According to Podcast Insights, 51% of us in the US have listened to a podcast and 49% listened at home. I belong to the 22% who listen in their car.
How can you make podcasting a side hustle? Good question.
Podcasts can be used to drive more traffic to your business or your website. Let’s say you decided to set up a home bakery. Your “Baking Tips for the Bride-to-Be” podcast sends potential customers to your baking Facebook page, food truck or special event.
Podcasts can be sponsored through advertisers. Once you’ve built up a following, alert advertisers of the potential to sell to your listeners.
Let’s use the example of the baking podcast again. You’ve got 10,000 happy listeners who’ve subscribed to your ‘cast for brides to be. I think a florist who sells wedding flowers would love to pay for a 30 second spot on your podcast, don’t you?
A $10. payout for every 1,000 listeners doesn’t sound like much, but when it’s recurring income, it can add up. As your podcast grows in popularity so will your advertising rates.
Setting up to record a podcast isn’t as expensive as you might think, although if you’re not tech oriented it may be a bit of a learning curve.
Podcasting is not a quick earning side hustle. Be prepared to invest time and marketing to make it pay.
7. Teach Yoga
Got the room and a yoga background? Your students could benefit from yoga lessons in the relaxing space of your home yoga studio.
Obviously you’ll need to be a skilled practitioner who understands the benefits and practice of yoga but you don’t necessarily need to be certified or hold membership in a professional organization to teach at home.
A small group or even one on one classes can easily turn into a nice side hustle income. Other than overhead for your home (mortgage and utilities) there’s very little expense involved.
- You could provide some yoga mats for those who don’t have their own.
- Music on a Sonos playlist sets the mood for relaxation.
- Lighting that can be dimmed if needed.
- Water bottles for after practice is a nice touch.
It’s up to you to set the tone and the type of yoga classes you want to offer. Who can you help?
Mothers to be. Post natal moms and baby yoga. Gentle yoga for seniors? Beginning yoga is always popular.
Be prepared to create a Facebook page or group and perhaps a simple website to set up your class calendar.
Take out a teachers liability insurance policy if you want to be on the safe side. Check local laws.
Depending on where you live, charge the going rate for an hour’s class or offer a bundle price for a month’s worth of classes. Teaching yoga is of the least stressful little side hustles out there.
8. Teach Music
If you play an instrument really well, then why not consider teaching music as a side hustle.
What’s your musical identity? What sets you apart from any other teacher or musician. Did you train at one of the best schools like Juilliard or did you play alongside a famous or semi-famous musician. Are you expert at a particular genre of music such as zydeco cajun.
In other words what’s your musical secret sauce?
Think about who you want to market to, who’s your ideal student? Realize if you want to teach school age kids, your marketing should target their parents. It’s the parents who have the desire for their kids to play an instrument and are willing to pay.
Don’t be afraid to charge enough. Make your lessons attractive to those wealthy enough to pay for the best.
Focus on connecting with contacts who will refer you to new clients.
Create a Facebook page or group. Be seen as the expert. Post flyers or cards at music stores and where instruments are sold. Ask school music teachers for referrals. You could be doing them a service by tutoring a student who needs more help than they have time to give.
Be prepared to set up a dedicated room or studio and the tools to teach. Chairs, desk, lamps, music stands and sheet music are the basics.
Teaching music from home can be a lucrative side hustle if you’re prepared to keep current with music trends and stay competent in your own practice.
I hope these side hustle ideas have inspired you!