Bringing in money full-time as a freelancer can be hard. Sometimes freelancers need a little side hustle inspiration to maintain those crucial motivation levels, especially if you are working from home all the time.
Whether you are looking to make some extra money, or just want a cool side project to keep you inspired, here are six side hustle ideas that you can easily work around your client commitments and ongoing freelance projects.
Online learning: share the knowledge
People are flocking to online courses and communities to learn more about life, business, cooking, fashion, social media, SEO — pretty much everything and anything. We are increasingly finding inspiration, purpose, and support online, and learners from around the world are coming together to share knowledge and ideas.
As a talented professional, why not share some of the knowledge you have gained over the years? From time management and productivity to writing — there must be plenty of awesome things that you could share with people.
Teaching online takes many forms — you can start a Facebook group, host webinars, run courses through Skype, or sign up for an online course platform like Thinkific. Think about your teaching style and how it’s best translated into a course or lesson format, and watch how people deliver courses on sites like Udemy.
The best online courses are supported by an active learner community, so make sure you devote time to interacting with learners, and always reward positive feedback. You will also need to think about innovative ways of marketing your courses — social media advertising is a good way to build brand awareness.
Part-time social media manager: start conversations
If you’re working in the digital space, you probably have a pretty good understanding of what makes for good (and bad) social media content. Running small business and branded social media accounts is a flexible side hustle that writers and content creators should definitely consider.
This is a great way to step out of your content comfort zone and get a little more creative and whimsical. With some many different social media platforms and potential content strategies out there, it’s a great way to widen your digital skillset. Why not start with some live video, or emoji-laden tweets? Build up a small pool of happy social media clients, and the referrals should start coming in.
Ecommerce entrepreneur: build a brand
If you are looking for a passion project that you can juggle alongside client work, then ecommerce might be the one for you. Scalable, rewarding, and profitable, managing an ecommerce business has become a popular side project amongst the digital pros.
You can easily buy up an existing store, or you can start your own store from scratch using automation hacks like dropshipping.
Just make sure that you have processes in place for managing customer service requests, and that you aren’t getting too distracted by checking your order dashboard.
Marketplace seller: create or re-sell
Selling products on Etsy or Amazon allows you to build up some steady secondary income — whether or not you actually make things yourself, or just prefer to resell stuff from manufacturers and suppliers.
Selling products online can be a great way to earn some ‘passive income’ (though it’s by no-means a completely hands-free way of making money). You will still need to work hard sourcing products, managing listings, and dealing with shipping and fulfilment.
The great thing about marketplace selling is that you get access to a huge existing customer base from day one, allowing you to potentially make a killing with product sales.
Your own blog: say it how it is
Running your own blog or website often starts off as a passion project or personal journal, but once you have a good following and a steady readership, you might want to consider monetizing it.
Blogging is a great way to raise your freelancer profile, and it helps build trust with potential clients. At the same time, it’s also easy to earn money through your blog in the form of advertising, sponsored content, and affiliate marketing.
Just remember that content monetization should never take precedence over quality content or community management — you need to genuinely care about your blog and its readership in order to succeed.
Community work: get out there & make a difference
Working online is rewarding, but it can also be hard to stare at a screen all day. Freelancers should embrace their local community and see whether they can get involved.
This side hustle may not pay so well (or at all), but working in your community and helping people out is a great way to de-compress and bring more energy to your freelance work. From animal shelters and mental health groups, to coffee shops and kids clubs, there are loads of different community options to explore.
You should also consider running skills swap groups for people, like helping young people with their CVs, or teaching elderly members of the community how to be safe online.
Going out there and making a real difference will give you more energy and purpose, and you’ll have loads of stories to tell afterwards.
Hopefully these side hustle ideas have given you some ideas and inspiration to help you balance your life with your freelance work. Just keep working hard and staying productive — pursuing extracurricular activities is a great way to renew your dedication to client work.