3 Digital Side Hustles That Could Boost Your Income
This past crazy year has forced lots of us to think hard about what we do for a living.
There’s nothing like a global pandemic to make us reconsider all the big things in life. Our health, our family, our relationships… oh and work, of course. The thing we spend the lion’s share of our day dealing with. Suddenly we are very aware that some industries are less secure than others. That some jobs are borderline impossible to do from home. And that if we are to protect our income, we are going to need to think creatively from now on.
Even without all the financial implications of the pandemic, this past year has brought into sharp focus that life can change without any warning, and it’s given us the time to look objectively at what pre-Covid life was like. For some, stepping off the 9-5 hamster wheel, losing the daily commute and discovering a better work-life balance has been incredibly freeing. The office for national statistics reports that career switching is on the rise; with people aiming to corona-proof their careers. Add to this a swathe of younger adults who know they may soon face redundancy, and we are seeing a huge amount of people embarking on digital side hustles.
But what are the best digital side hustles… and how can you get in on the action?
- E-commerce store – The rise of hosting platforms such as Shopify and Ecwid have made it simple to set up your own shop. For a low monthly fee (and most offer a free trial period), these platforms will take all the hard work out of setting up your store. And since they can be easily linked to your social media pages, selling online has never been easier. Because overheads are so low, it feels less risky than it would’ve done had you been setting up a bricks and mortar store. Remember that a good social media strategy is important when running an online business.
- Online tutoring – Not just reserved for English and Maths GCSE tutors; the past year has seen a huge spike in online tuition in everything from fitness classes to knitting to learning a language. If you’re a qualified teacher/tutor in your subject area, all you really need is adequate insurance and a decent website or Facebook page to advertise your services. And you don’t need to be a web designer, something simple and user friendly can be set up for free on a hosting service such as WordPress. You can find fonts for free online to get your site looking snazzy, and there are websites which allow you to use their images free of charge too.
- Virtual Assistant – This is a great side hustle which could quickly turn into a full-time income for someone with great admin, organisational and digital skills. This one is particularly attractive to people who like the idea of a flexible home-working role but who also like the collaboration of working with clients.
If you’re thinking of a career change but aren’t quite ready to make the leap; a digital side hustle could be the ideal way for you to dip your toe in the water without the risk of jumping off the diving board! Who knows, you could soon feel confident enough to turn it into your main income. No matter what your skill-set, chances are there’s something that could work for you.