15 Creative Side Hustles To Make Extra Money This Year
Looking to make some extra money this year? Afraid of a recession? Check out my guide to unconventional side hustles for earning extra income from home.
Seventeen years ago I quit my job in France and decided that it was time to start traveling the world.
It was a crazy idea at the time and my family thought that I was crazy, but my wild experiment paid off.
But I’m feeling the pain of our looming recession too, and my blog’s income is down 70% this month so far. Global pandemics aren’t good for business.
I’m sure we’ve all seen how income from traditional jobs is no longer keeping up with inflation and cost of living expenses anyway. The new way of living and earn an income is working for yourself allowing you more holidays, more time for you and your family, and most importantly freedom!
But before I left my job to travel, I was working paycheck-to-paycheck. I left my parents house when I was nineteen years old, after a year and a half I had no choice to come back to the nest and after having my own habit, I could not continue living that way.
I needed to learn how to make extra money online while still working a day job so I could afford to chase my dream.
While I’ve shared websites that allow you to find travel-friendly jobs worldwide, some of you are asking about OTHER ways to make extra money from home or while traveling the world.
Maybe you already have a secure day job - or maybe you’re studying and living at home with your parents, or maybe you recently retiree.
You now want to learn about “side-hustles” to make some extra cash in 2020.
Extra money to supplement your current income, to invest in a small business, to work on a book, or whatever your goals are. This post is for you!
I’ve put together a list of unique ways to earn extra cash on the side, and you won’t believe what’s working for some people!
How To Earn Extra Money In 2020
1. Rent Your Car Out
There will always be a person coming up with creative ideas for regular people to earn some extra income. If you own a car, you can make some easy cash by renting it out through an app called Turo.com.
NO WORRY! Every car gets a $1 million insurance policy, plus they pre-screen drivers, so your car will be in good hands.
How much money can you make? It depends on the car, where it’s located, and how much you decide to charge.
Some people makes over $1000 per month, per car (he has a fleet now).
➜ Start Renting Your Car On Turo
2- Start A YouTube Channel
Hey! we just started our own Youtube channel! Do you have a favorite YouTubers you like to watch? Millions of people browse into YouTube each day to be entertained or to learn something new. And there’s lots of money to be made.
Making money with YouTube isn’t “get rich quick” though, it takes time & practice. I have my own YouTube channel about adventure travel. If you’re passionate about a certain topic, (video games, travel, cooking, science, parenting, sports, etc) and can put together creative videos, you may have a chance to earn money on YouTube.
Ways to make extra money on YouTube:
3- List Your Room (Or House)
I’m sure by now you’ve heard of the online marketplace Airbnb.com, which allows people to list their homes or spare rooms to travelers. I’ve been using it for years to find good & cheap accommodation on my trips around the world.
Well, all those people I’m renting from are making extra income by listing their home. Some have turned it into a regular side business, buying up properties in order to list them out to tourists. If you have your own place, you can do the same.
4. Teach Cooking Classes
Are you a good cook? I’m not but my wife is & she is offering cooking classes to travelers in the city of Kuala-Lumpur in Malaysia. If you love cooking that is an easy way to earn extra income by sharing your skills to others
If you are interested in getting a private cooking class to send us a private message or if you can also get listed on Cookly to start your own.
5. Teaching English Online
English is the second most spoken language in the world, children learn it from their very young age worldwide and also well-spoken in the business field.
Because the demand for learning English is so high, particularly in China, some companies have popped up offering English language tutoring services online.
Basically, you can get paid to teach basic English language classes to Chinese kids through a webcam. For just 90 minutes a day, it’s possible to earn over $500 per month or you can become an English teacher and work anywhere around the world
You do need a Bachelor’s degree and some basic teaching/tutoring experience.
6. Write & Sell An Ebook
I have been backpacking since 2004 and I thought that it was now time to create my first photography book. I post it on Amazon "Never too far with a Camera" but also selling the Ebook on my website.
Basically, packaging knowledge into a useful handbook, and selling it online in a digital format. Either as a PDF, or maybe on the Amazon Marketplace. Writing the ebook is only the first step though, you also have to learn how to promote it using advertising, content marketing, blogging, social media, etc.
7- Become A Local Tour Guide
Do you love your hometown or city, and want to show others the best parts of it? There’s a market for local tour guides in different tourist hot-spots around the world. One of the coolest ways to do this is by offering free walking tours… wait, but how do you make money if they’re free?! TIPS.
8- Freelance Photography
Are you passionate about photography? Why not try to make living shooting portraits, family, weddings, or stock photography for some spare cash on the side. You’ll need to build up your portfolio first, but once you have a solid one, you can start applying to freelance photography sites to sell your work.
There’s even a market for travel photographers to help tourists get the perfect Instagram photo. Basically, if someone is traveling to Kuala-Lumpur (or any town) for vacation, and you live nearby, they can hire you to be their personal travel photographer for a few hours.
9- Start A Blog (Like This One!)
Blogging is how you can make a living & allow you to travel and work on your computer from anywhere.
If you want to share your knowledge with the world, and maybe entertain people, there’s no better way than starting a blog (and make some extra income).
Maybe your passion is travel, food, fashion, photography, hiking, fitness — blogging allows you to turn your hobby into an online business.
How do you make money from a blog?
Selling advertising space
Promoting affiliate products and earning commissions
Selling your own products and courses
Starting a blog is easy, but turning your blog into a successful business takes time.
As someone who’s learned how to build a successful blog from scratch, I’ve put together a free guide to help get you started:
10- Become A Social Media Influencer
Making money on Instagram or Facebook? Sure it happens! I work on social media “influencer” projects sometimes Now, I don’t want to mislead you. It can take years to build a following large enough to make this possible. But maybe you already have a large social following, and aren’t monetizing it yet?
Some companies pay influencers to be the face of their brand, promoting certain products, or even destinations. It may start with free stuff, but over time can lead to making thousands of dollars per post on platforms like Instagram, YouTube, and blogs.
Ways to earn extra income on social media:
11- Sell your Lightroom presets online
When it comes to building a business, photographers & influencers today have more resources to work with than ever before. As of 2018, monetizing your photography can come in a variety of non-conventional forms: through making connections on Instagram, selling your photos to stock photography sites, working with brands who are looking to expand their digital presence, providing online photography courses and workshops from home and Selling your personal Lightroom presets.
How to Make and Sell Your Own Lightroom Presets
12- Sell product on Amazon
One of the biggest advantages you have as an internet entrepreneur starting out today is that you don’t have to figure everything out for yourself. As far as how to market your products — there are a lot of examples of profitable online businesses to follow and to make money with Amazon seller.
To sell on Amazon, you can go through the following steps:
Step 1: Go to Services.amazon.com.
Step 3: Select between “Sell as a Professional” or “Sell as an Individual”. ...
Step 4: Fill out the required information and once you're done then you've officially become an Amazon seller.
13- Create an online course.
Create an online course with a platform like Udemy or Teachable and leverage some of your skills to create a healthy income. Depending upon how much time you invest in your course, you could make a substantial side revenue stream by creating courses that deliver tremendous amounts of value.
14- Mystery shopping.
Companies of all kinds are looking for mystery shoppers. Mystery shoppers buy in secret, documenting their experiences with the retailer. This can be done at a physical store or an online store. If you do a simple search on becoming a mystery shopper, you can likely locate several services that will assist you. Or, you can simply contact companies directly to pitch your mystery shopping services to them.
15- Design logos on 99Designs
If you're graphically inclined and you get a programs like Photoshop and Illustrator, you could potentially compete for design work on 99Designs. However, you won't get paid unless your design is chosen as the winning design, meaning you need to be a very good designer to make income that's worthwhile here.