Ways to build an extra income stream in your spare time
A recent survey found that almost half (48%) of Americans have started at least one side hustle over the last year. And nearly two-thirds (63%) said they plan to continue their side hustle into 2019. Although these numbers seem encouraging, only 4% of respondents reported earning more than $100k from their side hustle.
Whether you’re looking to start a new side hustle or expand an existing business, here are some great side hustle ideas to consider over the holiday season:
- Sell Your Crafts Online
Selling holiday season themed crafts online. There are many different ways to sell your craft online including Etsy, Amazon FBA (Fulfillment By Amazon), and eBay. If you have some unique items to offer, then selling them online could be a good side hustle idea for the holidays!
- Become A Virtual Assistant
If you’re looking for something completely hands-off, becoming a virtual assistant might be the right fit. Many people start businesses these days focusing on being able to work remotely, and if you’ve got some computer skills, this can open up a lot of opportunities for you. It may take time to get started, but once you’re up and running, the possibilities are endless.
- Become A Freelance Writer
If you enjoy writing and love words, then becoming a freelance writer may be right up your alley. There are many websites where people need content written about them, their company, product reviews, etc. Freelance writers get paid per piece they create.
- Make Handmade Ornaments
Making handmade Christmas ornaments is a fun project for families to participate in together. Whether you go traditional or nontraditional, making homemade ornaments is a wonderful way to show off your creativity while giving back to others.
- Work From Home As An Independent Contractor
Are you talented at designing graphics, writing, programming code, or doing data entry? Offer your freelance services to local businesses. Sites like Elance, Freelancer, and Upwork allow you to reach millions of potential customers worldwide. Plus, working independently means you don’t have to answer to anyone else—a definite perk for some job seekers!
A side hustle is something you do outside your main job, you decide what it works for you
It’s a project that takes up some time but (in some cases) it doesn’t require any skills. Some people make extra money by selling crafts online; others sell homemade treats during the holidays. Having someone like Becky Shook-Wotzka from Lifestyle Now can make the difference this year. Making a road map of the place you are and where you wish to go, can be the best gift you can get for yourself.
Whatever you choose to do, remember that you’re not just working for money, you’re also building valuable experience and making connections with new people.