Are Online Side Hustles Worth It?

Who doesn’t LOVE the idea of extra money?

Even if you’re not a greedy capitalist pig *AHEM* very materialistic, you probably could do with a bit of extra cash. It’s nice to have a little bit more tucked away for a rainy day or simply to enjoy a wild weekend in some far-flung city.

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Or enjoy… other things.

It’s no wonder, then, why so many people are looking for online side gigs. Big emphasis on the ONLINE. You literally don’t have to anywhere. Just come home, open your laptop and start working. Maybe two, three four hours a night, two days a week.

Sounds perfect, doesn’t it?

Sadly, life isn’t really like that. The “perfect” online side gig doesn’t really exist. Okay, I’m actually sure it does. However, the majority of people aren’t going to find one after an hour of searching.

Which brings me to my next point:

There’s no such thing as ‘quick’ money.

Go and look up the term “online side gigs”. I dare you. Have a look through them, see what they ask of you and see what they pay.

You’ll find that the Internet is awash with promises – the majority of them bogus. Funnily enough, you’ll also find plenty of ebooks (that you must pay for) explaining how to make an income online (HINT: This is just another person’s side gig making THEM money online!).

I’m not saying that the information you come across is wrong. Actually, most of those bloggers and ebook writers share some very valuable information.

However… Generating cash on the side takes a little thing we call work. Just as much work as you put into your full-time job. Actually, probably more.

Why? Well, simply put…

Even if you just want to make a decent side-income, you need a business mindset.

Sounds boring, doesn’t it?

Or perhaps it sounds look too much effort…

Well, tough luck. That’s business.

Not to discourage you, of course. Having an online side hustle can mean exercising your abilities in a totally different area. If you’re particularly talented at something, it could mean making “easy” money (to an extent) just for doing something you love.

The “doing” in this case is the easy part. Like anything else in business, it’s the acquisition of clients that stumps most people.

Online Side Hustles: Finding one that suits you

What are you good at? If you’re only so-so at coding/programming, even intermediate coding tasks/jobs won’t bring in much profit. Sure, you’ll learn and practice (not at all a bad thing – in fact, I’d encourage it if you want to perfect your skill) but you won’t see much financial return on your time investment.

On the flipside, if you’re a whizz at Photoshop there may be quite a few lucrative side gigs for you.

Can you throw together a couple of images to a high standard within a short space of time? That’s an online side hustle that can prove to be very profitable. Are you great at creating snappy headlines or writing killer blog posts within minutes?

What about explainer videos: can you shoot/edit one in less than hour – a well-made one, that is? In short, the best online side hustles are those that can net you a reasonable sum of money in a short amount of time.

If you are stuck for ideas, maybe consider the following (online) roles:

  • Writing advertising copy for small companies and businesses who need it. Since people need copy that converts, this will always be in demand.
  • Social media management is great if you’re good at planning, strategizing and implementation. You may also have to engage with customers. You can do it for prolific bloggers, companies, start-ups…etc.
  • Creating simple websites can definitely be lucrative if you’re able for it and can do it in accordance with a customers’ needs.
  • Basic or advanced video & image editing work is always in demand. Creating/editing a video here and there can land you a few dollars in your account.

What about paid online surveys and other sources of side income?

Now I have to be blunt. The vast majority of these online side hustles are shit. The likes of Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, Paid Online Surveys and “micro tasks” (whatever…) pay an absolute pittance. You are better off investing time setting up a more specialized and in-demand side hustle and doing some basic marketing (go on Upwork, Fiverr etc.). It won’t bring you money straight away, but then again “get cash quick” will always remain a pipe dream.

Conclusion

With online side hustles, you become a mini-freelancer. You’re setting up a small side business and you need to let people know about it. You should also consider your network. If you’re on social media, ask around and say that you’re offering your skills in a certain area. You may be surprised by the response.

So are they worth it? Absolutely: if you play your cards right and know when and where to hustle.