Can Digital Marketing Be A Side Hustle? Yes, Here’s 23 Ways

Can Digital Marketing Be A Side Hustle

So can digital marketing be a side hustle?

In a word, Absolutely digital marketing can be a side hustle. In fact, in a Zapier report, 40% of Americans in 2022 have a side hustle.

And with inflation going through the roof, it’s getting harder and harder to pay for the basics like food and shelter.

Now the economy may suck at this moment in time. But we have to look at the advantages we have living in a digital world.

Before digital, if you wanted to earn some extra money you had to physically go out and find a second job.

But now you don’t have to do that. With a laptop/desktop and an internet connection, you can find a side hustle and never have to leave your house.

Or if you have that nomad spirit with a digital side hustle and your laptop you can make that cash from anywhere as long as you have an internet connection.

Now I know there are a ton of side hustles that take you out of the home like dog walking, Uber, etc. And many of them are great options.

But I wanted to focus on side hustles that you can do from your home. For example, not everyone wants to use their car for delivery or Uber, which will cost you money not to mention the wear and tear on your car.

This list of side hustles can all be done from your home and can be started with little or no money.

Oh, I also want to mention that these side hustles can start as a side gig for extra money. But with the exception of a few all can be turned into full-time income if that’s your end goal.

Alright, let’s get to it.

1) Start A Blog And Use Affiliate Marketing

affiliate marketing

Now I know starting a blog and affiliate marketing are two separate things. But when you combine them together they definitely provide you with the highest earning potential.

In fact, this is the side hustle that I started while I was still working. And by consistently working on my business I eventually turned it into what has become my full-time income since 2005.

Now, this is definitely a slow burn. And what I mean by that is that by starting a blog and then using affiliate marketing as your revenue model. Your income is not going to happen overnight.

Realistically you’re looking at 6 to 12 months maybe even longer before you start generating any type of revenue. Now through my experience usually after 12 months, you could be earning between $500 and $1000 per month.

But that’s not to say you couldn’t be earning more and some people have earned significantly more money within a 12-month period.

I’m just saying if you decide to start a blog and use affiliate marketing as your revenue model just understand that you are building a real business and it’s going to take time.

But if your goal is to build a business that becomes a full-time income this is definitely the route to go.

If you want to learn more about how to build a thriving affiliate marketing business here are the exact steps I use.

2) Become A Remote Call Center Agent

As a remote call agent, you would be handling inbound or even outbound calls. As the agent, you’d be identifying customers’ needs, answering questions, and solving problems.

As a remote call agent, you need computer skills that include navigating multiple tabs, and systems. You also need to be organized, flexible, friendly, and an effective communicator as well as calm under pressure.

And since you be working from home you need to have a quiet area where you can do your job and not be disturbed or have any background noise.

The average wage for a remote call agent typically starts at around $15.00 per hour.

You can find remote agent jobs through websites such as LiveOps and Flexjobs.

3) Open An Etsy Store

While Esty is the go-to place for independent crafters, and artists to sell their custom-made jewelry, clothing, home décor, art, toys and so much more.

You don’t have to be an artist that makes custom jewelry or clothing to open a store on Esty. One of the hottest categories on Esty is that of digital downloads.

And the great thing about a digital download is once you’ve created it you only need to create it once but then you can sell it over and over again. In fact, this is a great way to create a passive income.

And you have a wide variety of tools that you can use to build your digital downloads, such as Canva, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Gimp, Inc Scape, etc.

But what if you’re not a graphic designer? No problem, you can go to places like Fiverr and have a graphic designer create your digital download for you and then sell those on your Esty store.

So, what digital downloads can you create? You can create…

  • Thank you cards
  • Printable planners
  • Digital planners
  • Logos
  • Business cards
  • social media templates
  • Printable cards such as birthday invitations
  • Etc…

4) Sell On eBay

Most people get started selling on eBay by selling unwanted things they have laying around their house.

Or if you want to take it a step further many people will scour flea markets, vintage stores, and even garage sales for items that you could resell on eBay.

Now there are fees associated with selling on eBay but if you’re wise with your pricing and your product purchases you definitely can make a good side income selling items on eBay. Here’s a link to eBay’s seller fees.

5) Become A Virtual Assistant

With more and more people looking for help running their businesses virtual assistants are in high demand nowadays.

And the reason for this demand is instead of hiring someone full-time they can hire a virtual assistant to take care of specific work-related tasks on a per-task basis.

Now as a virtual assistant depending on whom you’re working for can pay you an hourly rate ($10 to $20) or you can get paid a fixed per-week or per-month salary.

As a virtual assistant, your range of responsibilities will vary from client to client.

Tasks could include administrative, managing email accounts, scheduling appointments, creating content, social media, scheduling appointments, graphic design, etc.

6) Freelance Writer

Freelance Writer

Every website on the Internet needs content. And not all website owners want to create that content or even have the time to create that content.

And that’s where becoming a freelance writer can be a wonderful side hustle. Now freelance writers just don’t write content for websites.

You could write e-books, magazine articles, press releases, blog posts, newsletters, ghostwriting, etc.

Now depending on how far you want to take this side hustle, you can earn a few hundred dollars a month or you can earn $5000 plus per month.

Websites like Fiverr, Upwork, and Freelancer are platforms where you can offer your writing services.

Also, AI writing tools like Jasper can help you write faster allowing you to take on more jobs and make more money.

7) Start An Ecommerce Site

A report by Statista noted that global eCommerce sales were approximately 5.2 trillion U.S. dollars. And it said this figure is to grow by 56% over the next few years reaching $8.1 trillion by 2026.

With growth numbers like that having your own eCommerce website is definitely a great side hustle that can be turned into a full-time income if that’s your goal.

And with resources such as Shopify that provide you with a store builder, themes, and an App Store to add more features and functionality to your online store starting your own eCommerce website is easier than ever.

And if you already have a website and you want to add an online store to your website you can use plugins such as Woo Commerce.

8) Sell On Fiverr

You can make a pretty good side income selling your skills on Fiverr. You’ll find people offering everything from content writing to website design and everything in between.

Now when Fiverr first got started gigs were only $5. But since then, Fiverr allows people to set their own rates. However, there are still freelancers willing to work for $5.

But nowadays you’re more likely to find people selling their skills for hundreds if not thousands of dollars.

Now one thing I want to point out is Fiverr does take a 20% commission from all of your work and that includes tips people give you. So, if you’re charging $100 for a gig after Fiverr takes their commission you’re going to earn $80.

Now like everything, when you first start on Fiverr you want to see what other people who just started on Fiverr are charging within your skill set and charge the same.

And as you gain more credibility, gain positive ratings, and exposure you can then increase what you charge for your services.

9) Take Paid Online Surveys

Taking online surveys is definitely the king of extra money side hustles. The reason why I say that, is you’re certainly not going to get rich taking online surveys but they can definitely be a great source of some extra money.

Now, depending on how many reputable online survey sites you join you can earn anywhere from a few dollars per month to as much as $500 per month.

Now depending on what survey site you’re with and what survey you’re taking you could be earning as little as $0.50 for taking a survey or as much as $10 or more.

But I would say on average you’re only going to earn a few dollars for every survey that you take.

Now there are legitimate survey sites and there are a lot of scam survey sites out there. So, you must be wary and you must do your due diligence before you invest any time in taking an online survey.

Two of the most reputable survey sites are Survey Junkie and Swagbucks.

10) Test Apps & Websites

When it comes to testing websites and testing apps you don’t need to be a computer whiz in order to do that.

By testing websites and testing apps, you’re going to be using the site or app as a normal user would. But you as the tester are evaluating the user experience and the website or app’s functionality.

Now there are sometimes more complex user testing jobs where you’ll be known as a bug tester. And as that type of tester, you’re trying to break the website or app. What you’re doing is looking for technical issues.

Now to start testing websites and apps online obviously you’re going to need a computer, a high-speed Internet connection, and possibly a microphone and webcam.

The reason why you might need a microphone and webcam is you may be required to record your screen and your voice so you can give your opinions and feedback as you go.

Now when it comes to your income as a website and an app tester depending on the test on average you’ll earn anywhere from $5 to $30 per test.

This is definitely a true side hustle and you’re not going to get rich or turn this into a full-time gig. But it’s great for making extra cash.

There are plenty of resources where you can test websites and apps. But some of the more popular sites are:

11) Offer Tutoring

tutoring

There are always people that are going to require tutors. And thanks to the digital space you can tutor people anywhere in the world.

Now you don’t need a teaching degree nor do you need classroom experience to become a tutor but you will require a bachelor’s degree.

And as an online tutor, you can earn anywhere between $20 and $50 per hour. And like all freelancing jobs, you can offer your tutoring services through freelancing portals such as Fiverr and Upwork.

You can also set up a tutoring profile on the Tutors.com website. And the advantage of registering on Tutors.com is unlike other freelancing portals Tutors.com does not take a commission or charge a subscription.

And if you’re a certified expert in your field through tutors.com tutors are making as much as $80 per hour.

12) Design And Sell An Online Course

Did you know that your knowledge has tremendous value? Did you also know there are people that want to learn what you know?

And because of that, you can create a great side hustle by creating and selling your own online course.

And when it comes to the earning potential of selling an online course some courses can sell for $1000’s per person per course.

Now I know creating and selling an online course may sound daunting. But when you have resources such as Teachable.com available to you the creation and marketing of your online course become so much easier.

You have people on teachable that have courses that include watercolor painting, cake decorating, yoga, fitness boot camps, and so much more.

Through teachable, you can even create your own membership base course providing you with an ongoing passive income.

13) Become A Social Media Manager

Do you love social media? Are you very familiar with Facebook, Twitter, Tic Tok, Pinterest, Instagram, etc?

If so being a social media manager may be right up your alley as the perfect side hustle.

As a social media manager, you’re going to be in charge of everything related to your client’s profile.

As part of your social manager’s services, you can offer your clients things such as:

  • Creating content and crafting posts
  • Responding to comments
  • Creating social media images
  • Crafting and implementing a social media strategy
  • Monitor, track, and analyze the performance of your client’s social media platforms
  • Offer recommendations to improve and increase the performance of a client’s social media platforms

14) Online Proof Reading

When it comes to a proofreading side hustle most jobs don’t require you to have any sort of degree but they do require you to have some experience.

And once you get your foot in the door a whole world of opportunities opens up for you.

Now the average hourly wage for a proofreader is between $15 and $25. And if you decide to dedicate yourself to this side gig and turn it into a full-time gig there are proofreaders that are earning over $100,000 per year.

If you’d like to learn more about how you can get going as a proofreader there’s this fantastic free workshop by Caitlin Pyle called Proofreading Everywhere that details everything about starting a freelance proofreading business.

15) Transcription Service

Are you a fast and accurate typist? Then a transcription may be the perfect side hustle for you.

This type of side hustle involves you typing a written record of what you hear on audio and video recordings. And these transcriptions that you’re doing can range from 911 calls to court hearings and everything in between.

Now along with being a lightning-fast typist, you need good spelling and English grammar skills. The reason being the best-paying jobs require you to be nearly perfect, free from typos and grammatical errors.

When it comes to transcribing audio, you could be paid hourly or in some cases, you could be paid by the word.

When it comes to the average salary for transcription work it seems to range between $15 and $40 an hour. And the reason for such a wide range of hourly earnings depends on the type of transcriptions you’re doing.

When it comes to getting paid by the word, rates start at $0.05 per word.

To get involved with this side hustle you can offer your services through freelance websites like Fiverr, Upwork, and Freelancer. As well as websites like Transcribeme.com.

16) SEO Specialist

SEO Specialist

If understanding how search engines work is interesting to you and you like keeping up with SEO trends. Then becoming an SEO specialist might be the perfect side hustle for you.

As an SEO specialist, you would be helping businesses improve their ranking on the search engine results page (SERPs).

And the higher up in the SERPs you can get a business to rank the more traffic that’s going to bring in, and the more revenue companies can make.

As an SEO specialist, you’re going to be responsible for on-page SEO which typically includes keyword research, content creation, and optimization, conversion optimization, optimizing header tags, title tags, meta description tags, etc.

But you’re also responsible for off-page SEO which can include guest blogging, link building, social media, etc. You would also be responsible for mobile optimization as well.

You also have to keep an eye on the analytics so you can measure what’s working and what’s not working for your client.

Depending on your client you may be hired on a per-project basis and if that’s the case you would then decide how much you’re going to charge that client.

You could create packages that have a one-time price. Or you could charge an hourly rate. If you’re going to charge an hourly rate most SEO specialist work starts at a minimum of $35 per hour.

17) Facebook Ads Manager

There is a huge demand for people that have skills when it comes to Facebook advertising.

And if you have experience running successful paid ads on Facebook as an ads manager you can earn anywhere between $1200 to $2500 per month per client.

As the ads manager, you’re going to be in charge of creating the ads, managing the ads and where they will run, tracking your ad campaigns, and seeing how they’re performing toward the goals you’ve set.

18) Teach English Online

Teaching English to people can be very rewarding and can be a great side hustle to earn some extra income.

Now, the average age of people wanting to learn English around the world is 7 years old. However, as an online English teacher, you’re going to be teaching anyone who wants to learn English. So that could be people from 7 to 70.

Now, as an online English teacher, you don’t have to be a teacher or have any classroom experience. However, you will need to be able to speak fluent English and have a bachelor’s degree.

As for your earning potential, your hourly wages can arrange between $15 and $23 per hour.

If you’re interested in this side hustle Teachaway.com has a list of companies that let you teach English online from home.

19) Write Resumes

Resume writing is a solid side hustle. As a resume writer, you can help people in their job search by getting noticed with a great resume.

As a resume writer, you can create a brand-new resume, update an old resume, and even create cover letters.

As a resume writer, you can earn between $100 and $250 depending on what package you put together.

So, one of your bundled packages could include a resume audit, customizing the resume, a cover letter, and even giving their LinkedIn profile an uplift.

To get this side hustle off the ground one of the best places to do that is by taking advantage of LinkedIn.

If you already have a LinkedIn account the first thing you want to do is highlight your LinkedIn profile as a resume writer.

Along with taking advantage of LinkedIn, you can also sell your resume writing skills through freelancing websites such as Fiverr, Upwork, and Freelancer.

20) Become A Pinterest Virtual Assistant

Pinterest Virtual Assistant

I think it’s pretty safe to say most people are familiar with Pinterest.

And not to get too technical but Pinterest is a visual discovery search engine so people can find things like recipes, DIY projects, home and style inspiration, and so much more.

Now many bloggers that have a Pinterest account usually start out building and growing their account on their own.

But as time progresses many of these bloggers find it more advantageous to have a Pinterest virtual assistant.

And this is where you can turn your interest in Pinterest into an amazing side hustle.

And as a Pinterest virtual assistant, you’d be responsible for things like creating pins, optimizing images, developing, and maintaining a pinning schedule, doing keyword research, etc.

Now as a Pinterest virtual assistant on average a VA earns $500 or more per month per client. I’ll let you do the math on how much you can earn as a Pinterest virtual assistant.

21) Become A Voice Actor

Doing voiceover work is a great way to earn some extra cash online. And as a voice actor, you can start with minimal experience and very little equipment.

When it comes to voice acting work it can range from radio, television, audiobooks, narration and so much more.

Even though you don’t need experience I would definitely recommend you get some type of training. Just taking a few classes can give you those tips and tricks that professional voice actors know about that can help you further along with this side hustle.

Websites like Gravy For The Brain are great places to get information and training when it comes to becoming a voice actor. Another great resource is the website called Voices.

And as for income, you can earn a few hundred dollars a month as a voice actor to hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

22) Translation Services

Are you fluent in several different languages? If you are providing translation services is a great side hustle.

If this is something you’re interested in I would recommend specializing your services. So, before jumping into this side hustle you need to refine your business idea and see where your translation services will fit into the market.

And this can be anything from translating financial documents, technical translations, or as simple as translating SEO content.

And again, like any freelancing business, you’ll want to offer your services through freelancing portals such as Upwork, Fiverr, and Freelancer, just to name a few.

And the fee that most translators charge ranges between $30 and $45 per hour.

23) Online Bookkeeper

If you like math and working with numbers bookkeeping would be a great side hustle.

As a bookkeeper, you would be preparing a company’s accounts and documenting its daily financial transactions.

And unlike an accountant where you need a bachelor’s degree in accounting. To be a bookkeeper you don’t need any type of degree. Because as a bookkeeper you’re doing more of the administrative tasks.

To make bookkeeping a successful side how not only should you have great math skills but you should also possess computer skills because you’ll regularly be using some sort of accounting software as well as spreadsheets like Excel.

The average hourly wage for a bookkeeper falls between $18 and $23 per hour.

If this side hustle is of interest to you a really great resource to learn more about how you can create a reliable steady income as a bookkeeper you’ll want to check out Bookkeepers.com.

Start Your Side Hustle Today!

Well, there you go. I hope this list of side hustles sparked some “I could do that ” or “I never thought of that ” ideas for you.

Now with the exception of some of these side hustles on this list such as taking surveys, you can turn your choice of side hustle into a full-time online income if that’s your end goal.

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post I started my affiliate marketing business while I was still working for someone else. I worked my business a few hours in the evening and then more so over the weekend.

And then over time, my side hustle grew into a full-time online income and that’s when I quit my job and I’ve never worked for anyone since 2005.

But no matter what your goals are the internet offers you an abundance of earning opportunities. And they are there for the taking. You just have to reach out a grab one.

Have you started a side hustle? If so I would love to hear about it. You can leave your comments below.

I believe in you!
Leo

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