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the 5 Best Side Gigs for 2020

5 of the Best Side gigs and grinds for 2024

 

Updated April 19, 2024, for relevance.

Making more money is something everyone can benefit from.

Whether you’re building your savings fund, paying off student loans or saving for a down payment on a house, increasing your income can help you reach your goal faster.

More and more people are becoming aware to this every year. Recent polls show that out of all who have a side gig almost one in five people earn at least $480-510 each month in addition to their primary source of income.

Imagine what an extra $500 per month could do for you. You could reach your goals months or even years sooner. But with so many side gig options out there, how do you know where to begin?

This list includes some of the best side gigs out there today. Each one is broken down into the level of difficulty, income potential, a description of how the side gig works, the requirements, and how you can get started.

Be sure to choose a side gig that fits your goals and lifestyle. For example, if your goal is to make an extra $500 each month, then you shouldn’t choose something like taking surveys online. But if you just want to earn a free gift card here and there with little time and effort, then taking surveys may be a good option. 

1. Blogging as a startup

woman in orange long sleeve shirt using black laptop computer

 Dollarscaler scale: Tactical-Strategic

Income Potential:  $500-$10,000+ per month

Blogs started as an online journal or website that included your thoughts or expertise on a particular subject such as food, fashion, or travel. What is happening now is that you can turn the blogging tools into a knowledge startup. 

To make money from a blog, you need to update it with new content in a timely manner allowing you to build your traffic and grow your readership. Once you’ve built a steady stream of traffic, you can monetize it via affiliate marketing, advertising, or selling products such as eBooks and online courses. If you are mindful about the brand you give your online publication you might even sell it with substantial profit. 

What you need

Strategic:

  • Find a way to map your goals to the daily business
  • Research a field that you can grow with

Tactical:

  • Find tactics to grow your reach 
  • Get a publishing calendar and map out how much content you need
  • If scaling without doing all the work, find content creators
  • Explore ways to monetize your blog

Practical:

  • Domain name
  • Blogging platform like WordPress
  • Web hosting account
  • Computer
  • Internet connection
  • Passion or knowledge on a specific subject 
Getting started links

Strategic:

  • Find a way to map your goals to the daily business
  • Research a field that you can grow with

Tactical:

  • Find tactics to grow your reach
  • Get a publishing calendar and map out how much content you need
  • If scaling without doing all the work, find content creators
  • Explore ways to monetize your blog

Practical:

  • Domain name
  • Blogging platform like WordPress
  • Web hosting account
  • Computer
  • Internet connection
  • Passion or knowledge on a specific subject 

2. Create Facebook Ads for Small Businesses

MacBook Air on table

 Dollarscaler Scale:  Medium

Income Potential:  $1,000-$2,000+ per month

Facebook is in part a highly targeted advertising platform. Businesses can use it to get their ads in front of an audience that meets certain age, interest, behavior criteria. By learning how to utilize the Facebook ad system and creating persuasive promotions, you can set up and manage profitable campaigns to help business owners capture leads and grow their business. 

What you need

Strategic:

  • Find a way to map your goals to the daily business
  • Research a field that you can help (find a niche) 

Tactical:

  • Find tactics to get customers
  • Get a publish calendar and map out how much content you need
  • Remember to map out your process so that you can outsource later

Practical:

  • Computer
  • Internet connection
  • Facebook account
  • Working knowledge of Facebook Ads Manager
  • Learn how to advertise on the platform
Getting started

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3. Freelance Writing

woman in white robe sitting on couch

  Dollarscaler Scale:  Creative and some tactics

Income Potential:  $500-$10,000 per month

In a freelance writing side gig, print or online publications pay you to produce quality content for their publications. This content can come out in the form of blog posts, landing pages, white papers, or case studies.

As a freelance writer, you may be paid per word or per article. This is a lower-cost alternative to the company than hiring full-time staff writers. Businesses may also hire you on a freelance basis to provide copywriting services for their ads, brochures, email campaigns, and other marketing collateral.

What you need

Strategic:

  • Find a way to map your goals to the daily business
  • Research a field that you can write for (find a niche) 

Tactical:

  • Find tactics to get customers
  • Get a publish calendar and map out how much content you need
  • Remember to map out your process so that you can outsource later

Practical:

  • Computer
  • Internet connection
  • Facebook account
  • Working knowledge of Facebook Ads Manager
  • Learn how to advertise on the platform
Getting started

Text + link to place you can get payed

4. Proofreading

woman in white long sleeve shirt reading book

 Dollarscaler Scale:  Administrative

Income Potential:  $500-$1,000+ per month

Proofreading involves carefully examining text to look for and correct grammar, spelling, and style mistakes.

Bloggers, authors, and even court reporters hire proofreaders to ensure their articles and other written documents are ready for publication or distribution. You can proofread for all types of clients or choose a niche like education, law, or finance.

What you need

Tactical:

  • Find ways  to get customers

Practical:

  • Computer
  • Internet connection
  • A place to work
  • Good at structuring words and spelling
Getting started

Text + link to place you can get payed

5. Virtual Assistant

woman biting pencil while sitting on chair in front of computer during daytime

 Dollarscaler Scale:  Practical administrative 

Income Potential:  $500-$5,000 per month

As a virtual assistant, you get to choose the services you offer. For example, you can provide customer service and administrative support by scheduling appointments, managing databases, or planning travel arrangements.

You can also offer more creative services like planning events or managing social media. Your efforts save business owners time so they can focus on other tasks.

What you need
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Getting started

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