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Side Hustles That Will Make You an Extra $1,000 a Month

Side Hustles That Will Make You an Extra $1,000 a Month

In today’s economy, it’s becoming increasingly common for young adults to seek out additional sources of income beyond their primary job. In fact, 50% of Americans have a side hustle, and a majority report working to earn extra cash outside of their main gigs. Whether it’s to pay off student loans, save for a dream vacation, or simply make ends meet, side hustles have become a popular way to boost earnings.

Fortunately, with the rise of the gig economy and the accessibility of online platforms, many of those side gigs are pretty lucrative, too. There are countless opportunities to earn extra cash — and we’re not just talking a few bucks. Side gigs can help bring in anywhere between $400-1000 more each month, if you’re willing to put in the work.

So, if you’re looking to add an extra $1,000 to your monthly income, here are ten side hustles worth considering:

10. Freelance Writing

If you have a way with words, freelance writing can be a lucrative side hustle. Many websites and publications are constantly in need of content creators for articles, blog posts, copywriting, even social media content. Websites like Upwork, Freelancer and Fiverr allow you to showcase your writing skills and connect with clients looking for talented writers. With  a decent amount of dedication and a strong portfolio, you can easily earn $1,000 (or more) per month.

9. Virtual Assistance

2020 changed the way everything works, and that’s especially true for businesses. As many businesses continue to operate fully or partially online, the demand for virtual assistants has grown tremendously. Tasks such as email management, social media scheduling and customer support can all be handled remotely. Websites like Flex Jobs and Zirtual connect virtual assistants with employers seeking assistance, offering flexible hours and competitive pay. It’s a win-win for everyone.

8. Online Tutoring

If you excel in a particular subject or skill, you may want to consider becoming an online tutor. With the rise of remote learning, there’s a growing demand for tutors to help students with every subject you can think of, from traditional academic subjects to exciting new skills like learning an instrument. Check out websites like and VIPKid to connect with students and earn a substantial hourly rate. Be prepared to actually back up your knowledge, though.

7. Social Media Management

Are you a pro at Instagram, TikTok or Facebook? You’d be surprised at how many businesses struggle with managing social media accounts. Many businesses are willing to pay for social media managers to create and curate content, engage with followers and/or analyze analytics. With the right skills and creativity, you can build a thriving social media management business and earn a steady income. Depending on your flexibility, you can manage multiple accounts at once, increasing your take-home pay exponentially.

6. Graphic Design

Maybe writing isn’t your forte, but you have a knack for design. If that’s the case, consider offering your services as a freelance graphic designer. From logos and branding to web design and illustrations, there’s no shortage of opportunities for talented designers. Websites like 99designs and Dribbble give you the space you to showcase your portfolio and connect with clients looking for design work.

5. Photography

Even though smartphones have given nearly everyone access to a camera, some people really struggle with taking great photos. But if you’ve got a creative eye, consider freelancing your photography. You can start a side hustle and offer your services for photoshoots, weddings, engagements or myriad other events. Additionally, stock photography websites like Shutterstock, Adobe Stock and Getty Images allow you to upload your photos and earn royalties every time they’re downloaded.

4. E-commerce

Thanks to platforms like Shopify, Etsy and eBay, it’s never been so easy to start an online store and sell products. Whether you’re crafty and creative or have a knack for spotting trends, e-commerce can be a profitable side hustle. From handmade crafts to drop-shipped goods, there are countless opportunities to turn a profit online.

3. Pet Sitting/Dog Walking

If you’re an animal lover, why not get paid to spend time with furry friends? Pet sitting and dog walking are popular side hustles that allow you to earn money while enjoying the company of pets. Websites like Rover and Wag! connect pet owners with reliable sitters and walkers, offering flexibility and competitive pay. Plus, you get to spend your time surrounded by adorable animals WHILE making money. Need we say more?

2. Fitness Coaching

Are you passionate about health and fitness? Consider becoming a fitness coach or personal trainer. Whether you prefer one-on-one sessions or group classes, there’s a growing demand for fitness professionals to help others achieve their wellness goals. It’s a great way for you to get your exercise in while encouraging others to do the same. And now more than ever, there are multiple ways you can get into fitness coaching. You can offer virtual coaching sessions, create workout programs, or even host fitness retreats to earn extra income.

1. Blogging/Vlogging

There’s a common joke that “everyone is an influencer these days,” but there’s a good reason behind it. Bloggers and vloggers are able to create content about topics they’re passionate about while raking in some serious cash. Whether it’s travel, fashion, food, or finance, there’s an audience for almost every niche. You can grow your audience, monetize your content through ads and sponsorships, and turn your passion into a profitable side hustle. Through advertising, sponsored posts and affiliate deals, you could make up to $5,000 a month, if not more.

Whether you’re a writer, designer, tutor or animal lover, there’s a side hustle out there that’s perfect for you. By leveraging your skills, passions, and the power of the internet, you can increase your income and achieve your financial goals. Just make sure you don’t burn yourself out.

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