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With the advent of the internet, it became possible for most people to start a side hustle online and earn some money by sharing their knowledge and expertise with the world. Fortunately, these side hustles are not a reserve of a few professions, rather, people from a wide range of disciplines can partake in the opportunities that the internet offers. Whether you are a teacher, doctor, journalist, real estate developer, economist, or beauty expert, you can use the internet to start a side hustle and leverage on your expertise.
According to a survey done in 2021 by Zapier, 34% of Americans have side hustles and 31% of them started them in 2020. There are many reasons why people may decide to turn their expertise into a side hustle. One of the reasons is that you want to supplement your income. It could be that your salary is not big enough to meet all your expenses adequately. Or maybe, yes, your salary can cover all your expenses and leave enough for savings and investment, but you would like to have some extra cash that you can spend on a fancy item or eat at an expensive restaurant. You may also be a free-spirited person who wants to quit your 9 to 5 job and enjoy the freedom and autonomy that comes with being your own boss. You can also do it to have a creative outlet.
Now, you may be wondering how you can go about doing it? Well, read on to see what exactly you need to do to earn some extra coins and make the most of your skills and knowledge.
Write a Blog
Writing a blog post for content mill companies and getting paid regularly is a good way of earning money online but there is even a better way of doing it; write a blog. All you have to do is pick a niche and create an online community for yourself. In doing so, your chances of attracting well-paying sponsorships and collaborating with other brands will increase significantly. You can earn good money with sponsored content on your personal blog by hosting giveaways or contests, sending promotional emails to your list of subscribers, placing private adverts around your website or writing sponsored reviews on your blog.
For your blog to become successful and attract brands, you must share high quality and comprehensive content. You have to pick a topic that most entrepreneurs in our current generation will be interested in. You can also create instructional content that explains to readers the process of doing something that you are well-versed in. This will help you build relationships with many people who subscribe to your content.
Write an eBook
In the past, publishing a book was an uphill task for aspiring writers. If you were unable to get a traditional publishing house to do it for you, then you were forced to spend money to have it printed. Fortunately, modern writers do not have to deal with such obstacles anymore. Anyone can write and sell a story directly to readers at minimal cost. This also means that you can create books quickly. You can also start selling your ebook a short while after it has been written.
Amazon is one of the online marketplaces where you can sell your ebook. Selling an ebook on Amazon is easy and anyone can do it. After writing your ebook, you can use Kindle Create to format it and use Canva to make a cover for free. Then you can visit Kindle Direct Publishing and publish it yourself.
If you want to ensure that the book gets distributed to a wider audience, check out Kobo, Writing Life, and Nookpress. They are platforms where you can also self-publish. To make sure that you expose your book to as many people as possible, it is prudent that you publish with all the key players instead of relying on only one.
Offer Online Tutoring Services
There are people who prefer to learn directly from an expert in their subject of choice. Doing online tutoring is an exceptional way of sharing your knowledge with such people. Subjects such as science, math, and English are in high demand. You can also tutor on topics like foreign languages or music and learning to play an instrument. You do not necessarily need to have a degree to do online tutoring, which is a plus. However, you must have knowledge and skills in a subject that people are ready to spend money on to acquire the knowledge.
You can use online course platforms such as Zippy Courses, Thinkific, Teachable, Savvy, Clarity.fm, and Coach.Me. You can also sell your expertise on online course marketplaces such as Udemy, Skillshare and CreativeLive. In the beginning, creating the task will be time and labor intensive. But over time, once you have finished creating it, you will be able to earn passive income.
Find Freelance Clients
Most small businesses prefer to outsource some of their business functions to lower their operational costs. They hire people who offer services such as digital marketing, web developing and web designing to help them attain their business goals. To get started as a freelancer, you need to build a portfolio website that can showcase your strengths and display relevant projects that you have done before. You can also showcase testimonials from previous clients you have worked with and offer clear information about your services. Afterward, focus on finding clients, polishing up your pitch and deliver quality work on time. Freelancing can help you earn extra thousands per month as you continue doing your day job.
Create a Podcast
Podcasting is almost like blogging, but in audio form. Many people have made millions through creating and marketing their podcasts within their industry. Make sure that you are clear about your niche, build an attractive website and begin planning interviews with experts in your field. At first, finding notable people to interview will be a daunting task. However, capitalize on your connections and display genuine interest when you call them to build a relationship. In the end, you will find someone to give you a great reputation. You can also make the most of social media platforms to promote your podcast or use paid search tactics.
As you can see, there are many ways in which you can monetize your expertise in this day and age. The extra cash you earn on the side will go a long way in helping you make ends meet. Starting these side hustles is not difficult; all you need to have is internet connectivity, a computer, and a vision.
So, what are you waiting for? Let us know how you started your side hustle down in the comments.
This article originally published on GREY Journal.