10 Awesome Ideas to Start Your Freelance Side Hustle
A lot of people love the idea of starting a freelance side hustle but they’re unsure of what exactly they can do. It’s a question that I get asked all the time…
“I have a lot of skills and experience but what can I do with them that will make me money?”
It’s easy to look at your day job and the work you do there, and translate it into something that you can do as a freelancer.
Another avenue is to branch out and hone a skill or experience by offering it as a service exclusively as a freelancer.
While you’re considering your options based on what you already do, here are some suggestions to further inspire you.
Writing - This is often the first thing people think of when they hear the term “freelance” - a freelance writer. While there are piles of freelance writing jobs available, especially with online juggernauts like Upwork, Freelancer and Fiverr offering easy ways to land jobs, not all are lucrative. Depending on your niche and the publication you’re working with, skilled writers can earn upwards of $500 USD for an 1,000 word article.
Graphic Design - If you have an artistic background and know your way around design software this can be a great opportunity to pick up clients on the side and build a successful side hustle. Skill and experience are key and you will need to have a portfolio that shows your previous work.
Social Media Management - With most brands and companies having a social media presence of some sort, there are countless opportunities to pick up freelance social media management work. This is an area where you don’t need to have as much skill as something like writing in order to be successful. What you do need is a strong understanding of social media trends, what type of content performs best and when and where to post.
Content Marketing - In the online world content is king, and everyone is in a race to produce more content that captures the attention of their audience. A lot of small and medium sized businesses and organizations try to keep up with these practices but are often flying by the seat of their pants. If you have a background in content marketing or at the very least understand best practices, this is an area where there is consistent need.
Content Creation - While marketing content is important, so is actually creating the content in the first place. Writers, artists, video producers, editors and other creatives are all needed to feed the content machine and you might be in a great position to do it. You’re likely to have the most success if you focus on a niche area where you have a lot of experience or particular insight and can whip up something fresh in the blink of an eye.
Podcast Editing - Again with the content creation theme here, but this one is a big one. Podcasts continue to grow in popularity and it seems like everyone looking to establish their authority in the online world has one - or is about to. If you have the time, talent and equipment you can easily freelance your services to up and coming podcasters.
Consulting - Depending on your background and expertise, you may be sitting on a potential goldmine that prospective clients are willing to pay handsomely for. Do an honest assessment of your skills and develop a service offering to pitch to potential clients. This is a great option for people with tech backgrounds, strategic planning experience, senior level management insight or other highly specified skills.
Web Design - If you know your way around WordPress or another popular website platform and can package your services together to help other entrepreneurs, you can be in business. With so many people starting their own companies and looking to establish a web presence, this is an area with unlimited growth potential. In fact, I recommend to anyone without technical skills that wants to start a website for their business to outsource all the design and tech stuff.
Grant Writing - This is a particular niche that does require some skill and experience, but the demand for talented grant writers is big. With non-profit and community-based organizations often living and breathing off of grant funds, they need skilled writers that can turn their mission and vision into cash. Many of these organizations don’t have the capacity to keep permanent staff to do this type of work and they will often look to outsource it.
Coaching Services - While this isn’t technically something considered “freelance”, the market for personalized coaching services continues to grow. Those that have the most success with it typically rely on their own lived experience as the basis for offering coaching packages to their clients. Have you had great success losing weight or starting multiple new businesses? Think about what you did to make it work and develop a service offering around it.
These ideas are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to freelance opportunities. Remember that you don’t have to get your service offering “perfect” right when you’re starting out. The important part is that you get out there, find clients and start generating revenue. With a little time and a whole lot of hustle you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve.