In October, when I had been side hustling for a couple months, I wrote a post about what I was doing to make some extra income. A few people asked me for a more detailed post and of course, I was more than happy to write it. Now that I’m actually sitting down to write this post, I feel a little bad since this is going to be pretty boring. I wish I had some great secret to tell you. But nevertheless, I hope this helps!
I started side hustling in September of last year but didn’t really get serious about it until October. I had read in the blogosphere about what other people were doing as side hustles and writing seemed like a good fit for me. I wouldn’t call myself a great writer but I can write or at least string a few words together so I thought I’d give it a try.
I started my search for freelance writing positions on Elance. If you’re not familar with it, its like a job site for freelancers of sorts. Initially, it was hard to get hired for anything since I didn’t have any reviews or feedback yet. I decided to take some really low paying jobs just to get me started. I was able to increase my rate steadily after I had a more complete profile on Elance and more samples to show them. I will say that the one thing that has helped me land jobs the most on Elance is this blog. If you have your own blog that you update regularly, it’s kind of like a live portfolio. Alot of people say that the jobs on Elance don’t pay enough and most of them don’t. But there are good jobs to be found there – you just have to look. I’ve actually found most of my freelance gigs there and have had some moderate success on Craigslist and ProBlogger. I haven’t ventured onto ODesk yet but maybe soon.
I’ve also found a couple virtual assistant jobs on Elance but I tend to stay from those since it gets pretty boring. I’d rather write. I’ve also done some consumer surveys through sites like eRewards. They don’t pay a whole lot and you only get gift cards but its something (I signed up for eRewards years ago. I believe you have to be invited to get an account).
I’ve also had luck on my side. A couple of the clients I have worked with referred me to other people so I gained some new jobs that way.
And there you have it! That is how I side hustle. I now make around $1000 a month through my side hustles. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll make enough for writing to be my main hustle. But for now, its a nice chunk of extra change to have every month. Like I said, I wish I had something amazing to share but I don’t. In the beginning, it can be a lot of work for not much in return. But stick to it! You be a side hustling pro in no time.