The last few blog posts have mainly been focused on gig work that directly involves using your vehicle. But there are tons of opportunities to make some side cash. If you want a more relaxed hustle, or if you're looking for that just-right job so you can make gig work a full-time job, we've got a few ideas for you. On that note, here's a few...
Gig Work You Might Not Have Tought Of...
Sell Stuff Online:
A lot of folks might not consider it gig work, but it is! Selling online covers a wide range of stuff. I know people who go to estate sales to find cheap buys they can turn around and sell online. You can make things to sell on platforms like Etsy. I spoke to a stay-at-home mother of 4 who cuts hair from home, coaches JV volleyball, and makes shirts, earrings, bracelets, and whatnot to sell online. Selling on Etsy is the highest income of the three. She actually expanded her business with a friend so she could keep up with orders.
If you have a product to sell, consider Amazon's FBA program. FBA means "Fullfilled by Amazon." The Selling Family has a great article about selling with Amazon FBA. You should check it out on your own, but here's a helpful tidbit from that page:
Things you need to do as a FBA seller:
- Find a product to sell on Amazon
- List the product on Amazon.com (it's not for sale yet at this point)
- Prepare the items to send to Amazon warehouses (these are located all over the US)
- Ship the items to Amazon's warehouses
What Amazon does:
- Unpack and then store your inventory in their warehouses
- Make your product available for sale on Amazon.com
- Indicate that your product is Prime Eligible on the product page
- When a customer buys your product, Amazon employees will find, package, and ship your product to the customer
- Prime buyers will receive their product either later that day or with 1- or 2-day free shipping (non-Prime buyers still get free “regular” speed shipping)
- The customer is happy!
- If the customer is unhappy, Amazon customer service reps handle all refunds, returns, and exchanges. The customer won't even contact you.
Be a Mystery Shopper
This gig work sounds like fun! There are companies that will pay you (if you have to pay to play, it's a scam) to make specific purchases at a store, then give an in-depth evaluation of your overall experience. The Federal Trade Commision (FTC) has some pointers to help you find good companies and avoid the scammers.
Social Media Manager
"Figure out what social platforms you want to get started on (for me it was Instagram and Facebook but more so Instagram), choose a niche you want to work with--the more specific you are the better! Decide how often you want to work and what you can bring to the table." And as far as pay goes, she said, "There are people that make $5K+ a month. Some people make $5K on just one client full time and completely replace their '9-5' income." If this sounds good, here's one last tip for ya: "Invest in a course or a coach that teaches you everything you need to know about the legal aspects of starting your business and the creative aspects if you have no prior experience with starting a business like this!"
If you like taking pictures, you have decent equipment, and some free weekends, maybe you should take pictures as gig work. You could do weddings, families, events, artistic stuff, online content for social media managers, you name it. If you're passionate about photography, turn your pictures into profits.
If you're a talented writer, use that. There's technical writing (writing manuals and things of that nature), medical writing (similar to tech writing, but, duh, medical stuff. Or, if you have a particular talent and something to share, you could write non-fiction (not make believe) and share your wisdom...for a small price. I met a writer who specializes in writing biographies for the terminally ill so they have a physical story to share after they pass.
You could do like I do and write blogs as gig work! (See my website for tips on that.) Or you could do like independent horror novelist, Jennifer Soucy, and write novels. She got tired of the grind and got into the thing she loves. As she puts it: "Writing...that's what I used to love, so I began. I wrote three novels over six months. Shortly after, I also began editing with one of my publishers. That's also been amazing, helping indie writers like myself achieve their dreams of sending their book babies into the world."
The fellas at Hey Guys Media Group originally just got together to make a podcast about gig work, which then spawned another podcast. Then they thought, We're pretty good at this--let's do it professionally. So they started a business of making other people's podcasts. If you're thinking about that but don't have all the know how, Hey Guys can also teach you to make podcasts.
Which brings me to my next point.
If you're a teacher or have a degree in something academic, you might be able to tutor after school and/or summer as gig work. Even if your background isn't education, you could give music lessons, teach English as a Second Language (ESL (they'll train you)), or teach someone how to do something you're good at. It could be fishing, painting, languages, cooking, organizing, or any of the things listed earlier.
The point in all of this is that you don't have to be in rideshare or food delivery to get into gig work. You can make your regular work gig work. Your passion projects can be gig work. Your talents can be gig work. Be creative.
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Alright folks. That's all we got this week. See ya next time. Check out our other blog posts for more great info on gig work and all things related to the Gig Economy!
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