Five Authentic Ways to Start Your Dream Side Hustle Right Now

Living in the midst of a pandemic has affected our physical & mental health, jobs, stability, and way of life. We’re encountering newfound boredom, social isolation, furloughs…you name it. But, right now is the perfect time to take advantage of this slow period and start your dream side hustle.

If you’re itching to start something you love and get paid for it, then here are six creative ways to get started:

Become a Freelancer

It’s safe to say that many of us have a skill set we’ve been developing over time. Those skills may range from copywriting to creating websites to playing music. This current digital age has given us many online opportunities to market our skill sets. So, check out freelance sites like Fiverr and Upwork, set up a profile, and apply for jobs or set up gigs within your skill range. And get paid for work that you’re skilled at and enjoy doing.

At PDS, we often use freelancers to meet our clients’ custom needs. If you’re a skilled writer, designer, photographer, videographer, website builder (WordPress & Elementor preferred), or PR enthusiast, submit an application!

Sell Your Creations

If you have a knack for art, crafting, vintage items, and more, then consider selling your products on Etsy. Etsy is an excellent dream side hustle for creatives who want to start their own business. You can create custom orders for clients, be your own boss, and be a part of a world-renowned, online global marketplace.

Become an Online Tutor

Did you happen to excel at history or math in college? Do you speak many languages? Your skills can come in handy for children who are adjusting to online learning. Try spreading the word on socials that you’re available for hire, post a gig to Fiverr, or apply on Tutoring is a great way to fine tune your skill set and help others while doing it.

Create an Online Course

Do you know one subject like the back of your hand that others may have a difficulty understanding? Consider creating an online course on Udemy, which is a worldwide online learning center. You can focus on your desired topic, outline your course, record your lectures, and publish your course. Many people all over the globe use Udemy to learn new skills, trades, languages, etc. Now you can make money and inspire your students–all from the comfort of your home!

Sell Your Household Items

If you’re wanting to make extra cash, then try selling your clothes or unused household items. Apps like Mercari, Poshmark, and Ebay are terrific for getting rid of items that others will love.

And Remember…This Too Shall Pass

Do you remember that scene from the 2009 film, Up In The Air, when George Clooney had to fire an employee? What was remarkable about this scene wasn’t the way Clooney handled the situation, but the truth in his speech. How many of us are working jobs to pay the bills, put food on the table, and fill up the gas tank? How much did we have to get paid to give up on our dreams? And where would we be if we would’ve followed our hearts instead?

We hope this list helps you get closer to doing something you love, and if you keep pushing for it, maybe it can become your full-time business. Now’s the time to start your dream side hustle, so get started and have fun!

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