What is a Digital Side Gig?
A side gig/side hustle is a little business, activity, or service that you develop to supplement your income.
It might be a money-making hobby, a hobby turned into a job, or simply a collection of abilities that lend themselves nicely to monetization.
The nicest part about digital side hustles is that they usually need less than 5 hours of effort per week. There is also no need to develop things, travel door-to-door, or pay for advertising.
All you need is a laptop and the correct mindset, which we will demonstrate in this article.
Even if your primary source of income remains a 9-to-5 day job, you can supplement your income by marketing your hidden talents and skills. Do you know any other languages? Was your bachelor’s degree in graphic design? Here are some ideas for putting your abilities to use as a freelancer or gig worker:
- Graphic Design
Graphic designers with exceptional skills are in high demand to produce company logos, online and print adverts, and promotional materials. and are two excellent sites to look for freelance graphic design work. Two amazing places to find some good graphic design work opportunities are 99 Designs and Upwork. The only disadvantage is that both charge fees that are deducted from your final payment. Community job boards, for example, Craiglist, are free but have fewer listings.
- Website Customizing
Do you have any experience creating customised websites using services such as Squarespace, WordPress or Wix?
There are companies, non-profits, schools, and people who will pay you to create a nice and functioning website for them. If you don’t mind paying fees, Fiverr and Upwork are good choices for getting website design work, while Craigslist is great (and free) for connecting with local clients.
- Learn to Teach a Foreign Language (or English)
Did you grow up speaking a foreign language or obtain a college degree in Spanish, German, or Mandarin? Make use of your language talents by working as an online language tutor. You can tutor clients from all over the county or the world using video chat. There is also a high need for native English speakers with experience teaching English as a second language around the world (ESL). To get started, visit language tutoring websites like Udemy and Coursera.
- Pet Sitting and Dog Walking
Busy pet owners require assistance in walking their pets while they are at work. What happens when they leave on vacation? Someone needs to keep the kittens and cockatoos nourished and safe. If you enjoy animals, there are numerous options to supplement your income by walking dogs or working as a pet sitter. Promote your services on websites such as Fiverr.
- Renting a Room
Rental homes can be a great source of extra income, but not everyone can afford one. Do you have a finished basement with a bathroom and a separate entrance?
You can simply rent that out as a studio apartment or as a vacation rental. It’s ideal to list long-term rentals on a real estate website like No Broker. The go-to for short-term holiday rentals is Airbnb.
- Transcription and Translation of Audio
Try your hand at audio transcription and closed captioning if you’re a quick typist. All you have to do is view a movie or listen to an audio recording and type down every word that is spoken. Alternatively, if you are fluent in another language, you may be asked to translate subtitles into English or from English into another language. The Go Transcript website is a wonderful place to look for transcribing and translation employment.