10 Side Hustles You Can Start Today for 2018


Side hustles, or commonly referred to as side jobs or second jobs have become increasingly popular in the last decade. Did you know that by 2020, the online outsourcing market is expected to increase up to $16 billion? Hence, it’s no surprise that almost 80% of students are working part-time doing online jobs. Working professionals have side hustles as well. Side hustles are popular to students and working professionals alike, especially those who are in the age group 20-25 years.

Benefits of Side Hustling

Having a side hustle isn’t just another stream of income. Hence, it has also become one of the new securities. Being able to receive payments from different sources means more chances in your regular career. More options mean more income, thus, more freedom. Side hustling is also a great and effective way to use your time productively. You don’t have to have entrepreneurial skills to launch a profitable side hustle. Through side hustling, you will be able to hone different sets of skills. All you need are lots of ideas, some skills, and a lot of determination so that you will be able to see your dreams towards the end. Making it work is worth the time with all the financial rewards you will receive.

Here are the 10 side hustles you can start today for 2018:

1. Blogging

It is no secret that you can actually get money from blogging. The truth is, there are full-time bloggers who are known to earn as much as a 6 figure income in just a single blog. For millennials, blogging is one of the top choice side hustle because blogging looks pretty simple. However, blogging can also ineffective if you don’t have the skills. Blogging requires lots of marketing skills and content writing and if you got it all right, then surely you will be able to succeed in this type of side hustle.

2. Online Surveys

You might be surprised but did you know that you can get paid by giving your opinion? However, your feedback must be in details and honest, for the surveys will be judged by the content quality. A typical rate per survey ranges from $.5-$10. If you want to have some extra spending money that doesn’t require you to start a business, then taking online surveys is a good start.

3. Virtual Assistance

Being a virtual assistant is one of the top choices for side hustles nowadays. A virtual assistant is the one who is hired to provide administrative tasks or online help. Virtual assistants are self-employed and can be able to help multiple clients with certain services.

4. Coding

If you think you’ve got some coding skills, then this choice of side hustle is definitely a must try. In fact, there are lots of people who need coding services. If, however, you think you don’t have enough skills to land this type of part-time work, there are free courses to help you get started.

5. Pet-sitting

Are you a pet lover? Why not take your love for the animals to the next level and start your own pet-sitting business? If you are already an active volunteer at local pet shelters, then it would be easy for you to build a reputation. You will be surprised upon learning how much business you can get just through referrals from veterinarians and volunteers.

6. Social media marketing

If writing or coding isn’t your forte, then you may try being a social media manager. Especially if you already have a large social media following or already built your own decent sized blog, then you can provide marketing services for small businesses alike. Also, this is another way to market your own website as well. Talk about dual benefits.

7. Flipping items

Being a picker or flipper isn’t a bad idea. You can start by buying items from flea markets and then selling them for a profit. If you are willing to put your time into learning various items, as well as loves talking to people, then flipping items would be a great side hustle for you.

8. Translating

Did you know that our current market size of global languages is already around $40 billion? It is also expected to grow cumulatively each year. Hence, there is a great demand for translators especially those areas in website translation, foreign language education, and transcriptions. Among the most in-demand translation languages are Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, German, Russian, Arabic, French, Korean and Swedish.

9. Referrals

A research company Neilson Holdings recently held a study relating to referral programs and they found out that most people are 4 times more likely to buy products or use services that were referred by their friends or loved ones. Hence, the statistics show that more and more companies are now implementing referral programs. These companies are much willing to invest in a decent incentive plan for referring sources.

10. Selling photos

 Selling your photos online or commonly referred to as Stock Photography is also an “it” nowadays. With the increasing growth of e-commerce and e-learning industries, the demand for photos supply has also grown increasingly. Most companies already have their accounts on different stock photography websites such as shutter-stock or Getty images in order to fulfill their imaging needs. If photography is your passion and hobby, it’s about time to start thinking about it commercially by using as your side hustle. Among the few sites where you can sell your photos online are Alamy, Shutterstock, iStock Photo, Fotolia, PhotoMoolah, Can Stock Photo, and Dreamstime.

Aside from the 10 side hustles mentioned above, you can also start tutoring, or run odd errands in order for you to make extra few bucks on the side. These are just some of the best side hustles you can try starting next year. The beautiful thing about these side hustle ideas is that you don’t need to have huge initial investments nor a highly specialized set of skills. Also, not all these are business ideas, but it certainly has the potential for you to help to earn money during your spare time.

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.

Do you have any other side hustle ideas in mind? Been Hustling? Tell us about it! We would love to hear what successes and what challenges you've faced. Comment Below. 

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