What is a side hustle?
At its core, it’s a way to make some extra income on the side of your regular job. Whether you work a 9 to 5 full-time job, are a student, full-time parent or caregiver or a retiree, a side hustle allows you to earn some extra income while following a passion in your spare time.
A side hustle isn’t intended to be your full-time business. For most people who start a side hustle, the goal is to have a little extra income without giving up their full-time paycheque or employee benefits.
Whether you are looking to earn some extra money toward paying off a debt, saving for a trip, or large ticket purchase, it’s important to keep in mind that a side hustle is not just a hobby. The goal is to make money.
So where do you start? If you already know what sort of side hustle you’d like to start, then you’ll want to decide on a domain name. The domain itself can be used for your side hustle email address, website, online store and more.
If you’re sure it’s .com and nothing but .com for you, we have a guide with advice on what to do if the domain name you want is already taken. Next will be to pick the web service that will best suit your side hustle. While there are, literally thousands (millions!) of side hustle options, we’ll focus on some popular types we see here at iwantmyname.
Photography and related services
Photography is one of the most popular side hustle types we see around here, whether it’s wedding photography, family or baby photos, pet photos or even commercial photography you can do very well with just a few hours a month devoted to it. The ability to set your own schedule and work around your daily responsibilities makes this a fantastic side hustle option for those with even basic skills with photography.
Photo related services are also an option if you’d rather not be the one behind the camera. If you have skills with photo editing software, you can set up a side hustle to edit and retouch photos for both professional and amateur photographers who don’t have the time or the skills themselves.
Other service ideas can include creating or editing photos for Instagram, Pinterest and other social media sites for bloggers and businesses, creating and setting up selfie booths with props for events, or selling your photos through stock photo sites. Using a service such as SmugMug you can even create gifts such as mugs, magnets, keychains and more using your own images.
Platforms for photo related side hustles include Zenfolio, Adobe Portfolio, 500px, SmugMug, and more, which can all be easily set up to work with your iwantmyname domain with just a few simple clicks.
Online shops and ecommerce
A few years ago setting up a retail store would require you to invest thousands of dollars in inventory, rental of your retail space, fixtures and furnishings, signage and more before you could even open the door. Today you can create an online store for only a few dollars a month and without spending a lot of time.
Whether you’re selling something you make yourself or selling products made by others, the options are virtually endless, and your online shop can be making sales 24 hours a day while you work your day job, sleep, play with your kids, or watch the latest series on Netflix.
The most popular domain types we see for ecommerce sites are .shop, .store, .online but you can check our list of 100s of TLDs (domain types) here to see what will work best for your online store.
Platforms for ecommerce or online shops include Shopify, BigCommerce, and Big Cartel, but there are many other services you can set up quickly for your iwantmyname domain a few simple mouse clicks.
Services as hustles
There are thousands of side hustle services you can provide so we’ll only list a few service types to get your ideas flowing…
Love animals? Some pet service ideas include pet sitting (in your home or in the pet owner’s house), dog walking, dog training, pet grooming and more. Live in or near a big urban area? Consider setting up a pet taxi service for pet owners to take their pets to groomers, vets, or the local dog park or even start a pooper scooper service offering to clean up yards for homes or businesses.
Other side hustle service ideas include creating wedding favours, event planning, house and office cleaning services, coaching, web design, teaching yoga, creating local tours, starting an errand service, bridal makeup, manicure and hairstyling services and blog post writing services.
The last type of side hustle we’ll look at in this post is blogs. While it does seem there are more blogs than there are stars in the skies, and most of them do not make any money, blogging can be a source of income if you put in the time and effort. Darren Rowse of Problogger.com has been helping bloggers to learn the ins and outs of blogging and making money for over a decade. Check out his Problogger podcast for interviews with bloggers who are making money from their blogs for inspiration.
We’ve just scratched the surface when it comes to side hustle ideas, but hopefully, we’ve given you some ideas.
Still not sure what sort of side hustle would work best for you? Check out Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days by Chris Guillebeau or his new book 100 Side Hustles: Unexpected Ideas for Making Extra Money Without Quitting Your Day Job (which is available as of June 4, 2019 but you can pre-order it now) for ideas. Chris Guillebeau also has a daily side hustle podcast over at sidehustleschool.com with nearly 900 (and counting) short episodes about side hustles.