If at the end of a normal working day, the prospect of yet more formal interaction doesn’t appeal, here are some ways you can generate extra funds while keeping to yourself.
It takes all sorts to make a world, but everyone deserves a chance to make bank.
Side hustle is a word that has increasingly entered the zeitgeist in recent years. Having a second paid gig on the fly to supplement a full-time job is not only considered normal, but is probably sensible considering rates of inflation and housing spikes.
One in three working Americans earn extra wages through a side hustle, and two-thirds of this population begun their extra financial endeavours within the last three years.
A decade ago, any mention of self-driven business would probably have led to talk of networking and functions, but now there are many opportunities available to the more introverted folk out there – which make up around 25% to 40% of us.
Whether you’re more socially anxious than your average person, too shy to mix it with a room of strangers, or just prefer to be in your own company after a taxing 9 to 5, it’s important to know that extra cash doesn’t necessarily correlate with further strain on your social battery.
If any of these personality traits apply to you, here are just a few options of side hustles that may pique your interest. There’s no need to miss out.
Some interesting stats from a Gallup poll of Gen Zs:
• 77% of Gen Zs want to be their own boss
• 54% of Gen Zs want to to start their own business
• 46% of Gen Zs *already* make money through a side hustle
• 89% of Gen Zs have considered an education path other than college
— Rex Woodbury (@rex_woodbury) November 19, 2021
On demand creative
If you’re a particularly artsy person, why not take some of those designs on your second Insta account and stick them on a T shirt?
If you can purchase a domain name and an e-commerce subscription (such as Shopify), your designs can be printed on an inventory of clothing or household items. Crucially, these don’t need to be overly stocked up either.
Provided you garner some legitimate interest, when customers request an item, you can print and ship to order. If you’re lucky enough to really take off, you can also outsource third-party printing and shipping.
Because initial start-up costs are so low, there’s no real downside either. You can keep tinkering with ideas until you find something that resonates with customers, or just keep the side hustle open as a potential bonus if orders come in.
In the dizzying world of online content, there’s always demand for more.
If you’ve a background in content writing or graphic design, there’s money to be made with little interaction beyond a few emails.
Many publications out there outsource a bunch of their creative stuff and they pay decent money for on-the-fly video editing, unique graphics for articles, and promotional writing.
As someone who started on the freelance scene writing football pieces full-time from home, I can attest that this would definitely make a lucrative side hustle for any aspiring journalist.
With a bit of research, it’s fairly simple to find gigs tied to your particular passion, whether that be film and TV or writing longform feature pieces on musicians.