Top 5 Side Hustles of 2021

Nov 20
If you're looking to become financially independent, you need to find ways to decrease your debt and spending. Increasing your income is also beneficial, and side hustles can be a big help toward that end. Some of the best side hustles for 2021 involve everything from delivering food to digital marketing to even being a notary public.

Thankfully, modern technology has created more opportunities to make money on the side than ever before. Of course, some options can involve earning passive income while doing little work at all. Others require a more active role but can still be lucrative.

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Proofread Online

It's an invaluable service, and it can also be a valuable option for you as a side hustle. If you're detail-oriented and good with the English language, consider becoming an online proofreader for hire. To find gigs, you can register for freelancing sites such as Upwork and Fiverr.

Lots of different businesses – from small blogs to larger websites and big companies – require proofreading. Plus, if you start getting more work than you can handle on the side, you can scale this business by subcontracting work to other freelancers.

Deliver Food

Want to use your car without having to worry about keeping it clean or talking to strangers? If so, driving for a food delivery service may be more your style than a ride-sharing service.

You can deliver for a company such as DoorDash, Grubhub, Uber Eats, and make sure your neighbors get the pizza, Chinese food, burgers, etc. Just make sure not to eat any of your customers' food, please. 

Be an Affiliate Marketer

If you have your website, then affiliate marketing can be a good option for you. Affiliate marketing is a form of marketing in which you link to other company's products on your site. You earn a commission from sales generated through those links. Check out our resource page to see what tools we use to produce our site!

Be careful, though, as there are scams and schemes out there that you need to avoid. Make sure to vet any partnerships you form for affiliate marketing so that you don't get caught in a scam. There are some reputable affiliate groups you can join as well.

It is best to try to find products and services that fit the topic or niche that your website represents. Once you form a partnership, you can ask the affiliate program to send you assets, such as copy and images, to help you in your affiliate marketing efforts.

Host an Airbnb

Hosting an Airbnb is a cool gig for several reasons. For one, it lets you convert the spare bedroom in your house. Second, you'll get to meet cool people who could be coming from anywhere in the world. You get paid 24 hours after your guests' check-in, so the wait time to receive your cold, hard cash isn't too bad. Plus, you could scale this business by renting multiple rooms or even various properties. Some have taken this hustle to another level, buying investment properties and scaling their business. 

Manage Social Media for a Local Business

It may take a bit of initiative, but if you are willing to reach out to local businesses in your area, they may be willing to pay you to handle their social media tasks.

This is digital business so that you can do it right from home. Make sure to research what a fair monthly price for these services in your area would be and get a contract for the work.

You can manage the social media posts for a company's Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, or other platforms. You can also expand into other digital marketing areas like search engine optimization (SEO), design, or coding.

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