Side Hustle Ideas and Jobs

Side Hustle Ideas and Jobs

If Covid-19 has taught us anything, it is that the days of relying on any employer for job security are over. Also, it is clear that relying on a single stream of income as security is so old school. Many people are now looking for side hustle ideas and jobs.

While there are many benefits to having a stable job, it can sometimes block you from pursuing your passion or flexing your creativity. Whatever your reason, you can achieve them by starting a side hustle that aligns with your skills, interests, passions, and goals.

Why Do You Need To Start a Side Hustle?

If you are not sure of why you should start a side hustle, here are some reasons you should consider:

  • the economy is too unpredictable to rely on, and a side-hustle can be your plan B if things go sideways.
  • You don’t have to give up your day job just yet while you start your side hustle.
  • It can be a great way to make some money on the side while pursuing interests outside of work.
  • You call all the shots and control your own schedule
  • If you decide you enjoy your side hustle more than your job, you can expand it to a full-time business

If the idea of starting a side hustle excites you, but you feel like you don’t have the skillset to get started, we can be of help. You can reach out to us.


Side Hustle Ideas and Jobs

Below, you will find some of the best side hustle ideas and jobs to help identify the perfect one for you.

Virtual assistant

If you have excellent organizational skills, consider a side hustle as a virtual assistant or scheduler! Your role will entail managing your client’s calendar, and possibly inbox, to keep them on top of their work. The best part is that this is a flexible role you can do from any location.

Social media copywriter

It is hard to find a company that isn’t on social media these days. But it’s time-consuming for many brands to prepare multiple social updates each day that increase engagement. So, there’s high demand for social media copywriters who can come up with catchy and brand copy for the different social media platforms.

Data entry specialist

With a few basic skills in place, you can easily start a side hustle as a data entry specialist. This role largely entails transferring data from various sources into an electronic database that’s regularly updated and maintained.


Executives and thought leaders want to get their ideas out into the world, but they frequently lack the time or ability to write their own articles. A ghostwriter can take an individual’s voice and opinions on a subject matter and translate it into an article or blog post on their behalf. The skill required is the ability to quickly grasp an individual’s unique voice and translate that into writing.

Accountant for freelancers

Freelancers have unique accounting needs. Not only are they on a different tax schedule because of the required quarterly payments, but most accountants also don’t have the specialized knowledge to help them with their bookkeeping needs. If you can find a way to use your expertise to serve this growing demographic, you can easily build a side hustle as an accountant.


Podcast editor or producer

Podcast listeners are expected to double in the next five years. So, there is no better time than now to level up your podcast editing or producing skills. If you know how to produce and/or grow a podcast, this is a huge opportunity for you. If you have experience with editing and producing podcasts, brands will be clamoring to work with you.

Data scientist

If you are a data scientist by training, there are a lot of fun side hustle opportunities available to you. Many companies are holding onto giant datasets that they don’t have the resources to organize or manage. This is an opportunity for you to step in to help create visualizations or build machine learning models, and make extra money in the process.

Group fitness instructor

If you prefer working with multiple people, you should consider being a group fitness instructor. You can work through fitness boutiques such as Orange Theory, 12RND Fitness, and Barry’s Bootcamp, or find a space to host your own training sessions. You may need a a proper group training certification for this type of job.

Lead generation consultant

If a company’s sales are lagging, it may be a lead generation problem. Your role as a lead generation consultant would be to come in, identify the problem, and offer a strategy to diversify the client’s channels. If you are familiar with various lead generation channels, this may be for you.

Quality assurance testing specialist

Nobody wants their code to break. This why companies will pay quality assurance testing specialists like yourself to come in and write automated test code or manually test their programs. Your goal is to ensure nothing in the software breaks and everything works as expected. To function effectively in this type of role, you need to have experience with dev ops and testing best practices.


Logo designer

Unique branding helps businesses and individuals stand out. If you are an expert at designing new logos or fonts from scratch, this could be a way to make money on the side. Clients may either come to you with exactly what they want in mind, or you may serve as a consultant to help them achieve their branding vision. To excel in this type of role, you need to be familiar with design/branding and software platforms like Photoshop or Sketch

Project manager

When companies or teams undertake giant projects, they may not have anyone to manage the various moving parts. Your responsibility would be to make sure every aspect of the project moves forward and stays within the outlined parameters (timeline, budget, etc.). You will need to have experience managing mid-to-large sized projects.


If you are a speed typer, then you can make a few extra bucks as a transcriptionist. As a transcriptionist, you will receive audio recording from clients and you will convert it into written form. You can charge a little extra if you are providing transcription services in a more complex field like medicine or science. You need to have the ability to listen, type, and edit.

Financial planner

If you are a qualified financial professional, you can use your skills to build a profitable side business. So, become a financial planner who helps people plan out their long-term financial goals and strategize ways to meet those goals. To work as a financial planner, you need to have financial expertise and appropriate licensing.

Virtual tutor

Whether it is math, science, or English, if you have specialized knowledge in any subject area, you can become a virtual tutor. Simply choose the age group you are most interested in working with and start looking for clients to help. If you have expertise in the tutoring topic and have the right certifications or past experience teaching, this might be for you.

Personal chef

If you love cooking for others, consider a side business as a personal chef. People would hire you to cook meals daily or a few times a week, whether it is because they want someone to make healthy dinners for them or they don’t have time to cook for their families.


Personal stylist or shopper

Some people don’t have the time to do their own shopping or they find it to be an overwhelming experience. If you have a knack for styling, help others by coaching them on their wardrobe or shopping on their behalf. Your goal is to align with the client’s personal style and stay within their stated budget.

Now Start Your Side Hustle

We are so excited for you to embark on your side hustle journey. Hopefully, you were able to choose at least a few ideas that resonate with you and you can get started on them soon. Remember, this side hustle is your business, which means you get to decide how it is run, from the number of hours you will work to the types of clients you acquire.

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About Emmanuel Oluwatosin

Co-founder & Publisher of AfricaX. He is interested in: Technology | Media | Startup | Business | Education. Emmanuel currently lives in Calgary, Canada with his family.

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