Here on Chasing Foxes, we’re all about side hustles; jobs that you can start on the side and eventually make into a full time gig. Now it can be a lot of work (we would know), but it’s a lot better than putting in a lot of work to make someone else’s dream a reality while yours go nowhere.
Now there are plenty of work from home ideas and jobs you can do, but we found some awesome stories and tips from some inspiring people to help you get started. Down below we include just one of their best tips and a link to the rest of their story and advice (just in case you want to know more).
It can be pretty hard getting started which is why many of us need all the help and hacks we can get to move closer towards our goal. In fact, if it wasn’t for other people’s stories and side hustle tips, we would never have started this blog. So we hope that you find these tips below helpful, and let us know what you think in the comments!
65 Genius Side Business Ideas You Can Start While Full Time
Housesitter: Ok, so you’ve probably heard about this one, but here’s why it’s awesome. If you sign up for sites like TrustedHousesitter, start sitting peoples homes (in your area) here and there for a few months, you’ll have quite a few reviews and experience under your belt. And then, you can take it to the next level; start applying for people’s houses in different countries and start to travel full time (no joke). One couple started to do it and got so good at it that their flights were paid for when they went to housesitting gigs. Check out some good tips on how to do it here!
Read more on some great side businesses here!
How I Make $3,000 a Month as a Stay at Home Wife
Now if you think that making money from a blog takes a long time and only the outgoing do it, think again. You can start up a blog and within less than a year see a good paycheck. The best tip here; make your social media marketing strategy revolve around Pinterest. Pinterest is key to success.
Read more on how to make money from home here!
How I Make an Extra $800 a Month Reselling Thrift Store Clothes on Ebay
Now I thought this was great. Her tip; start small and make a budget. Her’s was $75 (which goes a long ways at the thrift store), and then she went to thrift stores in wealthier areas since they were more likely to give away more expensive brands. Now that’s some good information.
Check out the rest of her story and advice here!
26 Common Thrift Store Finds You Can Flip To Make Money
Vintage Video Games: Stalk the video game section of a thrift store and see if you can find a vintage video game that’s from an outdated video game system. Then check it out online and see how much it’s going for (sometimes it can be worth thousands). This can be a great way to make a side hustle if you follow some of these Buzzfeed tips.
Read more on other thrift store goods that can be worth a lot here!
How to Work From Home Selling on Amazon FBA
Jessica Larrew first started as an Ebay seller, but then switched to Amazon when she found out she could make more money with less of the hassle. Her trick? She started doing retail arbitrage. So instead of getting clothing from the thrift store, she would fill in the gaps of retail items people wanted but Amazon didn’t have, then sell them.
She finds these items from liquidation stores; places where items are on discount because manufacturers won’t sell them anymore (think T.J. Maxx or Big Lots).
Read more on her story here!
How to Become a Virtual Assistant and Make $3,000+ a Month
A virtual assistant is basically a person who helps someone run their online business or blog. So if the work is overwhelming for someone, they might hire a person like you to help them out. Now this author does state that there are plenty of different virtual assistant positions you can take (she gives a list of them), but her tip that I like is to take a class in one that you’re interested in. So for instance; if you want to do photography/graphic design, take a class in Photoshop and then apply for a position. Then you can get hired, get paid, get experience, get more gigs, and make it into a full time job.
Read more on her tips and information on becoming a virtual assistant here!
How to Get Paid $12/Hour as a Search Engine Evaluator
Basically you find the errors in search results so that companies like Google can have a better search algorithm and find exactly what the searcher is looking for. Her tip is to look for job offers on sites like Leapforce, Lionbridge, or Appen Butler Hill. If you land a position, you can have a work from home job that allows you to get away from the regular 9-5.
Check out more tips and the pros and cons of being a search engine evaluator here!
How One Crafty Mom Earns $70,000 a Month on Etsy
This mother started an Etsy store called Three Bird Nest and her tip was to not focus on the product more than the service and how you’re going to market the product. This is what differentiates you from so many other sellers on Etsy. She tells us that you have to put a lot of time and effort into your shop, or things will take a long time to launch. You get what you put in.
Read more of her awesome tips on Penny Hoarder here!
Starting a side hustle is no small feat, but here’s one last tip. If you use all the time you’d spend on Facebook on your off time to research and start a part time gig (even if it starts out slow), you’ll be so much further ahead in a year. You won’t be still stuck in that same job and even if you are, you might just be ready to leave it. Trust us, we put in the work to start a blog and a few months later, we were ready to quit and travel.
Now if you have any questions or any tips yourself, let us know in the comments below. We’d love to hear them!