Forbes recently claimed that roughly 1 in 3 millennials are making money outside of their 9 to 5 job. How are they doing it? With a side-gig of course. Side-gigs have become the new normal, with people taking advantage of their web development and graphic design skills to pad their income. But you don’t have to be a computer wizard to land a lucrative side gig. Odds are, you already have all the skills you need to make more money…starting this weekend.
Love writing and travel? Start a travel blog. Prefer, helping people and have a unique skillset? Create an online course. The options are limitless; you just have to be creative.
If you’re still not where to start, here are seven ways that you can start making more money this weekend. You never know, one day you may even be able to take your side-gig full-time!
Find a freelance gig
As we mentioned, if you have experience with something like web design or development, writing, video animation, or graphic design there are tons of companies looking for contract workers. In fact, a study conducted by Elance showed Canada to be in the top four countries worldwide to be hiring freelancers behind the U.S, Australia, and the United Kingdom. Take a look at the number of dedicated freelancer websites, including Workopolis, where you can do a quick search for freelancer jobs.
Start a blog
Blogging isn’t a new phenomenon but the concept of influencer marketing is. Companies are starting to realize that niche celebrities have a lot of influence on the spending habits of their audience. The most popular ways to make money blogging are: affiliate marketing (where you earn a small commission fee when someone buys a product you recommend), advertising, and sponsored posts (where companies will pay you to write about them). It may take you a while to make significant money through these methods but at the very least display advertising though Google AdSense will have you making money on any traffic coming to your blog right away.
The best part is you can blog about absolutely anything you’re passionate about. Take Eden from Mint Notion for example, she blogs about finance and travel. Her blog became so successful that it’s now her full-time job.
Set up an Etsy shop
If you never quite grew out of that arts and crafts phase as a child, Etsy is the perfect place for you to start making some money. All you need are some photos of the product you’re making and a shop on Etsy. The user-friendly platform makes it simple for anyone to set up their own storefront. Don’t forget to use your social media to brand your new found business either!
Become a Brand Ambassador
If you’re sociable and love interacting with strangers, then finding a side-gig as a Brand Ambassador is a great option. There are lots of companies that look for people to help them market and sell their products, many offering part-time options. Start by looking at companies or products you are passionate about, and
make sure to check Workopolis for some great Brand Ambassador gigs in your hometown.
Create an online course
Consider yourself a bit of an expert in a specific field? Create a course! Websites like Udemy make it simple for you to upload your own course and sell it at whatever price you want. The best thing about this? You only have to put in the effort one time up-front to see the recurring benefits.
Work in the sharing economy
With the growth of companies like Airbnb and Uber, it’s easier now more than ever to make some quick money on the side. If you have a car, consider driving for Uber when you have a spare moment. Own your home or apartment? Try listing it on Airbnb, especially if you live in a big city like Toronto or Vancouver.
Teach English online
Online learning has been growing in popularity for quite some time. There are companies that now offer services that teach people languages around the world, from the comfort of their own home. If English is your first language, consider applying for any of the 100+ jobs we have on Workopolis. Don’t worry about qualifications, many of the companies will help you or provide training before starting!
With so many different options, the question is now not if but how you’ll be making more money this weekend!
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