There’s a real argument to be made that communication skills are as much a factor for success as education or your particular skill sets. If you can talk to people, open a dialogue, and form a meaningful working relationship, there are ample opportunities for professional and financial success. All that is to say, if you’re fortunate enough to be gifted in gab, these side hustles can help you earn some supplementary income! And the best part is that you don’t even have to leave your computer or phone to earn that extra cash. Let’s take a look at tech-focused part-time gigs you can do right from home on your own schedule:
Freelance Web Developer
Web development is a skill that is much in demand. Being able to translate industry jargon into terms that marketing and product managers can understand could give you a leg up over the competition. If you are a working web or software developer, you will likely find that there are ample opportunities available if you just look for them. Platforms like Upwork have new web development opportunities posted on a daily basis, for example.
Admittedly, graphic design is a competitive field. Take one look at Behance to see evidence of that. But if you have that magical combination of talent and interpersonal skills, you might find that you can earn a regular income on the side working as a freelance graphic designer. As with many disciplines and skill sets, there are online platforms tailored specifically for individuals in the graphic design field who are seeking extra income as a freelancer.
One example being 99Designs. There’s no guarantee that creating an account will lead to a job, but with if you have a compelling portfolio, you could earn enough to quit your day job or put aside your earnings for a rainy day.
Many companies have copywriting needs, but not to the extent that they can justify hiring full-time copywriters. This is where you come in. If you are a copywriter, or someone who has at least a basic understanding of writing and marketing, you can use this to your advantage. Seek out freelance copywriting opportunities using platforms like Copify and Fiverr. You will likely find that compensation varies greatly, so you may be forced to turn down some opportunities simply out of principle. If you’re accustomed to being paid $0.10 a word, an opportunity that pays $0.01 a word likely won’t work for you. But search long and hard, and you will likely find that there is money to be made.
If you’re one of those people whose LinkedIn contacts number in the hundreds or thousands, you can leverage your network to earn consulting jobs. This is truly a field where an extrovert can shine, because you may have to provide a use case scenario that your client never actually envisioned.
Does your client actually need to consult with a business expert or strategist? Perhaps not, but if you can convince them that’s the case, you could earn a healthy amount of money on the side! Find business opportunities where your niche can be put to use, and go about making a case for yourself.
The Internet has made sales a relatively easy job. Yes, it still helps to have an outgoing personality, but with social media and sales platforms like Etsy and Ebay now commonplace, the actual process of selling goods is easier than ever. This is good news, because it means that almost anyone can succeed in sales these days. Of course, it begs the question: What are you going to sell? If you’re not an artist or craftsperson, then Etsy can’t help you. Instead, a company like Amway may be a better option, because it provides you with access to an existing product portfolio. All you have to do is sign up and start selling. The hurdles may seem high at first, but your earning potential is limited only by your efforts.
Uber & Lyft
For some, the idea of driving strangers around in their car all day long is mortifying. If you are one of these people, you probably aren’t an extrovert. But if you’re as comfortable with strangers as you are with friends, driving for companies like Uber and Lyft may be appealing to you.
Much has been said about what it’s like working for these companies, and truth be told, they may not be the best option if you’re seeking full-time employment. But if you simply want to earn a little extra money on the side, Uber and Lyft are great options if for no other reason than you can start today.
~ Jessica Oaks