We asked, you shared. For the past week, our original series, The Evolution of the Side Hustle: How Gigs Are Killing the 9-to-5, has charted the changing nature of the daily grind as the digital economy introduces new ways to meet rent with innovative side gigs. Inspired by our coverage, OZY readers have been sending us stories of their own weird and wacky side hustles; here are some of our favorites.
My side gig is blowing things up. I work on fireworks displays for multiple companies as well as for events ranging from football games to touring rock concerts. I also make side money teaching courses to people who want to become licensed to handle pyrotechnics.
Chad Carson is a 30-something semi-retired real estate mogul, who together with his business partner, oversees a portfolio of 90+ rental units.
In fact, he and his wife are in the middle of an exciting adventure — a year abroad in Ecuador with their two daughters.
But of course he didn’t start there. Fresh off the football field at Clemson, Chad’s real estate career started more modestly by “bird dogging” and house hacking — two of the tactics he shares in this week’s show.
You can learn more about Chad and his real estate business at CoachCarson.com, where he writes about using real estate investing to retire early and do what matters.
Today’s contribution comes from Grace Moser, who, together with her husband Silas, took action on one Side Hustle Show episode in a big way.
In this post, she shares their incredible results and best-practices from starting a blog from scratch in late 2015, and turning it into a 5-figure a month income stream today! Wow!
Silas and Grace are two adventurers who blog at ChasingFoxes.com about lifestyle, travel, and food. They enjoy creating awesome content for their readers, spending time with each other, and traveling full-time.
Take it away, Grace!
But today I want to share some of the top courses on Udemy for entrepreneurs, freelancers, and side hustlers.
How do I know? These are the courses that Side Hustle Nation readers have purchased in the past year, thanks to the magic of affiliate link tracking.
Disclosure: Speaking of affiliate links, this post is full of ’em.
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I’m confident you’ll find something on this list you’ve been meaning to learn about to take your business to new heights this year.
Unable to find branded candy hearts for a client, a marketing executive decides to make her own. She also ends up making a six-figure income with 90% of the work being done in one season of the year. Check out the show notes at SideHustleSchool.com/3
Side Hustle School features a new story EVERY DAY of someone who started a hustle without quitting their job. You’ll learn how they got the idea, how they overcame challenges along the way, and what the results are. You need a hustle!
An 80-year-old woman in Northern Ireland makes money by watching internet cameras all day, and she’s fighting crime in the process.
From her home in Ballyhalbert, Barbara Morrow scans up to six different camera feeds a day, waiting and watching for suspicious activity from inside stores and on city streets more than 5,000 miles away.
“I just like catching shoplifters,” she says. “I think I should have been a vigilante or something.”
Make money with Internet Eyes.
On today’s episode, Arsha shares:
How she developed the Capital City Co mambo sauce in her kitchen and ended up on the front page of The Washington Post
How she launched her first t-shirt shop with no shirts and no supplies
How haters reporting and shutting down her Etsy shop gave her the motivation to launch her own e-commerce site
Why you should test and validate your ideas before spending a lot of money on branding and inventory
Her number one secret to Facebook marketing
Drones have arrived. We’ve seen a plethora of ideas springing up around drones and their potential uses for business – aerial surveying and reporting, real estate assessment, wedding photos, sports action photos, to name a few.
And with plenty of new software and hardware coming out all the time, the opportunities for drone-oriented startups are virtually limitless. But what really interests me are the “crossover” opportunities between drones and other technologies that will give rise to truly new innovation that will change the way we live and work.
Here’s a list of some of those crossover opportunities that seem ripe at the moment. Hopefully you’ll find them interesting. And if you have any fantastic startup ideas using drones, please add them to my huge small business ideas list.
You probably already know that YouTube can be a great tool for businesses. But did you know that you can actually build a business almost entirely on YouTube as well? Here are 50 different business ideas you can pursue to make money on YouTube.
Ten minutes and nearly 200 words later, he is done with a story that is all opinion, innuendo and rumor. He types at the bottom, “Comment ‘DOWN WITH THE GLOBALISTS!’ below if you love this country,” publishes the story to his website, LibertyWritersNews.com, and then pulls up the Facebook page he uses to promote the site, which in six months has collected 805,000 followers and brought in tens of millions of page views. “WE CANNOT LET THIS HAPPEN!” he writes, posting the article. “#SHARE this 1 million times, patriots!” Then he looks at a nearby monitor that shows the site’s analytics, and watches as the readers pour in.
“Super great election sales,” he says. “There were some days where we were getting $13, $14 per 1,000 views.” Between June and August, they say, when they had fewer than 150,000 Facebook followers, they made between $10,000 and $40,000 every month running advertisements that, among other things, promised acne solutions, Viagra alternatives, ways to remove lip lines, cracked feet, “deep fat,” and “the 13 sexiest and most naked celebrity selfies.” Then the political drama deepened, and their audience expanded fivefold, and now Goldman sometimes thinks that what he made in the last six months would have taken him 20 years waiting tables at his old job.