So you wanna be a rock superstar? And live large, a big house, 5 cars…oh – wait, wrong song 😉
No, but really, whatever your goals are – you CAN achieve them! It is just going to take trust, confidence and possibly a temporary bridge job or two. A bridge job is a temporary source of income that gets you from point a to point b.
Need to pay off a credit card so you can travel an extra month this year instead? Get a bridge job. Want to start your dream biz so you can say goodbye to carrot chasing forever? Get a bridge job.
There is no shame in getting a bridge/side job or two in between travels or to make your goals a reality.
As Dave Ramsey says, “Throw some pizzas and deliver some papers…or throw some papers and deliver some pizzas!”
And as our world turns more digital by the millisecond, remote job opportunities are popping up everywhere. Days of commuting hours to an office, in a suit, for a set start and end time are being replaced with home offices, yoga pants, and productive hours of your choosing!
Here are some job ideas for additional income that you should definitely check out:
For freelancers and independent contractors[You don’t have to be a web developer to succeed at these options…as you will read, there are a lot of project types to choose from that may surprise you.]
Upwork is one of the many global platforms out there that connect freelancers [aka independent professionals] and businesses for remote collaboration. They hire for all sorts of projects including:
Web/mobile & software development jobs, IT & networking jobs, data science & analytics jobs, engineering & architecture jobs, design & creative jobs, writing jobs, translation jobs, legal jobs, administrative support jobs, customer service jobs, sales & marketing jobs, and accounting & consulting jobs.
Signup and create a freelancer profile to showcase your professional skills, experience, education etc. You know, resume style. Take their skills test to better increase your chances of being hired. Then, as you get clients, showcase your client feedback to gain more!
It is quite simple, but quite competitive so the more creative you get the better. This article is a couple years old but I found it extremely helpful on how to get more jobs from Upwork.
Work Market is another online platform and marketplace for businesses to manage freelancers, contractors, and consultants. They have a large selection of job-types to choose from including:
Tech & communications, software engineering, retail merchandising and installation, transportation & logistics, administrative support, audio/visual, sales & business development, field & consumer services, marketing & design, media & publishing, digital signage, education, facilities & maintenance, health & wellness, home services, hospitality, human resources, legal services, personal services, promotional marketing, property preservation, security services, and writing & translation.
It is a similar setup to Upwork…signup, create a profile and seek out clients. The article above can also be helpful for this platform. And both sites offer example profiles and tutorials to guide you.
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For writers + copywriters
Are you a decent writer? Why not make some money on the side by writing content?
All websites need a LOT of content in order to keep a good ranking on search engines these days. AND great content gives them more readers as well.
They are willing to pay for this content AND they tell you what they want, which eliminates you having to come up with topics yourself. Here are some sites you should check out:
Is writing your passion? Then Textbroker is the right place for you. Since 2005, Textbroker is the leading provider of unique, custom content. Thousands of registered authors and customers from around the globe execute more than 100,000 content orders through Textbroker every month. Our clients, including publicly traded corporations, small business owners, e-commerce websites, social media communities, and publishing houses, require a broad variety of content.
If you are just starting out or are an experienced professional, Textbroker gives you access to thousands of writing opportunities for each topic. Choose when and how much content you write – there is no limit to how much you can earn. [Courtesy of text broker.com]
I use Indeed to search for copywriting jobs and they often have a lot of remote work available too (they have a HUGE database, so you can search for any occupation here).
For creatives + designers
Are you a creative or designer of some kind? Why not freelance with those kick-ass art skills of yours?
It seems like everyone needs a logo, a social media banner or even a theme song these days. Check out these design freelance sites to see how your creative-ness can help pay those bills:
Fiverr is a marketplace for creative and professional services. Freelance options available for everything from graphic design, online marketing, writing & translation, video & animation, music & audio, programming & tech, advertising and business. Dude, they even have a lifestyle section that includes relationship advice or an arts & crafts/gift section if someone needs a greeting card. Really. Just check them out.
99 Designs is similar to Fiverr but with a bit of variation in project availability. They offer freelance opportunities for logo & identity, web & app design, business & advertising, clothing & merchandise, art & illustration, packaging & labeling, book & magazine and small design tasks.
Sell your creative products online
Open an online shop on Etsy, sell your digital products on Creative Market or load your designs to a site like Society 6. The best part about digital products? They can earn money while you sleep. Passive income? Umm, yes please!
For digital nomads
Freelancing gives you the freedom of location independence. No permanent residence? No problem…travel WHILE you work.
If you can work from a laptop, you can live anywhere with reliable wifi. Digital nomads are growing in popularity which is oh so great if you want to travel long term. Check out these digital nomad freelance resources:
Working Nomads is a curated list of remote jobs, for the modern working nomad. [Courtesy of working nomads.co] I love their super clean and simple interface.
FlexJobs knows that there’s a ton of junk out there for job seekers. Whether it’s the too-good-to-be-true business opportunities, endless ads, broken links, repetitive postings, or just straight-out scams… well, yes, there’s a lot of junk out there. And it’s often burying the actual good job opportunities. FlexJobs can change that. We can make your job search experience better, easier, faster, and safer. [Courtesy of flex jobs.com]
Work Remotely is a great place to find and list jobs that aren’t restricted by commutes or a particular geographic area. Find the most qualified people in the most unexpected places: Hire/work remote! [Courtesy of work remotely.com]
Tech is a great field to get into these days. It has a high demand, as you can see from these sites, and allows you to maintain a lifetime of location independence.
Don’t be scared. I really do think you can teach yourself practically anything with all the resources online these days. With the exception of medical, legal, super scientific stuff and other similar fields I truly believe attending university isn’t all that necessary as it once was.
Self education requires time and discipline but anything is possible. I woke up one day and decided to make this blog, for example. Now I make websites for others and they pay me! Trust me, if I can do it so can you!
Want to learn to code? Why not take your freelancing to the next level and learn this awesome new skill?
Skill Crush is just an example of one of the many online programs out there that allow you to learn at your own pace from the comfort of your own home, hostel, AirBnB shared room etc. Try one of their digital classes to see if web development is your cup of tea. They even have a free lil’ bootcamp you can check out.
Some other AWESOME side job ideas to consider FOR EVERYONE
Have an extra room in your house? Why not rent it to travelers through AirBnB?
It is a great way to meet like-minded, amazing people and almost guaranteed to inspire some travel of your own once you hear their travel stories!
Have a couple hours free in between bridge jobs? Click the app’s button and turn on your driver availability and instantly you can be requested. Both Uber and Lyft are super easy ways to earn extra money. Please note that they do background checks AND your vehicle has to pass a detailed safety inspection.
As online shopping of all kinds increases, delivery is growing in every genre EVEN restaurants!
Be a babysitter, caregiver, petsitter or housekeeper with Care.
Local caregiving in exchange for pay. Love it! And now they are available in 16 countries!!
Or even walk dogs in your spare time with Wag!!
For real…get paid to play outside with some doggies! I’ve even partnered with a champion dog breeder (not a puppy mill) and have been paid to deliver a puppy to Wyoming. I swear, there are lots of ways to make a buck these days…just put yourself out there and see what the universe throws your way!
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Bottom line = get creative!
I think with a little creativity [aka thinking outside of the normal carrot chasing career box], a positive mindset [you can TOTALLY make it happen] and a hint [okay, maybe a lot more than that] of confidence you can land as many bridge jobs as you need.
Work at a restaurant…(I have worked in restaurants since I was 16 and it is ALWAYS my go-to when I need some seasonal cash flow. Being a server or bartender really is great money for the least amount of your time, giving you WAY MORE TIME to work on your dream biz! I can’t recommend restaurant work enough!)
…be a barista [Starbuck’s are EVERYWHERE!], get your customer service on when retail spots hire like crazy for the holiday season, check Craigslist regularly, update your LinkedIn profile, hit up your friends and family and just be open to what comes your way.
You CAN get out of debt, actually increase your savings and even travel while doing it!!
Be brave and try something new. If you don’t like it then now you know that…if you do like it, now you have more money for that freedom lifestyle you are creating for yourself!
Thanks for reading! Do you have any recommended side jobs that I missed? Please let me know, and let me know if you’ve tried any of the above in the comments below…thanks m’dear!
*Happy Side Jobbing!* -Amy