Many side hustlers have started wondering which side hustle to start during COVID-19. In a world of negativity and problems, few see the opportunity that each problem creates. All of the side hustles mentioned can be validated and tested in a weekend, making it easy for you to get up and running!

This article is not meant to undermine COVID-19 and how serious it is. COVID-19 is serious and physical distancing protocols should be taken in everything that you do. Please be aware of how it will affect what you can and cannot do and how you would be able to work with people.

Why Start a Side Hustle During COVID-19?

You may have been laid off, furloughed or you may just want to use the extra work from home time to build a better life for yourself. Having a day job as your only source of income has taught many side hustlers in our community that relying on one income is not a good idea!

Relying on your government is not a good plan. Most governments have a preset amount for every citizen and do not factor in your current income and expenses. It is not the government’s responsibility to do so either, take control of your life!

If you are working from home, starting a side hustle during COVID-19 is easier than ever due to the time you are saving on your commutes! The most complained about reason people don’t have successful side hustles is that they don’t have enough time.

Utilize this time to set the foundation for financial freedom in your life.

How To Find a Side Hustle During COVID-19?

Finding the right side hustle to start during COVID-19 is tough because there may be a lot of local restrictions where you live. In an online world and with the tools available to side hustlers, we can successfully build a side hustle from your home, and all services delivered online!

Be Open Minded

Give everything a chance and look into what it’s all about before you deny wanting to take it on. When you start to do research, it may seem daunting, do not give up and keep doing your due diligence.

Be Mentally Prepared To Invest

Most of the side hustle to start during COVID-19 will be online and remote. With most remote businesses, it requires a website and sometimes other software to facilitate the side hustle. You can build a website for less than $20/month, but you will need to spend money to make money!

Start Looking For a Side Hustle

The last step to starting a side hustle during COVID-19 is to start looking at all the different options out there. Analyze your strengths, what you want to do and what you do not want to do. Knowing that will help you decide on which side hustle to start.

Looking To Start a Side Hustle During COVID-19? Keep These In Mind

COVID-19 makes it more challenging for side hustlers who rely on selling their products and services in person, such as a farmers market. It also makes it more challenging for side hustlers who are servicing industries that are shutdown, like the entertainment or restaurant industry.

Starting a side hustle now gives you the ability to avoid these industries and setting yourself up for success.

Able to do solely online

Choosing a side hustle that can be done completely online is preferable. There will be many potential clients who are scared to meet in person and you don’t want to lose sales and customers due to that. In a post COVID-19 world, having an online business will allow you to be location independent, working from anywhere in the world.

Able to outsource and work with people remotely

Chances are if you can work with your clients remotely, you will be able to work with your employees remotely too. Employees will have a better quality of work and focus on bringing their best skills to the side hustle. In a post COVID-19 world, having remote staff will allow you to save costs due to rent and the overhead of having them in person.

Be open to new ideas and concepts

When researching side hustle ideas to start, you may find business models that you haven’t heard of or don’t think you have the skills to do. Take each opportunity and analyze each business model, what it requires and how your skills relate to it.

How much time you are able to devote

Analyze the current time you have you are able to devote to a side hustle. Keep in mind that with COVID-19, if you are working from home, you have the luxury of saving the commute time you normally wouldn’t have.

Write down your strengths and where you see opportunity

Take this opportunity to write down your strengths. When analyzing side hustle opportunities, you will have the highest probability of success when your strength matches up with your side hustle tasks. You do not want to start a side hustle around blogging, only to realize that video feels more comfortable than writing for you.

Write down your weaknesses and things you know don’t want to do

Knowing your weaknesses and what you don’t want to do is just as important as your strengths. The purpose of starting a side hustle during COVID-19 is so that you can build a business you can enjoy for years to come.

Make sure there is no conflict of interest

There are employers that are not fans of side hustles. They believe you may be stealing their time, IP, or employees. Do not enter an industry that is what you do for your day job. The further distance you can separate them, the better.

10 Side Hustle Ideas For You To Start During COVID-19

Digital Marketing Services

If you’re technical and understand marketing, there is room to enter the digital marketing space. The digital marketing space is a crowded space, but there is still an opportunity to enter a specific niche and dominate it.

Your goal as a digital marketing agency is to provide your clients with the best service and generate them an ROI on their investment with you.

Start Up Costs

You can get a digital marketing agency starting with as low as $13.

Your initial investment would be:

Total investment of $13 for your first month.

Problem

The digital marketing business is growing and there aren’t enough companies that are reputable and affordable in the industry. There are still lots of generalists and people do not want to work with generalists.

The industry is still in its infancy and because of that, there are a lot of unprofessional people in the industry. People are offering services that they are not familiar with as an add-on service, which if done properly, could get better ROI for the client.

Opportunity

Choose a niche that you are interested in and know about, and then dominate it. If you enjoy working with Plumbers and know website design, offer to do website design for plumbers only. Become the go to resource for the industry.

By becoming a go-to resource in the industry, you will be able to acquire clients faster and cheaper and be able to charge a premium. A great way to get known in an industry quickly is to sponsor an industry event or magazine.

How To Get Your First Client

Cold outreach works best. Connect with business owners that you want to work with, establish a relationship and then offer help. When you offer help, you will want to share with them what is wrong, what you can fix, and how fixing it will benefit them.

Do not send cold emails to hundreds of companies in your industry without looking at their website and offering a customize solution for them.

Learn More About Digital Marketing as a Side Hustle

In episode 32 of The Hobby Hustler Show (listen on: iTunes, Spotify, SoundCloud), Chris Brewer comes on to discuss how he built his marketing agency, OMG Commerce.

Drop Shipping

Drop shipping has been around forever and is a very saturated side hustle if you do not find a unique way to do it. Although it is saturated, do not think that you cannot have success with it. Drop shipping is when a customer makes a purchase on your website and then you route the order to your vendor, make the purchase from your vendor, and they ship to your customer.

You get paid for handling the customer issues and creating a desirable brand people want to buy from.

Start Up Costs

You can start drop shipping with as little as $29/month using Shopify.

If you are on a shoestring budget trying to bootstrap your drop shipping store, you do not need to set aside any funds for advertising. However, if you have money set aside, I recommend a budget of $500 to run paid traffic.

Running paid traffic will help test and validate your store fast!

Problem

Drop shipping is portrayed as a way to make money fast and easy, and that is the main problem. Most people get into drop shipping for the wrong reasons. You must be willing to work hard and smart in order to get your drop shipping website off the ground.

The other problem most people will face is choosing a niche to start to drop shipping in. There are tons of niches that are saturated, and those are the niches most people want to start with. Think outside the box and choose something unique.

Opportunity

The opportunity with drop shipping is endless. For starters, you should try to find a niche that you are passionate about and that you feel comfortable dominating. Once you start to build a customer base, you can turn your drop shipping store into a loyal brand name.

Double down on the brand, create social media profiles and an email list. Don’t stop at the website.

How To Get Your First Customer

The easiest way to get your first customer drop shipping is using highly targeted Google Ads. The keywords should have high buyer intent. Although these may cost more, they have a higher chance of converting and earning you profit on your investment.

Buyer intent keywords are “buy custom name pendent gold online” versus a low buyer intent keyword being “custom name pendent gold”.

Make sure you track your website traffic with analytics so that you know your exact conversion metrics from your advertising to analytics.

Learn More About Drop Shipping as a Side Hustle

Drop Shipping is a great side hustle to start during COVID-19 because of the surge of online purchases. People who have never made a purchase online made their first online purchase during COVID, only because that was the only way to buy!

In episode 51 of The Hobby Hustler Show, Leexan Hong came on the show to talk about drop shipping. Leexan has 3 successful drop shipping websites that have allowed him to quit his job and pursue entrepreneurship full-time.

Freelancing

Freelancing is a timely side hustle to start during COVID-19 because much of the population is working from home. As more people are working from home, they are getting comfortable hiring freelancers that work remotely. Freelancing is a great side hustle because you can start small and build up your client base.

Freelance marketplaces like Fiverr, Upwork, and Thumbtack make it easy to get started. All you need is an account and a setup profile.

Start Up Costs

The best art of freelancing is that you can start for free. All of the platforms mentioned are free to create an account and set up your profile. Your will only incur costs when you receive a payment from the client. All the freelance marketplaces will take a percentage for connecting you with the client.

Challenges

The biggest challenge of freelance marketplaces is getting your first clients. When you are bidding for jobs or customers are searching, you will be the freelancer with no reviews or credentials. Getting those first few clients to gain traction are key factors to your long term success.

Opportunity

In order to get your first few clients, niching down and offering a unique solution will make it easier. Additionally, coming into the marketplace with a lower price, and then gradually increasing them is a great strategy. When you get clients, it is important to ask for reviews from satisfied clients.

How To Get Your First Client

Position yourself as an expert in your niche within the niche. If you are on Upwork, where you are reaching out to prospective clients, be quick and thorough. If you’re one of the first to apply for a gig, you already have a better chance of getting the job.

Double down on your efforts, be the first to apply, and give them the exact steps that you would do to finish the job. In most cases, they won’t take your plan and do it themselves. After all, they made the post for a reason in the first place.

Learn More About Freelancing as a Side Hustle

Freelancing is a great way to get your feet wet into side hustling and entrepreneurship. It will teach you how to deal with clients, negotiate and collect payments.

In episode 41 of The Hobby Hustler Show, Carol Tice comes on the show and shares how she earns 6-figures with her freelance writing business.

Affiliate Marketing

Read below for the answers from others in the Hobby Hustler Community!

Affiliate Marketing is a great side hustle to start during COVID-19 because people are craving connection and community. Being stuck inside, most people feel lonely, and connecting with people with something they need will be beneficial to you and them.

Affiliate marketing is when a company pays you a referral commission for sending them a buyer. For example, I am signed up to Amazon Associates, which is Amazon’s affiliate program. If I link to a product and you purchase that product from the link, I will receive a small commission from Amazon. It doesn’t cost you anything more.

For affiliate marketing, you will need to have an audience or have the know-how to create an audience to sell to. When affiliate marketing, it is important to believe in the product you are promoting and selling, do not do it just for the money. Remember, it takes years to build credibility with people, but it only takes 1 day to ruin it.

Start Up Costs

One of the best parts of affiliate marketing is that it doesn’t cost anything to get started! From a money perspective, there is no initial investment.

I proposed the question above, and Ben Adler from the community answered it in a very clear and concise way.

“Traffic to an offer.

Traffic can come in different forms on different platforms. I personally build niche websites where I focus on traffic from places like Google using SEO.

You can also build an audience on FB and promote offers in your own group.

Other people do YouTube and other social media platforms and some people even run paid ads.

They all operate on the same principle though – get people to your offer.”

Ben Adler, Founder of Keyword Chef

In essence, if you would like to spend money on paid ads, then you will need a budget, but if you don’t want too, that’s fine.

Problem

The biggest problem in affiliate marketing is people start to see conversations as dollars. When you commoditize conversations, you lose the relationship and they will see right through it. When you are connecting with others, be genuine. Building real relationships will result in conversions.

The other problem most new side hustlers do is promote everything and anything with an affiliate link. I strongly recommend against this. Only promote and be an affiliate on products that you’ve tried yourself and believe in.

Opportunity

There is lots of room in the affiliate marketing world to get started and become profitable! I believe the biggest opportunity is niching down and offering products and services in that niche. If you become an Amazon Associate affiliate, you will have access to all Amazon’s products. By not picking a niche, it becomes difficult to start conversations and naturally suggest products.

Here is my no cost method to start affiliate marketing:

  1. Choose a niche that you would like to talk about. This could be anything, but here are some ideas:
    • Camping
    • Underwater Welding
    • Keto Diet
    • Resume and Career Advice
    • Paintballing
    • Pickleball
    • Essential Oils for X
  2. Choose a platform you want to build your audience on. Here is my favorite:
    • Facebook Personal Page
    • Facebook Group
    • Twitter
    • Reddit
  3. Choose a method to deliver the affiliate links:
    • Facebook Group
    • Email List
    • Website
    • Blog
  4. Figure out how you are going to get your audience to buy
    • Blog posts
    • Ads
    • Product Reviews

That is it! It is very simple but requires patience and time.

How To Get Your First Commission

Affiliate marketing is simple to get started and the quickest way to get your first commission is to pick a niche today. Too many people wait weeks or months before they decide which niche they want to build an audience in.

Once you choose a niche, see what products you use and if they offer an affiliate program. Apply to the affiliate programs that have and save your links somewhere handy. I personally have all my affiliate links in a Google Sheet.

Learn More About Affiliate Marketing as a Side Hustle

Ben Adler, who is a Hobby Hustler, builds affiliate marketing websites. He breaks down his process on The Hobby Hustler Show and is a great resource!

Blogging

If you are working from home and find yourself with spare time, but don’t need to create income immediately, blogging may be for you. Starting a blog on a topic you’re passionate about is a great side hustle that will earn you passive income for years to come.

There are several ways to monetize a blog, including affiliate marketing, advertising and creating your own products or services.

  1. Not in a huge rush to make revenue? Start blogging, especially if you have a strength in writing. With blogging, you typically won’t be able to monetize right away. Your blog will need to reach at least 500 readers before you think about monetizing it.

Start Up Costs

Starting a blog has a low cost entry barrier. All you need is a domain and hosting, which will run you $13 for your first month.

Your initial investment would be:

The biggest cost for a blog will be your time. Creating a successful blog takes time if you are relying on organic traffic.

Problem

The blogging world is saturated if you do not find a niche. Most general topics have dominate and authoritative blogs that will be competitive to outrank. However, if you drill down into a specific niche, you will find keywords to rank for (see more in Opportunity).

When side hustlers start a blog, they expect to see traffic come in organically in a short time frame. It typically takes 6 months for Google and other search engines to recognize your blog, and then it could take more time to rank your posts on Page 1 of Google.

Opportunity

Blogging provides a great opportunity for side hustlers who are looking to put in effort upfront to reap the rewards for years to come. Creating an evergreen blog with content that doesn’t expire will only add more value to your website. Over time, blog posts will start to gain organic rankings and people will get to your page from Google.

When you reach a certain amount of traffic, you don’t need to spend much time updating posts or creating new posts if you don’t want to.

Once you start to gain traffic, you can monetize the blog in several different ways.

  1. Affiliate Marketing

Assuming that you use products and services in the niche your blog is in, you can promote those items and get paid to do so.

2. Sponsors & Advertising

You can join advertising platforms like AdSense, which will place banner ads on your website. When a website visitor clicks on the ad, you will get paid. You can also go to specific companies in the niche and offer them sponsorship opportunities.

For example, if you are writing about Smart Homes, you can approach Ring and offer them a paid spot on your homepage for a predetermined price per month.

3. Create your own products and services

When you start to gain a following, your website visitors will tell you exactly what they need and want. It is up to you to create these products and services to offer them yourself.

How To Get Your First 100 Website Visitors

The fastest way to get your first 100 website visitors is doing in-depth keyword research, spotting opportunities, and then creating content for those posts.

If you need help finding keywords, visit Keyword Chef.

Learn More About Blogging as a Side Hustle

Jason Eland, a full time entrepreneur, teaches people search engine optimization and how to rank your website.

Jessica Serna, who has a travel blog called, My Curly Adventures, came on The Hobby Hustler Show as well. She shared how she was able to build a travel blog and quit her day job to do it full-time.

Start a Podcast

Podcast listenership has increased year over year and continues to increase. Spotify, a major player in the audio industry, continues to make investments in the podcasting space. Podcasting a great side hustle to start during COVID-19 since Zoom is so popular!

Start Up Costs

Podcasting has a higher investment and will require equipment to get started.

As a podcaster, you will want a great microphone. Apple AirPods will work, but will not produce the quality your listeners will want.

I am currently using the Audio-Technica ATR2100 USB Microphone. Other popular microphones include: Blue Yeti and Logitech USB H390 Microphone.

  • Microphone: $100

You will also need a recording software. Depending on what you like, this may be paid or free. I am currently using Zoom, which is free for 2 people and does what I need.

Lastly, you are going to want a podcast host. This host will also syndicate your podcast episodes to directories like iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts and more.

I am using SoundCloud and pay $15/month for that.

  • Hosting: $15/month

Problem

Too many side hustlers get into podcasting thinking they will be the next Joe Rogan. Unless you already have a large following, podcasting is a long game and you should not expect to make money from this side hustle in the first year. Choosing a niche within a niche will help you gain a following and make the monetization process faster.

Opportunity

The best time to start a podcast was yesterday. Hundreds of new podcasts launch every single day, and the earlier you start, the less competition you will be faced with. When you launch your podcast side hustle, make sure to pick a niche!

The biggest opportunity to gain listeners is the first 48 hours your podcast launches. In the first 48 hours, you have the chance to get on iTunes “New & Noteworthy” as well as get picked up by bloggers and news reporters. This is only if you make a big enough splash with subscribers and reviews.

How To Get Your First 100 Listeners

Focus on your launch day! Start promoting that you will be launching a podcast weeks before you do. Get your friends, family and “founding listeners” signed up to a newsletter where they receive updates on your progress. The day you launch, ask them to rate, review and subscribe.

The next task you will want to do is launch with more than 1 episode. I recommend launching with 3 episodes. Here is the breakdown that I recommend:

Episode 1: About you, why you started the podcast and what to expect in the future episodes. Recommend time: 5-10 minutes.

Episodes 2 & 3: Your actual episodes of what people can expect in the future. This should be in the same format and same length as future episodes.

Learn More About Podcasting as a Side Hustle

Read my guide to Starting, Launching, and Monetizing Your Podcast that has already helped hundreds of other podcasters in our community!

In Episode 44 of The Hobby Hustler Show, Justin Schenck comes on to discuss how he built his podcast and why INC. Magazine ranked him #8 Podcaster in the world.

Virtual Assistant

Becoming a virtual assistant is another great side hustle to start during COVID-19. With the world being more remote than ever due to COVID-19, receiving online payments and working remotely with others have more familiarity. Prior to COVID-19, employers and small business owners have shied away from remote work.

By being a virtual assistant, you are able to help other businesses while being in the comfort of your own home. This is a good opportunity for you to pick up some tasks (and get paid for them) from companies that are looking to outsource 1-3 hours of work per day.

Start Up Costs

Becoming a virtual assistant does not require any start up costs if you do not want to spend money. If you want to invest in becoming a virtual assistant, you can do that as well. The flexibility of being a virtual assistant is appealing to many side hustlers.

Becoming a Virtual Assistant During COVID-19 Without Investing

The bootstrapped method is to create a profile on Upwork and other freelance marketplaces and start applying to virtual assistant jobs. You can also join Facebook Groups and SubReddits where people may be looking for Virtual Assistants.

Becoming a Virtual Assistant During COVID-19 With Investing

If you have a budget to expedite your virtual assistant side hustle during COVID-19, you may want to develop a website early on. When building your website, brand yourself around a specific niche or industry that you will be a virtual assistant in. With a budget, you can run advertising to specific offers you have, such as “virtual assistant for content creators”.

Problem

Becoming a virtual assistant is a competitive, and when starting this side hustle during COVID-19, you will be faced with credible competition. Many people are starting a side hustle in the virtual assistant space, and for you to cut through the noise, you will need to niche down.

By offering every service for every industry, you dilute your offering and will find trouble appealing to potential clients.

Opportunity

There is great opportunity to niche down and offer a specific service for a specific client. By doing this, you establish yourself as an authoritative virtual assistant. Attract the right client and charge a premium doing so.

I believe there is an opportunity to offer virtual assistant services on a monthly subscription rather than an hourly basis. By doing this, you establish an expected cash flow for months come to come. If you are charging per hour, budgeting and forecasting will be more challenging.

How To Get Your First Client

Getting your first client is difficult and will require time and effort. I believe a cold outreach strategy, where you email potential clients your value proposition, fees, and how you will help them can work. If you do not have a clear value proposition, a cold outreach strategy will be difficult.

Another option is to apply to virtual assistant roles on freelance marketplaces. Keep in mind that you will be facing a lot of competition on these marketplaces and you need to find an angle that gives you an advantage. Here are a few of my favorite competitive advantages:

  • Available in the same time zone as client
  • Available 24/7
  • Guarantee a 12 hour turnaround for tasks that are 2 hours or less

Learn More About Becoming a Virtual Assistant

In episode 56, Natalie Pinnell comes on The Hobby Hustler Show to share how she went from Executive Assistant at Virgin Atlantic to self-made entrepreneur having her own Virtual Assistant business.

Become a Uber Eats Driver

Prior to the pandemic, people would go to restaurants regularly. In most cities, Governments have shut down restaurants for indoor dining, but people crave the food from restaurants and turn to Uber Eats to get the food. Becoming an Uber Eats driver is a great side hustle to start during COVID-19 if you are looking for a way to make money fast with no experience or marketing.

Start Up Costs

If you don’t have a budget to start a side hustle during COVID-19 and need to make money immediately, driving for Uber Eats is a great option. Assuming you already have a vehicle, you won’t need to make any investment. Download the app, apply to become a driver, and then turn it on.

Problem

The problem with driving for Uber Eats is that your dollars are tied to your time and it is nearly impossible to build a business where you are not needed. Becoming an Uber Eats driver does not allow for passive income or a business that you will be able to sell in years to come.

When you stop driving or your car breaks down, you stop earning.

Opportunity

Uber Eats provides a great opportunity for someone looking to start a side hustle that wants to monetize quickly and is not worried about brand, business or employees. You are able to make your own hours and work when you want, something that is very appealing to many.

The demand for Uber Eats is so large that in most cities, if you turn on the app, you will get requests within a few minutes. This means that you can start earning an income within the very first hour of signing up to the platform.

How To Get Your First Client

Sign up to Uber Driver, upload all the documentation and wait for the approval. Once you’re approved, let the app know you’re ready for pickups and get started! It really is that easy.

Learn More About Uber Eats as a Side Hustle

There are several ways to make money from your car! Here are 7 ways to make money from your car, including Uber Eats!

Create an eBook

Have you ever heard of the saying “Everyone has a book in them”? I’m a firm believer that everyone does, and creating an eBook could be a great side hustle to start during COVID-19 because of the extra time you have! Creating a book takes a lot of time and if you’re working from home, you can easily put your commute time to writing.

With Amazon Self Publishing, you are able to get a book from idea to market extremely fast. There is no more waiting for publishers or big retail stores to accept your book. Write, self publish and sell it.

Creating an eBook is a great side hustle because it allows you to create once, but collect passive income forever. Once the book is written, you do not need to update it or deal with clients, like many other side hustles.

Start Up Costs

Creating an eBook is a side hustle you can start that doesn’t require any initial startup capital. Your only costs will be time. Creating an eBook does take significant between researching, writing, formatting, publishing and marketing, but it all can be done.

Problem

Writing a book is very difficult and because of that, most people who start writing an eBook will never finish. On the contrary, many writers will spend all their time writing the book, forgetting about all the other tasks. You need to spend an equal amount of time on research and promoting the book.

Opportunity

Anything that takes this amount of time and effort provides a great opportunity for side hustlers because if you can do it, you face less competition than easy side hustles. The Amazon Kindle marketplace allows for anyone to easily upload an eBook at no cost and be selling within 24 hours.

If you are trying to publish a book that gets in the Amazon algorithms, it is best to write in a niche within a niche. For example, instead of writing an eBook on traveling, write about traveling in South America for college students. The specificity of the niche will make it more discoverable in search engines.

How To Get Your First 100 Readers

When you launch an eBook as a side hustle, your launch day is almost as important as all the time you spent writing the book. On launch day, your goal is to attract as many eyeballs as possible and to get those people to make an action. You’re going to want to have them purchase your book, leave a review,

Learn More About Creating an eBook as a Side Hustle

One of the early guests, Ashley Ann-Perreira came on The Hobby Hustler Show to share her process for creating a Best Selling Book! You can list to Episode 6 of The Hobby Hustler show on iTunes and Spotify.

Online Courses

If you have certain know-how in a specific area of expertise, think of monetizing it through a digital course. There are tons of platforms like Udemy, Kajabi, and Invanto that have course creation platforms for creators like you. The best part of creating a course is that you only need to create it once, and then you can “set it and forget it”.

Start Up Costs

Similar to many of the side hustles already covered, creating a course as a side hustle does not require cost investment if you do not want it to. Udemy is a free marketplace where you can list your online course, and they will make money when it sells. If you are not a fan of Udemy or want to have your own academy, then you are looking at fees in the $20-$30/month range.

Problem

Many online gurus have courses and people do not just buy courses anymore. There is more due diligence done by students and they will often research the course creators success before purchasing the course. This means that you need to know what you are doing and be an expert in what you’re teaching. Do not create a course because you see a keyword opportunity in Udemy.

Opportunity

Creating a course as a side hustle is a great opportunity during COVID-19 because many people are looking to use their extra time to level up skills or acquire new ones. From the course creator standpoint, there is opportunity to create passive income as well as monthly recurring revenue.

You will receive passive income from course sales for the definite future. However, adding a community part, where students pay $5/month to be part of a support community can provide you with monthly recurring revenue that is predictable and scalable.

How To Get Your First Student

The easiest way to get your first student is to put your course on a marketplace like Udemy. If you are planning on selling the course yourself, then you will need testimonials and results from students to sell it. In that case, it may be best offering the course for free to a few close friends who will in exchange, provide you with video testimonials.

Learn More About Creating a Course as a Side Hustle

Many of The Hobby Hustler Show guests have courses around their specialty. Feel free to connect with them, let them know you’re a listener and ask your questions!

Mark Podolsky has a course on buying and flipping land.

Rob & Melissa Stephenson have a course on buying and selling furniture at flea markets.

Brian Winch has a course on cleaning parking lots for cash.

Starting a Side Hustle During COVID-19

You must remember, we are dealing with people in a serious global pandemic. Do not take advantage of people by charging an unreasonable price. There is room for everyone to start a side hustle during COVID-19 that is lucrative and that will pay passive income for years to come.