This is a sponsored post, but that doesn’t affect my opinions.
Some of you might know this, but I’m actually a Virtual Assistant and Copywriter as my main form of income (as well as working 3 night a week for a well-known children’s charity) and one thing I’m really passionate about is empowering other people to make money from home. I co-run Flourishing Business Mums where we help Mums set up, or grow, their own businesses away from the MLM world, and today I’m going to chat about some digital side hustles to help you grow your income.
- Social Media Management
I won’t lie, there are a lot of people who claim to be social media managers, whose only really knowledge and experience is in their own Instagram account. So if you want to stand out, it’s important that you really work to get experience and perhaps a qualification too. For example, I offer social media management (although it’s not my favourite thing to do), because, although my own social media doesn’t have a huge following (I don’t follow my own advice when it comes to my own accounts. When you do so much marketing for work, sometimes you just want to share silly memes and not worry about a content strategy!), I have several years of experience in different companies, a Digital Marketing Diploma and some Google qualifications. If it’s something you want to do, I’d recommend looking at an online course and building up your portfolio with some small local businesses.
2. Design or artwork
If you’re someone who is creative, you could consider creating graphics, or custom artwork to sell, perhaps on somewhere like Etsy. You could create personalised drawings and paintings on something like Procreate, or design logos for businesses that they could use on all their branding. You might want to invest in some things, such as a bundle of graffiti style fonts, or brushes to use on a tablet to give your work the edge. Remember to check that you have the rights to sell anything that you buy and use to create. Just using Canva templates and selling them as your own designs is a big no-no and you’d be surprised how often people try to get away with it!
3. General VA work
This is so wide-ranging and that’s part of the reason I love it. For my VA work, I currently offer everything from ordering and sending PR gifts, to video editing, to researching, to transcription and beyond. There’s a whole course coming on how to launch your VA Biz over on FBM but it really is a great way to earn money from home. My clients range from coaches and yoga teachers to legal experts and marketing agencies and I get to do something different every day. If you’ve got some admin skills and feel passionate about helping other peoples’ businesses succeed, or get organised, VA work may be for you!
So these are just three ways to make money online, without having to sign up to dodgy sites or pay to start with an MLM. I’d love to know what you think!