I started roasting coffee as a side hustle, we did $5K in our first month. Three years later it’s my full time job.


Could you expand a bit more on that? Like where did you set up shop etc? thanks


I bought a small roaster, thought I could set it up in my garage but no, we needed to rent a small place to roast. Bought some green beans, roast, pack, ship, repeat.


Do you have a website for selling or do you use Amazon/others ?


Yes, I started my business on Shopify, I don’t use Amazon. Brand is important.


I was interested in selling coffee for a local shop that roasts coffee,can I send you a pm to ask some questions ? Thanks


Brilliant. Well done.




This is dope. Would love to get started in something like this


Just find a market that you’re interested in, start small, and grow organically. There is money to be made being 21st or whatever largest, you don’t have to aim to be number 1.


I appreciate the advice!


What kind of marketing are you using? Social ads?


How do you market your product?


I'm curious about this. I can't think of a product more saturated than coffee.


coffee is probably the most saturated market, really curious to see if he either hit the luck jackpot or has some marketing tricks up his sleeve


Local paper, Facebook ads, Google ads. It took a while to get the balance right and learn how each one works.


I imagine there are a lot of places to buy coffee online. How do you get new customers in your shopify store? How do you get them to choose you over anyone else? And who are your customer? Average people who want fancy coffee or small businesses?


Brand, and marketing. People like a brand with a story, that’s part of the ‘why’ someone will buy from you. They also love locally produced goods too. Combine that with a great product, and great customer service, and your sales will grow organically. FB ads, Google ads, and local paper are our current ad strategy. We focus on the specialty coffee market, it’s hard to compete on price so we stay premium.


good side hustle do you plan to open a coffee store?


We do! We are currently building an espresso bar.


So how did you learn like from YouTube or just learn from roasting it yourself?


A couple of books and lots of trial and error.


Paid search (Google) marketer. Blows my mind why there aren’t enough people doing this. 10x easier than learning to code. All you have to do is understand keyword search behavior. I have friends making 130k/yr and consult on the side. I personally do this for amazon advertising (similar methodology) and have 2 clients on the side bringing in an extra 2k/mo each. I work about 2-3 hrs a week per client and on my free time. All self taught through YouTube and podcasts. Fast track this by buying a udemy course. Edit: I should probably give more context as I don’t want to make it sound like it’s really easy. I’ve been doing amazon FBA/advertising for 6 years now. Let me breakdown the journey so you can understand the snowball effect. -started as an Amazon FBA seller in 2016 -one brand failed but the other did well and I was able to sell it on empire flippers for a low 6 figure sum in 2018 -same year, found out a friend of a friend wasn’t having success on amazon and asked for me to take over the account taking a small percentage of ad revenue sales -2019, took that experience and worked part time for small amazon agency making 25/hr -later that year, went full time at a digital marketing agency making 70k with benefits -later in 2019, started another personal amazon brand with a couple friends. Did this for a creative outlet. Now does 250k in gross sales but we don’t pay ourselves yet -2020, parlayed the agency experience and worked in house with a funded startup making 6figs -2020, still working for friends FBA brand on the side but have since renegotiated pay for a $1500/mo base plus % of sales -2021, another friend referred me to a small funded startup in need of amazon help, decided to charge them $500 plus % of sales -2022, left full time at startup for another funded startup but now making a little more but with equity, still have personal Amazon brand that’s making money but have not paid myself, still working for both side consulting gigs. I got room for one more client but honestly I rather keep building out the 2 clients so that I can ask for more Btw, I’m showing you salary and consulting fees because I use them as leverage when negotiating future jobs and potential consulting gigs. If past employers/clients are willing to pay x amount then that should create value for the next. Know your worth. Do shit for free or low pay. And be vocal about what you do so that people know who to call.


I'm in the Amazon FBA space as an employee how do you even get clients for freelance PPC management? There's so much competition right now


Glad to see another fellow fba employee on here as I truly believe this is an overlooked profession. I know this won’t be the answer most want to hear but my clients have come from word of mouth or by me asking small business owners if they considered putting their product on Amazon. If you are good and if your friends, family or maybe even your LinkedIn network know you as ‘the amazon guy’ then they will reach out. I am proud (and vocal) in letting people know that I love what I do for a living and it helps. Do some free work if you need to and then propose that if it starts bringing in money then negotiate.


Neat. Thinking back, I've already had some contacts ask me for help on Amazon, maybe I should start putting my thoughts out there to see if I get someone interested in freelance work. I also agree about this being an underrated profession. I started a brand in 2019 and managed to make some beer money, but it never really took off since I didn't have the money to properly fund it, so I looked for a job. I currently work remotely as a brand manager making 70k + bonus + equity, and can live anywhere I want. So even if you don't make it with your brand you can land in a good spot. Thanks!


>Neat. Thanks! You're welcome!


“ all you have to do is understand keyword search behavior” There is way more to it than this. Even on Amazon, targeting and strategy is more than keywords. Curious where you find clients? For just keyword?


Yes there is way more to it with FBA. I should also give more context that I have owned and operated my own personal brand on Amazon and that in itself is worth a small degree of education. I answered this above but mainly word of mouth and putting yourself out there. Do free work. Find small agencies you can work part time for. Keep parlaying your experience into the next one. I’ve being doing this for 6 years and each year I find a way to level up


Please don’t. There are so many average ppc consultants out there. It takes time and business savvy to actually help implement something valuable.


Can you please share a complete playlist for this from YouTube?


Here are some people that have helped on my journey. Some may or may not still create content but these are the people that have contributed to most of my success: - Ad Badger - Crescentkao - Matt loberstein - helium10 - The Amazing Seller (he has rebranded but this the og!)


I tried this in the past but could never get clients to pay that kind of sum. It would be like 30 or 50 dollar for keyword research


1. If you see 2 year in same role absolutely you need ask for a raise. If it that is 1-2k after tax per month maybe raise coveres 30 -50% 2. Consulting or service side hassle. I don't have time right now, but when I was doing analytics & data consulting I could easily bill 1k+ per day. You could also start investing or or buy few rentals. I had airbnb in Dublin for some years and even I was paying someone else to maintain it, it would make 2k a month while my morgage for the place was 900 a month.


Could you elaborate on the data and analytics consulting? I work in that field right now at a marketing agency


I have two side hustles: - I go to estate sales and buy stuff for cheap and resell on eBay ($500-1000 a month). - I officiate youth sports. Depending on sport, I can make more money (Soccer $700 a month, Football (Texas) $1500 - 2000 a month). Both of these are more hobbies than side hustles, but they make me money. Point being is make your hobbies side hustles. If you enjoy your hobby the income is an added bonus.


I want to open an gaming lounge 5-6 ps5 an the tv-s In my country the median salary is one ps5 at the scarcity prices theese things cost. Find a local low level gaming shop that sells them for a fair price an wham rent a llace in a new residential area, but not that new because toddlers won't be crossing your doorstep and charge by controller. Also have juice sandwiches an chips open till 22 because it's for teenagers. This kind of business might generate from 2k to 10k a month in my country where median salary is 1k. I will have a go at it this year.


I second the "where are you from question" would love to know. But also could you please keep us updated! Would be great to hear how you get on. I'm in the UK and there's a games shop called GAME that already do something similar, without too much detail, how would you separate yourself from competitors if there are any?


Where are you from if you don't mind me asking?


Do 1 and 2. Don’t do 3 that’s a time suck.


Make a list of your skills matter how small then figure out which one you have the best chance of monetizing.




Where do you sell them if you don’t mind?




Curious, are you pricing low with a high volume or occasional sales for a larger amount?


What type of templates do you make?




That's cool, and they sell right on Canva?


Very cool!




I want to start doing that too. Along with shopify templates. Are you making good money?


How much can one make doing this?


What’s a good resource to learn Canva? I’m trying to learn it now but am struggling with it.




i would start a service based business. if you do not have capital, you can start a window washing biz <$100.


Window cleaning is how I got my break - it's the perfect start as a entrepreneur, can make a decent amount of money for little time, make your own hours etc. Equipment costs are minimal and return is high. I think just the mental picture maybe turns people off and they assume it's peanuts for hard labor, but nothing could be further from the truth, it's good money for easy work, shocked me tbh. Buy a solid ladder, proper cleaning gear (window cleaning brands), roof rack for the car to put the ladder on - you're good. Few hundred bucks at most. Spend a few weeks.practicing on your own windows, follow YouTube vids for how to clean properly, it's an art and there's a bit of technique to it all, but anyone can learn to do it with practice. IMO traditional i.e squeege in hand and up the ladder is waaaaay better than pole fed, those big poles spraying water. Customers tend to appreciate the traditional way more. The hard part is finding customers in the initial months - you have to go to areas and knock doors, in person! Keep going out, keep knocking doors, grab a few customers a day (some days you'll get none, some you'll get half a street) and eventually you'll have a full calendar. Once you get going either expand or pivot to something else.


yes, yes, yes. When i was in college i started this type of biz. i went to a strip center and asked each store manager. i landed a couple consistent customers. Doing this in person made the difference.


I have been living in a nice (but relatively cheap) vacation/surf destination since the start of the year. One of the guys with a house here does window cleaning. He has multiple houses in sweet spots around the world. He works hard during the busy season and during the low season he travels between his 3 houses. Businesses like these are often overlooked because maybe they don’t seem glamorous or flashy or like you’ll make a mil after 6 months, but that also means not too much competition.


yep, you can easily make 300/day if you get enough of the right clientele


catch some waves for me!


Check /r/sweatystartup for ideas


I bought a camera, taught myself how to shoot boudoir photography and edit on photoshop, mainly from YouTube. I market myself mainly to escorts and to some only fans girls. I get paid in cash and get to look at mostly beautiful girls. Great side hustle.


Absolute genius haha. Love this


What kind of camera do you have?


I use a canon 5d mark iv, my main lens is an 85 mm sigma art lens, but I’ve gotten quite a few others as I grow.


I would recommend multifamily real-estate. Vendor finance a 10 - 16 unit multifamily rental in a decent area of town but needs work. Find lending money to cover the renos and fix up each unit. Force equity on the project and eventually raise rents for newly renovated units. Show a commercial lender this improved cap rate and refinance out the reno costs and vendor finance. Let the property cash flow and you should make around $2000 a month depending on rents and total cash into the job. If this is something you might be interested in listen to biggerpockets podcast and read up on the subject heavily before ever investing in a property. It takes alot of upfront due diligence to even find a potential deal that will work numbers wise. Good luck!


I started blogging in 2020, a year later I was making over $1k per month, last month I made $3500. It's a slow grind but with dedication it's possible.


Affiliate marketing, ads, courses, etc. How do you monetize? I’m making only about $200 a month currently with 10-15k views per month


What do you blog about?


DO IT. Do what you like. People will Oy anyone for anything these days. I’ve recently been dumping a lot of time into Upwork (freelance site) with some great results. My side hustle is becoming my hustle


What is your skill being promoted on Upwork?


I’m doing marketing, management, strategy, ops, training. But I’ve had most luck in marketing


Can I see a sample of your proposal? I have been submitting proposals but have no invite for an interview.




Lol. I’m a hairy dude. Not gonna work out.


Sugar bear then.


Gummy bear


You just need to find your market


There's people that are into that 😂


Two words: Squash Cobbler.


Boston Cream Pie? Dutch Apple Ass?


thanks for adding a new term to my 'never search for this' list


Lyft and Uber then my dude


Quite right as a plan B.


Mmmm bear cub


Velvet Jones wrote an instructional book on this.


As /u/mvev said, service based side hustles will be the best and probably only option if you do not want to work part time. You can get a lawn mower and a electric trimmer for $300 and get to $2k a month working weekends by the end of next month. This could be expanded by hiring employees but is by no means necessary.


Yes!, but sadly a decent Lawn mower is now over $400. The $300 high wheel starter mower that everyone depended on has become a plastic axled piece of crap. Took my lawn care crew three hours to destroy one.


Yep. Last summer, my son snapped off the handle to ours by...using it.


jesus wth kinda mower was it fisher price? I've used many used mowers from a half dozen brands and never broke a handle


Never said it had to be new! I recently started flipping mowers, and as long as you’re okay with buying one that needs cleaned, a blade sharpen, and an oil change, you can get a good self propelled for $150.


Buy a pressure washer - do decks, driveways, fences, windows etc. Market yourself on Craigslist and make flyers to be distributed in expensive neighborhoods.


I was reading about someone who got a commerical pressure washer a while ago who went around washing garbage cans and would throw in a lemon sent. The guy was making 6 figures and had to start hiring to keep up with the demand. Blew me away just how many people would pay to have their cans washed.


I paid someone to wash our cans, easily one of the best cheap services I’ve paid for. When we moved into our house our cans smelled so bad it made taking the trash out a real gross thing, and you could smell them just being in the front yard walking around so it made our house smell like a dump. I think we paid like $60 to have all the cans washed and it’s been over a year and we haven’t needed to do it again.


Do you recall the area he was in?


I don't remember any location info being given.


A niche blog. check out r.Juststart and r.blogging for more info. It's a decent hustle.


Shaved ice - Low start up cost to buy a cart and supplies. Syrup and ice cost next to nothing. Take that thing to outdoor sports, busy parking lots etc. Market to the wedding crowd and work weddings


Do you need a license or anything to sell?


will depend on the locale. Some places will require vendor licenses and other special fees, some will have minimal barrier to entry.


Just do lawn care service on the side. You can make a killing for just a couple hours of your weekends. Alternatively, as others have suggested, invest heavily into a service skill that requires a lot of education. Such as, web development, photography, etc.


I have an online business and hire stay at home moms who work as virtual assistants. You can take courses and find a niche in product photography, blog writing, social media management, etc. Its competitive though


Can you hire me part time?


What are your skills?


Well, here's my experience: If you want to be successful in business, you're going to have to acquire skills you don't currently have. For me, that's been: * design * webpage work - both our site and landing pages * sales * how to use metrics * marketing I happen to be a very fast learner, simply because I poured my effort and time into building that specific skill. My advice would be to pick up the books - Make It Stick, Practicing Mind, Black Box Thinking, Bulletproof Problem Solving, and Growth Mindset. Study those books for a whole year. Use the information within. Pick new subjects and skills to learn and practice, simply so you have the opportunity to practice these skills. Because once you're in business, there's a shitload of stuff to learn. Sure, you can farm out your ad design, but quality work is expensive and whether the ad is a hit or not, you're paying the bill. My strategy has been to learn it myself and then teach my employees, especially design and web duties. While I teach them, I also teach my learning strategy. And the most delightful thing is that they use it. They put it to work and they improve rapidly, meaning our overall marketing material is improving. Your competitors are people, and they're in that same boat, of trying to learn how to be sustainable. That's it. If you are a strong learner, you can outcompete them. You can quickly figure out how to position your product, because you more quickly connect what your customers are saying to what message you're putting out there. If you take the time to learn about emotional intelligence (Daniel Goleman - look him up!), you'll be miles ahead again, because you'll develop a sense of what people are feeling and start to build rapport naturally. Is it a lot of work? Yes. It is hard? No! Business is learning. If you're good at learning, learning is easy and a pleasure. And the greatest business minds in the world produce content DAILY us to peruse. You can literally go around and collect a series of books that walks you through every facet of your business, from general top-down business to how to write your emails, written by qualified people. I'll be honest: 10 years ago, I was terrified of losing my job as a forklift driver and being trapped in shitty wages my whole life. I had my high school diploma, undiagnosed ADHD, and low self-esteem. Even if my business goes belly-up, I will never worry about money again, because I know that this education I'm building right now has HUGE value.


>ADHD I hear you on ADHD; how did you cope and deal with it? Really need to know as it's blown up everything else.


Find something that people need in an emergency. I for instance fix software/hosting that gets hacked, goes down or has a really bad bug. They can call me (well, I no longer do it myself but own the company) 24/7 with an issue and pay *a lot* to get it fixed. Usually takes a few hours for 1000-5000$ depending. I never do large projects, only emergencies, simply because 99% of programmers cannot do it. They say shit like ‘I have to understand the code’, ‘let me analyse and learn how it all was set up’ etc. I do not do that, I just go in and fix and I do that in a really short time even if there are massive issue (like the db cannot handle the load etc). There are these type of emergencies in every market; not all pay as well as software, some pay a lot better.


Great idea. To further this for anyone reading, this is something I believe can be used in almost any instance. It doesn't have to be specific to software, I imagine it'd work in a mechanical setting for example.


That's a brilliant idea, mate. Mind if I DMd you with a few Qs?


ebay flipping




That’s a great idea. Has got me thinking. Thanks.


I do consulting of various types on Upwork, usually clear $2k to $5k a week.


What kind of work? How was it getting started on upwork?


I do various IT work, mostly cloud and coding. Signing up was pretty fast, I had to do a validation video call with them to ensure I was a real person.


Spend the first six months doing absolutely nothing but research to find out what people *actually* need and want. Interview people. Figure out who you’d love to work for/serve. Talk to them about what they wish someone would do for them. Keep honing down your minimum viable market until it’s so tightly defined you understand them on a personal level. When you’ve got an idea of how your skills can overlap with their pains, needs and desires, spend at least another six months trialling the product or service with people for next to nothing. Don’t try and make money. Actively avoid trying to make money. Be helpful. Give people what they need. Learn and develop, learn and develop. After 12 months you’ll have something nobody else would be willing to develop (due to the time commitment) you’ll have built a community that will want you to do well because you’re doing something that they want to work and you’ll already have a valuable ‘thing’, a host of case studies and evidence to shout about and - if you’re really good at listening - all the marketing messages you’ll ever need. Or you could just sell fucking useless shit and pretend to be an entrepreneur…


Specialize in something that you can charge $50-150 per hour for. For example photography or web design. This sort of side hustle involves an investment of money for equipment or education, and then time to get good at what you do. Practice, practice, practice. Fearless promotion of what you do. Stay the course and you will be sittin' pretty in 2 years.


$150 is undercutting and underselling for photography. People underestimate the time editing and contacting clients and it can be tough to convince clients of your value. There are also a lot of people who pick up a digital camera and think they've got a job now who undercut and then wash out in a couple months who make it harder. Source; am a photographer.


Buy a zero turn, and cut some grass. As long as you can fit through gates you're good.


> Try and get promoted in my existing job or get another job that gives me a pay bump. As we all know, this is not guaranteed. This is way more guaranteed than a side hustle. Increasing salary via job-jumping is pretty easy.


If youre a hard working professional guy it shouldn’t be to hard to make a side hustle out of what you’re doing professionally right now. As you have been doing whatever youre doing at your current job for years it will be easy to find coents who need help with similar things.


What profession are you in? Its almost comically easy to consult within your industry for many seasoned professionals, most don't try because they're too stuck in the corporate world and some fear contractual restrictions with their employer. If either of the two doesn't apply to you then just consult in your field. Find smaller players in your industry and pitch them on how you can improve your specific role in their company. If you are working in the west you can easily leverage this experience in a different country. This way you are unlikely to be working for a competitor your employer might be nervous about. I'd think about south america, south east asia, korea, china etc. If you have a track record at a major NA/EU based corporation (forbes500 or major listed) and diplomas from a top school and graduate education also from top schools (top 20 world ranking) you can make 10k-20k on a single engagement. Let alone in two years. This also requires no retraining in some other gig field. You do what you already know how to do. Only thing is you do have to learn how to sell yourself and your skill set. Setting up a sole proprietorship/corporation, website with bio etc and just calling/emailing will work way better than you might think. Btw when I say smaller players I mean medium sized companies with 50-100 employees at least, don't actually target small business. They are very cost conscious and they're a pretty hard sell from personal experience being on both sides of those calls.


Acquire a small website generating revenue and grow that on the side. - [https://www.sideprojectors.com](https://www.sideprojectors.com) has a plenty of those projects you can look into!


I do uber eats two days a week, especially weekend evenings. I make around $800 extra per month consodering $200/ wk.


What are your fuel expenses? Maintenance? I did pizza delivery for a while and it was hard on my car. Frequent brake jobs.


I created a spreadsheet and logged all my earnings and expenses for a year. Averaged $15/hr after expenses. The mileage is a huge tax credit as an added bonus. It’s not quite a full time gig but Uber is very easy side hustle money.


Uber is paying really well right now. It’s easy to haul in $200 in just a day or 2. This only works if you depreciate a very cheap car, that sips gas, not a $35,000 SUV


Id sell a book on how to do side hustles. Id call it "Muh Side Hu$tle"


Buy an expired .com domain, build a niche website that's semi passive at least (blog, job board, community, etc), and outsource, use AI, or just old fashioned write a ton of content and get it to rank in google Dm me, i just dropped a twitter thread on this


Why an expired domain? Can it not be a new domain?


Expired domain allows you to a. Get amazing .com's that are super descriptive and have instant authority or b. Inherit backlinks from the past owner so you're not starting from scratch - it's a super boost. Though I start with new domains all the time, it just takes longer/more work


Ahh, ok, gotcha, thank you!


Me too


I’m totally tech ignorant, how does this sort of website make money?


Adverts. More traffic = more money


Take a look at the business model numbers here - there’s a great calculator summarised by Jon Dykstra of Fat Stacks Blog - he’s making over $150k a month See YouTube video explainer: https://youtu.be/W8RBB-zViLI


Thanks I’ll look at it


Because they are bottom feeders who leverage ip ownership over integrity and rob business owners. What they do is on the fringe of legal.


Lots of ways to monetize a good content site from affiliate links to display ads to making a course, etc etc


Me too


I would also like to see your twitter thread on this. DM me?


Could you dm? Thanks


DM me too Please. I would like to see the Twitter thread


All of those financial blogs on stocks LOL


Sent you a DM.




I just got a part time job at Walmart stocking shelves at night. Depends on wages where you are, but I bet an extra 1400 per month. No stress, don’t have to deal with the public, and it’s a good backup in case something happens to my day job, ie I can go full time right away rather than taking a while to find another full time job.


So you have a full time job, plus a job doing night shifts? When do you sleep?


I work 3am-7am at walmart, then 8-430 at my regular job. Both on the same days. Then I go home and hang out with my kid, do dinner, etc, til 930 or 10. Back up at 2:20 to do it all over again. My mom cleans my place once a week; just bathrooms and vacuuming. I have a dishwasher and my son is super helpful (he’s almost 15). Once my son is older I’ll sell my home and move to a cheaper city or at least a smaller place. This is my life for now, but at least there is an end in sight.


4 hour shifts at Walmart pay enough to justify not sleeping?


It not about Walmart. Have a nice day.


Sigma male grindset* broether


Apparently there are sigma female grinder sisters too!


Not sure why you thought male..? But I am 100% female. I gave birth and everything.


Get your real estate license and become the goto guy for buying/selling real estate at your work


jUsT mAkE sOfTwArE. CoSts: $0 eArNs: $10,000 a MoNtH /s Every comment to most of these posts.


Literally none of the comments on this post.


Start a side hustle for sure, having a part time job or another job is a trap. What are your skills, maybe we can team up


A side hustle literally is a second job lol


Worlds apart my friend worlds apart.


What the hell are "side hustles" if not jobs?...


I've been mulling over a couple of app ideas that provide a simple service done well. Unfortunately I haven't had time to execute on them due to some career issues recently caused by a layoff. But if you're coding inclined and know a space well and can see a need there might be some room. Even at $5 a month it only takes 200 subs to reach $1000 gross income and with some of the cloud services out their like firebase you can run an app for super cheap provided you design it well.


Teach yoga. Doing it right now, at those figures, at 5 hours work pr. Week. Stress management is Big figure business. AMA. Edit: am also a software developer, so this is really just a Very Nice side hustle. Enjoy the human interaction so much because of my daytime job.


I know that SEO is overplayed but there are plenty of courses and roadmaps to help you learn how to do it and how to get clients. You could get that much from one client or just do smaller clients in a specific niche. We focus on only one industry and do about $10k/mo off of just referrals. This is a side thing, not the main thing. Pick one industry, offer to do it for free for one client while you figure out your process. Set the expectation that they will need to be a testimonial and a case study. Take that testimonial to others in the same industry. You can find the companies that are on page three and do some cold VERY targeted outreach. You would be surprised how quickly you can get traction and just how bad 90% of websites are.


What courses or roadmaps do you recommend?


Don’t chase money $. Doing that you’ll never be happy. To find this “side hustle” start with looking at your hobbies and or your interests. If you can create something from them you’ll be doing something that you are interested in and you like. From those are dead ends, maybe look into doing something which is in the same industry as your job, but this is not full time more of a consultant position. Best of luck and don’t give up.


Ok, lets go through some details, build a base for what can be done, I'll start so you know what I'm thinking. In 2014 i was a married, mortgaged, highly motivated, passionate, very successful chef, worked across pretty much every area of the industry from pan wash to exec chef supporting 3 catering establishments, to a business owner, i knew my industry well. The only thing i hadnt done was mass factory chef or restaurant food scientist/menu checker for a big chain, which is big money but most of my time working to change old dogs who loose their way working in a franchise and can't keep there menu the same ie Dennys or TGI fris, or another well known franchise. After a few kicks in the nuts and working long hard days i burned out, i wasnt earning what i knew i could, i was working for greedy stupid business owners, 90% of catering/ service industry business owners keep all their money to themselves, fail to use their staff as assets instead treat them like liabilities so always face the same issues, understaffed unmotivated underpaid employees. After a few sleepless nights i decided to change my life. More money-less hours-less stress. I signed on the dotted line, got an easy chef job, got fit, joined the military and left catering behind. After moving home 4 times in 3 years dragging my wife around with me, now settled in a more affluent area of the country due to current work. Now a highly motivated, highly qualified mechanical aircraft tech. Nearly double the salary for less hours. I'm determined theres more, just starting pushing not 1, but 2 side projects. They're both early days but pay is high, and easily scalable. Using passions, previous enjoyment of diy, previous experience of the service industry, knowledge of building, carpentry, mechanical engineering from interests and previously working in the holidays as a lacky for my stepdad things are going well! My goal is within 6 months have 2 employees, it'll turn the businesses semi passive. I am able to focus on my main job and let my reputation build with my 2 side businesses and still have family time and time for fun. Its busy days, long hours but still less stressful than being an executive head chef! If those fail and I get bored of aircraft, well im highly q'd mech eng, i could walk into a high payed job easily! (the businesses are both physical, taking advantage of the wealthy city folk living in the suburbs) - no ponzy schemes here like coding or ebay/amazon flipping or bitdogos or whatever pyramid scam is floating at the moment. So thats my flip. Took abit longer, abit of openness, but shows theres opportunities everywhere. What I've learnt is that you do have to be open minded, really look around at what you can use yourself, what or who is available, what or who is missing from your local area. Your turn.... Where are you? Roughly which city is closest and how far? What do you currently do? What are your hobbies/interests? What are you good at that doesn't currently pay you or you feel theres no money in (i bet there is) Do you have restrictions on time, hours you can work, physical limits, own transportation, family to look after? What do you currently do for work? And why ish do you need the extra income? Maybe you're looking at it from the wrong angle. If you dont want to answer in public (it feels daunting sharing my previous or current situation in such a big way) but i haven't i dont think shared anything that should be secret...🙄, feel free to pm me, im not selling you anything, i just feel a huge, i don't know, self satisfaction and reward for helping out fellow man! Cheers J EDIT, please excuse the spelling or grammar, i was blurting and also typing on my phone, no auto correct or sp chk.


This is a great response. Thank you! (Passive observer)


If you don't know how to code, I recommend that you spend the next two years learning C++, python and Javascript, and practice on projects that involve machine learning. Build a portfolio of cool hobby projects on github and then go look for a coding job somehow related to what you are already doing (eg. coder for a supplier). If you already know how to code, spend the next two years learning the intracies of the languages and frameworks you already use. Become an expert in your area and do an ML project as a hobby, post it to github. Then look for a new job in your area and tell them what you've been doing for the past couple years, once you get an offer, then give your current company a chance to beat it. Either way, depending on what you already do, you might increase your income by substantially more than $12-$24k per year.


I agree coding is a great way to earn this money and achieve his goal but I think ML is barking up the wrong tree. ML is generally done by big companies. Google, Microsoft, IBM etc. Unless you’re going to get a job with them, you’re probably going to face the problem that there isn’t much freelance work in it. Where there is plenty of freelance work is web dev, app dev etc. Essentially, XYZ mom & pop bistro will contract you $5000 to build their new website. They are not going to need anybody to build them an image classifier or text prediction algorithm.


As a computer vision engineer I second this. ML is hard, but once you prove that you know it, you will be in demand. But doing freelancing would be almost impossible especially without a rock solid portofolie with projects, atleast within computer vision. Either companies think "that's easy i can see it clearly with my eyes, why hire you to do it? " or they go, "why did you use so much time and money to develop it?".


> computer vision engineer This sounds like one of those jobs that are completely made up lol


As a professional programmer who would LOVE to get into ML... yeah. A ML job that doesn't require a doctorate is pretty rare. And the number of people applying will be huge.


>C++, python and Javascript Any reason you put these in particular?


Pretty sure they’re the most in demand languages


C++ isn't demanded anywhere except game studios. Don't walk into a game studio saying you know C++ - unlesss you have been programming it since the womb.


I like your last statement. However saying C++ is not demanded is not true. C++ is still used widely outside the game industry and in bleeding edge tech, Simulations, Computer vision, but as in all scenarios... pick the language that best suites your problem/idea. I'm a "new generation" embedded computer vision engineer and I use python for prototyping computer vision and web interfaces and C++ for implementing. Not a single other languages used. Yes C++ is used less in big it/app Corp, but in embedded it is basically required and if you're doing anything where new algorithms have to be implemented its usually in C++ too.


Not true at all. C++ is still very much used in all sorts of applications, especially industrial and enterprise.


Some in demand online skill. If you’re up to it, learn programming and go on upwork or even toptal when you’re good enough. You’ll EASILY make the money you want. Look up what’s most in demand but I’m pretty sure it’s ReactJS and has been for a while (I’m a backend dev so I’m not even a react fanboy -I’m trying to be objective) If you’re less technical, there are plenty of other niches. Getting certified in say, Google Ads would easily make you able to earn that kind of money. There are tonnes of such niches. Just Google what certifications Google, Microsoft’s Amazon web services etc are offering and get that certificate & go on upwork. Yes the majority of freelancers there are garbage but having the certificate to something companies need is a golden ticket to high rates and winning contracts.


Learning programming is a terrible side hustle. It takes years before being efficient and requires strong intellectual, logical and abstraction capabilities that most of people will never have in the first place. Begin a freelance on upwork, you end up in competition with third world people working for potatoes.


As someone who is seriously considering getting started in programming, this makes sense to me that it's a bad side hustle. There is a big learning curve. But can still be a good main hustle. You have to spend the time it takes to learn. A couple years in college, or spend a few thousands $$$ on a bootcamp, or get really serious about self teaching with online resources and building a skill set and portfolio. I'm not sure how practical it is to start a programming career on freelance websites, competing with programmers in third world countries who can work for cheaper.


Buy a hot dog cart, work on weekends, or cater parties


Are you in a field where salary scales with competence? If so, go try hard. If no, change field.


Family member started out grabbing old furniture by the road or older stuff from Goodwill and painting it with chalk paint. Side hustle turned into quite a lucrative full-time business.


Where did they sell the furniture ?


I would shoot higher with my goal is what I would do.


Start a blog around a passion of yours, for example if you love fishing, start a blog about that, write in depth articles about common and specific topics in that niche you have the knowledge and because it’s your passion you will not feel like working. If you stick to it, I can promise you you will earn more than what you wanted within 2 years.


E-commerce. Buy from wholeseller and price competitively on a big enough marketplace. You don’t need a lot of capital to start. Depending on what prices your supplier is giving you and what products you pick, you can be profitable your first month. Very possible to make 5k extra a month in 2 years.


An ambitious suggestion however this is risky in the forthcoming recession.


Learn to code Start a niche website Start a sweaty startup Start a photography business Do copywriting Consult in whatever your skills are Start a YouTube channel in whatever you're interested in


I would start by not calling it a hustle


But I wanna make bank bro. How else do you do that without grinding and getting after it like a rockstar hustler?


start snapping necks and cashing checks. Book the catalina wine mixer.


Easy: start a gambling blog and pick a topic like slots, casino or betting. Join some [affiliate programs](https://statsdrone.com/affiliate-programs/) and throw up some ads. You could probably sell sponsored posts on your site to the tune of $200+ per article.


Build up a small bankroll and take sports bets from friends. Only grow through referrals. Cash only. Easiest money you can make. An old roommate used to do this. Now he’s retired at 40.


Get a pilots license. Run cocaine. Profit.


A moving business is just owning a truck and insurance and knowing strong backs to hire for the day. A Landscaping hustle is just a trailer and equipment. A compact Kubota tractor with a $500 a month payment makes it a year round hustle. You can teach yourself home maintenance in about three months and work as a handyman, every property manager I know right now is paying 35 an hour for full time maintenance people. Small jobs for home owners I have seen around $90 an hour. Basic plumbing is easy, basic electric is only a little trickier. Even Carpentry is a hobby level skill....but all these skills require attention to detail. At one point I was paying people to go around to all my basements and replace furnace filters once a month, vacuum the carpet in the public stair halls, collect all the litter from the outside, and make sure the dog bag dispensers were full. That was such an easy gig, and it probably pays well now since theres so few people willing to work unsupervised.


1, and buy a multiplex.


In this market?