Side hustles and having passive income are a huge thing I see all over blogs. Especially on Pinterest and sometimes they pop up on my facebook page. I don't know exactly what those people are doing that solely rely on sites like Swagbucks, but I'm a regular person and I wanted to share what I do to make passive income and give my opinion.
First off, I'm a writer. I have been since seventh grade. I've written for sure over five novels, but after a while, I started losing track of exactly how many I've actually written because not all of them have been completed. So with that hobby, I listed my books for sale on Amazon using Createspace and Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing.
You hear those success stories of "my book was listed for $0.99 and I made $2 million and the only reason her book was published is because I wanted to see a Muppets show and didn't have the money", and you get hopeful and, as a writer, you think your own book is awesome. And I'm not saying your book is not awesome, but I think I honestly made $15 in the five or so years my books were listed. I can also tell you that most of that was from family or friends (thanks, Nana!) I'm not saying that I'm not so so grateful for the people that did buy my books, and I really appreciate their support in me, but when it comes to being a business-person, the goal is to make money. I made relatively no money, so I actually took my books offline and they're no longer for sale.
Something else I've done that's actually yielded a little more profit is creating designs on Redbubble.com. This is a site where anyone can upload photos, illustrations, and other kinds of artwork and create items like phone cases and notebook covers and stickers.
I've been selling my designs for a couple years now and have been consistently making at least $5 a month. During the holiday season this past year, I made about $30. My most popular design that sells is a small sticker of a Sandlot reference "you're killin' me smalls", which I personally think is hilarious and ironic in that I never really liked the movie The Sandlot, but now it's starting to grow on me.
The thing I like about Redbubble is that you get paid every month (I have mine hooked up to my PayPal) no matter what. With Kindle Direct Publishing, if you chose to get a check mailed to you it was for every $100 you made (this was a little before PayPal was popular).
You can check out my Redbubble account here.
The newest profile I'm building up is for Fiverr. I've heard some good things and the reviews seem good, and I really want to build up my portfolio and do some freelance graphic design this Summer for some extra money so I thought I'd give this site a try.
I haven't done anything yet, but I've had a few clients outside of it this last year that have heard of me through word-of-mouth, but I figured it's better to have your name out there in all kinds of markets, so here I am. Trying my best.
If you know anyone that needs graphic design work, or you yourself need a business card or logo made or anything like that, feel free to hit me up.
My advice for doing side hustles is to not expect to be making a six figure salary. Do what you love (there's something out there for pretty much everyone, nowadays).
I think they're more fun than anything, but I'll get back to you on that opinion if I start making millions in the next couple years. Then I'll say that it was all in my master plan.
If all else fails and you don't want to do side hustles, you can always go to the hospital and sell your plasma.