Although the pandemic did not give birth to the gig economy, it certainly aided in its development and expansion.
Due to the implementation of COVID-19, side hustlers were forced to seek alternate sources of income in 2020, as they were no longer employed or furloughed and were no longer eligible for government assistance.
The landscape, on the other hand, changed dramatically last year. The 2021 Side Hustle Report from DollarSprout — a widely referenced annual study from one of the most popular websites dedicated to the gig economy — revealed that persons who started a side hustle out of necessity were far more likely to make it a full-time job than those who started it out of choice.
The transformation of gigs into businesses increased the number of people spending more time and earning more money from their side hustles than ever before.
When asked about side hustles, three out of four persons who replied to the DollarSprout survey stated that they believed 2021 was only the beginning and that they expected side hustles to become even more popular in 2022.
If you’re thinking about being a part of the movement, you’ve no doubt been recommended to create an Etsy shop, drive for Uber, or start a blog by many web lists.
Some less-traveled routes are just as good or better but are not nearly as widely known — and hence not nearly as busy or competitive — as the more well-traveled ones.
Learn how to become a Medical Detective
In the strange-but-true category of side gigs, the medical detective is something like the television show “House,” only it’s real life and you’re the one doing it.
If you have a love and a flair for determining the underlying causes of medical diseases and symptoms, you should consider becoming a CrowdMed investigator.
You are not required to be a doctor or even a medical professional to obtain your detective’s badge and magnifying glass, although 90 percent of the site’s health care private eyes are either doctors or students studying medicine.
It takes only a few minutes to sign up, and once you do, you can choose cases that interest you and begin collaborating with other medical detectives who have chosen the same case as you — there are hundreds of active cases at any given moment on the site.
If you can assist the investigators in solving the crime, your reputation will improve and your earnings will increase. CrowdMed stated during one of its fundraising drives that the average detective earns $400 for each case that is solved.
Teach English on the Internet
Similarly, you do not need to be a physician to address medical situations, nor do you need to be an educator to earn money teaching English to students in other countries. You don’t even have to be bilingual to apply.
If you want to work with sites like VIPKid, you must have a four-year bachelor’s degree, although it can be in any subject or field.
While professional education is not necessary, the site recommends that you have two years of experience in coaching, mentoring, tutoring or teaching to be considered.
You can teach online from any location, and the program will give you all of the curriculum, lesson plans, and other materials you’ll need to get the job done.
One of the things that makes it such an excellent side hustle is the fact that you may set your hours and work for as many or as few hours as you choose, with no requirement to work a certain number of hours each week.
That is pure gold in terms of a side hustle. VIPKid teachers may expect to make between $14 and $18 per hour, which isn’t too shabby either.
In areas where companies like Lime and Bird rent two-wheeled vehicles, scooter riding is on the rise. However, when they arrive at their destination, the electric scooters they arrived on are frequently out of position or without batteries.
The “Lime Juicers” and “Bird Flyers” are two examples of products that can help you with this.
If you decide to do this as a side business, you’ll be responsible for finding, charging, relocating, and releasing far-flung scooters for the next consumer to rent.
You accept the gigs you want, decline the ones you don’t, and get paid on the same day that you complete the work. It’s that simple.
Begin at a lower level with low-level jobs and work your way up to higher levels with better gigs and higher income as your experience grows.
The company Lime pays between $5 and $12 per scooter, for an average of roughly $8, according to Gridwise, which predicts that Lime Juicers may expect to earn between $20 and $30 per hour working for the company Lime.
Shop and have it delivered, or simply shop.
Delivering food for Uber Eats, DoorDash, or GrubHub is something that every side hustler is familiar with. However, delivering food that hasn’t been prepped and cooked yet — or not delivered at all — may be a better option for you.
With Shipt, you can expect to make decent money — up to $27 an hour — buying and delivering groceries in your local community.
With any successful side hustle, you have the freedom to work as much or as little as you want, whether full-time or part-time, and you have complete control over your workday and schedule.
Shipt requires that you have a car to work there, whereas Instacart does not, and they have alternatives for both in-store shoppers and shoppers/drivers as well as in-store shoppers and drivers.
Tipping is completely tax-deductible for drivers, and in-store shoppers can work up to 29 hours per week.
Consider a career in the car rental industry.
The most rewarding side hustle of all is the one that allows someone else — or something else — to do all of the hustlings while you sit back and reap the rewards for your efforts.
Make use of your idle wheels, whether you are a reformed commuter who has joined the remote workforce revolution, or if you simply don’t travel much. Put your idle wheels to work and collect on the dividend.
Turo and other peer-to-peer vehicle-rental businesses allow tourists in need of a ride to avoid the high costs and hassles of traditional rental car firms by renting directly from people like you.
With 14 million pre-screened customers, there is tremendous demand, particularly now that the chip scarcity has rendered new automobiles, used cars, and rental cars extremely expensive and limited in choices, as well as in terms of availability.
No need to be concerned about insurance because each Turo-approved vehicle is covered by a $750,000 Travelers insurance policy.
Every year, the average side hustler with a single automobile to rent out makes an average of $10,516 — in fact, their vehicle generates this income for them.
Sell the photos taken with your smartphone
If you’re like the majority of people, you probably have hundreds or tens of thousands of photos stored on your phone or the cloud, depending on your preferences.
If you can impress your Instagram followers with your photographic expertise, why not turn your artistic streak into a source of revenue?
Over 15 years, Shutterstock has paid out more than $1 billion to its contributors, and it is far from the only business that rewards contributors with substantial compensation for high-quality photographs and videos.
Media outlets of all stripes, from newspapers to websites to magazines to television programs to billboards to commercials, depend upon royalty-free stock picture sites such as those operated by not only Shutterstock but also Adobe Stock, Getty Images, iStock, and others.
If someone purchases one of your photographs, you can expect to earn between 15 percent and 40 percent of the selling price each time they do so, and they can do so over and over again.
Good photographers can collect royalties from a single image or video for an unlimited period.