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The Top Remote Side Hustles of 2020

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The Top Remote Side Hustles of 2020

Many of us are aching for some extra cash right now. A lot of the best side hustles out there require a lot of work with the public, making social distancing at this time very difficult. Here are some ways to maintain a side hustle remotely, from home, that also tap into your ingenuity, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit. 

Master the Art of Reselling

You’ve likely heard of websites like eBay, or the ability to become an Amazon seller. You may have even used these sites from time to time to offload old baseball cards or DVDs, but have you ever considered blossoming a real business using these resources? It’s entirely possible to have a steady, lucrative side hustle by buying items at low or wholesale prices and reselling them to a niche market for a profit. Obviously, the work on your end goes into sourcing these items, and you may decide to start with some of your own items to get a feel for it. 

Start by doing some serious cleaning around your house. Have a late-summer cleaning session, then figure out what you can sell. 

One great website is Decluttr. This is the best way to sell your old electronics; from old cell phones, gaming consoles, and DVD players to books and videogames. It’s super simple. You offer to sell your items to Decluttr and they make you an offer after a quick evaluation. Once you accept it, you ship it to them for free, and then it’s payday for you!

You can also try your hand at opening an eBay store. With eBay, you handle the selling and shipping of your items to consumers and eBay charges you a specific amount for your listings each month. The cool thing about eBay is that you can sell a wide variety of items, from vintage Pyrex dishes to old toys. Not to mention that many niche collectors from all walks of life go to eBay first and foremost, so no matter what you’re trying to offload, you’ll have decent luck finding a buyer.

You could also consider buying wholesale either through wholesale clubs or reputable online wholesalers so you can resell the items at a profit on your online storefront. You can invest in wholesale club membership or make an account with your online reseller of choice once you’ve done your research and picked a reputable seller to source from. 

You could become an Amazon seller for $39.99 a month with selling fees. This gives you and your merchandise access and exposure to Amazon’s 300+ million customers worldwide.

Take Up Freelancing 

If you have a knack for writing, proofreading, editing, virtual assistance, photography, or artistry, freelancing may be the gig for you. Sites like Fiverr, Upwork, Freelancer, and more provide you with opportunities to be hired as a contractor with thousands of companies looking for freelancers with your unique skill sets. 

You can also invest some time and a bit of money into a few online courses to brush up on certain skills you’re looking to improve in yourself that you can then use to contract online. 

For instance, you can take a 90-day course in becoming a virtual assistant. These types of courses qualify you to work as a professional virtual assistant online, from home. There’s a huge set of companies needing individuals who are qualified in this area of work. Not to mention the hundreds of courses you can take that teach you to edit videos or photos, proofread and edit, code medical documents, and more.

Do your research and see what industries are growing in the world of freelancing. Invest time in taking courses to build up your skill sets, and then market yourself as a contractor. The more jobs you do and the more experience you get under the belt, the more jobs you’ll get. If you keep working hard and hustling, you’ll likely end up with an opportunity to work remotely full-time as a freelancer.

Written by Josh Elledge - CEO, UpMyInfluence

Josh Elledge is U.S. Navy veteran and launched UpMyInfluence to help entrepreneurs like himself attract the perfect audiences and grow their authority and influence. While growing their better-than-PR agency, UpMyInfluence discovered that building 7-figure B2B Sales Systems (with zero paid advertising) for agencies, consultants, coaches, and other high-ticket B2B service providers is actually what they do better than anyone else on the planet.

UpMyInfluence was the natural outgrowth of his first startup, which has grossed more than $6 million in sales with zero paid ads. He did it all through building authority and serving audiences in the media.

Josh is a weekly TV consumer expert in Orlando, writes a syndicated newspaper column to 1.1 million readers, and regularly appears on more than 75 TV stations across the country. All told, Josh has appeared in the media more than 2500 times.

Josh loves living in Orlando, FL with his wife and three children.


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