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Top 20+ Side Hustle Ideas for Women

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Side hustles are a great way for you to supplement your income. If you’re thinking of ditching your 9-5, they also offer a low-risk way to pursue your passion and assess its income potential before you take the plunge into turning your side hustle into a full time business. In this blog post we explore lots of different side hustle ideas for women that can add extra income to your bank balance.

Read on for ideas and tips for getting started!

Best Side Hustle Ideas for Beginners

There are hundreds of things you could do as a side hustle.

The best low or no-cost ideas for beginners include creating digital products, blogging, and becoming an affiliate marketer.

Digital Products: A digital product can be any form of electronic content that you deliver electronically to your customer. Examples of digital products include:

  • eBooks 
  • Social media templates
  • Online courses
  • Digital planners for use with tools like Good Notes and Notion
  • Print-on-demand (POD) products such as printed mugs or t-shirts 

The most obvious advantages of selling digital products are that you don’t need to have space to store inventory, and there are no shipping or printing costs.

If you have skills in graphic design, photography, or writing, you have an advantage. 

But with the amazing tools available on the internet now, it’s possible to have a successful digital product side hustle without starting out with any of these skills.

Tools like Canva make designing digital products cheap. You can use the free version of Canva to design just about anything in the digital product field. Canva is quick and simple to learn, even for non-techy people.

Etsy makes it fairly cheap to sell your products.

They even market them for you too, although to get the most from your side hustle you will can promote your products yourself. 

You can sell your products via social media through advertising, or via your own website or blog.

Which brings me to the next great idea for beginners, which is…

Blogging: Successful blogging involves writing valuable content about subjects that are of interest to both you and your readers.

Bear in mind that blogging isn’t a quick way to earn a side income. It requires time and effort – but it can lead to a steady stream of income.

To get started, choose a niche that you’re passionate about. There’ll be a market for literally anything, from Shetland ponies to moms who love skateboarding.

Build a website where you can share your content, and write quality content that provides value to your readers. 

The keys to success with blogging are consistency and authenticity. Be true to yourself and always provide value to your readers.

Once you build a following for your content monetize your blog through sponsored posts, advertising, and affiliate marketing.

Want to learn more about blogging for free? Check out this Blogging Success Planner from Elizabeth Stapleton.

Which brings me to my next suggestion… 

Affiliate Marketing: As an affiliate marketer, you earn a commission every time someone makes a purchase through a unique affiliate link that you share. 

To get started, you can join affiliate programs through companies such as Amazon, Canva, and Creative Fabrica. Also consider small businesses and entrepreneurs you admire and have a relationship with.

Some companies will require you to meet certain criteria in order to become an affiliate for them. Others will allow you to join their affiliate program without any requirements.

The affiliate company might also provide you with copy to use in your promotional material.

Once you’ve applied and been accepted as an affiliate, you’re then given a unique link for that product.

Use this link to promote the product or service through blog posts, social media accounts, or via an email list.

You can read more about how to start out as an affiliate marketer in this blog post.

It’s important for your credibility that you only promote products and services that you have used and believe in.

If you promote just anything, purely for the sake of the commission, you could find yourself promoting sub-standard products and sabotaging your own business by alienating the customer base you worked so hard to build and nurture.

If you’re interested in affiliate marketing, I can personally recommend this really helpful course from The She Approach. Ana sets out what you need to do clearly and without any fluff. Check her out to streamline your affiliate marketing journey.

To optimize your opportunities to make some extra income, you would combine all three of these ideas. Here’s a simple roadmap for one way that could look:

  1. Create a digital product and start selling it on Etsy. Promote it via your social media and/or create an email list of your customers. You can use this list later in your journey, if you decide to start a newsletter to promote your products.
  2. Build a website and start a blog, where you provide valuable content focused on your digital product. Provide a way for people to buy your product via your website. Collect customer’s email addresses (with their permission).
  3. Once your website traffic starts to build, apply to become an affiliate for companies you love that provide products or services that complement your own, or tools that you personally use to create or deliver your digital product
  4. Write blog posts on your website that are relevant to those products and tools, and include your affiliate links with the blog posts.

Creative Side Hustle Ideas for Women

Apart from creating digital products and blogging, there are lots of other options for using your creative skills to create a good side income. Here are some ideas to get your side hustle juices flowing:

  • Freelance Writing: Utilize your writing skills to offer freelance writing services for other people’s blogs
  • Offer resume writing services
  • Offer social media caption creation services to local businesses
  • Graphic Design: Create brochures, flyers and business cards for local businesses
  • Printable Products: Create anything, from wedding stationery and certificates of achievement to reading trackers and chore charts.
  • Online Crafting Store: Sell your handmade crafts at craft markets, or on your website, or on Etsy
  • Digital Illustration: If you’re a skilled digital illustrator, create digital illustrations for book covers or wall art
  • Photography: Start a photography business, specializing in pets, events, nature photography, or whatever brings you the most joy
  • Custom Clothing Design: Design and create custom clothing or accessories, catering to a niche market or personalized requests (sell these on your own website, or on a platform like Etsy or Redbubble)
  • Online Tutoring: Offer tutoring services in subjects you excel at through online platforms, local social media pages, or local store noticeboards (deliver your services either virtually, on in-person)
  • Interior Design Consulting: If you have an eye for interior design, earn additional income by providing interior design consultations, offering advice on decor, layout, and styling (deliver your services virtually or in-person)
  • Event Planning: If you’re an organizational whizz, you could offer event planning services for weddings, parties, or corporate events
  • Fitness Coaching: Offering personalized workout plans and guidance (provide coaching either in-person or online)
  • Online Courses: Create online courses in your creative area of expertise  (sell your courses on platforms like Udemy, Domestika and Teachable)
  • Sell E-books: Are you an expert at something? Write an e-book and publish it on Amazon KDP
  • Language Translation: If you’re fluent in more than one language, take advantage of this by offering translation services (this service could easily be provided virtually, as well as in-person)
  • Personal Stylist Services: Provide personal styling services to help clients enhance their wardrobe and fashion sense
  • Creative Workshops: Host virtual or in-person workshops teaching your creative zone of genius, whether that be painting, knitting, or furniture upcycling, or anything else in the creative realm
  • Sell Plants: I bought this plant propagation station and put plant clippings I was given by my neighbor into the grow stations. Once the plants were grown enough, I transplanted them into pots and sold all the plants for $100. This is a great passive side hustle for plant lovers
RENMXJ Wall Hanging Plant Propagation Station
RENMXJ Wall Hanging Plant Propagation Station

Passive Income Ideas for Teachers

If you’re a teacher, consider creating printable products as a side hustle. 

As a teacher, you’re up-to-date with the latest curriculum requirements and have a deep understanding of the different learning styles of children.

You know what resources other teachers need to run a classroom effectively and to engage their students.

Creating printable classroom and educational resources, like worksheets, quizzes, flashcards, and posters, is a no-brainer side-hustle for you. There is even a marketplace specifically for teaching and classroom resources, called Teachers Pay Teachers (TPT).

My friend, Lisa Fink at Cloaked In Fun, has put together a set of done-for-you templates designed for teachers who want to quickly get started with selling printable teaching and classroom resources as a side hustle.

This will save you heaps of time in the design phase and give your business a jump start early on.

Final Thoughts

There are so many great side hustle ideas for women. Whatever you choose to pursue as your side hustle, remember your ABCs:

  • Always provide value
  • Be authentic at all times
  • Choose something you’re passionate about

What side hustles are you planning on starting this year?

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