25 Ways to Turn Your Interests Into Income
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Making money doesn’t have to end with your regular paycheck. Picking up a side hustle is a great way to pad your income and reach your financial goals faster, whether that’s fully funding your emergency account or jetting off to Hawaii this summer.

But here’s the challenge: Juggling a demanding full-time job and side gig can be exhausting—and perhaps make you wonder if the extra savings is really worth the crazy schedule.

Enter 25 part-time-job ideas that hardly feel like work because they align with skills and interests you already have. While some offer more earning potential than others, they all share low barriers to entry and the flexibility to work as little—or as many—hours per week as you’d like.

1. Travel Consultant

If you love to travel and find yourself frequently searching for airfare sales or browsing sites like Lonely Planet, why not carve out a niche for yourself as a private travel agent? The more specific your expertise, the better. (Looking at you, rewards-booking ninjas and Asian sites and culture gurus.)

Start with word-of-mouth recommendations from friends and family who know they can count on you for cheap flights and amazing activity recommendations. Once you have some satisfied customers—whether they’ve paid for your services or not—ask for referrals and step into the world of online travel consulting.

Signing up as a Plansify Travel Advisor is a great way to connect with a larger audience of people seeking advice. Plansify says most advisors charge $12 to $30 to answer up to three traveler questions, and $50 to $75 for a one-hour Skype session.

2. Tour Guide

Live in a destination where others frequently visit? If you know your city well and enjoy meeting new people, get the best of both perks by opening your own tour business.

Bonus points for unique twists like Erik Hormann’s from Vantigo—a company that shows off San Francisco from the back of a VW van. What started as a nights-and-weekends gig eventually turned into a full-time business, where Hormann charges anywhere from $55 to $600, depending on the tour.

3. Online Dating Consultant

Believe it or not, help navigating platforms like Tinder, OK Cupid and Match.com is something many people are willing to pay for. Case in point: Atlanta dating coach Karla S. Moore of NineGPS charges a whopping $190 for a 90-minute client assessment, which includes a “deep dive online dating blueprint.”

If you can write a great profile, select flattering photos and craft messages like a pro, your friends are probably already hitting you up for advice—so try cashing in on your skills.

4. Tutoring

Did you ace your high school standardized tests like the SAT or ACT? If so, you’ll likely find that many parents of teenagers are eager to shell out upwards of $100 an hour for the right tutor to help their kids gain entrance to the college of their choice. (See this checklist for starting your SAT tutoring business and be aware that some changes have been made to the test since you probably took it.)

If you prefer homework tutoring, you can expect an hourly rate closer to $17—though that could rise sharply to $75 an hour if you’re an experienced certified teacher or specialist.

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5. Remote English Teacher

Teaching English as a second language is a great way to make a solid side income—and even open doors to travel the world, if you’d like. While full ESL (English as a Second Language) accreditation is recommended, as long as you’re a native speaker, there are people in places like Hong Kong or the United Arab Emirates, for instance, willing to pay $25 an hour or more to learn via Skype.

Indeed, Learn4Good and Remote.co often post remote English tutoring jobs, so check back frequently, as opportunities and fees vary.

March 23, 2016

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