'In your 30s, you have a ton of energy': 5 great side hustle ideas — some can pay over $100/hr

"There's an entire category of virtual assisting that's in that tech and online marketing space."


As the U.S. economy rebounds, many job seekers are being a little more picky about their next position, looking for a gig with either better pay and benefits or one that's more fulfilling. Many of these job seekers may also be diving into side hustles to tide them over as they figure out their next moves.

If you happen to be in your 30s and are considering picking up a side hustle, you could have plenty of opportunities to make good money.

"In your 30s, you have a ton of energy," says Angelique Rewers, founder of BoldHaus, a consulting firm that helps small businesses land corporate clients. "So you can put in the hustle hours that are required." You also "may not yet be weighed down with family responsibilities," she adds, so you may have time to experiment and try new things.

Here are five side hustles experts say are ideal for people in their 30s.

Become a virtual assistant

Virtual assistants typically take care of logistics for a given boss or company, including data entry, note-taking during meetings, and organizing schedules.

"There's an entire category of virtual assisting that's in that tech and online marketing space and it's very lucrative," Rewers previously told Grow. Specialized virtual assistants can help businesses "manage their content on their blogs or their social media channels, [help] them set up their email marketing campaigns, [build] their websites," and so on, she said.

The average salary for a virtual assistant is $18 per hour, according to Indeed, but Rewers points out that specialized virtual assistants can often make at least $100 per hour.

Serve as a consultant

"Anyone who's leaving their professional role can be a consultant on the exact thing that they were just doing as a professional," Rewers previously told Grow. If you worked as a barista, for example, you could consult local coffee shops about tips you picked up along the way. If you worked in HR, you could consult for small businesses about best practices as they build out their teams.

As businesses recover from the pandemic, now, in particular, is a good time to consider consulting. "After a recession, sometimes [employers] may be hesitant to pull the trigger for a full-time role but they'll bring a person on board as a temporary," says John Dooney, HR knowledge advisor at the Society for Human Resource Management.

The average hourly rate for a consultant is $32 per hour, according to indeed, but many consultants charge much more. Writer Mateo Askaripour tells Grow he charged $150 per hour when he consulted in sales.

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Create an online course

"If you have a particular talent that a lot of people find valuable, you can turn it into a digital course," says side hustle expert Jannese Torres-Rodriguez. Say you've figured out the best recipe for caramel apples, or you have some accounting tips that could make doing taxes infinitely easier, or you're a wiz at editing short-form videos, consider creating an online course and posting it on sites like Udemy.

"The cost of creating a digital course is more about time than money," says Rodriguez. 

Students can pay anything from $10-$125 for a course on Udemy, and the fee for instructors varies depending on how students found out about the course. Chris Haroun, who's created dozens of courses for the site, has earned more than $1 million from his Udemy hustle.

Manage people's homes

"I feel like the biggest thing we're all starved for today is time," says Rewers. "And women are the most time starved of all," since working moms, specifically, often end up completing a lot of household chores. As more women trickle back into the workforce, or the office, families may need help organizing the logistics of the home.

Making "the appointment for the plumbers, getting the electrician out to the house, being home when the furniture is delivered, making a list of all the errands that have to be run and taking care of all of those things," Rewers says, are all examples of the kinds of tasks that house managers could charge busy families to do.

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Post your services as a house manager on sites such as Nextdoor or local Facebook groups and let them know what kinds of logistics you could take over for them.

"You could easily charge $20 or $30 an hour, if not more, depending on the complexity of the tasks and the assignments," says Rewers.

Start a blog

"Over 5 million blog posts are published every day," says Rodriguez, and they're "great for writers and people who want to share their passions, like traveling, cooking, DIY, fashion, home decor, etc."

Start-up costs for a blog vary, depending on the site you decide to use. A WordPress.org blog is free, for example. But you'll need a site to host it, and that can cost around $3-$27 per month, and if you want a specific domain name, you'll need to pay for that. Domain names can cost between $2-$20 per year.

As you build up the audience for your blog, you can set up affiliate links to start earning passive income. Side hustler Michelle Jackson set up affiliate links on her own site. If they motivate people to click on the link or sign up for the company's services, she gets paid. She told Grow she makes between $50 and $1,000 per month from affiliate marketing.

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