Are you wandering how to start a side hustle and make money online?
There are many reasons behind the idea of starting a side hustle but the main one is to earn extra income and gain some financial stability.
So, whether you are looking for a way to escape the ”rat race” or you just want some extra cash to fulfil your desire of traveling the world, starting an online side hustle is a fantastic way to start making some extra money.
Would you like to know more about how to start a side hustle and make money online, and why not, scaling it up, and become successful?
I’m Sure You Do!
Let’s admit it. We’ve officially laid our steps in the digital world.
Did you know that about 59% of the people worldwide have access to the Internet? By 51%, we are talking about billions of people.
Imagine the number of people that you’ll be able to target after you start your own online business?
But there’s just one problem!
Most of us are too scared of taking risks, isn’t it?
And let me tell you this!
The biggest risk is not taking any risk!~ Mark Zuckerberg
You should never wait for the perfect opportunity to come knocking at your doorsteps.
Want to Be Successful?
Learn how to take risks.
“Stop compromising your dreams for something that you think is temporarily right for you.”Tweet
People climbing the ladder of success are all ready to accept and take risks.
Advantages of an Online Side Hustle / Business
- You are connected with the whole world 24/7;
- Has lower risk;
- You can move around the world with just a laptop and your phone and do your business anywhere.
- You have the opportunity to make money by doing what you love, on your own terms, following your own rules.
If this sounds exciting, you are in the right place. I will outline some things you need to know to start and skyrocket your online business and grow BIG!
My intention is not only to show you how to start a side hustle and make money online but to build an empire.
All you need to know is that if you work hard enough at every step, in the end, you will get to the destination.
In case you’re looking for shortcuts, you will miss important points in the journey, and the results sometimes can be disappointing.
Are you ready? Let’s get started!
23 Tips on How to Make Money Online in 2021
Tip #1: Make Up Your Mind and Collect the Relevant Information.
The first step towards an online business is to fix your mindset and make a statement that you’ll do this no matter why.
Decide that YOU’RE ready to change – and not only for a week or a month but for good.
# Decide to succeed!
For that, you will have to create successful new habits and approach everything you do from the mind of a winner.
# Research, research, research!
Research and find out about all relevant information related to your new business.
For instance, if you want to build an E-commerce website to sell DIY skincare products, you must do all the research related to the website design, what platform needs to run on, inventory, and workflow.
Tip #2: Make a Plan
A goal without a plan is just a wish.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Not a formal business plan!
I’m not talking about that boring 50-page business plan where you point out everything.
Make your choices open at this step so that you can opt-out the best from it.
Create a sweet and simple business plan that includes the following:
- Your Business Name.
- Who’s Your Target Audience?
- What Are You Selling?
- What’s The Demand In The Market?
- What Are People Currently Paying For Your Products & Services?
- What’s Your Initial Investment?
- Estimate Your Monthly Expenses?
- How much you plan to earn within the next 12 months.
Analyse and understand all of this stuff before diving in.
What determines a good plan?
- Discipline is key. Determine what needs to be done and commit to the road ahead;
- A clear idea of what you want to do, why and what it will take you to get there;
- Take consistent action every day until you reach your goal.
#3. Choose a Profitable Evergreen Niche
Ok, you know you want to do this.
Think about your chosen niche once again.
Choose the field of your interest.
Deciding on your niche is essential because it will help you choose your specific products and services, and at the same time, cut short your business competitors.
The products and services you are going to offer should not necessarily be unique, but need something attractive enough to grab the maximum people’s attention.
It is essential not to make the same mistake as many people will do when choosing those keywords that target a vast market.
Always remember that you come to the top position in minimum time when you have fewer competitors.
Pick a niche and tailor it down as much as possible and make it a perfect fit for your targeted audience.
* For example, if you enjoy cooking, determine what style defines you most?
Are you a farm-to-table chef, or do you like making traditional foods with a modern flair?
Narrow down as much as possible so it will be easier to reach the people you intend to reach.
Go for a niche you know will pay off and generate passive profits for you in the future.
If you have a passion for it, it will make a difference.
You don’t necessarily need to be an expert in the niche you choose, right from the start.
The key is to have a desire to learn and GROW.
Tip #4: Design a Attractive Website / Blog
In an online business, the first thing your client will notice will be your website/blog.
If you want to start earning online, It’s time to set-up your business structure.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.
~ Lao Tzu
Ensure that when a client visits your website, he will get an instant idea about your work by just having a look at your site.
Your website should have an attractive theme, and it should portray the type of work you are doing.
Tip # 5: Create Valuable Content
- Content is at the heart of your evergreen business.
- Providing valuable content is key to your success.
- Create content that matters to your audience.
- Find pain points and offer solutions to alleviate their pain.
When it is about writing quality content, it is all about your audience and not about yourself.
Understand your audience and find out their needs. Make yourself trusted and loved by offering them the best solution to their problems.
- Is your blog post engaging?
- Is it helpful?
Tip #6: Write SEO Optimized Blog Posts
Once you know your content’s style and quality that you will create, you need to keep in mind: Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
Writing content that is SEO friendly is the best way to push traffic to your site.
Your website needs to rank on Google to attract more people, and we do that in various way.
Use keywords in your articles.
Tips to use your keyword in your posts:
- Set keyword in the title of your article ( in front of the title if possible);
- Place it in the introduction of the article ( in the first phrase);
- Use it in subheadings;
- Use them to incorporate it within your content – don’t overdo it as you want to be natural;
- Make a list of related keywords and use them in your post;
- Use your keyword in a natural speaking way when you reply to a comment on your post.
Don’t stress too much if you’re only starting as you’ll get better as you writing and learn as you go.
Make your blog/website responsive.
Google is prioritizing a site’s mobile display over the desktop version as the authoritative source to determine its ranking.
Your blog/website theme/design plays an essential role here.
Choose a professional theme, then play around with your mobile links and see how everything is displayed.
Write fresh content consistently.
A better way to see your blog ranking is by writing FOR your audience ( the reason I mentioned earlier not to stress too much over the best keywords).
When you focus on your writing and helping people, you provide value to your audience.
What happens next: people recommend your content to others by linking your blog post to another site.
And this is called: ”backlink’‘.
A backlink is much worthen in Google’s eyes because it sends signals that your blog provides answers and helps other readers.
When you’re getting started, Google doesn’t trust your blog yet.
This takes time and is normal. You have to allow Google the necessary time to recognize your blog as a trusted source.
You’ll need external factors to determine whether your blog provides value or not.
Having quality backlinks pointing to your blog, it passes along “link juice.”
The more you do this, the more trusted and popular your site becomes in Google’s eyes.
But again, focus on your killer content and leave Google to do the rest for you.
How to get backlinks to your blog?
✔ Write Guest Posts.
By writing a quality article on another blog, you receive an author bio where you link your blog. If people like your post will want to know more from you, so this is your backlink.
✔ Create a Resource Blog Post.
Valuable resources that help other bloggers will make your post sharable.
✔ Make Contact With Other Bloggers in Your Niche.
Join social media groups and connect with others in your niche to create a long term relationship for future help and support.
✔ Use Internal Links.
Use Internal Links to keep readers as much on your site as by sending them to other related articles on your blog. The time spent on your blog by each reader is telling Google if your content is useful or not.
✔ Write Pillar Article.
A super long blog post where you offer high-quality educational information using internal and external links and serve as your site’s foundation. Usually, a pillar article is created to generate passive income for years.
Every time you create another post, you want to link to your pillar article.
To see how a pillar article looks like, check this one here. (I just used an internal link to re-direct you to one of my pillar articles).
Search Engine Optimization is a competitive field.
A great way to optimize your blog is by using plugins like Rank Math SEO or Yoast SEO.
Tip #7: Start on Your List Building Plan
As soon as you got your blog live, you have to think about building your email list.
- It’s an online asset you have full control over.
- It’s a warm audience, so it’s easier to sell and promote products too.
You need a place to store your email subscribers and the tools to capture email addresses.
How to start on with your list building?
The way to do this is by using an autoresponder service.
An autoresponder will provide you with the necessary codes to integrate an email box on your blog pages.
It will capture every email address entered by your readers and store them in a list that you have set up.
You can signup for an email marketing provider like Aweber, which is the best I can recommend, and get your first 500 subscribers absolutely FREE.
With your shared web hosting, there will be limitations about the number of emails that you can send out every day, and believe me, you don’t want to spend hours by sending out individual emails.
You don’t want your business to get restricted by limitations.
Use a WordPress plugin like Ninja Popups and build superb popup forms on your blog to capture e-mails.
Tip #8: Help as Many People as Possible
Helping people should be your primary goal for building an evergreen business.
People search online to benefit them.
They may have a problem, a struggle, or want to look up something specific about a product, service, or topic.
Don’t ever let greed take over!
The money will come in at the right time. Focus on the value you can provide and feed yourself with satisfaction that you made a difference in people’s life.
This will pay off your hard work more than you will probably ever expect.
Tip #9: Do a Partnership with Some Brands
If you have a partnership with different brands, it will help in building trust for your customers.
It’s never easy to give a part of our earnings to different brands, but it is well worth it.
To start up the process, you don’t need to build a partnership with top brands; you can start up with some small companies according to your budget.
Connect only with a brand that identifies with your business style, and their products/services appeal to your targeting market.
- Be clear and specific about your business;
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions;
- Know when to stop any business partner who doesn’t result in the growth of your business.
Tip #10: Give Excellent Online Support
If you think of yourself as a customer, then you must understand the importance of online support.
Many issues or confusions occur when different kinds of people buy your product (E-commerce business model).
How’d you feel if you have bought something from a company and having problems with the product?
You’d look out for support, right?
What if you don’t get it?
You’d eventually become frustrated and make that decision: never to buy anything from that business.
Plus, BAD REVIEWS! Duh!
You can’t afford them.
If your customers have a good experience, then they will be more than happy to come back.
And the most critical skill that you can bless yourself with is “Interaction”.
You need to learn how to interact with people.
- Listen to all of your customers’ problems;
- Provide them with a solution;
- Interact with them on a personal level.
Tip #11: Accept Different Payment Options
You have seen that most of the online websites give the option of PayPal as a payment method.
Although it is a safe and secure to go method, not everyone has a PayPal account.
It is necessary to provide different payment options like Visa or Master card to attract more people towards your business.
Tip #12: Your Social Media Presence Matters
In today’s world, we have a huge benefit from social media.
You can do the marketing of your business on social media without investing a single penny.
Reach out and engage with your followers on social media.
Establish your brand as an authority they can look up to and trust. Use a plugin like Revive Social.
Here I have to admit; I don’t use all social media platforms at their full potential. I am focusing on Pinterest, and we all know that Pinterest is not a social media platform but more a search engine.
I love Pinterest, and Is the only one that drives traffic to my site consistently, after Google. I like to use only tools that work for my business and helps me grow.
Even I don’t use much all the other social media platform, is still OK to have an account opened on each one of them.
You will have to find the one that best works for you and your business and stick with it. Don’t try to be all over. It will be hard to keep going and get great results.
Tip #13: Get Excellent Reviews
For getting reviews, create a review/comment section on your blog while developing it.
Great reviews can attract hundreds of people.
- Engage your readers in conversation, remember the bucket brigade copy-writing technique?
- Ask them to leave a comment on your blog.
- Ask for their opinion.
- Choose a professional theme for your blog that has a comment section integrated.
Tip #14: Maintain a Routine
Never skip a day just for the sake of getting some free time for yourself when you’re working on building your business.
Always remember that you will only get the same amount of output as the input that you give.
Do your best and maintain a routine of doing work.
Stay focused and check your goal setting list to keep you motivated.
Tip #15: Manage Your Budget
If you think that a low budget will not do a successful business, think again.
Like any business that requires an investment, if you don’t focus on how much money you have and the expenses, your business will soon run out of money.
It would help if you had that included in your PLAN.
Management of your budget is the only thing that matters.
- How much investment do you have?
- What’s your burn rate?
- Do you have a plan to bring in more money before you entirely run out?
Think of the ways to make your business attractive in the specified budget.
You can check my Resource Page to help you define the only resources that appeal to you and your business and avoid losing money on trials by testing and testing again.
Tip #16: Know Where You Want to Go
Always set up a goal for yourself.
When you know your goal, you work hard because you know that place where you want to go.
Setting up your goals will help you move forward and give you the strength to face challenges.
No business can flourish in one day.
You may go through some of the difficulties at first.
The only thing that keeps you moving forward will be your goals for your future.
Tip #17: Study Your Competitors
Knowing your competitors will help you find your work path.
Keep an eye on your competitors to have an idea about your next step. Watch their work and come up with something better.
Tip #18: Branding Is Important
How people perceive your brand is essential.
The first impression always counts!
Leave a positive impression on your customers’ and clients’ minds.
Design your business logo, decide on the fonts and colours you’re using, and what’s most important, decide on your business’s full picture and how you want to be remembered.
Tip #19: Don’t Hide Under Fake Personas
Be real, be authentic, be you if you want your business to last. People hate flakes, so don’t hide under a fake name and a fake profile photo.
Tip #20: Be Relevant and Relatable
Use your audience’s language, the words and terms they use, so they don’t see you as an outsider.
Tip #21: Keep Up to Date with Trends
In the online and digital fields, patterns are always changing. Monitor the leading channels and leaders in your industry to keep up.
Tip #22: Work Smart Not Hard
As Tim Ferris said, business is a form of mental laziness. Be smart with your time and resources to get most of the benefit without tiring you up.
Tip #23: Spare Some Time for Relaxing
Taking some time off is just as essential as the work. Go to the gym, exercise at home, or spend some time in nature.
It will enhance your life.