By: Lauren Tassi

 

While spending more time at home, there are plenty of ways to improve your acting skills. But after you’ve edited your reel half a dozen times, you’ll need something else to channel your energy into. 

Why not start a side hustle with all that free time?

There has never been a better time to build an online business. Everyone is figuring out how to work, learn, exercise, and shop from home. The internet is critical to our daily lives.

You can create the ultimate side hustle by sharing your skills online. Building a business isn’t easy, but what starts out as a side hustle, can quickly grow into a profitable gig. 

Right now, the safest way to make money is from home. Plus, you’re able to design your own schedule and will be ready to run to an audition at a moment’s notice. If you’re tired of serving drinks or temping at office jobs, you need a side hustle that’s designed for your lifestyle.

Here are some online side hustles that are easy to get started. 

 

Online Tutor or Trainer

 

With the new reality of online school and virtual learning, parents are looking for help. If you play an instrument, speak a second language, or can help kids with their homework—this is the job for you. You could even offer to coach online. Setting up sessions through Zoom is easy. To get started, reach out to your network to get the word out. Make a post on Facebook offering your services.

If you’re a fitness instructor, everyone is looking for ways to work out from home. Get creative and start holding your classes online.

Virtual Assistant

If you’ve worked as an assistant in any capacity before, you can easily become a virtual assistant. The beauty of this side hustle is the ability to set your hours and workload on your own. All you need is a computer to get started. Check freelance job boards and Facebook groups to find opportunities. Put together a resume with your assistant experience and you’ll be ready to roll. 

Social Media Management

Do you love scrolling through IG? This is the side hustle for you. If you’ve built a nice following for yourself, you already have an example of what you can do. Small businesses and large companies always need help managing their social channels. SMM, as it’s frequently abbreviated, is a lot of work. Not only will you be posting regularly, but you’ll be interacting with followers and other accounts, too. If you want a flexible job you can do from anywhere, this is one of the best side hustles for actors. 

Freelance Writer

If English was your favorite class in high school, consider a freelance writing side hustle. Someone has to write those billions of pages of content on the internet, plus websites, emails, blogs, eBooks, and so much more. If you find writing enjoyable and can easily get into the flow of it, there are tons of opportunities for you. You’ll need some writing samples to share with potential clients. Pull them from your own blog or write a few spec pieces and start making that money.  

Your Side Hustle

If this list hasn’t sparked an idea yet,, here are some questions to inspire you.

  • What are you good at?
  • What do people ask your advice for?
  • How can you use your skills to help people remotely?

COVID-19 has created a new need for at-home content. The exciting part is that your side hustle could grow into a real business. Then you’ll have freedom in your schedule to focus on acting and will feel less financial pressure.

If you’re tired of waiting tables or driving for Uber, it’s time to take action. Survival jobs can stress you out. Having to get a shift covered or asking for time off for an audition eats away at you. Use this downtime to build a business you’re passionate about. 

Take the first step today and vow to get started on your side hustle. Freedom is waiting for you!