- A side hustle could help you boost your earnings and reduce your financial stress.
- If you're naturally creative, there are a host of gigs to consider.
Here's how to put your creativity to good use.
Life has gotten expensive these days. We can thank inflation for that. If higher living costs are causing you financial stress -- or, worse yet, forcing you to raid your savings or rack up debt on your credit cards -- then it may be time to boost your income with a second job.
The good news is the side hustle you get doesn't have to be boring. In fact, if you're someone who's creative by nature, here are four interesting gigs that could help you earn a nice income on top of your primary paycheck.
1. Content writer
To do well as a content writer, you'll often need an in-depth knowledge of the subject matter you're being asked to write about. But sometimes, the key to success as a freelance writer is being creative, especially if you're hired to produce content on topics that don't require a specific skill set or degree.
The great thing about freelance writing is you can generally do it at your own pace, provided you meet your clients' deadlines. You can use sites like Upwork to seek out gigs that are a good match based on the work at hand and your availability.
2. Social media marketer
A lot of companies -- small businesses in particular -- don't have time to manage their social media accounts. If you're the creative type, that's where you might come in. By signing up to be a social media marketer, you'll be tasked with managing your clients' Facebook and Instagram pages (or whatever other platforms they use).
It'll be on you to cook up snappy posts and promotions that drive customers to those businesses. But depending on the arrangement you negotiate, you may get paid generously via an hourly rate, a monthly flat rate, and/or bonuses based on the sales or revenue you help generate.
3. Graphic design
If you're a graphic design wiz, your services may be needed across a host of platforms. You could get paid to design websites, company logos, or even book covers. There are so many possibilities to look at, but if you're not sure where to start, check out AIGA's jobs board, which lets you toggle your results by freelance opportunities. You might also find plenty of options on Upwork.
4. Party planner
If you're the type of person who's always coming up with fun ideas or activities to stay entertained, then you may want to start offering our services as a freelance party or event planner. Now you may want to start small in this regard by sticking to local events -- think kids' birthday parties, family reunions, and the like. But once you've managed to build relationships with different vendors, you may do quite well for yourself helping people put together their dream events -- and adding your own unique touches to them.
Getting a side hustle could be your ticket to surviving inflation without wrecking your finances. Even if you're managing your higher living costs okay, it still wouldn't hurt to give your income a boost. These gigs are worth exploring if you're great at coming up with unique concepts and ideas. Pursuing one could not only put more money in your pocket, but potentially work wonders for your career in general.
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