Five Online Side Hustles You Need to Try

With more occupations moving virtual full-time, the demand for remote side-hustles has naturally risen as well. Here are five you can start today.  

Side hustles in 2021 remain an excellent source of spare income to supplement your full-time gig. This extra money can be used to invest or save in ways that would never be possible without this extra stream of income. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the job landscape has changed drastically with many positions moving to be held remote full-time. As a result, there is high demand for more remote side-hustles as well. Here are 5 fully online side-hustles you can start today. 

Create a Niche Instagram Account 

As social media continues to become more and more a part of daily life over time, as well as our ability to monetize our time on social media. If you can make an Instagram account with specific content directed at a specific audience, there are a lot of actions you can take to turn your following into money. You can start charging other accounts for shoutouts, and you can also start selling merchandise and courses through your account since you will have a good amount of traffic. You can also combine your account with our next side-hustle. 

Affiliate Marketing 

Affiliate marketing is when products will pay you to display a link to their product on your personal or business platform. They will typically pay you when someone purchases through your link, but at times you can get paid simply based on clicks alone. Affiliate Marketing does require a platform that garners traffic to be successful. This is why I recommend trying this to a niche Instagram account. However, you can succeed with affiliate marketing with nearly any platform that has viewers. 

Teach English Online 

If you are reading this article there is a good chance you have a skill that can be monetized, such as the ability to speak English. There are plenty of websites out there where you can apply to become a virtual English teacher to students in other countries. Look into sites such as QKids, and VIPKIDS to get started. You will have to apply and demonstrate a degree of competence to be accepted, but if you can get accepted you can make some serious money. 


Dropshipping is an intriguing business model that has made people 7 figures, but it can also be used as a nice side hustle as well with less investment. The simple explanation of the dropshipping model is that you resell cheaper products from other online sites directly to the user through your online store or brand. You never have to touch the product, but can buy and resell the profit for more which generates profit. It will take some time and money to set up, as you will need to design a website and brand as well as pay for ads. If you can successfully pull this off though, this may be the most rewarding option on this list. 

 Online Surveys 

There is a good chance you rolled your eyes when you saw online surveys on this list, as you likely have heard this before, and found out that the amount of money made in them is insignificant at best. However, there is a method to making decent money with online surveys. The key is to sign up to multiple online survey sites and only accept the high-paying surveys. Typically, there are not many high-paying surveys available. However, if you sign up to multiple survey platforms you will find that you can generate much more money quickly.

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