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How to start a side hustle business with $0

Updated: Dec 12, 2020

During the pandemic, millions of people lost their jobs and sources of income. Plus, thousands of businesses filled bankruptcy or closed their doors completely. With the second wave now keeping covid persistent, many people are trying to figure out how to make ends meet.

In today's post, I am going to teach how to side-hustle by using your skills without paying $0. Trust, I been broke student doing side hustle to pay for bus fare to school. Also, I was among many of my broke friends who took their skills to earn living and created profitable business income.



Run Facebook ads for small businesses:

If you are a tech-savvy person like myself. I got news for you can start your basic skills to earn cash today. Having computer or mobile skills is hard for most people which means you can help them while they pay you for your skills. A lot of people know are considering becoming entrepreneurs so they need help with promotion content. you can help to do Facebook ads.

Note: The advertising pays for their expend, while you getting a paid for hours and campaign creations.

Virtual assistant:

You can also offer your skills and time as a small to medium size VA ( virtual assistance). For those who do know what VA roles consist of, I will break it down, VA is someone who specializes in offering admin services to a client from home or any remote location. As virtual assistance, your responsibility includes one or many of the following tasks Digital marketing, answering email, scheduling appointments, making phone calls, or imagine the client business effectively.

You can start today visiting Upwork.


For my academically smart friends. Did you know you can utilize your skills by helping others with their school work? Here are three simple examples of side hustle you can start by helping others with your book smart skills. Putting your knowledge into good use while earning cash.

  • Proofread for a living

  • Tutoring people in subjects that are good at such as math, science, physics, nursing etc,

  • Teach English online with VIPKid ( Chines students aboard are looking for English teachers.)




If you know how to braid hair or make wigs. This side hustle business should not come as surprise. There are people out there who will pay you $25 to $325 to do single braids or create whole custom lacy wigs.

Safety Notes: Since is covid, I highly recommend keeping proper hygiene, sensitization, mask in full effect. Also question if they have been in contact with anyone who has covid just to be on the safe side. Also, make sure they come with their hair pre-washed.


Dog sitter/ walker:

If you love animals this second side hustle comes in easy. You won't be doing a lot having lifting work unless is collecting dog poos.

I once heard from our client in the yoga studio a few years back. She charged $25/hr to babysit dogs for people who live in condos during work hours. She has about 5 to 7 dogs client daily. I was so shocked to realize that this lady makes living and pays her bills by babysitting animals and walks to a park.



Uber delivery

This suits those who own a car or bike because it requires you to do a round of trips to deliver meals to the customer house. You can totally make lucrative earning with uber. Keep in mind you have to keep your receipts for tax deduction at end of the year.

Grocery shoppers:

Similar to uber delivery, you are getting paid to delivery grocery shop with Instacart.

Consulting service:

Offering a consultation service is also under uber service. Someone client will hire for an hourly rate or project-based to deliver your expert insights to launch products or excel in their business goals. Depending on the size and length of the project duration you can make good side hustle.

Wardrobe stylist:

Independent artists, indie film directors are always creating new content and looking for onset fashion stylists to help them with outfits selection. If you got a passion for fashion this uber service can be a fun and rewarding side hustle.

Other uber options include:

  • Event decorator

  • Event planners

  • Project Manager



you love to edit videos or produce after-effects. You have high-demand skills. All you need is your laptop, smartphone, hard drive with large space and internet connection. The next line of the side hustle list requires a unique taste in art and content creation skills. It can potentially turn into a full business if done correctly. Many companies are always looking for creative directors to produce short promotional or campaign visuals, re-brand their website or launch new products. Your skills are in high demand for these services especially now that many companies are moving online.

  • Video editing

  • Sound design

  • Graphic design

  • Film editing

  • Photography

  • Web development


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Sher Shares Blog

Great tips, I need to think about what kind of branding I want to convey.

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Nicole's Cooking

Hi Neecee, This is Nicole, Such a wonderful sharing! Great Job! All the best! 

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Faith Adodo

Thanks for this wonderful Interview. I love the questions and enthusiasm. 

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