Happy New Year! With a new year come new resolutions. People want to stop smoking, eat less, shake off the weight they took on during the holidays, be more productive… you name it. And you made a new resolution of being more diligent with your side income pursuit and make more money this year? Perfect, let’s go get some!
One of the first resolutions people make is to get in shape, and for that, they are ready to spend their Christmas bonus and then some. Many join a gym, only to drop off after the first week. Other opt for a personal trainer. If you like to run, play volley-ball, or practice yoga, why not turn it into a side hustle?
You can teach formally or simply offer to serve as an accountability buddy, to go running three times a week with the person and help prepare a 5k run or something.
When I was a tutor, January was one of my busiest time of the year, right after September. January is the time parents realize their kids may be behind in school and after giving them a break over Christmas want to start with tutoring sessions. Like the gym people, they tend to overestimate their offspring’s capacities to have a lesson thrice a week, so expect less gigs from Easter until June, then it will almost dry up during summer.
Spruce up your online ad, mention all the grades you can teach and the extras, like I would teach the piano or give French lessons.
Learning a new language is also part of New Year’s resolutions so I would get a good deal of ultra motivated French students in January, then lots of dropouts in April. Piano and guitar teachers, enjoy it too while it lasts!
Losing weight is another strong resolution. I have seen people on Fiverr selling diet plans for $5, it may not seem like a lot of money, but no work is required once you created the diet plan, you can email it to 100 people and make $500.
Like the personal trainer, you can offer your time as accountability buddy, cook healthy meals for a neighbor or arrange for a healthy big cook session with your friends.
Since you research all the recipes and put together the shopping list, let them buy the groceries, and you would cook at your place enough meals for a week, a month… whatever you have time for, and all below X calories per portion. You would not get paid but would get free food for your family for a while.
New Year is also a time when people vow to be more productive and organized in their daily lives. You can offer your services on Elance, Odesk and similar platform to help them with a multitude of tasks they have on their to do list.
Going from web design to productivity coach to spreadsheet training to filing and archiving, make sure you list EVERY single task you can perform and chances are someone will hire you.
For example, I was looking for someone to make an interactive map for my land development website. After a lot of searching on Fiverr, only a couple of people offered “interactive maps” in their ad, so I had to widen and write to a few more who knew about PHP and Ajax or HTML coding. Most were not familiar with maps. I found out later that it is called an “image map”, and looked for that instead, there were only four people who listed it as a skill. I am sure the demand it not huge either but it is always better to be one of four than one of thousands who can code a website.