The market may be strong for freelancers at the moment, but any independent contractor in the web design industry has slow periods. To help ensure that you can pay the bills until that next lucrative contract comes along, you might want to think about trying out one of these other money-making ideas on the side.
Expand your Freelancing Prowess
You’re a talented designer, but during slow times in the design industry it’s a good idea to branch out and utilise your other talents as well. In addition to web and graphic design, there’s a high demand for freelance writers, editors, illustrators, and online marketing experts. If you have some experience in any of these fields, you may be able to pick up side freelance gigs aside from your main focus.
Monetize a Hobby
No matter what your hobby is, you may be able to monetize it. There is a demand for mystery shoppers who provide reports on the service received during a retail experience, for example. Photographers can sell photos to stock photography websites, or provide portrait services. If you spend your free time whipping up masterpieces in the kitchen, think about a part-time catering service for parties and events. The key is to get creative and find a way to sell your talents.
Sell What You Don’t Need
Perhaps the fastest way to make some spare cash is to sell any spare belongings you’ve outgrown or no longer need. There’s a wealth of websites that allow you to sell your old clothes, books, electronics, furniture, and assorted bric-a-brac. You can try your hand at established sites like eBay, or find a local audience using sites like Gumtree and Craigslist. Just take a look at this humorous advert from another local sales site, Quicksales, for inspiration: it uses tennis star Pat Cash to promote the idea of earning spare cash.
Use Your Spare Room or Car for Cash
If you are fortunate to have a spare room in your house or a car, you could use this space to make money. Those with a car can help provide carpooling services, move heavy objects, or run errands for others. You can also sign up with services like SideCar or Relay Rides to rent out your car when you’re not using it. Another option is to sublet your apartment or house over Craigslist or AirBnB. Many tourists just need a room to sleep in when they’re visiting a city, so if you have any extra space and don’t mind the company, you could potentially rent it out.
Provide Online Tutoring Services
You can put your web design skills to good use by teaching them to someone else. Many design students are in need of tutoring, and with programs like Skype you can teach at a distance if necessary. Advertise your services on community message boards or at local universities, and you could take on several students for a steady stream of part-time income.
Sell Advertising Space
Do you already have a blog or are you thinking of creating one? If so, you could offer advertising space to businesses. You’ll get paid a small amount each time a visitor to your website clicks on the advertisement, or even by the page view depending on the scheme you choose. There are numerous affiliate programs available, from Google’s AdSense to Amazon Associates.
By getting creative and keeping an open mind, you can ensure that you have multiple streams of income to supplement your main freelancing work.