5 Best Side Hustles To Make Money From Home

Copywriter, speaker and Founder of the Copy Posse, Alex Cattoni, shares the best five side hustles that you can start from home that'll take you from part-time freelancer to full-blown entrepreneur status…

In this post, Alex Cattoni takes us back a few years to talk about how she started her entrepreneurial journey. Plus, she shares some ideas on how you too can start making money on your own from home.

A few years ago, while at work in a former corporate job, Alex would pop out to the local café on her lunch break. She would see people everywhere on their laptops, working away with their headphones on, sipping on their coffee.

She wondered what these people did. Do they even have a job? She knew that the latte they were drinking was $4. Has this happened to you?

When Alex first quit her job at Mind Valley, one of the world's leading publishers of personal growth programs online, she decided to move back to Canada. That was her goal.

She had just started her copywriting and consulting business. All she wanted was to be one of those jobless people who could work from anywhere.

Alex would pack up her backpack every morning and trot on down to the local café to set up for the day. She didn't have many clients at the time but would spend hours sitting there writing, and studying the science and psychology of copywriting, fueled by endless caffeine of course, and it was pure bliss.

She could go home early for the holidays and work in front of the fireplace. Not only that, but she could travel the world and sip an Aperol Spritz in a Piazza in Italy while tapping away at her keyboard.

Now, don't get me wrong. It wasn't a breeze. In fact, building a business is tough work, as many of you might know. But, she enjoyed every single day because she had freedom.

Fast-forward and today, Alex has an amazing home office and studio with a team of incredible writers and freelancers working for her. She gets to travel all over the world first-class for both business and pleasure.

She speaks at high-level business masterminds and events, and it all started with her sitting in that corner of that café, jamming on a side hustle that she absolutely loved.

Alex worked on a side-hustle that aligned with her skills, personality, and passion.

So whether you have a full time, nine to five, that leaves you lifeless at the end of the day, or you're a new parent who wants to make money and stay at home with your child, or you're a creative soul who is bursting at the seams to build something of your own even if it means spending your weekends, learning and investing in yourself, you are in the right place.

5 best side hustles to make money from home

There are plenty of freelancing side hustles out there that you can start with nothing more than a laptop to give you the freedom, variety, and money you're craving. It's become easier and easier to do so as businesses around the world go digital.

The best part is, you don't need to be a social media influencer or have celebrity status to make this a reality.

Seriously, though, mad props to those of you who have crushed the Instagram game. But this is not about that. Alex built her business outside of social networks. And while she does use them as part of her business, they aren't what make her business.

Even her YouTube channel, she thinks of as a medium to connect with her audience and fuel her business, rather than rely solely on it.


Top 5 Work From Home Side Hustles

The truth is, there are literally hundreds of part-time gigs that you can find online through sites like Upwork, Fiverr, and Hubstaff. But here, Alex narrows down her picks to the top five.

These five side hustles are for the creatives, the strategic thinkers, and the operational geniuses who are looking to make some money at home and learn valuable skills that every single entrepreneur needs to be successful in the long run.



So starting off with Alex's favorite side hustle will be no surprise. Her number one side hustle is Copywriting. Now, disclaimer, she is a million percent biased because this is how she got started. And she truly thinks that copywriting is the best freelancing business in the world.

For those of you who aren't familiar with copywriting, just think of it as words written for the purpose of business or making sales. So Facebook ads, social media posts, emails, promotional campaigns, website copy, and sales pages are all considered copywriting and are needed by every single business on the planet in every single language on the planet.

Copywriting really is the most important aspect of marketing for any business and with the right fit of client and brand, it can be a flexible, creative, and fun pursuit. Alex learned all about copywriting during her time at Mind Valley. And it was there that she realized what a highly sought-after skill set it was.

Heads up though. Copywriting is not for everybody or something that you can just pick up overnight. It's one of those hustles that requires time to develop your technique, but that isn't always bad news. It's what makes this the highest paying side hustle on this entire list.

So as long as you have a passion for writing and marketing, empathy, and a flair for words, copywriting is a learnable skill that you can build with experience and training.

You simply start with creative writing, and then you layer on all the tactics, the strategies, the conversion principles, the psychological triggers, and all the other secrets that turn written sentences into sales. And that is what Alex is here for.

She has a YouTube channel dedicated to teaching the foundational concepts of good copywriting.



All right, moving right along to the second side hustle you might want to consider: Project Management. Project management is such an important role in every single business. Project managers are the left-brain organizational geniuses that are responsible for ensuring that projects are completed on time and on budget.

They are the ones in charge of coordinating teams of writers, designers, and developers, delegating tasks, managing a project's workflow, and monitoring and tracking deadlines and deliverables.

This side hustle is a great fit for someone who likes working with systems and processes, is great with interpersonal communication, and has an eye for seeing the details without missing the big picture. And thanks to apps like Asana and Slack, it's becoming even easier to manage teams and projects from anywhere in the world.

Alex has a project manager from the Philippines who's currently traveling around Europe. The last time they chatted, she was in Georgia and Alex just hired another project manager who's Canadian but happens to live in Bali.

Like copywriting, though, it does take experience to really rock this role. But if you're organized and productive, this may be the side hustle for you. Plenty of companies are looking for trainable project managers who fit these qualities. And as long as you stay on track and on time, you can do it from anywhere.

And if you're just starting out as a copywriter, taking on the role of project manager in an organization can be an excellent way to get your foot in the door and add value while learning copywriting on the side.

Project management is also a great value-added service to include in your copywriting projects, and Alex did this a lot with her clients when she was just getting started.

5 best side hustles to make money from home



Okay. Moving right along to number three on the list: Affiliate Marketing. If you're not familiar with affiliate marketing, it's the concept of promoting other people's products or services in exchange for a commission for every sale or successful referral you make.

This could range anywhere from memberships and subscriptions to software and online programs to physical products and goods.

So if you have access to a large list or network, or you're interested in learning how to drive online traffic or master paid advertising, affiliate marketing has the potential to earn you some great cash, especially if you find the right product to promote to the right audience.

Affiliate marketing is also a great way to test your copywriting skills and get immediate feedback and data before approaching new potential clients. Now, the amount of money you make, of course, depends on how many products you're able to sell and what your commission is for each sale or referral.

For example, Shopify will pay you $2,000 for every merchant you refer. That's pretty sweet. ClickBank is another great marketplace to search for products you can sell on behalf of vendors around the world. You simply sign up for an affiliate link and start promoting to earn commissions.



Okay, moving right along to number four on my list of side hustles to make money from home: Virtual Assistant. Now there's a growing demand for virtual assistants or VA's from business owners around the world who need help on various projects and to grow and maintain their brands.

Being a Virtual Assistant is a great place to start earning money from home and enables you to specialize and grow in countless areas depending on the client you're working with.

It can involve tasks such as calendar and inbox management, bookkeeping, transcription, compiling, meeting notes, research, proofreading, and other administrative tasks. Most VA's charge by the hour, so it's a pretty easy gig to do on the side of a regular job.

If you're unable to be on standby and jump on immediate requests, though, be sure to communicate this with your clients so that you can focus on scheduled tasks and weekly to-dos.



Okay. The final side hustle on the list is Community Management. If you're a great communicator and a natural people person, community management might just be the perfect side hustle for you to start earning ‘moola' from home.

Community management can range anywhere from customer service, like managing customer requests via email, phone, live chat, and inside customer membership areas.

But it can also involve social media management and engaging with audiences via social commenting, DMs on Facebook and Instagram, and responding to questions and feedback on blog posts. Now, while it might seem simple, businesses around the world are heavily investing in customer service and community management as audiences take to multiple channels to interact with the brands they follow.

As omni-channel, multi-channel marketing is on the rise, more and more companies will be looking for personable team members to represent their brands across the board.

And for the record, this is exactly how Alex got started. Her very first role at Mind Valley was customer service, answering customer emails for a new program they had just launched.

Now, although she didn't stay in that role long because over the three and a half years, she was at the company, she very quickly worked her way up to the role of creative director. However, starting in customer service was the perfect way to get her foot in the door and learn the ropes. And look at her now.

The most important ‘take-away' here is that none of these things are magic money buttons. They require dedication, commitment, and learning new skill sets, and you have to put yourself out there to get clients. Always remember to be honest about where you're at, share your passion for growth, and lead with value.

You can find more great videos from Alex Cattoni on her YouTube Channel.

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Alex Cattoni has helped launch several successful brands and has proudly partnered with many of the hottest transformational authors and businesses on the planet, writing high-converting sales copy, scaling multi-million dollar brands, and crafting iconic promotional campaigns.


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