50 Side Hustle Ideas – Using Your Talents

50 Side Hustle Ideas – Using Your Talents
January 9, 2020 Lauren Howells

If you want your side hustle to earn you extra cash, you’ve got to be willing to put in the work. But what if you could make money doing something you’re already good at? Using your talents to boost your bank balance is the ideal scenario, as you’re being paid to do something you have a natural flair for.


Read on to find out how your talent could net you some extra funds.


Can I make money altering clothes?


If you’re handy with a sewing machine, you could make money altering other people’s outfits. 


While your local dry cleaners will sometimes offer alterations as part of their services, the price lists are often not always obviously displayed and if people don’t know how much something costs, they’re likely not to bother asking.


Tap into this gap in the market by advertising yourself (and how much you charge) to your local community. 


Market your sewing side hustle in places where people who have lost weight are likely to be, such as gyms and your local town hall (where exercise classes often take place). 


Could I cook my way to some extra cash?


Spend all your spare time cooking up a storm for your nearest and dearest? 


Using a platform like eatwith, you could charge people to come and eat your food.


Simply apply online to become a host, throw an open table (kind of like an audition for your food) and then you can post your food events on the website for people to sign up to. 


Can I earn money as an events DJ?


While you may think that iTunes and Spotify have completely replaced the party DJ, there are still plenty of people looking for a live DJ at their wedding or event.


If you know your crossfader from your cartridge and are happy to spend your evenings dealing with drunken song requests (Macarena, anyone?), this could be the side hustle for you. 


Is it possible to earn money taking photos?


If you love nothing more than looking down a lens and trying to capture the perfect snap, you could turn your flair for photography into a money-making side hustle.


Even though pretty much every single one of us carries around a camera at all times, good photographers are still in high demand. Whether you stick to the traditional weddings or attempt to break into the increasingly-popular trend of engagement and pre-baby pics, there is definitely money to be made if you’ve got an eye for the perfect shot.


Is there money in voiceover acting?


Do people always tell you that you have a lovely-sounding voice? You may have a talent you didn’t even know you had.


Voiceover acting – where you are paid to be the voiceover for anything from cartoons to commercials – can be a lucrative side hustle. And there are barely any start-up costs.


One woman tells Side Hustle Nation how she earns up to $3,000 (around £2,300) an hour with her voice.


Can I make money translating?


If you can speak more than one language, you could use your aptitude for languages to offer a translation service. 


Start by setting up a profile on peopleperhour. You could also get in touch with specialist translation agencies, to see if they’re looking for freelancers to help them with their projects. 


Can I earn cash by helping other people to get jobs?


Everyone knows how important it is to get your CV and cover letter exactly right when applying for a job. Otherwise, you could be sifted into the ‘bin’ pile, before you’ve even had a chance to present yourself at interview. 


There are always people looking for help putting together a CV and cover letter tailored to a particular role. So if you work in HR, you could use your skills to offer CV and cover letter writing services to those looking for work. 


If you’re sure of your skills, you could make yourself stand out and offer a “pay only if you get an interview” type deal. 


Can I really make money from planning parties?


Use your organisational skills to earn some extra cash by planning birthday parties and weddings in your spare time. 


Although start-up capital is low, you may need to organise a couple of events for free in order to get your name out there and show off your skills. 


Summary: Using your talents to make money


Bringing in extra cash doesn’t have to be boring. Get paid to do what you’re naturally good at by starting up a side hustle that makes the most of your talents. Whether that is organising parties, helping people get a job or cooking up a storm in the kitchen, you can do what you’re best at to earn some money on the side.