It’s always good to try to expand your work whenever possible. Doing so can help you add more income streams to your portfolio. The more streams of income that you have, the more money you stand to make. Not only that, though, but diversifying your work portfolio can help you to stay interested in the work that you do. After all, you won’t get so bogged down in just one line of work.
There’s one other great reason to diversify your side hustles if you have a blog – they can actually provide you with even more ways to promote your blog and find a wider audience. Ideally, your side hustles should all be symbiotic so that you can promote them all through each other. This will help reduce your workload when it comes to PR and marketing.
Are you thinking about the kind of side hustles that you could help you expand your blog work? Here are a few that you might want to think about.
Start A Podcast
These days, it may seem like everyone has their own podcast. So, why don’t you set up your own and join the party? It can be very easy to start your own podcast even if you don’t have any recording experience. And the best thing is that you won’t have to blow your budget in order to buy some fancy recording and editing equipment. Many cell phones now come with some very good in-built recording equipment on them. Your laptop probably does as well. Plus, many laptops now come with their own editing software that you can use. If you have a bit of extra cash to invest in your podcast, then you could always hire a digital editor to take care of this for you. One other thing to mention before you do start a podcast is that you need to have a unique idea for it. Don’t just do something that lots of other people are doing or else you will really struggle to find an audience. Make it unique about a niche that is rarely covered on podcasts, and you should be onto a winner.
Create A YouTube Channel
Another way to make money online is to start working on a YouTube channel. If you are creating videos on a regular basis, such as once a week or every two weeks, then you should find that it can be incredibly easy to build up a sizeable number of followers. The more followers you have, then the more views all of your videos will get. Each of those views can add up to earn you some money if you monetize your videos by adding adverts. You just need to look at the success of YouTubers like Zoella to see how profitable a channel on the site can be. Again, just like podcasting, you don’t need to be experienced in film and editing to make great videos. Of course, you might find that success comes quicker if you do use a video crew service as it can help your videos look a lot more polished and professional. Before you do create your YouTube channel, you need to make sure that you have a unique niche for your video content as this will help you grow your audience by quite some way.
Work On Your Instagram Account
If you also have an Instagram account, it could be worth working on that to try to increase your followers. This is something else that can be easily monetized if you are willing to put the time and effort in to increase your audience. I’m sure that you will already be following some Instagrammers who have upwards of 100-thousand followers even though they might not be famous. But thanks to their regular posting of niche content, they’ve been able to grow their numbers. Thanks to all of this work, they will be receiving offers of collaborations with well-known brands. These could involved sponsored posts that they will be paid for, or they might receive freebies in exchange for a review. If you want to grow your followers so that you can start to monetize your profile in these ways, it’s best to start now as it could take some months. It will certainly be worth it, though, as it will help you add one extra income stream to your bow!
Create Some Merchandise
If your blog is already fairly popular and you attract quite a few loyal readers, then it could be worth launching your first line of merchandise. Your readers will then be able to buy various products with your blog’s branding over them. There are a lot of different types of products that you might want to sell as merch. For instance, T-shirts will go down especially well, as will mugs and mouse mats. Some bloggers also like to sell branded wall prints and fridge magnets. When you do start to think about making some merchandise, it’s a good idea to get a few quotes from different manufacturers. This should give you an idea of how much you need to sell items for in order to make a profit. Don’t forget to factor postage and packaging expense into your budget as well. One of the best things about selling merchandise is that it can really help give your blog marketing a bit of a boost. That’s because people will be walking around with your brand on their T-shirt, which can help spread its name through word of mouth.
Take On Extra Freelance Work
It’s also worth seeing if you can pick up any extra freelance work while you are working on your blog. For instance, you might be able to do some content writing for a company in your spare time. Not only does this help to keep your financial situation stable, but it can also help you form relations with other professionals. And you never know when you might need to reach out to someone else in the business world for a helping hand!
Good luck making a go of these diverse side hustles!