Editor's Note: This story originally appeared on FlexJobs.com.
Your day job may be your dream job, but it may not be enough. It might not provide the income you want or have enough security to make you feel stable. Or, you may have stopped growing professionally but aren’t ready to leave.
Whatever the reasons, a side job may be the answer to whatever it is you’re experiencing. Though bartending and driving a cab are common side jobs, these days, there are many professional and well-paying side jobs that you can do from the comfort of your home.
What Is a Side Job?
Call it a side hustle, a side gig, or even moonlighting, a side job is one you take on in addition to your primary job. You can do it part-time, seasonally, or even just occasionally. Many people use side jobs to learn new skills, test-drive a career change, or pursue a passion.
Side jobs are also an excellent way to supplement your income. Between the Great Resignation, rising inflation rates, and economic uncertainty, many workers are taking on a second job to close income gaps, boost savings, and find greater financial security.
25 Remote Side Jobs
Fortunately, the increase in remote jobs has created more opportunities than ever for people to find lucrative, flexible side gigs. And many of these jobs are in the FlexJobs database.
Below are 25 side jobs with active listings on our site. These positions are from a variety of industries and career levels. We’ve also included the average hourly salary from Payscale.
- Bookkeeper ($18 per hour)
- Career Coach ($19 per hour)
- Curriculum Writer ($29 per hour)
- Copy Editor ($19 per hour)
- Customer Service Representative ($14 per hour)
- Editor ($20 per hour)
- Executive Assistant ($21 per hour)
- Graphic Designer ($18 per hour)
- Health Coach ($20 per hour)
- Interpreter ($20 per hour)
- Lead Generation Specialist ($15 per hour)
- Medical Coder ($19 per hour)
- Online ESL Teacher ($20 per hour)
- Project Manager ($26 per hour)
- Proofreader ($18 per hour)
- Recruiter ($19 per hour)
- Resume Writer ($19 per hour)
- Search Engine Evaluator ($19 per hour)
- Social Media Manager ($16 per hour)
- Tech Support ($19 per hour)
- Test Prep Instructor ($18 per hour)
- Travel Consultant ($19 per hour)
- Tutor ($18 per hour)
- Virtual Assistant ($16 per hour)
- Writer ($21 per hour)
How to Start Your Side Hustle
If you’re ready to take on a side job, the following are some tips to get you started.
Time It Out
Assess how much spare time you have for a side job. You don’t want to overschedule yourself and burn out on both your jobs!
Figure out how much time a side hustle will really take, then determine how much free time you can devote to it. You may find that you only have one evening a week free or just one weekend day that you can spare.
Assess Your Skills
If you’re taking a remote side job in your current field, you likely have many of the necessary skills. But depending on the specifics, taking on a side job may mean that you’re the boss. You may need to learn bookkeeping skills or how to market your services.
If you’re using a side job to help you switch careers, make a list of your transferable skills to help you identify which skills you have and which ones you need to learn. You may need to take some classes to help close the gap.
Update and optimize your LinkedIn profile to make it more relevant to the side jobs you’re pursuing. Include your wins, transferable skills, and technology proficiencies. Also, consider including a new profile picture that’s more in line with your side hustle.
As you start your remote side job, lean on personal and professional networks for support. They may have experience with side jobs and can offer you insights and advice (or be a friendly ear when you need to vent).
Take a Test Run
Before committing to any side hustle (especially if it’s in a new field), set up some informational interviews to get the scoop on what the industry is really like. It’s also a great way to learn about the challenges you might face.
Watch for Red Flags
Once you’ve started your remote side job, keep an eye out for any red flags. Clients that don’t want to sign a contract, are difficult to deal with, or keep changing the project’s scope are people you may not want to work with.
On the Side
Remote side jobs are a great way to supplement your income. But it’s also a great way to test out a career change, learn new skills, or grow your network. A side hustle isn’t for everyone, but for many, it’s the first step toward financial security and career growth.