23 Blogs and Podcasts to Help You with Your Side Hustle
Side hustles aren’t anything new. People have always looked for (and found) ways to make a little money on the side to supplement whatever they made at their main job.
But the rise of the gig economy and the development of new technology platforms that match people wanting to make money with people willing to pay for a wide range of services has made side hustling into a significant part of the economy.
About 10% of people in the United States participate in the gig economy in some form or another. If you’re considering joining the fray and starting a side hustle to pay off those loans faster or make some extra spending money, here are a few good resources to help you get started.
Resources for Finding Your Side Hustle
If you’re at the stage of figuring out exactly what you want to do and how this whole side hustle thing even works, there are a number of resources that tackle the general subject of having a side hustle.
Side Hustle School consists of a daily podcast, in-person workshops, and a book that’s coming out soon. It’s a comprehensive, multi-format project to help people figure out how to develop a successful side hustle.
Side Hustle Nation is a podcast and blog filled with advice on how to build a side hustle. The site offers side hustle business ideas, information on how to get a side hustle business set up, and tips on how to promote and manage your side hustle to make more.
Side Hustle Pro is a podcast focused on black women entrepreneurs that started a side hustle and turned it into a profitable business. For those who could use some inspiration by hearing stories of people that have already developed a successful side hustle, this podcast is a good resource.
The Side Hustle Show is a podcast that covers tips and actionable advice about starting a part-time business. The topics on the podcast are fairly wide ranging, covering information on passive income, freelancing, self-publishing and more.
Ryan Robinson has a podcast and blog devoted to advice on building a side hustle and interviews with people have that have done so successfully. You can learn tips on getting started, advice on how to market your business, and insights from side hustle success stories.
Side Hustle Resources for Managing Your Time and Money
Penny Hoarder is another personal finance site that includes a section devoted to Side Gigs. Their posts can help you figure out new ways to make money and advice on how to keep more of the money you make from your side hustles.
Kristen Larsen has a blog and guide that provide useful information on how to start and maintain a side hustle. She collects ideas for different side hustles people can try and provides tips from her own experience building a side hustle business.
Two Inboxes is a podcast produced by Forbes featuring interviews with people who manage multiple roles at once (hence the need for more than one inbox). The interviews get into the different types of work that guests do, as well as learning how to balance multiple types of work at one time.
Budgets are Sexy is a blog that covers a range of personal finance topics. What makes them especially relevant to this post is their Side Hustle Series, which covers a wide range of ways people can make money on the side.
Side Hustle Resources for Rideshare Drivers
Harry, the Rideshare Guy, got into rideshare driving early and started his site as a way to provide useful information to other drivers. He’s become one of the foremost experts on learning the ropes and making money as a rideshare driver.
Rideshare Apps is a site and community that covers industry news and promotions, and provides training resources to help new rideshare drivers learn how to maximize their profits.
Ridester is a blog that answers common rideshare questions and covers promotions from rideshare companies.
Rideshare Report is another site with a blog that covers industry news and promotions. It also includes a forum where rideshare drivers can learn from and interact with each other.
Side Hustle Resources for House Sitters
We Love House Sitting provides articles with tips on how to be a successful house sitter, which networks help you find clients, and advice on skills you may need when working as a house sitter – like taking care of dogs and landscaping.
Hecktic Travels is a travel website with a lot of information on how to find and take advantage of house sitting opportunities while you travel. The couple behind the site promote good house sitting opportunities they come across and sell an ebook on how to become a house sitter.
Housesitting Magazine is both a print magazine and a website with information about house sitting. They provide comparisons of different house sitting platforms, recommendations for books about house sitting, advice on creating a good house sitting profile and more.
Side Hustle Resources for Vacation Rentals
The Abundant Host is a blog that’s all about how to be a successful host on Airbnb. The blog covers best practices, mistakes to avoid, and tools Airbnb hosts can take advantage of to get more from the site.
Get Paid for Your Pad is a book, blog, and podcast all about making money by renting out your property. They provide information on things like getting your listing just right, how to handle cancellations, and how to encourage good reviews.
Pillow is a blog that provides advice for people who offer vacation rentals. They cover topics like hiring a cleaning service for your rental, security tips, and vacation rental trends it’s good to be aware of.
Laptop Landlord provides a guide that covers Airbnb tips and best practices. It covers both the basics that newbies need to know and tips for getting more out of your listing once you’re established.
Side Hustle Resources for Dog Sitters
One of the main platforms for matching pet sitters with pet owners, Rover is also one of the best sources of useful information for pet sitters. They provide guides on getting started, training tips, and knowledge on keeping dogs in your care safe.
101Petsitting offers a blog with pet sitting tips, resources that cover important topics like pet sitting insurance and first aid, and a community of pet sitters you can join to learn from other people’s experiences.
The Pet Sitters International blog provides information on home pet care, pet safety, and how to run a pet sitting business.
Starting a side hustle requires work and knowledge, but it provides more freedom in how you earn your money and what kind of options you have in life. And many people who start side hustles manage to turn them into their main job over time. If you’re ready to become a side hustler, take advantage of the knowledge of people who have been there and spend some time learning before you get started.
Kristen Hicks is an Austin-based freelance content writer and lifelong learner with an ongoing curiosity to learn new things. She uses that curiosity, combined with her experience as a freelance business owner, to write about subjects valuable to small business owners on the HostGator blog. You can find her on Twitter at @atxcopywriter.