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If you’re an actor waiting for your big break you’ve probably been pounding the pavement for years and the daily grind of showing up to a job that you don’t love can leave you exhausted and uninspired for your creative pursuits. What if I told you that you can actually make money and feel good about what you’re doing, and still have enough time and energy to pursue your acting goals?
Here are some of the most in-demand, part time jobs that you can do from home in 2020.
1. Sell Your Artwork or Creative Projects Online
Do you repurpose garage sale or flea market items? Maybe knit beautiful sweaters, paint, sculpt or sew clothing? Do you make pottery or ceramics? Most creative people have more than one creative outlet. Your beautiful hobby could be potentially become a lucrative side hustle and pay the bills while you pursue an acting career. Consider opening up a virtual shop on Etsy or even sell your items on Instagram.
2. Sell Your Unused Stuff
These days, there are endless ways to sell your old stuff online — and it can make you some serious cash. Go through shoes, clothing and handbags that you just don’t use anymore or have fallen out of love with and turn them into real money!
Decluttr will buy your old cell phones, books, CDs, and more. And you might even have some luck on Facebook’s Marketplace that has taken over from Craigslist in recent years due to the obvious transparency. (Yup! You can see someone’s Facebook profile when they contact you!)
If run out of your own stuff to sell, try hitting the thrift stores and secondhand shops to find things to sell. I’ve known several people to make close to $1000 a month doing this alone.
3. Be a Customer Service Representative
Not feeling terribly entrepreneurial? Or just don’t have the extra energy to chase down jobs? I get it! Customer service is a field where more and more companies are hiring people to work from home. Courier companies, car rental agencies and travel services do this frequently,
Check out agencies like LiveOps which will pair you with companies that allow their customer service reps to work remotely.
4. Narrate Audiobooks
Why not put those acting and VoiceOver skills to work and narrate audiobooks? Audiobooks are a rapidly growing market for both publishers and voice actors alike. The easy access most people have to smartphone devices these days, combined with long commutes, makes for a super hungry market for audio content.
In addition to having a great voice and some acting chops, you also need a lot of patience, the ability to perform consistently and some standard at-home recording equipment. Read: How to Make Money Narrating Audiobooks for more details on this fast growing profession.
5. Teach Something Online
Yes, this is a real thing and it is on the rise! Are you an awesome guitar player? Have you had musical theatre or singing training? Maybe you speak Spanish? These are all things that you can teach online. There are several companies out there that offer video platforms / classrooms, and handle the marketing and payment, you just have to list your services. One of my favs is Lessons.combut do your research for a few more.
Some other popular online lessons are piano lessons, violin lessons … or any other musical instrument or language. I’ve even seen cooking and sewing lessons offered online. Get creative! I’m sure there is some special skill you have that someone else would really like to know.
6. Become an Online Language Tutor and/or Conversation Partner
This is one that I really love for actors, who often love to talk and connect with people and who tend to have great language skills. There are people all over the world, and I mean LOTS of people, who are eager to learn English or even practice speaking English with a native English speaker. This is a very cool way to connect with people of different cultures from all over the planet.
Again, you can check out websites like iTalki.com wyzant.com or preply.com who will pair you with people across the globe who want to learn English strictly online. And if you speak other languages fluently too, all the better.
7. Test Websites and Give Feedback
Yes, big companies don’t go randomly launching new platforms. After careful design, websites often go through several phases of testing before going live, or even just after. Why not click through websites and get paid for it?
8. Work as a Transcription Expert
If you’re a super fast typist, and hint: many musicians are! (it’s a manual dexterity thing) Why not transcribe videos, podcasts, tele-seminars or any other audio or video content Transcriptionists typically make $15-$20 per hour, and of course work completely from home.
9. Become a Social Media Manager
Maybe you are just killer good and crazy about Social Media…. people are willing to pay for this! Social Media Managers usually manage most, if not all of their clients’ social media accounts, and may even tie in with other online marketing such as email marketing, SEO Writing or Blog Planning.
When starting out you can offer the basics, such as social media posting and scheduling. Once you have a little more experience, add on more tasks and tier your prices accordingly.
10. Put Your Photoshop and Canva Skills to Work as a Graphic Designer
If you are really good at graphic design, and many creatives are, consider using this talent for something other than your own promo materials or online content. Again, this is something you can pitch to small, local businesses, and most of them will probably be grateful for the help.
Use tools like Photoshop, Canva, Adobe Spark and PicMonkey to create the materials needed for the jobs you get. You could also create your own specific designs and sell them online through sites such as Etsy or Creative Market that already have millions of daily buyers. Graphic design materials are in high demand by bloggers, influencers and other digital marketers.
These are 10 of the most popular side hustles and part time jobs that you can do from home in 2020. The added bonus is that they are also in high demand!
I hope you really enjoyed this post and are ready to ditch your survival job (replace the income first!) and kick things off with your side gig in 2020.
Would love for you to leave a comment below with which ones you think are the best for you?
And don’t forget to share this post with an actor friend who may need it too!
Hustle hustle! And always follow your dreams! xo Hunter
* Please Note: I am not an agent, manager, or casting director. I do not procure work for actors. All information, workshops and coaching are for educational purposes only and are not a guarantee or promise of employment. Thank you for being here!