5 Freelance Side-Hustles for When You’re In-Between Jobs

5 freelance side-hustles
Written by Hussein Yassine

We live in a weird world. Pandemic sweeping the globe. Corrupt politicians. Censorship. Millions of people out of jobs.

Whether you’re employed or not, you need to keep cash flowing in. The cool thing is, most people have valuable skills that can be used right now for extra cash.

So here are five freelance side-hustles for when you’re in-between jobs!

1. Online Teaching


Online teaching can be a nice source of income and there are several ways to do it.

For instance, Udemy allows you to create and sell courses on any topic and it’s completely free. The only cost is the time it takes to record and produce courses (which can be done from your phone).

Other websites like Teach Away and VIPKID put you directly in front of live students. You can’t teach whatever you want (it’s mostly teaching English to children around the world) but there’s plenty of work and it pays well.

The best part about online teaching?

You don’t need experience to get into most sites, although some platforms like VIPKID require a Bachelor’s degree.

Udemy Degree not required.
VIPKID Degree required
Cambly Degree not required
PalFish Degree not required
My Tutor Lab Degree not required
Magic Ears Accepts university students
Open English Degree not required

Depending on your qualifications, you can make between $10 and $40 per hour or more teaching online.

Virtual Assistant


Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistant work is for those who like to mix things up. Virtual assistants take over remote tasks for clients. For instance, you might answer emails, take phone calls, or even write marketing copy.

While the wage varies depending on the jobs you do (and who you work for) virtual assistants make between $10 and $30 per hour, on average. 

The more experienced and skillful you are, the more tasks you can tackle. The more effective you are, the more you get paid (usually).

Zirtual U.S. Only
24/7 Virtual Assistant U.S. Only
Online Jobs PH Philippines Only
Upwork All Countries

Virtual Assistants can check VA-specific websites like Zirtual and 24/7 Virtual Assistant, or you can find jobs on more inclusive places like Upwork.




Got the chops to be a writer? Prove it as a blogger! You can set up a blog for free. It takes time to grow, but once it builds momentum it can create a steady stream of passive income for years.

Blogs can make money in several ways:

    • Paid Ads (like Google Adsense)
    • Other advertisements
    • Affiliate links
    • Digital products
    • Memberships

Don’t have the time/motivation/skill to manage, grow, and write for a blog?

No problem.

You can write and earn on Medium without building a website, managing design, or getting wrapped up in other time-consuming tasks.

With Medium, all you have to do to earn money is write good-enough content on a regular basis. 

Of course, it would serve you better to have an existing base of followers to get quick traffic to your articles, but it’s possible to build an audience from scratch on the platform if you have something valuable to say.

TextBroker Up to $0.05 per word
iWriter Up to $0.08 per word
Contently Up to $1.70 per word
ConstantContent Around $0.10 per word

It’s not easy to tell how much revenue blogging can make because it depends on so many variables. But, generally speaking, if you know what you’re doing and you are consistent with it, you can earn between $500 and $2,000 per month by the end of your first year.

Audio Transcription


Audio Transcription

For the nimble-fingered out there, transcribing audio is one of the most suitable options for a side-hustle. 

Fast typists who use online services such as TranscribeMe, for example, make, on average, $250 per month, or around $15-$22 per hour of transcribed material.

Rev $0.36 to $0.65 per audio minute
SpeechPad Up to $50 per task
Scribie $10 per audio hour
TranscribeMe $0.79 per audio minute

If you have a Legal or Medical background, then you’re in for a treat because you can earn way more for each hour of transcribed audio.

Social Media Management


Social Media Management

Whether you’re an expert or novice in social media, a popular and lucrative side-hustle is Social Media Management.

This expansive field of remote work offers many opportunities for both entry-level and specialized freelancers, across the many different social media platforms that dominate the Internet today.

As a Social Media Manager, depending on your level of experience, you will be responsible for taking care of a company’s online presence by creating content, engaging with followers and responding to comments.

The average Social Media Manager can make between $15-$50 per hour. Intermediate freelancers can expect to earn between $50 and $100 per hour. Top experts can easily bill over $120 per hour.

Here are some good places to find social media gigs:

LinkedIn Social Platform
Acadium Digital Marketing Platform
Upwork Freelance Platform
PeoplePerHour Freelance Platform

About the author

Hussein Yassine

Hussein Yassine is a lifelong gaming aficionado and technology enthusiast. He also happens to be an avid writer, so he writes about these and other interesting topics. When he's not writing or gaming, he can usually be found fumbling around his piano.