Thinking about launching a new side gig? You’re in good company. According to a recent study by Bankrate, 44 million adult Americans have a side hustle to earn extra money. But that doesn’t mean the market is over-saturated, especially if you’re an extrovert with personality to spare. There are plenty of ways to earn money from selling your favorite products to giving tours of your favorite destination. Set an ambitious financial side gig goal and get started with these five ideas for extroverts.
Relationship marketing never seems to go out of style as a side gig. With so many companies on the market to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start. Look to companies that have stood the test of time against rumors and are still thriving. It’s also important to pick a company that sells products you love. Rumors that Amway is a pyramid scheme proved false, as the company deals with product sales and doesn’t require partners to recruit new people to make investments into a business. Instead, Amway offers opportunities to earn commission and income on selling products on your own schedule. Marketing and selling to your network or community also gives you a chance to tap into your extroverted side while building your business.
Do you love showing off your city or visiting the same overseas location again and again? A tour guide is a fun side gig for extroverts who enjoy meeting new people and talking all day. Partner with a hotel, resort, or go out on your own through word-of-mouth referrals or platforms like Airbnb Experiences to drum up customers. And if you’re already involved in your community, you can take a group to a destination of your choice and turn it into an opportunity to play tour guide while earning a side income.
Do you ever fantasize about speaking to a crowd where all eyes are on you? Explore opportunities through your local business associations, MeetUp Groups, or Rotary Club to give keynote speeches on your area of expertise. If you’re not sure what to talk about, think about what people come to you for again and again. Whether you love talking about finding work-life balance with your job and family or the importance of retaining and engaging a workforce, there’s a group that wants to hear about it.
Do you love cold calling, never think twice about contacting a stranger on LinkedIn, and are always thinking about which jobs are perfect for your friends? Align your skills and passions as a part-time, remote recruiter. You’ll spend your time following up on leads, getting to know potential candidates, and learning more about businesses and corporations that need your help. Recruiters typically earn a percentage of the candidates salary, which is often 25 percent. The more you can play matchmaker between business and candidate, the more you earn.
Consider a side gig as an event planner if you love taking charge and organizing all of the details both big and small. Event planners are constantly talking to vendors, visiting venues, and meeting with clients to make sure everything is going according to plan. And as an added bonus, you’re getting paid to do something you love while taking the stress of planning an event off of your clients.
Embrace your extroverted side and align your side gig around your personality, skills and interests. From selling products directly to your network to planning events, you can earn money on the side and create the flexible lifestyle you deserve.