Looking for high paying side hustles? You definitely came to the right place, and you will NOT be disappointed that you’ve landed here on this page, let me assure you. I’ve run the full gambit of earning money – from making hardly just a few bucks an hour to now earning an hourly rate that’s way higher than most people earn at their full-time jobs! Take it from me. Keep exploring the high paying side hustles and find your niche. You won’t be sorry you did.
How to Find High Paying Side Hustles – Work Less and Earn More
When I first started side hustling a couple years ago, I decided to register for two paid survey sites:
- Swagbucks, and
- Inbox Dollars.
After making a few dollars taking surveys, I decided to share the news with my closest friends. If I could convince them to create an account, I’d get a bonus!
Although some friends were supportive, one friend was brutally honest with me. He told me,
“Man, you are wasting your time chasing pennies.”
At the time, I brushed his comments off. I was making easy money. I couldn’t understand why he didn’t want to do the same.
So I continued taking surveys daily. I’d even sneak in a survey or two during my downtime at work. This continued for months. Then one day it occurred to me that my friend was right. I was wasting my precious time on those survey sites.
When I took time to do the math, I realized I earned very little money by taking surveys. Under $5 an hour to be exact. From that day forward, I chose to focus on finding high paying side hustles.
In this guide, I’ll show you how to find high paying side hustles so that you can work less and earn more.
The Hunt For High Paying Side Hustles
Why do you think survey sites pay such little money? It’s because they are easy. Anyone can take a survey. In order to get paid more, you have to find a high-value side hustle.
A high-value side hustle is a side hustle that requires in-demand skills such as:
- Social Media Marketing
- Graphic Design
- Web Design
If you are looking to get paid, you should definitely invest your time in acquiring an in-demand skill. These are all skills you can master by using your local library system or paying for a course.
When you feel that you have reached your desired level of competence, then it’s time to move on to finding potential clients that will pay you what you’re worth. Let’s discuss three proven strategies you can use to find high paying clients.
3 Proven Strategies to Find High Paying Clients
After countless hours of deliberate practice, you want to get paid for your hard work. Unfortunately, your work has only just begun. Now it’s time to find potential clients who can use your skills.
How do you go about doing that? You should try these 3 proven strategies:
- Networking Online and in Person
- Pitching Clients Directly
- Becoming so good they cannot ignore you
Sometimes it can be nerve-wracking to meet new people and introduce yourself and your skill-sets, but wouldn’t it ultimately be worse for no one to ever know who you were? By doing nothing, you’re certain to fail!
Have you ever heard the phrase, “Your network is your net worth?” Your network is paramount when trying to find clients that will pay you what you are worth. Reaching out to someone who is highly paid in the niche you want to pursue can speed up your desired result.
Paid Online Courses
How do you go about finding someone like this to become your mentor? One way to do this is by purchasing an online course that gives you access to a private FB group. This gives you a chance to ask questions to the person who is killing it in your niche.
Not only that, it also gives you a chance to interact with like-minded members who share the same goal of earning more from their side hustle.
Since deciding to focus on high paying side hustles, I have purchased two online courses with private Facebook groups:
These groups are ran by two amazing individuals;
- Holly Porter Johnson runs Earn More Writing, and
- Larry Ludwig runs SEO for Writers.
I have learned so much from both of them.
At this point, you may be wondering how to find similar online courses in your niche. The answer, of course, is networking! Before purchasing a course, I recommend asking at least three people in your niche whether the course is worth it. Maybe someone who is in an unpaid online mastermind group.
Unpaid Online Mastermind Groups
Napoleon Hill is credited with creating the idea of a mastermind group. In one of his books, he has this to say about the mastermind principle,
“The coordination of knowledge and effort of two or more people, who work toward a definite purpose, in the spirit of harmony.”
Nowadays, mastermind groups can be formed using:
- Reddit, or
- other group messengers.
I’ve joined a couple of unpaid groups and they have led to some paid opportunities. Also, I have shared opportunities some clients of mine had with the group that I wasn’t interested in.
If you don’t want to pay for a group, I’d highly recommend creating your own unpaid online mastermind group or joining an existing one.
Here are three ways you can go about searching for one:
- Create a Slack account and search for groups in your niche
- Use Twitter to find like-minded people in your field
- Connect with people via LinkedIn
Networking in Person
While networking online allows you to connect with people across the globe, do not overlook the potential value of networking in person. In Grant Sabatier’s book Financial Freedom, he has an entire section dedicated to networking in person.
He reveals that he went on coffee dates with several potential clients. This led to him securing more contracts for his digital marketing business.
You can apply the same concept to growing your side hustle. While I do most of my networking online, I know some friends and coworkers who have joined offline mastermind groups.
Another way to get to know people in your field is by attending conferences in your niche. About a year ago, I attended a personal finance conference called FinCon. There I was able to pitch a potential freelance client in person.
If you are serious about growing your side hustle, I highly recommend that you attend at least one conference in your field.
Although networking with other members in your field may lead to paid opportunities, pitching to clients directly is still something you should do. To be honest, pitching scares me sometimes. What you have to do is feel the fear and do it any way. It is the only way to be successful.
Where can you find potential clients?
You can find them on job boards like:
- LinkedIn ProFinder, and
It’s a good idea to always keep a list of potential clients stored in a document somewhere. Before you reach out, do your research on each client. In your pitch, be sure to let them know what problem of theirs you can solve. Let them know how you can make their life easier.
A perfect example of this is when my coworker pitched a client in person the other day.
- The client was her doctor’s office.
- After noticing that the form she had to fill out wasn’t digitized, she offered to create a digitized form for them.
- She knew how to do this from learning one of Adobe’s programs.
- When she submitted her solution, they paid her $800 for her services.
When looking for potential clients, look for problems you can solve. That’s where the opportunities lie!
3) Becoming so Good They Cannot Ignore You
When asked by a member of the audience how to be successful, Steve Martin told them,
“Be so good they cannot ignore you.”
His logic is that, “If people are thinking, ‘How can I be really good?’ then people will come to them.”
If focus on becoming a master of your craft and you combine it with the advice in this article, clients will start reaching out to you.
In the meantime, keep building your portfolio, marketing yourself, and pitching potential clients. It will all be worth it in the end!
Working Less and Enjoying Life More
Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think
Enjoy yourself, while you’re still in the pink
The years go by, as quickly as a wink
Enjoy yourself, enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think
– Guy Lombardo
When you find a high paying side hustle, you no longer have to waste your precious time chasing pennies. Since you earn more, you can work less. While true balance might not be possible, you can spend more time on things that truly bring you joy.
- Do you want to spend more time with your family?
- Want to spend more time on a hobby you love?
- Start your search for that high paying side hustle today!
If you don’t know what you’d like to do, experiment! Listen to podcasts like The Side Hustle Show to get some ideas. When your side hustle takes off, you might decide to pursue it full-time. But that’s a discussion for another day. Go enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think!
AUTHOR Jerry Brown
Jerry Brown is an adventurous bibliophile who loves personal finance. He is the mastermind behind the blog Peerless Money Mentor. When he is not reading thought-provoking books or studying finance, he is spending time with family. biking, or taking a random adventure somewhere.