It seems like the cost of everything is going up at the moment. With the recent inflation trends and the threat of an upcoming recession, a lot of people are thinking about how they can make a little bit more money to manage the current economic conditions and also prepare for the potential future economic conditions. A lot of people refer to the idea of a second job or a small business you run on the side of your usual job as a “side hustle”. If you are someone who likes to work with your hands and be practical and manual. It may be a foreign idea to consider starting an online business.
Further, you may think that given all of your skills are in the practical domain that they may not translate to the online domain. The reality is that this is. Not true. People with real-world skills and experience are very well-positioned to be very successful online. Whilst there are some technical skills to learn and some new concepts to understand. Once those are mastered you can profit in a big way. In this article, we will outline the opportunity that is in front of you and some of the key steps you need to take to seize that opportunity.
DIY Skills Are Increasingly Valuable
Nowadays, a lot of younger adults are low on skills when it comes to fixing and improving things. In previous generations, there was a certain standard of skill that most people possessed from which they then specialized in another skill on top of that. But the more recent adult generations seem to have very few DIY skills unless they have been explicitly trained. This puts you at a great advantage in the upcoming economic environment. People are going to need to try and save money where they can and to do that they might try and minimize the number of times they need to call a licensed professional tradesman. As they embark on trying to learn these new skills to fix their own problems and make their own improvements, they are going to need information about how to do it and what they need to do it. Given you have got information on both of these things, there are two main ways you might be able to turn that information you have into a profitable online side hustle.
One of the easiest ways to make money online is to sell information. It sounds simple and it really is that simple. You can package up information in multiple different ways. Common examples of information products are E-books and online courses. An e-book is the easiest to create. It simply requires that you type up some information on a certain topic, convert that document into a more readable format (for example ‘pdf’) and then configure a simple payment process where somebody can pay money and then have that e-book delivered to them via email. Online courses are another way to sell information. They take a little bit more work to set up than an ebook but once they’re set up you can forget about them. You can do this with simple blocks of text broken up into different lessons, or you can also record videos of yourself talking or of yourself doing things and upload those as the lessons. Your DIY skills could be things that people are searching for information on, that you might be able to convert into an information product that somebody will then pay money for.
One of the other common ways to make money online is with an e-commerce store. An e-commerce store is like an online shop where you see pictures and descriptions of different products and choose the ones you want and pay for them. Following your purchase, they will then be shipped from the warehouse to you via courier or post in some way. Lydababy.com is an example of an e-commerce store that sells baby clothing and other related items. This is just an example to help you understand what an e-commerce store is. In your case, given your DIY skills, you could potentially consider creating an e-commerce store that sells the products people need to do their own DIY projects. You could even do a hybrid model store where you have a combination of information products and then also have an e-commerce store where people can then buy the tools and supplies they will need to carry out those DIY projects.
Just because you weren’t brought up in the online age doesn’t mean you can’t potentially make money on the Internet. Your real-world skills and knowledge actually give you an advantage because you can offer some real value to people that they will be seeking in the upcoming economic downturn. Not only could this help you make some extra money you will get the satisfaction of passing on your skills and knowledge to another generation.