People feel more alert at different times of the day. Some have energy surges in the late afternoon, others prefer to work through the night, and even more get their energy peak in the morning. In fact, 13% of people identify as early risers, according to a 2020 survey published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.
If you find yourself most awake and energized in the mornings, and looking for a way to add another source of income, these early moments could be your opportunity.
Here are three side hustles for early risers.
Virtual assistance gigs are quite versatile. They can involve administrative work like data entry, or they can mean higher-level marketing like social media management. Either way, “you can do them any time of the day,” says Kathy Kristof, founder and editor-in-chief of Sidehusl.com. As long as you get the scope of work from your employer, “you schedule it,” she says.
Find virtual assistant jobs on sites like BELAY, Robert Half, or FlexJobs, or list your services on sites like Fiverr or Upwork. Some experts also recommend browsing virtual support groups on Facebook to see what employers might post.
The more niche your specialty, the more you could be paid. Depending on the type of virtual assistance you offer, hourly rates are $13 and up, depending on the listings on the sites. According to Angelique Rewers, founder of BoldHaus, a consulting firm that helps small businesses attract corporate clients, some VAs can earn more than $100 an hour.
If you like driving early in the morning, consider signing up for a ride-sharing service like Uber or Lyft. A reliable place to find customers: A nearby airport, says side-hustle expert Kevin Ha. Some people need “a 5am ride to the airport”.
To be able to drive through Uber, you must be of minimum driving age where you live, have a valid US driver’s license, and have at least one year of US driver’s license. To be eligible to drive for Lyft, you’ll need to meet the requirements for your city and state. And in both cases, of course, you will need to have access to a car.
A job listing for Lyft drivers in New Jersey says drivers can earn up to $27 an hour.
Companies need people to transcribe interviews, meetings or dictations. Like virtual assistance, transcription is a job that can often be done at any time, as long as you have obtained the assignment from an employer.
Sign up to offer your transcription services on sites such as Transcription Outsourcing, Rev, SpeakWrite, GMR Transcription or CastingWords.
Outsourcing transcription “pays some of the highest rates in the industry, between 85 cents and $5 per audio minute,” says Kristof. She warns that it’s not always the most lucrative gig “because the audio minutes take up to 10 minutes to transcribe per minute.”
“It’s usually between $20 and $30 an hour,” she says.
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