Some people get up early to go for a run before work. Others stay up late playing video games with friends abroad. People’s internal clocks vary, but many identify as night owls. Almost a quarter, 24%, of people say they are more alert at night, according to a 2020 survey published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.
If you happen to be the widest awake at night and are looking for a way to earn some extra cash, there are sources of income you can create in those late hours. Whatever your interests, “these are side activities that you can fit into the time you have available,” says Kathy Kristof, founder and editor-in-chief of Sidehusl.com.
Here are three side activities for night owls.
Customer Service Representative
Customer service representative roles are among the fastest growing in remote opportunities in recent years. In fact, they’re among the most in-demand remote jobs right now, according to job search site FlexJobs.
Some customer service jobs offer “24/7” opportunities, says Kristof. “So if you wanted to work midnight to four in the morning, you sign up for these customer service jobs with companies like Working Solutions or Liveops.”
Kristof warns that one of the challenges with these gigs is “they mostly pay you by the minute, and a lot of them pay you by the engagement.” This means that even though you are technically at your desk waiting to receive calls, you are not getting paid. Some companies even charge you for your own training, she says. So be sure to read the contracts before signing up.
Customer service reps make an average of nearly $15 an hour, according to Indeed. Find open gigs on any of the aforementioned sites or job search sites like Indeed, ZipRecruiter, LinkedIn, or FlexJobs.
If you happen to love furry creatures, some puppies in your neighborhood may need some late-night attention.
“Sometimes people need their dog walked at around 10 a.m. because they’re not coming home” until later, says lateral fuss expert Kevin Ha. He’s seen requests for dog walks until 11 p.m. on sites like Wag!
Offer your dog walking services on sites like Wag!, Rover, or Care.com. Rates vary by region, length of walk, and number of puppies you’re walking, but average between $20 and $40 per hour, according to Thumbtack.
If you have a creative flair and aren’t necessarily in a rush to see your pay-cash side hustle right away, you might also consider blogging.
Bloggers make money in many ways, through advertisements on their sites, for example, or through affiliate links. These are listings for products relevant to that blogger’s pace using specific links. If readers make a purchase using these links, bloggers can earn a commission, which is a great way to earn passive income.
When Ha himself started his blog, Financial Panther, about his various side businesses, he was working full-time as a lawyer. “I was working on the blog at night, eight o’clock, nine o’clock…basically until midnight or one o’clock,” he says. The blog is now making enough money for Ha to quit his job as a lawyer to work there full time.
Blogger Rocky Trifari, who writes about travel, brings in between $100 and $2,500 a month in passive income from his site, and Nick Loper, whose blog also deals with side businesses, brings in between $10,000 and $15,000 a month. in affiliate marketing revenue.
Because it can take so long to turn the hustle and bustle into income, “you have to really love blogging,” Ha says, and be patient. Even in the years when the blog wasn’t bringing in much, “that’s what kept me going,” he says.
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