How I Made Over $1,000 in Online Side Hustles Over the Past 30 Days

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A little over three months ago I was having a discussion with one of my dad’s friends and it went something like:

Him: “So I hear you’re staying pretty busy, what are you up to now?”

Me: “Yeah, well I started working full time as a data analyst at an insurance company and I’m also finishing up my Master’s this year.”

Him: “Wow, good to hear! What’s your degree in?”

Me: “Applied Statistics”

Him: “Woah…man I remember taking stats in college. I absolutely hated it. And everyone I knew hated it too. That’s awesome, you must be a “numbers man”! I bet people ask you to help them all the time with stats.”

Me: “Um, not really actually.”

Him: “Really? I bet there’s tons of people out there looking for stats tutors. You should look into that, you could probably make some extra cash.”

The Light Bulb Moment

Thus an idea began to plant itself in my mind…yeah, I bet there are tons of tutoring opportunities for stats classes. I didn’t know where to begin, so I went to the first place that made sense: my college campus. I met with the woman in charge of the Student Tutoring Services Center and asked about their tutoring program. She explained to me that they almost always had a shortage of math and statistics tutors and that they’d be happy to pay me $10.50 an hour to come work with them a few days each week.

As much as I enjoy stats, getting paid $10.50 an hour didn’t exactly excite me. So I began to look for other options. I turned to the greatest underground exchange center of goods and services known to man: Craigslist.

I posted a simple ad under the ‘Lessons and Tutoring’ category for my local city explaining I was offering tutoring services:

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This was my first time ever posting an ad on Craigslist so I had no idea what to expect. Within one week of posting I had three people reach out to me via email asking for help and how much I charge.

Wow. There really was a demand for this. 

I quickly did some research to find the average price range for tutoring services and found prices anywhere from $15-60+ per hour. I told each of the three people who emailed me that I charge $25 per hour and they all were fine with that price.

I later found out I was not charging nearly enough for my time. I have read online before that when you first start out offering a service and you’re unaware of the market for this service that you almost always charge a price that is far too low. But the more familiar you become with your niche market, the more accurately you can gauge the supply and demand and determine what price you actually should be charging.

I soon realized there were very few people in my area offering tutoring for statistics. So over the course of the next two months as more people reached out to me through Craigslist I slowly raised my price to $40 per hour. And very rarely did anyone think this was an unreasonable amount. The more I thought about it, the more it seemed fair. $40 was a drop in the bucket compared to what these people were paying in tuition for the course.

Expanding My Reach

The regular tutoring sessions with Craigslist clients was going smoothly until one day I had another idea pop into my head:

It’s great that I can meet with people in person, get paid handsomely to tutor in a subject I enjoy, and actually help people. But what about all the other tens of thousands of people out there undoubtedly looking for statistics tutoring? Is there a way that I can reach them too? 

It turns out the answer was a resounding yes. But Craigslist was not the tool to use. It was Facebook. Here’s how I found virtually an unlimited amount of people looking for statistics tutoring via Facebook:

I logged in to Facebook, typed in ‘statistics tutor’ or ‘stats tutor’ in the search bar and filtered the searches to the ‘Latest’ posts:

Search:

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Results:

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The best part about this is that you don’t even have to be friends with these people to see these posts. This is why Facebook is one of the most convenient places to find people looking for a particular service. On Craigslist you offer services to others and wait for responses, while Facebook brings your target audience straight to you.

Next, I simply messaged anyone who posted a status related to statistics tutoring. I explained that I could offer online tutoring via Skype or through creating a simple sheet on what formulas to know and explanations to example problems for certain chapters and sending it to them. Only about 1 in 10 people responded, but that was more than enough to fill up my schedule.

I have learned that in the field of tutoring you don’t need many clients to make a decent amount of money because you aren’t offering a one-time sale, but rather a recurring sale each week for several weeks.

$1,000 in 30 Days

Over the last 30 days, from mid-January to now I have regularly met with around three to four people in person each week via Craigslist. I have also been helping around six to seven people each week via Facebook tutoring. 

I typically use PayPal as the payment method for people I tutor in person as well as online because it makes it unbelievably simple to track my earnings. Here’s a snapshot of my earnings over the past month:

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From January 16th to February 16th I made $1,045 from tutoring.

What Can You Offer?

I’m still early on in my experiences in the online-money-making arena but the fact that I have been able to make a significant amount of money so quickly has really opened my eyes to the market that is available online. Never before in history has it been so easy to connect with people across the country. It’s wildly simple to find someone online looking for a skill or service you can offer. This is why there are more people making a living online through freelancing and working from home selling products and services than ever before.

As I continue to offer online tutoring I want to explore other platforms – maybe Twitter is a good source for finding clients as well. Or maybe Instagram or Pinterest are better. Or there may be some other social platform I’m completely unaware of that would be an even better choice.

I would encourage anyone who has niche knowledge in a subject matter to offer tutoring services both online and in-person. For me, I know statistics really well. But I’m sure there are other subjects out there that people are in dire need of help with. There are also other services in high demand – coding, website making, article writing and editing, etc. Some people are even able to make a living through buying and flipping products on Ebay for huge margins.

There are an endless amount of ways to make money online and never before in history has it been this easy to connect with people looking for your specific product, service, skill, or niche knowledge. What can you offer?

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16 Replies to “How I Made Over $1,000 in Online Side Hustles Over the Past 30 Days”

    1. This is an awesome rule of thumb, I’ll have to remember this. Especially coming from the master of tutoring himself…haha thanks for the tip! Using that logic, it appears I still may not have found my market price then…I’ll have to do some more price experimenting.

  1. Wowza! Congrats on finding such a kickass side hustle! You never know what’s out there until you look. In my first job I was certified as a notary. I only lasted six months at that job, but they paid for the notary certification. I’ve been mulling over starting a Craigslist notary service. The great part is that I could do it only on nights and weekends, which is exactly when notaries at banks tend to be closed. Now I just have to actually do it. 😉

  2. That’s awesome man. Tutoring is definitely something that seems to be pretty lucrative if you have the knowledge. The great thing is that the start up costs to do it are basically zero. (I suppose the knowledge you had to learn, but I don’t really count that as a start up cost if you were already doing it anyway).

  3. I am pretty new when it comes to side hustles + making money online, so this was really inspiring to read. Man, I definitely would have used your services if I were back in school. Stats kicked my butt, both in undergrad and grad school. Congrats on your success tutoring. $1,000 in 30 days is awesome!

    1. Most people don’t seem to enjoy stats as much as I do…haha so I’ve learned that I can definitely use this to my advantage! In my case it’s nice having this niche knowledge, but I bet there are several other ways people can use their niche knowledge to earn money online. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  4. I’m an engineer by degree and I used to tutor math for students at a private school. I was able to charge $60/hour, just to teach middle school math! But, a few things fell into place:
    – wealthy families who could afford it
    – high tuition, so incentive to have their kids do well
    – small town, with lack of competition of math experts

    Anyway, I really enjoyed it, but I don’t live there anymore. I did have to start at $20/hour though, just to get the first few bookings and then I got referrals and was able to increase my rates pretty rapidly. It was also awesome, that I always felt like I walked away from a session feeling that I made a difference, unlike a typical office job.

    1. Wow, you really had all the demographic traits lined up to charge a high rate! I have noticed that there is a massive shortage of people with math and science knowledge in general, so the price you’re able to charge is naturally higher than most other subjects. And I agree, tutoring is gratifying work in the sense that you know you’re positively impacting someone else’s life. Thanks for sharing your own experiences 🙂

  5. Nice hustle here Zach, it does make you wonder what types of skills and services that are in demand that we can offer..

    I’ll have to rack my brain and get onto that haha! 🙂

  6. used to do tutoring as well, it can be quite lucrative! Have you thought about the feasibility of scaling by creating online courses about your tutoring niche? Not sure about the demand, but these days the platforms are available (Teachable, Thinkific, Udemy etc) to create elearning modules easily.

    1. I have been brainstorming ways to scale my tutoring ability even more, but I haven’t looked too deeply into creating online courses. This could be an interesting side hustle. I’m definitely going to check out those sources you mentioned – thanks for sharing!

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