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7 Side Jobs That Can Lead to High-Paying Careers

Elizabeth Aldrich

Everyone wants to use the new gig economy to earn a little extra money on the side. Maybe you’re looking to earn some beer money or pay off your debt. But what if you could earn a lot of extra money on the side? What if you could earn enough to turn it into a full-time career? Perhaps you could even make a solid work at home job out of your side gig.

While driving for Uber, walking dogs, and babysitting are all great ways to earn extra cash, there are plenty of more skill-based side jobs that can actually lead to a full-time, fulfilling career. Whether you’re looking for an industry change, a salary boost, or both, here are some of the best side jobs to land you a new high-paying career.

Each position will include salary information as well as the job outlook for the future. If you’re going to learn a new skill, make sure it’s in demand!

  1. Web design

It probably seems like a no-brainer that flexing your tech skills on the side can lead to a high-paying career nowadays. However, for those who are intimidated by tech language, web designers are less on the technical side of building a website and more on the artistic and marketing side. Instead, they focus on the layout and design of the website. They’re thinking about what needs to be placed where in order for a website to look good and sell its product? Thanks to platforms like WordPress and drag-and-drop web design programs, some web designers make a living with minimal knowledge of coding.

Average pay: $48,623 median salary according to PayScale

Job outlook: Expected to grow much faster than average according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook

  1. Web programming

If you are more interested in the technical side of things, web programmers, or web developers, do all of the coding for various programs, applications, and websites on the internet. Web developers can create custom code and build a website from the ground up for clients who need more personalized websites. Because their skills are more technical and extensive, they are in high demand and make good money. It’s possible to learn how to code online, and there are both free and paid courses available.

Average pay: $67,990 median salary according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook

Job outlook: Expected to grow much faster than average according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook

  1. Social media management

If you know your way around Instagram and Facebook, offer to start managing social media accounts for local businesses. You can get your start writing clever tweets and networking to get more followers. Once you’ve got that down, start learning some more advanced social media marketing such as giveaways and ad campaigns. If you can learn how to consistently run successful Facebook ads, you can make good money.

Average pay: $48,618 median salary according to PayScale

Job outlook: Investments in global social media advertising are expected to grow from around 32 billion U.S. dollars in 2017 to approximately 48 billion U.S. dollars in 2021 according to Statista’s Digital Market Outlook.

About the author

Elizabeth Aldrich

Elizabeth Aldrich

Elizabeth is a freelance writer and “digital nomad” specializing in small business, entrepreneurship, career advice, real estate, travel, arts, and culture. She’s written for outlets as varied as Rawckus Music and Arts Magazine, Itcher Entertainment, Sweden Tips, Houzz, Hometalk, JobHero, Tico Times, and Eugene Weekly. Thanks to a three-year stint in a travel job, a knack for mining great deals, and credit card churning, she has not paid for a single flight since 2012, despite her constant travels. You can find her on Twitter @LizzieAldrich or her website, www.elizabethaldrich.com.

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