6 Socially Distant Side Hustles For Musicians

Let’s face it…being a musician isn’t easy during a global pandemic. We haven’t been able to play live shows in over a year, so what do we do?

We are creative people. it’s time to get creative and make some extra cash. Here are 6 socially distant side hustles for musicians:

1. Create and Sell Online Music Courses

What are you the most knowledgeable and passionate about? If you’re a musician, it’s likely music. Are you a singer? Teach vocal lessons. Are you a DJ? Teach a mixing course. Are you a music theory expert? Create a course and make a passive income. There are so many great platforms online to create and sell courses.

My favorite platform to learn new skills on is SkillShare. It’s a subscription based platform where you can learn just about anything. You can also create and place your courses on the platform. SkillShare reports that the top teachers can make around $40,000 a year. Not bad for not leaving the house.

Other platforms that I’m less familiar with, but are very popular include: Udemy, Teachable, and Thinkific.

2. Teach on Zoom

Along the same lines as above…freelance as a teacher over Zoom. These are live classes that you can do 1-on-1 or with a group. Teach what you know the best and make some coin!

3. Freelance on Fiverr

You can provide pretty much any service you want on Fiverr. Voiceovers, write a jingle, play a guitar riff for someone’s song, build websites, design a logo…the possibilities are endless. The best part is, you can set your own prices. The market is a bit oversaturated, so you have to know how to market your services.

4. Trade Stocks

The newest trend is screwing Wall Street by making volatile stocks go skyrocketing, like Gamestop, Blackberry, Dogecoin, and AMC. I don’t know anything about how this works, but 10-year-olds are banking off of this…so I’m assuming you can too. Check out this article on ABC News to learn what’s going on there. Also check out the Reddit group that started it all, WallStreetBets. Go ahead. Stick it to the man!

5. Go Live

You are a performer, right? You have a fanbase, right? Set up a weekly gig on Facebook, IG, YouTube, or even TikTok live. You can set-up a virtual tip jar simply by using PayPal or Cashapp. If you have a strong fanbase, this has potential to be quite profitable.

6. Translate

Speak two or more languages fluently? You can make some great money translating documents. One great site to start with is Translator Cafe. Lots of my friends in Montreal and Hong Kong could take advantage of this.


I hope this article was helpful for some of you. If you know of other ways musicians can make money during the pandemic, comment below and share this post if you think it might help someone!

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