If you want to get ahead, you need a side hustle — or so people like to tell you. But the real people making money aren’t actually just working a second job. Instead, they’re leveraging tech to generate big incomes for themselves. 

The way they’re doing it, though, isn’t entirely obvious. In fact, tech-reliant money-making schemes are often hard to identify.

In this post, we take a look at some of the ways you can use tech to hustle and get ahead. Don’t waste your time and energy if you don’t have to. 

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Crypto trading algorithms

If you manually trade cryptocurrencies, you’re probably setting yourself up for losses. That’s because algorithms are usually much better able to forecast where the price is heading, based on well-accepted models and assumptions. 

Crypto trading algorithms also reduce the amount of effort you have to put into the process. You don’t have to sit in front of a computer monitor all day, tracking prices. Instead, the software does it for you, generating returns on your behalf, based on the parameters you enter. 

Template builders

Going to a professional designer and getting them to build you a website or brochure is expensive. There’s a lot of labour involved. 

That’s why many hustlers are now using template builders. These can potentially reduce costs by between 90% and 100%. All they require is a little time investment. 

Once you have a template set up, you can then replicate it far and wide at almost zero cost. What’s more, over time, the amount of time that you need to invest in creating content goes down. For instance, you can now set up video marketing templates using an AI-driven voice. All it does is read out your texts with a background sequence of your choice. 

Social media automation

If your hustle is something that you do on the side, then you can’t afford to sit in front of your computer all day, manually uploading posts to Instagram and Facebook. That’s not a good use of your time. 

Fortunately, with social media automation, you don’t have to. All you do is create all your content when you have a block of free time, and then tell the software when and where to post it. It will then dutifully obey your commands, uploading to social networks at the opportune time. 

Automated messaging services

Lastly, manually messaging all your clients about your offers and deals takes a lot of time and effort — something that might be in short supply if you also work a day job. 

Fortunately, there are now software solutions that let you do this automatically. What’s more, they are often able to conduct conversations with clients on your behalf, providing them with answers to their questions via chatbots and SMS. This way, you can continue offering value even if you aren’t physically present. 


Hustling is great for earning extra income, but if you really want to get ahead, you need to automate the process. Simply working longer hours doesn’t contribute to your quality of life.