30 great ways to make a little extra cash on the side
Side hustling has been making waves over the past couple of years and is really catching people’s attention. “What is a side hustle?” you may ask.
Well, a side hustle is a way of making money on the side and can vary from doing little things to much bigger things. Side hustling is not a quick fix for money problems. You will still need to put in time and effort.
A lot of people take the opportunity to focus on the things that make them happy, like a hobby or passion, and you might treat this as your own side business. Remember, hard work makes the dream work.
I’ve scoured numerous articles and sites to pull together a list of potential side hustles that will suit all types of interests.
Start a blog
Like many bloggers out there, a blog is initially a way of sharing your passions and experiences with the world. After some time, you should be able to monetize your blog and turn it into a profitable side hustle.
Take online Surveys
This is a simple hustle, but you shouldn’t expect to make a fortune doing this. Surveys and questionnaires can put a small income in your virtual pocket and don’t take long, either. Do a simple web search for this and also check out your app store on your phone.
I love using Google Surveys on my phone, I can make from 6p to 30p or more in a day, but it soon adds up and is certainly a great way for paying for apps on my phone.
Sell on Amazon
We actually have a ton of experience selling on Amazon Handmade and have a dedicated post to starting a business on Amazon and the pros and cons of it. I recommend you give them a read if you are considering an Amazon side hustle:
Sell on Etsy
Etsy is a great place to sell and can really earn you big money if you become a serious seller and focus on items that sell well.
Manage Social Media For Small Business
Sometimes, a small business doesn’t have the time or resources to focus on posting to social media platforms. You could contact local businesses or look online and offer your services to them.
Write an E-book
Anyone can write an e-book and publish it on Kindle or iBooks. Have a look around, talk to people, see what is trending in the world, and write about it. You can also promote the hell out of it (which a friend has done) and reap the rewards.
Rent your space
Have you considered renting space you don’t use often? This could be a private parking space if you are located around business areas which never have available parking spaces or even space in your home. You could use a big basement for storage for people or even go as far as taking in a lodger.
Rent on Airbnb
Airbnb is huge, and a lot of folks love to have their own space rather than booking a hotel. Consider renting your home during different seasons or simply just rent out a room instead.
Become a house sitter
Ok, so there are people out there who pay you to look after their homes while they are away. My friend does this for a job and has stayed in some very grand spaces over in Spain and Italy – sounds lush. You pretty much get paid to vacay, probably.
Create an online course
Are you a dab hand at something worth learning about? Consider creating an online course, charging a monthly or one-off fee so people can access your content and learn something for themselves.
Garage Sale / Carboot Sale
This can be a one-off way of making some pennies on things you no longer want or need. Every little counts!
After some initial work, Society6 is an idle way of earning some cash. All you do is the initial designs or artwork, upload to the site and let them do the rest of the work – the mockups, product printing, and sending. Just sit back and receive a cut of the sale price.
Please make sure you like dogs before you sign up for this and know how to handle and look after them properly. If you live in an area where many dogs reside or simply if your friendly neighbor has a dog, then consider asking if they would like you to walk it for spare change.
Affiliate marketing is when you recommend products to website visitors and make a small commission when they buy. This can become a significant part of any business. Check out this guide to learn more.
Freelance Article Writer
If you are an experienced writer or are confident you can write well enough, you may be able to write articles for bloggers or other businesses that require help.
Drive For Uber
There are two options when driving with Uber; being an Uber’ taxi’ driver or delivering with Uber Eats (where applicable). All you need is a license and an eligible car, and if you don’t, then Uber can help you with this.
A platform for freelancers to offer their services. This can be logo design, voice-over work, translation, or a ton of other cool stuff. Take a look and see what you can offer.
Produce An Audio Book
Just like writing a book, why not speak it? Plenty of people like to spend their evenings or journeys listening to audiobooks, so why not give them something interesting to listen to?
TaskRabbit is an online market place that allows you to find local freelance laborers to help with things such as cleaning, moving furniture, delivery, etc. If you have spare time or a spare set of muscles, then consider this.
You can offer your services via email marketing to make money this way, or you can become an affiliate for businesses and gain a commission by driving traffic and sales to sites.
Reduce Your Own Expenses
This isn’t much of a side hustle but more of a way to reduce your current outgoings to save you more money. Consider swapping grocery stores, cutting back on luxuries, walking more, looking for offers.
If you have the time (and energy), you could always consider a second job which offers flexible part-time hours or a weekend job.
Food Delivery Service
You can offer your driving skills to local take away businesses in your area or to companies such as Deliveroo as a food delivery driver.
Make some spare change for searching the web? Yes, please. Swagbucks is a website that pays you to use their search engine for searching everyday things and for also taking surveys. Don’t expect to make millions, but do expect to make some spare change every day.
Freelance Website Building
Do you have a dab hand at website building? Offer these services to local small businesses or potential start-up companies at a discount price. Consider creating a monthly package for the upkeep of the website afterward.
Earn money from becoming a mystery shopper. Do an online search for mystery shopper opportunities in your area and jump on board – especially if you love to shop. Shop, share your experience and repeat.
Consider babysitting for a family member, friend, or neighbor. Rather than just the odd night, suggest a pick up from school option or a few hours in the evening every few days.
There are websites out there where you can bulk buy items at a lower cost, store them in your own space and sell them on. This is called drop shipping and can help bring in significant income if done correctly. Take a look at websites like Aliexpress and see if this can work for you.
Sell Your Photos
We can all easily take incredible photos with our phones these days, so why not try and sell some on stock photo sites? You will only get paid the images people choose to purchase, of course, but this could be a simple idle way of making some extra coin.
Flog on eBay and Facebook
Gather all the items you no longer need or want, inspect the quality, consider the price, and list it to eBay. People sell all sorts of weird and wonderful things on eBay – you may make a few quid.
Also, consider selling any unwanted items on Facebook. There is no fee for listing on Facebook, and there are even Facebook market places you could get involved in.
There are endless ways to make money and we’ve listed 30 of them right here! Have you tried any of these money making ideas? If so, let us know!