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Starting a side hustle can be a great way to make extra money whilst still being able to focus on the other areas of your life – such as your job, studies, or family.
Before starting a side hustle, you first need to decide…
· The reason you want to start
· The amount of time you will be able to spend on your hustle
· How much you want to earn
Deciding on these factors beforehand will help you decide which hustle/s would be right for you.
Do you want to earn some extra cash to support your current job or studies?
Is your goal to eventually turn your side hustle into a business?
Whatever your reason for wanting to start, make sure it is something YOU enjoy doing in your spare time.
Unsure which side hustle is right for you?
Take your pick from…
30 best side hustle ideas you can start today
1. Get paid to listen to music
If you love listening to music then this is the perfect opportunity to earn some extra cash. Playlistpush pays you up to $12 for each song you listen to and review.
To qualify you will need to own a playlist and have a following on Spotify, YouTube Music or Apple Music.
2. Profit Accumulator
Profit accumulator is a UK based matched betting community. The platform provides you with tools and resources to start confidently matched betting. You could earn hundreds of pounds every month using the platform.
Matched betting is thought to be a risk-free method of gambling if done correctly. You make a profit by signing up for the free bonuses offered by bookmakers.
Sign up for Profit Accumulator’s free trial and earn £45 – check out Profit Accumulator for more details.
3. Get paid to walk
Although getting paid to walk will not make you rich, it can earn you rewards, points and cash for something you are most likely doing every day. It can also motivate you to be more active.
Check out the following apps to earn whilst you walk:
4. Get Paid to Lose Weight
Are you trying to lose weight?
Before you start sweating off those extra pounds, check out Healthy Wage – a motivational app that will pay you cash for losing weight.
You can also check out waybetter.com where you can participate in games, bet on yourself and win cash.
5. Rent a Friend
Yep, that’s right there are people who will pay to be your friend. These people may need someone to show them around the city they have just arrived in. Or perhaps they have a spare concert ticket and don’t have anyone else to go with.
Whatever the reason – if you are friendly and sociable then you might want to check out Rent a friend.
Parents with young children always need childcare. If you’re great with kids then why not babysit in your spare time?
You can charge your own rates, set your own hours and advertise on sites such as:
7. Pet sitting
Some pet owners have busy jobs or may just need a pet sitter whilst they are away from home. If you’re an animal lover, then you can get paid to look after pets with sites such as;
Ohmydosh is a UK based cashback reward site.
You make money by signing up for offers, free trials and completing surveys.
Don’t forget to cancel any free trials you sign up for before the trial is over – unless you want to continue paying for the service.
9. Market Research
From focus groups, interviews, and even mystery shopping tasks! Market research can be a great way to earn some extra money for giving your opinion.
Tasks range from around £40 – £60 an hour.
If you live in the UK, you can sign up to become a participant with companies such as:
Live outside the UK?
Try the following sites:
10. Mystery shopping
I’ve found mystery shopping to be less profitable than market research. However, there is still money to be made.
Check out these sites for mystery shopping opportunities:
11. Get paid for doing odd jobs
From assembling furniture to delivering groceries – Taskrabbit is a platform that allows you to pick up odd jobs in your spare time and get paid.
12. Food delivery
If you have a car and you enjoy driving, then ridesharing is a flexible way you can earn some extra cash.
14. Rent your car
If you ever park your car for hours you could be losing out on hundreds of dollars per month. With apps such as Turo you can earn money by renting out your car when you are not using it.
According to Turo you can earn an average of $706 per month.
Turo also offers liability insurance and physical damage protection so that you can have better peace of mind when renting your car.
15. Rent your space
Do you have a garage, cupboard, spare room, or any type of space where items can be stored?
16. Become a host with Airbnb
Let’s be real, renting accommodation is darn right expensive, so why not use this in your favour? If you have a house, room, or space where guests can stay you can rent out your space with Airbnb!
According to earnest.com, the average monthly amount earned on Airbnb is $924 – which makes it a great passive income source.
17. Casting calls
Casting directors are always looking for extras to star in films, tv commercials, etc. The best part is you usually do not need to have any acting or modelling experience.
To receive casting invitations, you can sign up to companies such as:
18. Voice Over Artist
Did you know that you can get paid to do voice-overs from your own home?
You can work on audiobooks, commercials, films, and other projects that need voiceovers and best of all you don’t need any experience to get started!
So, if you have the gift of the gab then perhaps this is the right side-hustle for you!
You can audition for voiceover work with companies such as…
www.acx.com – For audiobook auditions only.
Although blogging is not the fastest way to make a side income. It can turn into one of the most lucrative.
There are many bloggers who have managed to turn their side hustle into a full-time income. Will this be you?
If you have a passion for writing, choose a good niche, remain consistent, and post valuable content for your audience, then – yes, this can be you!
Ways you can monetise your blog include ads, affiliate marketing and sponsored content.
If you enjoy being in front of the camera and have entertaining content to share, then YouTube can be a great side hustle.
You can monetise your YouTube channel through ads, affiliate marketing, and sponsored content.
21. Sell your old books, CDs, DVDs, and games
Just enter the barcode, ship off the goods using the free courier service and get paid!
You can also buy books on the cheap from places like car boot sales and then use the above apps to generate profit.
If you choose this method make sure that the books are in good condition and are worth more than what you initially paid for them. To check how much profit you will make from each book simply enter the barcode using one of the apps.
22. Online English Teacher
If you enjoy making a difference in other people’s lives and are fluent in English, then teaching English as a foreign language can be a great way to earn some extra cash.
Cambly is a flexible platform that allows you to teach English online. You can work whenever you want and the best thing is you are not required to have any qualifications or experience.
You do not need to be a qualified teacher to tutor students, all you need is knowledge within the subject you want to teach.
The following sites allow you to set your own rates and create your own tutoring schedule.
With platforms such as Fiverr, you can create gigs and advertise your services. How much you earn will depend upon the services you choose to offer and how much work you put in.
Are you serious about turning freelancing into a successful side hustle?
Check out my book – Making Money Online: How to Start a Home-Based Freelancing Business without a Degree.
If you are an expert or have professional experience within an industry you can start your own consulting business.
Another platform you could use is Clarity.fm. You can charge your own per minute rate and talk with clients via conference calls.
26. Sell items on eBay
If you have old junk lying around the house, then why not gather up your junk and sell it on eBay?
You can also make money from eBay by flipping items. This means buying items for a lower price and then selling them at a higher price for profit.
27. Hair and beauty jobs
If you have a skill within the hair and beauty industry you can advertise your services using business cards and on platforms such as Instagram.
Hair and beauty services are always in demand which makes it a great way to earn some extra cash on the side.
28. Set up an Etsy shop
If you are the creative type and enjoy making homemade products then you could set up an Etsy shop. There are so many things you can make and sell on Etsy, from clothing, accessories, jewellery, and even printables!
29. Get paid for micro tasks
Although this is by no means the most profitable side hustle on this list, you can still make a few quid by completing micro tasks with sites such as Amazon Mechanical Turk.
30. Peer to peer lending
There are many ways you can invest your money one of which is Peer to Peer lending.
Peer to peer lending involves loaning money to businesses and individuals.
Sites such as Funding Circle allow you to choose who you loan money to and how much you loan. The entity will then pay you back with interest.
As with any type of investment, there will always be some risk involved such as entities not paying back.
Remember to research the platform you sign up with to understand how they protect your money. Also, remember to do your research on the entity you choose to invest in.
Having a diversified investment portfolio can also help mitigate risk.
As you can see there are many side hustles you can do in your spare time to earn extra income.
Whichever side hustle you choose make sure it’s something you enjoy doing and that it fits in with your goals.
Let me know which side hustle you choose in the comments.
What are you waiting for? Get your hustle on! 😉