How to make some extra money with a side hustle
Traditionally, the way we make money is by having a full time job. We work seven hours a day, five days a week, doing something that we specialise in. However, increasingly people are upskilling – learning skills outside of their main specialism – and are putting that to good use making extra cash.
The side hustle – making money outside of your main job – is a way of maximising your earnings. Whether that’s passive income generated by, say, investment or affiliate links on a blog, or active income generated by teaching English online in the evenings, for example, the side hustle is a means of bringing in extra income. The side hustle is what it’s all about these days!
The amount of extra income you make is governed by how much extra work you put in, as well as how smart you are with the kind of work you do, but one thing is true: technology has improved our ability to make extra cash without taking on multiple contract jobs.
Here are some of the most popular side hustles that you might consider if you want to bring in some extra cash:
1. Sell items online
A lot of people get into this line of work by simply selling off their own unwanted or unused items on Ebay or Gumtree. Clearing out the store cupboard and putting everything online is a great way to make some extra cash. However, once you see that money coming in, you might realise that you can take it further.
You could offer to provide the same service for other people, for example. Friends and family will likely have the same store cupboards full of unused goods, so you could offer to sell it for them via your existing account and take a small commission off each item sold.
2. Become a part-time driver
The old taxi model has dramatically changed since the arrival of Uber and Lyft. Now you set yourself up as a part-time driver, in the evenings and weekends, without worrying about being contractually obligated to do a certain number of hours.
Just turn your availability on and off as you see fit and make some extra money whenever you have the free time.
3. Do some social media management
Social media has become crucial for modern businesses who want to engage with their audience and appear relevant. However, as with many marketing tasks, it’s often a low priority for many businesses in the grand scheme of things and easy drops off to do lists as the day to day running of the company takes priority.
If you’re tech and social media savvy (and particularly have an affinity with Hootsuite and Buffer), you could offer to manage social media for local businesses. You can easily set up sharing accounts that will allow you to post, reblog and engage with audiences on behalf of businesses, building up their customer base and promoting them at the same time. Best of all, you can do this from your sofa.
4. Online tutoring
Most of us have some skills that could benefit others and it’s never been easier to learn some skills to add to your portfolio. However, if you want to make the most of what you know, why not offer to teach others?
Whether that’s teaching a language, helping people to learn business skills or tutoring for exams, it’s incredibly easy to set up online tuition through Skype. The really great thing about this side hustle is that you can even do it while you’re travelling, earning money while you see the world.
5. Sell your skills
With a plethora of sites including Upwork, People Per Hour and Fiverr now available, it’s easy to sell your skills on a freelance basis. Whether that’s blog writing, design, web development, administration or any other kind of work, you can create a profile and bid for jobs that you can complete in your spare time.
The really great thing about this one is that many people find it’s so successful that they quit the day job and become a full-time freelancer, but we’d advise that you start slow and build up your work in your spare time before you think about handing in your notice to your current employer.