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If you’re looking for ways that you can earn a few extra bucks with a side hustle you can do from home, you are likely to encounter lots of different strategies for making money. There are so many different schemes and ideas for all sorts of things. With so many options out there, whatever your needs and skills, time, flexibility and any other restrictions are, you should still easily be able to find a side hustle to suit you.
And with the advance of digital working and the easy availability of the internet, working a side hustle is much easier than ever before. Whilst some physical options might be location dependant, other online opportunities can have you making money working with people all over the world!
So with all of that in mind, here are some of the things that you could choose to do from home, that will help to boost your income, and if all goes well, could even evolve from a side hustle to become a full-time income generator.
Side Hustle Ideas To Make Extra Money
Sell your services
Are a fab photographer or good at graphics? Can you code, or do you have a great eye for proofreading? Whatever your skills, you can use websites such as Fiverr to offer your work to hundreds of potential customers. Just sign up as a freelancer, set up your ‘gig’ and let the customers come to you.
Talk through the details of each project with the customer and get paid on completion. There are no fees to join and list your services, but Fiverr will take a fee from your sales. You keep 80% of each transaction.
Become a language tutor
Did you know you can get paid just to chat to people in English, so they can practice their language speaking skills?
Sign up to a language site such as Cambly and you can get paid an hourly rate of just over $10 for helping people learn English via Skype.
You don’t need any experience, and you can set your own hours and work as much or as little as you want. This really is a great side hustle option to fit flexibly round your life!
Sell your crafts
Are you crafty? Why not try selling your crafts on Facebook or Etsy? It’s simple to make a Facebook page or Etsy shop for your crafts and get paid to do something you already enjoy. People love to buy and gift handmade items.
A great idea is to start selling just before special holidays such as Christmas/Easter/Mother’s Day – when people are searching for gifts to give.
Virtual Assistants are becoming more and more popular and it’s a great side hustle idea if you’re looking for flexible, part time hours.
There are so many different services you can offer as a VA from general online administration, research, copy writing, content management, data entry, social media management, design and more. The list is endless! Whatever your skillset, you can offer it up as a VA.
You can find and apply for virtual assistant work on sites such as Upwork, PeoplePerHour and FlexJobs, or search and join Virtual Assistant Facebook groups where people are buying and selling VA gigs.
Social Media Management
With the rise of social media and how it can help small businesses, there are many small businesses that will look to hire social media managers to run things for them. If they simply don’t have the time or the creative energy to do it themselves, then it is something that they will pay for.
Some experience will help, but if you are a regular user on these channels, that could be all the experience that you need. The great thing is that you could do out-of-work hours, which will make a difference for many businesses in terms of their customer service.
Do you have a keen eye for a bargain? Plenty of people are making good money reselling via Ebay or Amazon. If you think you can spot things that will sell for more, why not start your own reselling business? Check out local charity shops and car boot sales to snap things up for low prices and sell them on to make a profit. Not sure where to start? You can read an introduction to Fulfilled By Amazon (FBA) here.
If you don’t fancy reselling why not have a declutter and try selling some of your own things on to make money? There are loads of places you can try selling, such as Ebay, Facebook, Gumtree, and Preloved.
Becoming a Landlord
Now, obviously this isn’t something that you can just do on a whim, and boom, suddenly you’re a property developer. It does take a lot of time, planning, and let’s face it, cash. But when it is all set up and running, it can be one of the most lucrative things that you could do.
If you have planned well, any rental costs can be covered by the mortgage that you will have taken out, and you’ll quickly (okay, maybe slowly and steadily) be creating a portfolio of properties.
You do need to consider all the costs involved, such as insurance, upkeep and maintenance, and bear in mind whether you can afford any time where the house may be unoccupied.
On a similar (and probably more achievable) note, do you have a spare room? Why not rent it out using Airbnb? People use AirBnB to find places for short stays to save them money on the cost of a hotel room. If you have a room that is currently unused, you might as well make some money from it.
When you become an Airbnb host you can control your availability, pricing, house rules and how much interaction you’re willing to have with your guests. It doesn’t take too long to get up and running either!
Want to get paid to eat out or go shopping? Mystery shopping is a fun way to earn a few pounds. You generally get paid a fee to carry out the assignment and reimbursed the cost of whatever you had to buy. You can then usually keep whatever it is you’ve purchased, or if it’s a restaurant assignment you get reimbursed the cost or partial cost of the food.
You’ll be told how much you’ll be paid and reimbursed in the assignment details. You’ll need to have a good eye for details and be able to remember them well in order to fill in your report. Some companies will ask you to complete a test assignment online first, to check your ability before allowing you to take a paid job.
There are quite a few Mystery Shopping companies you can work for. Some of the most popular are Red Wigwam, Market Force,and GBW.