Looking for an income boost? Try a side hustle. Here are ten simple side gig ideas, and tips for picking a lucrative side job to fit your lifestyle.
What is a side hustle?
A side hustle, or side gig, is a job you do in your spare time. In other words, it’s not your main source of income. The best part? You can usually work from home and fit the gig in around your other commitments.
But is it really worth picking up a side gig? Absolutely – here’s why.
- Side hustles let you expand your network and build new connections.
- Having multiple income streams gives you more control over your finances.
- You can use the extra money to pay off debts, or start a personal savings account.
So, if you want to find a side job, where do you start? Let’s take a look.
What to look for in a side hustle
A side hustle should be two things: fun and convenient. So, here’s what to bear in mind when you’re looking for a side job.
- It should be flexible. The hours shouldn’t interfere with your commitments.
- It should be enjoyable. Choose something you’ll enjoy working on.
- It should fit your existing skillset. That way, you can start earning right away.
And just to be absolutely clear, make sure it’s a gig that pays!
10 side hustles you can start right now
Ready to try out a side gig? Here are some ideas to get you started.
1. Flip items for a profit
It’s surprisingly easy to buy something cheap and sell it on for a profit. Goods you can flip for a profit include everything from glassware to garden tools. To start flipping, just check out websites like eBay and look for something you can:
- Buy cheaply
- Upcycle at a low cost (e.g. by painting it)
- Sell for more than you paid for it
2. Become a house sitter
House sitting is surprisingly popular. All you need to do is keep things clean, pick up the mail, and do chores like watering the plants. You’re not expected to sit there all day, but you can still earn around £25 per gig. Easy, right?
3. Teach English online
No, you don’t need to be a teacher to help people boost their conversational English. All you need to do is have a chat. Platforms like iTalki match “community tutors” with students who want help with informal English, not grammar lessons. Payment rates vary.
4. Take surveys
Sign up to a paid survey website and make money just by answering questions on your phone or laptop. It takes time for the pennies to add up, but it’s an easy gig.
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5. Proofread articles
Got an eye for detail? Then check out freelance proofreading. Professional proofreaders can charge around £25 per hour for their services, which include grammar and spelling checks. New proofreaders can look to charge between £12 and £15 per hour. Check out general job boards to get started.
6. Try pet sitting
Pet sitting usually means visiting someone’s home and taking care of their furry friend. Essentially this means making sure they have enough food, water, and companionship while their owners are gone.
Advertise on a pet sitting website, and make sure friends and family know you’re happy to pet sit. As with house sitting, you could earn around £25 per day from this side hustle.
7. Sell clothes online
Thanks to apps like Depop, it’s easy to sell unwanted clothes online. Simply download the app, upload some listings, and start selling.
8. Join focus groups
You don’t need special training to join a marketing focus group – all you need is strong opinions. Sign up to a paid market research website to get started.
9. Check out social media management
Love social media? Become a social media manager for small businesses. All you need is:
- A basic understanding of social media
- A willingness to post regular updates
Find small businesses that appeal to you and pitch your services for a monthly fee. You could earn around £100 per month from this gig.
10. Become an extra
Yes, really. If you live in or around a major city, sign up to be a tv or movie extra. Sure, the gigs are a little inconsistent, but earnings start at around £90 for a full day’s work.
Sign up with a platform like Casting Collective and you’ll be notified when suitable jobs appear.
How to start a side hustle
The good news is that you can start a side hustle right now. All you need to do is:
- Work out what you’re good at.
- Think about what you enjoy doing.
- Look for jobs that let you combine the two.
- Start earning!
The more income streams you have, the better, especially if you’re trying to pay off debts. Just be sure they don’t interfere with your day job, unless you’re planning on turning your side hustle into your main job.
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