Let’s be honest – we could all do with a little bit more money. Whether you’re saving up for a big purchase, paying off some bills that just won’t seem to go away, or perhaps just putting some money to one side for a rainy day, a little bit of extra cash can go a long way. Your day job might keep the wolf from the door, but a side hustle can make a noticeable difference to your wallet. 

Intro to side hustling

You may be confused about what a side hustle is. Basically, a side hustle is any way that you make money outside of your standard 9 to 5 job. It won’t let you pay the bills, but it can leave you with a bit extra that you can put aside for another time, or spend on the things you really want. 

So without further ado, here’s 10 simple side hustles you can start today.

1 – Freelance Writing

This side hustle can be done from wherever you are – all you need is a computer and an internet connection. It’s also a really good side hustle for dictating how much money you’re able to bring in each month – you can charge your clients based on the value you can bring. To start off this side hustle, you can head to sites like Fiverr or People Per Hour and set up an advert. As a side hustle, freelance writing could help bring in anything from $500 to $3,000 a month, depending on the client, how much you charge, and how much writing you actually manage to get done!

2 – Affiliate Marketing

Marketing may sound like a daunting term – but don’t worry too much, it’s pretty simple. Affiliate marketing is basically promoting other people’s websites or products on your own platform or profile, and from every sale that gets made from this affiliation, you get a commission cut. These can vary dramatically in size – nowadays tech companies are forking out big bucks to anyone who increases traffic to their site. Shopify has been reported to sometimes pay out $2,000 a month to their affiliate marketers!

3 – Selling Products

Don’t let those alarm bells start ringing just yet – you don’t necessarily have to create your own product to sell with this side hustle! While we’ve all been at home, I’m sure that we’ve all found all sorts of things in our homes that we could probably do without. So why not sell them on? Websites like eBay or Etsy are great platforms for selling any item you could possibly think of, so it’s time to dig out those old tee shirts.

4 – Consulting

If you’ve got some amazing skills that you might be able to apply elsewhere, or perhaps aren’t using in your 9 to 5 role, you may be able to take on some consulting as your side hustle. Consulting is effectively offering up training and guidance to a company or a business about a specific area. This could be translation, designing, marketing advice – basically anything that a client might need help with. What’s great about consulting as a side hustle is that you often get tied into a rolling contract rather than a one-off job – meaning you could keep this side hustle going on for a while.

5 – Online Surveys

This one is a little bit less paid than any of the others, but at the end of the day, it’s a surefire way of making a bit of extra money. There are lots of sites out there that will literally pay you to take part in surveys – good starting points for these survey sites are SwagBucks and Survey Spotter. All you need to do is sign up and start surveying!

6 – Selling Photos

If you have a digital camera and some basic Photoshop skills, then this one’s for you. Websites like Foap will let you upload your photos and sell them to anyone who might want them – sort of like stock photographs. You can also upload them and get them printed on a whole range of merchandise. This can also be a great springboard into getting stuck into wedding photography, which can get you upwards of $1,000 per event if you’re lucky!

7 – Website Flipping

This one might be for the internet entrepreneurs out there. Like with houses, website flipping is where you buy a website, improve it, and sell it on again for profit. If you have the skills and the experience to do this, then this is a surefire way of making a fast buck. Though it’s worth noting that for every ‘goldmine’ website, there are a whole raft of bad ones that won’t go anywhere. 

8 – Dropshipping

Dropshipping is one of the best side hustles you can do. Basically, you sell products to customers without ever having to worry about inventory or shipping. By setting up an online store, and focusing on marketing, you can sell a product for a profit, and get the original company to send it to the customer. It is as simple as that. What you sell is completely up to you too – the choices are endless with dropshipping!

9 – Blogging

Another really simple side hustle that you can start today, blogging can incorporate all sorts of different tools to help garner an income. It takes a bit of patience as it can be more of a slow-burner, but once you get a good following, you may not need to do anything else other than sit back and watch the money roll in.

10 – Sign up for Freebies

And finally, number 10 in our simple side hustles you can start today – signing up for freebies. Doing this particular side hustle may not give you a huge income, but it could end up that you save a bit of money. And everyone loves a freebie, don’t they? There are even some sites that will give you free money – you can’t say no to that! 

About the author

Scott Nelson

Scott Nelson is a financial services expert, with over 10 years’ experience in the industry, including 6 years in FCA regulated companies. Read more
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