Having a side hustle has become one of the most popular ways to earn extra cash that requires little to no investment.
The term ‘side hustle’ basically means a side job which is an additional role someone takes to supplement their income.
This could range from anything to freelance writer to baker. In most cases, people take up roles that they have a particular interest in.
For example, a fashion student may have a blog showcasing the new trends as their side hustle.
But, the difference between this and a hobby is the financial aspect.
So, taking the same example, the fashion blogger may then run ads on their website or could even strike a sponsorship from an emerging brand.
However, the question remains where to start? The best thing about a side hustle is it’s finding a role that caters to your skills and schedule.
So, we’ve compiled a list of top side hustle’s that anyone can do to help you earn more money with no extra cost.
Freelancing is a form of self-employment where people lend their talents and skills to others on a flexible basis.
The Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed (IPSE), reported that there were 1.9 million freelancers in the UK in 2021.
Although freelancing is most associated with blogging, it is not just for writers.
If you have a specific service that you’re able to package and charge for, then this is a great side hustle.
You can become a freelance proofreader, video editor or even virtual assistant.
There are numerous marketplaces out there such as Upwork, People Per Hour and Fiverr.
Here you can promote yourself and show a portfolio of the type of work you do which can range from voice recording to graphic design.
Although these marketplaces will take a commission, it’s best to factor this in when bidding and pricing jobs.
However, it’s incredibly easy to set yourself up as a freelancer and depending on the service you provide, you can cater to audiences worldwide.
Selling on eBay/Amazon
eBay and Amazon are tremendous platforms to earn some extra money as a side hustle.
You can simply sell old things around the house (you’d be surprised how much stuff you can get rid of) or some people take the ‘reseller’ approach.
This is where you purchase low-cost items and then sell them for a profit. It is incredibly effective if you have an eye for a bargain.
Using places like car boot sales, charity shops or online marketplaces like Facebook, you can find real gems and make a lot of money doing so.
However, there are other places like Etsy which promote customers to sell their own hand-crafted goods.
These could be commissioned paintings, photo frames or home décor.
The good thing is most of the stuff you can sell, you can find around the home.
But, if you happen to have a passion for jewellery, hand-written cards, fashion wear, then why not make it and sell it?
As you become more established on these marketplaces, you could eventually make your own website and become a brand.
If you were to go down this route then being consistent and regularly listing items will make sure customers don’t get deterred away and look elsewhere.
Tutoring is one of the most overlooked side hustles you can have.
This service is in such high demand and with spaces like Zoom, Skype etc, you can tutor anyone in the world.
For example, if you wanted to learn Spanish, you can hire a teacher and learn from the comfort of your own home.
Tutoring is quite popular among students who lend themselves to other students or younger pupils.
However, this is in essence teaching someone else. So, it does not have to be education-related.
Remember taking piano lessons as a kid and wondering why? You can now use it to your advantage and charge to teach someone else.
The biggest issue that people face is deciding how much to charge. This is very case-specific as you’ll need to consider what you’re teaching, your experience and your credibility.
If you’re teaching something in high demand like maths, then aim for the minimum wage but stay reasonable.
Staying competitive is also key here so have a browse around and see the normal charges for your service.
Although, if you are teaching adults something challenging like coding, then you can afford to charge more.
A great tip is to do friends and family discounts to entice people back.
You could also do a referral scheme so if a customer successfully refers someone else to you, then you’ll reward them with a slightly lower rate.
Be sure to market yourself on social media platforms and even freelancing websites to really increase your reach.
A side hustle that has become a staple in a Covid-19 world is making and selling homemade food/goods.
This can range from different cuisines to flavourful cakes and sweet treats.
The culture of ordering food through apps like Deliveroo and Uber Eats has skyrocketed. However, supporting more local businesses and homegrown food is rising.
Especially if you are from a certain background or culture, making homemade food with traditional flavours and techniques is in demand.
There is also a surge with home cooks who offer traditional and specialised cakes, treat boxes and baked goods.
Harvey Singh, a part-time bartender and baker started a treats company in 2020 and loves how easy it was to start this side hustle:
“Selling cakes and treats are so good because there is always work.”
“People like seasonal cakes around Christmas, Easter etc and then there’s a specialised birthday cake in demand every week.
“Even things like chocolate strawberries sell immediately because people know it’s freshly made and with care.”
So, if you can whip up something delicious in the kitchen, then why not sell some dishes to friends and family?
You can buy inexpensive take-out boxes and let the tasty cuisine speak for itself. Once a customer base is established then you will start to see the profit increasing.
Make Money Writing
With pretty much no start-up costs, writing online is a massive trend within side hustle jobs.
You can start your own blog, write reviews for a company or freelance your writing skills.
If you have a diverse range of experience, there are numerous people looking to hire skilled writers.
You can get hired to write a poem, book chapter, press releases and even documents for businesses.
The only issue with writing is that there are millions of others doing the same thing so it’s important to build up your portfolio.
Offer to do a task for free so you can add it to your accolades and build up a rapport with the business/customer.
Additionally, blogging is universally known to be a focal point of writers and can be very profitable.
Pete on Household Money Saving wrote about his experience as a blogger and stated:
“In case you’re wondering, I make anywhere between £2,500 and £4,000 per month.”
“Around £1,500 of this is from adverts and the rest from affiliate marketing.”
“And just to be clear, I work full-time elsewhere and have 3 kids to run around after.”
This shows just how lucrative this side hustle is but he does declare that “patience” is the key if going into blogging.
As with the other side hustles on this list, getting started and remaining consistent is vital to make a side hustle profitable.
Beauty therapy entails anything to mobile barbershops, makeup artists, eyelash technicians and masseuses.
Granted that some of these require specific skills and/or qualifications but in general, some of these roles can and are learned at home.
Makeup artists are the most popular amongst these roles and are always in high demand.
However, you can make a lot from these services due to the time, purchases and effort you put into each person.
Considering these are skills dedicated to the body and face, people are more willing to pay more.
Simren Kaur, an eyelash technician from Rugby, revealed how easy her side hustle was to grow:
“I just charged my friends a fiver to put their eyelashes on before family parties or even nights out.
“I just made a small Instagram page and then local girls kept messaging me to put their lashes on.”
“So, I put up a price list on Insta, then it grew and now I have clients from Rugby, Birmingham and even London.”
According to the Freelancer Club, new makeup artists can earn up to £100 a day with more experienced artists charging up to £300 per day.
However, it is not just makeup, beauty therapists can provide services like beard shape ups, hairstyles and grooming.
This also does not require much training but practising with family and friends is the best way to start.
Gaming has become a massive earner amongst the younger generation through games like FIFA and Fortnite.
The industry has become so lucrative that the 16-year-old, Kyle Giersdorf, won £2.2 million by winning a Fortnite tournament in 2019.
Gone are the days when parents said video games were bad for you.
However, you don’t have to be a professional gamer to earn money.
Plenty of people stream gameplay on platforms like Twitch, YouTube and Facebook which brings in thousands of viewers.
Twitch is quickly becoming the most avid medium for gamers and streamers.
You can easily make money there through viewing numbers, tips and sponsorships.
If you become an affiliate of Twitch then you can also gain access to multiple other methods of monetising your content.
The gaming world has become so elite that there are even e-sport competitions that people can bet on.
By streaming yourself playing games, viewers are hooked on your first-hand experience but also tune in for your personality and commentary.
So, if this was a side hustle calling your name, stay as true as possible.
Play games you’re genuinely interested in and give your honest feedback whilst playing for a humorous but intriguing experience.
These seven side hustles are certainly examples of how easy and accessible it is to make money from a hobby or skill.
Although these are specific roles, the foundations of each job are applicable to all side hustles.
By fusing all the aspects of a side hustle such as freelancing, marketing and patience, anyone can start a successful role.
The best thing about this is you’re adhering to your own schedule and the pros will always outweigh the cons.
Yes, you may put a lot of time and effort into something but if you then get a good profit and build some awareness, then that’s a success.
Use these tips and insights to help you get started on your own side hustle.
By doing so you’re gaining more working experience, helping others and making that well-deserved extra money.