Money Bloggers Share their Favourite Side Hustles
A side hustle is an income generator that brings in money on the side. If you’re looking to boost your income, pay off debt, or increase your disposable income, a side hustle might be exactly what you need! To help you find your perfect side hustle I’ve asked some of the UK’s top money bloggers what their favourite side hustles are. Here is what they had to say…
A blog is an online journal or informational website. You could create a blog to share your knowledge on a subject or to jot down your day-to-day thoughts. Blogging can be a great way to earn some extra income.
“I started blogging as a hobby in 2016 and this year it’s become so much more. I now earn more money from my blog than I do from my job. The fact that I love blogging is also a huge bonus for me!” Claire – mymoneycottage.com
If you’re a blogger affiliate marketing is a great way to monitor your site. Affiliate marketing is the process of earning a commission by promoting other people’s (or company’s) products.
“Affiliate marketing is a great way to make money from my blog and I can write about anything I fancy! Blogging with affiliate marketing allows you to make money suggesting services and products for people to purchase. I took this course and loved it!” Katy – katykicker.com
A virtual assistant provides various services to entrepreneurs or businesses from a remote location. Jobs usually include scheduling appointments and running personal errands.
“Mine is being a VA. Not only do I get to work around the kids but I can also work from home and set my own hours. I couldn’t recommend it enough to anyone who needs flexible working”. Laura – savings4savvymums.co.uk
Working as an Extra
Films and TV shows need extras to make their script look believable. Often you will just be stood, sat or walking in the background of the main actors. In some cases, you may be asked to play a slightly bigger role in a scene too.
“I worked as an extra. They were long days but the pay was good and I saw some stars in action.” Pete – householdmoneysaving.com
Web-based survey sites offer you the chance to earn some money while answering researchers questions. You don’t often earn much but they’re an effortless way to earn a bit of extra money.
“I like doing surveys with Prolific Academic as they pay much better than other survey sites, you don’t get screened out and the surveys are usually quite interesting.” Fiona – savvyinsomerset.com
“In November I made £63.09 on Prolific Academic alone” Emma – mydebtdiary.info/
If you have a smartphone and access to the internet you should be able to access task apps from your phone. There are tons of apps that allow you to earn money on your commute or while doing grocery shopping.
“Phone ‘task’ apps such as Roamler and Be My Eye. I can pick up work as and when I want it and they pay quickly. I usually combine them with mystery shopping.” Kaya – earningbythesea.co.uk
Love dogs? This side hustle might be for you. Dog boarding is where you offer your services to look after someone’s dog in your own home. This is often a kinder alternative to leaving dogs in a kennel for an extended period of time.
“Dog boarding doesn’t feel like ‘work’ – getting paid to have puppy cuddles is the best thing ever! It entails having a dog live with you whilst their owner is away, and can definitely be done around a job, as I have had lots of jobs over the weekend, due to people going away for the weekend and just needing their dog looked after then.” Francesca – frompenniestopounds.com
Web testing is where you are paid to check over a website or web application either before it has launched or once it is live. You usually answer questions as you test the website on how easy it is to navigate.
“I love website testing with WhatUsersDo. It’s really easy to do and some of the tests have taken me a few minutes with only a couple of questions. It’s £5 per test and the longest has been 20 minutes. Web testing is a great way to have a sneak peek at new websites and features too!” Victoria – lyliarose.com
You are able to profit from the free bets and incentives offered by betting websites by applying matched betting. As long as you get your numbers right matched betting is a risk-free way to make some quick, tax-free money.
“Matched Betting is something I started back in 2016 and since then it’s paid for a house deposit, a dog and a 2 week holiday to Walt Disney World. It’s the best thing I ever started and it’s tax-free which means everything you make you keep.” Neesha – reinventingneesha.co.uk
Online Book Publishing
Historically if you wanted to publish a book you would need an agent. But now it’s possible to skip the publishing company and go straight to being a self-published author. Self-publishing is where you independently publish a book on a platform like Amazon without the need for a traditional publishing house.
“Online book publishing is an exciting side hustle because you get to produce kindle, paperback and audiobooks for sale, but you don’t have to write them yourself if writing isn’t your thing. A great way of building a passive income.” Corinna – inspiringlifedesign.com
A mystery shopper is a paid consumer who is hired to shop in a particular store to gather feedback on customer service and other performance indicators. You don’t often earn a lot of money but they can be a great way to get a free day or meal out.
“My favourite side hustle is probably mystery shopping. I love that I can get paid to go get a free lunch or to go shopping. It’s really easy to get started and just about anyone can do it” Morgan – morganmwoods.com
Online learning and training is becoming increasingly more common. Therefore, creating and selling online courses can be quite profitable. If you have a skill or knowledge in an area that someone would pay to learn then this is a great side hustle.
“Online courses are great for a side hustle and the best bit is that once you have them created they bring in a passive income with little effort to maintain each month.” Mark – nottaughtatschool.co.uk
There are a few ways you can sell items to make money. You can sell your old unwanted items that you have laying around the house or you can purchase items for the purpose of selling (reselling).
“We sell personalised items, start-up costs were low and we are super busy.” Charlotte – charlottemusha.co.uk (BebeMakes on Etsy)
“Selling through Fulfilled by Amazon. Instead of holding on to stock and posting it myself, I send everything to Amazon for them to deal with. I aim for £1k of sales (not profit) per month from this very part-time side hustle” Emma Drew – emmadrew.info
“Reselling on eBay, we’ve been reselling for profit on eBay for over a year now and learned a few lessons along the way and found a way to make a steady income which I hope to go full time with soon!” Katie – katiesaves.com
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For additional side hustle inspiration, you can visit my side hustle page. I’d also love to hear what wonderful (and weird) side hustles you do, please do let me know below and you could be featured on this list!