Making extra money has been something that I have focused on since I was fresh out of college. Finding myself at 22, in charge of a risky mortgage and student loan, I decided that I needed to generate more cash than my teacher's wage was paying me.
If I was ever going to be financially independent and not ask my dad for money every month, this was how it would be.
The fact is, I was scared, so scared at the thought of all the debt I had built up in such a short period.
Now, because of my attention to small side hustles over the years, me and Mr. Budget find ourselves debt-free and owning our cars. Next to the hammer is the mortgage!
There are many reasons why you might want to start a side income to make extra money:
- It might help you pay off debts
- It might help pay for a big purchase that you don't want to go into debt for
- It may help you retire earlier.
- It may help you put your kids through college without debt and worry.
- It might be more interesting than your main income.
- It may help you widen your skills.
- It might be a way of getting experience for something you would instead do as a primary income.
- It might pay the bills short term.
These questions came into my head when I decided I needed to find out how to make extra cash:
Where can I find side hustle ideas?
What could I do to make extra money?
How much time will I dedicate to making extra money from home?
What types of incomes on the side are acceptable to fit around my primary income?
How much extra money can I make from home, online, or monthly?
If you are wondering about any of these things, you have come to the right place.
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How Much Time Will I Dedicate To Making Extra Money From Home?
First of all, you need to realistically look at everything you do in a week. Write it all down and create a timetable. By doing this, you will see the gaps you have in your schedule and where you can fit your side income in.
Then think about whether what you plan to do can fit into the time slot you have created for yourself. For example, if you believe you can walk a dog for an hour. You need to factor in travel time to and from the owner's house and potentially where you will take the dog on the walk.
What Types of Side Hustles Are Acceptable To Fit Around My Primary Income?
For certain main income types, such as mine as a teacher, you will have to make sure that your side hustle is acceptable and doesn't interfere with your primary income. For many types of public service jobs, you will need to think carefully before you start building your side income. Nevertheless, there are so many possible sources of income out there – many of which I had yet to hear of when I started!
Start a Side Business – What Ideas Are There Out There?
Starting a side business is an excellent way of giving yourself access to extra income and meeting your financial goals, whatever they may be. Here I have collected a list of ideas for you to start actioning today!
1. Sell Items on eBay or Amazon
This is one I recommend – over the years, I have regularly made around £30-40 a month on things at home that I didn't want or need anymore.
2. Start a Scented Candle Business
Make and sell homemade candles online. Forrest over at dontworkanotherday.com has an ultimate guide to setting up your own side hustle selling candles from home.
3. Dog Walking or Pet Sitting Part-time -In Your Lunch Break or After Work.
This is brilliant, especially if you love animals and only require short bursts of time. On top of that, you can keep yourself fit! As you build this side income, you could also offer ”sitting” for animals, which could involve going into clients' homes and checking on their animals. You could even end up staying over in the clients' houses and charging for your time. Websites you can register on in the UK include: Dogbuddy
Also, for guidance on the rules in the UK for setting up your side income for this kind of thing, an essential read would be NARPSUK.
They offer advice, courses, certification, and also detailed advice. Also, the National Association of Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers UK (NARPSUK) provides a monthly membership package that could be worth a look if you are serious about growing your dog walking side income or pet sitting business.
Membership benefits include things like:
- Business plan templates
- A free web URL that can be personalized as your website
- Business advice
- A free listing on their database.
- Discounts on liability insurance
- Software for accounts.
4. Groom Pets
Again, if you love animals, why not take the plunge and learn how to groom them? You don't need formal qualifications, but it could be worth finding out if a dog groomer in your area might let you learn on the job, whenever you can. The Pet Industry Federation is an excellent place to find out further information in more detail.
Earn extra money for dog grooming
I have found this to be highly successful. These websites vary in terms of what qualifications they ask you to have. As a qualified teacher, I have used Tutorhub.
Read my post below, kindly hosted on the Humble Penny:
It'sIt's surprising, isn't it? What we can make happen if we are determined to make extra money!
Anyway, other good sites that pay a decent amount include Tutorful – the great thing about these guys is that they ask that you are knowledgeable about the subject you want to tutor. You don't need any formal teaching qualifications to get started.
Other tutoring websites you could have a look at include:
6. Complete Surveys
Pinecone Research pays up to £3 per survey at the moment! I will not turn that down as a source of extra money!
Other survey sites that pay well are Prolific. If I am at home during the day, this is the best time for the Prolific surveys to hit your account. While working my day job, I realized I was missing them all. So during vacations, when I'm relaxing, I'll do whichever surveys appear.
Last Week, I Earned £20 to Supplement My Income! So Then I Made an Extra Payment for My Student Loan! Woop!
Oh, My Dosh!
Please go through my refer a friend link and get on this amazing new fast-growing money-making website. You can earn cash online by completing online surveys, trials, and a range of other opportunities.
7. Sell Your Unwanted Stuff at Car Boot Sales.
Now that the warmer weather is trying to come through, why not try this to boost your income? It'sIt's unbelievable how much stuff you can find hidden away in drawers. My rule is that:
On average, I have made over £100 per car boot sale per day.
8. Set up an Etsy Store
If you have a hobby, say for example, you could make money from your talents and sell to your audience via a platform such as Etsy.
Set up an internet store on Etsy to make extra cash
9. Start a Blog
This is a superb way of developing a side income over time. It is easy to start a blog and make it a source of income for yourself.
Read my related posts and advice on how to create a successful money-making blog. It is so cheap and easy.
Read My Related Posts on How Much-experienced Bloggers Make From Their Blogs.
10. Write an Article for These Blogs That Will Pay You up to £100.
Heather Wheeler and Joanie Demer accept articles on a broad range of topics, including style/fashion, couponing, family/parenting, and personal finance.
The ladies give their word that you'll hear back from them within seven days and will receive £50 via Paypal if they don't publish your article. You can read all the details here.
Listverse publishes nothing but lists. Their posts are all long lists (usually beyond 1,500 words long) containing at least ten items, explaining why each item deserves its place on the list. They'llThey'll pay you £100 for your article. Read more details here.
This is Disney'sDisney's website on parenting. They'reThey're interested in stories that talk about parenting from a different point of view or offer fresh advice on a topic related to parenting. Read more details here.
11. Sell Your Smartphone Photos
If you have a smartphone and an eye for a great shot, making extra money from this is easy. There'sThere's a new app called Foap that allows you to turn your smartphone photos into cash.
12. Sell Your Photos Online.
Again, if you are a decent photographer, you could make more income quickly by hosting your photos online. The Penny Hoarder has a great post that lists five sites that pay, on average, £100 per photo.
13. Sell Your Old Phone or Tablet
So I earn extra money every time I upgrade; I do this with my old handsets or tablets. Moneysavingexpert has written an excellent, detailed post, along with the extra cash you will get.
Find out how to make money online fast from my handset or tablet!
14. Test Products for Cash or Other Rewards of Your Choice.
Another way to make extra money at home and online could be to test out products for a website. Paid product testing gives rewards such as cash out, amazon vouchers, or love-to-shop cards/vouchers.
15. Rent Out The Stuff You Own To Raise Extra Cash
So instead of selling things you rarely use, you could rent them to other people. For example, if you own a superb camera that others would only need for a few days, why not list it for rental? I've seen adverts for this thing for £50+ a day. The beauty of these sites is that their liability insurance covers you. Use sites such as RentNotBuy or Fatllama.
16. Join Focus Groups
17. Work From Home via Appen
Appen is a job website offering flexibility to earn online income from the comfort of your home. Emma, over at Beemoneysavvy, has a complete guide for you to check out. Start earning online income today!
Other Easy Ways To Make Money
- Referee sporting events
- Get paid for searching the web using Qmee
- Become a delivery driver or rider
- Do tasks for money over at 20 cogs
- Become a mystery shopper MarketForce
- Use fitness apps and get paid while you work out BetterPoints, Sweatcoin, and Bitcoin.
- Rent out your parking space
- Direct selling Avon, Usborne Books, or even Ann Summers
- Work as an extra Casting Collective and Extra People. Also, check out this interview with movie extra Pete
- Car washing and detailing
- If you have an unusual life story, sell your story
- Modeling. Check out this agency Ugly.
- Be a tour guide for GuruWalk
- Advertise your cleaning services in the local area.
- Advertise your services helping older adults with gardening etc
- Become a Virtual Assistant.
- Ghostwrite for blogs
- Write an ebook.
This will have given you some inspiration for how to get going on making extra income aside from your main income. Over the next few months, check in with me as I will feature more articles about successful side hustles, including my own from the past and new ways of making money from home that I develop for myself.
Be sure to read my page about making Free Money, as I will update this when I find new ways of getting free cash.
If you have any cool ideas for making extra money, do share – we all love inspirational ideas, and they will help us reach our financial goals quicker!