Amazing Side Hustles to Try in 2020

Side hustles can make all the difference to your finances. Here's how to get one... or two

What's Your Side Hustle?

A side hustle is a job you do besides your full-time job. It should be flexible, enjoyable, and bring you in extra money. It shouldn’t be what many would classify as a ‘second job’, what which are fixed in hours and salary.

Imagine what an extra £500 per month could do for you? 

Depending on your personal goals and talents, this can quickly become £500 per week and sometimes even daily.
Don’t worry if you believe you have no skills or hidden talents, we’re here to help with that. We want to help you realise that your skills can be used in different ways to explode your current earnings.

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Popular Side Hustles to Try in 2020

1. Start your own website and blog

Difficulty: Moderate

Realistic Earning Potential: £50-£2000+ per month

Top Earners: £100,000+ per month

Everyone knows what a website is, but what exactly is a blog? A blog is more like a diary.

If you think of a website as a book, made of paper, pretty front cover etc, then a blog is equivalent to a diary, that you update on a daily or weekly basis. These pages or inserts are called blogs. Through your blog you can share your own thoughts, updates and developments, tips and tricks around your chosen area of interest.

Your readership and site traffic (the number of people visiting your website) will increase over time and the blog provides you an opportunity to keep your audience captive and once this becomes large you can monetise it by advertising or selling products.

  • Computer
  • Internet connection
  • Domain name
  • Web hosting
  • VPN
  • Topic knowledge and expertise
  • Method how to invoice clients

All requirements are covered in in the section  below, in ‘How to Begin’.

You won’t believe how fast and easy it is to start your own website and blog. Gone are the days when you had to learn several computer languages, and gain several years’ experience just to create a basic website. Now they can be created in less than an hour.

We recently challenged Rachel, a receptionist in the office to this task. She had no experience with building websites, but once she had watched a few videos and followed some basic guides, she’d created her very own website (on knitting). If you can read, you can make your own website and blog. The best thing about owning a website is they can make you money 24hrs a day, 365 days per year. Click here follow our step by step guide how to start your own website and blog.

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2. Become a Freelancer

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate/Special Skills

Realistic Earning Potential: £50-£2500+ per month

Top Earners: £10,000+ per month

Freelance work is similar to self-employment. It is carried out on a flexible basis, and provided to a variety of different businesses.

Freelancers have the freedom to choose the projects and clients they’d like to work with. They may work from home, although many rent studios or offices.

Many freelancers balance freelancing with other employment, however as their client-list increases this may become full time and be rewarding. While freelancers are often confused with Contractors, there are some differences. Contractors may be offered a set amount of time and salary per day, e.g. £500 per day, but will only be permitted to work for one client at a time. 

As a freelancer you’ll be expected to have a particular skill set, be good at it and work to a cost required by the client.

When you step into the world of Freelancer or Contractor, you should be seen as an ‘expert’ within your field. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean you have the skills of genius, but if you know how to do something well, advertise your skills to the world.

As with any business, you should have access to the following:

  • Computer
  • Broadband Internet Connectivity
  • Mobile Phone
  • Business Cards & Advertising (leaflets and brochures)
  • Transportation
  • Insurance
  • Business Bank account (when you grow)
  • Method of Invoicing Clients

The range of skills is so wide and diverse it’s almost impossible to list all the skills you can freelance. It depends whether your skills are purely online or offline. 

You may be a healthcare professional or an accountant looking for part-time work, a graphic designer etc.

Typical skills and industries may include:

  • Web Developer
  • Photographer
  • Health and Fitness Personal Trainer
  • Translator
  • Healthcare Professional
  • Musician
  • Journalist
  • Proofreader
  • Teacher
  • Graphic Designer
  • IT Consultant
  • Dog Walker

To read more about becoming a Freelancer and setting up your own side hustle click here.

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3. Become a Proofreader

Difficulty: Moderate

Realistic Earning Potential: £50-£500 per month

Top Earners: £1000-£3000+ per month

Do you have a keen eye for excellent grammar, punctuation and language? If so proofreading may be  for you. Proofreading is the reading of a galley proof or an electronic copy of a publication to find and correct production errors of text or art and is known as the final step before publication

As a Proofreader you should be seen as an ‘expert’ within your field. Now, this doesn’t mean you are an accomplished author or an professor of English, but you probably know if you already have such skills. If not, fear not. There are plenty of courses to help you brush up on your skills.

As with any business, you should have access to the following:

  • Computer
  • Broadband Internet Connectivity
  • Mobile Phone
  • Business Cards & Advertising (leaflets and brochures)
  • Transportation
  • Insurance
  • Business Bank account (when you grow)
  • Method of Invoicing Clients

You do not need to have specific post-GCSE qualifications or a degree to become a proofreader, but studying English or other humanities subjects to A level or degree standard is highly desirable.

As a proofreader, you could work for a publishing house or be self-employed.

Jobs are often found through:

  • Attending university courses
  • Apprenticeships
  • Specialist courses run by professional bodies and private training organisations

Volunteering will help you get a better understanding of the job and is a great way to make contacts in the publishing industry.

You could volunteer by:

  • Proofreading documents for family or people you work or study with
  • Writing or proofreading for student magazines or publications
  • Proofreading for small businesses
  • Working on charity publications, websites or social media

To bring you up to speed it may be worth you time to learn some extra skills. This is a great way of adding essential skills, but also using modern tools to your advantage. Below are some of the ones recommended to us by fellow proofreaders:

Udemy – Online learning platform

Fiverr Learn – Online learning platform

Grammarly – one of the best pieces of software in the business

Prowriting Aid – pay once, use for life

247 Courses – Lots of various subjects, currently heavily discounted for September

John Academy – A levels/Fast Track A Levels, Short Courses, BTEC, Diplomas & other Distance Learning Courses – Note: Currently offering a MASSIVE 96% Off Courses for September. Click here for more information.

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4. Manage a Company's Social Media Accounts

Difficulty: Moderate

Realistic Earning Potential: £500-£5000 per month

Top Earners: £10,000+ per month

Almost all businesses in the 21st century have a social media following, whether it’s on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram or even their own website. Social Media is the best way for businesses of all sizes to promote new items, ideas or discounts to their loyal fans. Every company does it from the largest businesses to your neighbourhood corner-shop. 

The truth is many of these businesses can’t be bothered with this additional effort, and many would gladly pay someone to do this on their behalf. One of our employees once saw his boss write a cheque, to an individual for £60,000 to look the small business’s publicity online. The individual who handled the company’s Social Media was a home-working mother of two, who also handled 5 other clients. From being unemployed 14 earlier she now had 6 commercial clients paying on average £5000+ per year, each for this service. As in the example above, paid her 3+ years in advance. 

As a Social Media Manager you should be seen as an ‘expert’ within your field. There are plenty of courses to help you brush up on your skills. You can specialise and then promote your services at within this area, i.e. sweet shops, legal businesses etc. 

As with any business, you should have access to the following:

  • Computer
  • Broadband Internet Connectivity
  • Mobile Phone
  • Business Cards & Advertising (leaflets and brochures)
  • Transportation
  • Insurance
  • Business Bank account (when you grow)
  • Method of Invoicing Client

A client of ours began working in this industry by offering her Social Media services for free. This was her way of proving herself to the prospects she was chasing. She would approach businesses and managers at local business meetings and using online platforms like LinkedIn to make an initial connection. Once she showed business owners her skills, she would offer 6mths social media management services. If at the end of the period, if the company wanted her services, she would charge them. She made it clear from the outset, if the client didn’t like her work and weren’t 100% satisfied, no fees were payable, and all content remained with the client.

She made these businesses ‘an offer they couldn’t refuse’. There was no risk to the client. To this date, all the businesses she represents haven’t cancelled her services.

There are 

Courses on meeting

Books to read – how to win friends

Make flyers and advertise

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5. Bookkeeper

Difficulty: Easy

Realistic Earning Potential: £50-£500 per month

Top Earners: £1000 per month

A bookkeeper is someone who records the financial transactions of your business. They organise, collate and record financial data on a day-to-day basis and store this information in general ledgers. record the financial information of your business in a standard way, so that accountants can also access it.

Bookkeepers are trained and use the same financial recording methods as accountants. They do this so that your accountant can quickly and easily process your financial information. They will:

  1. Take all your receipts, invoices and other transaction details.
  2. Record the information in accounting software using proper accounting methods.
  3. Work with you to make sense of the numbers, for example assigning costs to specific clients.

There are plenty of courses to help you brush up on your skills. You can work independently, self employed, in the evenings or even turn it into a full time job.

As with any business, you should have access to the following:

  • Computer
  • Broadband Internet Connectivity
  • Mobile Phone
  • Business Cards & Advertising (leaflets and brochures)
  • Transportation
  • Insurance
  • Business Bank account (when you grow)
  • Method of Invoicing Client

Best places to find courses and information on bookkeeping

Learning 274 – They currently offer a great bookkeeping course

Fiverr Learn – Sometimes run special deals on bookkeeping

Quickbooks

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Difficulty: Super Easy

Realistic Earning Potential: £50-£1500 per month

Top Earners: £2000+

This idea that you can earn real cash, points (that can be converted into cash/items) or gift cards is an old concept which most people brushed aside as not really worth the time. However, times gave changed. Sites like Swagbucks have changed the rules. Long gone are the times where you earned 5p per survey, now people are making £5, £10, £100 per survey. We each asked our mums to try out several survey sites and Swagbucks came out on top.  One discovered she earned £10 every 15 minutes. Plus you get £3 for signing up.

Although there are lots of amazing surveys websites that pay out in cash, gifts and vouchers, it can depend on where you live. So, we’ve selected the ones that work for UK residents, as opposed to ones that prefer customers from other countries. 

People have wised up to the fact that they can easily make £5-10 per survey, and by signing to 10+ survey sites, and religiously using them on a daily basis, they have began to earn more than their hourly salary.

There are plenty of online surveys to choose from. The main thing you require is persistence to make money and earn big rewards. In a small amount of time you’ll be amazed how quickly a few pounds, become a few hundred pounds, and for the dedicated few who sign up for as many as possible AND use them daily, thousands of pounds per month in cold hard cash paid directly to your bank or PayPal account.

As with any business, you should have access to the following:

  • Computer
  • Broadband Internet Connectivity
  • Mobile Phone – Some can be accessed via apps. Perfect for earning an extra £20 during your lunch hour at work!
  • A Great Online Bank account like Starling (this will help you see whats being generated daily, and makes it a lot easier to watch compared to a regular bank account. Plus it’s totally free. 

As this topic is such an excellent idea, that anyone can do and make money we have generated a special page dedicated entirely to Paid UK Surveys, where we discuss which sites currently are the top money earners for users, who offers the best offers etc. See here for more information on the best Paid UK Surveys.

7. Data Entry

Difficulty: Super Easy

Realistic Earning Potential: £50-£500 per month

Top Earners: £1000 per month

Data Entry is extremely varied, with no one job being the same as the next you may undertake. Many company’s would rather subcontract this work out, than deal with it themselves. The type of work you would be doing may involve:

  • Inputting Customer Details into a spreadsheet or database.
  • Typing up manuscripts, transcribe work or translating
  • Transferring results from market studies into a readable format
  • Inputting data from scratch 
  • Preparing reports, letters and other types of mass mailings
  • Compiling invoices

You don’t require an education or formal qualification however English GCSE will help. One of the best things about Data Entry jobs is that it provides you with the flexibility to work from home, at the time it suits you.

There are lots of Data Entry Jobs available. Apart from dedicated Job Websites, you there are also many providers who offer work directly through them (means you don’t have to spend hours on end looking for work).

If you feel you may be a little rusty, there are plenty of online training platforms like Udemy who offer courses on these areas. 

Equipment required includes:

  • Computer
  • Broadband Internet Connectivity
  • Mobile Phone – Some can be accessed via apps. Perfect for earning an extra £20 during your lunch hour at work!
  • A Great Online Bank account like Starling (this will help you see whats being generated daily, and makes it a lot easier to watch compared to a regular bank account. Plus it’s totally free.

You can go about looking for a Data Entry job in two ways. Either look for individual jobs online on websites such as Reed, LinkedIn Jobs and Indeed, or use a service that helps find work on your behalf. We have a special page dedicated to Data Entry Jobs, as well as others you can do at home. Click here for more information.

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8. eBay

Difficulty: Easy

Realistic Earning Potential: £50-£1000 per month

Top Earners: Some have become Millionaires 

eBay is the world’s online marketplace; a place for buyers and sellers to come together and buy or sell almost anything!

Here’s how eBay works:

  • A seller lists an item on eBay, from antiques to cars, books to sporting goods. The seller chooses to accept only bids for the item (an auction-type listing) or to offer the Buy It Now option, which allows buyers to purchase the item straight away at a fixed price.

  • In an online auction, the bidding opens at a price the seller specifies and remains on eBay for a certain number of days. Buyers then place bids on the item. When the listing ends, the buyer with the highest bid wins.

  • In a Buy It Now listing, the first buyer willing to pay the seller’s price gets the item.

Instead of buying on eBay, now is the time to start thinking about selling. You can start small like many do, but then you may even start your own specialist shop selling almost anything you can imagine.

Equipment required includes:

  • Computer
  • eBay Account
  • Broadband Internet Connectivity
  • Mobile Phone – Some can be accessed via apps. Perfect for earning an extra £20 during your lunch hour at work!
  • A Great Online Bank account like Starling (this will help you see whats being generated daily, and makes it a lot easier to watch compared to a regular bank account. Plus it’s totally free.

If you haven’t already got an eBay account you can simply sign up for one at www.ebay.co.uk you can also sign up for a PayPal account, which is the best way to pay and receive payment when using eBay.

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9. Start a Cleaning Business

Difficulty: Easy/Moderate

Realistic Earning Potential: £50-£1500 per month

Top Earners: Some have created multi-million pound businesses

It may require no official skills or college education, but starting a cleaning business in the 21st century requires a great image of yourself and your business, smartly dressed, and reliable staff (or you if a sole venture). Politeness and trustworthy. The ability to not only do a good job, but an amazing job and providing just that little extra something others may not. Perhaps you may specialise in offices, care homes or tenants vacating a property. If you advertise these niches on your company’s professional looking website, you’ll stand out from the crowd. If you are interested in creating your own website read our step by step guide.

As with any business, you should have access to the following:

  • Computer
  • Broadband Internet Connectivity
  • Mobile Phone
  • Business Cards & Advertising (leaflets and brochures)
  • Transportation
  • Insurance
  • Business Bank account (when you grow)
  • Method of Invoicing Clients
  • Wholesale Supplies Store for cleaning chemicals and materials

What is your target market? 

  • Residential Cleaning
  • Commercial Cleaning
  • Windows Cleaning
  • Carpet Cleaning

Do a survey of this target market, find out who does their cleaning duties now.

In some cases (if it’s a business) then they may have their own staff, in others, they may contract out the work.

On pricing, don’t get too focused on what other companies charge at this stage, just concentrate on what price you can do the job for. You can always increase this once you conquer the market in your area.

As part of your market research, find out what your clients require. Then calculate how many staff (if any) you will need and how much time it will take. 

Get prices for your overheads, including transport costs and public liability insurance.

Marketing and advertising are essential, next to an amazing website. Vistaprint is an excellent services that has been going for years, and can supply you with great looking business cards, leaflets and flyers. If you are interested in creating your own website, why not have a look at our step by step guide.

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10. Deliver Food

Difficulty: Moderate

Realistic Earning Potential: £50-£1500 per month

Top Earners: £1500 + tips

Fancy getting super fit and making money at the same time? If so working for Deliveroo may be just for you. Deliveroo is a food delivery business accessed by apps and a website page that allows people to order takeaways from a variety of restaurants that may not traditionally offer a delivery service. Your meal is delivered to your door by a cyclist or motorcyclist the same way as many other takeaways.

Deliveroo says under the new system results in cyclists earning £12 an hour rather than the average £9.50 per hour under the old system – plus tips are all yours, go get those prize winning smiles ready.

As with any business, you should have access to the following:

  • Mobile Phone (smart phone)
  • Transportation (bicycle or moped)
  • £150 start-up costs for equipment deposit for helmet, bags, bike lights and high viz jacket – refunded if you leave
  • Specialist insurance for moped/bike that deal with Deliveroo workers like Insure revolution

You can read more about an interest in working for Deliveroo, directly from their website. 

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11. Tutoring

Difficulty: Moderate

Realistic Earning Potential: £50-£2000 per month

Top Earners: £40,000+ pa

Online education and training have exploded over the last few years. New and innovative ways are popping up, and many tutors are making a killing online. Taking the form of YouTube videos, pre-recorded training video websites like Udemy (which also provides you with tutor feedback and help & a 30 day full refund guarantee). Some methods are from Universities.

The simple fact is you can use websites like Udemy to not only learn new skills but also upload your own videos and make cash from it.

For the more traditional approach, you can also advertise your services on local pages, tutoring links that hold your name, location, skills offered and price per 30 or 60 minutes. Here you will find a tutor that covers every specialist subject, English, Maths, Science, Instrument lessons etc.

Many work outside normal hours and at weekends, but it can quickly bump up your salary, cash in hand jobs  can be extremely useful. 

As with any business, you should have access to the following:

  • Computer
  • Broadband Internet Connectivity
  • Mobile Phone
  • Business Cards & Advertising (leaflets and brochures) If advertising locally
  • Transportation – If you are commuting to students homes or centres
  • Insurance
  • Business Bank account
  • Method of Invoicing Clients
  • Tutoring skills and subject expertise (don’t bother trying to teach someone the violin if you yourself have no idea)
  • Be a confident promoter – Be proud of your skills and show off your abilities

First begin planning. What are your current skills and specialist areas? Can you tutor kids in science? Can you train an adult how to play a piano? Have you any experience working with blind, deaf or people with other disabilities? Can you teach niche courses such as sign language, or perhaps fun topics like how to dance. Your may believe your skills are useless, but have a quick search of the internet and we guarantee someone somewhere is already selling the skill you’ve had for years and are making money from it.

Check out Udemy. It’s very helpful for brushing up your current skills, and by taking some courses you may feel more up-dated and ready to make and sell your own program. This has made many people quite wealthy. 

Fancy learning how to code computers for free? Visit Codeacademy

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13. Start a Catering Business

Difficulty: Easy

Realistic Earning Potential: £500-£1000 per month

Top Earners: £3000 per month

If you have a passion for cooking and customer service, starting a catering business can be great idea. Many individuals start up by offering smaller, less intimidating catering work for clients. Work may include offering cold buffets to GP surgeries, hospitals, offices, children’s parties etc. With experience you can look into catering larger venues such as weddings. 

If you choose a niche and an upcoming trend, you may be sought after for special events, and then you can justify charging a premium for your food. Specialisms may include vegan party food, hot curry party food, pizzas or even the glorious hog roast. If you are daring, think out of the box. We once were invited to a business meeting and the food available was ‘cereals’. Yes you read that right. It was executed brilliantly, with over 50 different types, brands from different countries, different milks etc. it turned cold faced businessmen into laughing 10 year old’s… especially fun when the event organiser  caught many of us putting additional sugar and golden syrup onto our cereals. So naughty, yet so much fun. 

Don’t worry if you have no equipment, as we said, start small, get your name out there as someone who’s reliable, serves clean, tasty food and you’ll be surprised how word of mouth spreads once you do an amazing job.

As with any business, you should have access to the following:

  • Computer
  • Broadband Internet Connectivity
  • Mobile Phone
  • Business Cards & Advertising (leaflets and brochures) – Super important for this job. Your branding and gimmicks are crucial for this job
  • Transportation – ideally a car with a boot or a van
  • Business Insurance’s – Catering public liability insurance, Catering employer’s liability insurance, Catering van insurance, Business interruption insurance and Stock Insurance (last one for when you get larger)
  • Hygiene certification – Check with your local Council for guidance on this
  • Your own website  – click here to read our guide on how to create your own website and blog
  • Business Bank account (when you grow)
  • Method of Invoicing Clients
  • Access to consumables – Nisbets ‘Catering equipment made simple’ sell all types of equipment and consumables, from sandwich presses, cardboard cups for hot drinks, burger boxes, plates, ice machines etc. They have low prices, sell high quality equipment and are based in the UK

We highly recommend you take time to plan and think. What are you great at? Do you have a friend or relative who can help should the going get tough? Do you have a website? (again see our guide on this as image is everything. Everyone searches online for catering companies, as word of mouth simply wont cut it). 

Look above under Requirements, as setting up a small catering business takes many small areas of consideration, from finding produce, equipment, becoming certified, legal and then you can proceed.

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Difficulty: Super Easy

Realistic Earning Potential: £50-£200 per month

Top Earners: Unknown

What some peace and quiet and be paid for it? Why not consider becoming a house/dog sitter? If you love children, nanny and babysitting are also options. Some nanny’s who are full time and work for posh families can make an incredible living, a friend of ours working in London is paid more than most doctors to be their live in nanny. You should be reliable, take your own bedding or even portable bed. Your own food and keep post safe. If pet sitting you will need to be comfortable with the breeds, ensure you have access to a vet, take regular walks and of-course feed them.

As with any business, you should have access to the following:

  • Computer
  • Broadband Internet Connectivity
  • Mobile Phone
  • Business Cards & Advertising (leaflets and brochures) – essential
  • DBS screening will help ease clients minds
  • Transportation
  • Insurance
  • Business Bank account (when you grow)
  • Method of Invoicing Clients

Obtain the necessary items in the list above. You should also be presentable, likeable and follow your clients wishes to the letter. If you want to improve your image then we highly recommend creating your own website. You can include testimonials of happy clients, and this in turn will hopefully generate more business. See our guide on how to create your own website and blog.

You can find clients and work by joining clubs like ‘Trusted House sitters’ 

14. Garden Maintenance

Difficulty: Moderate

Realistic Earning Potential: £50-£2000 per month

Top Earners: £120,000+ pa

For those of you who are green fingered and love being outside, outdoor maintenance businesses for gardens and communal areas seem to be growing in demand. The majority of people hate gardening and many are turning to robotic lawnmowers to help ease the burden. However, these devices cannot bed plants, cut hedges, trim trees etc. If you can do a better job than your neighbour why not charge for your services? 

£120,000 per year? Our neighbour recently 3 £40,000 contracts. 1 was with the council to look after a cemetery, and 2 were with private care-homes. Now, it the business consists of him and one other person who works for him. He started off small, doing lawns, gardens etc, now has moved into the big leagues. all within 2 years of starting his business. 

As with any business, you should have access to the following:

  • Computer
  • Broadband Internet Connectivity
  • Mobile Phone
  • Business Cards & Advertising (leaflets and brochures)
  • Transportation (ideally a van that promotes your business)
  • Business Insurances
  • Gardening Equipment and Tools
  • Business Bank account (when you grow)
  • Method of Invoicing Clients
  • Liking for the great outdoors
  • Willingness to diversify or work with other business types (i.e. your business can recommend window cleaners)

Obtain the necessary items in the list above. You should also be presentable, likeable and follow your clients wants to the letter.

You need to get your name out there. If no one knows about your business exists, how do you expect to get any work? If you have some spare cash, it may be worth you creating some marketing materials such as leaflets. You don’t have to post them through the doors yourself, you can pay a local freebie newsletter to post it with their magazines etc.

Once people see you have a business, guess what they’ll do next. Look for you on the internet. If they dont find you, the chances of you getting business are slim. Hence why we highly recommend you get yourself a website. Even one with 1 page will suffice. As long as people can see examples of your work, times you operate, email and telephone number, they will be happy that you are legit. 

You can include testimonials of happy clients, and this in turn will hopefully generate more business. See our guide on how to create your own website and blog.

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15. Handyman/House Maintenance

Difficulty: Moderate

Realistic Earning Potential: £500-£4000 per month

Top Earners: By offering more skills and trades, work out of hours/weekend’s, you may be able to earn in excess of £4000 per month

Do you have a knack for building, maintaining or fixing things? Can you stop a leaky tap? Do you know how to clean guttering pipes? Can you paint a wall or put up tiling in the bathroom? If so, you can turn these skills into a lucrative side hustle.

Providing you have the necessary skills, hold relevant licensing or qualifications (which does not apply to all trades and industries), have the tools available then you can begin helping homeowners with their troublesome issues. You can of course build on your current skill set and therefore offer more services to your clients.

As with any business, you should have access to the following:

  • Computer
  • Broadband Internet Connectivity
  • Mobile Phone
  • Business Cards & Advertising (leaflets and brochures)
  • Transportation – Car/Van with company logos
  • Insurance – all depend on your industry
  • Business Bank account (when you grow)
  • Method of Invoicing Clients
  • Necessary licences and certificates for your industry
  • Equipment for job – Paint brushes, tools etc
  • Additional Courses – Ability to learn new things
  • Prior knowledge of area or industry
  • Register with HMRC as Sole Trader or Limited Company etc

As a Handyman you are not required by law to prove you have any qualifications aside from competency within the relevant area. This may crossover to particular areas where you may need licensing and qualifications. For example, you do not need to be a licensed electrician to change light bulbs, but you may need to be a qualified electrician to change light switches etc.

You should have the necessary skills and prior knowledge to be a handyman. If you have never painted or decorated in your life, then it may be worth spending several months learning about the subject before charging customers for your skills. You may be required to understand the basics of construction, changing light bulbs and fittings, clearing or maintaining gardens, fixing door locks, oiling hinges and the legendary dripping tap and unclogging drains.

Choose your market

In the handyman’s world there are two markets where people work, these being commercial or domestic environments.

The commercial handyman

For this role you are normally working a full time job for a company that specialises in building maintenance and normally offer a majority of licensed qualified personnel to work alongside you. For example, you may be required to fit the light bulbs while the qualified electrician works on the wiring of the unit. We wouldn’t consider these positions as side hustles, as they are jobs. You will be paid what the company pays you and this can vary. You will have to work agreed hours and this may not be when you wish to work.

The domestic handyman

This handyman works in private homes and gardens, as opposed to businesses. However, you may work as a domestic handyman for smaller companies and industries for example a local nursing home or an individual who owns a block of flats/an office. The work involved may involve one-off repairs or a monthly check and repair (for example you may find a contract that permits you to check or the lighting within an office block once a month). As you decide your hourly rate, the days and times you work, we considered the domestic handyman to be more of a side hustle as opposed to the commercial type. You can work in this industry alongside your regular 9-to-5 job.

Once you know the particular industry you wish to work in, the skills you can offer clients, know where to buy consumables etc, you can now work on the business itself. Advertising plays a large part in this industry. You might produce flyers and leaflets that show your skills to the world, alongside upfront fees per hour. We recommend you create something simple listing all the skills you offer, contact details and a few testimonials at the bottom.

Everyone searches on their phones or computers so if you don’t have a website, you will lose work to the competition. See our guide on how to create your own website and blog.

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16. Book writer, eBooks and Audio books

Difficulty: Moderate

Realistic Earning Potential: £50-£500 per month

Top Earners: Top authors can earn millions of pounds per year

Do you have the knack to telling stories? Perhaps you had an idea brewing at the back of your mind for the past 20 years? If so, then it’s about time you got it down on paper (or in the virtual or audio format). Times have changed in the publishing world, for example, you no longer need an agent or huge but company can give you permission to print your book, now you have the ability to use online platforms such as KDP, CreateSpace and ACX to publish your own book. What’s better is it’s completely free!

As with any business, you should have access to the following:

  • Computer
  • Writing Software
  • Online Publishing Accounts
  • Method of backing up and securely saving your work
  • Broadband Internet Connectivity
  • Mobile Phone
  • Business Bank account (when you grow)

How to write an e-book

  • Choose a topic that matches your own knowledge and interests
  • Choose a topic that fulfils your audiences needs and desires
  • Brainstorm your idea chapter by chapter
  • Design your e-book cover

Never published a book before? Why not take a course on Udemy? There are many excellent training courses on topics such as how to write a book, deal with publishing, best methods to choose when dealing with publishers such as Amazon. It’ll; help you avoid many of the amateur and newbie mistakes saving you time and money in the long run.

If courses aren’t your thing there are plenty of audiobooks on platforms such as Audible.

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17. YouTube

Difficulty: Easy

Realistic Earning Potential: £50-£500 per month

Top Earners: Many have become millionaires 

It is estimated that over 1.9 billion users log in to YouTube every month. That’s almost half of the Internet clicking on one site to watch videos on everything from new gadgets and tech, film reviews, make-up tips and how to cook brilliant food. The only question remains, what will your videos be about? Do you know how to paint a wall? Do you now have to put screen wash in a particular brand of car? Can you do something hilariously funny? If you want to learn something YouTube is the place to go.

As with any business, you should have access to the following:

  • Computer
  • Broadband Internet Connectivity
  • Prior knowledge of a topic
  • Video Making Equipment – i.e. a great Microphone, Camera for 1080p quality videos etc
  • Business Bank account (when you grow)

How to monetise your YouTube video

Your first step towards creating content that makes you money is to join the YouTube Partner Program. This program helps content makers like you make money when people view your videos, and they show ads before and after we play them.
You will need to fit certain requirements to make money from your content such as have a minimum of 1000 subscribers and your content must have been watched for at least 4000 hours in the past year. Then you can join the YouTube Partner Program.

Many video creators monetise their content several ways including Partner Program. For example, they may sell merchandise advertising their own brands and logos. They may have affiliate links, so if you like the piece of equipment they are discussing for example a pair of headphones, watchers can click on the link below and purchase them directly from your channel, of which you will receive a cut of the profits. You may be able to offer your content viewers a handsome discount because your viewers purchased something directly from you.

Additional ways to make money from your video content may include creating sponsored content. E.g. A company approaches you to say something along the lines of ‘this video is sponsored today by Fantastic Computers.com’.

Sometimes your fans may even pay you for sponsoring your content and keeping it free from advertising or affiliate schemes, therefore ensuring nonbiased and honest reviews.

Never made a video before? Why not check out websites like Fiverr Learning and gain valuable knowledge how to create your own content, gather followers and importantly how you can generate you money 365 days a year, from people watching your content from across the planet.

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18. Podcasting

Difficulty: Easy

Realistic Earning Potential: £50-£500 per month

Top Earners: Some have earned over £20,000,000

Podcasting is simply creating audio content/sometimes video content which is often released on a weekly basis and often free to subscribers who download your audio files. Your content can be as wide and varied as we have creating your own YouTube channel, you are only limited by your own imagination what you want to talk about. One quick example of the successful pod costs may include ones that promote humour and laughs, or educational content i.e. someone may want to learn Italian and this is an excellent way to teach people but also generate some extra cash for yourself.

As with any business, you should have access to the following:

  • Computer
  • Broadband Internet Connectivity
  • Mobile Phone
  • Business Cards & Advertising (leaflets and brochures)
  • Transportation
  • Insurance
  • Business Bank account (when you grow)
  • Method of Invoicing Clients

The first thing we recommend is that you learn from others. Depending on the platform you choose to provide content (for example Apple computers podcasts) it may be worth your time and effort to take and watch a few online courses how to create and earn money from Podcasts. These courses will discuss ways to monetise your content through areas such as sponsors and advertising, direct sales, crowdfunding, donations, consulting and affiliate marketing.

You will be surprised how much money you can generate from Podcasting. You may talk about any subject you desire from history, the zombie survival skills to how to learn French in the bathroom. Many podcasters earn over £2000 per month, if combined with some of the methods listed above this could quickly become tens of thousands of pounds per month. Hence, this is why recommend you take a quick online course in podcasting as the sooner you get started sooner you can begin generating some real money.

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19. Dog Walker

Difficulty: Super Easy

Realistic Earning Potential: £500-£1500 per month

Top Earners: £2000 per month

Dog walking has to be the ultimate way to make money on the side as well as get fit at the same time. There is always plenty of demand for good reliable and trustworthy dog walking services. Our own dog Walker charges £60 per hour and she works five hours per day Monday to Friday. She is booked in advance by almost 12 months by clients who want their pooch walked at particular times throughout the week. Apart from earning money and getting fit it’s also incredibly relaxing to walk dogs and some studies show it helps to lower blood pressure and stress.

As with any business, you should have access to the following:

  • Computer
  • Broadband Internet Connectivity
  • Mobile Phone
  • Business Cards & Advertising (leaflets and brochures)
  • Transportation
  • Insurance
  • Business Bank account (when you grow)
  • Method of Invoicing Clients
  • CRB/ DBS Check – You may need to hold a set of home owners house keys
  • Experience with Dogs

Firstly, you should consider if you would like to become a member of the National Association of Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers (NARPs). Amongst many things it will help give your dog walking business credit by belonging to an association, and gives an impression you are taking your canine responsibilities seriously. It costs approximately £25 per month to be a member.

You may want to consider applying for a CRB/DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service) to demonstrate to clients you are not a criminal. The last thing any serious pet owner wants is to leave the dog was someone who is not trusted and you may be interested to look after a set of house keys together the pooch when the owner is not home.

Obtaining excellent advertising and marketing is essential for this business. Simple things such as a few flyers, leaflets and some metallic stick-on adverts for your car can help generate extra business. Places like VistaPrint can help with these items along with business cards.

Don’t forget to tell the world about your new venture on places like Facebook and Twitter. If you can get any references from happy customers this will also boost your business.

When anyone is looking for dog walker who isn’t known to them the first thing, they do is Google to see if they have a website, and if you don’t have one you are missing out on lots of potential clients. See our guide on how to set up your website here.

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20. Build Websites for Businesses

Difficulty: Moderate

Realistic Earning Potential: £500-£2500 per month

Top Earners: Depends on the size and type of your portfolio

Building a website is nothing like it was 20, 15, 10 or even 3 years ago. Originally you would of had to have learned at least three different computer languages to maintain what we call the front end and the back end of a website (the nice bit you see including graphics is the front end of the website and how the buttons work, its security, emails et cetera form part of the back-end of the site).

We recommend all business owners have a website, including you dear reader but this side hustle is aimed at you creating, making and maintaining individual websites for small business owners and charging them a monthly fee for the privilege.

As with any business, you should have access to the following:

  • Computer
  • Broadband Internet Connectivity
  • Mobile Phone
  • Business Cards & Advertising (leaflets and brochures)
  • Business Bank account (when you grow)
  • Method of Invoicing Clients
  • Clear and precise fees for websites per month
  • A willingness to learn new skills and knowledge base 

Nowadays, websites can be created using drag-and-drop methods, free open source software such as WordPress.org of course you can revert back to the original method of learning to write computer code.

Whichever method you choose there is now lots of learning materials online, some are free and some are paid online video courses such as those used on learning platforms such as Udemy.

We recommend using a mixture of both free and paid services, as in our experience both offer excellent tips and advice. Where paid courses overtake free ones such as those found on YouTube in the areas of contacting the tutor involved directly for additional questions and answers which are greatly helpful when you’re just starting out. These courses aren’t expensive and many of them can be bought for only a few pounds and you keep them for life.

For a step by step guide how to create your own website see our free guide here. 

Don’t want to learn how to Code or use WordPress? Then there are many drag and drop website builders such as Wix which are user friendly and great for absolute beginners. 

If you want to learn more about how computers work, why not visit Code Academy and begin one of their free coding courses? You never know, you might just become the next online millionaire!

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21. Mystery Shopper

Difficulty: Super Easy

Realistic Earning Potential: £50-£500 per month

Bored of YouTube? Want to get outside and eat for free in restaurants, or be paid to spend money in stores (and keep the purchases). If so why not give Mystery Shopping a go?

As Mystery Shopping has grown in popularity over the past few years we have a dedicated a special page just for Mystery Shopping.

You don’t need much to begin as a Mystery Shopper, but you should have access to the following:

  • Computer
  • Broadband Internet Connectivity
  • Mobile Phone
  • Business Bank account (when you grow)
  • As love of shopping and passion for customer service

In its basic form, it’s like a Supermarket offering free samples. Supermarkets offer free samples in the hope that you try, and ideally buy, either now or in the future. This tactic works well with new products that may seem unusual to begin with.

Check out our dedicated page to begin being paid as a Mystery Shopper.

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22. Dropshipping

Difficulty: Moderate

Realistic Earning Potential: £1000-£3000 per month

Top Earners: £10,000 per month

Dropshipping is a business model that allows you to start an online business and sell products to buyers without ever actually touching the items themselves. When a dropshipping store sells a product, it purchases the item from a third party business, and is shipped directly to the customer. This means you don’t need to stack boxes in your garage or even ealk to the post office to send the parcels yourself. Brilliant!

The biggest difference between dropshipping and a retail model is that the dropshipping merchant doesn’t stock or own inventory, they just sell it or at least provide the lead for the sale.

As with any business, you should have access to the following:

  • Computer
  • Broadband Internet Connectivity
  • Mobile Phone
  • Business Cards & Advertising (leaflets and brochures)
  • Transportation
  • Insurance
  • Business Bank account (when you grow)
  • Method of Invoicing Clients

There are lots of companies that specialist in teaching you dropshipping methods, including some brilliant online training courses from platforms like Fiverr, Shopify, aliExpress, DHGate and Udemy

It’s a vast topic to learn but once you get good at dropshipping you’ll notice it all around you. Everyone is doing it from YouTube Influencers, Socialites and people with eBay stores. 

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23. Photographer

Difficulty: Moderate

Realistic Earning Potential: £50-£500 per month

Top Earners: Unknown

Everyone pretty much owns a camera in the 21st century on their smartphone, but as every professional photographer will tell you, it’s not a real camera, especially compared to a £5000 DSLR with £4000 worth of lenses in a box. The better you get, the more in demand you’ll become. It’s best to choose a niche such as weddings, family portraits or pet photography. You can even work for newspapers as a freelancer. If you add more exciting items to your equipment list, such as camera drones, you can begin impreeing your clients with  aerial photographs and videos. Charging £80-180 per hour is common in this industry.

In this industry you should have access to the following:

  • Computer
  • Broadband Internet Connectivity
  • Mobile Phone
  • Business Cards & Advertising (leaflets and brochures)
  • Transportation
  • Insurance
  • Business Bank account (when you grow)
  • Method of Invoicing Clients
  • Best Camera you can afford or use
  • Consider Drones to offer something special for your clients
  • Your own website will help you appear more genuine and can show off your previous work and testimonials 

One of the most overlooked skills as a photographer has to be people skills. Without the ability to make people relax, stop babies from crying or getting a dog to stay, your photography skills will never be seen. Being kind, caring and genuinely enjoying the company of others can really help your career. Think of a couple who are hiring a wedding photographer; They want someone who is not only a professional with the camera, but they also want someone who is trustworthy, great to be around and can work without spoiling their big day. 

You need a website, if you don’t have one see our guide and start creating one. A great looking website will show off your skills with a camera, testimonials and of-course prices. 

Fancy trying some aerial photography? We love drones made by the company DJI. They have prices to suit all pockets but the image quality on these drones is breathtaking… some types can even create images or videos up to 4k and even 8k image quality. 

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24. Sell Photographs and Images Online

Difficulty: Super Easy

Realistic Earning Potential: £50-£500 per month

Top Earners: £1000 per month

Are you an amateur or a professional photographer? Do you click anything that moves? Are you a wiz at using software programs like Photoshop or Paintshop Pro when it comes to editing photos? Great, why not consider selling your photos and video clips online to licensed stock photography websites?

There are lots of websites where you can upload and license out your images and earn money from anyone who wants to buy your images to use on their websites etc.

As with any business, you should have access to the following:

  • Computer
  • Broadband Internet Connectivity
  • Mobile Phone
  • Transportation
  • Insurance
  • Business Bank account (when you grow)
  • Camera Equipment
  • Signed up accounts with Stock Photography websites (see how to begin for list)

Firstly get out there and get snapping. Everything. You’ll be surprised what people look for to buy. It may be as simple as a bottle of tomato sauce. Maybe the buyer is looking for a bottle that’s made of glass instead of plastic, maybe they need a 1/2 empty bottle for their project or website? In short, the more you click and upload, the more chance you have of selling it.

If you’ve never sold stock photos before, it may be worth you learning more from sources as YouTube, Fiverr or Udemy on how to make money from them.

Sign up to several stock photo sales platforms. Some of the major players in this industry include:

  • Shutterstock
  • Getty Images
  • iStock
  • Adobe Stock
  • Alamy
  • Fotolia

Have a look at each website and see which you like. Remember the more you places your photos are, the better your chances of making a sale. 

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25. Rent out Property

Difficulty: Moderate

Realistic Earning Potential: £500-£2000 per month

Top Earners: Depends on location and demand

Renting out property has made more people rich and wealthy, than any other method, with the exception of investing in stocks and shares. 

You don’t have to become a traditional landlord, instead you can earn much more money from short term lettings through companies like Air B&B and Student-Room-Flat.com 

As with any business, you should have access to the following:

  • Computer
  • Broadband Internet Connectivity
  • Mobile Phone
  • Business Cards & Advertising (leaflets and brochures)
  • Transportation
  • Insurance
  • Business Bank account (when you grow)
  • Method of Invoicing Clients

Well you do need your own property to be able to rent it out, and unless you own it outright you’ll need permission from your mortgage lender or a landlord to sub-let the property. 

Location is key in this industry. If you own a well furnished apartment, in a prime location, perhaps close to a sporting stadium or in a major city, then rental is almost guaranteed.  The main players in this industry are Student-Room-Flat.com and Air B&B. The former is aimed at students (as you guessed by it’s name) and the latter is more directed to people wishing to stay in a different city perhaps close to an event or visiting relatives and don’t want to stay ing a hotel.

What do you charge? Our advice is to sign up to these letting websites and look to see what prices similar properties rent out for.

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