Odd Jobs

Odd Jobs that don't require hat throwing skills

What is an Odd Job?

An odd job is defined as ‘a man or woman who is skilled in various odd jobs and other small tasks.’ These may include definitions such as a handyman, repairman, skilled worker and a jack of all trades. Predominantly it is a worker, who has the ability and skill to repair things.

Although the stereotype of an Odd Jobber is often seen as a man who repairs things such as a leaky tap, or cuts your lawn, times have moved on. 

In the 21st century there are other ways that don’t require manual labour and traditional handyman skills to earn a few quid. 

In fact, some of the most profitable people who offer odd job services are skilled in modern technologies such as computers, understanding social media, and even helping people set up Wi-Fi in their homes. Regardless of what skills you can offer people as an odd jobber, the more skills you have, the more customers you can serve.

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Popular Odd Jobs to Try in 2020

We have included both the traditional Odd Job skills and new modern applications to this list. Some are similar to side hustles, but we don’t consider this a bad thing, as long as it makes you money.

1. Find UK Handyman/House Maintenance jobs

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.

One of the hardest parts of being a handyman is being able to find work. You can be the best painter in the world but without advertising your services to the world you’re unlikely to make any money. Websites like Checkatrade and Task Rabbit can help in this area. 

It’s also a great idea to get a website made. See our free guide how to make your own website.

It’s super easy, cheap and can put you head and shoulders above the rest of the local odd jobbers in your area.

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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2. 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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3. Tutoring people on new technologies

Difficulty: Moderate

Realistic Earning Potential: £50-£2000 per month

Do you know the difference between the Windows on homes and the type that run a computer? Can you help someone set up something called Wi-Fi, so elderly or disabled people can communicate with family members based abroad during Covid-19 pandemic?

Many techie or wiz-kids work outside normal work hours and at weekends, but it can quickly bump up your salary, cash in hand jobs  can be extremely profitable and provide an excellent service at the same time. 

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. 

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4. Set your mum and her friends up on eBay

Difficulty: Easy

Realistic Earning Potential: £50-£200 per month

eBay is the world’s online marketplace; a place for buyers and sellers to come together and buy or sell almost anything! Many people would like to use eBay but may be too scared to take the first initial step, let alone set up a PayPal account. 

However, if you are happy to sit with your mum friends and neighbours and show them for either a set price, or a fee per hour, you too can earn money by showing them how to make money. Win-win.

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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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.

Difficulty: Super Easy

Realistic Earning Potential: £50-£1500

Fiverr is a website that offers customers jobs for low rates (hence the name Fiverr). However you can task many jobs to £900, depending what you are offering. There is a mixture of skilled and unskilled jobs available for the odd jobber. Skilled jobs may include such things such as designing a logo or graphic, and unskilled posts may require something mundane like data entry or perhaps reading books and giving opinions on them.

There are thousands of jobs available, so have a look and sign up. You may use to the sire to buy services for yourself or perhaps sell your own. 

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. 

The skills that sell are so wide and vast it would be impossible to list them here. Regardless of whether you want to sell or buy from Fiverr, it’s definitely worth a look. 

They have a secure payment system, excellent customer service and you can work from home providing unskilled jobs that other may be unable or unwilling to do like answer a phone and email them messages. 

7. Amazon Mechanical Turk

Difficulty: Super Easy

Realistic Earning Potential: £50-£1500 per month

Amazon Mechanical Turk (MTurk) is a crowdsourcing marketplace that makes it easier for individuals and businesses to outsource their processes and jobs to a distributed workforce who can perform these tasks virtually. This could include anything from conducting simple data validation and research to more subjective tasks like survey participation, content moderation, and more. MTurk enables companies to harness the collective intelligence, skills, and insights from a global workforce to streamline business processes, augment data collection and analysis, and accelerate machine learning development.

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. 

Sign up at

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8. Easyshift

Difficulty: Super Easy

Realistic Earning Potential: £50-£200 per month

Freedom to earn when and where you want. Easyshift will pay you to eat, shop and explore your city. Take photos of products, check prices, and review promotions

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. 

Follow the link to sign up and read more about it here.

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9. Get paid to watch TV

Difficulty: Super Easy

Realistic Earning Potential: £50-£150 per month

Sounds almost too good to be true doesn’t it?

If you have views about TV, they want to hear from you!

The Viewers is a fun research panel for all things telly. Whether that be feedback on what you watched last night, getting a sneak preview of new programmes or even developing new services.

It’s free to register and always up to you whether you’d like to take part in anything on offer – whether that be a paid group discussion or online surveys and tasks offering £s and prizes.

Not much is required for this one. Television, TV Licence, keen interest and possibly a computer or smartphone. Viewers will have to sign up and accept all privacy data.

10. Take part in Clinical Trials

Difficulty: Super Easy

Realistic Earning Potential: £50-£300 per month

Trials4us conduct medical research with the help of paid volunteers to aid the development of new medicines on behalf of the world’s leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

As a medical trial volunteer, you are helping to find a cure or simply improve the standard of living for millions of people and sufferers of varying medical conditions worldwide.

Read extensive info and agree to terms. Volunteers should be fit and healthy or fit into the trials classification. See your GP if you are unsure before participating.