There are plenty of great reasons to start a side business alongside your day job.
You might be thinking about a move out of your day job but don’t want to, or can’t, take the risk of quitting.
A side business gives you extra financial security. It can also equip you with the skills to run a business without making mistakes that cost you dearly.
And most importantly, many of these ideas can be turned into full-time businesses later down the line. Or at least provide a nice chunk of your overall solopreneur revenue!
Alternatively, you might be quite content with your day job but need to save up for something important or invest some money. Or you simply just want to make a bit of extra cash!
Online Side Businesses
1. Get Paid to Take Surveys
One of the classic ways of making money from home. There are a ton of websites out there that will pay you take to surveys.
You’re unlikely to make vast sums of money doing this. But if you want something to do that will earn you some dough while you’re sat on the sofa, this is a simple way to make some extra cash.
2. Work as a Virtual Assistant
Some professionals need a little extra hand with their work but don’t need to enlist the services of a personal assistant. You might do things such as help an entrepreneur organise their diary, or answer business emails.
It’s a great way to make a bit of extra cash on the side and sharpen your administrative and other skills. Just make sure you set a good rate as there are plenty of VAs working in countries where the wages are lower than the UK.
3. Get Paid to Blog
How are your writing skills? If they’re pretty decent then you could start to see yourself making money with your blog.
You can either make money from your own blog through affiliate marketing, which is where you promote a company’s services or products on your blog in exchange for money. Or you could get paid to write guest posts on other people’s sites.
4. Earn Money Buying and Selling Stuff (E-Commerce)
There are plenty of different things that you can sell for a profit on sites like Amazon and eBay, or even your own Shopify site.
You are especially likely to make money on this if you have a niche. Or if you have a good knowledge of the value of a product that people may not. For example, finding and buying designer clothes from second-hand shops and selling them on for a profit.
5. Make and Sell Stuff
Another option with selling online is to make goods yourself and sell them. If you make art, cards, scarves, jewellery – or anything a bit crafty – in your spare time, you could make some dosh from selling them on Etsy, eBay, and a bunch of other platforms.
6. Teach Online as a Side Business
Whether you have a qualification in teaching or a specific subject, or you just speak your native language well, you could become an online teacher.
There is work for primary and secondary school teachers online. Language teachers also have plenty of options, such as setting up on a platform such as iTalki or Verbling.
7. Start a Proofreading Side Business
If you have an eye for grammar and spelling mistakes, you can make money proof-reading other people’s writing.
If you’re really good, you can apply for some of the bigger companies out there on the web, such as Grammarly or Scribendi. You can also search the web for smaller proofreading companies. Alternatively, start smaller with gigs on UpWork and Fiverr, although it can be hard to break into some of the better paying jobs given the stiff competition.
8. Make Money Designing T-Shirts
Have you ever thought that some of your ideas would make great t-shirt designs? Design sites like Canva are great for producing designs on without the need for a bunch of techy skills.
You can then sign up to a t-shirt printing site where you can upload your design and they print and sell your t-shirts for you. Merch by Amazon is a good site for selling t-shirt designs, but you will need an invitation. Streetshirts and Spreadshirt are two other great sites you could check out.
9. Make Money Through Podcasting
Got something to say? If you have a topic to speak about, podcasting could be a fun side business for you to get stuck into outside of the day job.
Like blogging, you could earn money through affiliate marketing. You could also sell products that are relevant to your podcast, such as e-books. Alternatively, if you get a good following, your fans may pay you through a crowdfunding site like Patreon.
10. Earn Money Building Niche Websites
You don’t have to be a programmer or know code to build a website these days. If you can use Facebook and email, then you won’t have any problems using Website builders like Wix, WordPress, and Squarespace.
Market yourself in a particular niche, and you can turn this into a nice little side earner.
11. Start an SEO Side Business
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimisation. Increased competition for websites means that everyone is trying to get ahead. And by get ahead, I mean, rank at the top of the Google search page to direct more traffic their pages.
SEO doesn’t require you to know how to code, and it is not hugely technical. It just takes the motivation to keep learning, because it’s a constantly changing field. If this is something that interests you and you’re good at it, it could start as a side business and move into something bigger.
12. Make Money Selling Stock Photographs
Handy with a camera? Plenty of likes on Instagram? How about turning all those pretty pictures into cold, hard cash? Lots of websites allow you to upload your photos as a stock photo and you will get paid every time someone downloads and uses one of your photos.
On some sites, you can also link your pictures back to your own website, making it a great promotional tool if you have other projects that you want to direct people to.
13. Start a Side Business as a YouTuber
Starting a YouTube channel is fun and can teach you lots of other skills (such as video editing and SEO).
When you’re getting started, you can make money by selling your own products and affiliate marketing.
Once you have enough followers and watch time, you can monetise your channel. This is where YouTube runs ads for you on your videos and pays you for the privilege. However, you need over 10,000 hours of watch time and 1,000 followers, so it may take a while to start making money, even if you get a decent following.
14. Become an Influencer
Influencers are people who have a big social media following and get paid by brands to wear or promote their products.
If you have a lot of followers on social media, you may be able to approach companies to see if they would like you to promote their products. If you don’t have a big social media following, you could start with a niche idea and work towards growing a following. Although, this could take some time.
16. Become a Dating Website Profile Writer
On online dating, a great photo is all well and good, but it’s your profile text that really hooks someone.
If you’ve ever been on online dating, you’ll have seen that there are some pretty bad profiles out there. Not everyone has the skills to put themselves across in the best light. If you’re good at writing, you could consider trying to make side money by writing dating profiles. And you might just end up playing Cupid while you’re at it.
17. Make Money with Coding Skills
You hear about people making millions from designing apps, and web designers also bring in a decent income. Coding is one of the most in-demand skills in the entrepreneurial world.
Be aware that if you don’t know how to code, it takes a long time to get to the point where you can make it your full-time job. Why not start learning now, and then when you have some skills, you can start it as a side business?
18. Become a Domain Name Trader
Imagine if you had bought the domain ‘wikipedia.com’… You’d be sitting on some serious money right now. Well, if you want to try hedging your bets on what types of domain names might become popular in the future, you could start to boost your income with domain name trading.
Just be careful to avoid any potential copyright issues. Try experimenting with locations, new technological developments and generic words/names.
19. Start a Side Business in Copywriting
Copywriters write the text (called copy) for adverts, websites, emails, and pretty much everywhere that you see text that’s trying to persuade you to do something.
There is a big demand for talented writers, so if you’re good at writing, why not have a pop and see if you can secure some side work copywriting.
20. Make Money with Matched Betting
Matched betting is where you take advantage of the free bets offered by most bookmakers. You essentially bet on both outcomes of an event using this money, so your winning bet will bring you the profit which pays for your lost bet.
This is one to be careful with as gambling can be addictive. You need to set yourself strict boundaries. It can be a bit tricky to get your head around, but there are plenty of tutorials online to help you get started.
21. Get Interviewed for Money
You can get paid a decent hourly rate for testing products and services and then being interviewed about your experience. Companies are dead keen on getting feedback from real users about their experiences with products.
There are plenty of opportunities online, but if you live in a city, there may be opportunities near you which pay a higher rate.
22. Get Paid to do Online Customer Service
Small businesses and entrepreneurs sometimes hire freelance customer service operators to deal with their customer service queries. All you need is a polite and friendly manner, a good internet connection, and the ability to take calls.
One thing to remember, however, is that many of these reps work in countries with lower salaries, which can drive wages down.
23. Make Money Designing Logos
Tools such as Canva and Pixelmator take the hassle out of logo design. Spend some time learning the principles of design with online tutorials, and you could start getting paid to design business logos.
24. Work as a Transcriptionist
Transcriptionists type up audio files, such as from medical or legal meetings.
Although the pay is not particularly high, there is plenty of transcribing work available online. If you’re looking for something steady where you don’t have to put too much effort into securing new clients, this could be for you.
25. Teach a Language in Your Local Area
If you speak another language, or if you live in an area where there is a high demand for English tuition, you could make extra money teaching.
Qualifications in English language teaching (and other languages) range from a few quid to upwards of £1,000. A qualification is not necessary but it may help you command higher prices from your students.
26. Earn Extra Cash Tutoring
When exam season is coming up, parents are desperate to make sure that their children do well in their exams. If you have some skills in maths, science, or any other subjects, you could turn your hand to private tutoring.
If you have a high-level qualification in any of these subjects, you may find that you can charge an hourly rate.
27. Charge for Help with Tax Returns
Not everyone needs to pay for a qualified accountant to do their tax return. But there are some (myself included!) that don’t have great maths skills and need someone handy with numbers to take away the headache of doing a tax return.
If you’re organised and good with digits and a spreadsheet, you could make extra money helping poor people like me with their tax return!
28. Make Money Teaching IT Skills
It’s difficult for the technophobe to get ahead in today’s world. The majority of jobs require some level of computer literacy, and those who don’t have it are likely to fall behind.
You could make some dough by offering IT tutoring skills to those who need it.
29. Earn Money Helping with Cover Letters and CVs
A great CV and cover letter is an essential steppingstone into any job. But not everyone has the ability to create a great application.
If you have some business experience and good writing skills, you could get paid to help people to get their CV and cover letters to stand out.
30. Work as a Professional Organiser
Are all of your belts colour-coded? CDs categorised into alphabetical order by artist (and then by year of release)? Perhaps there’s nothing you love more than whiling away a few hours in Paperchase…
How about getting paid for organising people’s homes and offices? Targeting busy professionals or families could help you to earn some good side money.
31. Make Money as a Local Business Consultant
If you’ve worked in business before and you’re good at problem-solving, you could make money providing consulting services for local businesses.
You will be particularly valuable if you have a good knowledge of the industry or local market that the business is in. Try offering your services at a lower rate to begin with to build up a portfolio and testimonials from your work with local businesses.
32. Help People Plan Their Travel
The package holiday is dead! And you can capitalise on it. There are plenty of people out there who will happily pay to have their trips planned for them. If you like to travel and you’re good at finding those awesome deals on Priceline, Skyscanner or Booking.com, this could be a great option.
You could even try to specialise in a niche such as eco-friendly tourism, women-only travel or travellers with pets.
33. Become a Public Speaking Mentor
Maybe you’re lucky enough to have the gift of the gab. Or perhaps you’ve worked your socks off to become a great public speaker.
Public speaking ranks up there as one of people’s biggest fears. Whether it’s for business, a wedding speech, or just to help boost confidence, there are plenty of people who would pay to improve their public speaking skills.
34. Create and Sell an Online Course
If you can teach a skill or knowledge of some kind, consider creating an online course. You can put it up for sale on platforms such as Udemy or Teachable, and you can sell it over and over again.
Although it involves spending a lot of time on the front-end, once your course is up and running, you can watch the passive income start to roll in.
35. Write and Sell eBooks
Did you know that 50 Shades of Grey started as a self-published book? These days, you don’t need a publisher to get your books out there. Whether you have a spicy novel to write or a how-to gardening guide, it’s easy for you to make your work available for sale.
You can sell your e-book through Amazon (meaning you reach a really wide audience), or even set up your own site (for example, on Shopify or a website builder) and sell your books directly.
36. Become a Life Coach
Life coaches have good communication skills, empathy, and are able to inspire people to determine and meet their goals.
You don’t need a specific qualification to be a life coach, so if you have the right skills and the desire to help people make the most of their lives, this could be a great option for a side business.
37. Teach Yoga Classes
Yoga keeps growing in popularity, meaning that there are more and more opportunities for teachers. This could be a great side business if you have the passion and the ability.
Courses are between 200 and 500 hours depending on how advanced you want to get. There is a big variety in course standards, so look for an officially credited one, for example, by Ofqual.
38. Start a Side Business as a Personal Trainer
Is fitness your passion? Do you want to help other people improve their health and feel great? If so, you could start a side business as a personal trainer.
You will need to get some qualifications to work as a personal trainer, and if your day job is unrelated, it could take some time to work towards becoming certified.
Side Businesses You Can Do with a Vehicle
If you have a van, car, or even a humble bicycle, you can make money getting things and/or people from A to B.
39. Rent Out Your Car
If you own a car that you don’t need all of the time, you can make extra money by renting it out. There are a bunch of car-sharing platforms that you can register with to make some money off your vehicle. You’ll need to keep your car clean and in good working order – nobody wants to rent a bin on wheels!
Remember to read the small print. Some companies charge quite a hefty cut for you to hire out your vehicle.
40. Make Money Driving
Lift-sharing apps like Lyft and Uber make it easy for car-owners to make some extra money driving. If you don’t mind working unsociable hours, you can get higher than average rates.
Be aware that these platforms have quite strict safety requirements, and if you have an older vehicle, you may not be accepted.
41. Deliver Food in Your Spare Time
Plenty of people want the food from their favourite restaurant delivered to their door. Deliveroo and Uber Eats are platforms that you can sign up to and make money picking up and delivering takeaway food from restaurants.
Plus point – if you deliver food on a bike, you’ll be getting paid to work out!
42. Make Money with a Car Wrap
A car wrap is when you have a specially designed vinyl advert wrapped around your car. It may not earn you any street cred, but it could earn you some extra cash – all for just going about your day-to-day business in your car.
Advertisers tend to want newer cars, and your driving habits will have to match their conditions. But if you meet their needs, you could make up to a few hundred extra quid per month!
43. Make Money Running Errands on Task Rabbit
Task Rabbit is a site where you can sign up to run little errands, depending on your skillset. You can take on gardening, cleaning, handyman tasks, and so on.
As with many of the online gig platforms, there are low-paying gigs out there. So just remember to set a decent pay rate for your time. Your time isn’t worth peanuts!
44. Earn Money Doing House Clear-Outs
Clearing out clutter can be a nightmare, especially without a car. Many people would happily pay someone to magic all their junk away. Could you lend a ruthless hand to someone who needs to clear out a house?
Remember to be careful with moving and lifting as it can be easy to injure yourself. It may be worthwhile taking some manual handling training.
45. Help People Move House
Not everyone wants or needs to hire one of the big removals companies. Why not put your vehicle to good use by helping people move house?
You can charge different rates depending on whether you help with the lugging about, or simply stick to driving.
46. Make Money Window Cleaning
Not a side business for those with a fear of heights (unless you’re planning on trying to market a bungalow niche). But if you’re fine and dandy hanging out on a ladder, you can make some money by cleaning windows.
You’ll need to get yourself set up with a ladder and various pieces of equipment, but it won’t cost you much to get started
47. Become a Late-Night Party Deliverer
Sometimes people want to carry on partying into the night, but, alas, the local boozer is closed.
Do you have a 24-hour shop near you? Could you save the party by delivering party supplies late at night? Your booze-thirsty customers are likely to pay you a pretty penny for delivering to the door in the wee hours.
Make Use of Your Home & Garden
48. Make Money Hosting on Airbnb
If you have a spare room or part of the house and you don’t mind having guests, Airbnb hosting is a no-brainer when it comes to a decent side-business.
If you have a bit more space, you could even think about converting a garage or outhouse into a self-contained let to bring in more money.
49. Rent out Your Car Parking Space
An unused garage or parking space has got pound signs written all over it! Particularly if you live on a commuter route, you’re in a city, or near an airport or train station. In the right spot, you could earn up to £200 a month. Not bad for doing nothing!
50. Rent Out Your Home for Filming
Production companies are often in need of locations to film, and you can register with a bunch of them to get money to have filming done in your house.
Be aware that competition for this is stiff. The more unique or upmarket your house, the more likely you are to be selected as a filming location.
51. Grow and Sell Veg
When your friends stop answering your calls because they know you’re trying to foist more of your home-grown tomatoes on them, it might be time to start selling your veggies.
Depending on where you live, you could set up an “honesty box” outside your house and let people leave money. Alternatively, you could take orders from people in your local area or sell your produce at fairs and events.
52. Grow and Sell Flowers
The green-fingered solopreneur may find that they can make a side income by growing and selling flowers.
If you’re able to grow good-quality flowers at a decent quantity, you could sell your bunches to local shops and businesses. Alternatively you could sell at shows and fairs.
53. Make Money Selling Compost
Some councils still don’t collect food waste, so you could offer a service in your area where you collect people’s food waste, let it do its thing in your compost bin, and sell compost to your neighbours.
54. Collect and Sell Kindling
If you have any woodland on or near where you live, you could collect the twigs and branches that have fallen on the ground and sell them for kindling to keep your neighbours nice and cosy in front of the fire.
55. Make Money Mowing Lawns
For those who don’t have the capacity, time or inclination to mow their lawns, you could provide a valuable service.
Just bear in mind that this work is likely to be seasonal. You will also need to think about whether you transport a mower or rely on your clients’ mowers.
56. Making Money Storing Stuff
Have you got an area at home that you’re not putting to good use? How about starting a business by renting out your space as a storage unit?
Of course, you will need to make sure that your space is dry and secure. You should also check the terms of your home insurance in case you need to amend your policy.
57. Start a Massage Side Business
Do you like the idea of something practical that makes people feel good? If you have a space in your home that you could set up as a massage room, you could train to become a massage therapist.
The diploma to become a masseuse in the UK is about 6 months. So if you are willing to train before earning, this is definitely one to consider.
Start a Side Business with Food
There are loads of options for starting a food-related business. But just be aware that for some of these ideas, you may need to obtain a food business registration or premises approval from the council.
It’s also a good idea to get a food hygiene certificate.
58. Become a Private Chef
Some people love to cook and some people just want someone else to make their dinner for them. Do you fit into the first category? A great option for earning extra dosh is to become a private chef for people who don’t have the time or skills to cook.
Tip: If you don’t want to cook for someone else every day, you could set your service up as a batch cooking service and cook several times a week but provide healthy meals that can be heated up in a microwave.
59. Set up a Food Stall at Festivals and Events
Make a mean paella? Or maybe your sandwiches are the finest in the land. A good side hustle opportunity is selling food from a stall, van or tent at festivals or events in the summer.
Plus, bonus, you may get a free ticket to the event! Be careful though – you might need to pass a food hygiene test or need other licenses, so do your homework on the event before you get started.
60. Start a Side Business as a Meal Planner
There is a market for people who want to eat healthily but don’t have the time or ability to design their own meal plans. If you’re organised and have a decent knowledge of nutrition, you could make some money on the side by providing a meal planning service.
You could offer different levels of service, from recipes to full prep including purchasing and delivering ingredients.
61. Make and Sell Non-Dairy Milks
Non-dairy milks are getting increasingly popular, but they are on the expensive side. Oat, cashew, and almond milk are actually extremely easy and cost-effective to make. You could start a side business by making and selling these milks in your local community.
Tip: If your neighbourhood has a Facebook group, start a discussion to see who would be interested in purchasing oat or nut milks from you.
62. Make and Sell Homemade Cakes
The Great British Bake Off has seen a boom in independent cake sellers. So, there is a little more competition, but homemade cakes are still in demand.
Tip: Scope out your local market by finding out whether you can sell your homemade cakes to groups and events. You could also try going door to door.
63. Make and Sell Health Drinks and Smoothies
Plenty of people like the idea of eating and drinking healthily but they either don’t have the time or the ability to make it happen. Shop-bought smoothies and health drinks cost a fair whack. Why not fill the gap in the market and knock up some delicious smoothies for your neighbours?
Tip: Get your neighbours to use refillable containers and your business will be more appealing as it will be sustainable.
64. Make Money Doing Door-to-Door Local Food Sales
Lots of people want to shop locally but they may not be able to access shops that sell local produce.
If you have the means to deliver, why not see if you can buy some wholesale produce from a local seller and make money selling it door to door?
Start a Side Business Doing Around the House Tasks
There’s a huge market for providing services doing chores that people would rather outsource.
65. Provide Car Washing Services
Automatic car washes are pretty handy, but they use a lot of water, and can sometimes cause some damage. Handwashing is an all-round better option, but it’s not on everyone’s list of favourite things to do.
You can cash in on the convenience factor if you wash cars at people’s homes or workplaces and they don’t have to go anywhere.
66. Earn Money Cleaning Carpets
Cleaning carpets is another job that plenty of people would rather not do in their spare time.
A decent carpet cleaner won’t break the bank for you to buy but you can charge a decent amount for cleaning all of the carpets in a house.
67. Make Money Cleaning Ovens
My most hated job is cleaning the oven. In fact, I would quite happily pay someone
to clean my oven. And I am not alone.
If it’s a job that doesn’t bother you, you’re likely to find plenty of people in your area that would love to have their oven cleaned.
68. Start a Side Business as a House Cleaner
Good cleaners are always in demand. If you don’t mind donning a pair of rubber gloves in your spare time and getting things gleaming, you could stand to make some money cleaning other people’s houses.
You could also carve out a niche in your local area, such as cleaning for landlords or agencies between tenancies, or cleaning Airbnb rentals.
69. Start a Knife Sharpening Side Business
Starting a business sharpening knives is a smart idea because you have a huge potential market. You will also get repeat customers.
It can set you back a bit to get a decent knife sharpening kit, but it will pay for itself. A good starting point is to target businesses that will have lots of knives, such as pubs and restaurants.
Make Money Out and About in Your Local Area
70. Throw Ann Summers Parties and Make a Profit
This is one for the ladies… If a room of giggling women passing round naughty (ahem) items doesn’t sound off-putting to you, perhaps you could make some money throwing Ann Summers parties.
The commission isn’t huge, but if you enjoy socialising and throwing parties, it’s not a bad way to make some extra cash.
71. Become an Avon Rep
One of the original side hustles! Avon reps sell cosmetics to friends, family, neighbours, and anyone in their circle. It used to be door to door, but Avon now set up a website for each rep, so you can also sell to your network on social media.
The commission is not overly high, so you have to sell quite a few lotions and potions to make a profit.
72. Throw Tupperware Parties as a Side Earner
Another retro side hustle – you may not believe it, but Tupperware parties are still around! If you have some friends who are keen bakers (and like storage?) then this could be a way of making some money on the side.
It sounds like a non-starter, but you could market this as being a bit of a ‘retro’ event. You can also throw these parties for organisations like community groups and churches.
73. Earn Money Providing Childcare
Childcare in the UK is hugely expensive and there is no shortage of parents looking for care for their children.
If you’re good with kids, this could be a great way to earn some money on the side. It also has the potential to grow into a larger business if you decide to expand.
74. Work as a Carer
If you’re patient, communicative, and work well under pressure, you could start a side business as a freelance carer.
It may be worthwhile getting some qualifications so that your clients know that they are leaving their loved ones in good hands.
75. Start a Dog Walking Business on the Side
Plenty of dog owners would love to have their canine pal taken out for a walk when they are at work. If you have some time during the day, why not capitalise on it and earn some money dog walking?
Tip: Put the feelers out there on your local Facebook group – you are bound to find plenty of people who want their pups taking out during the day.
76. Become a PAT Tester
Do you have a decent understanding of electricity? A Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) qualification is pretty easy and inexpensive to get, and you can make a decent amount on the side testing electrical equipment that needs to be used commercially.
Remember that there will be the upfront cost of buying PAT testing equipment, but once you have that, you can earn reasonable money providing freelance PAT testing services.
77. Make Money Pet Sitting
It’s not just dog walkers than can make some extra coin in the pet world. People with all sorts of pets need pet sitters to come in and feed and look after their animals while they’re away.
You may even be able to stay at the house of the pet owner, which will reduce your own living costs.
78. Earn Money Flyering
Lots of businesses want flyers and leaflets delivered to their prospective customers’ homes. Smaller businesses may just want occasional flyering done and do not need the services of a bigger company. Which is where you come in.
Try contacting local restaurants and businesses to offer your flyering services. You could make extra money by delivering flyers for multiple businesses at the same time.
79. Become a Pub Quiz Master
Plenty of pubs are looking for quiz masters. You could work freelance or join an agency, such as Weekly Quiz, which writes the quizzes and puts you in touch with pubs.
Be mindful that you may have to buy your own equipment – a mic and PA speaker – and transport these to pubs that don’t have the gear.
80. Make Money as a DJ
Unlike back in the vinyl days, DJing these days does not require such a big financial investment. It takes a while to learn the skill, but once you’re skilled enough, you could speak to local bars, or hire yourself out for weddings and corporate events.
Note that if you want to do private events, you may need to supply your own equipment, which can be costly.
81. Making Money Hosting Airbnb Experiences
Maybe you have a fantastic knowledge of local history or are well-connected in the local street art scene. Or you just know some of the best places in town to get craft beer.
Why not turn your Saturday night pub crawl into an Airbnb Experience for visitors to your area? Airbnb experiences are a great way to meet travellers and make some money by showing off your hometown.
82. Make Money Helping Older People with their Shopping
Online shopping is great, but it’s not feasible for everyone. Which means that you have a potential market.
For the less mobile and the less tech savvy, you could provide a valuable service by doing their shopping for a charge. Make sure you do shops for multiple customers at a time to make it worth your while.
83. Become a Co-Host with Airbnb
Not all Airbnb hosts actually own the property they host. Some are co-hosts, working for property owners and dealing with the day-to-day customer service, cleaning and enquiries side of things.
Check out the ‘co-host’ section on Airbnb’s website. You may need to contact prospective or existing hosts to persuade them to use you as a co-host.
84. Make Money Tailoring
More and more people have started to become aware of the environmental impact of buying new clothes and would like to be able to salvage old items, or buy second hand.
For those who are handy with a pair of scissors and have an eye for style, starting a tailoring business on the side could be a fantastic way to earn some extra cash.
85. Start a Side Business in Computer Repair
Repairing computers and other faulty electronics can certainly help you to bring home some extra bacon.
You may need to pick up some tools and equipment, so just be aware that you might have to spend a little upfront.
86. Make and Sell Furniture
If you enjoy making things with your hands, making and selling furniture could be a lucrative way to spend your spare time. Platforms like Etsy and Amazon Handmade make selling handmade furniture a doddle.
Tip: Upcycle old furniture and you will make even more of a profit as you will have fewer upfront costs.
87. Make Money Ironing
There are people out there who will do anything to avoid doing the ironing. And some of these folk will happily pay to have their ironing outsourced. Try asking on local forums, Facebook or Reddit in your local area, or putting an ad up in a local shop.
Tip: Try using a hand steamer over a batch of clothes before ironing them, as it might save you time.
88. Work as an Extra
Extras are hired by film companies, usually for one to a few days to work on a scene in a film or TV production. The pay tends to be between £80 and £100 a day, so if you fancy prancing around on a film set in your spare time, this could be a great way to make money.
One thing to note is that you can work really long hours, sometimes starting and finishing in the wee hours. This can bring your hourly rate as you tend to be paid a flat fee regardless of how long the shoot takes.
89. Make Money Doing Voiceovers
When I started freelancing, I picked up a few voiceover jobs on UpWork. This was a great way to earn some extra money without any need for prior experience.
You just need a good audio recording setup (some clients will ask for a home studio) and a clear voice, often with a neutral accent depending on the job.
90. Buy and Sell Art
If you have space to keep some artwork at home, you could make money buying and selling art. A good tip is to go to art schools and buy artwork off the students at a relatively low price, then sell it on when they become big.
Of course, there is no guarantee of their success, but if you have a good eye for art, this could become a decent earner.
91. Become a Doula
A doula is someone who supports women and couples through pregnancy, birth and after the baby is born. You do not need to be medically qualified to do this, and can work alongside midwives and other medical staff.
92. Earn Money Answering Questions
There are several apps and websites on the market that need researchers to provide answers to users’ questions.
If you have good knowledge of a specific topic, you can apply to work for sites like JustAnswer and Experts123. Or if you have good research skills and can answer questions on pretty much anything, you could try AQA or Wonder.
93. Get Paid to Write Poems
You’re unlikely to become a millionaire by selling your poems, but you could get a little extra money on the side. Some of the bigger poetry competitions have decent cash prizes, although these can be competitive.
Another way of making money off your poems is to sell them to greetings card companies. You can find plenty of these companies with a quick web search!
And Some of the More Unusual Side Business Ideas…
I wouldn’t strictly call these businesses, but there are a few strange ways out there to make a bit of money on the side that may be worth checking out!
94. Get Paid to Lose Weight
There are some apps on the market that pay you to lose weight. So, although this doesn’t amount to a business on its own, it could be a nice little side earner in conjunction with doing something physical, like washing cars or delivering flyers.
The apps to check out are Sweatcoin and Fitcoin.
95. Donate Your Bodily Bits to Science
It’s pretty easy to donate bodily fluids (sperm donation is a classic, and plasma is another donation that you can get paid for), and there are even places online where you can donate your poo… (All in the name of science!)
Women get paid more to donate their eggs, but this can be a long and uncomfortable process, as well as involves potential complications. Make sure you do a lot of research before doing something like this.
96. Sign Up for Medical Testing
Medical testing varies from being involved in studies that examine the effect of lifestyle on health outcomes, to trials which require you to take certain medications.
Generally, the trials with bigger risks bring bigger payouts. This is another one to do your homework on. You may want to make some extra money, but not at the expense of your own health.
97. Get Paid to Solve Medical Cases
Do you enjoy solving tricky problems? CrowdMed is a site that posts hard-to-solve medical cases and will pay those who can get to the bottom of these cases. You don’t need a medical qualification because all cases are reviewed by trained doctors.
98. Earn Money Inventing Products
Are you full of great ideas but have no way of bringing them to fruition? Quirky is a website which pays you for submitting inventions, which could then go on to be created by product designers and manufacturers.
You could stand to make a lot of money if your product is very successful, but the commission is only 1.5%.
99. Get Paid to Cuddle
Yes, I know it sounds dodgy, but there are genuine platforms out there where you can become a paid cuddler. It’s all platonic and the clients are people just in need of a good old snuggle.
As far as non-strenuous side hustles go, I think this is pretty good, if you’re into physical contact with strangers!
Clearly, some of these ideas won’t bring you enough money to quit your day job, but think about using them in conjunction with some of the other ideas on this list.