“Good things come to those who wait”. While this was the tagline of a successful Guinness campaign back in the 90s, reinforcing the reward for waiting the 119.5 seconds (fact!) needed to pour the perfect pint of ‘the black stuff’, it’s definitely NOT the case when it comes to boosting your income with a side hustle. 

“Good things come to those who work their a$$es off, and never give up” is far more apt! 

Who’s Hustlin’ on the Side? 

With the ongoing rise in living costs, record levels of debt and low remuneration levels, it’s not surprising that a University of Reading study found that 25% of UK adults are boosting their regular income with a side hustle. And with everything from copywriting to custom cakes, flatpack assembling to freelancing, or even dog walking to delivering dinner available in the “gig economy”, there’s bound to be something that grabs your fancy! 

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But whoa there, would-be employed-preneur - before you race off to grab your side hustle Insta handle, there are a few questions you should ask yourself.

Starting a Side Hustle? 3 Questions to Ask Yourself 

How Much Time Can You (Realistically) Afford to Dedicate to Your Side Hustle? 

Some side hustles are more time-intensive than others, and you’ll need to consider your existing commitments and how you can balance them with a second job. You’re not wanting to burn yourself out! You want to choose a sideline venture that can be successful based on the number of hours you can handle.  

How Much Can You Afford to Spend on Starting Your Side Hustle? 

If you’re barely scraping your way through the month as it is, it’s probably not the wisest decision to head off and spend hundreds of Pounds on equipment or materials for your sideline venture. Start with what you can comfortably afford, and use your initial profits to invest as you build.

What Are Your Passions, Interests or Hobbies? What Brings You Joy? 

While it can’t be ignored that a driving force in the boom of side hustlers is the potential financial gains to be had, a whopping 73% of respondents stated that they did so to follow a passion or to make life more interesting too. It’s clear that if you’re going to be dedicating time to your side hustle, it should ideally be something that sparks your joy. Otherwise, it won’t be long before it merely becomes a drag you’ll be happy to pack in! 

Below I’ve compiled a list of 10 side hustle ideas for you to consider. I’ve purposefully brought suggestions across a wide range of skills and interests in the hope of you finding at least one that jumps out as your ideal sideline business! 

Let’s dive in, shall we? 

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Which Side Hustle is Right for You? 10 Ideas to Consider

1. Babysitting 🍼

Where there are parents, there will always be an opportunity to offer babysitting services. Trust me, gone are the days where this role was restricted to teenage girls! If you can prove you’re reliable, responsible and can handle a potential tear or two from a toddler, you’re well on your way to getting a few babysitting gigs in.

Tip: Arming yourself with a first aid course certificate, will boost your credibility (and confidence) for any child-related business venture.

2. Tutoring

Have the patience of a saint and a degree qualification to boost? Why not consider offering tutoring in your favourite subjects to those who may need a little extra help. With UK school goers having been home-schooled for most of 2020, there’s no doubt a bunch of kids out there who could do with some 1-on-1 tutoring time. What’s even better, is that you might be able to find yourself some online tutoring gigs, while social distancing is still recommended due to COVID.

3. Dog Walking 🐕  🐩  🐕

Perhaps committing to pet sitting is a bit too much for you, but you definitely enjoy a little walk around the park and you’re happy to take a pooch or 3 along for a quick game of fetch. Slip on your trainers, grab a poo bag and you're good to go! Dog walkers can benefit from regular and repeat business as owners like to stick to a dedicated person who gets to know and love their canine companion as much as they do!

4. Selling Arts and Crafts 🧵 ✂️

This idea is pretty much as wide as the Pacific, limited only by your own creativity. Sites like Etsy make turning your arts and crafts hobby 🧶 into a thriving side hustle relatively easy. Whether your style is vintage or modern, boho or contemporary, if it’s handmade or unique, you’re bound to find an Etsy store will bring in some orders. Remember you’ll be charged a listing and sale fee (plus PayPal will take a cut too) so be sure to build these ‘hidden’ costs into your pricing. 

5. Handyman Services 🔨

Know your drill bits from your router jigs? Whether it’s mounting a TV, changing a light fitting or assembling a ‘dreaded’ flatpack, if you know your way around a toolbox 🔧, you’re likely to be able to pick up a good few odd jobs from those who can’t, or simply don’t want to! Sites like TaskRabbit have made it quick to get up and running, and you’re able to choose which types of handyman jobs you’re willing to take on too. 

6. Hair and Make-Up for Special Occasions 

Do you wave a mascara wand like a pro? Is your contouring game strong? Can you upstyle, downstyle and any-way-you-want-style? Then perhaps offering hair and make-up services is a great sideline venture for you! Whether it's a wedding, dance or simply a special date, everyone wants to put their best foot (or is that face?) forward and you and your blending brushes could help someone achieve that perfect selfie snap!

7. Freelancing

Why not put your business skills to work for your own gain? There are plenty of websites out there where you can list your services and / or pitch on required tasks. Some of the more popular ones are Fiverr, UpWork and PeoplePerHour. There are soooo many options here, including but not limited to:

  • Writing 
  • Proofreading 📖
  • Voice Overs 🎤
  • Translations (Parlez-vous français? Hablas español?) 
  • Graphic Design 
  • Photography 📷
  • Filmmaking 
  • Animations 
  • Coding
  • Mobile app development 
  • Accounting 🧾
  • Virtual assistants 

Honestly, this list is just the tip of the iceberg, so go check it out for all available categories.

8. Driving / Delivery 

Got a reliable set of wheels and a valid drivers licence? 🚗 If being on the road is your idea of a good time, then why not earn some bucks while transporting people, parcels or pizzas? Uber is an obvious choice for an on-demand taxi service that lets you set your own hours, but there are also options like Amazon Flex for parcel delivery, and the likes of JustEat or Deliveroo for hungry souls looking for a quick bite brought to their door.

Tip: Driving gigs may require additional insurance or specific types of vehicles for certain jobs, so be sure to look into the small print. 

9. Run Errands / Shopping 🛒

There’s always an opportunity to make some extra moola running errands or doing a shopping run for those who either can’t themselves, or simply don’t have the time or inclination to do so. 

10. Introduce Your Friends to Gravity 

I couldn’t prepare a list of side hustles, without including a shameless punt of our Gravity Introducers Programme. If you’re looking for a more passive way to boost your income, this is it! By introducing your friends and family to Gravity using your unique referral link, you can earn 20% of their transactions fees, paid to you in Bitcoin Satoshi Vision (BSV) - for life. In doing so, not only are you establishing your own financial sovereignty, but helping to empower them too. That’s a definite win-win if you ask me!

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