SIDE HUSTLES: Our 9 ways to make money from home if you need to make extra cash

You could earn around £500 or more by taking up just one of these side hustle jobs while self-isolating. Millions of people are now working from home and are now having an extra hour or two a day which would usually be spent commuting.

So rather than spending your spare time during lock down trawling through social media or binge on Netflix, why not put your valuable time to good use and earn some extra cash?

From getting paid to Google, to turning rubbish into cash, there are a whole host of ways to make money without leaving your front door by taking on a new side hustle.

Online Tutoring

Schools, Colleges and Universities are closed, and many parents/students are actively searching far and wide for new ways to help them in their studies. For parents they face the difficulty of juggling work with home-schooling their children.

Online tutors are in hot demand and you can offer your services in any number of subjects and many don’t require any teaching qualifications. Job postings often ask for evening and weekend availability so you can fit it around your other work.

Proofreading

If you have excellent grammar and attention for detail, then your skills could be highly valued by some publishers. In addition, you can also get paid to transcribe audio recordings by firms and most pay per minute of audio typed up. Some proofreading and transcription companies will ask you to take a test beforehand. All you need is a good internet connection, fast typing skills and a good grade in English then you are up and running!

Blogging

If you are an active user on Instagram and follow many high-profile accounts raking in the millions, have you wondered if you could do the same? Anyone with even the most basic tech skills can set up a blog or upload videos to YouTube. You can make money from your blogging (or vlogging) either via affiliate links where you promote another company’s products, or by building up a large following. Some businesses will pay you to promote their products on your Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. Alternatively, you could use your blog to sell things that link to what you write about, such as online cooking workshops or do-it-yourself craft kits.

Rent out your driveway

More people now are ditching public transport for the safety of their own cars, but many are finding their office car parks cannot cope with extra demand. You could make money by offering up your empty driveway as a parking space for those who work near where you live. There are several apps and website that connect people with unused drives with those in need of a parking spot. Most allow you to set your own price, although some firms will take a cut.

Lend out your car

If you think you won’t be needing to drive much during lockdown you could offer up your car to workers wanting to avoid public transport instead. There’s no need for contact: drivers can book, locate and unlock your car via the apps. Borrowers must take pictures of the car before and after to ensure any damage is documented.

Online Surveys

Filling out online surveys can be an easy way to make money if you’ve got spare time, payments can vary hugely. A few only pay up once you’ve earned a certain amount, so make sure to read the terms and conditions. You could also participate in market focus groups, which pay a little more. These are usually done in person but now many are being conducted via video call.

Turn Rubbish into cash

From wine corks to toilet roll tubes, you might be surprised do discover how your rubbish can turn into cash. The people who buy these items are usually looking for craft materials, or even bits to decorate their home.

Selling your phone photos

You could make money by selling your snaps as stock photos. You don’t need a professional camera, as even pictures taken using your phone may be snapped up by newspapers, publishers or businesses searching stock photo sites.

Sell your old clothes

If you’re bored at home, it could be a good time to clear out your wardrobe. You can then sell unwanted garments online, using sites such as eBay, Facebook Marketplace, Depop. Depending on what you’ve got to sell, you could be looking a few spare pounds or more. Just keep in mind that some of these sites may charge fees or take a percentage of any sale, so check first.

How to combine a side hustle with a full-time job

Make sure to separate your two jobs – Don’t try to swap back and forth between the two mid-way through the day. Keep regular hours, say 9 to 5, for your day job and set aside a different time for your side hustle.

Build up a network – There are many communities and forums of freelancers and small businesses who can help and advise you if you’re just getting started. Even better, many will be able to connect you with useful contacts and potential clients.

Set clear financial goals – Decide whether this is something you are doing for fun or if you want to make some real money from it. IF the latter, make sure you are setting a price that reflects the time spent on the work.

Make sure to fill in a tax return – Any money earned on top of your PAYE salary neds to be declared to the relevant tax authorities. That means you’ll need to fill in a self-assessment tax return each year.

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