9 easy side hustles and cost-cutting hacks from money experts to make extra cash with minimal effort | The Sun

SIDE hustles are having a moment, with millions of people sharing their success online. 

According to Entrepreneur, “the idea of a side hustle has been romanticised as the entrepreneurial spirit hard at work, where dreamers go to start living their dreams while being supported by their day job”. 

Think of the person working on a fixer-upper house, dedicating nights and weekends to transforming a dilapidated property in hopes of turning a profit when they sell. 

It’s also the savvy thrift shopper who spots a designer item in a charity shop and sells it for double, triple or more on second-hand sites like eBay, Vinted or Depop. 

While there is nothing wrong with wanting to make a little extra cash, especially as we head towards Christmas, side hustles can become all-encompassing. 

And if you’re new to the side hustle game, it can be difficult to know where to start and what is worth your time. 

Here are nine, easy side hustle ideas to consider getting started.

Online surveys

Responding to online questionnaires can be a boring task but they can also be a great way to earn some extra money on the side, with many companies willing to pay for your opinion.

Dedicated survey takers or focus group contributors can make up to £200 a year in cash and vouchers.


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Simply sign up, and you'll be emailed with opportunities.

However, always make sure to do a bit of research to ensure the company is legitimate and has a good reputation.

Turn your home into a ‘film location

Every film and TV series needs suitable set locations, so why not make your house a film location?

Services exist for you to register your property while they help find it work.

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All you need to provide are photos to give a feel of your house.

According to Lavish Locations, you could make anything from a few hundred pounds for a photographic shoot, between £1,000 and £2,000 for a TV commercial and upward of £10,000 for a week's filming.

Rent out your driveway

Got an empty parking space or driveway?

Depending on where it is, you could earn around £200 a month by letting someone else use it.

If you’re by a train line or inner city area it could be worth checking the likes of JustPark or ParkLet for a quick valuation.

Bundle your utility bills

By bundling together your energy, broadband, mobile and insurance into one bill, you can save time and money to spend on the things that really matter.

Utility Warehouse promises average savings of £506 a year by bundling, including the cheapest energy in the UK.

Flip furniture

If you’ve got a few DIY skills under your belt and an eye for design, flipping furniture is a great way to earn money.

You can easily purchase affordable furniture on Facebook marketplace, upcycle it and resell it for a profit.

Research from 118 118 Money estimates you could earn between £100 to £300 depending on the item, and Fabulous recently revealed how one man pays his rent every month by transforming furniture he gets for free.

Become a nano-influencer

You don’t have to have a huge social following to get brands interested in your content.

Nano-influencers (anyone with 1k to 5k followers) are increasingly getting attention from brands as their audience tends to be more engaged and authentic – two very attractive qualities.

Nowadays, nano-influencers can make anywhere from £50 to £100 per post, according to social media specialist Tribe.

And if you don’t want to be in front of the camera, you can always consider making your pet an influencer.

Turn your passion into profit

Do you enjoy spending time in the great outdoors and have green fingers?

Well, you could convert your love for plants and flowers into a side gig.

From helping out neighbours to selling the products you’ve grown in your back garden, TradesMenCosts says you could make up on average £200 per day, simply by doing something you love. 

Cash in with cashback

Believe it or not, there are ways in which you can save money on your bills by spending money.

For example, with the Utility Warehouse Cashback card, for every pound you spend, you can earn as much as 10 per cent cashback at selected retail partners, which comes directly off your UW bills.

Money Fox Francesca Hardy recommends always using cashback when you are buying something online too.

She says: "There are sites such as Honey, Quidco, Topcashback – you are essentially getting money back on something you are buying anyway, with little effort – it's a win-win!"

Become a dog walker

As dog ownership spiked during the pandemic, dog parents are increasingly looking for support as they’re asked to head back into the office.

So, if you love dogs why not become a dog sitter or walker in your spare time?

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On services like Rover, you can earn an average of £20 per dog walk. 

Here, entrepreneur Ruth Kudzi, CEO and founder of Optimus Coach Academy, also shares her side hustle ideas to make extra dosh.

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