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12 Side Business Ideas You Can Start Doing Today

Side business ideas appear everywhere online. It seems the internet can’t get enough of suggestions of how to make money on the side. Many people wish they had something to supplement their full-time jobs, but where to start?

1. Online Selling

A whopping 26%* of the UK’s side hustlers invest time in buying and selling online. People sell a variety of things, from ancient coins to railway antiquities, to make-up kits and Halloween costumes. You can buy anything online, and that means you can sell anything too. It’s free to set up an account and there are tons of guides on how to get started. Just check this one out. Need some inspiration? Check out this Daily Mail piece.

2. Jewellery Making

If you like making shiny things then this is the one for you. Perfect for the dextrous among us, you can buy the raw components cheaply and sell them for a nice profit through online services like Etsy or eBay. If you’re not yet convinced, have a read of My Jewellery Side Hustle That Makes A Full-Time Income.

3. Knitting

If you’ve ever knitted for your family’s latest baby and have a cupboard full of yarn leftover, then check out this guide to the different types of side hustle you can do: Which Knitting Side Hustle is Right For You?

4. Writing

If you fancy yourself a writer and feel you’re handy with a proverb or can construct eloquent sentences with style and panache, then maybe give writing a pop! There are hundreds of freelance writing services you can start using to get your name out there. For further reading here’s a handy guide on where to start: A simple guide to becoming a freelance writer.

5. Designing

If you’re handy with photoshop and have an eye for website design, then you should seriously consider freelancing on the side to earn more dough. Unlike with writers, designers need a little more training, making your skills worth the extra cash. Check out 99designs.co.uk for some design-based side business ideas and what your first step to side hustling the designing world should be.

6. Tutoring

Roughly 5%*of the UK’s side businesses are in the education sector. To begin tutoring, all you really need is a pen and paper, and the belief that you understand a subject well enough to teach a child. Whether it’s basic maths, English, a second language, history or the sciences, sign up to a tutoring sourcing site like tutorhunt.com. Enter your details and your strengths, and you’ll be surprised how many requests you’ll get!

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7. Pet sitting

Trust us: every pet owner at some point in their lives wishes they could have a pet sitter. It allows to them to have a quiet evening out or a holiday away without having to worry if their beloved pet will be lonely or unhappy. Check out AnimalAngels.co.uk to find out how you can make both furry friends and some extra cash.

8. Cutting Hair

If you enjoy removing split ends or ridding the world of mullets, then maybe freelance hairdressing is an avenue for you. Whether you decide to travel to people’s houses, operate from your own home, or rent a chair in a local salon, the opportunities are plentiful! The Guardian has a great guide to setting yourself up in the hair shedding business.

9. Mystery Shopping

Spoiler alert: many people love shopping. Now imagine if you could make money while you shop! Sounds too good to be true? Check out UKMysteryShopper.co.uk for some tips on how to get set up for a life making money on the shop floor.

10. Filling out Surveys

It might not be a career changer but filling out surveys from the likes of Survey Junkie can be a great little money spinner.

11. Landscape Gardening

Gardening is a perfect pastime if you love the great outdoors and don’t shy away from tackling a weed problem, an overgrown tree, a path needing laying or simply a garden needing trimming. Find out more here: How to Become a Self-Employed Landscape Gardener.

12. Cleaning

Often scoffed at for not being the fanciest of side hustles, everyone cleans, and most people hate it. Try it with your family first by offering to clean bathrooms and kitchens. Word-of-mouth will hopefully spread and you’ll be cleaning the neighbourhood before you know it. If you’re wondering where to start, check out Leigh Everly’s article on How I Started a Small Cleaning Business.

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Read more: 10 More Ways to Make Money On The Side

There are thousands of options for what you could do. Do you have a successful side hustle? So you have any side business ideas you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you on our Facebook Page.

*Research conducted by Opinium Research between 29 January to 02 February 2018 amongst 1,551 UK adults who have a side business