Everyone these days is always talking about their ‘side hustle’ like it’s some big elaborate secret society. All it really means is finding an extra revenue stream. It’s just that ‘side hustle’ sounds a little more exotic than “I sell old clothes on eBay.” But rather than admonishing this practice, let’s explore it for a while and explore some of the best ways you could be side-hustling your way to a small fortune this year.

 

Trading

Contrary to popular belief, not all traders are suited and booted party animals. Most of them do it from their bedrooms in their off-hours. Today you can buy stocks and shares in just about anything but for a first-timer, the logical place to start is with a forex broker or “foreign exchange” broker. This literally involves trading currency and is an incredibly flexible and dynamic opportunity for anyone good at reading patterns and following trends.

 

Sell items online

I might have jested earlier, but there are thousands of avenues besides eBay where you can sell your wares. Avenues where you won’t be charged an eye-watering 10% of every sale in seller fees. Facebook Marketplace is a relatively new kid on the block but it’s blossomed in recent years, whereas there are also niche sites such as Etsy for crafts and Reverb for musical instruments. The niche sites often offer better prices but you’ll be waiting longer to sell. If you are desperate to sell and make some money then eBay is probably your best bet but those fees are going to hurt.

 

Take surveys

It might not sound like the most obvious after work business idea but hear us out. There are literally millions of surveys online that will pay you for your time and opinion. At first, it will pay peanuts but once you get into the swing of things and figure out the right loopholes and shortcuts you could be earning hundreds every week just by ticking boxes and writing reviews.

 

Test websites

Just like anything in life that is going to be used by humans, websites need testers. Website testing is a stress free side hustle that you can fit around your schedule and dip into whenever you have a spare moment. You might even find a few spare minutes after lunch at work. I’m sure your boss will never find out!

 

Teach English

 Finally, there’s a reason why so many travelling teenagers get jobs teaching English in far-flung countries like Thailand and Vietnam – it’s surprisingly easy. Most of these students will already have a vague grasp of the language and there is so much flexibility in how you could potentially teach. And now, technology has advanced to a degree that you can teach English online from the comfort of your own home. What a world we live in!

By Lisa Baker, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Lisa Baker is the owner of Need to See it Publishing Group, providing contract news for business and news sites across the UK. Lisa is an experienced HR writer and commentator, editing HR publications for more than 5 years.