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Side Hustles to Make Money from Home – So, as you all know I’ve been self-employed and working from home full time for close to three years now. However, I’ve been doing side hustles to make money from home for close to 9 years.
When I started out I would give anything a try, I wasn’t bothered about working out how much I was being paid for the time I put in, I was more concerned about what I was actually earning. However, one of the things that was really important to me, in the beginning, was not having to invest any money into a project or job before it actually earnt me anything, I didn’t have any money to invest!
Although this does slightly limit your earning potential, not having any money to invest in something isn’t a barrier to starting side hustles to money from home.
You might be interested in this article from the site yourparkingspace.co.uk they spoke to a whole bunch of experts about side hustles you can start with no start-up costs, I also contributed, it’s a really informative post. There are some other really interesting articles on their site too. Just to clarify there was no money exchanged for this and I didn’t have to share their link either, I chose to because I enjoyed the article! Just call me Mrs Transparant!
Here’s a list of side hustles I have personally tried, some I stopped doing once I became self-employed but others I’ve kept doing.
I am putting this one in here as I mentioned it in the above article. Even though when I first started side hustling I did have anxiety there are a huge variety of mystery shopping companies, who in turn, have a huge variety of jobs you can complete.
Some of the jobs available do require you to purchase an item or service first, then once you complete the end report and get paid they reimburse you for the item you have to buy, or you can either keep it as part of the payment or return it to the company you mystery shopped, it all depends on the requirements of the job and sometimes your preference. The important thing here is to fully read the job description before you accept it.
It’s a well know side hustle and you’re either going to love doing them or hate it, there’s not much in between. I enjoyed it, to begin with, even though the rewards are small, they do add up and if you are doing them while listening to a podcast or have YouTube on in the background it can also make it more enjoyable.
The best survey site, in my opinion, is Prolific Academic, I still use it to this day. You have to fill out your profile fully before you are offered any surveys and keep it up to date regularly but because it is a scientific trial survey site they will only ever offer you surveys that exactly match your profile; which means no timing out once you’re halfway through! Yay!
Do you have a smartphone? Then you can earn money using various task-based apps. Each one is slightly different, some are similar to mystery shopping others are looking for consumer opinions. I wrote a separate post on this subject the goes into more detail here.
Selling Items on eBay
Now I’m not talking about reselling as a business here, although that is how I now earn a big chunk of my income. What I’m talking about here is having a good sort out around your home and selling the items that are still in good nic on eBay. Then depending on how much you enjoyed it and how far you want to take it, you could either reinvest the money and buy stuff to resell (making sure you are properly registered with HMRC and eBay of course!) or if that isn’t your thing; you can just use the money as you wish!
Clothing does sell well on eBay but don’t forget about the selling apps like Depop, Vinted and Shpock clothing and other items sell well on those too and as far as I’m aware I believe the fees are lower (if there are any at all) than eBay.
Related post: How I Started my Reselling Business with Anxiety
These four things got me started on my journey to using side hustles to make money from home around my full-time job. I loved it so much I continued to add income streams and ended up eventually working from home full time. The key, I believe is picking a few things to start with, figuring out what you enjoy and what brings in the cash, get into a good routine with a few and then either drop the ones that aren’t working for you and replace with something that is. Or just keep slowly adding gigs until you feel you have enough to cope with.
The opportunities that are available to us nowadays are amazing and shouldn’t be dismissed. For people who are willing to put the work in the rewards are there!
Do you do side hustles to make money from home? Have you done this for a while or only just recently started Id love to know!