Eight side hustles to make extra cash in 2023 – you can do most from home, and they take just hours | The Sun

Eight side hustles to make extra cash in 2023 – you can do most from home, and they take just hours | The Sun

TOPPING up your income by taking on a side hustle is becoming more and more popular as people struggle with the cost of living.

If you're thinking of starting a side hustle but you aren't sure where to start, look no further.

We've rounded up some of the most popular side hustles that anyone can do.

Most of them can done in just a few hours from the sofa at home and they could help boost your earnings by hundreds or even thousands of pounds.

One thing to be aware of before you start – everyone is allowed to earn up to £1,000 a year from a side hustle.

If you earn more than that in a year, you'll have to fill out a self-assessment tax return to declare that income and pay income tax on it.

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You must do this whether you're self-employed or earn a salary or wages from a company.

Surveys – around £200 a year

There are hundreds of sites that will pay you to fill out surveys and take part in market research.

You don't need to have any specific knowledge to get in on this side hustle – you just need to take some time to fill in what you think or which multiple choice answers apply to you.

Some surveys are just a couple of clicks and take less than a minute while others can happen in person and take a full day.

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You can choose what suits you.

Different companies pay you in different ways – some with vouchers for popular high street retailers or credit to spend on Amazon.

Others will reward you with points which you can redeem through PayPal or in shopping vouchers.

There are apps that let you cash out your earnings, though there's usually a charge.

Some surveys will pay you less than a quid, but for longer surveys, you can earn a lot more.

PopulusLive pays £1 per five minutes up to a maximum of £50.

Prolific is another survey site, but there are eligibility criteria so you won't be able to do every survey.

Where you do qualify, each survey could net you up to a tenner.

Some of the best-known survey sites are:

  • i-Say
  • Swagbucks
  • Crowdology
  • Curious Cat
  • Google Opinion Rewards
  • PopulusLive

It's worth reading the small print before you commit and set up a dedicated email address so your inbox isn't swamped.

Some firms will ask you to pay a joining fee, but there are so many free sites that it is unlikely to be worth it.

Help out your neighbours – up to £45k a year

There is now a whole selection of apps that help people living in a local area to swap information, offer services for free or a fee and resell unwanted items.

It's possible to turn something you love into ready cash by listing on these sites.

Whether it's dog walking, house sitting, helping others out with DIY or gardening, there's an app that can help you get started.

Nextdoor is a popular app that connects you to your neighbours.

If you have a service to offer, you can list it easily for free. The app also verifies every user so you know they really are a neighbour.

Bark is another widely used app where you can list your services – anything from pet grooming to private investigators – and get paid.

TaskRabbit specialises in DIY and other more physical tasks such as home repairs, cleaning and moving house.

The app also runs a partnership with furniture store IKEA, where "taskers" get paid to assemble flat pack furniture for its customers, meaning a steady stream of work.

Job site Indeed lists the typical salaries you can earn through the app, ranging from around £25,000 a year for cleaning jobs up to £45,000 for people helping others to carry out business operations and admin.

Some apps will take a cut of what you earn, while others let you keep 100% of the income you generate through their app.

Make sure you check the fine print so you don't get stung with a nasty surprise.

Drive time – £200 a month

If you've got a full UK driving licence, the right to work in the UK and use of a decent-sized vehicle then there are several side hustles you could consider.

Becoming a cab driver for any of the big ride-hailing apps such as Uber or Bolt is pretty easy.

You have to go through a vetting process but once you're approved, you can choose your hours and start earning around £15 an hour.

Again, be prepared for the company to take a percentage of what you earn from customers they refer to you.

You could also turn your car into a moving advert – CarQuids and Drovo pay up to £200 a month to plaster company ads over your vehicle.

Signed, sealed, delivered – £7 to £13 an hour

Just Eat, Deliveroo and Uber Eats all pay drivers to deliver food to their customers.

And you don't need a car – an electric bike, moped or good old-fashioned bicycle is all you need to earn up to £13 an hour.

In some cities, on-demand grocery delivery is big business, with the main apps Zapp, Gorillas and Beelivery.

Wrap it up – £15 an hour

There are also parcel delivery services such as Amazon Flex and Hermes which let you sign up to work flexibly.

Especially in more rural areas and in the run-up to Christmas, there's always a need for more delivery drivers.

Depending on the app you use, it can be super simple to get started and some places pay twice a week.

It's possible to earn between £13 and £15 an hour depending on where you live and how many deliveries you do.

Rent it – up to £650 a month

There's a demand for renting a huge range of items – anything from DIY tools to your car or even your driveway.

Hiyacar, Getaround, Karshare and Turo let you rent your car out to other people when you're not using it, meaning it earns its keep.

Check the contract terms for insurance and safety measures before you get going – you could earn up to £650 a month.

JustPark and YourParkingSpace let you list any spare space where you park and charge users a fee.

Depending on where you live you could earn up to £40 a day – especially if you're close to a train station.

You can also advertise on sites such as Nextdoor and Gumtree if you want to rent out smaller items such as a lawnmower for the day.

Get social – £10 to £10,000 per post

With time and a bit of commitment, you can build up a strong enough following on social media platforms and get paid to promote products and services.

The simplest way to earn money is by partnering with a brand as an Instagram influencer.

They send you products to test out and review in your posts and in exchange they'll pay you a fee.

You must have a minimum of 1,000 followers to become an influencer and the more followers, the bigger the fee.

You're followers also need to engage with your posts, as this also affects how much you

Influencer Marketing Hub suggests that you can earn between £10 and £100 per post if you've got between 1,000 and 10,000 followers.

If you've got half a million followers, you could pull in £5,000 per post.

Sell, sell, sell – as much as you want

Good for your wallet and for the world, reselling unwanted items such as clothes or children's toys is increasingly popular.

There are plenty of apps and websites that make it super easy to sell your items online by finding potential buyers for you and handling a lot of the shipping process.

Each platform and app offers something slightly different, so it can be a good idea to try a few out until you find one that works for you.

The biggest and the most established platforms are eBay and Amazon.

Both have massive reach, though Amazon's Marketplace tends to appeal mostly to small businesses.

Gumtree, Facebook Marketplace, Nextdoor and Shpock help you to sell to people in your local area for free.

For clothes, Vinted is fast becoming the reseller's go-to app. There are no fees so you get to keep the money you make.

Depop, Preloved and Vestiaire are also widely used reselling sites.

Some side hustlers scour charity shops and car boot sales for cheap items they then sell on for a profit.

Generally speaking, there's no limit on how much you can earn from reselling but the more expensive and in demand the item, the bigger the profit.

Secondhand designer handbags can go for hundreds and sometimes thousands of pounds.

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If you're selling last season's Zara dress, you're more likely to get in the region of £10.

And even if you sell items for just a couple of pounds, you'll be doing your bit for the environment while topping up your bank balance.

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