17 Sep 2020
It never hurts to make a little extra money on the side! Whether you need some help paying bills after payday or you want to save for a holiday a bit faster, side gigs are a great way to boost your income – because as we all know, a little goes a long way.
If you're after some side hustle ideas, we've looked into just a few of the options available so you can find the best side hustle for you and your busy life.
(Image via Airbnb)
If you have extra space at home, you can probably rent it out as a holiday stay on world-renowned site Airbnb. Connecting travellers with affordable accommodation in just about any town or city in the world, Airbnb hosts in Australia can make up to $5,600 a year, making it a legitimate way to earn a side income. You can rent out a spare room in your apartment, or your entire house – the choice is yours.
It's worth noting that there can be some set-up costs associated with Airbnb. For example, you'll likely need to add new furnishings, WiFi, a smart TV, and other amenities to draw in guests and make their visits more comfortable. However, it's still a great side hustle idea if you have the space to spare!
Delivery services make an easy side hustle option – usually all you need is a car or bike. There are several services to choose from, but your best bet is likely a food delivery service such as Menulog, Deliveroo or Uber Eats. It's important to keep in mind that different food delivery services have various requirements and rates of pay. For example, Uber Eats pays $3 per successful delivery, meaning you can earn anything from $10 to $20 per hour.
If food isn't your thing, look into on-demand courier services such as Sherpa.
Got a knack for music? Why not consider music gigs as a form of side income? Whether you're playing music on the street, DJing for a wedding, or performing in pubs on Sunday afternoons, there are many opportunities to make money as an amateur musician. This side hustle may take a bit of work but it's a great way to make use of a talent you already enjoy as a hobby.
Freelancing is one of the best side hustles out there, as it allows you to determine your own hours and rate of pay – meaning you can be as competitive as you want, or selective as you want. Plus, there are plenty of angles to take: you can be a freelance graphic designer, writer, business analysist, model, photographer… just about anything you can think of!
All you'll need is the savvy to market yourself, plus an ABN. Better still, freelancing can be a great online side hustle if you prefer to work from the comfort of your own home.
You don't necessarily need to be making something to partake in markets – in fact, if you've been meaning to downsize or declutter your home, a local community market is a great place to get rid of things you no longer need while making a side income at the same time. And if you do happen to make your own candles, soaps, fudge, clothing, or something similar, market stalls are an ideal avenue for your side business.
Some pet sitting agencies say you can make up to $1,600 a month minding other people's pets, so why not get earn some spare cash while making a few furry friends? There are a number of companies you can become a minder for, including PetCloud, Mad Paws and Pawshake. You can simply walk somebody's dog for an hour a day, or you can dedicate your time to being a 24/7 house sitter and pet minder while people are away on holidays.
Do any of these side hustle ideas appeal to you? There really are hundreds of options out there – it's just a matter of finding something that suits your spare time and skills!