I’ve never been the type to shy away from trying something new, particularly when it comes to making extra money. I’ve tried all sorts of different side hustles over the last few years and love to share what I know with my friends!
I know it can be scary to look at such a big number. You’re probably thinking ‘How on earth am I going to make an extra £1000 per month?’. Sometimes all it takes is looking at a scary prospect from a different perspective. I’m going to show you here and now just how achievable it is to make that much extra cash per month, or more!
How to Make an Extra £1,000 Per Month
The first step is managing your mindset. It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking your regular salary is the only money you have to rely on, but that’s not true. There are a multitude of ways you can hustle on the side to bring in extra cash whenever you like.
You do not have to wait for your next pay cheque, work hours and hours of overtime, or borrow money on credit cards (please don’t do that!). Let’s start with a little thought exercise to help you break that £1000 down into more manageable chunks:
– 10 x items sold at £100 each
– 40 items sold at £25 each
– 30 hours of freelance work at £30/hour
– A few decent ‘side-hustles’ on the go at the same time
When you split it down like this it starts to feel more realistic. £1000 split over the month is £250 per week. You can earn that in 8 hours of freelance work. Selling high ticket items takes out the need for any major time investment at all. Better yet, having more than one side hustle on the go at once could blow your initial goal out of the water altogether!
Having broken our big scary money goal down into smaller chunks, here are some of the ways to crush it.
Have a talent for graphic design, coding, writing, legal assistance, or anything else you could offer to people? Get yourself on peopleperhour.com and elance.com. Look at what the top rated people in your skillset are offering, what they’re charging, and how they write their bios. No need to re-invent the wheel here, just take their lead and write a compelling description of your experience and what you can offer.
When I first became self-employed I got the majority of my work from PPH, everything from following up quotes for plumbers, to selling ad space in a local magazine. Freelancing is an excellent way to make an extra £500 – £1000 or more per month.
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UPSELL YOUR SKILLS
On sites like Fiverr.com, you can offer a service for a basic $5 rate and then ‘up-sell’ additional add-ons. Have a skill for making business graphics or cute personalised gifts? Set your basic rate and charge extra for faster delivery, different formats, revisions, and other add-ons. This can quickly add up and many people swear by Fiverr despite the somewhat misleading name 😉
SELL YOUR STUFF
You can sell your unwanted items on ebay.co.uk. Or if you have an eye for good bargains, pick up items for cheap that can be tidied up and sold on for more money. I have friends who make a full time living on ebay alone, and it’s fun. The trick is to include lots of REALLY good pictures, and write complete, SEO optimised titles and descriptions.
For example “Diesel Jeans Size 10” isn’t going to move anyone to bid, whereas “Diesel Skinzee Skinny LIKE NEW Womens Jeans Size 10 32 Leg” will help your listing get found, and be more compelling to click on. People need to know EXACTLY what they are buying. Great pictures from different angles in good lighting can sell even the most basic of items. Give it a go and see how much extra money you can make per month!
Have a degree or a high level of expertise in something? Advertise your services as a tutor. You can flyer your local area, sign on to a tutoring agency, or spread the word throughout your network. Throughout my final year at university and for some time afterwards I private tutored A-Level Psychology students. Not only did I earn around £12/hour in 2003 (current average is £18/hour), it was a wonderfully fulfilling experience.
Teaching doesn’t have to be a side hustle either – If you find you love it, you can do it full time and even build an agency of your own and make way more than an extra £1000 per month.
There are thousands of bloggers out there now who are too busy to cope with everything they have to do each day, from posting on Instagram to pinning blog graphics on Pinterest and answering emails. At the other end of the scale, there are businesses who want to get started using social media but have no idea where to start. Provide your services as a virtual assistant and make extra money.
If you know your way around social media you can help them figure out a posting strategy and then implement it, and do all the little tasks they’re too busy for. Average rates for VA’s are around £20/hour but it can be far more lucrative to offer monthly or 3-month packages. Some ways to find VA work include Facebook groups, LinkedIn, and the freelance sites mentioned above.
Word of mouth is often the best way to get a job as a virtual assistant – Work on increasing your knowledge of SEO and marketing so you can offer extra value and gain great feedback in the community.
START A BLOG
I couldn’t go a whole post about money without mentioning blogging. Until quite recently I still thought of having a blog as just a fun hobby. How wrong I was. Take a look at popular blogger income reports on google and you’ll see what I mean! You can easily surpass your goals and make more than an extra £1000 per month.
If you want to get started with your own blog you can follow my guide on how to start one. Click here to read the step by step guide. Some of the ways you can make money blogging include:
Affiliate Links – Recommend products that you use and get a commission % when people buy through your link
Adverts – Place ads on your blog and receive a % when people click on them
Sponsored posts – Charge brands to write a post about their product or service on your blog
E-Book & Courses – Have expert knowledge of something? Package it as an e-book or course and sell it
Printables – Many bloggers offer these as free content upgrades but you can make a more in-depth version and sell it
Templates – I have personally bought social media graphic templates because I couldn’t be bothered to make them myself. If you’re good at making graphics this could be a nice little creative earner.
This little-known side-gig is a great way to make money from home. User testers help companies make sure that their websites are easy to use and navigate. No special knowledge or experience is required, just the ability to give your true opinion and feedback as you go through a website. You may be required to download special software to record your screen and your voice, and answer a few survey questions afterwards.
As with paid surveys, it’s best to sign up with as many different user testing sites as you can to maximise your chances of being sent opportunities. Some good sites to work with that I have made extra cash with are:
WhatUsersDo – £8 – £12 per 20-minute test, paid via paypal
TestingTime – Up to £50 for 60 to 90 minutes, paid via paypal.
Do you love dogs and cats, got experience with caring for horses or small furries? Offer your services as a dog walker, pet or house sitter, or animal carer and make extra money. Average prices for 30 minutes walking for one dog is around £8, while house visits to feed and play with pets and do extra tasks like watering the plants are around £16/day.
You’ll obviously make more by maximising the number of dogs you walk or house visits you make – 4 dogs per day is £32 or twice per day is £64! If you have expertise in caring for horses (Preferably BHS qualifications – horse owners are very picky!) you could earn around £20/hour for doing tasks like turn out/bring in, feeding, grooming, and mucking out.
Have space at home? Offer overnight stays for pets whose owners are going away on holiday. You will need to factor in the cost of insurance, and if you’re going into people’s homes it is good to have a DBS check for extra security.
Eggs & Baskets
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Now you have 8 great ideas to help you make extra money from home. I’ve purposely chosen these methods for you because they are more lucrative than most and will help you reach that £1000 target quicker.
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By doing more than one of these methods at once you increase your earning potential, so don’t stop with just selling things on ebay to make extra money – set up a freelancer profile on peopleperhour as well! Once your profile is set up it will sit there doing the work of advertising for you, while you spend your time on other things.
Once up and running your blog can be a great source of passive income, as can selling printables on Etsy and ebay. It will take a little time to get used to, but you can do all of these at once and have multiple revenue streams. Never keep all your eggs in one basket!
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Some of these methods require a little more work than others but all are very do-able by the ‘average’ person. You don’t need expert skills to do well with a side hustle. A willingness to learn what you don’t already know (google is your friend!), and a bit of ‘thinking outside the box’ is all it takes.
What will you do to make an extra £1,000 or more this month? Tell me in the comments, I’d love to know how you get on!
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