4 Smart side income ideas you can start today

New research by O2 reveals that over a quarter of Brits working full time now own a side business – boosting their salary by £6,446 a year on average. If you’re looking for a side hustle to work alongside your day job, read on for some ideas you can start online, right now.

Become a freelancer

According to a study by IPSE, there are currently 1.9 million freelancers in the UK, the number increasing by a massive 36% between 2008 and 2015. You can find loads of exciting opportunities through websites such as People Per Hour and Upwork. There are plenty of categories available, from logo design to translation jobs – and ranging from quick fixed price tasks to longer projects paying an hourly rate. 

With most freelance websites, once you find a job you’re interested in you can submit a proposal directly to the employer. Creating a fantastic proposal is imperative to landing freelance work. Upwork have a great article for creating a winning freelance proposal to wow your potential clients.

Make money from your photos

Lobster are a realistic stock photo marketplace where you can sell your photos for others to use – whether it be images from your travels, or cute snaps of your pets. Don’t worry if you’re not a pro – Lobster focus on authentic and diverse photography: “Our platform sits between you, the creator, and professionals that want to license your work. Top advertising agencies, bloggers and the press choose Lobster to find and license unique content.” Lobster also run photo contests covering various subjects and offering a selection of great prizes. Click here to get involved!

You can learn more and start selling your digital content here.

Did you know that we now offer Lobster integration through the responsive pages media manager? Find out how to add authentic images from social media to your website via the responsive pages editor.

Sell (or resell) online

Selling online is a great way to make money on the side. And luckily, right now there are more websites and apps than ever to start selling your stuff. eBay is fantastic for selling pretty much everything – you can get some great tips on making best use of the platform here. There are plenty of websites and apps targeted to selling clothing, if that’s your thing. Check out Grailed for menswear, or app Depop which focuses on fashion and accessories.

Blog about your passion

Running an engaging blog or magazine based on your interests can be a fun hobby, as well as lucrative if it becomes popular. Influential fashion blogger Chiara Ferragni founded The Blonde Salad in 2009. When Chiara first started out, she simply wanted to share a small part of her life with the world: “My intention was to create something that people loved to look at, and they could find inspiration from, and that was it.” Her blog now receives over 14 million page views per month, with her Instagram account also accumulating a staggering 7.7m followers. We share some quick tips for driving traffic to your blog here: How to: Promote your website (and drive traffic!) in 15 minutes.

Once you’ve created some valuable content and begun to grow your following, there are a variety of strategies you can use to monetise your blog. Affiliate schemes are a fantastic place to start, which you can read more about here: How to: Generate passive income with affiliate marketing. Writing one-off sponsored articles or reviews for an event or product is also proving increasingly popular in the blogosphere. Once you get to know your audience, you have a great opportunity to use your blog as a springboard for bigger things. Maybe there’s a product or service you can provide to meet their needs?

What’s your plan to make more money in 2017? If you’ve tried any of the above ideas, how did it turn out for you? Let us know in the comments!

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