Last Updated on February 14, 2022 by Melissa S.
If you’re looking to make money from home, this post details how in the early days of my blogging journey I found ways to make extra money through side hustles.
At the time this post was published (February 2019), I was working three days a week and had a 3 year old to look after the rest of the time, so my time was very limited! I hope this gives inspiration to other mums who want to make money from home put are limited to evenings or a couple of hours a day. It IS possible!
Who knows, you might just find the side hustle that’s right for you.
What is a side hustle?
A side hustle is simply something you can do to make money from home on the side. It could be that you do it around working another job, or for example, you are a stay at home parent supported by your partner and you are making a bit of extra money in your spare time. (Spare time?! What’s that?! said every mum ever).
A side hustle generally does not give you a full time income, although there are so many people who go on to scale their side hustle into a full time income. The first step of course, is getting started. So here are the side hustles that made me almost £400 in one month:
Total side hustled in February 2019: £393
This came from a variety of different side hustles. Having multiple income streams for side hustles is great because I find when a couple are quiet, another is taking off. This also depends obviously on the time and effort you put into each one.
Like most things in life, there will be months where you’re on full throttle with one project and seeing great results, then the next you’re onto something else.
These side hustles all earn me great money from time to time, depending on my own time and effort.
Virtual Assistant: £75
This is for a friend’s business posting on social media so I was approached privately. It involves scheduling their Twitter content for the month and is something that only takes a couple of hours. A Virtual Assistant role could be great for you if you are able to do admin tasks from home. To find out more about becoming a Virtual Assistant, Laura, a VA and blogger at Savings 4 Savvy Mums has all the info here.
My sales have slumped this month but I haven’t been listing! I need to make a better effort with this in March as I have loads of my old junk to shift. This is an example of how some months one side hustle can underperform based on the time and effort allocated to it. I usually make a lot more than this on eBay, and the satisfaction of decluttering while making money is great!
Matched Betting – £230
I have been making the effort to do offers almost every day and this has paid off. Most of this was through risk free bingo offers and free spins as well as free bets. I really enjoy doing free spins but sometimes they are low risk rather than risk free, so they aren’t for everyone.
Now I have built my matched betting bank to around £500 I have small amounts of money I am prepared to risk to get the most out of some offers. A few months ago I didn’t have anything spare and I did not want to spend anything out of my “own” money as I could not afford to risk it. Because I am a member of Profit Accumulator I can access breakdowns of every offer and know the risk and likely return factors.
Blog – £56
20Cogs – £8
I already cashed out my 20Cogs for £203 in January, but every so often there is a new “Cog21” offer. This one was to deposit & wager £12 in a casino for a £20 payout. I am always happy to do these offers as it makes the wagering risk free and there is always the chance of winning more on top. In this case I didn’t win anything, so after spending the £12 my £20 payout will leave me £8 in profit – so still worth doing!
What could your side hustle be?
If you’ve been inspired to make money from home, there is a wealth of other content under the Make Money heading at the top of the page. Drop me a comment below to let me know what you’re going to try!