Money is something that seems to come and go through our lives as it pleases. When you need it, quite often, it is never there. If you are someone that earns a flat salary, it can be hard to find extra money to save for big purchases such as holidays, or Christmas gifts for the family.

A great way of finding the extra income when you need it is to get a side hustle. With a growth in the gig economy in the last few years, there are plenty of great opportunities available to you. There are many great ways of generating an income that you can dip in and out of. Some use existing skill sets, while others may need no prior experience at all. Here are a few of the top ways of earning money around your current job.

Mystery Shopping

If you are someone who enjoys going out and shopping, then you should probably look at ways of monetizing that hobby. Mystery shopping is one such great way. Many retailers care enough about the service that their in-store teams are offering, that they will pay strangers to visit their shops and buy things.

You will need to pay attention to the details within the store. Often retailers need to know that their products are being displayed well, and most importantly, that the team members are offering the desired service standards.

Pay can vary doing this kind of work; however, if you look around, you can find work that can pay well for each assignment.

Offer Lifts

If you want to earn a little extra in your spare time and you have a reasonably decent car, why not join a service such as Uber or Lyft? If you’re willing to drive around, picking up people nearby and taking them to their destination, then this might help you save up.

Rent Out Your Spare Room

If you have a spare room in your home that is sat empty, then why not open it up to paying guests and unleash its earnings potential? Using services such as Airbnb, you can find regular guests who are looking to stay in your area.

The amount that you will be able to earn will depend on a few factors. The desirability and convenience of the area will be a big draw for many visitors, and if your home is close to a big city or tourist destination, then this will help.

You’ll need to keep it clean and tidy and ensure you can give your guests some degree of space within your home so that they can relax.

Matched Betting And Online Gambling

You may want to play the powerslots, and win big. However, there are risks to online gambling, and you should only ever play using money that you don’t mind losing. But, if you are willing to take risks, you may be in with a chance.

Matched betting, on the other hand, has less inherent risks. You are essentially betting against yourself. By taking advantage of the free bets that bookies use as an incentive to attract new customers, you will place a bet on a particular outcome. Then, you will need to go to a betting exchange site and place a lay bet on the opposite result. One will payout, and if you go for bets with good odds, you can earn enough to make it worth your while.

If you are thinking of doing this, you will need to do some reading up first. Understanding exactly how it works will ensure that you don’t get it wrong.

Start A Blog

A great way to earn a passive income is through starting a blog. If you can build up enough of a following, you will be able to include advertising on your site. You can also look at affiliate marketing, where you promote companies and products by posting links on your page. The better the quality of your content, the more likely you are to get lots of readers.

It can take some time to build up enough of a following to earn anything off your site; however, once you’ve got to a certain level, you can begin monetizing.

Write Freelance

If you have a flair for writing, you can earn a reasonable, flexible income picking up work from freelancing sites such as Fiverr, and Upwork. Many websites and bloggers need things like mailshots, blogs, and product listings writing.

You can work from anywhere in the world, and pick up work whenever you want it. Often a job can be completed in minutes, and some services will pay for a job immediately.

Get Paid For Doing Surveys

Companies love to get your feedback on everything that they do. Any company that wants to progress will take into account the opinions of the general public. Often, they’ll test the water with online surveys. You can complete these in your spare time, and usually, they can be done in a few minutes. You’ll get paid, and you won’t have to think too hard about anything.

Be A TV Extra

So your dreams of being a big famous movie star may have faded. However, you can still get your fifteen minutes of fame. If you’ve ever fancied being on the set of a blockbuster, or even your favorite TV series, then this is the job for you. Background artists can earn quite a bit of money for some very simple work.

If you’re lucky, you may even spot yourself on screen for a few seconds when the film or series is released.

Sell Unwanted Items

If you have cupboards full of unused items, why not have a clear-out and sell anything that has some life left in it. A great place to start would be somewhere like Facebook Marketplace, where you can list items and find buyers. Check out similar listings first to get a good idea of the value of your items.


There are lots of places you can invest your spare cash, some of which are better in the short term, while others are great in the long run. You may want to invest in the next prominent cryptocurrency, or go for more traditional stocks, shares, or real estate options.

Greg Kononenko
Greg Kononenko

My name is Greg Kononenko and I am a full-time online blogger and owner of Dad's Hustle. I'm a dad, and my passion is to help other mums and dads to start their own "hustle" and improve the financial future of their families.

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