Side Hustle Ideas UK

Side hustles are becoming more and more popular in the UK as a way to make extra income alongside a full time job or part time job.  Learn how to make money through an effective side business with this list of 12 side hustle ideas. Whether you’re looking for a way to supplement your income or make it your main source of income, these profitable side hustle ideas can help you achieve financial independence.

Matched Betting

Matched betting (also known as back or lay bet matching, arb betting, or double betting) is a betting technique used by individuals to profit from the free bets and incentives offered by bookmakers. It is generally considered a risk-free bet as it is based on the application of a mathematical equation rather than chance. A typical return for a matched bet where the stake is returned is 85%+ of the free bet offer amount and 70%+ where the stake is not returned. Most free bets are stake not returned.

What's even better is that you don't have to worry about a tax return because any income made from Matched Betting is tax free!

Of course, Profit Accumulator specialise in Matched Betting guidance and ensuring all our members make profit, so we can confirm that we are a great choice for potential side hustles. Click here for more information on joining the best Matched Betting site

How Much Money Can You Make with Matched Betting? 

The amount of money you have available as an initial investment is of course helpful, but it certainly isn't the be all and end of all of what you can make as a return from Matched Betting.

You should be able to make between £10 and £30 per hour of Matched Betting. So, if your monthly earning goal is £200 per month, for example, you could look at dedicating about 5 hours per week at least...which really isn't too bad at all.  Check out some of our member stories from this year for more information on what kind of return you can get with Matched Betting:

As a beginner, you should first focus on completing the bookmaker signup offers. These are special offers that the gambling providers offer to new customers as an incentive to sign up. By following our step-by-step instructions to the sign up offers, you should be able to make about £650 in profit

What we do know from the numerous ’milestone’ posts we approve to our Facebook Group is that some of our members can clear up to £10,000 in the first 12 months.

Don't fancy Matched Betting?  There are plenty of other side hustle options out there.  Check out this list of potential side businesses possibilities;

Rent Out A Parking Space

Cars are expensive, but more often than not, we all need one. If you live close to a train station, industrial estate or anywhere that’s desirable by commuters though you may be able to rent out your parking space as a side hustle.  But first, here are some things to think about:

  • Can the area (such as a spot on a driveway or in a garage) be used legally without a permit?
  • Do you have the right to rent out the space or has your landlord given you permission?
  • Is a key, code, or fob necessary to enter the space?
  • If "yes" to all of the questions above, you probably won't have any trouble renting out your parking space.

Don't give up hope just yet, even if you've given "no" answers to a few of the questions.

Renting is not permitted for spaces that require a council parking permit, but it is permitted for spaces that do not.

Check out Your Parking Space to see if there is demand in your area for parking spaces and if so, renting it out to a commuter maybe the source of the extra cash you need!

Become A Babysitter

Have you ever wished as a parent that you could be paid to look after your screaming children? Although no one will pay you to look after your own children, you can make a lot of money babysitting other people's children. List your services on a website like Bubble or simply start telling your friends and family about it. You can start making money soon with rates around £11 in most areas of the UK and with the cost of nurseries sky rocketing lately babysitting looks like a brilliant side hustle idea.

Anyone can make money babysitting if they have the proper qualifications. Although formal training is not required, any you have may make you more appealing to parents and agencies. Most parents prefer a woman to care for their children over a man, so babysitting is best suited to women. Regardless, none of you out there should be put off! More parents nowadays are open to the idea of having a'modern man' look after their children!

Baking

Many people have started a bakery from their homes during the lockdown. The ideas coming out of the kitchens of some of these bakers are truly inspiring.  Many bakers, chefs, and even those with little experience took to their kitchens to bake as the uncertainty grew, forcing bakeries and restaurants to close their doors.

As the lockdown wore on, new trends emerged, including drop-in hospitality, online shops, and street vendors. Creative projects and pop-ups continued to emerge as chefs were furloughed or faced with the unfortunate situation of losing their jobs.

Suddenly, production kitchens at home, as well as empty restaurants and bakeries, became the setting for the baking of locally accessible – small-batch – delicacies.

Be sure to measure your pricing by the time it takes to make the cake itself as well as the ingredients you use to remain profitable.

Sell Digital Designs

Companies are constantly looking for graphic designers to create content for them. With low cost, yet high-end graphic packages like Canva and Figma cornering the professional design market there is always potential work for freelance designers. If you have an eye for design checkout Upwork to list your services in relevant design categories. 

Become An Uber Driver

Becoming a driver with Uber is not as hard as you might think. In fact, you could be driving for Uber in as little as 48 hours (provided you’ve sorted the small, but integral issue of…a car), which stands to reason why being an Uber driver is a great hustle business idea providing decent cash flow.

The Uber app is used by millions of people all over the world. Uber drivers are people who drive people to their destinations by use of their smartphone. Becoming a driver is profitable. The drivers make money through tips, but insurance is included in the fare. 

Sell Your Stuff On eBay

Not really a sustainable business, seeing as you’ll eventually run out of ‘stuff’, but a popular side hustle nonetheless.  Selling your stuff on eBay rather than donating or throwing away old items can yield a fortune. Remember that 1970’s Action Man with moveable eyes sitting in your loft? Yep, that will go for £85+ on eBay these days!

Buy and Sell Domains

A huge hit back in the ’00s, buying and selling domain names was more of a hit back then, especially after Microsoft famously forgot to renew their hotmail.co.uk domain making this one of the great hustle stories. This one may not be the money-spinner you are hoping for, but the more diligent among us can still make money.

Interested In Fitness?

As more people become health-conscious, the demand for personal trainers to assist them in achieving their goals is increasing. This could include assisting people who are trying to lose weight or coaching others to reach a level of fitness that allows them to run a marathon.
There aren't many side hustles that offer the same level of flexibility as personal training. People who work full-time may prefer early morning, lunchtime, or evening sessions, so it's a great side hustle if you're looking for something other than the typical 9-5.

You could easily start a personal training business and market locally to put some extra money in your pocket. Getting fit is big business these days and the average person will pay by the hour for a personalised workout plan.

Sell Vehicle Ad Space

Got a car? Did you know you could get paid to advertise on it? If you reside in a densely populated location and spend a significant amount of time driving, using a platform like Wrapify to sell advertising space on your vehicle could be a great side hustle in 2022.

The majority of us use vehicles to drive to the types of locations that the companies behind slogans want to reach, whether it's a supermarket parking lot or simply cruising down the high street.

The first thing to remember about car wraps or promotional posters is that they are only temporary. They're applied to clean metal and then peeled off when you're finished.  The installation is completed at a professional garage and can take anywhere from 10 minutes to a full day, depending on the size of the transfers being installed on your vehicle.

When your employment period is up, the wrap can usually be removed at home without causing any damage to the vehicle.

Freelancing

What do you do now? You could consider doing something similar to your day job, but as a freelancer, each week to make additional income. Sometimes called virtual assistants, freelancers can do almost anything providing there is a requirement for the task.  Are you a travel agent - you could try setting up a local flight hacking site and offer customised trips based on your experience of where to find the best deals?  Or do you enjoy writing?  Freelance writing is one of the most common side hustles and provides great freedom as you can do it anywhere...even on the beach plus freelance writers themselves are always needed by many a business owner. 

You might be a procurement professional for a large company - you could set up a consultancy and help SMEs with bid writing? Or if you're really great at gaining engagement on various social media channels, you could become a freelance social media manager, which is always in demand and an ideal side hustle. The possibilities are endless with freelancing and sites like Fiverr, People Per Hour and Legiit make it easy to get online and make a passive income even if you don’t have/want a web presence or online business.

Dropshipping

We've covered dropshipping vs matched betting in another article, but if you appreciate the automated parts of print on demand but prefer marketing and operations over designing custom designs, then a dropshipping business is a type of flexible side hustle where a third party manufactures and transports your products, which leaves the setup of the online shops and the marketing up to you.  Some people have made very decent money through this type of hustle and remains many individuals main income stream in 2022.

Dog Walking/Sitting

One of the most obvious and best side hustles is of course working with animals. In particular dog-walking. According to the PDSA 26% of UK adults own a dog, resulting in an estimated 9.6million dog population, which not only makes the market for this potentially perfect side hustle huge, but you can also double up as a pet sitter.

Most working professionals won’t have time to walk their dog, so a convenient dog walker or sitter is a great way to earn extra money. This one is likely to translate into a business due to the nature of the task being done while the owner is at work (in the day).

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