101 side hustles for I need money moments

We’ve all had those “I need money” moments. But what if there was a way you could consistently bring in extra money every month so that you no longer need to panic when you suddenly NEED to find some money. Well, there are LOTS of ways you can do that. 101 of them right here in fact! There are all kinds of things you can do to make extra money – here are my 101 best side hustles UK.

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Why you need a side hustle

Side hustles are those extra things you do on top of your main job in order to bring in extra cash.

There are lots of reasons you might want to think about a side hustle:

If you’ve ever had to find the money for a new boiler suddenly, then you’ll probably know that horrible feeling in your stomach – coupled with the sleepless nights and irritable mood. It’s not fun for anybody!

Having a side hustle helps you to cushion yourself financially.

101 Best Side Hustles UK for those “I NEED MONEY” Moments

Best Side Hustles UK

These 101 best side hustles in the UK are really varied, so there should be something here for everyone! Some side hustles are things you can do from the comfort of your own home, whilst others involve getting out and building up your own business in your spare time.

You need to think carefully about what you’re going to do. Think about the amount of free time you have available and take it from there. If you only have a few hours a week spare when the kids are in bed, then something like matched betting or surveys will suit you best. If you have every afternoon spare, then you could take on more of a challenge!

Whenever I need money quickly, I opt for side hustles like Matched Betting – where I know I’ll see a quick return. For longer term money-making, I focus on blogging and affiliate marketing.

1. Matched Betting

Matched Betting is NOT gambling, so don’t be put off by the title. Matched Betting often gets a bad press, but it’s actually a fantastic way to earn extra money. In fact, once you understand how it all works and you get into the swing of it, you could earn around £1,000/month. If you’re sitting on the fence with this, or you’re not sure how it works, then it might be worth signing up to my Matched Betting for Beginners Email Course. I find Matched Betting works really well when I need money quickly.

I have used Profit Accumulator for 3 years and I can honestly say I’ve made thousands of pounds thanks to their simple, step-by-step instructions and videos. They’re hands down the best Matched Betting support out there.

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2. Mystery Shopping

Mystery shopping is one of my favourite side hustles. It can be really fun to do and it gets me out of the house! I’m not a hermit, but working from home does mean I’m often stuck in for days on end. As a mystery shopper, you’ll be tasked to visit a shop or a pub/restaurant, and make mental notes of certain things. You’ll often have to ask a member of staff a question and report back on your findings. You will usually need to make a purchase whilst you’re there. Once you’ve filed your report, you’ll be paid for any items purchased (up to a set value) and you’ll also be paid a fee too. It’s really great! My favourite mystery shopping company is Market Force – they have regular work available and I find their instructions really easy to follow too.

You can find out more about how to become a mystery shopper here.

3. User/Website Testing

As a website tester, you will get paid to test out how user-friendly websites are. You’ll usually be given a specific task and you’ll have to report your findings. It’s really straightforward and pays pretty well too! WhatUsersDo is a great site to sign up with to start you off.

4. Blogging

If you enjoy writing and being creative, then you could make blogging into a fantastic side hustle. It takes a while to build a blog up to the level where you can earn decent money, but once you’re there the earning potential is endless. Check out my blog post on how to make money blogging.

5. Proofreader

I’ve been working part-time as a proofreader for over two years. I work 25 hours per week checking through and editing posts before publishing them. I didn’t need any qualifications in order to get the job, but I did need to prove I was capable with some test work to begin with, and then my work was closely monitored for a while.

Whilst I’m employed in this role, many proofreaders work on a self-employed basis for a range of clients.

If you want to get into proofreading, you can find work in a really wide variety of places. I was using the site I work for when the opportunity arose so I was quite lucky! Keep an eye on any online forums you’re a member of for any opportunities. You can also advertise your skills and search for work on sites such as Upwork and PeoplePerHour. Freelancer is also a great place to look – and you’ll get £15 credit in your account when you sign up with my link!

6. Babysitting

Babysitting is a great way to earn a little extra cash, particularly if you’re free in the evenings when parents want to get out for a few hours of child-free time! You could start off by offering your service to friends and family – people who know you well. Then, ask them if they’ll recommend you to other people. Build up a good reputation and you could soon find that your services become really sought after. You can also advertise on sites such as https://childcare.co.uk/.

7. Swagbucks

Swagbucks is a great website where you can make extra cash in your spare time. You can build up points called Swagbucks which you can then convert to either PayPal cash or Amazon vouchers.

You can read a little more about Swagbucks in my post – 10 Ways You Can Make Money With Swagbucks.

8. Prolific Academic

I absolutely LOVE Prolific Academic. In fact, I think it’s my favourite survey site – it’s definitely the best paid. I’ve earned £6 for one survey in the past which is pretty good going. When I need money quickly, this is another of my absolute favourite side hustles. They tend to pay really quickly.

You do need to be quick off the mark with Prolific surveys, as they tend to get snapped up pretty quickly. However there are a few tricks you can use to boost your chances. Check out this blog post for more info!

9. Dog Walking

There’s a big market for dog walkers. Lots of people who have dogs go out to work all day and they need somebody to make sure their beloved pet still gets some fresh air and well-needed exercise. There are also people who just can’t physically walk their dogs. I remember my Grandma getting her rescue labrador for company, but she wasn’t able to walk her. She paid somebody local to come and walk her everyday – it worked really well!

Advertise on local Facebook groups and stick adverts in newsagents if you can.

pet sitting

10. Pet Sitting

Kennel fees are ASTRONOMICAL! And many pet owners don’t like the idea of their pets being cooped up with lots of other animals whilst they’re away. Lots of owners are now turning to the home-from-home service provided by pet sitters. Advertise on local Facebook groups and build up some references to show potential clients.

11. Reselling

Resellers buy items and then resell them for a profit. There can be A LOT of money to be made with a reselling business. You’ll need to be savvy with your purchases to make sure you make a profit!

12. Gardening

Lots of people hire gardeners to keep on top of cutting the grass, weeding and generally keeping the garden tidy. Gardening can be seasonal so if you have some spare time over the summer then take advantage of it!

13. Car Washing

You can set up a car wash in your own drive. Advertise a few days before hand – grab your bucket and sponge and get washing!

14. Ironing

Ironing is one of those jobs that many people hate – or just struggle to find the time to get done. If you’re a dab hand with an iron, then you could cash in on this!

15. Freelance Writing

Freelance writers work on a self-employed basis and can take on as much or as little work as they like. There is a lot of competition out there, so you’ll need to build up some samples of your work in order to showcase what you can do. Have a read of this guest post from Yaz at The Wallet Moth who turned Freelance Writing into her full-time job.

16. Virtual Assistant

Virtual Assistants cover all kind of jobs from home for businesses who are looking to outsource jobs such as:

  • Social media management – scheduling posts & responding to messages
  • Responding to emails
  • Answering calls
  • Typing
  • Writing content

Lot of Virtual Assistants are hired via word-of-mouth, particularly in the blogging world. If you do a good job, you’ll find that you’re often quickly recommended to other bloggers who are struggling to find the time for the endless tasks they’re juggling! You can also find work on sites such as Upwork and People Per Hour.

17. Set up an eBay Business

This is something I’ve been really keen to do for a long time – but with all my other side hustles I just don’t have the time to research it and get started!

Lots of eBay shops buy in products from abroad (generally in bulk) and then resell them on eBay for a profit. You’ll need to think about storage and factor in eBay fees to make sure this will be profitable. Definitely do your research before diving in.

18. Cleaning

Most cleaning businesses start up as a side-hustle, with someone taking on a couple of clients in their spare time to make a little extra cash. It’s amazing how quickly cleaning businesses can grow once word starts to spread.

19. Childminding

I started childminding to bring in some extra money when my middle child was a baby. I’d been made redundant when I was pregnant and the thought of nursery fees for two under 3 was scary! Initially, I only took one child on part-time, and she only came for two afternoons – it worked really well. As my children got a little older, I built the childminding business up until I was earning a full-time income. It meant I could stay at home with our children whilst still bringing in some money.

Childminding legislation has changed a lot since I stopped 3 years ago – there are certain things you need to do before you can start taking in children. Contact your local council to find out more.

Childminding is one of the most common side hustles in the UK but it’s not something to take on lightly. Think carefully before you start as families will come to rely on you for childcare and you need to be 100% committed to providing that service.

20. Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketers make money by advertising products and then earning a commission when somebody clicks through and makes a purchase. There are lots of ways you can promote affiliate links – social media or a blog are the usual ones. I’d recommend signing up to AWIN where you can apply to affiliate programmes such as Boots, Currys, Etsy and hundreds more.

Amazon also offer an affiliate programme.

There’s also Max Bounty who have over 1,500 campaigns to advertise across all traffic types like surveys, freebies, financial, insurance, dating, diet, etc. So there is a wide range of things you can promote!

21. Cake Making

If you’re a whizz with the whisk, then why not turn your hobby into a business? You could sell at fairs and on Facebook – there’s a big market for homemade cakes.

cake making

22. Rent out your spare room

Taking in a lodger is a great way to bring in some extra money. Obviously, it will depend on your circumstances, and you’d need to have a spare room – but you could make a few hundred every month.

23. Rent out your driveway

If you live close to a train station, hospital or anywhere else that’s desperately short of parking spaces, then you could coin it in by renting out your driveway!

24. Rent out your garage

People are often looking for storage space. If you’ve got a garage sitting empty, then you could make money renting out that space.

25. Survey Sites

I’ve mentioned Prolific Academic above, but there are lots of other survey sites too. None of them will make you a millionaire but you could make a decent amount of money every month by working through a few.

I enjoy the surveys on OnePoll – they run polls for the press so they tend to be fairly light-hearted and brief.

26. Jewellery Making

Homemade jewellery can sell really well. If you’re creative and enjoy making things, then this could be for you.

27. Card Making

Home-made cards often sell well at local fairs and sales.

28. Carer

I worked as a carer when I was at university. I signed up to two agencies and I’d call at clients houses on the way to and from university. The work varied from cleaning, shopping and basic care. I really enjoyed it, and it was incredibly rewarding too.

29. Temping

Temp work is great when you’re in-between jobs or you want to earn some extra money in the run up to a holiday or Christmas.

There are lots of temp agencies around – a quick google search will help you find one near you. It’s also worth signing up to RedWigWam who advertise temporary jobs with supermarkets and one-off stock checking jobs too.

30. Build an app

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t have a clue about app building! However, there is money to be made if you know what you’re doing!

31. Comping

Entering competitions is a great hobby for lots of people, but some people actually turn comping into a profession.

32. Delivery Driver

If you’ve got a vehicle and a driving license, then you could make extra money as a delivery driver. You could deliver parcels or work a few evenings delivering pizzas. Take a look on job sites and you’ll soon find work.

33. Oven Cleaning

I’ve seen lots of businesses recently advertising oven cleaning. It’s one of those jobs everyone puts off and would rather get someone else to do!

34. Create an Etsy Shop

If you love crafting, then you could do well with an Etsy shop.

35. Swimming Teacher

Swimming teachers often work part-time in the evenings and at weekends. You’ll need a qualification awarded by the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) or the Swimming Teachers’ Association (STA). You’ll also need clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

36. T-Shirt Printing

Design your own t-shirts, find a company to make them up for you and re-sell for a profit. You could also offer a personalised service for hen/stag parties etc.

37. Book-keeping

Many companies will outsource their accounts to a book-keeper. If numbers are your thing then this could be a great way to make some extra money.

38. YouTube

It’s recently become much harder to make money from YouTube since they altered their requirements for users to be able to monetise their content. However, there are still YouTubers making an absolute fortune! You’ll need to upload regular content in order to build up subscribers who regularly watch your content.

39. Write an eBook

If you’ve got an idea for a book, or just some information you feel would sell well, then you can put together an eBook and publish it yourself on Amazon.

40. Laundry Service

Make money washing clothes. You could incorporate this with an ironing service too.

41. Rent out your home on AirBnB

If there are times when your house is empty, then you could make money renting it out with AirBnB.

42. Ghost Writing

Ghost writing is similar to freelance writing, but with ghost writing you don’t get the credit. If this doesn’t faze you, then give it a go!

43. CV Writing

Many people really struggle with putting together a well-presented CV and will happily pay somebody else to do it!

44. Carpet Cleaning

You can hire a carpet cleaner really easily these days, so there’s very little initial outlay to set up your own sideline as a carpet cleaner.

45. Music Tuition

If you can play a musical instrument, then you could earn really good money from music tuition. Ask your local school if they’ll give out flyers and advertise on social media. You may even be able to offer your services as a visiting tutor to some schools too. Many schools have a decent piano on site, and they may even have schemes to help the children get access to instruments too. However there are places such as Markson Piano where instruments can easily be hired. This could be a great little sideline that develops into a fully fledged business.

music tuition

46. English Tutor

If you’re hot on English language and literature, then this could be for you.

47. Maths Tutor

Lots of parents seek extra support for their children in the run up to exams such as GCSEs, so this would be a great time to advertise.

48. Balloon Modelling

Kids always flock to a balloon modeller. If you’ve got the knack then make some extra money in your spare time. Look out for fetes and fairs in your area.

49. Podcasting

Podcasts are becoming really popular! You could make money with podcasting through sponsorship deals.

50. TV Extra

TV Extras are paid to appear in the background of TV programmes. They’re non-speaking characters who are just there to make the scene more realistic – for example customers in a pub, or families in the park. You can search for work online or sign up to a TV Extras agency.

51. Modelling

Not all models have to be 6 feet tall with high cheek bones. All kinds of people can get work modelling and often make hundreds of pounds too.

52. Personal Trainer

If you’re a fitness fanatic and you know how to get the best out of people, then you could make great money as a personal trainer.

53. Photographer

If you enjoy photography, then you could turn that hobby into a profitable side hustle UK. I know of a lady who started a photography business alongside her childminding business. She slowly built up her portfolio and now she earns fantastic money as a full-time photographer. Maybe think about having your own niche so that you stand out from the crowd. You could try cake-smash photos or newborn photos – they’re always popular!


54. House Sitting

Get paid for keeping an eye on someone’s house while they’re away. This is a really easy way to make extra cash and one of the easiest Side Hustles UK.

55. Music Composer

If you’ve got a musical flair, then you could make money writing music.

56. Mobile Hairdresser

You’ll obviously need some qualifications for this one. I know a hairdresser who works part-time in a salon and she’s building up her own mobile client base too. You could also contact local care homes to see if they need a regular mobile hairdresser.

57. Makeup Artist

Make money doing make up for weddings, proms and other special occasions.

58. Dropshipping

Dropshippers sell products directly from the wholesaler without actually handling them. There are specialist dropship suppliers, but many wholesalers will also provide a dropship service if you contact them.

59. Personal Shopper

You could offer your services as a personal shopper for people that can’t get to the shops themselves.

Or, if you have an eye for fashion, you could actually take clients out to shop for a whole new wardrobe! This is actually pretty big business.

60. Travel Agent

You can set up your own travel agency business from home. There are a few ways you can do this, but working with an established company is a good idea. Some companies will help you to set up your own franchise, but there are likely to be considerable costs associated with this, so be careful.

61. Sandwich Delivery Service

Set up a sandwich delivery service and advertise it to local businesses. Many people find themselves tied to their desks and working through their lunch break, so you could do really well. You could offer platters too for business meetings.

62. Tour Guide

You’d be surprised how many people will pay for a tour of even the smallest town. I live in a small town and recently a couple of people have set up a site-seeing service. It’s only early days but they’ve already had quite a few customers. Focus on areas of interest. You could perhaps to a ghost tour or even a tour of the local historic pubs!

63. Children’s Entertainer

Children’s parties are BIG BUSINESS and many parents will opt to pay for an entertainer to keep the children happy for a couple of hours. If you’re happy to bounce about, play games and dance to party music, then this could be a great money-spinner! Advertise at local playgroups and ask schools if they’ll hand flyers out to parents.

64. Window Cleaner

This is another side hustle that has the potential to become a full-time business.

65. Rubbish Clearing

I’m forever seeing requests on my local Facebook group for somebody to come and clear rubbish from gardens. There seems to be a lot of work available! If you’ve got access to a van and you’re not afraid of a bit of hard work then you could turn this into a really profitable side hustle.

66. Coaching

As a blogger, I often see more established bloggers offering coaching. Once people see you doing well at something, they want to know how they can replicate that success. If you’re succeeding at something, then you could be really successful at coaching others to do the same.

67. Customer Service Rep

You could work from home responding to emails and dealing with customer enquiries. Smaller companies often don’t need somebody on a full-time basis but they might need somebody to help out just a few hours a week.

68. Web Design Service

If you’re into building and designing websites then this could be a great side hustle.

69. Artist

The possibilities are endless really with this one. If you’ve got an arty streak then you could set up a great side hustle selling your work. You could offer portraits or children’s art such as popular cartoon characters. Personalised paintings tend to do really well in the run up to Christmas. Make a few samples and photograph them then start advertising. Do a little research to find out where you should set your price too.

70. Personalised Gifts

Personalised gifts are big business. Have you seen those personalised frames that are really popular at the moment? I have two of those! You can pick up the chunky frames really cheaply online or even from IKEA, then you can start getting creative.

Here’s an example of the kind of thing I mean:

Best Side Hustles UK personalised gifts

This is selling on Etsy for £17.99 at the time of writing.

71. Waiter

You could work a few hours per week waiting tables. Sometimes you can find one-off work for events such as horse-racing festivals or weddings. These are really great when you’re feeling the pinch and having an “I need money” month!

72. Bartender

Keep an eye out for local pubs and restaurants recruiting bar staff.

73. Wedding Planner

This is another side hustle that could turn into a full-time business. It’s becoming really popular to hire a wedding planner to help to prepare everything for the big day. You could start with very little initial outlay and this could become a really profitable side hustle.

74. Adult Chat Lines

This isn’t something I’ve got any experience of, but I believe you can make really good money if you’re comfortable with this. You can read more about how to get started here.

75. Mobile Phone Apps

There are LOTS of mobile phone apps you can earn money from!

Here are just a few that are worth downloading to get you started:

  • Roamler
  • BeMyEye
  • Streetspotr
  • Mobeye
  • Job Spotter
  • Appjobber
  • Field Agent

Be a little cautious with some game apps that promise you’ll make money just by playing them. They often involve watching hours worth of adverts just to make a few dollars and sometimes it’s extremely unlikely you’ll ever hit the minimum payout threshold.

76. Handyman

If you’re a dab hand at DIY, then you could turn your skills into a money-making sideline. There are always people looking for odd jobs doing. Price yourself competitively, do a good job, and you could find yourself inundated with work.

77. Decorator

Make money decorating! You could start off doing smaller jobs in your spare time.

78. Florist

Make money selling your floral displays. You could specialise in wedding bouquets!

79. Car Flipping

If you know what you’re doing, then there’s really good money flipping cars. This just means that you buy a second-hand car cheaply, do it up, and then sell it on for a profit.

80. Transcriber

Transcribers type out speech into a written document. There are many reasons somebody might pay for this service and transcribers are actually really sought after. There are lots of transcription jobs available online. You can find adverts on Google, or have a look at Upwork and People Per Hour.

Best Side Hustles UK transcriber

81. Mobile Tyre Fitter

If you’re a mechanic, you could boost your income by providing a mobile tyre-fitting service. You might find this becomes a really popular service with people wanting tyres fitted in the evenings or on Sundays when they’re at home and the garages aren’t open.

82. Voice Over

If you’ve got the voice, then you could work as a voice-over on radio or TV. Search for voice over agents to find out more.

83. Logo Design

If you’re a dab hand at designing logos, then you could sell your services. Bloggers often recruit somebody else to design their logo for them, I know I did!

84. Sell your services on Fiverr

Whatever online service you offer – you could sell it on Fiverr! This could be logo design, digital marketing, writing & translation – pretty much any service you can do remotely can be sold on Fiverr.

85. Be a reviewer

Get paid for your opinion with Slicethepie. Slicethepie is the largest paid review site on the internet. You earn cash for every review you leave!

86. Tiler 

You’ll need skill for this one, but you could cash in on smaller jobs that full-time tilers aren’t able to fit in.

87. Plasterer

If you’re a skilled plasterer, then you could take on some temporary contracts for big builders when those “I need money” moments strike!

88. Nail Technician

You can learn how to be a nail technician in lots of ways these days, some that you can do from home in your spare time. There’s a huge call for mobile nail technicians, so if you have a steady hand and an artistic flair, then this could be a fantastic side hustle.

89. Translator

If you’re fluent in a second language, then you could moonlight as a translator. You could translate documents or even assist with telephone calls. The possibilities are endless really.

90. Chimney Sweep

Believe it or not, there is still a market for chimney sweeps.

91. Bike Riding Tutor

This was actually a service offered near where we used to live. They ran a class every Saturday morning to teach children to ride a bike. Think about it – many kids these days grow up in built up areas where it’s just not possible to get out on their bikes at the weekend.

92. Stable Hand

You could ask at your local stables if they have any paid work available.

93. Farm Helper

Farmers are always busy – you may be able to get some work helping out in your spare time.

94. Computer Repair

Make money repairing computers. Make sure you have some insurance in place just in case something goes wrong with this one!

95. Mobile Phone Screen Repair

It’s so common for people to drop their phones and end up with a smashed screen! We’ve googled how to repair smashed screens and it’s not actually that difficult if you have the right tool.

96. Life Coach

I’m seeing more and more people using life coaches to help them.

97. Hypnotherapist

I have a friend who started working as a hypnotherapist as a side hustle and it’s now become her full-time job. Alternative therapies are becoming increasingly popular.

98. Reiki Master

This is another alternative therapy that’s becoming an increasingly popular way for people to deal with stress. People will pay a lot of money for this type of treatment.

99. Sports Coach

If you’re into sports, you could turn your hobby into a lucrative side hustle. You could think about coaching children – parents love to get their children active and this could be really rewarding!

100. Baby Group Leader

There are lots of possibilities with this one. You could set up a baby massage group, toddler music group or a dancing group. New Mums are often desperate to get out of the house and meet people with their babies.

101. Journalist

I was surprised to find that lots of journalists actually only write part-time from home. If you’re a keen writer then this is something you could definitely look into.

There are SO MANY possibilities with business side hustles in the UK. When you’re hit with that “I need money” panic, then you need to be focusing on the quick, easy money – so matched betting & mystery shopping might work well. But for the long haul, you can work on building up something that will gradually bring in more money. What’s your favourite side hustle?

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