The Top Ways To Earn A Side Income According To The Experts

14th August 2018
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Our goal at YourParkingSpace is to help driveway, garage and car park owners earn money by connecting them with drivers looking for affordable parking spaces.

But what about other ideas to earn a side income? Today, we decided to organise an experts roundup to explore different opportunities to supplement your income.

We asked top money bloggers about their favourite side hustles, whether they're side business ideas or good side jobs to make extra money. Are you ready to discover the best tips and tricks to earn money online or offline?

Here we go!

#1 Sam Charles: leverage sponsored content to earn money

 sam charlesEarning a side income has never been easier than it is today, thanks to the internet. It seems everybody you speak to nowadays is hustling on the weekend or in the evenings. Making money on my blog through sponsored content is perfect for making a bit of disposable income, whilst doing something I love! It's also really fun collaborating with brands and reviewing products. The best thing is, it's so easy to get started, it just requires a bit of creativity and commitment. If you'd told me 10 years ago that this is how I'd pay my mortgage, I wouldn't believe you!

 

#2 Dr Nikki Ramskill: get an extra job, and do surveys, apps, website testing and matched betting

Dr Nikki Ramskill

I'm a busy doctor working in the UK, so I have to be really selective about what I spend my spare time on. I really enjoy blogging, although it isn't at a stage to replace my income quite yet! I have explored other side hustles like surveys and apps to make money, but I find them time consuming for the money it pays, so it's not high on my list. I love matched betting, and I think this truly does provide an extra income if the time is devoted to it. Thankfully there is loads of help out there to learn how to go about doing it, so learn first before diving in because there is always a risk of losing money if you don't do it properly! 
 
I have to admit that luckily for me, there are plenty of opportunities for doctors to do extra shifts, and I work an extra job in A&E at the moment to pay off debt and save money. It is time consuming yes, but at least I know that I'll have a set amount of money coming in from it, and it is worth my time to do so. If you're looking for a side hustle to start paying you quickly, taking on an extra job might be the right answer for you, however, if you do surveys, apps, website testing and matched betting, you'll soon build up an income the better you get at doing them! Side hustles are such a personal thing, so do what works for you! The most important thing is to do it consistently and track how you spend your time, so you're not wasting it on something not worthwhile. Have fun and good luck!
 

Dr Nikki Ramskill, Thefemalemoneydoctor.com

#3 Zach Zorn: Amazon is a great platform to earn a supplemental income

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My favorite way to earn a supplemental income would have to be by selling on Amazon. In 2017 I started an Amazon FBA business where I source products from around the world and sell them on the Amazon marketplace. With FBA, Fulfillment By Amazon, a seller ships all of their products to a designated Amazon fulfillment warehouse, and then Amazon handles the shipping and customer service for each individual sale. Amazon does take a pretty large percentage for this service, but the time saved makes it lucrative.
 
I use Jungle Scout to help find profitable product niches. In just 10 months we have reached over $70,000 in sales through Amazon. Consider starting your Amazon selling journey today!

 You can read Zach Zorn's full review of Jungle Scout on Moneynomad.com

#4 Jennifer McDermott: you should sell your unwanted items

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According to a recent finder.com study into people looking to earn additional income in the next year, selling unwanted items is the most popular method to make extra money. Setting up an online store with eBay or hosting a garage sale is popular as it’s simple, low-cost, time efficient and provides a fast turnaround of extra cash in the pocket. As an added bonus, purging the home of unused goods will help get your house in order.

Jennifer, Finder.com

#5 Edwin: in my opinion, blogging is one of the best side hustle ideas

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For me, blogging is the perfect side hustle idea. Unlike many other types of business, a blog is relatively affordable to start. In fact, you can start a blog for just a few bucks a month. With a blog, you don’t have to be a coding expert to start and maintain your own blog. Best of all, you can write about what you’re passionate about and also connect with other like minded people.

You can read Edwin's tips to create a blog on EdwinDollars.com

#6 Nicole Martins Ferreira: haven't you tried droppshipping yet?

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I've dabbled in a few side hustles from Amazon affiliates to freelance writing. But I have to say my favorite is dropshipping. It's the most scalable side hustle I've ever tried. I've been able to build a six figure business in only a matter of months. It's low risk and high reward. It's the only side hustle I've ever had that made me feel like I can call myself an entrepreneur. Plus, marketing is so fun and it's the main skill you need to run a dropshipping business!"

 
Nicole Martins Ferreira, author of 50 Ways to Get Sales with Dropshipping
 

#7 Jeff Proctor: start a blog if you want to make serious money

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My top way to earn a side income is through starting a blog. Being able to write content about something you love and connect with people all over the world is a great feeling, but it’s also an amazing way to earn really good money.

 Within blogging, there are many different ways to generate revenue. Some of the most popular ways include display advertising, affiliate marketing, sponsored posts, and by selling digital (or physical) products.

 As with anything else, to make truly life-changing income, it will require serious effort. But earning a few hundred extra dollars a month can be achieved within a few months.

You can read Jeff Proctor's 17 ideas to earn money on DollarSprout.com

 #8 Bernard Sury: register online as a tour guide to earn money on the side

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Anyone can register for free as a tour guide on platforms such as GuruWalk to earn a side income. All tours on these platforms don't have a fixed price and travelers can give what they want at the end of the tour. Travelers usually give USD$ 10-15 each, so you can earn a lot in a few hours, meeting other people and sharing your passion. Tours can be about street art, food, history, ghosts,... the guide decides everything.
 
Bernard Sury, Co-founder / Business Developer, GuruWalk.com
 
 

#9 Sireesha Narumanchi: Staging is the way to go to earn a side income

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Being an avid side hustler myself, I strongly believe everyone should side hustle for the money making potential they have. The best side hustle of all would be Home Staging. This is a side hustle where you use your creative skills to decorate the houses to be sold in the market.
Recently I had a chance to interview a prominent home stager about this hustle and the earning potential this hustle has is mind blowing. It's flexible, does not require any prior experience and can be done from anywhere. The best part about this hustle is the creative side of it, if you like to do your magic 'make over houses', then this is the hustle for you. 
 
 
Sireesha Narumanchi, founder, Crowdworknews.com
 

#10 Stacey Corrin: Identify your skillset to find the right side hustle for you

 stacey corrinAn effective way to earn a side income that is separate from your day-to-day job is identifying areas of your skillset that other people could benefit from and then offering your services to them. Not everyone knows how to use Social Media, or how to set up a simple website. Even something simple like gardening or proof-reading can be skills some individuals would gladly pay for. Make the most out of what you’ve learned over the years - even if it’s a hobby - and it could be a diverse second income with many benefits.

Stacey Corrin, cashlady.com

#11 Marc-Andre: blogging is the best!

 marc-200My favorite way to earn a side income has been through blogging. I started blogging in 2007 and in 2008 I was able to leave my full-time job. Since then I've built and sold a few different blogs and it's allowed me to work from home and benefit from a flexible schedule. I love blogging as a side hustle because you can start a blog on a topic that interests you, you can work around your existing schedule, and it has the potential to grow into a full-time income. But I also think it's important to note that building a successful blog takes some patience and you'll need to be willing to put in a good bit of work before you see a lot of results. However, the long-term benefits and payoffs can be much higher than most other part-time jobs or side hustles.

 Marc Andre, Vitaldollar.com
 

 #12 Laura: have you thought about becoming a virtual assistant?

laura lightMy fav way to earn a side income is as a Virtual Assistant. You can start with zero experience and work from home when you want. You can do anything from scheduling social media to creating marketing images to just answering emails or amending spreadsheets. You really can learn as you go and grow as big as you want. Most clients now come to me via word of mouth and I work around the children or in the evenings when they go to bed. It really is the perfect side hustle for anyone who needs flexibility.

You can read Laura's article on virtual assistants here: Savings4savvymums.co.uk

#13 Ken: blogging is a great opportunity when it comes to side hustles

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There are many interesting ways to earn a side income, and one of my favourite is through blogging. This is because you not only earn passive income, but more importantly, you're creating an asset with present and future value. Blogs can also be seen as launching pads into other sources of income such as coaching or even selling your own products. The choice is yours. 
 
Another big attraction to blogging is that it requires very little upfront costs unlike other possible ventures. However, the upside potential is very high. You do need to work hard and be patient though. 
 
With little time commitment of 1-2 hour per day, you will gain traction and improve alot in your communication skills. Blogs also attract alot of brands (particularly if you're authentic) and can generate passive advertising revenue partly because you have full control of your own platform. 
 
My advice to anyone who fears they aren't good at writing or have no tech skills is to just start! Most people don't get to start anything and don't move forward as a result. I had the same concerns but just went for it, and it has certainly worked out so far. And I did it with two children under 5 and a very busy job among other things. Do it for fun and it will become material in time.
 
 

#14 Cato: try to sell your best skills

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Everyone knows about proven side hustles like Airbnb, driving for Lyft or Uber, or hopping on your bike to make deliveries for PostMates or InstaCart. While those can be great options, not just anyone can do them. And even if you could, you might not want to. Honestly, the best side hustles are the ones that you enjoy so much that they don't feel like work. Fortunately, side hustle ideas are everywhere! And you don't have to rely on existing companies to get started. You can create your own side hustle! 
 
Here's how to get started: 
 
1. Ask yourself this question: "What am I good at?" Everyone has a special skill they can monetize. Fluent in a foreign language? Know how to get results at the gym? Throw a post up on Facebook and ask if anyone would be interested in learning from you. It can be that easy.
 
2. Start looking around you. It won't take long before you starting noticing all sorts of side hustles happening in your everyday life. See something you think you'd like to try. Go for it! 
 
There are so many interesting ways to make money. You just need to give it a try!
 

Cato, Thedollarbuild.com

#15 Lahaul: freelancing on the side is a very good idea to earn a supplemental income

 picMy favorite way of earning a supplemental income would be part time freelancing. For me, freelancing includes ghost writing, web designing for clients and writing paid product reviews on my blog. The Internet is a big place and there's lot of opportunities for everyone. For those who are interested in getting into freelancing, starting a blog is the easiest way where you can promote yourself and helps in showcasing your skills. Over time freelancing can give you a pretty good and stable income. Sometimes it becomes good enough to leave your day job and get into full time freelancing.

Lahaul, Lionblogger.com

 #16 Dave: I've had great success selling digital products on my blog


daveI’m just getting into the digital product side of blogging, but it’s the most lucrative and it’s where I plan to focus my efforts. We all have things we know a great deal about. Over the past decade, I’ve learned a great deal about blogging and the online marketing space. So, I created a course called Run Your Blog that helps people build an income-producing blogging side hustle. That’s the beauty of the Internet. You have the ability to help others and make money off of your knowledge, expertise, and experience. Just show up, do the work, learn from failure, reiterate, and execute.

 
David Domzalski, RunTheMoney.com
 

 #17 Michael: My favourite side hustles are those that are scalable


michaelSide hustles are everywhere and you can always find something suitable to your skills. My favourite side hustles are those that are "scalable". So you don't trade your time for money but instead, build a way of generating passive income. I find that it's better to work once and reap the benefits regularly. It's also more fun! A few of my favourite passive-income generating gigs:

1. Credit card rewards. I'm getting paid to just use my Amex and convert the reward points to travel tickets or cash.
2. Peer-to-peer lending. Basically, you get to play the bank by giving other people money. They will then use it for home improvements, weddings etc. and return a higher amount back to you as interest.
3. Airbnb. I know it's so popular but for a reason. I recently met one guy who repaid his whole 4-bed house mortgage in 7 years renting 3 rooms to other people.
 
If you're looking for a quick and more active way to earn an extra income, my top side hustle is called matched betting and it doesn't require any particular sports knowledge to start with. It is essentially risk-free because the result of the match does not matter! You can take advantage of bonuses and build a very profitable side hustle on the weekends. I treat it as a hobby and I track and publish my profits regularly on the blog. In anything you do, the most important thing though is to take action. I like this quote: "80% of success is showing up". So if you decide you like something, just go for it!
 
 

#18 Ahmad: Interested in running a business from home? Buy an online business that’s already making money


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In terms of side hustles, we’re all strapped for time so i’m all about making money work for you. There’s tons of passive income opportunities out there today thanks to the glorious internet. One of my personal favourites is investing in businesses that are already making money. 
 
Most people know that starting a business from scratch is one of the toughest things you’ll ever do. Yes, even today with all the fancy tools and technology, it’s still no walk in the park! 
 
So I would buy an online business that’s already making money. You can invest $10,000 into a site that brings in $1000 a month. This is absolutely huge. And it’s the type of return you’d never see in a million years through traditional investing strategies.
 
Ahmad, owner of Benguonline.com
 

#19 Chris: Renting your property: a time tested way to earn money on the side


chrisMany people think that only the rich can make money out of property,
however this is not true.
Obviously if you can afford to buy a rundown house renovate it and sell for a
profit – then that’s great! But for many of us that is not possible, as it requires
a lot of money, time, and knowledge.
Thankfully there are now many sites that enable users to holiday-let a room in
their home, or even the whole property if they choose to.

 
 

#20 Lauretta: Resell items on auction sites to earn money


laurettaOne of my favourite ways of making money is to visit charity shops and boot fairs to see what goodies I can pick up. I tend to look for new clothes and accessories - preferably ‘brand new with tags’ and then I resell these items on auction sites to make a tidy profit! It’s really important that you do your research if you’re interested in earning money this way though, as not everything that’s brand new is in hot demand.

 
Lauretta Wright, Homeandhorizon.com
 

#21 Ryan: Find your audience, build meaningful connections and manually solve their problems first


Ryan Robinson Author Bio Image New Head Shot 2018 - 1000pxOne of my favourite ways of making money is to visit charity shops and boot fairs to see what goodies I can pick up. I tend to look for new clothes and accessories - preferably ‘brand new with tags’ and then I resell these items on auction sites to make a tidy profit! It’s really important that you do your research if you’re interested in earning money this way though, as not everything that’s brand new is in hot demand.

 
Read Ryan Robinson's article: How to start a profitable blog
 

#22 Chermaine: My idea to earn a supplemental income? Turn your hobbies into side hustles


ChammyIRL headshotMost people have blogging as a side hustle but for me, blogging is my main income source so my favourite side hustle is something a little more niche.

I believe the best side hustles come from doing something you enjoy and might start as a hobby. For some this might be painting, sewing or baking but for me this is gaming. My side hustle is earning a little extra by just playing my favourite games for people to watch on Twitch and if they enjoy it then they can choose to subscribe to me or tip me. If you love something enough then there is almost always a way to earn from it.

 
Chermaine Samphire, ChammyIRL.co.uk
 

#23 Hayley: Using surveys and get-paid-to sites is a good idea. Or selling smelly shoes!

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The easiest side hustle to start for me (as a mum with young children) was using survey and get-paid-to sites. The pay isn’t amazing, but the great thing about them is that you can pick up and put down whenever you feel like it. Most sites will pay to PayPal, Mastercard or in gift-vouchers – perfect for birthdays and Christmas.

On another note - selling smelly shoes to make money is possibly the most interesting hustle I’ve come across!

 
Read Hayley's article on this very unusual side hustle (!): Selling old shoes to earn money
 

#24 Ben: I love testing websites and apps to earn a side income

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My favourite side hustle is testing websites and apps, for companies like UserTesting, TryMyUI and TestingTime. As I’m fortunate enough to work from home anyway, I’m able to grab tests as they come up, and make a decent amount of money on the side. The work is interesting too, offering honest critique on new website designs for well-known companies. Provided you’re happy to speak your thoughts into your computer microphone, you can do it too!
 
 
 
 

#25 Caroline: starting a blog in a profitable niche is the way to go

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Starting a blog in a profitable niche is a great way to supplement your income. With a popular blog, there are opportunities to earn money on the side from advertising revenue, affiliate links and from working directly with brands to create sponsored posts. Many brands are choosing to use bloggers and influencers to market their products because bloggers have the potential to create real trust with their audience, so a genuine endorsement from a top blogger can be very valuable to a brand.
 
A blog can also be a great showcase of your writing skills and help you to secure paid freelance writing opportunities with other websites and magazines. Starting a successful blog takes time, dedication and passion but with hard work, a blog can be an excellent opportunity to earn a side income. 
 
Caroline Kidd, Changinglanes.ie
 

#26 Christopher Holdheide: create online courses

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One of the easiest ways to get started earning an income on the side is to share the knowledge you've already learned.  It could be from the skills you've learned at your job to a hobby you have or even something you want to learn about.  The point is people are always looking to learn new skills so why not teach them how to do it.
 
It doesn't even have to be a big course.  A course on how to properly groom your dog is a small topic but one that a lot of people want to know as an example idea.  Best of all the going rate for most courses start at around $97 which means one sale a day could be a nice income on the side.
 
Finally, getting started creating online courses has gotten a whole lot easier with a site like Teachable.com or Thinkific.com who take care of all the technical work so you can focus on what you do best.  
 
You can learn more about creating online courses at Side Hustle Academy
 

#27 Carly: try affiliate marketing!

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I know to the cautious it sounds like a giant scam, but I genuinely do make thousands of dollars per year with affiliate marketing, on my blog and through my emails that I write to my readers. The trick is that you need a platform, and you need an engaged audience - THEN you can be a successful affiliate marketer. It's not an overnight cash cow, but nothing truly is! If you are promoting products that solve problems and that you genuinely like yourself, you can make very good income with affiliate marketing. 
 
 
 
 #28 Preston Lee: blogging all the way!

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The best side-hustle I’ve been successful with is through blogging. Because there are so many blogs out there, it’s important to create a blog that solves a problem for a group of individuals. For me, that group is freelancers and solopreneurs and helping them through the ups and downs of running your own business. Focus on creating quality content with your target audience in mind, and once you’ve gained a big enough following you can explore sponsored posts and ads to monetize your blog.

Read Preston’s article on how to write a one page business plan here.
 
#29 Suzanne: you should diversify your income streams

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As a creative and busy mum of 6, earning extra income online is something I love. My blog is a work in progress but I now have several passive income streams from the sale of my artwork and affiliate marketing where I promote other peoples products through my social media channels especially Pinterest. The possibilities are endless and with a bit of hard work you find out what is right for you.

You can check out Suzanne's ideas in this article.
 
 
#30 Leah: selling digital products is my favorite side hustle
 

leahOf the many wonderful ways to side hustle, my favorite is via digital products. They take a bit of upfront work, but once you've created a solid product, you can sell it an unlimited amount of times, rather than having to produce something new every time (like a hard copy book or a t-shirt, for example). This also means it's something you can sell and profit off of while you're at work, which brings your side hustle income and lifestyle to a whole new level! The best part is that you can really get creative and impactful with these products, sharing and teaching something that can really help others, and has the potential to reach people from around the world. It's pretty incredible.

Leah, Urban20something.com

#31 McKinzie: create your online course!
 

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One of my favorite side hustles is selling online courses. Once you create a solid product it can become a great passive income stream. In my first year selling my online course I did over $20k in sales (all while running two other businesses and being a stay at home mom!). If you are passionate about a topic and have a skill you could teach, leverage that talent and create an additional way for you to bring in some extra money.

 

Here is McKinzie's guide for creating online courses

 
 
#32 Allan: blogging is the best side hustle idea
 

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Blogging is, by far, the best side hustle I've ever done. I started blogging in 2016. Now, I am making more money with my blog than my salary and my wife's salary combined. The best part of blogging is that I am able to share my thoughts on personal finance especially my journey towards paying off my $40K debt and saving over $70K, at the same time, in 2.5 years. I was a shy guy who didn't want to do anything that needed close interaction with people. Blogging has changed that attitude because I get to network with great mentors, influencers, blogger friends, among others. I've become a better person because of blogging.

 

Allan, Thepracticalsaver.com

#33 Steven: What about freelance writing?
 

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When it comes to starting a side hustle I couldn't recommend freelance writing enough. Everyone has something that they're passionate about and when you're writing about a topic that genuinely interests you you will find the words come quick and easily. There is a high demand for quality content written by experts in their chosen field. To get started you can simply sign up on a freelancing site, like Upwork.com, and upload samples of your work. You can also reach out directly to websites in your niche and offer to write for them as you can be assured they will be looking for guest contributors if you know what you're talking about. 
 

Steven, Creditrepairexpert.org

#34 Michael: Use Symposium to monetise your experience
 

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My favorite side hustle to recommend is a listing on Symposium. Symposium is an app that allows people to monetize their experience. Downloading the app and setting up a listing only takes a few seconds. 
 
Symposium allows for either one-to-one or one-to-many pay per view presentations. You could launch a listing on how to cook, how to edit photographs, how to sew, really anything you can possible think of.
 

Michael, Michaeldinich.net

#35 Hamna: The ideas for side hustles are endless
 

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Although I work full time now, I took a break from work while my kids were small. But I used to have some free time on my hands and I figured out that I could easily manage working from home for a few hours every day. Hence, I decided to utilize my content marketing and writing skills and started working on freelance websites such as UpWork, and We Work Remotely etc.

I was able to maintain the perfect work/home balance because of my flexible working hours and schedule. These sites usually pay you onan  hourly basis so the total money you earn depends on the number of hours you've worked.

The ideas for side hustles are endless. Most of them don’t even require a huge investment or a highly specialized skill-set and internet has made things even easier. No matter what’s your job or where you live, you can easily earn money online if you know how to utilize your skills and time.

If you are looking for more ideas for side hustles, you can visit Ridester.com

#36 Kalen: I earned lots of money as a Pizza delivery boy

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Earning money online is my favorite, but when you start earning money from a blog or other online business, it’s easy to forget about the more physical ways to earn extra cash. Pizza delivery is actually one of my favorite ways to earn extra cash.

With tips, I remember making more as a driver than all of my managers did. It’s also a great way to learn a new city, and it’s an excuse to listen to audiobooks all day long. I listened to over 200 books in my time at Domino’s Pizza.


Kalen is the founder of MoneyMiniBlog, and he recently launched a new project on children’s finances

Greg

Greg loves movies, comic books, nerdy stuff and cool cars. But don't ask him to fly anywhere, he hates that.

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