10 Great Side Hustles You Can Do From Home

Updated: December 19, 2022
by Jess Adeola

If you’ve got a little spare time on your hands and you’re wondering how best to spend it, then it might be time to pick up a side hustle. More and more people are turning to second jobs as a great source of income, either to help them through tough times or just to save up a little extra money for something exciting. Some side hustles will be more appropriate for you than others, though, so here are 10 great second job options you can do entirely from home.

10 Great Side Hustles You Can Do From Home

1. Tutoring

Tutoring is one of the most common options when it comes to picking up a side hustle. That’s because if you’ve got any kind of skill, then you can become a tutor; you don’t technically need a qualification just to teach people, although having one will help simply because people will respect your authority on a subject more. Whether it’s teaching English as a second language or instructing students on a musical instrument, tutoring is a solid second job.

2. Fitness instruction

No, really! You might not think you can become a fitness instructor from home, but there are plenty of YouTube-based fitness gurus who manage to make a living from what they do. Picking up a £1500 loan will help you to get the equipment you need. You can get a decent camera, a good editing suite, and some fitness gear for that amount, and you can pay it back in instalments, which makes it perfect for the extra cash you’ll be earning as a fitness instructor.

3. Blogging

It can be tricky to earn money from blogging, but that’s what makes it an ideal side hustle as opposed to a main source of income. You might not see a regular income stream from blogging for a little while, so you’ll have to have a passion for the subject you’re writing about. Nevertheless, if you’re an expert on something and you want to share your knowledge with the world, then starting up a blog and searching for people who want guest posts is a great idea.

4. Social media management

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These days, companies are chomping at the bit to hire people who know a little something about social media. Since all the major social media networks are entirely online, you can do this job from home, so if you know how to engage with people on platforms like Twitter or TikTok, this could be an excellent avenue for you to earn some extra scratch. Just be aware that this job can be pretty full-on and that not everyone is well-suited to social media.

5. Selling crafts and products

If you keep your operation small enough, it’s entirely possible to start up an ecommerce business and sell crafts or products from your home. You don’t need a complicated warehouse setup or a logistics chain; all you need is an account on sites like Etsy and an eye for making beautiful things that people want to buy. Much like blogging, it can take some time to start making money with this method, but eventually, you could create a nice little side business for yourself.

6. Proofreading or editing

Copywriters are often on the lookout for editors and proofreaders to check over copy they’ve written. If you’ve got a sharp eye for detail and you’re a meticulous person, then proofreading or editing could be a good side hustle for you. Again, the money you’ll earn from this may not be amazing at first; you’ll likely have to edit on a freelance basis rather than being employed. However, as you gain experience, your services will likely be in more and more demand.

7. Dropshipping


Have you heard of dropshipping? If not, you may want to look into this as a side hustle. Essentially, it’s ecommerce without needing to actually store the products yourself. You create an ecommerce platform, customers place orders through you, and you forward those orders to a wholesaler, who then ships the product to the customer. You’re not involved in the logistics element of the process at all; instead, you offer a brand and customer service to your clients.

8. Influencer work

Influencer work sounds like an easy time, but if you know any influencers, or you’ve ever seen any influencers talk about their craft, you’ll know that isn’t necessarily the case. The fact is that being an influencer is fairly demanding; you need to have a consistent content schedule, create content that people want to see, and answer to an audience that can sometimes be extremely exacting and specific in what they want. If you think you’re up for it, though, there’s good money to be made.

9. Streaming

Are you skilled in a certain videogame? Do you like to share your passions with the world? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then you could try to become a professional streamer. This is one of the most highly competitive jobs in the world; there’s likely to be a long time in which you’re doing the job for the love of it and not the money. However, if you do manage to identify a niche and strike it lucky, then streaming could be a great side hustle.

10. Virtual assistant work

The days of office-bound personal assistant work are all but over. Nowadays, many high-profile clients and businesses use virtual assistants to help them handle their engagements and deal with their everyday business life. This involves booking and scheduling appointments, handling admin, and other tasks, but you do everything from home instead of reporting to an office location. This kind of work is ideal if you’ve got a head for numbers and you’re detail-oriented.     

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About the author 

Jess Adeola

Jess is a working mother of two small children. Writer, graphic designer and a trainee accountant, who's looking to set up a design institution for children under 13 in the UK.

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