I think it’s fair to say that since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and the first UK lockdown, side hustles have become popular and are fast becoming viable secondary sources of income for many. I wrote another blog post about side hustles at the start of the first UK covid lockdown in 2020. Now with the UK in its third lockdown and with it being the start of 2021, I thought I would do an updated article for those who are looking to start a side hustle, or maybe out of work due to the current climate and restrictions.
I’m sure that as a nation we’ve all been affected by effects of covid in one way or another, and I really do feel for those who have experienced more difficulty than others. So as a business owner and a lover of the side hustle, here are some ideas for ways to supplement your income, from home, in 2021.
This article is aimed at a UK audience, however some of it relates to other countries too, but of course be sure to do your own research.
In the form of a social media account where you review and recommend products. Now, this isn’t one that will necessarily earn you an instant income, but it is something you can build up over time if you commit to it. There are some great examples of these accounts over on TikTok, for example, such as ‘things you can buy on Amazon’. etc.
Selling kids books on Amazon
Did you know, you can quite easily make and sell kids books on Amazon with Kindle Direct Publishing.
Go to kdp.amazon.com to find out more.
If you’re a good listener and a swift typist, audio transcription may be for you. This is something that you can do not only from home, but anywhere in the world, and if you speak multiple languages, you have an advantage too.
Social Media Rating
Before I built my VA business up to generate a full-time income, I took sideline contracts which I ran through my business, such as social media rating. So, what does this involve exactly? Rating other’s people’s posts on Instagram and Facebook. On Instagram, I would be rating posts of total strangers, and also those who I followed. So if I’ve been following you on Instagram for a few years, it’s quite possible I would have rated your posts at some point without you knowing (sorry). I was paid quite generously for this, I think Instagram brought in around £1100 a month which was of course in additional to my usual turnover, so not a bad gig for a side hustle that requires pretty much zero skill. The one downside is that these contracts were short term (around 6 months) and as afr as I’m aware they stll are, as Facebook like to gather as many opinions from a vast range of people around the world.
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, network marketing is a completely legitimate business model that, granted, many people who aren’t in business struggle to come to terms with at first. If you’re someone who is business-minded, a visionary, or you’ve got that growth mindset, network marketing could be a great side hustle for you as it can be considered a ‘business in a box’ and often comes with a whole heap of personal development and training.
So there you have it, 5 ideas for legitimate side hustles you can start, in the UK, during lockdown.
I hope you found this somewhat helpful, let me know if you have any questions or if you have a side hustle you’ve started recently.