The era of the side hustle

The lockdowns of 2020 and 2021 brought about an increase in side hustles. People started looking for alternative ways to supplement their income, and even replace their 9 to 5 jobs.

Economic downturns caused by the world being in lockdown left many people with job insecurity or worst-case scenario, without employment. So many people had to start looking at scaling up their side hustles or hobbies, to earn extra income to make ends meet.

The list of options is endless from selling homemade goods to earning online.

Many crafters have started up Facebook and Instagram pages to showcase their products and now that street and flea markets are open again, we are seeing a lot of new stall owners out there selling their products.

Apart from social media and markets, creating an online store that offers delivery to the customer’s door makes it easy for small business owners to sell their products countrywide.

Earning money online

Finding ways to earn money online can be tricky, but there are websites out there to advise you. Shopify has some advice here on how to make money online.

One of the ways to earn money online has been starting a YouTube channel, but this is more of a long-term plan, as it takes a while before a channel can be monetised. But if you have a really good channel that draws viewers in, your subscribers will start increasing and viewing hours too.

Think about something that you know or do that would be helpful to others. Travel, how-to, and review channels are just some of the many out there that people like watching.

The video below might just give you some ideas to get you started.

So if you have a great topic or story to tell viewers, you could be on your way to a steady little income.

If you want to know what the requirements for monetisation are, you can find out here.

Because many of the ways of earning money online only bring in a little bit of money in the beginning, people often have more than one side-hustle going at a time.

If you have a side hustle story that you would like to share with us, please contact us. We’d love to hear from you.

Side hustle

noun – a piece of work or a job that you get paid for doing in addition to doing your main job