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Find your side hustle
49 side hustle ideas you can start today.
Want to earn some extra cash on top of your day job?
The great thing about a side gig is that it doesn’t always require a massive upfront investment or specialised skills. The only question – Where do you start?
We’ve compiled a list of 49 side hustles, so you can get out there and make some extra dosh.
1) Airbnb. This idea makes use of THE most expensive asset you ever purchase – your house.
Wouldn’t it be great to have someone else pay your mortgage while you still live in your home? Wouldn’t it be great to boost your income?
The next time you go on holiday or away for a few days, you can have vetted people stay in your house and keep the money flowing in.
If you want to get the ball rolling now, you can become an Airbnb host in just minutes.
2) Driving. If you have a car and commute to or from work, you are in a prime position to start making extra cash.
You can work before or after your regular job, on weekends and even during your commute to work!
Use your vehicle to transport people to the club, medical appointments or to get groceries in your spare time. Check out sites like Uber and DiDi to start earning while you drive today.
3) Delivery services. Make extra money by delivering takeaway food to your local community today.
Uber Eats pays you to deliver food to people. It’s a cool idea if you are already running around on a bike on your regular commute.
You can work your own hours, weekends and times that suit.
4) Freelancing/gig economy. Perhaps you work in a specialised field or have high-level skills in a specific area.
You can be certain someone, somewhere is willing to pay you for those skills. For example, you can write freelance outside your regular journalism job or cash in on video skills using your drone.
Sites like Fiverr or Upwork offer a quick way to start earning extra today.
5) Invest in stocks. If you’re willing to take on a little risk, investing in the stock market can be a great way to make extra income. In share trading, you earn a profit by selling shares at a higher price than you first paid for them.
Some companies pay a portion of their profits to shareholders in dividends, typically twice a year, which means you receive an ongoing passive income without having to sell the shares or worry about stock price volatility.
6) Blogging. If we told you that you could renovate your home from the money you make blogging, you’d think we were crazy, right? Try telling that to Jake Falkinder (author of It Pays To Blog) Jake gained some traction with his first blog and made money from the ads.”My focus was designer T-shirts, and the blog grew in popularity, receiving international coverage in books, magazines and popular websites… not to mention providing us with the funds to renovate our family home.”
7) Photography/artwork sales. There is a myriad of ways you can monetise the passion you have for photography or art.
Set up a TradeMe account to sell online or pop down to your local shops to see if they will hang your paintings for free and help sell them for you.
There are online courses like Udemy to help you get started.
8) Rent out your car. Instead of driving people around, would you rather they do all the work for you?
Utilise your car while it is at work or even overnight when you do not need it.
Sites such as MyCarYourRental offer you the ability to monetise one of your most expensive purchases.
If you have a spare car sitting in the garage, then this idea is even better, as you can offset the cost of insurance, registration and running repairs.
9) Trade Me. Trade Me may not be a gold mine, but it can still provide you with a decent income if you do a little research around what products are selling quickly and who the target audience might be.
Alternatively, if you are looking to declutter around the house, then Trade Me, (or its alternatives) are a good way to make some extra dollars.
10) Etsy. If you wish to make, sell or distribute products that are unique, antique or vintage, then Etsy is the platform for you.
Etsy takes niche selling to the global audience and allows millions of independent artists to sell their products with minimal costs.
So, if you are thinking of selling your artwork, handmade clothes or restored vintage goods, then take a look at Etsy.
11) Tutoring. There are millions of people around the world who want to increase their skills in many foundational areas such as maths, science, and even more complex topics such as business management and medicine.
If you hold strong knowledge or, even better, an education background, then you can use this as a side hustle with very minimal outlay. A site such as First Tutors New Zealand can help you get started.
12) Teach people to cook at home. Been told that you make a killer lamb roast or tofu smash? You can earn money from the comfort of your kitchen and make recipes of your choosing, so you can eat them or give them to the kids afterwards.
13) Food prep and meal delivery. This flows on from the previous side hustle.
After you have run your cooking class, you can deliver and sell the food you cooked to your local neighbourhood!
Many people want to eat good, healthy food but do not have the time to make the necessary preparations.
You could prep and deliver meals, for a cost, to people on specific diets, people with food intolerances or bodybuilders.
If you want to brush up on your diet and nutrition knowledge first, Centre of Excellence has affordable courses you can complete online.
14) Publish on Kindle. Kindle allows you to access an audience of millions with minimal outlay, so if you are an aspiring author, regardless of whether you write nonfiction, fiction or poetry, you could be on Kindle.
15) Dropshipping. Dropshipping is blowing up around the world as a great way to earn a passive income on the side.
The concept of dropshipping is that you advertise a product online and then use a third-party supplier for delivery arrangements.
You advertise the product but have none of the shipping or warranty issues.
There are a few ways to dropship, including platforms like Shopify and Oberlo.
16) Pet sitting. Love animals and can’t get enough of them in your life? Pet sitting is an avenue for you to turn this love into dollars.
You can choose when what type and for how long you look after people’s pets. Going through a platform like The House Sitting Company can help you find jobs in New Zealand.
17) Make money providing classes in arts and crafts. Whether you’re an expert candle maker, photographer or artist, you can run workshops at a place of your choosing and make cash.
18) Make money as a private chef. You don’t need to work in a restaurant to make money as a chef these days.
Marketplaces like Take A Chef allow cooks to earn an income from private dinners and events.
If you’re a chef, you can also use your expertise in the culinary arts to earn an income from birthdays, weddings, and other events, both big and small.
You can even cook from home and have your meals delivered to other people’s homes.
19) Babysitting. Babysitting is a classic side hustle, and with the explosion of new online marketplaces in the past few years, it’s never been easier to earn an income as a childminder.
Some New Zealand sites require that you have a first-aid certificate and a clear police vet.
If you’re a student looking to make some money while you study, a backpacker or want to utilise your spare time to earn extra cash, there are always loads of parents looking for babysitters and nannies, especially during the school holidays.
20) Housekeeping. Are you a whizz at domestic chores and housekeeping? If so, there are plenty of people out there who aren’t, and they’re in drastic need of someone to get their house back in order.
You can usually find plenty of ads for a housekeeper on sites like Airtasker.
21) Marketing focus groups. Companies and businesses want to know what consumers think before releasing their goods and services.
Marketing focus groups are where you, the consumer, come in.
There are loads of online services where you can make some extra cash simply by sharing your opinion. Better still, it’s usually easy to fit it into your schedule.
22) Sell your old clothes at a local market. Got old clothes you don’t wear anymore? Don’t just chuck them out, sell them at a local market.
Even if you don’t have enough to warrant renting an entire space at a market, team up with your mates and sell your unwanted clothes together.
23) Rent out your garage or driveway. Got an empty parking space or driveway?
Sites like Anyspace let you rent out your unused parking space, garage or driveway. It can be especially profitable if you live in an urban area where people work or if you’re near a train station.
These sites are typically straightforward to use. Most of the time, all you need to do is take a picture of the space, set a price, and they do the rest for you.
24) Shop for groceries for someone. Services like Airtasker regularly have people looking for someone to grocery shop for them.
Whether they don’t have time to shop for food or can afford for someone else to do it, it’s a great opportunity for you to make easy money.
25) Personal shopper. Whether you’re a personal stylist or wardrobe consultant, personal shopping can become a full-time gig with the right experience and network.
If you’ve got an eye for fashion, you can make money shopping for clients that need a little help finding the right outfit for specific occasions.
26) Write CVs. Lots of people hate writing CVs or find it really difficult to come up with an effective one that properly sells their skills.
You can make money writing killer CVs for people. Better still, you don’t need to be an amazing linguist with a degree in English Literature to write them.
If you’ve had success with your CVs in the past, you might have what it takes.
Writing CVs are about your ability to make the person it concerns stand out from the crowd.
If you can do that, you can potentially make extra cash on the side.
27) Become an extra in movies/commercials. You might not be the next Tom Cruise, but it’s possible to make money as an extra in TV commercials, soaps and movies.
Sites like StarNow let you sign up to be available as an extra, if and when something is being filmed near you.
It may only come up now and then, but it can be a nice way to put a little extra in your pocket at the end of the month.
28) Cancel the memberships you don’t use. Cancelling memberships you don’t use is a simple but effective way to save cash.
Better still, there are always deals and incentives when you sign up to a new service.
From streaming services to gym memberships with no-lock-in contracts, the best deals are often reserved for new customers, so don’t be afraid to cancel subscriptions and look for cheaper deals.
29) Freelance writing. If you can write, you can make money as a freelance writer.
If you work and write within a specific industry, you can often make even more.
Companies and businesses are regularly willing to pay a significant amount for someone with expertise in a specific industry.
Whether it’s IT, finance or healthcare, websites like Fiverr, Upwork, and LinkedIn are great places to start building a network of clients.
If you build up enough contacts, you can even make freelancing a full-time gig, working when and if you want to.
30) Personal Training. Are you a bit of a gym expert?
You can make money training others in your athletic ways. Sometimes, the best way to start is by training friends and work colleagues. You can also advertise yourself on social media.
It’s even possible to be a personal trainer from home. YouTube and Instagram are a great way to attract followers.
31) Give music lessons. If you play an instrument, you can make money giving music lessons to people of all ages.
Most of the time, you don’t need to invest in instruments; have the students bring their own. If you’re looking to provide piano lessons, one-on-one sessions are usually best.
You can teach from home or even provide mobile music lessons, visiting student’s homes.
Facebook and NZ Music Teachers Online are great ways to advertise yourself.
32) Teach a language. You don’t need to be bilingual to make money teaching a language. In fact, one language is more than enough.
That’s because it means your students have to speak your language if they want to communicate with you, helping them learn faster.
33) Create an online course. Online courses are a hugely popular way for people to learn a new skill.
Creating an online course takes time and effort, but if there’s high market demand, it could be worth the effort.
Choose something you are knowledgeable in and make sure it’s something you’re passionate about.
34) Rent out your spare room (Airbnb). You don’t need an entire home to make money from Airbnb.
While you won’t make as much money as renting an entire house or apartment, you also don’t need to invest as much keeping your guests happy.
Rooms with an ensuite are especially sought after, so consider giving your guests that room if you only have one.
35) Print T-shirts. You can buy plain T-shirts in bulk for a relatively low price, add your own graphic design and sell for a profit.
If you’re looking to save even more, you can create graphic tees from your old clothes.
If you’re into fashion, art or have a cool design you think would look great on a T-shirt, creating your own graphic T-shirts are a classic side hustle.
36) Coach sports. Ever thought about running your own sports class or coaching sports?
Getting started is relatively straightforward. You usually need to book a hall or sports field and advertise online and in your local area. If there’s a demand for the sport, it’s more than likely to be successful.
Plus, you don’t need to give up your day job; you can coach sports in the evening and weekends. Running classes during school holidays is also a great way to make some extra cash.
37) Clothing alterations. There are loads of ways you could make money doing clothing alterations and repairs on the side.
You could also use your stitching skills to refashion and resize clothing.
Online marketplaces like Etsy are great platforms for selling unique vintage clothing.
38) Recycling. New Zealand may be a bit behind the rest of the world when it comes to recycling, but there are plenty of opportunities to start your own business.
For example, you could start your own local waste cooking oil collection or food scraps recycling service. All you need is a vehicle and some environmentally conscious residents.
As the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
39) Dating. Dating sites like Whatsyourprice.com let you pay people to go on dates.
It might not be for everyone, but in a free market economy, dating is simply another opportunity for you to make a little extra money if you want.
40) Event DJing. Got your own decks and turntable? You could make money from DJing.
Advertise yourself on Upwork or Airtasker.
DJs aren’t just required at clubs and parties; they can also be hired for local events like a market or shop opening.
You can usually DJ in the evenings and on weekends so that it won’t disrupt your main job.
41) Invest in websites. Investing some cash in a website can be a very profitable venture.
It’s also ideal for people with some disposable income but very little time on their hands.
Rather than starting a website from scratch, it’s much easier to make money from something that’s already up and running with some traction and cash flow.
42) Ironing service. Many people do not like ironing, and they’re willing to pay for someone else to make that giant pile of crumpled clothes go away.
Once again, you can find willing customers on the likes of Airtasker.
43) Distribute flyers. You can make money going door-to-door distributing flyers for local companies and businesses.
If you have a dog or want to get some exercise, why not make some extra cash at the same time?
44) Mystery shopping. Businesses pay you to check out their in-store or customer call centre experience.
You can also make money looking at the competition, letting them know what did and did not work for you.
45) Model for stock photo sites. Stock photographers regularly need models for their photos.
Most of the time, stock photo models don’t make money, but if you have the right look, there’s always a chance you can turn a few pics into a profitable side hustle.
46) Pet grooming. A part-time mobile pet grooming service is a great way to earn some extra cash.
Because your operating expenses and overheads are likely to be pretty low, a mobile pet grooming service can be a pretty profitable venture.
Better still, it’s more convenient for pet owners as they don’t need to leave the house.
47) Teach yoga. Take classes in the park, rent a studio or work from home if you have space. Teaching yoga can be a great way to stay healthy while making some extra money.
48) Vehicle advertising. Through sites like Ads On Cars, you can make money promoting brands on your car.
According to Ads on Cars, Kiwi drivers can make up to $250 a month for having advertisements placed on their cars – easy money.
49) Rent out your clothes. As more and more companies operate under a sharing economy business model, it’s no wonder that there are now platforms where you can rent your clothes.
Designer Wardrobe, Dress Hire NZ and Oh Rent Me are all part of this growing trend of clothes rental services.
If you have dresses you rarely wear, or suits for specific occasions, you could make money by renting them out to people.
What do I need to know before I start?
- Self-financing: Taking the time to amass savings before you launch is one of the most tried and true methods of funding a new venture. Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook on the side – what can you do?
- Personal loan: It might be difficult to obtain a business loan, as most lenders require a minimum of six months of trading history. It may be a better idea to check out personal loans instead.
- Borrow from those close to you: Going to the Bank of Friends and Family can be a quick way to help get your side hustle off the ground, but always be cautious not to blur the lines too much between your business and personal life!
Side gigs can be a lot of fun and are increasingly popular among Kiwis, but you still need to report this income to the Inland Revenue alongside your everyday earnings.
The Inland Revenue takes a look at your total taxable income for the financial year. So, if you have a side hustle, it’s a good idea to set aside money from that income to pay for your tax at the end of the financial year.
Take your total projected income and look the official tax brackets to get an idea of how much you need to pay.
Tax rates for individuals
|Up to $14,000||10.5%|
|Over $14,000 and up to $48,000||17.5%|
|Over $48,000 and up to $70,000||30%|
|Remaining income over $70,000||10%|
Start out with even a small side gig, and you may be surprised at how quickly it takes off. It could become your main source of income.
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