This list of 21 side hustle business ideas was created specifically for South African because the most common question I get asked is how to I start a side hustle when I don’t have any good ideas.
Hopefully one of the ideas on this list of sparks an interest for you and gets you inspired to finally start your side hustle and reap the benefits that come with making some extra money on the side.
This list is by no means an exhaustive list and I encourage you to leave some of your ideas in the comments section below this post so the community can learn from you.
The cool thing about most of these side hustle ideas is that most of them don’t require much of an initial investment. By allowing you to get up and running for little to no cost the risk of failure is dramatically reduced. While still offering you the opportunity to earn money in your spare time.
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Earn between R180 – R300 per hour teaching English online to young students in China via VIPkid .
Tutoring online is great way to get started making some side money and you will be surprised how appreciative people are that you are willing to teach them
Refer website visitors to buy products online and earn a commission on each sale. This actually how we make money on our website.
Building Niche websites is the best side hustle because of the unlimited upside potential. This is the side hustle that we recommend the most to our readers we have even created a online course to help people get started with their first niche website click here to find out more.
If you have an extra room in your house, you can earn money renting it out to visitors on AirBnb this was easier to set up than I thought. It is a pretty cool way to make money and meet interesting people from around the world at the same time. I even know some people who don’t have a spare room but they just go and stay with friends when their place gets booked on Airbnb.
If you are free mornings, nights, or weekends, you can earn extra cash driving your fellow citizens around.
Sign up with Uber to get started
One cool “Tip” : Uber offers “Destination Mode”, which basically allows you to earn money on your regular morning and evening commute by telling the app which direction you’re headed and only accept riders along your route.
With UberEATS you can earn money on your own schedule delivering take-out orders in your own town.
The cool part about this is you don’t have to worry about passengers in your car and you don’t have to keep it super clean like you do for Uber.
Micro jobs won’t make you rich but it’s a cool way to make a little bit extra on the side.
These jobs are really easy you could do them while you watch TV and they don’t take very long some are only 3min long.
Blogging is hard work to get going but can be a fun outlet to practice your writing and build an audience around a particular idea.
House sitting can be a useful way of make some money on the side if you aren’t travelling. If you can set up a long term house sitting then you can even save a bit on rent.
This is the quickest way to get started making money online and how I made my first $100 online.
Have a look at this amazing marketplace and all the course that are offered . If you are interested in learning something quickly without spending too much money this is the perfect place for you. I have learnt a majority of my online skills on Udemy.
Do people love your cooking then you can make some extra money on the side by cooking cakes, cookies and cupcakes for families birthdays and special occasions
A good example of a successful side hustle is Hayley who turned her side business of baking into a full time business where she runs cooking classes go check her out at No Cooking Clue
You can sell your stuff or buy and bulk and sell items individually on the online market place BidorBuy or Gumtree
Do you like to read? If you have an eye for detail you can set up a profile on upwork as a proofreader and bid on jobs large and small.
Selling ebooks on Amazon is one of the income streams we are currently working on. I love the idea of having a book published on the worlds largest book store.
Self publishing a book is a very rewarding process that I would highly recommend.
Is a great market place for freelancing online. The basic idea is to sell a service for $5 for a micro job. Most of the jobs on fiver are graphic design, book covers, website optimization, article writing and intro voice over for podcasts and Youtube videos.
Sports coaching can be a fun and rewarding activity to earn money as a side hustle.
If you enjoy talking to people and interviewing interesting people this is a great medium to express yourself and grow a following and community online.
Graphic design is one of the fastest growing professions online and you can do this work remotely. There is a massive demand for good graphic design and it is very easy to find work online on freelancing market places.
People care so much about their dogs cats and other pets that they will pay good money for people.
Lootfruit is a recruitment platform that connects students and other individuals seeking part-time employment with legitimate businesses that are looking for waiters, bartenders & promoters.
If you have a camera you can take photographs of kids birthdays, sports days, baby photos, weddings and engagement shoots.