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Summer side hustles you can start today

Written by: Mettle editorial, Content writers, Mettle
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This summer, why not start a side hustle to get some extra cash for your holidays?


Longer, warmer days are just around the corner. Before you jet off on your summer holiday and spend every moment enjoying the sunshine, why not start a side hustle to make some extra cash this summer? 

Below are some summer side hustle ideas you can start today. 

Resell clothing online

Dust the cobwebs off the clothes you’re no longer wearing and sell them for cash. There are sites like Depop, Vinted and Facebook Marketplace where you can list not only clothing items but furniture, books and electronics that you’re no longer using. 

If you don’t want to sell some of your items, you can also rent them out! Sites like Fat Llama let you rent out almost anything – from your car to cameras, powerhoses, and projectors. 

This is a quick way to get some extra money for things you’re no longer using.

Become a virtual assistant

Virtual assistants have blown up on social media. But what are they and how can you make money from home?

Almost like a freelancer, a virtual assistant works from their own home. The assistant part can be a bit misleading because it's not only administrative tasks. It can be anything from social media and email management to bookkeeping and project management.

The Society of Virtual Assistants UK is a great place to get all the information you need to get started.

Tutoring, teaching or consulting

If you’ve got a set of skills or experience in a particular field that you think people would pay for, then tutoring, teaching or even consulting could be a great side hustle for you. 

Because of Zoom and other video-calling platforms, you no longer need to be in a classroom or office to do this. You can list your services on sites like Fiverr and get set up pretty easily. 

Become a pet sitter or dog walker

With many people wanting to go away for the summer, you can offer your services as a pet sitter or dog walker. 

You can try sites like House Sitters UK that list not only pet sitting jobs but also people looking for someone to watch their house while they’re away. TailSitter is also a great site to find dog walking jobs as well as other pet sitting work.

Create and sell digital products

Want to do something more artistic in your spare time? You can sell digital products online. 

There are a lot of different products you can make from your computer and sell on sites like Etsy and RedBubble. These can be anything from checklists, invitations, decorative posters, or diary pages. 

To do this you make your design online, with sites like Canva, and upload them to your Etsy or RedBubble page. But, do check out the sales fees! These eCommerce platforms will normally take a sales fee, and if you use PayPal for your purchases, that could take a fee too.

Get paid to shop

Imagine you could get paid to shop. Well, now you can. As a mystery shopper, you’ll be paid to go to certain shops, hotels or restaurants and act out certain scenarios. You get paid for your time once you report back. 

Marketforce says that your ‘shopping costs plus a bit extra’ will be paid for. It says that as a general guide, assignments pay on average £5 and you’ll be reimbursed for anything you had to buy. Sometimes you even get to keep the purchase you’re reimbursed for. 

Summer is definitely the time to get out there and enjoy the sunshine, but before you do there are easy side hustles you can start to make some extra cash. Take the leap and start something today!

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