Four simple ways to make a second income from home

I don’t know many people that aren’t looking for more ways to make money. The cost of living isn’t getting any cheaper, and unfortunately, wages aren’t always going up accordingly. So being able to make a second income is always handy – I call it my ‘side hustle’! You can, of course, start to sell things of your own that you no longer need, but I think that this kind of thing can be quite short lived. Sure you’ll make space and a little extra cash, but you’ll obviously run out of things to sell at some point! So looking for some more long-term ways to make money is key. Here are some ideas that I have been thinking about – hopefully, they’ll give you some ideas to get creative and make some more cash from home too.


Being a writer is a good way to make a second income. There are lots of opportunities through things like copywriting or ghostwriting. Many blogs and websites need people to create content for their sites and are more than willing to pay for it as, in the long term, it saves them time and money. So look online for different opportunities as a freelance writer; there will be more than you think! My first port of call is always LinkedIn so be sure to get yourself a profile on there, and always update your publications section to show off your writing achievements!

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Make Money From a Hobby

If you have got a hobby that can be turned into a way to make money, then looking to pursue that is a really good idea. I mean, you must already enjoy it for it to be your hobby, so wouldn’t it be wonderful to make it work for you?You might be quite crafty and want to make and sell things as gifts or be commissioned to create custom-made items. You just need to get yourself out there on platforms like Instagram (or a shop on Etsy perhaps) to get your name out there and known. You could also turn your photography hobby into something more lucrative by going on some photography workshops to hone your skills and can then start taking newborn portraits or some wedding photos for friends to make some extra money.

Up Selling Items

As I said above, you can sell your own possessions in order to get a little extra money. But if you’re serious about doing this as a way to get a regular income, then you need to look at ways to sell other things. You can look for items in your local charity shops or at car boot sales that might need to be cleaned or repaired and can then be sold on. So if you have the time and enjoy this kind of thing, then up-selling items once they are fixed could be a good way to pass the time and make money.

Sell Advertising Space

If you have a car, land, a home, or even just a website, it can all be advertising space for someone. There are many companies online that will pay for you to place their sign or a banner in your garden or for you to have stickers or posters on your car. It is a pretty simple way to make some extra money without having to do a lot yourself!

Let me know what you think about these ideas and I’d love to hear about your own ‘side hustles’ – please leave me a comment below to tell me what you’ve been getting up to in your own thrifty life.

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Cassie Fairy
Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in Lifestyle Promotion Studies and is trained in Personal Money Management. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty-living advice, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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