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Considering a side hustle?

Dog Walking
Written by C Wolsey

One in five adults in the UK has started a ‘side hustle’ in the last two years and with the cost of living on the rise, this number will likely continue to increase. If you are looking for a way to earn some extra money then here are a few jobs you may consider taking up.


With the male grooming market on the rise, becoming a barber could be a great way to earn some extra cash on the side. Being a mobile barber will mean that you make house calls which is preferable if you are working in the daytime when most barbershops would be open. You could also offer for clients to come to your home which may be preferable if you don’t have your own transport. You can learn how to cut hair online with tutorials and once you have the skills down, enlist some friends or family to practice on. You also don’t need a huge amount of tools to begin this trade either – invest in some professional hairdressing clippers and trimmers and you are pretty much on your way.

Focus Groups

One side hustle that is not often considered is getting involved in focus groups. You can generally look to earn anything from £20-£60 per hour which is a fair amount more than most regular jobs. However, the work can’t be relied upon as you may have 3 in 1 week and then not receive any opportunities for another month or two. This is a great hustle for those who don’t want to commit to anything and since the pandemic, most companies now conduct the interviews online so you’ll probably only need a laptop and a decent internet connection.

Renting Your Space

If you own your own home then renting out a spare room or your driveway can be an excellent way to earn some extra income. The rise of Airbnb has made it easier than ever to rent out your home or a spare room and can be great during particular seasons such as summer or Christmas if you live in a city. You could also consider renting your driveway if you live near an airport or train station and some people earn over £200 a month doing this. Online tools like Park Let allow you to get a quick estimate of how much your space could be worth.

Dog Walking and Pet Sitting

If you love animals then this could be a perfect side hustle for you. Recently, more dog owners have turned to outside help to take their dogs for daily exercise and you can earn around £10-£20 an hour for this. While you don’t need insurance to be a dog walker, it’s always a good idea to get some so that you are protected in case anything happens. You could also offer to spend time at the owner’s house, particularly if they are away for a weekend to earn some extra income.