How to make money on the side
Each month I share the ways I have made money on the side so you can do it too. July was a busy month with school holidays, a short trip away and moving house. As such, I didn’t focus too much on side hustles. Plus, as I mentioned a few months ago, I am more focused on my business than anything else.
In July I made $1,881.96, some of which was passive. This is the amount after fees, tax etc. Not a bad effort considering I barely did anything. Here’s how I made the money.
Sold 3 things – $1,075
When I have really paid attention and been dedicated, I have made over $10,000 a month buying things to resell. Since I knew I was moving, I didn’t do much with it. I sold 2 items of clothing on eBay and out of the blue, I was approached to sell something I own. I possibly could have made more but I was happy to sell it and make it a quick sale.
Most of the things I buy to resell are clothes, but occasionally, I flip websites and sell things for others. Find out how I do it, my top tips and what I recommend for you here.
Whenever we go away I list my place on Airbnb. Being right in the city, it is easy to list and usually gets booked. At Christmas, I made $1,300 over 5 days. In the July holidays, I went away for 3 days and it was booked almost as soon as I listed it. Check out this article for who to list on Airbnb and my top tips to help you make more. It’ll be interesting to see how much this changes now I have moved out of the city centre.
I started with Spacer 2 months ago. Within 24hrs of listing my parking space in a secure garage complex, it was rented. A super easy process and when I needed to cancel it this month due to the move, it wasn’t a problem. Customer service is great and the guy I rented my space to was fantastic. I’ve rented my garage previously in other cities I’ve lived, however, I always did it with people I know. This was the first time I did it through Spacer and I would do it again.
It’s not technically making money, but I like to include the random amounts I find. I found $1.50 one day when we were out in Brunswick. It was a $1 coin, 2 x 20c coins and a 10c coin sitting there.
Back in January, I set a goal to make and save an extra $30,000 for court and started sharing the ways I was doing it. In January I made $3,200.17, February I forgot to do a post, but looking over everything I made $3,833.37. In March I made $4,005 then in April I made $1,600.70 but also spent it all. May was the month I switched my focus to my business and managed to double the business income! June was similar, though I also made $851.15.
Other ways to make money
Finding ways to make and save money is a passion of mine. When I started doing it, I was a stay at home mother of two, looking to simply help with the bills. In the beginning, I did online surveys (find the best Australian ones here which I have tested), rented a room out on Airbnb, market research which was usually $100+ per hour and mystery shopping.
When I started blogging it was eye opening. I had no idea how much it would change my life. Check out this post with how to start a blog and make money blogging. For me, blogging resulted in freelance writing work (find out how to do that here), public speaking, consulting and so much more.
Being a virtual assistant is a popular option for many at home mums which I share how to do here. Alternatively, you might like 43 ways for single mums to make money or 51 ways to make money from home.
How do you make money on the side?