By Marli Naidoo
Some extra cash is always welcome, and most people can do with something to do on the side after hours. There are many South African who urgently have to augment their salaries, but some of them don’t feel comfortable to work online, or don’t have the necessary funds to take a course or acquire expensive equipment.
The first step is to take a look at what you already can do, and use it to your financial advantage. Do you bake delicious cookies? Sell them to your neighbours, friends, or through a home industry!
Here are some ideas that will cost you nothing or very little to get you started.
Do people’s shopping and deliver it to their homes. This is hard work, but you have to go and buy food for yourself in any case. You might as well make money while spending money.
Teach expecting or new moms the basic principles of baby-care. Many new parents live far from their families and feel quite lost when their babies are born. You can show them how to bath baby, burp him, wrap him, clothe him warmly, treat nappy rash, take his fever etc. If you have had first-aid or medical training, you can teach parents how to apply basic medical care.
Do you have a beautiful garden and are you passionate about gardening? You can do the same for your neighbours. This can provide you with a good extra income.
If, however, you don’t know much about gardening but you are an expert at pruning, you can help others with this for a fee. Most people have no idea how to prune their own trees and shrubs.
Are you good at arranging flowers? You can do the flower arrangements for parties, corporate occasions and even weddings.
Do you have years’ experience in fixing things around your own home? You can make money by also doing it for others. There are people who can’t even change their own light bulbs and who are willing to pay someone else to do it for them.
Put people’s untidy homes in order for them.
Frame photos or paintings. If you have already done it successfully for yourself, you can also do so for others.
Single people don’t always feel safe, and the neighbour isn’t always available to help. You can ask a monthly fee to be there when your clients arrive home from work to make sure they enter their homes safely, or you can go jogging with them if they don’t feel at ease doing it alone. Of course, you will have to be fit yourself, so that your client doesn’t run away from you!
Do you own a kombi or minibus? You can obtain your PDP license at a minimum fee and then drop kids at school and fetch them, and see them to their homes safely.
Look after people’s home when they go on holiday.
Any product that you can make and sell can provide you with some extra cash.
Buy old furniture from people, repair and restore them and then sell them at a profit.
You can also buy collector’s items at second-hand shops at a minimal price and then resell them.
If you own a good camera and have an eye for a good picture moment, you can make yourself available for hire as a photographer.
Are you a teacher? You can offer extra classes for children struggling with their schoolwork. Even if you aren’t a teacher, you can offer extra classes in anything you are good at: how to bake and decorate cakes, how to replace a window, how to do needlework etc.
Most people have a lot of items, or at least a few, that they never use. Go through your cupboards and garage and take out everything that is just standing there gathering dust. You can sell all these items for a handy sum.
Levy a fee to sell other people’s stuff for them. Many people don’t like to try and sell stuff at all, but have unnecessary items which they would like to get rid of. You can help them with this.
There is always something one can do to make an extra bit of money, even if it’s just for bread money. Take a look at what you have at your disposal and never feel it is too little for you to get going. Start somewhere and learn more as you progress.
Nerd Wallet: https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/finance/how-to-make-money-at-home-and-online/
Making sense of cents: https://www.makingsenseofcents.com/2013/07/offline-side-hustles.html