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Ideas for a side hustle to top up your income

Woman working on her side hustle at home

In these unprecidented times and many people either on furlough or reduced hours, starting up a side hustle to boost your income could be one of the best options!

A side business can be run from the comfort of your own home and most involve being online, so all you need is your skills and your computer.

When coming up with an idea for a side hustle, have a think about some of the things you are skilled at and what you enjoy. For many this could be making something creative, for others this could be offering services freelance that you are good at, for example social media marketing or web developing.

Here are some of the top side hustles you can do to boost your income:

Dog walking

For those dog lovers out there, yes you can make money from doing something you love! Dog walking is the perfect way of making a few extra pounds and can be fitted around other commitments.

There are always many people who need their dogs walking for them including the elderly who may not be as mobile as they used to be! If you are good with dogs, have a go, drop flyers around your local estate and see how much interest you get.

Dog grooming

Following on from dog walking, we couldn’t miss out dog grooming! Everyone with a furry friend will need their fur cut very regularly, so dog grooming is the perfect side hustle to earn some extra cash!

Obviously this comes with a skillset needed, you can’t just grab some scissors and start cutting dogs hair. Their is an art to it and it may be worth doing a course in order to get the skills and knowledge!

Delivery driver

With these times being so uncertain, many shops aren’t open. Delivery is important now than ever, for supermarkets, restuarants and retail shops. This means that delivery drivers are needed now more than ever.

Some deliveries allow you to work for yourself such as Deliveroo and Just Eat. These are perfect to fit around your own time!


If you have a particular interest in flowers and floral arrangements, this can be the most ideal side hustle idea for you. Those of you with a good eye for colours and which flowers work well together could potentially set up a successful business.

Get yourself on Instagram, set up a delivery service and watch orders come in! You can do this at any time and fit it around your life.

These are just a few ideas of businesses you can start up from home on the side, to top up your income. Consider taking a course to upskill and see if there is something you can make an extra bit of cash from.

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