What Is a Side Hustle?

Everyone’s talking about side hustles and Stashbee can help you find which one is right for you, whether that’s renting out spare space or starting a blog.
Do you want to try something new, establish a fallback plan, follow your passion, pay off your debts and get more control over your life? Then you need a side hustle! Whether you're a stay-at-home parent, self-employed, retired, a landlord, or a salaried worker, getting in on the benefits of a second income stream with a side hustle is always a brilliant idea. Let Stashbee explain how.

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What is a Side Hustle?

A side hustle is a business you can do from home to make a second income. According to Merriam-Webster, the word 'hustle' comes from the Dutch word husselen, meaning "to shake" and, fittingly, a side hustle allows you to shake up your financial situation for the better by monetising a preexisting talent, hobby, or interest.


Here are a few hallmarks of a successful side hustle:
  • You can do it from home
  • You enjoy it!
  • It doesn't cut into your personal and family time
  • You can work part-time to supplement existing full-time income
  • It allows you to expand your horizons and network with new and exciting people
  • It will enable you to pay off debts, enjoy more evenings out, and save for the future

Sounds pretty great, right? If you're stuck on what your side hustle should be, we have some creative ideas!


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Just think, this could be you…

A secret side hustle: renting out your spare space

More money, more financial freedom, more possibilities - what's not to like about a side hustle? But here's the thing: many side hustles can take up far more time than you have to spare.

Luckily, there's an excellent solution. Renting out your parking space, storage space, and unused garage space with Stashbee leaves you with more control over your free time. Here’s how.

1. Rent out your parking space

With Stashbee, you can quickly transform your vacant parking space into a reliable passive income stream! If you're not using your property’s parking space, driveway or garage for whatever reason, we can guarantee that there's someone who'd love to occupy it, and pay you for the privilege. We all know how frustrating it can be to find safe, secure, long-term parking these days, so renting out your open spot could be a fantastic way to help someone out while bringing in an extra income.

Wondering how much you can make? Have a play around with our earnings calculator to get an idea.



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2. Rent out unused space in your home or garage for storage

The minimalist aesthetic is in, and you know what that means: all of that stuff has to go somewhere. Wherever you live, people in your area are looking for a place to store their stuff. If your garage or storage space is empty at the moment, why not rent it out? A safe, clean location to store a vehicle or household items is worth its weight in gold to someone who needs it.

Surely you’ve got some space in your home for some cufflinks?



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What Business Can I Do from Home to Make a Second Income?

Looking for an at-home business to start? Consider some of these 10 popular side hustle ideas:

1. Selling products in an online store

Drop-shipping allows you to sell a warehouse full of products without the investment or risk of holding on to a bunch of inventory. This is a perfect side hustle because the business scales up without the growing pains of a traditional business.


2. Provide virtual assistance

Are you a spreadsheet wizard or systems guru? If you love corresponding with people worldwide, becoming a virtual assistant (or VA) may be the side hustle for you. There are loads of high-performing estate agents, business coaches, entrepreneurs, and CEOs out there looking for someone with your specific skill set to put in a few hours a week in order to keep things flowing smoothly.


3. Go pro with graphic design

Take your love for the visual arts to new heights by freelancing as a graphic designer. All kinds of businesses are looking for people who are savvy in programs like Adobe Photoshop to create eye-catching graphics that can help build credibility and raise awareness of their brand.


4. Start a blog

Suppose you're an expert in a niche industry like yoga, child rearing, automotive upgrades, or dog training - wouldn’t it be great to have somewhere to share your enthusiasm and expertise? Why not start a blog, and monetise the available advertising space! Personal blogs are simple to get started and can be hosted cheaply - then, once you start driving traffic to your site, you can start raking in ad revenue.


5. Provide house cleaning services or interior design advice

If you're a domestic maven, providing part-time home services like interior design, organisation, or tidying up may be the side hustle for you. To take this to the next level, you could even parlay this knowledge into your blog - look out, Mrs. Hinch!


6. Dog walking

Our furry friends need exercise to stay happy and healthy. Help out your busy neighbours, friends, and family by walking their pooch for a weekly rate. And here's a bonus: you'll make some extra dough while getting your daily workout.


7. Become a personal trainer or massage therapist

If bodywork is your expertise, you can share that gift with the world by becoming a personal trainer or masseuse. Remember, these skills may require specific qualifications, so be sure to check in with your local council to ensure you are operating within the law.

8. Teach English online to students abroad

People all over the world are itching to learn English from a native speaker. Do some searching, and you'll soon come across several reputable firms that allow you to connect with students online, from the comfort of your home office or lounge.


9. Start a photography business

If your friends and family are always asking you to take photos at parties, functions, or for their social media, you may want to look into monetising your talent. In our uber-visual world, having an artistic eye is a valuable skill.


10. Sell unused items online

Get rid of clutter and make money all at the same time by selling any used clothing, children's toys, or household items you’ve got lying around. Sites like Etsy and eBay are the big hitters, but there are plenty of local buy and sell groups like Gumtree or Preloved that can help you get started.



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Phew! As you can see, we really weren’t kidding about the sheer range of side hustles you could get involved with. And while we can’t help you start a blog or clean a house, we can encourage you to connect with our talented Hosting team today to get started with renting out your space. We'll help you get started right away, and in no time at all, you’ll be able to bring in some extra money with minimal effort, giving you more time to do what you love.

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Updated 13th Apr 2023

Written 1st Jun 2021