With the cost-of-living crisis, many people have been forced to find another source of income outside of their main career. A study by Henley Business School reported that 1 in 4 UK adults have a side hustle, small business, or secondary job. There are an estimated 5.2 million people who have had to pick up more jobs to make ends meet. Often those who pick up a job are exploring new challenges or pursuing a passion but some have no other option.

If you feel the need to pick up another job then perhaps one of these below will be the right fit for you.

Online tutoring

  • Making money can be done without stepping outside now so you can set up an account and start this side hustle from home. There are many people out there looking for a tutor in various subjects. The easiest way for most people is to teach your own language. You don’t need any qualifications you just need a good profile that stands out, and to be able to speak that language well. If you want to teach a language, students often look out for someone who is already a native speaker so this is something everyone could do.

By using teaching platforms like Preply or Cambly, the process can be so simple as they provide teaching resources and lesson plans through the site. Set your prices and your availability and this could be the most flexible way to make money you've ever had!

Dog walking/sitting

  • As a part-time job and a way to make money, there is no cuter way to do it than looking after someone's dog and giving them company when needed. People often need help with their pets when they are at work or away so weekdays or weekends are both available to set yourself up for this job.

This one again is a way to set your own prices and availability to give you the flexibility needed. When you start this it may take a little while to get customers but once you do, you could even end up with regulars and furry friends of your own.

To start this, you could promote your services around your neighbourhood or on Facebook groups. There are also apps like Tailster and Rover, where you sign up and receive the job options in your areas, someone will see your profile and contact you through the site to request your services. The benefit of using an app is that often they will supply insurance through using them for peace of mind in case anything goes wrong during the dog sit.

Translation and interpretation services

  • Being bilingual or multilingual is a skill that you can use. Companies and entrepreneurs often need to be able to communicate with others in a language they don’t know. They will hire people to do this job for them so it is professional and accurate. Using Upwork could be an easy way to start this and find the right job for you, that fits into your lifestyle as they offer a range of jobs matching this description.

There are many options for translating from proofreading documents to check for accuracy to assisting with subtitles on a film.

Mystery Shopper

  • This is something anyone can do to make some quick and easy money. As a mystery shopper, you will be assigned tasks to pose as a regular customer for retailers and hospitality establishments. During this work you will have to take note of transactions, and the service and report on your experience afterwards. You will be reimbursed for anything you buy there and will be paid too. Those who hire you want to be made aware of anything that needs improving and what it is like to be a customer in their shop or restaurant.

Food Delivery driver

  • All you need for this is a driver's license and a car. This is a job that could easily be done in the evenings and weekends when you have the time to spare. Become a driver with UberEATS, Deliveroo or the many other options out there to serve food in your car. You can choose when and how often you work and which order you deliver to. Working weekends will give you the best chance of getting more shifts. The only downfall of this is that you have to pay for your own fuel so choose the deliveries wisely.


Picking up a second job is often a necessary act but if you already have a skill or hobby why not offer your services or products? Setting up an Etsy store for crafts or coaching team sports could be a great way to follow your passions and make a second income too.