I’ll be honest it was a slow start to the month, Corona overwhelm was getting to me (I’ve now been on furlough for 3 months and the uncertainty of everything has been stressing me out a lot) but by mid-month I realised that I have to get my bum in gear and get hustlin’
The main thing that motivated me was the fact that chances of me getting made redundant are starting to feel more real with each week, if that happens then I’m going to need to turn my Side Hustles into my full-time income pretty sharpish so it makes sense to use the time I’ve got now to build them up as much as I can.
I managed to bring in an extra £497.51 in June. It’s important to note that this is before deductions – I pay tax on all my side hustle/self-employed earnings so put away around 25% a month to go towards my tax return.
Reponsdent.io – £82.79 – How to earn money with Respondent.io
I’ve been signed up to Respondent for a little while but if I’m honest I hadn’t really been paying attention to the ‘You might be a fit for a £xx study!’ emails that they would send me. It’s only because I’d been making a conscious effort this month to keep on top of my emails and keep my inbox looking tidy that I actually started reading them properly. I applied for around 8 studies in June on all kinds of topics and got approved for two studies about small businesses who use accounting software. They were both nice and relaxed Zoom calls for different companies, the researchers were really friendly and each took between 25-35 minutes to complete. I honestly can’t believe how easy it was to do and have been kicking myself for ignoring the emails for so long!
eBay – £69.70
This is a mixture of some bits I bought (ages ago) to resell and items I’d decluttered from my wardrobe. I’d love to potentially look into eBay reselling as another stream of income but that’ll have to wait until lockdown is over.
Freelance Services (Etsy SEO and website building) – £242.50
Offering freelance services is something I’ve only started this month after my ‘what if I get made redundant’ panic and I realised I could be making money using skills that I’ve learnt in previous jobs and hobbies. I’ve been working on rebranding and e-commerce website building projects for 2 customers and also some Etsy SEO research and listing optimisation.
Obviously these are quite niche areas to be offering services in but it seems they quite sort after skills so I might as well play to my strengths and make some money if the work is there. I’m testing out the water with these first few projects with the aim to have them, and a few others, listed as services on my websites by August.
Fiverr – £25.05 – How to make money on Fiverr
I started using Fiverr this month after a friend encouraged me to join and I got an order/sale within 3 days of uploading my first ‘gig’. I was surprised at how easy it was and after spending a bit more time looking at the services that other people are offering I realised that there is definitely scope to make a lot of money on the platform. I’ll be adding a few more ‘gigs’ over the coming months in to see how it goes and if I can get a steady flow of work on there.
Affiliates Earnings – £24.39
This is a singular payout from a company called Design Bundles that I mainly promote over on CraftHustleDirectory, they are an easy brand for me to advertise as they are highly relevant to my audience over on that blog plus I actually use them myself multiple times a week for projects so I don’t feel like I’m having to force myself to say that they’re a great company because they really are!
Affiliate Marketing is definitely a passive income stream I could make work better for me. I know a lot of bloggers who make a decent proportion of their monthly income from Affiliate links…I am not one of them! I will be the first to admit that this is an area I need to focus on more when it comes to blogging income. I’ve purchased plenty of courses to teach me how to really get to grips with it (such as How to Smash Affiliate Marketing) but haven’t spent the time needed to really focus on it, which is something I do want to make time for.
GetBlogged – £86.78
GetBlogged is a platform that connects bloggers with brands, it helps bloggers get paid for work and it helps brands/businesses with their outreach. I managed to secure 2 GetBlogged jobs this month with one of them being for my brand new blog that was only a few weeks old at the time! Working with companies like GetBlogged is definitely one of the quickest ways I’ve found to monetise a blog.