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10 Ingenious Ideas for Bringing in Extra Income

23 March 2020
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Everyone could do with an extra source of income, but not everyone knows how or where to start. Whether you’re an unemployed graduate, stay-at-home parent or a permanent employee struggling to make ends meet, there are plenty of legitimate ways to make some extra money on the side. Read on to discover 10 ingenious income-earning ideas.

1. Grocery shopping & delivery

Hands up if you absolutely love grocery shopping! No? Well, you’re probably not alone. Grocery shopping can be a grudge activity for many! So why not capitalise on this universal loathe by offering a grocery shopping and delivery service. For a small fee, you can save many homeowners a ton of time and reluctant trips to the grocery store.

2. Meal making & delivery

Are you a fundi in the kitchen? Do you enjoy preparing food for your family and friends? Then perhaps you should consider starting your very own meal delivery service! Many people are stumped for ideas on what to have for lunch or dinner, and you could offer an extremely convenient service by making and delivering meals straight to their door.

3. Pet walking & sitting

Love animals? Have plenty of spare time on your hands? Then pet walking and sitting could be the ideal option for you! In most cases, it’s not that pet owners aren’t up for walking their fur babies, but rather that they simply don’t have the time to. This is where you could come in – offering a convenient daily dog walking service, or a pet sitting service to give them complete peace of mind while they’re away.

4. House sitting

Similarly, why not consider house sitting? Professional house-sitting companies can be expensive, but with fewer overheads, you can come in at a better rate. Start small by offering your services to friends and family, or promote your services via the noticeboard of your local grocery store or neighbourhood WhatsApp group. Deliver a reliable service and positive word of mouth is sure to spread.

5. Potted succulents

We love the idea of making and selling potted succulents! This is an especially great option for those with green fingers, but because succulents are so hardy, beginner gardeners can give it a go too. A good strain to start with is Spekboom, which has risen to fame recently because of its incredible ability to combat air pollution. One tip is to stay up to date with the latest trends so you can incorporate them into your pretty pot designs.

6. Make & sell crafts

If you love working with your hands, why not earn some extra money by making and selling your handmade crafts? You could also market yourself as the go-to person for personalised gifts for special occasions. People are always on the lookout for unique gifts for holidays such as Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and Christmas. A great way to sell your artisanal creations is via Facebook marketplace or book a stall at your local farmers or craft market. Sites like Etsy and Hello Pretty have also made it possible to sell your items online.

7. Become a tutor

Are you skilled in English, maths, science or another specialised field? Then you might want to consider becoming a tutor! Whether in person or online, there is always a demand for strong tutors – not only in South Africa but also for students around the world. So, if you possess the necessary skills and a passion for teaching others, this could be the perfect income-earning opportunity for you.

8. Share your passion

Similarly, why not consider sharing your passion with others? Whether you’re an avid artist, swimmer, dancer or yogi, you can create a class that helps others to learn your passion. For example, if you are passionate about arts and crafts, you could host fun “coffee and crafts” or “cocktails and art” evenings. If it’s yoga you prefer, you could plan a special sunrise or sunset yoga class at a nearby park, beach, or botanical garden. The key is to offer a unique and memorable learning experience.

9. Take surveys

Hoping to make some extra money without even needing to leave the house? Then you’ll be happy to know that, right now, there are online sites that will pay you simply for providing your opinion! Just take care when choosing which sites to join – signup should always be free and any company that asks for upfront payment is not worth considering. According to, credible sites to consider include,, and Signup is free, and you have the potential to earn a decent amount of money by taking their online surveys.

10. Freelancing

Freelancing is another credible way to earn a second income from the comfort of your own home. Popular professional services include logo design, website development, digital marketing, blog writing, admin support, and customer service. Take a look at sites such as and to get a feel for the online freelancing market.


Which of these ideas are you keen to try? Or do you have an extra income-earning idea to share? Please share it with us via FacebookTwitter or Instagram.

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