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Ideas on Creating a Second Job / Income

Updated on May 14, 2019
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Elena is a Teacher in UK, who enjoys teaching in Colleges and also has a secondary income by running a Private Tuition.

In the times we live in now, its difficult to live on only one income. I’m sure most people can count at least 10 bills they have to pay in one month and if they get behind, it starts adding up, not to talk of loans/debts being paid back.

Here are some ways to consider for creating a second income, that suits you. IHope you find it useful.


1) Extra Tuition

Offer 1 to 1 tuition. This could be 2/3 hours in the week, after work or at the weekend. You don’t need a teaching degree to teach 5 to 10 year old's Maths and English.(but you must follow their school curriculum) It could also be a Language. Some parents want their kids to learn Spanish, French, Arabic etc. It could even be teaching a kid how to use a Musical instrument - The Piano, Guitar, flute etc.

Action: - Advertise on a FREE Website. Put posters on Community Boards, libraries etc. It helps if you have a clean DBS Record, some parents are keen on this.

Tools: Lesson Plan, printed worksheets, text books, handouts for the lesson IPAD or Laptop. The Lessons can be carried out at the Clients home, your home or a Library. I earn approx. £400 extra monthly, just by giving Private Tuition to Kids. (11+ / Secondary School and ESOL/ESL)

2) Good with hair ? – Mobile Hairdresser

Some men and women are very good with hair, but it’s not necessarily their profession. Again as above, you could do 1 or 2 people’s hair on a Saturday or other times in the week that suit you. Please make sure you know how to. If their hair turns blue when you colour it, my Hub wasn't responsible. :)

Action: - Advertise on a FREE Website / Community Boards.

Tools: Combs, sprays, scissors, Hair attachments and all you’ll need.

3) Weekend DJ

Getting everyone to shake it like Beyonce on the dance floor. If you’re good at being a DJ, how about giving this a go? You are actually getting paid to enjoy yourself.

Action: Advertise on a FREE website and get Cards Printed. Print fliers and distribute them to people in Shopping Centres, inform friends etc.

Tools: Good sound system, good variety of music, Red Bull??


4) Taxi Driver – p/time

Yes, Taxi Driver. In London we have Black Cabs and Private Cabs. So, you’d obviously fall into the Private Cab Category. ,You can do it at weekends only, if you want or evenings. You must own your own Car to do this. (Not a mini)

Action: Get your car Licensed as a Private Cab, Register with a Taxi firm.

Tools: A – Z Maps, Sat Nav (GPS) ** Some people hate giving directions to a Taxi they've hired, so don't bother asking them. :-)

5) Cleaner

Lots of people hire cleaners. Work at a time that suits you. Ask if they need ironing done too. If you do a good job and have a good rapport with them, they will make it regular or even recommend you to friends. The pay rate for cleaning may be low, but it adds up at the end of the month.

Action: Advertise on a FREE Website. Print an distribute fliers. Inform friends etc

Tools: Check what cleaning items they have and know what to take. You might need a vacuum cleaner.


These are real cakes!

6) Baking

Some people are so good with baking and can bake birthday cakes, party cakes etc.If you are one of them, always call me to sample (taste) your cake before you send it out. Infact bake 2, one for the client and one for me to sample. I’m very generous in volunteering my time....for the Community. :-)

Action: Place an Ad on a FREE Website / paid website. Word of mouth. Print and distribute fliers.

Tools: All necessary baking tools.


7) Writing Online

Good, but don’t hold your breath on this one - there is no guarantee of a monthly income. Payments might be 4, 5, 6 times a year. So, if all the above don’t float your boat you could consider this. Infact, knowing that you are reading this, you already have and I hope those Adsense cheques roll in fast. Some blogs pay you in addition to Adsense. Hubpages is one of them.

Action: Register with Creative Writing Sites.(at least 2) Not only Hubpages.

Tools: The Internet, your imagination/creative mind, photographs. You can create interesting content with them.


8) Avon representative

Mostly done by ladies because it's flexible, with looking after children. If you know a lot of people, then this is good. Just pass on the AVON Brochures to friends and neighbours. Let them order. Collect their orders and place it with Avon – you get a reasonable commission every time.

Action: Register with AVON.

Tools: Lots of Avon Brochures.

If you are patient and follow through on one or two of the above, it will yield you a reasonable additional income, at the end of the month. Good Luck.


  • For all the above, it’s optional if you want to create a FREE website for them. It could be one page, that states what you do, your rates, how to contact you, submit it to Search Engines so there’s a higher chance of finding you. (not just on FREE Ad Websites). I note optional, because it’s a second job and some people might just do 5-10 hours a week.
  • The same applies for Printed Cards – Vista Print Cards are of great quality. Visit them online,select your design and pay approx £19.99 for 250 Cards. From experience, when you hand them to Clients they keep it and use if when they need to contact you or pass it on to their friends.
  • A designated email for it. E.g (no, i'm not a DJ)
  • A receipt book that you can give to people, when they pay. You can buy them for £1, it has a Carbon paper – so you have a copy too or pre-printed invoice.
  • You might also have to Pay Tax on the income received.
  • You might want to consider Insurance.

Good luck – I hope your second Job takes you to interesting people and places…..


Samples of Vista Print Cards


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