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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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    • Vellur profile image

      Nithya Venkat 

      20 months ago from Dubai

      Thank you for sharing these ideas as a second income source. The extra income definitely helps.

    • viryabo profile image


      3 years ago

      Thank you for this LadyE.

      Today, finding additional ways to earn money is very important and a necessity for most.

      These are great ideas, and asides writing on HP, private tuition will be my 2nd choice. Something I've never really thought about.

      Thanks for the tips.

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks DrPastor Carlotta :-)

    • drpastorcarlotta profile image

      Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles 

      8 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      GREAT Advice! Lady_E

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks Daniel...

      Best Wishes

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      9 years ago

      Some fantastic ideas for those looking for a new career opportunity, thanks for sharing! If MOBILE HAIRDRESSING is something you want to know more about - see


    • Royalmark profile image


      10 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      Yeah! I love to inspire and motivate either by teaching or speaking... I'm going out there to pick a job as a teacher ASAP... Thanks :-)

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from London, UK

      Hi RoyalMark - interesting comments. So, you are a teacher. That's nice. I hope you enjoy it. It's gonna be a looooong summer holiday for you. Thanks. :)

    • Royalmark profile image


      10 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      Thanks, Lady_E... You are always so wonderful... I think I'll go with the 1st and 7th points *you actually got me hooked in there*... Great hub... Keep on the good work... I appreciate

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from London, UK

      Cheers 07Angel01 - A pleasure to read from you again.

      Best Wishes.

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      Diane Marie 

      10 years ago from Broomall, PA

      Great hub! I really enjoyed it. I am glad my hub on medical tests was useful to you :)

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from London, UK

      Lol Nick - Thanks for stopping. Best Wishes.

    • NickSimpson profile image


      10 years ago from Jacksonville, Illinois

      Great hub, I'm still trying to find where to get the hair

      Looking forward to more from you,


    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from London, UK

      That's nice Support Med. I used to do crocheting in my Teens and loved it. I bet you find it relaxing too. Thanks for stopping. :)

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      Support Med. 

      10 years ago from Michigan

      Once again Lady E, you show us that you are so aware of the times we live in. A second income is very important. Crocheting works for me. No matter what we choose, it is just that 'work', and time consuming. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from London, UK

      ** Cheers Christina. Lovely to read from you.:)

      ** Thanks Happyher. That's true. I've only mentioned a few.

      Best Wishes. :)

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      Tracy Morrow 

      10 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Wonderful ideas! There is really so many opportunities if one is creative.

    • ChristinaScibona profile image


      10 years ago from The Heart of the Finger Lakes

      Some great ideas here for some extra income. Thanks for sharing.

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from London, UK

      ** Thanks Swiftly Clean, I hope you find something. Best wishes.

      ** Hi Dohn, what a wise brother. Good on him. When he marries, he'll have peace of mind instead of worrying how to pay someone back for a loan borrowed for the wedding.

      Dohn you write so much and somehow are able to comment on all your fans busy guy. I'm just hoping for you the right Publisher comes your way. :)

      ** Artrush, I really hope you find one. Best Wishes.

      ** True Rossimobis, if you only use Hubpages. Nice to read from you.

      ** Thanks so much Rebecca E. I appreciate your comments.

      ** Cheers Mystique, totally agree with you. Best wishes. :)

      ** 2Patricia's, you are right. It's better to have it for all of them. Example, if a cleaner breaks an expensive ornament in a clients house? An apology would not suffice. Nice to read from you.

      ** Hola Hypnodude, always a pleasure to read from you. The next time you comment on my Hubs I will try and reply in Italian. Thanks for stopping. :)

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      10 years ago from Italy

      Simply great Lady_E, well organized and full of good ideas. Rated, bookmarked and obviously stumbled. There is always something good to learn from you. :)

    • 2patricias profile image


      10 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Good suggestions. For all of them - check out insurance.

      For cake making - check out health department regulations.

      And also - you will need administrative skills. We know. Trust us. We've done most of these things.

    • Mystique1957 profile image


      10 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      Dearest Elena...

      Yes! There are good ideas that could even work in other countries as well. The point is to have a good disposition to do it! Out of obligation nothing good can be obtained. Nice tips! Thumbs up!

      Warmest regards and infinite blessings,


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      Susan Carter 

      10 years ago

      Good ideas. A lot of people don't realize they have talents that are marketable and the best way to spread the word is to network. Don't be shy - get out there and tell others what you can do. Trading services is another way to actually create a second income because you may eliminate a current expense by trading services for free with someone who is willing to do what you were paying for previously in return for your time - which can be free if you trade correctly. I'm all about networking. I have found so many people that love to share their knowledge and I always try be just as generous sharing what I know. Sharing is free but its value is immeasurable. Thanks again for another great Hub LadyE.

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      Rebecca E. 

      10 years ago from Canada

      some really great ideas here, thanks. You are so right about online writing sites, they take time.

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      Chibuzo Melvin Mobis 

      10 years ago from Nigeria

      This is motivational....thanks Lady_E.The 7th point is hubbing in my hubmind.

    • artrush73 profile image


      10 years ago

      Greta tips for second job :) I was recently looking for one. I think I'll take your advice :)

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      10 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      You supplied some great tips here, Elena. Thank you much for posting this as I'm sure it will help many of us. I have a fraternity brother who is working part-time as a gas station clerk so he can afford his wedding. I'll admit I'm a bit lazy in terms of finding a second job as I prefer to be Hubbing! I still have yet to utilize my other blogging accounts but plan to. If you guys didn't write so many good hubs, I wouldn't be here at all ;) Awesome job again, Elena. Thank you!

    • SwiftlyClean profile image


      10 years ago from Texas

      Yes I'm always thinking of the next way to make a good steady income outside of my janitorial business.Somtimes it takes all you know how to do.Think smart and wise.

      Great Hub Lady_E


      Sharon Smith

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from London, UK

      ** Hi Andromida, I hope you look into it immediately and start building clients and I know you'll make a nice, patient teacher. Good luck with it.

      ** Cheers Hello Hello, glad you found it useful.

      ** Thanks Fishtiger - I don't know how to bowl. Wouldn't mind if you were my teacher. I'm sure I'll enjoy my lessons. Regards.

      ** Hi FGual, thanks for your comments. Now that you are writing online, I hope you enjoy it and wish you success with it too.

      ** Very True Mike - I never really knew the impact Networking could have. I'm sure there's still a lot more I can learn on how to use it effectively. Thanks for stopping.

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      Mike Lickteig 

      10 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      A second income is almost mandatory these days. Lot's of folks I know have turned to direct sales as a way to generate a second income. Some choose Avon, some sell jewelry or natural household products. There are lots of venues for direct sales these days--however, it is good to have a reasonably large social network.

      I've been poking around for ways to make a little side money with my artwork.... as you say, a single income doesn't really do it anymore!


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      10 years ago from USA

      Great information. You offer many suggestions here. Cleaning houses is easy to get into. As an old burned out cab driver, I don't recommend that. Writing online is easy if you are an educated creative who enjoys reading, same for teaching languages. A Blogger blog can be set up in a few minutes, load it with adsense and amazon product ads, and advertise your services.

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      10 years ago from Momence, Illinois

      Great tips and ideas on jobs, and the criminal check is a great idea. I coached kids bowling for about 5 years and had to have a criminal check. It does make parents more relaxed knowing you are safe. Have a great day Lady E. Great read.

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      Hello, hello, 

      10 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for hub with all these helpful advice. It was very kind.

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      syras mamun 

      10 years ago

      Great ideas Elena.I always love to have a second way of income-it gives lots of financial freedom and security too.I think,by writing hubs on selective topics one can start a commendable second income source, of course hubs needs to be optimized.Apart from this, I love the idea of tuition-specially in IT fields;even one can work as a part time consultant if he spends some extra time on IT niche- like security.Thanks, :)


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