Here are the side hustles I do to earn £5,000+ every month

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For the past few months I have managed to earn over £5,000 online from various side hustles, which you can see detailed in my monthly income reports. Many of you ask me exactly what I do, and here's a little secret for you: it changes often! Whilst I have the core of my income built from blogging and matched betting, a lot of the side hustles every month which I do change on a daily basis depending. Here are the side hustles that earn me £5,000+ every month.

side hustles every month

Blogging as a side hustle

Blogging is my number one side hustle and I would recommend it to anyone as a way to make extra money. There are plenty of ways for bloggers to make money including sponsored posts, affiliate marketing and adverts.

Affiliate marketing is my biggest earner from blogging. Affiliate marketing is where you promote a product or a service and you earn a commission for every sale that you drive. There are so many positives to affiliate marketing – one of the biggest is that someone doesn’t have to buy a product or service that you have linked to there and then. If they come back and make a purchase at a later date, you can still earn a commission. I have put together all of my affiliate marketing secrets into one place for you, in How To SMASH Affiliate Marketing as a UK Blogger. In this video and text course I cover everything from which affiliate programs to join to how to get over that fear of emailing your list. If you are interested in affiliate marketing then be sure to check out my guide to getting started with affiliate marketing.

Start making money from blogging today

If all of this sounds good and you aren’t put off by hard work (this stuff doesn’t happen overnight) then you might want to consider making your own blog and seeing how you can successfully monetise it. There are 5 steps to earning money from blogging:

  1. Decide what to blog about
  2. Build your blog – here’s my full tutorial for creating a WordPress website
  3. Create useful, awesome and amazing content
  4. Get visitors to your blog
  5. Start monetising your blog

Matched betting

I love matched betting, and you should too! Matched betting is a way to make some serious guaranteed profit by utilising the free bet offers that bookmakers offer to both new and existing customers. I made £12,000 in my first 12 months, and best of all, it is tax free!

You can see all my previous matched betting income below. Please note that from January 2017 I have been focusing on growing my business with a provable income, with a lot less time to dedicate to matched betting:

Remember that month 3 also overlaps into October 2015 as I switched to reporting it per calendar month.

Don't forget to check out my free daily matched betting checklist.

Mystery Shopping

Getting paid to eat at restaurants or go shopping sounds like the dream, doesn't it? Every month I earn money and treat my husband to free meals out thanks to mystery shopping. What's more, some mystery shopping tasks can be done from the comfort of your own home, making it a really flexible side hustle.

Mystery shopping is a tool used by companies to evaluate their quality of service. Imagine a store knowing that a regional manager would be visiting the store – the store would be on “best behaviour” and the manager wouldn’t know where the store is failing and where they are excelling. So companies employ outside mystery shopping agencies to recruit mystery shoppers to carry out assignments. These shoppers will act like a normal customer and look at certain aspects of the service they receive. The shopper then completes a report after the assignment and receives a payment for doing so. Click here to find out more about mystery shopping in the UK. 


Every month I make between £40-£60 completing online surveys. Whilst it isn't going to make me rich, that easily pays for a week's groceries, or a meal out. I have dramatically cut down the number of online surveys I do, so that I can focus on other side hustles. However I still enjoy completing them, so I'm not ready to give them up just yet! Surveys can be completed anywhere – from the comfort of your sofa to commuting on the bus! Click here to see my top 10 survey websites.


Freelancing is an area that I have dramatically cut back on, and now I only retain one client because I find their work really fun! Before I started cutting back I was doing a bit of everything – managing affiliate relationships, doing blogger outreach, working as a social media manager and more. Being a blogger means that you have a lot of skills that can be used for a variety of freelancing roles, so this is a great side hustle for many bloggers.

Property rental

I was blessed enough to purchase my first house aged 18 (here's the story about how THAT happened!) and now, after a lot of money spent on renovations, I get a monthly income from this property. We're unsure as to whether we want to look at increasing this income by getting more rental properties, but for now this is a nice earner for us.

Smart phone apps

I love my iPhone, perhaps a little too much, and I love that I can use it to earn some money! There are plenty of apps available to help you earn some money. Some of the tasks can be completed from home, and others are location based tasks, but I easily earn over £1,000 a year by completing these tasks on my iPhone.

Click here to purchase my ebook, 50 iPhone Apps For Earning Cash, for just 99p.

eBay reselling

I have always had an eye for spotting bargains at car boot sales and charity shops to sell on eBay, but I have only recently learned that there is a whole reselling community dedicated to people who are doing this as a hobby or as a full time income.

The idea is really simple – we source something cheaply and sell it online for a profit. During the summer months we do really well at car boot sales, and in the colder months we take to finding deals at charity shops and online.

Free daily draws

Did you know that you can be in a daily prize draw for cash? Daily draws have been giving prize money away on a daily basis, so I make it a point to check all of these on a daily basis. I have them all bookmarked in a folder on my browser, so I can open them all at once and check them.

  1. The Selfie Lottery 18 May 2017: The Selfie Lottery has now closed. 
  2. Lucky Phone
  3. The Free Postcode Lottery
  4. Ashleigh Money Saver’s £50 daily draw
  5. Free Birthdate Lottery
  6. Number Plate Lotto
  7. Free Lucky Day Lottery
  8. The Street Lottery
  9. Date of Birth Lotto
  10. Badger The Button

Everything else

It is really important to me that I diversify my income, which is why I regularly check in to these different websites. Often the work on them varies, sometimes there can be a lot and sometimes it isn't anything I want to do. However, I check in on them regularly depending on what I'm in the mood for and how much time I have.

In no particular order, here is a list of websites and things I dip in to every month to make some extra money.

So there you have it – the side hustles that earn me over £5,000 every month.

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4 Comments on “Here are the side hustles I do to earn £5,000+ every month”

  1. Hi Emma, and firstly congratulations on reaching your first year of full-time blogging, and second, reaching your self-employed financial goals so quickly. 5k a month sounds pretty sweet and that figure is certain to grow in time.

    I would like to know more about your freelancing work as it’s something I’m looking at as a side hustle. Maybe you could write an article specific to your experience delving into things like setting yourself up, getting clients, the sort of work that you were doing, and the sort of income that can be expected from this work.

    If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them. But not until you’ve enjoyed your Disneyworld holiday of course. Have fun.

  2. Hi Emma! I am always scouring Pinterest and the internet in general, looking for things to add to my list of side hustles and I have to say your list is the most genuinely interesting to me and seems like things I would do or already do! I am looking to basically replicate your lifestyle, haha. I have started already with apps and swagbucks and started a self hosted blog recently, I’m the only person I know who mystery shops, have been toying with the idea of buying Michelle’s affiliate marketing course, etc. ALL THE SAME THINGS! I read a few of your income reports and am intrigued by this matched betting website. Do you pay the monthly or the annual fee? And is the learning curve steep? I would love any tips you have! I am looking forward to reading more of your blog in the coming weeks 🙂

    1. Hi Lauren, so great to hear from you!!! I am loving life and would encourage anyone else to try to replicate it!!!

      I pay for my membership annually cos its a lot cheaper. Like £125 cheaper. I’m all about saving money where I can. Some people pay for a few months and then once they’ve learned stuff they go it alone – I genuinely don’t have time to look for stuff myself, the annual membership is made back in about a week tbh.

      Good luck with everything and let me know if you have any questions!

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