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5 Profitable Side Hustle Ideas You Can Start Today

Helen Wallace
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Why wait for another day to start earning extra income when you could start RIGHT now? Here are five side hustle ideas you can start immediately from the Director of the Future Females Foundation, Philippa Dods.

Shine Club Wine, in partnership with Future Females, presented our first Side Hustle Masterclass in November 2021. The theme? Your Side Hustle Starter Kit: How to make extra coin from female entrepreneurs who do. And the information shared was *invaluable*!

Our first speaker was Philippa Dods, Head of Marketing Africa at Meltwater during the day and Director of the Future Females Foundation on the side. She is ambitious in her field, while also being passionate about providing support to and helping female entrepreneurs reach their #careergoals.

From her years of working with women, Philippa knows that you don’t need much to start making some extra cash. Here are her top five profitable side hustle ideas you can start immediately.

1. Affiliate Marketing

“Affiliate marketing is a deal that a brand makes with a business or individual to sell their products or services on their behalf,” explains Philippa. “The business or individual then makes a cut from all the sales they have generated.” Basically, being an influencer.

If you have an active and engaged audience, even if it isn’t enormous, you could still be a great candidate for affiliate marketing. Just remember that authenticity is key when it comes to your online presence, so only promote brands that you have tried and loved.

 

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2. Open a Yaga Store

If we were all being honest with ourselves we could admit that we own plenty of items that we don’t wear. But, if they are in good condition, you could be sitting on a pile of cash.

“Yaga is a marketplace for pre-loved fashion and a way to make money from things that would otherwise be collecting dust on your cupboard,” says Philippa. “The platform is easy to use, payments are secure, orders can be easily managed and the network of shoppers is massive.” Time to get sorting!

3. Freelance Your Skills

Are you a top-notch designer or a seasoned wordsmith? Use your off-time to monetise your talents. “Everyone is good at something, and freelancing your skills is the perfect way to make some extra money,” says Philippa.

“Platforms, such as Upwork and Fiverr, allow you to sell your skills and there are loads of jobs, ranging from designing a logo for a startup to proofreading an essay.” All you have to do is open an account and upload your portfolio and you can start applying for gigs.

4. Sell Your Art

These days, all you need is a good eye and a modern smartphone and you could make money as a photographer. “If you have taken a pic of a beautiful sunset or cute puppies you can sell them to stock image sites, such as Shutterstock or Dreamstime,” explains Philippa.

“People with an eye for details and or have a creative side will have an edge here, but it’s really something that we can all leverage.” In other words, start looking for photo ops!

 

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5. Start a Scalable Business

“Entrepreneurship, side-hustling and freelancing can be difficult and stressful. This is where joining the Future Females family can help. As a business, we help women with the practical steps required to become a successful entrepreneur,” says Philippa.

Being part of the Future Females community will introduce you to like-minded go-getters who are supportive, empowering and inspiring. The free events, which are hosted all over SA, are also the *perfect* networking opportunity to help you expand your #girlboss circle and share the shine!

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