More than 16 million Brits have a side hustle to help cover the cost of living

From renting a room to blogging

New research commissioned by Oddsmonkey reveals that Brits are using side hustles to help cover the cost of living.

As the annual inflation rate doubled from 1.2 per cent to 3.1 per cent in the past year, the average monthly wage of £1538.97 is not enough to cover the cost of living for almost a quarter of Brits (24 per cent).

Because of this, 25 per cent of working employees have resorted to a side hustle to earn extra money with 36 per cent of those having 3 or more ways of making extra cash.

The study also found that while some Brits take up side hustles to help with living costs, many take them up to fulfil their passions with over a third (34 per cent) finding their sources of additional income more fulfilling than their full-time job, and almost four in ten (39 per cent) of Brits admitting that they wish their side hustle could be their main job.

Brits earn nearly £3,000 a year renting out a spare room or blogging for extra cash

The matched betting experts polled 2,000 Brits on their additional sources of income, to discover the side hustles Brits are taking up to become more financially secure.

The study discovered the majority of Brits are concerned with being unable to cover the cost of their bills (48 per cent) and their rent/mortgage (28 per cent), and therefore adopt a side hustle to earn extra cash.

68 per cent of Brits sell their unwanted items on eBay and Facebook marketplace this side to earn an average of £165 a month, making it the most popular side hustle adopted by Brits.

Most popular Side Hustles% of Brits that do thisAverage monthly earnings
Making crafts and selling them on46%£163
Baking and selling goods37%£183
Rent out a spare room35%£241
Rent out a driveway33%£217
Sell second-hand items68%£165
Blog35%£231
Sell beauty products33%£249

Despite not being the most profitable side hustles, making crafts and baking were found to be the most enjoyable – showing that while Brits want to earn more money, they want their additional sources of income to be something they enjoy doing.

Selling beauty products through direct selling companies such as Avon was found to be the most lucrative side hustle, with the third of Brits taking this up, earning an average of £249 commission a month.  Renting out a spare bedroom and blogging were also found to be lucrative side hustles with Brits raking in an average of £241 and £231 per month respectively.

More than 1 in 3 Brits with a side hustle don’t declare their extra earnings

Those with a side hustle are earning nearly £3,000 a year on top of their yearly salary and many admitted to dodging tax.

Despite earning over the £1,000 annual allowance, 34 per cent of those with a side hustle confessed to not declaring their extra earnings.

The research also revealed that it’s not only those in full-time employment who have side hustles, students are also taking advantage of side hustle to cover the increasing cost of living in the UK.

Earning on average £895 a month and not receiving any help from their parents (47 per cent), 1 in 3 students have taken up a side hustle to earn extra cash and are interestingly making more money than the average Brit.

Younger Brits earn £78 more a month than the average Brits from making and selling crafts (£241), £69 more for blogging (£300), and £17 more a month for baking (£200).

Peter Watton, spokesman for Oddsmonkey comments on the research: “With the constantly increasing cost of living, we were hardly surprised that Brits are having to take up side hustles in order to earn themselves some extra cash. While it is great that Brits are using their passions to earn extra income, it is important to remember to declare any income over £1000 to ensure you don’t get in trouble with the tax man!”

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