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In today’s tough times, many South Africans are feeling the pinch of rising prices and bills.

As a result, many have entered debt review to help make things more manageable and still pay off what they owe.

But if your pay check isn’t stretching as far as it used to, you might want to consider ways to bring in some extra cash, to keep up with rising costs.

That’s where side hustles come in.

Keep It Simple

A side hustle is a great way to supplement your income, and help you cover any new expenses or save towards future expenses.

It can also be a great way to speed up your debt repayment plan. Why not get out of debt sooner?

You might be thinking, I don’t have a lot of free time or money to start something new. You might immediately picture yourself driving all weekend for Uber or dropping of meals at midnight for Mr D.

While those are options, the good news is that a side hustle does not need to be something that uses all your free time, and keeps you from your family, these days many options require hardly any seed money.

A side hustle does not need to be complicated, clever or ground breaking. You can do what a lot of other people are already doing, and still make extra cash each month.

Let’s look at 3 examples of easy side hustle ideas that won’t break the bank or keep you out all night.

Pet Sitting

More people in South Africa are getting pets, which means there’s a growing need for pet sitters.

Taking care of pets while their owners are away can be a fun and flexible way to earn money. Whether it’s walking dogs, feeding cats, or staying overnight with pets, there are plenty of opportunities to help out that won’t interfere with your normal work obligations.

To start pet sitting, all you need is a love of animals and a reliable reputation. You can spread the word through friends and family, or use online platforms that connect pet owners with sitters. You will be surprised at the demand once you start. With minimal costs upfront other than your time, pet sitting is a low risk way to make some extra cash.

Selling Online

The internet has made it easier than ever to sell things online.

And these days there are lots of platforms to choose from; Takealot, Facebook Marketplace or YAGA, you can reach a wide audience without ever leaving your home.

Getting set up takes a few minutes and these platforms have made it easier than ever to use their services.

From homemade crafts to second hand items, there’s a market for just about anything online.

You can scratch around in those old boxes in your cupboard or garage and start by listing items you already own, but don’t use or making things to sell.

It’s a simple way to turn clutter into cash and boost your income with little investment.

Let Them Eat Cake!

If you love to bake, why not turn your passion into a side hustle?

Homemade baked goods are always in demand, and you can sell them from the comfort of your own kitchen.

Starting a home-based baking business doesn’t require much money upfront. With basic ingredients and equipment, you can whip up delicious treats to sell to friends, family, and neighbours.

Once you get going, you can also try selling at local markets or events for extra exposure. Hand out a few fliers while you are there, and people will soon be Whatsapping you with requests.

A bonus is that you get to eat any left overs or items people don’t buy.

No Hassle Hustles

Side hustles are a great way to make some extra money and ease financial stress.

Whether you’re pet sitting, selling online, or baking from home, there are plenty of options to choose from.

Ask yourself, what’s missing in your area?

What’s slightly inconvenient for most people?

What do people in your area not have time or resources to do?

Maybe you can fill that gap and make a few bucks.

With a bit of creativity and determination, with minimal investment or time needed you can boost your income and make ends meet, by starting a simple side hustle.