More than 16 million Brits have a side hustle to help cover the cost of living
  • For 24% of the UK, the average monthly wage of £1538.97 is not enough

  • Because of this, a quarter of Brits (25%) have a side hustle to earn extra income

  • Selling items on eBay and Facebook marketplace is the most popular side hustle while selling beauty products through companies such as Avon was found to be the most lucrative (£249 a month)

  • A third (34%) of Brits say they find their side hustle more fulfilling than their full-time job

  • More than 1 in 3 (34%) say they don’t declare their extra earnings to avoid being taxed


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% to 3.1% in the past year (1), the average monthly wage of £1538.97 is not enough to cover the cost of living for almost a quarter of Brits (24%).

Because of this, 25% of working employees have resorted to a side hustle to earn extra money with 36% 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%) finding their sources of additional income more fulfilling than their full-time job, and almost four in ten (39%) of Brits admitting that they wish their side hustle could be their main job.


Brits earn nearly £3000 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%) and their rent/mortgage (28%), and therefore adopt a side hustle to earn extra cash.

68% 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 this Average monthly earnings
Making crafts and selling them on 46% £163
Baking and selling goods 37% £183
Rent out a spare room 35% £241
Rent out a driveway 33% £217
Sell second-hand items 68% £165
Blog 35% £231
Sell beauty products 33% £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% 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%), 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!”

Tips and guides of running a side hustle can be found here: https://www.oddsmonkey.com/sidehustle/

Further information regarding the study can be found by visiting the Oddsmonkey site at:  https://www.oddsmonkey.com/sidehustle/  

For more information on the study please contact Kerry Mcgreene: kerry.mcgreene@branded3.com

Sources:
Research conducted via Onepoll on 2,000 British adults during December 2017.
(1) Data provided by The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/dec/12/uk-inflation-rises-uk-cost-of-living-squeeze

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