5 cheap and easy ways to start making extra cash



It is becoming normal for people, particularly millennials, to have many sources of income.

Many factors contribute to this growing phenomenon, including a turbulent economy, less stable work, and stagnant wages while the cost of living has risen.

Here are five side hustles you can start to make some money:

1. Become a social media manager

If social media is your thing, and you know its ins and outs, why do you not turn this passion into a side hustle?

Social media managers are people who curate a brand’s social media pages by posting its content and engaging, monitoring and responding to the audience’s comments.

They also strategise and execute digital marketing campaigns and gather and analyse the data results from those campaigns.

As a social media manager, you can set your own rates.

According to, the average pay rate for this side hustle is R116.00 per hour.

2. Clean houses

Knowing how to clean is a basic skill that every adult should possess.

However, if you believe that you have superior techniques, in-depth, and innovative ways to get the dirt out of every centimetre of homes, you might as well charge people to make their houses sparklingly clean.

You may need to buy professional cleaning tools and supplies to get this side hustle going.

The average rate for cleaners in the country is R21.17 per hour.

3. Become a hairstylist

Individuals are highly invested in how they look: from clothes to hair, grooming is deemed a necessity.

A “bad hair day” can ruin someone’s day, making this profession important. A hairstylist is a person who cuts, colours, braids and cuts hair.

If you already know the basics of this trade, you can go ahead and advertise your services. However, if you are new to it, consider taking some classes.

Hairstylists can charge depending on the style the client requested.

4. Become a translator

With eleven official languages, South Africa is linguistically rich. If you are a polyglot (someone who knows and can use several different languages fluently), this is the side hustle for you.

A translator is a person whose job is to translate writing or speech from one language to another.

The average rate for a translator is R98.26 per hour.

5. Write CVs

With the country’s devastating youth unemployment crisis, job seekers want people who can create perfect CVs for them.

You can use apps such as Canva to craft and customise each CV to your client’s profession and needs. Pay attention to grammar, spelling, and punctuation, as recruiters also look at them.

You may need to take time to research what recruiters want to see to ensure that you are providing your clients with the best service.

You can charge from R50 per CV.

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