Side hustles for the New Year

It's January, which means it's time to tighten up the purse strings and get savvy this New Year. Side hustles have been a craze for years but there are now more ways than ever to make cash. 

So if you're after an extra little income, here are 10 side hustles to get your New Year off to a productive and rewarding start!

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Sell tech

You're bound to have old gadgets stashed around the house that are no doubt collecting dust and losing their value. From old phones to tablets and smartwatches to consoles, trade in tech with musicMagpie to get paid for your unwanted devices.

Sell old clothes

The demand for second-hand clothes is soaring, so take the opportunity to sell yours on shopping sites such as Vinted. It doesn't just stop at clothes, you can even sell your shoes, handbags, sportswear and accessories. 

All you need to do is download the app for free, create an account, take pictures of the items you want to sell, and give each item a description and a price.


Whether you're a talented photographer, digital design is your passion or you have a flair for writing, why not turn your skills into an income with freelancing? There are so many platforms out there that you can sign up to from Shutterstock to Getty Images and Upwork to Fiverr. 

Do your research first and figure out how much spare time you have to dedicate to freelancing and you could have yourself a good little money earner.


Blogging has been around for a long time and even though it can be difficult to get into, it's not impossible. There are so many platforms to choose from it can be somewhat overwhelming. 

So if you're looking to build a professional blog over time, websites such as WordPress and Wix are highly recommended. Make sure to do your research to find the best blogging platform for you as they differ in features and some you do have to pay for.

Online surveys

All you need is a laptop, tablet or even your phone to take part in paid online surveys and you can complete them wherever you are. Even though they don't pay a whole lot and some only pay in rewards, if you've only got a short window for your side hustle then they're perfect. Check out websites such as OnePoll, Swagbucks and SurveyFriends to get started.

Test apps or websites

Another side hustle you can do from home is testing apps or websites for developers. New websites and apps normally have a fair amount of bugs and glitches that need avid testing to make them usable. So if this sounds like something you can do that works around your schedule then it's worth a try.

Sell handmade goods

Put your hobbies to good use by turning them into a side hustle! Whether you're a semi-pro baker, knitter, crocheter or painter, turn what you enjoy doing in your spare time into a money maker. There's a pretty big market for homemade goods, so it's a no-brainer to put those skills into good use.

Recycle books

It may be a one-off side hustle but recycling your old books is a great way to fill up your pocket and you'll be doing a good deed for the planet too. Make sure your books are in good condition and get selling. Check out our blog post on how to get money for books you no longer want to see if you have a rare read on your hands… you never know, it could be worth hundreds!

What are you waiting for? Sell books with musicMagpie, whether you're getting rid of children's books or have a box of textbooks that you no longer need. Get a FREE valuation and we'll pay you FAST.

Social media influencing

Now this isn't for everyone, but if you've got a subject that's dear to your heart and you want to speak about it on a public forum then social media influencing could be for you. As long as you create engaging posts and your following grows, you can get money from Ads, TikTok etc. But note that it can take a while to make a profit and it is very demanding, as well as time-consuming.

Teach online

Have an educational background and want to share your knowledge with others, then online teaching could be for you. Whether you love teaching English language, foreign languages, maths etc there are platforms where you can tutor and educate others.

Selling your unwanted stuff is a great way to boost your bank account and here at musicMagpie you can trade in phones, sell DVDs, trade in CDs and so much more!