So you want to be a hustler?

It’s safe to say that everyone can benefit from a side hustle. So we’ve put together a list of the easiest and most lucrative side hustles almost anyone can get involved with. But what exactly is a side hustle?

Well, when you're chilling out at home you could be making yourself a pretty penny instead. We’re not talking about taking on extra hours at work either, we’re talking about other things you can do to boost your bank balance. And we’re going to tell you some of the easiest ways to do it.

Market research focus groups

Did you know you can get paid to share your opinions on new products and services? They could range from new cosmetic products, electrical devices like phones and tablets, drinks, snacks or even TV shows and games.

Not just a great money spinner, taking part in focus groups can do wonders for your confidence and social skills as it involves in-depth discussion and speaking in front of a group.

There are plenty of websites to choose from and they’re all free to sign up to. Have a quick ‘google’ and see which focus groups are happening in your area.

Online surveys

Another form of market research, online surveys allow you to share your opinion on products and services you’ve had experience with, but from the comfort of your own sofa. Paid surveys work by allocating points to your online profile for the number of surveys you fill in, and the points then equate to a cash amount in pounds. YouGov for example will give you a bank transfer payment of £50 once 5,000 points have been earned on their site.

Product testing

Did you know you can test out new products from big name brands? This is more of a money-saving tip than money-making, but if you can cut down on your supermarket spending as a result of all the freebies, than we think that counts as a hustle.

One of the more well known product testing platforms is BzzAgent, which sends you samples of new products in exchange for your feedback via social media.

To become a ‘BzzAgent’ all you have to do is complete the online surveysand then connect the BzzAgent account to any of your social media accounts. If you're a member of MyPoints or have a grocery loyalty card, you can connect those as well.

The more stuff you share on social media, the higher chance that you’ll be picked for future product samples. So with everything to test from fajita kits and tomato ketchup to shampoo and toothpaste, you’ll be a busy bee!    

Teach English online

If you’re a native English speaker, you already have a fantastic skill that’s in high demand all over the world without even having to do any studying.

There are a boatload of companies looking for native speakers to teach English to students abroad, and you can do this online, meaning all you need is a computer with a webcam and mic, and a quiet room. Also, being British can be an additional advantage, as many students request a preference for a British accent.

Many companies don’t require a teaching qualification, although most want you to have been educated to university degree level.

Head over to Education First to get an idea of how it all works and check out online language teaching portal iTalki, where you can set you own rates and start teaching ASAP.