If you’re aspiring to a day job, having another interest can boost your chances of success. Sometimes, your side job can become your full-time job. This is how many young entrepreneurs got their start. A side job is a part-time project or business that’s in addition to your day job (if you have one).

The advantages to having a hobby include building or honing job-relevant skills, giving an outlet to your passion and, in many cases, generating a bit of sweet cash.

Stuck for ideas on what you can do for a side job? Try out some of these gems:

Coding/computer programming

Are you the next Zuckerberg? Coding is the money skill you want to know in your 20s. Coding is how start-ups turn into billion-dollar powerhouses. Guys like Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, and Tumblr’s David Karp all started as programmers. You could too.

Make an app

Mobile devices (phones and tablets) now outsell desktop PCs and laptops. The mobile app market is huge and growing by the day. If you don’t have the technical skills, just find a developer and pitch them your awesome idea(s).


Unless you’re Miranda Kerr, part-time modelling isn’t going to make you rich, but you get to rub shoulders with creative types and fashionistas. Modelling isn’t just about the catwalk. You could be a hand or foot model, do Farmers catalogues, or be a hairstyle model for hairdressers.

Run a social media account with sponsored content

You ever see those random Facebook pages dedicated to funny videos, pictures, and memes with millions of likes? Well, regular people run those and often, they get paid to post. It’s all a matter of accumulating users and getting people to sponsor you.

Editing or proofreading

Brilliant at English or te reo Maori and not sure how to apply your wordsmithing skills? Become a freelance proofreader or editor. Check out the online diplomas you can do, then set up a website to attract clients. No one likes typos, so go out there and make the world a better place.

Graphic design

Graphic design is a really versatile skill. Depending on your skill, you can work your way to designing for major corporations and websites. Visual media is one of the most important assets in business today, and companies crave slick PR imagery.

Personal training

If you already keep it tight, then why not get paid to help other people do the same? Personal training not only puts some extra cash in your pocket, but it keeps you fit, and it’s a great way to meet new hot guys or girls looking to do the same.


All those hours in drama could pay off – especially if you’re shy about putting your face on stage or on TV. There are plenty of amateur opportunities for voice actors. If you have a wide vocal range, over time, you might ride this skill into radio, TV, or movie work.


If you’ve taken selfies to the next level, maybe it’s time to invest in a good digital SLR camera and become a part-time photographer. Create a Flickr account or a website, then begin shooting weddings and parties. Once you get enough practice, you can start licensing your photos. If you’re a legend, your work could end up in magazines or on websites.


Scratching the digital vinyl isn’t too hard – especially if you have an ear for good music and up-and-coming artists. Plus, you can get paid for it, too. All you need to do is have a Fire Radio playlist (google it) and know how to click one magical button – usually the space bar.


Everyone has something to say. The key thing is make your opinion highly sought after. Anyone can create a blog, but the hard part is monetising it. Even so, there are plenty of people who bring in an income (even a modest one) through broadcasting their opinions. Be sure to find a niche!


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