The South African economy is in crisis due to the recession and the national COVID-19 lockdown, an additional stream of income would do most South African households good. The majority of the workforce is working from home, and a large number of people’s revenue has been negatively affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. Making some extra money would be advantageous right now, and we have a few side hustle suggestions that you can try to make an extra buck.

Get on a freelance platform.

Freelancing is a great way to make extra money with the skillset you already possess. You basically use your existing skills and can do it from the comfort of your home. If you’re a graphic designer, copywriter or data scientist to name a few careers, you can register on freelance platforms like UpworkFreelance Cape Town and NoSweat to name but a few.

These platforms provide work opportunities because starting out as a freelancer can make it difficult to find clients. They also offer payment protection meaning you don’t have to worry about continually following up on payments. Plus, South African platforms like NoSweat automatically deducts tax and pays SARS from the money you make through them.

The following fields of work are conducive to freelancing:

  • Marketing and Media
  • Advertising
  • Film
  • IT and Software Development
  • Mobile Dev
  • Web Dev
  • Design
  • Writing
  • Customer Service
  • Marketing
  • Admin Support
  • Accounting

Also, do your due diligence if you are employed fulltime and check whether your freelancing is in contravention of your contract.

The best thing about freelancing is that you can eventually build your client base and establish fruitful freelance relationships. In addition to registering on these freelance sites, you should also register your domain name and have a website. Your website should have your resume, examples of your work and contact details.

Pro tips:

Get professional email hosting instead of free email accounts. A professional email that links to your domain name gives the impression that you are a professional serious about your business. Consider getting our Pro Email solution. You pay per mailbox starting at R49, and you can gradually add more mailboxes. You also get to access our collaboration tools that allow you to work remotely. Get features like video conferencing capabilities, instant messaging and calendar sync.

– If you don’t have ‘published’ work yet or are still starting and don’t have an illustrious portfolio of work, try taking popular brands like Nike or Coca-Cola and redesign their logo. Or write copy for popular brands to show your creativity and have examples of your work. Taking existing brands and working your magic on them showcases your capabilities and shows your potential client the level of work you can produce.

Become an affiliate.

if you already have a content platform, YouTube channel or blog, consider becoming an affiliate. Affiliate marketing is having an agreement with a brand to promote their product or service on your platform. The fees are dependent on the brand and affiliate agreement you enter into and how well the product you’re marketing sells.

Typically, brands use affiliate codes, tracking links, and other tracking apps to determine how much sales an affiliate has generated. Plus, you get paid an agreed-upon percentage depending on the sales your advertisement generates.

Affiliate marketing is a popular way for brands to market their products and for people who’ve invested time into their social media platforms to generate an income. 1-grid also has an affiliate programme. Follow the link below to join our affiliate programme:

https://support.1-grid.com/support/solutions/articles/33000252389-how-to-earn-affiliate-commission

Reseller web hosting. 

Consider starting your own reseller web hosting business. Reseller web hosting is a type of hosting where the account owner hosts their private customers on their allotted hard drive and bandwidth. Our reseller web hosting packages are flexible and allow you to scale as your business grows.

Our reseller web hosting allows you to create your own business. You have the autonomy to structure your services the way you want them and price your packages accordingly. You also can build your business identity and register your company with CIPC on 1-grid. Get your first client, and you’re well on your way to getting small businesses or individuals online.

Click here to choose your package and to get started with your reseller web hosting business:

https://1-grid.com/reseller-linux-hosting/

Start a YouTube channel.

Starting your own YouTube channel is a long game but worth it. It will be a long time before you start seeing revenue from your YouTube channel. Still, if you feel passionate about your subject matter, then it’s worth investing time and resources into.

We detailed the steps to start your own YouTube channel here:

https://1-grid.com/blogs/business/how-to-start-a-youtube-channel/

Start an online business.

It was announced by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition that online shopping in South Africa would fully resume from the 14th of May, which means that businesses can sell essential as well as nonessential products online, except for alcoholic beverages and tobacco products. The government reopened online shopping in an attempt to flatten the curve and allow people to rather shop from their homes instead of venturing outside. 

Starting an e-commerce business is a good idea right now. The majority of the workforce is still working from home and practising social distancing. Internet use is still at an all-time high; therefore, online businesses have ample opportunity to thrive. You can start your business today and sell products from your e-commerce website. Our online store builder will assist you in building your e-commerce platform in under 10 minutes. Our online store web builder has the following features:

  • Easy drag and drop functionality that doesn’t require coding knowledge
  • Safely take payments in different formats
  • Receive orders to your inbox 
  • Your customers have 24/7 access to your products and can shop wherever and whenever

Watch the full demo of our online store builder here:

How To Start An Online Business In Lockdown

 Let us know how you’ve managed to make some extra cash during this time in the comments, and we might feature your Lockdown Side Hustle on our blog.