7 Best Side Hustle Ideas in South Africa

Are you looking for new business ideas to boost your monthly income?

Side hustle ideas that can make you money fast in South Africa if you put effort into them.

If you work harder into these ideas, they’ll make you consistent income every month.

Since COVID-19 affected a lot of South Africans economically, life has been challenging for many people in the country.

So try out these side hustle ideas and start earning money while you’re still permanently working for another company.

1. Social Media Community Manager

A lot of small businesses wish to promote their brand on social media but don’t have the budget to hire an in-house strategist and community manager to handle public relations.

This is where you come in – to freelance and offer planning and strategy on how the company can reach more customers. You’ll also need to execute the plan and bring in more likes and engagement on social media to funnel potential customers into buying the service or product.

In fact, on this very same website, we work with a young social media strategist on a contractual basis to assist us to reach a much more youthful audience.

You can also do the same.

2. Sell Unused Stuff

Sometimes, we have so many unused stuff sitting around the house for nothing really.

Perhaps its time to make money by selling them – might not be much but its something to give you extra cash in the meantime.

Here’s a suggestion of things you may consider selling:

  • Old furniture
  • Clothes
  • Cutleries

You can upload them on OLX or BidOrBuy websites and advertise them for free.

3. Paid Surveys

You could participate in online paid surveys and earn extra cash.

A lot of people find this hard to believe but hopefully, this article will change your mind.

Companies such as Enlighten and SwitchedOn work closely with MultiChoice for Dstv in Africa to understand what clients want and prefer.

These companies then pay people for sharing their honest opinion about Dstv and what could be improved. They don’t pay a lot but a good side hustle that adds up to your monthly extra income.

In fact, one member on SwitchedOn won a voucher for R1000 while others earned between R100 to R200.

Give it a try, you’ll never know.

4. Join Bolt/Uber

If you happen to own a good sedan car, you stand a chance of earning a side hustle income.

Or rather, you have a PDP driver’s license.

Join Uber or Bolt in South Africa and start earning up to R8,000.00 per week.

Transport people before and after your normal job working hours.

5. Rent Space In Your Apartment

I’ve seen a lot of guys do this, renting out extra space (rooms) and sharing a kitchen with tenants to make additional income from the house.

Real estate is a huge industry in South Africa and if you can’t afford to purchase multiple properties, might as well rent extra space in the house.

This will help you cut costs and save more.

6. Affiliate Marketing

If you’re a blogger or love writing content/articles, affiliate marketing could your best opportunity to make money online.

You could review products and services in your blog posts and earn a share of the money when people buy through your website.

Try out the following affiliates aggregate that actually pays in South Africa:

7. Dropshipping

Dropshipping is a type of business that allows you to mock up and sell already existing products.

For example, you purchase sneakers for R850.00 and sell them online for R1,200.00 on Amazon.

It’s the most cost-effective and low-risk side hustle idea by far because all you need to do is client satisfaction services.

If you know how to sell, then you can partner with businesses that are struggling and mock up their products and services for your commission.