One positive thing that the pandemic has proven is that one can easily make R5000+ per week and mostly this can be achieved through various online activities.

    There are legit ways to make money online as millions of people are doing it each day.

    From freelancing, marketing to a rising entrepreneur.

    There is a whole lot of business ideas you can try at home using your laptop, smartphone, a solid internet connection, and you just being a hard worker.

    However, this does not exclude the fact that one can also attain the same amount of money through offline activities per week.

    There are so many things that one can try out as a side hustle or a full-time job to make an income.

    In this article, I am going to share with you the different things you can try out to start earning an income of R5000+ per work by leveraging your skills, either as a full-time job or a side hustle.

    1. Writing / Blogging

    Content marketing is the “it thing” right now as a lot of brands are looking for amazing writers to create content that they can share with their audience. The secret to being a successful writer is knowing your niche and being an expert in it. This will help you to become a better writer and enable you to create great content with also a different perspective. Honestly, this is what most brands prefer – your thoughts, life experiences, and other information that might be relevant to add to the content you will be producing.

    Blogging is one of the oldest ways to make money online. With blogging, you can also make money through sponsored posts. Sponsored posts blog posts that brands or people pay you to create and advertise – this can be you reviewing their latest product or just promoting their products. For this to be a success, you will have to push for more traffic for your site and also have people sign up.

    2. Freelancing

    Freelancing is one of the easiest ways to make money by taking your 9 – 5 role to do it online instead. If you are an Accountant, Bookkeeper, Graphic Designer, Developer, etc., you can market your skills online and find people that require your services and are willing to pay for them. You will be surprised; you may get a lot of clients if you do your marketing right.

    However to succeed in this you will have to have a strong portfolio, you can start by approaching big potential clients/brands and offer free trials at first to earn their trust and later push to have them as your official client. This will benefit you in building your portfolio and earning an income. You may check out Upwork and Freelancer to sign up and start working and earning as a Freelancer.

    3. Online Tutor

    With a lot of universities and other educational institutions practicing virtual learning due to Covid-19, Tutors are in high demand. Most students are struggling to grasp all that they need to know via online learning and require further guidance which can be provided through a Tutor. So, if you are an expert in a certain module or field then this is something you can explore.

    Maths and Science are popular, and you will also find English being in demand for international audiences. If you already have a teaching degree, then you will be at an advantage to be considered for this type of gig. Do your research and find the right platform for you. You may check sites such as FirstTutor South Africa and SA Tutors to sign up and start earning.

    4. YouTube / Podcast

    You can make money by creating a YouTube channel or a podcast.

    Just like how large media houses create content and broadcast it to the audience, you as an independent can also create content that people can relate to and allow them to download, stream, or share with their peers.

    One thing for sure is that you will have to push on building a large audience, as this will make it easier for big brands to approach you to advertise their products on your platform.

    Large brands pay a lot of money so if you can focus on this R5000 a week will be nothing. Remember, YouTube can also pay you for the number of views and subscribers so you will have to push for more audience and also post content on a regular.

    5. Entrepreneurship

    Not every business idea requires you to have a lot of capital to start operating. With the little that you have and the knowledge you have acquired, you can start a business. With your savings, you can buy stock and start selling whatever that you fancy and feel like is in high demand in your area.

    One important thing to note before you start is to know your target market, this will help you in choosing the right thing to sell and making your business a success. From what I have seen so far, many people have resorted to being street vendors, selling fruits and vegetables, sandwiches, vetkoeks, scones, artchaar, and a whole lot of things, with some opening food stalls where they sell heart-warming meals that people enjoy.

    Honestly, these people are making a killing out of this and are able to take care of their daily necessities and make ends meet. To stay on track you will have to network and feed your mind with great content that will motivate you to become the best entrepreneur.

    It is safe to conclude that you can make extra money from side hustles of which over time can enable you to escape your 9 – 5 job so you become fully committed to making your own money, or rather more money per week. The good thing about making more money is that it comes with financial freedom, improves your financial security, and allows you to live the life you have always dreamt of.



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