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5 Side Hustles to Start in South Africa


Starting a side hustle can be an easy way to get extra income and build up your savings account faster.

Get paid to listen.

  • How to get started:
  • What are the benefits of being a listener?
  • What are the challenges of being a listener?
  • How much money can you make as a listener

Sell your photos.

  • Sell your photos.
  • You can do this by selling them on sites like Shutterstock or you could sell them to businesses and even friends, who might appreciate the work you’ve done.
  • Buy a digital camera that comes with basic editing software, so you don’t have to learn how to use Photoshop, but at least be aware of some photo-editing basics (like cropping).
  • If possible, make sure you have good lighting equipment so that your photos are not too dark or too bright (or both!). This will make all the difference when it comes time for printing!

Be an Airbnb host.

If you have a home or apartment that is big enough, and you are able to host guests in it, then Airbnb could be the side hustle for you. You can rent out your room while living there and make money from it.

When I was living in Cape Town, I had an Airbnb listing on the ground floor of my house which earned me $1k per month. The room was small but nice enough with two single beds and an ensuite bathroom with shower stall (plus toilet). It also came with free wifi access so that people could use the internet while they were staying with me if they wanted too!

Become a part-time tutor.

Teaching is one of the most popular side hustles in South Africa, and there are many opportunities to teach online. Some people may not be able to do this full-time due to their location or other commitments. However, it’s still possible to earn money while you’re away from home by teaching a few hours a week or even just one lesson per month!

Teaching requires patience and dedication but can be rewarding if you’re willing to put in the work needed. It’s also important that your students respect what they’re learning because if not then there will be no point in doing anything else!

Become a taxi driver.

As a taxi driver, you’ll be able to make money while helping people get around town. The industry is booming in South Africa and there are many opportunities for drivers who want to join the ranks.

  • What do I need to know about becoming a taxi driver?

A great way for newbies like yourself is by shadowing other drivers around Cape Town. This way you can see how things work before actually applying yourself as an independent contractor who operates on their own time and schedule without being supervised by someone else (like an employer). There are also plenty of online resources available if this option isn’t feasible for you at present due to distance constraints or lack thereof!

Starting a side hustle can be an easy way to get extra income and build up your savings account faster.

Starting a side hustle can be an easy way to get extra income and build up your savings account faster. Don’t be afraid to start small, but don’t wait until you are completely ready either! The more you can do, the more you can earn. You can do it on your own time, so that you don’t have to give up your other job when starting out.

The best part about this type of work is that it doesn’t require any specialized training or experience in order for someone who doesn’t have any formal education in this field (like myself) can make money quickly using these simple techniques:

  • Researching markets online first
  • Making connections with people who already know what they’re doing


In conclusion, side hustling can be a fun way to make extra money. It’s also a great way to build up your savings account faster. With this guide, we hope that you’ve learned about some of the best ways to start a side hustle in South Africa!


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