Around 1.2m millennials across the UK take part in a second job, or ‘side hustle’. Not only does a side gig help you raise money to attend festivals like Creamfields or Tomorrowland, but it also helps you promote a project that you are passionate about.Online courses can give you the certifications and skills that you need.

Maybe you don’t enjoy your 9-5 job and are looking for a way to change careers. If so, check out these popular side gigs to start a new career in something that excites you.

Social media associate

Are you constantly updating your Facebook or Twitter account? Do you have a lot of followers? Well, then digital and social media marketing may be the career field for you.

Sixty two percent of companies now outsource their content marketing and are looking for college students and graduates to manage their social media accounts. These roles require individuals to produce interesting posts and tweets that represent the company’s brand.

You can make an extra £1,000 a month just by doing something you do every single day. And our social media marketing course will help you to sharpen your skills, give you a respected certification, and show you how to start earning money.

Remote English tutor

If you love explaining things to other people, you may want to start a career in teaching. There is a huge online demand for tutors, and particularly English tutors. Although some companies require an ESL (English as a Second Language) certificate, you can even start your own website and market to people all over the globe.

Many people start with international sites such as Fiverr or Bibo to launch their profile and you can make about £25 an hour by simply skyping with people all over the world.

Freelance writer

One of the most common ways that millennials are creating multiple steams of business is through freelance writing. According to The State of Freelancing in 2015, 82 percent of freelancers are writers and the field is rapidly growing. If you have a creative side and love writing, this may be the career path for you. Use your schooling to your advantage and create a portfolio to share with potential employers. Then, market yourself and get your writing out there.

Our freelance journalism course and creative writing course have both helped complete beginners to write articles, get them published – and get paid for them.

Web design

If you’re tech savvy, web design is an excellent way to earn a lot of money and learn more about the industry. Much like freelance writing, you also need to create a portfolio and market yourself to those who may be in need of your services. You can start with a gig platform like Fiverr or Upwork to get more experience. Start your costs low and eventually increase them as you gain more exposure.

Many people find our online webediting course helpful – it covers all the essential editing software.

You don’t have to be stuck in your 9-5 job. If you’re looking for something that you’re more passionate about, start up your side hustle and eventually, get some training and a certification, and you could make it your permanent career.

See our webediting course