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7 options to get your alternative income source identified

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So, you are the South African who is tired of depending on a single income stream. Feel quite often worried about your financial stability or just want to cope with your financial needs?

And you know what, there are some good things to do while you wait for that R350 grant or Srd grant and keep banging on google that Sassa status check query.

With the economy and job market constantly changing, it's more important than ever to diversify your sources of income. And we will help you with that. For the

In this article, we'll explore alternative income sources that can help you reduce dependence on a single income stream. So, do you have at least any additional income source identified and ready to take some action to make it happen?

Let's go to the point and dig deeper. For the South African citizen, there are plenty of options.

What is the alternative income source?

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An alternative income source is any form of revenue generation that is not tied to a traditional 9-5 job or a steady paycheck. Let's continue then.

This can include passive income streams such as investments, rental properties, and online businesses, as well as more active sources like freelancing or starting a side hustle. The goal of an alternative income source is to diversify one's financial portfolio and reduce dependence on a single source of income.

Having multiple streams of cash income is crucial in today's economy. Relying solely on a single source can put you at risk if there's a change in the job market, a downturn in the economy, or a sudden loss of income.

By having multiple income streams or at least one alternative income source, you can protect yourself against economic uncertainties and increase your chances of financial success. So let's get your income source identified.

So first it starts as well with your cash management skills. You can read more about it in our blog post Financial literacy in South Africa.

Types of Alternative Income Sources

How to find an alternative income source? Well, for the record, there are many alternative income sources that you can explore to help you achieve financial stability. But how to identify them? Let's get working on your financial future.

If you do more research, you can find plenty, but here are some of the most popular options. You will get more ideas as well in our future blog posts. So, to the point:

1. Renting Out a Room or Space

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Yes, this is something that can be applied only to the ones having something in ownership, but as well it's the simplest and easiest option to generate a substantial income. If you have extra space in your home, for the time being, you can rent out a room or portion of your property to generate additional income.

Platforms like Airbnb allow you to rent out your space to travelers looking for a place to stay. This is a great way to monetize unused space in your home and generate passive income.

If you have a place like a garage, that could also be an option. In reality, many people have various kinds of real estate but never monetized them.

If you have no real estate, no worries, plenty of options left. Let's get to them.

2. Starting a Side Business (Hustle)

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Starting a side business is another great way to generate additional income. Whether it's a freelance gig or a small business, a side hustle can help you bring in extra money each month. The best part? You get to choose what you do, how you do it, and when you do it.

There is an ocean of free online courses with tremendous value. Just think about what interests you the most, go to Youtube or another platform, and start learning. It is that simple.

Choose what you like, and try to make your hobby or passion to become your source of income.

3. Online Work (Freelancing)

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There are many online platforms that allow you to earn money from home. From freelance writing to virtual assistant work, there are plenty of opportunities to generate income through the internet. Try Upwork for instance. Check what job proposals are trending. Learn the skill. Earn money.

In the post-covid world, online job is a great alternative income source.

4. Renting Out Your Car, Bike or Parking Space

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Again, this is something that requires to have ownership, but it's also simple and could generate good returns. Do you have a car that sits unused for much of the day? Renting it out helps you generate extra income.

If you have a parking space that's unused, you can also rent it out. Check for more information online, just be sure to take all the required measures to protect your property legally, always check who are you renting it to avoid inconveniences.

5. Selling digital products

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If you have a skill or knowledge that others may find valuable, consider creating and selling digital products such as ebooks, courses, or printables. This is a great way to monetize your expertise and reach a large audience.

Digital products are easy to create and can be sold repeatedly, generating passive income for you. They also allow you to scale your business and reach more people, as there is no limit to the number of people who can purchase your product.

When creating digital products, it's important to identify a niche or topic that you are passionate about and have expertise in. You can then use that knowledge to create a product that provides value to your audience.

The ebook or course can be very humble and "on the ground", as long as the skill that you are sharing and teaching can help someone.

You can cook? Why not propose a course "How to cook on a budget"?

You had to survive tough times in tough Jo'burgs neighborhood? How about "Surviving in the streets. The real-life story"? Could save someone's life.

Once your digital product is complete, you can use platforms like Amazon, Etsy, or Gumroad to sell it online. These platforms allow you to easily reach a large audience and start earning passive income from your digital products.

6. Affiliate marketing

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Affiliate marketing is a great way to generate passive income by promoting products or services that you believe in. This involves signing up for an affiliate program, such as Amazon Associates or ClickBank, and promoting products through your unique affiliate link. When someone clicks on your link and makes a purchase, you earn a commission on that sale.

Affiliate marketing is a low-cost and low-risk way to start generating income. All you need is a website or blog and the willingness to promote products that you believe in. It's also a great way to reach a large audience and promote products in your niche, such as health and wellness, personal finance, or travel.

When starting with affiliate marketing, it's important to choose products that are relevant to your audience and align with your values. This will help you build trust with your audience and promote products that you believe in.

You can then use your website or blog to promote these products and start earning passive income from your affiliate marketing efforts.

Sounds interesting? Check this article for more details on How to make money on Amazon in South Africa.

7. Dropshipping

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Dropshipping is a low-cost and low-risk way to start an e-commerce business and generate income. This retail fulfillment method involves selling products online without having to keep inventory in stock. When a customer places an order on your website, you purchase the product from a third-party supplier and have it shipped directly to the customer.

Dropshipping allows you to start an e-commerce business with minimal investment of time and money. You don't need to worry about managing inventory or shipping products, as the supplier takes care of that for you. This makes it a great option for anyone who wants to start an e-commerce business without having to invest a lot of time and money upfront.

The biggest and most popular platform for dropshipping is Shopify. They have plenty of lessons and tutorials on how and where to start. Most importantly, you don't even need a bank account for that. The South African banks may be an issue sometimes to collect payments globally, but Shopify has some great integrations with partners like Stripe for seamless checkout procedures.

Don't forget to look for other options as well, there are some other emerging cheaper alternatives. Shopify is definitely not the cheapest option. Is it the best? You decide.


There may be plenty of options, but only you can figure out which one is closest to you.

Each one requires plenty of determination and time, but if you will be consistent, you will get there. For the time being, keep watching our social media channels of the Glow app and our blog.

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