Mum makes £1,500 a day with ‘easy’ side hustle at her home

Single mum sets up 'side hustles' to combat cost of living crisis

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Anna lives in Crystal Palace, London and rents out her colourful, well-furnished property through Peerspace, an online marketplace for booking spaces for events such as photoshoots or meetings. She runs a home furnishings company, making cushions, bed linen and wallpaper, and had previously decked out her home to use as a shoot location for her items.

She said: “I realised it could become an additional source of income if I were to let other creatives and production teams come into my home and use it for their own business.

“What is great about Peerspace is I can rent the space by the hour and even by the room, so it doesn’t need to impose on family life – my children are 12 and 15, so we have a busy house most of the time.”

The flat is mostly used for filming and photoshoots, which have included Afrobeats music videos, showcasing vegan protein bars and the launch of a High Street cosmetics brand.

Anna, 52, said: “It’s really fun meeting such a wide variety of people and honestly, every single team that’s booked has been so lovely.

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“I also really enjoy being able to help other creatives like myself find a space that works for them, whilst I earn extra income for the day.”

She rents her home but was given the landlord’s blessing to transform it into a “personal and unique” space for her business.

This meant there wasn’t too much work to do to get it ready to be listed on Peerspace, other than having a good clean.

She said: “After taking some pictures of the space, the process of listing it on Peerspace was really easy and the support team are super friendly and helpful.

“When someone wants to book, they can get in touch through the Peerspace platform, tell me about their project and I can decide whether to accept the booking.”

The flat is situated within a large detached Victorian house, which features two working fireplaces, in the living room and master bedroom.

Anna rents out the property at £150 an hour, with a minimum of four hours for a booking, and she says she can earn up to £1,500 a day with the enterprise.

She said: “It really depends on how much the space is being booked, and how long for. But from listing the space I can earn anything up to £1,500 per day.

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“As we approach the winter months, the extra income is a huge help – especially when you have a family.”

Running a Peerspace venue works around the small business she operates from home, as she can carry on working while the booking takes place.

She said: “It’s not like other venue rental places where I need to give up my home for an entire day, or even overnight.

“So I would say Peerspace is suitable for homeowners who are looking to generate a little extra income but don’t want to commit to overnight stays.

“It’s a great way to dip your toe in the water, and who knows what kind of bookings you’ll get.”

Asked what she most enjoys about being on Peerspace, Anna said: “The flexibility and the other creatives I meet through the bookings.

“I love that I have the power to choose which bookings to accept and for how long. It fits into my life, being a business owner and mother with teenagers.

“It’s just really fun, really easy and I earn money at the same time.”

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