Rise of the five-to-nine workers – online ‘side hustles’ are turning Gen-Z passions into profit


There have been reports that a number of people with a side hustle is increasing at an unprecedented rate, and google searches for the term ‘side hustle’ up 62% from 2017 to 2018, there’s plenty of evidence that more people are embracing their entrepreneurial side. New research by mobile tech brand HONOR has revealed that young Brits in particular are making money in more creative ways, with a little help from their smartphones.

Top 5 ‘Side Hustles’ include : 

  1. Buying & Selling Items Online (e.g. Ebay or Depop)
  2. Arts & Crafts Business (e.g. Etsy or NotOnTheHighStreet)
  3. Blogging
  4. Youtube
  5. Photography

Smartphones are not only turning passions into profit, but also helping young people identify and hone their creative interests in the first place, with half (50%) of 18-24 year olds saying they have uncovered artistic talents through the use of their smartphone devices.

Over half of those surveyed (55%) revealed that they have a side hustle, including jobs such as buying and selling clothes or blogging. Among those with a side hustle, almost a third (27%) use it as a way of supplementing their income with a further 89% arguing they couldn’t successfully do their side hustle without the use of a smartphone. The research, conducted among 2000 18-24 year olds, identified some of the most popular ‘side hustles’ the younger generation are turning to, to turn their passions into profit.

Olivier Dobo, HONOR UK Marketing Director, said: “Our research shows that young people are getting more out of their smartphones than any previous generation, and we’re proud to help them continue to do so. Phones like our new HONOR 20 PRO mean young people can start to change their world as easily as they change the track they’re listening to, so the fact that so many of Gen Z are embracing the opportunities smartphones offer is really great to see.”