Alternative to the SRD R350 Grant – Ways to Make Extra Money

In all honesty, no family can survive with any of the social grants in the current South African economy, yet the government still expects you to not have any type of income to qualify for the grant.

While we’re not encouraging you to start a business with the R350 SRD grant, because we know you need the money more, but it’s certainly possible to turn that dependency into a profitable business.

We wanted to share something different today, instead of always reminding you about the payment dates and so on, but inspire you to start something to boost your avenues.

So today, I wanted to show you profitable business ideas you can start today with little to no money, as an alternative to the SRD R350 grant benefit in South Africa.

This list is for hard-working individuals who want to change their lives for the better, so let’s dive right in.

Blogging for Money

Blogging is a great way to make money in South Africa, and spend less than R100 per month to get the business started.

If you love writing content or have studied digital marketing, you might want to consider starting a blog and selling advertising space to make money.

It’s going to take a lot of effort to get this going, but once you start earning money with your blog, you’ll enjoy the benefits for the longest time.

Blogging as Alternative to the SRD R350 Grant

The only costs involved here will be to purchase a domain name and hosting for your website/blog. There are cheap shared hosting packages out there, some even cost R35.00 per month.

Then, ask the hosting company to install WordPress for you, it’s a free content management system that’s used globally around the world of the internet. Check out this tutorial on how to effectively use WordPress as a beginner.

As an alternative to the SRD R350 grant, you could potentially earn over R5,000 per month with your blog, if you work hard on it with useful content.

Freelance Writing

Freelance writing can be a fulfilling and profitable side hustle.

It offers the flexibility to work on your terms and choose projects that interest you. However, it requires dedication, continuous skill development, and effective self-marketing.

With the right approach, it can be a valuable addition to your career and income to supplement the current SRD grant monthly benefit.

Here are the types of writing you can offer as a service:

  • Content Writing: Writing blog posts, articles, and web content for other clients and businesses.
  • Copywriting: Creating persuasive content for marketing and sales.
  • Technical Writing: Producing manuals, FAQs, and other technical documents.
  • Creative Writing: Storytelling, scriptwriting, or other creative projects.
  • Academic Writing: Research papers, thesis work, or educational content.

You’ll just have to choose the type you’re most comfortable with and good at. You don’t need capital to get started with this freelancing job, just your laptop and access to the internet.

Finding Freelance Writing Work

  • Freelance Platforms: Websites like Upwork, Freelancer, and Fiverr.
  • Personal Networking: Utilizing personal networks and social media.
  • Writing Job Boards: Sites like ProBlogger and
  • Direct Outreach: Contacting businesses or publishers directly.

Companies out there prefer hiring consulting writers instead of onboarding a permanent employee, so with your professional services, you can make extra income with this gig.

CV Designing Services

How’s your CV design looking like, a basic and boring MS Word document designed with ugly bordered tables, right?

Without a professionally designed CV, you have less chance of being considered for the job because first impressions, last forever with recruiters.

This is for good graphics designers who cannot find work and still depend on the SRD grant.

Cv Writing as Alternative to the SRD R350 Grant

Start this business, learn more about the ATS systems that scan and shortlist candidates, and then help people with professional templates and possibly copywriting of the content on the CV.

Check out this company, Elite CV, they charge R3,999 for professional CV design and writing services.

But you’ll start small, offer this service to students at universities to test the market, and eventually, you’ll to this point where you charge over R5,000 because you know and trust your processes work.

Start here with these free CV templates and design more for the industry you’re going to focus on for the business as an alternative for the SRD R350 grant.

And we’ll be adding more to this list every week with great ideas you can look to start with some of your R350 grant money.

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