Retired woman earns £1,000 a month with side hustle to pay for ‘little treats’ | Personal Finance | Finance

Jane Dickerson joined Not Just Travel in June 2018 and she said the part-time work pays for nice treats for her and her husband. She helps organise bespoke holidays for families and gets a commission once the trip is completed.

This year she has earned between £800 and £1,000 a month through commissions, helping pay for her own holidays and boosting her savings.

Ms Dickerson said: ““It’s paying for me and my other half to have little weekends away, little breaks and treats, being able to go out and have a meal and not think, can I do that?

“We went on a cruise for the first time this year. That wasn’t paid for by my earnings but when we were on board and we were taking advantage of the trips, that was funded by previous commissions that I’d got from my bookings.

“You can earn anywhere from £400 to £500 a month, through to five figure sums, it depends on how much work you want to put into it.”

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Not Just Travel is part of high street estate agents brand Hays Travel, which has more than 450 branches.

The service connects holiday goers with a personal travel expert to help them organise their trip away.

Ms Dickerson spent her first year building up her client base and knowledge, and she says trade has picked up well since COVID-19 restrictions were lifted.

She usually works 15 to 20 hours a week helping organise the holidays and helping with any issues when a family is on their travels.

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During peak times, she will sometimes work 40 hours a week, but this is quite rare. Ms Dickerson said the commission she gets can vary a lot depending on how complex the booking is.

She commented: “It depends on what kind of bookings you’re getting. If you’re doing short haul across to Europe, the margin is not as big as if you’re doing a tailor made big holiday long haul with multi centres.

“There are lots of factors in that. It is down to how much effort and work you want to put into it.”

The travel consultant said some of her funds go towards her savings as well as paying for treats for her and her husband.

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She stated: “Some of my colleagues who earn a lot more than me, take a living wage out of it, but that’s not how I wanted it to be.

“I didn’t want to be a slave to the Monday to Friday routine. I do squirrel it away. Like I say, it goes towards little treats.

“If me and my husband decide we want to go away for a couple of days, we’re not having to think, what have we got in our joint account.”

The 53 year old said her work would suit a lot of people in her stage of life, although she suggests being computer literate, as the role is solely online.

Another travel consultant with Not Just Travel is Sally Bosman, who joined the group after working for many years as an IT specialist.

She said: “At the end of 2021, my income from the IT world was reduced by 50 percent as my contract is coming to an end and I am only retained for a few hours a month.

“I started to panic as this income wasn’t enough to pay the mortgage and the bills, let alone feed us! Thankfully, travel picked up at the beginning of 2022 and the additional monthly commissions have just about covered our out-goings without the need to dip into savings.

“Since the summer months, bookings for 2023 have been increasing – not only in numbers but in value and, already, for next year, my projected monthly income will more than cover everything and afford us a holiday or two.”

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