30 Side Hustle Business Ideas You Can Start Today
<p style=”text-align: center;”>30 Side Hustle Business Ideas You Can Start Today
1-Airbnb. If you have extra room in your house, you can earn money renting it out to visitors on Airbnb.com. Pretty cool way to make money and meet interesting people from around the world at the same time.
With a little bit of traction, you could even cover your entire rent or mortgage by hosting guests on Airbnb. Have you tried it?
I had the chance to sit down with Scott and learn how he lives rent free thanks to the site. Meanwhile, Jasper travels the world while renting out his Amsterdam apartment.
2-Alterations. Handy with a sewing machine? I believe the market for clothing alteration is ripe for disruption because of a lack of transparency in pricing. I’ve had some suits altered from a couple different places with dramatically different rates.
Free marketing tip: Post flyers at the gym or other places where people may have lost a lot of weight and need their clothes altered.
3- App Development. The mobile app market is hot, but one developer likened it to the gold rush — where the ones who made the most money were the ones selling the gear and the shovels. Similarly, an app developer gets paid whether or not the app goes on to become a hit.
To learn more about app development and some useful tips and strategies, check out my podcast interview with Alex Genadinik, the creator of the Glowing Start business app series. And to encourage new developers, Apple has their own in-depth tutorial you can access for free.
In another edition of The Side Hustle Show, Benny Hsu shares how he made $30,000 in 30 days on the app store, with no programming experience!
4- Baking. Do people love your desserts? Maybe you could provide cake, cookies, or cupcakes to some corporate event in town.
5-Being a TaskRabbit. Task Rabbit is an on-demand errand-running service that enlists regular people to help out. You can earn money in your spare time completing real-world tasks on their unique platform.
6- Blogging. Blogging is difficult to monetize but can be a fun outlet to practice your writing or build an audience around a particular idea.
Click here to learn how Robert Farrington earns $3-5k per month blogging in his spare time!
Want more? Hear the story of how Jim Wang turned his blog from a part-time hobby into a 7-figure business.
There’s also Lindsay and Bjork from PinchofYum.com, on how they built it up to $17k a month part-time, and Pat Flynn on building a 6-figure fitness blog.
7- Bookkeeping / Accounting / Tax Preparation Service. Help other businesses with their accounting and finances. This can be a great option for people with an accounting background from school or from their day job.
8- Building an Authority Website. While niche sites (see below) get a lot of attention, an authority site has a better chance of withstanding the changes in Google’s algorithm and turning into a long-term asset.
Matt Giovanisci shared how he turned his expertise in the pool industry into a profitable, and often passive, authority business.
9- Building Niche Websites. Building niche sites is a popular side hustle because after some initial research and time investment they can be a relatively hands-off income source. I’m not an expert in this field but I’m happy to refer you to two excellent resources, here and here.
Spencer Haws of Niche Pursuits joined me on a podcast episode and shared his exact step-by-step process for creating and ranking a brand-new niche site.
Later, Freddie Mixell explained how he sells off his profitable niche sites to accelerate his earnings and reinvest in his business.
And finally, Kurt Elster told me about several fascinating one-page microsites that earn money with AdSense.
10-Car Wash and Detailing. A mobile detailing service would be a super-low cost startup and you could get clients in bunches at office parks, shopping malls, schools, sporting events, and other places where cars like to gather.
11- Caregiving. This business continues to grow as the population ages.
12-Carpet Cleaning. Carpet cleaning would be a relatively simple and low cost business to start. You could get clients on an annual or semi-annual recurring schedule like the dentist.
13-Catering. If you have a passion for cooking, a catering business has a lower barrier to entry and time commitment than say, opening a restaurant.
14-Child Care. Is it just me, or does “babysitting” sound amateur compared to “child care”?
15- Cleaning Service. It may not be glamorous, but it’s something nearly every business spends money on and usually gets done in the after-work hours.
16- Computer Repair Service. There are more computers in this country (including tablets and smartphones) than there are people. The repair market is very fragmented which means there is opportunity for solo-operators to break in.
17Computer Tutoring. Some of the computer skills we take for granted are still lacking for portions of the population. If you can find them and sell them on the necessity of technical skills for their careers, there might be a business opportunity here.
18- Consulting / Coaching. Consulting is an ambiguously broad field, but there are consultants for practically every area of expertise. What are you a relative expert in that others might pay for your advice? This is definitely an area we’ll explore in more detail later.
Interested in starting a coaching business? Check out this side hustle interview with life coach Jeremy Blanchard.
Another excellent podcast episode to check out for this side hustle is my conversation with Virginia Roberts, an online dating coach.
And in this episode, my friend Kai Davis breaks down his step-by-step methods of building a consulting business in 20-hours.
19-Cover Letter and Resume Service. Especially if you have experience in HR, there is a massive opportunity to help job seekers with their resumes and cover letters. Since the payoff of landing a job is so high, it can be worthwhile for applicants to seek some professional assistance on their documents.
It would be interesting to see this sold on a pay-for-performance model, where you only get paid if the applicant gets the interview.
20- Craigslist Arbitrage. Craigslist and other markets are still filled with inefficiencies that a trained eye can exploit for profit. There are some great stories of regular people doing just this.
For instance, Ryan Finlay of ReCraigslist.com, makes a full-time living buying and selling on Craigslist and stopped by the podcast to tell me about it.
21-Customer Service. Some companies are now employing part-time customer service representatives to work from home and handle incoming phone or live chat service requests.
22- Dog Walking. Yes, some people are too busy to walk their own dogs.
23-Doula Service. Doulas can earn $500-$1000 per birth, if you’re into that sort of thing.
24-Driving. If you’re free nights and weekends, you can earn extra cash driving your fellow citizens around. Sign up with Lyft, Uber, or another driving service to get started.
Harry Campbell, The Rideshare Guy, stopped by the podcast to give me the inside scoop on this side hustle, and a couple Lyft drivers I spoke to reported earning up to $200 in an evening.
25-Dropshipping. Dropshippers set up their own storefront and process sales, but never touch the actual product. Instead, the items are shipped directly to the customer from the manufacturer or wholesaler.
26-Ecommerce. Sell products online through your own store or through Amazon or eBay. In this episode, Will Mitchell walks me through how to find a profitable import product.
27-Estate Sale Service. Estate sales are often managed by a third-party company, who takes a percentage of the proceeds in exchange for handling the event. To learn more about this side hustle check out Robert Farrington’s post on Budgets are Sexy.
28-Event DJ-ing. I feel like DJ-ing is something of a lost art in the era of pre-made iTunes playlists, but there are still plenty of events that have a live DJ.
29-Freelancing. There are millions of people supplementing their income by freelancing in their spare time. You’ll find them on sites like Elance, oDesk, and others.
This is the best post I’ve seen on getting started as a freelancer on these platforms, and I actually had a chance to chat with the author and he shared how he went from $18/hour to $1000/hour.
On The Side Hustle Show, Cameron Rambert shares a step-by-step method for freelancers to earn their first $1000, and I also really enjoyed hearing how both Alexis and Carrie set their freelancing business up for recurring revenue.
And freelancing isn’t just about trading hours for dollars; in fact, it can be a gateway to bigger more scaleable businesses. Nick Reese shares how.
30-Furniture Making. If you’re skilled in carpentry, maybe people would like to buy your hand-crafted furniture. OK, this one reminds me of Ron Swanson.