Are you one of those people who when someone tells you, “don’t quit your day job,” you say, “Well…I wouldn’t.”? You’re one of the lucky people in this world who loves their job.
The problem with jobs we love is that they don’t always pay the best. Maybe you’re working in a non-profit or you’re a teacher. These sectors are highly rewarding and low-paying.
How then can you make extra money to live comfortably and support your family? A side business is how!
You’re not alone if you think you’re going to make money on the side while doing the job you love. A full 25% of Americans say they have a side business. And as long as their name isn’t Heisenberg and they aren’t cooking meth out of a 1980’s camper van, then that’s totally cool.
Here are ten side business ideas you can start while still keeping your day job.
1. Web Design
Society values web designers. From large tech companies to small startups, they’re all reliant on the web and they all want to look good hanging out there.
It’s all about mastering the art of creation while throwing down a value-driven experience. If you think you’re creative and good at both, then it’s time to start.
You can take web courses or pick up books like HTML & CSS: Design and Build Websites or Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug.
Next you should find a mentor on places like LinkedIn Learning to help you quickly learn the ropes.
Are you creative and tech-oriented. Do you love to talk. Then a podcast is the perfect weekend business for you.
All you need is a good microphone or two, some decent sound editing software and some good ideas. Then you learn how to edit sound.
Practice a few times. If you’re doing a conversational podcast, then be sure to get some friends to gab with you on the microphone. Create a few scrap episodes to get your editing style down.
There are plenty of lucrative ways of monetizing your podcasts. Ads are one of the foremost. This takes some sleuthing, but once you find people willing to pay you to mention them, you could make big bucks per episode.
3. Online Coaching
Are you knowledgeable about some area of life in which others want to excel? Then maybe you could become an online coach?
You need to create a way to weed out the clients you won’t be able to help. This means an opportunity management system or an effective marketing funnel.
Check out courses on Udemy on how to start a coaching company and building marketing funnels to get clients. You need to get good at building an online presence and subsequently an online community.
4. Amazon Reselling
My cross country coach and Spanish teacher in High School bought books from garage sales and thrift stores and resold them online. He made decent money (which was needed since he worked for a private Christian school which paid crap at the time.)
You could do this with almost any product. Go to garage sales and buy stuff for cheap and resell them on Amazon or eBay. Go to thrift stores and look for rare items.
Dropshipping is another route. Go to places like Alibaba and have them ship to Amazon’s Fulfilment centers. All you need to do is maintain a storefront and run customer service.
5. Handmade Phone Cases
Are you crafty? Like to create fun and functional objects? Why not design custom and creative phone cases?
Everyone has a cell phone and phone companies are unwilling to make their products drop-proof (I wonder why…). Thus the phone case is the hottest selling cell phone accessory around. And people want theirs to look awesome.
Some people report making six figures selling phone cases. Now, as a side gig, you probably won’t make that much, but you might be able to at least double your income.
6. Virtual Assistant
Are you great at organizing your life? Maybe you could organize other people’s lives?
People pay big money to have someone else keep their business and life on track. You can become their virtual secretary or virtual assistant.
If you’re looking to make connections in the business world, this is a prime way to do so. You can rub shoulders with some prominent people and build a rapport you couldn’t elsewhere.
7. Social Media
Who has time to manager their social media accounts? Most business owners hate having to deal with social media. It’s time-consuming and frustrating.
You could relieve them of their duties. And you could probably make them big bucks. Which means that you could charge big bucks.
Do market research and find out how much you could increase business revenue. Then charge a fraction of that. And a fraction of that will be huge!
8. Travel Consultant
Are you a travel nut? Do you know how to find the best deals? Then become a travel consultant.
This is the 21st century version of a travel agent. Only you get to continually stay in contact with your client as they travel.
Be their better Siri. Give them on-the-go deals. Find great hotels and airbnbs. Get jet travel deals.
You could make people’s dream trip a reality.
9. Online Dating Coach
Do you remember the movie Hitch? Yeah, think that only online and less involved.
So, if you’re good at the dating game, you could become someone’s wingman for hire. Or just become their mentor. Sometimes people just need someone to talk to.
Who knows, maybe they’ll like you instead.
Loads of Business Ideas
Side business ideas can come from pretty much any skill set. You just have to figure out how to make it into a part-time job.
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