17 Side Hustle Business Ideas You Can Start Right Now

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One of the most common questions I hear is how to start making extra money when you do not have good ideas. This is a small list of business ideas for your creative juices to flow.

It is by no means an exhaustive list, and I encourage you to add your own idea to the bottom of the page if you are not here.

The beauty of these side-bustle ideas is that many do not require a massive initial investment or even necessarily a highly specialized skill set. And indeed, not everyone qualifies as “business ideas,” but everyone has the potential to make money in their free time.

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DRIVING

If you have free mornings, nights or weekends, you can earn extra money by driving your fellow citizens.

Register with Lyft (which currently offers a $250 sign up bonus) or Uber to start.

A good “trick”: Both companies offer the “Destination Mode,” which allows you to earn money on your usual trip in the morning and evening by telling the application in which direction it goes and only accepts passengers along your route.

 

SELL IN FIVERR

Fiverr is one of the best platform in the world for micro jobs. The basic premise is “what would you do for $ 5?” You’ll find everything from hilarious and useless gigs to tasks of legitimate and genuinely useful micro-businesses.

I’ve used Fiverr for graphic design, book covers, website optimization, article writing, and virtual assistant. I’ve experimented as a seller on Fiverr, starting with selling non-fiction ebooks.

 

RENT OUT YOUR ROOMS ON AIRBNB

Do have extra room in your house? Do you know you can earn money renting it out to visitors on Airbnb? It’s a pretty cool way to make extra cash and meet fascinating people from around the world.

You could even cover your entire rent or mortgage by hosting guests on Airbnb. Have you tried it? If you have not, now is the time.

 

SELL IN TEESPRING

Teespring is a platform to order printed t-shirts. On this platform, you can customize your own t-shirts and sell them through the site.

I created an “God Over Everything” t-shirt and sold enough for the campaign to be sent, but I did not win much in the experiment due to a Facebook advertisement that was not very effective. Still, there is an opportunity here and a friend of mine is REALLY good with this. If you can create incredible designs and reach the right people with a good orientation on Facebook, Teespring can be very profitable.

 

RENT OUT YOUR CAR

You can rent your car daily or hourly to earn extra money through companies like Turo.

An average car remains inactive for 22 hours a day, so its service is an exceptional opportunity to capitalize on those idle hours. The company handles all the insurance.

 

BECOME A PROOFREADER

Do you like reading? If you have an eye for detail, this idea is for you. You can join Upwork as a Proofreader and offer large and small orders. I offered this service on Fiverr for a while, and it paid a decent amount.

 

HIRE OUT YOUR TRUCK

It takes about 10 minutes to mention your truck or van on Fluid Market, and you can earn up to $ 2000 a month by letting others use it when you are not.

 

AUTO FLIPPING

If you are a smart negotiator and you know your way around cars, you can buy low and sell high and make a quick profit with this pressure.

 

DATING SITES

The dating site like Whats Your Price allows suitors to pay women to go out with them.

 

VIRTUAL ASSISTANT SERVICE

VAs provide administrative support to customers from their home office. If this sounds like a pleasant hustle, you can set up your own shop or jump on board with a well-known VA company such as BELAY or Fancy Hands.

 

HANDYMAN SERVICE

This is indeed not a great option for my unhelpful self, but I am sure that someone else with the right skills can make it work. You can try setting up a profile in TaskRabbit (where I connected with an on-demand maintenance staff) or Thumbtack.

 

START DROPSHIPPING

Dropshippers create their own shop windows and process sales but never touch the actual product. Instead, the items are sent directly to the customer by the manufacturer or wholesaler.

 

MOBILE OIL CHANGE SERVICE

Save time for people by bringing the store and supplies to them. If you feel comfortable fixing cars, you are likely to check out YourMechanic.com, which helps you find customers who need car repairs.

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RENT A FRIEND

RentaFriend.com facilitates paid companionship (strictly Platonic). Friends report earning $ 20-50 per hour to hang out with strangers. Yes, this sounds a bit creepy and weird, but I guess if you’re alone and you have the money …

 

BECOME A TRAVEL AGENT

Are you an experienced traveler? Do you know where to get the best deals and the best experiences? It may be surprising that, despite widespread access to travel information, there is still a healthy demand for both the knowledge of internal travel and the non-intervention experience of letting an expert handle the reservation.

Also, you can test your travel hacking skills and earn money at the same time with services like FlightFox.

 

WORK IN MECHANICAL TURK

Mechanical Turk is a service offered by Amazon to help companies complete micro-jobs that sometimes only pay cents for each one.

 

TRANSLATION SERVICE

Becoming a translator could be an excellent way to make the most of your bilingual skills. There are always translation jobs in Upwork, as a place to start.

 

HUMAN BILLBOARD

If you are not afraid to be ashamed on the corner of a street, there are always companies looking to hire spinners or people dressed to attract attention.

 

GHOSTWRITING

With millions of websites competing for attention, writing is a regularly requested service. Somebody has to create all that content, right?

You can start on your own or find concerts through the popular Contena aggregation service.

 

DOG WALKING

Yes, some persons are too busy to walk their dogs. Post flyers in your neighborhood or set up a profile on WagWalking.

 

RESUME WRITING

Especially if you have experience in human resources, there is an excellent opportunity to help job applicants with their resumes and cover letters. Since the reward of getting a job is so high, it is worthwhile for job seekers to seek professional assistance in their documents.

 

Choice of the reader! Help me by adding your part-time business idea in the comments below!

Oh yes, I am aware that the list has grown beyond the 17 ideas promised 🙂

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Razia Rahman

Razia Rahman

Owner, Super Moms Make Money. Content Writer and Editor.