There is money to be made in starting a side business as a hustle, and almost everybody knows it. More and more people are looking into side gigs to supplement their main source of income or even as an alternative to full-time employment. No job is safe in these times of economic uncertainty, so hustlers are facing stiff competition. This is a warning that you need to put in an immense amount of effort to be competitive.
The effort is nothing without talent, though. Even a bit of talent and some know-how in one of the areas below will help you stand out from other members of the gig economy. This article lists some great side business ideas which can eventually transform into a full-time engagement.
1. Social media manager
Most business owners don’t have enough time or knowledge to get something out of social media, but almost every company has a social media presence. Small businesses struggling to keep up in the digital age would account for the majority of your clients.
A successful social media manager will make a website to attract clients, craft a social media strategy for them, handle community engagement, and create content, including video, images, and text. They will also create and manage content calendars and track analytics.
2. Online tutoring or teaching
If you have specialized knowledge on one or more subjects, you can sell it on user-friendly learning marketplaces. Do you work best one-on-one or with small groups? Video tutoring is a great option. For bigger groups, you can try platforms like Udemy and create an online course on art, business, technology, language, health and fitness, etc.
3. Graphic design
Graphic design is a great side gig for anyone with an acute aesthetic sense. You can create logos, brand materials, and marketing materials for different firms. You can help your clients gain an online presence through web design, social media graphics, and UI/UX design.
Start by posting your portfolio online to demonstrate your expertise and source potential customers.
4. Professional photographer
An experienced photographer can bring skills to the table in an age where everyone can be a photographer with their phone. Businesses and individuals are willing to pay for unique images. You can focus on a niche, like expensive cars or landscapes. An elegant, text-light, and image-heavy website will allow your talent to shine through.
You can sell your photos digitally, doing away with the need for shipping and other costs.
5. Organize space
Put a price on your organizational skills because they are priceless. You can become a professional office or home organizer. You’ll be helping people put order in their homes, create long-term plans for staying organized, and assist in disposing of unnecessary items. If you believe less is more, this gig is perfect for you. We live in an age where compulsive hoarding is becoming a huge problem.
6. Rent furniture, supplies, or equipment
With no shortage of occasions to celebrate, it’s no wonder parties are an evergreen industry. Birthdays, weddings, anniversaries…the list is endless. You can rent out photobooths, centerpieces, bounce houses, and other things to make money on the side. Unless you own some of these items, you might have to pay something upfront, but this business will keep the money coming once you get started.
7. Pet sitting
Love animals? Then this won’t even feel like work. To make more money, you can start a pet training business. You will need to undergo some training, which will pay off wonderfully. When you’re ready, you can launch a website for pet sitting, walking, training, grooming, etc.
8. Sell homemade goods
You can experiment with recipes, set your own prices, and gain a loyal following through your website. This business offers the benefit of low overhead costs. Whether it’s artisan bread, cake, or cookies, the aroma of fresh-baked products and the pleasure of seeing people enjoy your food make this side business worth your while.