No matter how rewarding your full-time job might be, finding the right side hustle business idea and eventually becoming fully self-employed is even more meaningful than a great paycheck and solid benefits.
Choosing the path of entrepreneurship, and working on your side hustle business idea, is without a doubt riskier than being content with holding a 9-5 job. It requires way more sacrifices and ideas.
However, once you’re reaping the lifestyle benefits of being your own boss and hustling your way into making significantly more money than you ever could at your day job, the hard work will eventually start pay you off.
Business Ideas to Generate Side Income While on a Day Job
If you decide to work as a writer, content manager, editor, web developer, graphic designer, and many other jobs, you’ll build incredibly valuable skills that are extremely high in demand. You can get up to speed on building websites in as little as a few months with inexpensive or free online education programs like Treehouse, the Web Developer Bootcamp on Udemy and Codecademy. Enrich your skillsets and achieve professional growth at its finest.
Do you speak another language? Do you speak English well enough to teach it? Either way, your skills are in demand and will help you make extra money. People need to learn other languages and non-English speakers need to learn English. Most people prefer to learn a conversational style rather than just conjugate verbs around the dinner table. Who knew just talking and having a conversation could result in earning additional income?
Gourmet Cooking and Baking
If you love baking and are unable to keep your hand out of the proverbial cookie jar over a healthier lunch platter, making these gourmet goodies is a great side hustle with plenty of long-term potentials. Start by learning how to execute unique and tasty gourmet recipes, then seal the deal by creating or purchasing professional-looking packaging. Sell these treats online or to people in your local community.
Meal-To-Go preparations are also a hype since most people are really busy. Making meals in advance is a great way to save money for yourself – but you can often prepare these for others as well and sell them for a markup. Prepare eight casserole for example and then sell six of them to cover your costs, and you’ve got two free dinners for your family (and maybe a bit more). You can grow this by taking orders from others and finding out what they like.
Event Planning and Coordination
Events like family reunions and large parties are often full of busywork that many people simply don’t want to tackle. That can be the perfect place for you to step in and take charge of the planning and coordination. And thanks to the Internet, it is now easier than ever to market your event planning services.
Many gymnasiums will trade membership and often a bit more for a person willing and able to teach an exercise class. You can also find people who don’t want to go to a gym and train them at home as a personal trainer. If you’re in a good shape, this is a great opportunity to earn some extra money, plus it can often lead to additional income with one-on-one instruction opportunities.
Anyone can sell goods on Amazon. If you’re the type to hit all the local garage sales each weekend, there are all sorts of valuable things that can be resold online as a side hustle business idea. If you want to step your Amazon selling game up, check out this detailed guide to Amazon and eBay retail arbitrage on Entrepreneur featuring an interview with Julie Becker and several drop shippers who’ve grown this home based business idea from side hustle into a lucrative money-maker.
If you love to travel and find yourself randomly searching for airfare sales or browsing Lonely Planet, why not carve out a niche for yourself as a private travel agent? Take my friend, Mark Jackson’s lead with what he’s doing to build a travel consulting side hustle business idea.
Start with word of mouth recommendations from friends who know they can count on you for the cheapest flights, create a Facebook or LinkedIn group to invite people who want to stay on top of the latest deals and keep giving them updates on how to make your dream trip a reality.