Maybe you have had thoughts about becoming an entrepreneur but are not really ready to entirely give up your full-time job. Being realistic, entrepreneurship is not something that is very easy to do, and the risk of failure is very high. But you do need a way to start making some extra money in order to make your life a little easier.
If you are not ready to become a full-time entrepreneur, you still have the option of running a part-time business. You get to make your own schedule, make some extra money, and learn how to operate a business.
If this sounds like an interesting option to you, here are side businesses you can get started to make some extra money.
1. User experience design
This profession involves you designing products, websites, and apps that are easy for consumers to use. Businesses will pay you to ensure that their customers are receiving the best experience possible.
2. Graphic designer
You will be responsible for creating great websites for your clients, their logos, and the visuals for their online advertising. Basically, you assist your clients in gaining more clients for their business.
Writing is a popular freelancing gig that is in huge demand. Writers are needed to create blog posts, articles, sales copy, and e-books. Writers can earn as little as S$10 per job, or thousands of dollars if the significant value is provided.
4. Webpage developer
Business is done primarily online these days, so businesses need to have websites that attract visitors and converts them into customers. A web page developer creates web pages such as landing pages that place visitors in a sales funnel. The more businesses you help make money online, the more you can charge for your services.
5. Social media marketer
A strong social media presence is needed for businesses to build their brand. Therefore, they hire individuals who can successfully develop their online presence.
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People are always needing their picture taken for many different reasons. You could focus on business professionals, schools, commercial properties, many other things. Define your niche, focus on satisfying the customer and you will remain busy.
Due to business happening primarily online, businesses need creative ways to keep people engaged on their websites and other online channels. Animators provide a fun way to educate people about their client’s business while entertaining them at the same time. More conversions from your animation leads to more money you can ask for your services.
8. Video editor
Videos are another form of effective marketing that businesses need in order to succeed online. More customers rely on videos to learn information about a product or service.
9. App developer
Think of how many apps there are that people pay for to have on their smart phones. Businesses want to partake in the demand for apps and will pay people who have the ability to create an app for their business.
10. Virtual assistant
Most entrepreneurs are too busy focusing on money making activities to handle small tedious tasks. This is why the hire virtual assistants to handle things such as email follow-up, returning phone calls, and maintaining their calendar. As a virtual assistant, you can charge up to S$50-S$75 per hour.
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Writers especially need proofreaders to ensure their work is free of grammatical and spelling errors. This frees up their time to focus on pushing out more work, instead wasting time checking over their work line-by-line themselves
12. Audio transcribing
This is a service that is particularly used by speakers and individuals with a podcast. They send you their audio files, and your job is to turn this audio into blog posts and articles.
13. Data mining
Companies are always collecting data to learn how to better serve their customers and improve their organization’s performance. Your job as a data miner is to recognize key information that help leads to better results for your clients.
14. Human Resources Consultant
As an HR consultant, you will be responsible for hiring and training your client’s employees. If you are highly skilled, you will also train leadership and help guide them on how to integrate employees during mergers.
15. Public Relations Consultant
Your responsibility as a PR consultant is to control the image people see and think about your clients. Therefore you only want them to be seen in the best coverage.You will also be responsible for limiting the damage of any bad behavior done by your clients.
16. IT Consultant
As an IT consultant, your responsibility includes ensuring your clients are up-to-date with the latest software and to handle any trouble with their technological equipment.
17. Marketing Consultant
Your goal as a marketing consultant is to help your clients gain the attention of their target market with an effective marketing strategy. You will be responsible for developing marketing campaigns that help attract more leads for your clients.
18. Financial Consultant
Financial consultants help their clients operate lean in order to be profitable. You will be responsible for ensuring that your clients have a strict budget — maximizing their money instead of wasting their money.
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19. Legal Consultant
Legal consultants help their clients avoid legal problems and enforce legal practices over their business. They are responsible for ensuring their clients are protected from having to deal with catastrophic legal penalties.
20. Internet security consultant
As more businesses systems are being hacked into, they want to be protected from cyber hackers. Your job is to ensure hackers cannot penetrate your client’s firewalls. S$50 per hour is the general pay for this profession.
21. Startup Consultant
If you have experience building successful startups, you can help other individuals with your knowledge and experience. You will help your clients develop effective operating strategies and learn how to pitch to investors.
22. Personal chef
If you know how to cook great meals, people will pay for your services. Focus on providing your services to busy professionals or business owners, since they do not have the time to prepare their own meals on most days and nights.
There are many areas you can focus on as a painter. You could be a painter who paints homes or you could be a painter who paints portraits. Find your niche and focus on securing your customers.
24. Musical Tutor
Parents are always pushing their kids into learning how to play an instrument. Adults also take lessons in order to improve as a hobbyist You can operate your business out of your home or via online sessions.
25. YouTube personality
YouTube videos have made people millionaires. If you create a YouTube channel with a lot of views and subscribers, YouTube will pay you and advertisers will pay you to be featured on your channel.
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26. Jewelry maker
If you know how to make jewelry, you can sell it online through your own e-commerce website. You can also partner with other beauty businesses who can sell your merchandise for a percentage of the sales.
27. Farmer or gardener
You will always have al demand because people need to eat. You just need to find a good source to sell your produce to if you do not plan on selling directly to consumers.
28. Mobile Mechanic
If you can properly fix people’s cars for a deal, your services will stay in demand. You can start off operating out of your personal garage and expand as your customer base grows. For people who have minor issues, you can have mobile services to come out to their homes.
29. Mobile computer repair
Almost everyone owns a computer, and those computers eventually will need some sort of repairs. Become the go to computer repair person for people in your local area. Enhance your services by being mobile, which allows you to charge a little extra.
30. Athletic scout/sports rep
If you have a passion for sports and know how to find the next great talent, you can become an athletic scout. Your job will consist of traveling to games, practices, analyzing game videos, and making calls to college team scouts.
31. Event planner
If you know how to throw great parties and events that people remember, then this is the profession for you. You can focus on smaller events, like birthdays and baby showers. Or, you can focus on larger events, like weddings and corporate events.
32. Travel agent
Many people do not have the time to shop around for the best travel deals, they just want to go on the their trips. If you know how to find the best deals on flights, rental cars, and hotels, then you should become a travel agent.
33. Sell used items
You can sell your used items on websites like Craigslist, Ebay, and OfferUp. When you have nothing left in your home, by other people’s used items at garage sales, and sell them for a higher price online.
34. Drop shipping
This is where you sell items directly online from the manufacturer to the customer. Retailers let you know what items they need and you let your manufacturer know so that the items can be delivered.
35. Affiliate marketing
As an affiliate marketer, you sell the products of another business to your email list or blog followers. When a sale is made through your referrals, you receive a commission for that sale. There are people making six figures a year from affiliate marketing commissions.
36. Direct salesperson
This is where you sell items such as Avon, Primerica, and Tupperware directly to the consumer. Being successful in this profession will require you to make a lot of new contacts daily and follow-ups with previous contacts. You will need to be great at selling to produce success.
37. Sell kits or gift baskets
There are many occasions where a gift basket would be the perfect item for people. Baby showers, graduations, retirements, holidays are just a few of these occasions. Gift baskets can be sold online or you could do the old fashion way of setting up a table outside in a busy area.
38. Operate vending machines
People are always using vending machines to get a quick snack or something to drink. Take advantage of this by being a vending machine operator. The change put into these machines quickly add up, especially when you have multiple machines.
39. Sell information products online
You can sell your knowledge through e-books, a membership-only website, and webinars. You will need to collect a ton of emails in order to have a customer base to sell your products and services to. Online advertising directed to landing pages is the best way to lead people to subscribe to your email list.
40. Part-time realtor
Real estate is experiencing some growth as people are starting to have a little money to make real estate investments. You can choose to focus on homes or commercial properties. Just get your real estate license and start marketing your business.
41. Cutting lawns
Not many people enjoy cutting their grass, especially during hot summer weather. You can start off offering your services to couple in a neighborhood, or you can secure a contract with the neighborhood association. Also, reach out to businesses with green space, they need their lawns maintained too.
42. Home cleaning
You will want to offer these services to busy people like corporate executives, business owners, and even stay-at-home moms. Cleaning takes more time than people expect, and they would rather someone else does the job while they focus on other things.
This is a service you will want to market to wealthy people who have a lot of homes, and busy professionals and entrepreneurs who do a lot of traveling. They will pay you to check on their homes and make sure nothing happens to them while they are away.
People love their pets and there are an array of services you can offer them to ensure their pets are properly taken care of. You can be a pet sitter, dog walker, or pet groomer. You could even combine all these services so that you have multiple streams of income.
45. Interior decorating
If you know how to decorate homes, making them look extravagant, then you should become an interior decorator. People will pay you to turn their average looking homes into a home you see on television or in a magazine.
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46. Mortgage/debt-reduction service
If you can reduce homeowners’ mortgages, or help them eliminate debt, you will find a huge demand of customers. Once expenses become too overwhelming, people are always looking for the best way to get their head above being in debt.
47. Moving furniture
Most people enjoy moving to a new home or office, but they hate the moving process. You can eliminate their frustrations by offering your moving services. Once your business starts to grow, you can expand and get several trucks and vans to meet your demand.
If you know how to cut and style hair, you can become hair stylist. Market your services through videos placed on YouTube. If your plan on working in a shop until you build your clientele, then you will need to get your cosmetology license.
49. Patient advocate
Many patients are taken advantage of by the health care system. If you know the health care process and know all the laws involved, you can help to ensure patients are not being abused by the system.
50. Senior care
People get older, and they need the assistance of others to keep them safe and happy. The services you can offer include: companionship, driving them to appointments, cooking for them, and keeping their homes clean.
51. Personal trainer
People are beginning to see the importance of working out and eating healthy. If you are person who knows how to do both, you can offer your services as a personal trainer and meal preparer. If too bust, you could outsource the meal preparations to a chef, or just provide your clients with a list of foods to prepare on their own.
52. Personal shopper
Many individuals hate dealing with a crowd of people when they go shopping and they particularly hate standing in long checkout lines. Therefore, they pay people to do their shopping for them so that they can avoid the frustration.
53. Packing and unpacking
Nobody like having to pack to move and then unpack when the move is completed. You can offer these services to both people in homes/apartments or businesses that are relocating.
No business can go for too long without having their financial records up-to-date. Most businesses either choose to overlook bookkeeping or simply forget about doing the task. You can offer your services to businesses that do not have a in-house bookkeeper, or even become a second set of eyes to go over their work.
55. Business travel management
Businesses will always need to arrange travel for their salespeople and executives. You can take this process of their hands by booking their air travel, hotels, and car rentals all at the best rate possible.
Businesses will need to ensure that their presentation remains of high quality. Power washing will be needed to clean the exterior of office buildings, sidewalks, parking lots, and company vehicles.
57. Restaurant delivery
Sometimes people are too busy to leave their offices in order to get lunch. So they call delivery services to have their lunch delivered to them. You can make some decent money working in a busy city.
Unfortunately businesses and consumers do not always pay their bills on time. Businesses do not have the time to chase these delinquent customers,so they outsource the task to debt collectors who can make calls and file claims for them.
The world has become more global, which means businesses need to be able to get through language barriers in order to conduct business. This is why they hire people fluent in multiple languages to help them when this problem arises.
60. Public speaking/coaching
For some reason, people seem to become more motivated to be better after they attend a speaking engagement. If you are a dynamic speaker and have expertise in a certain subject, you can easily make six figures per year as a speaker.
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61.Rent out your home
Websites such as Airbnb and HomeAway allow you to rent out your home or room to people traveling or in-between relocating. Show pictures of your home set your price, and wait for someone to book their stay.
62. Rent parking space/driveway
If you live near a stadium or arena, you can rent out your driveway to people who need to park their cars but do not want to pay extreme prices in the event parking lots.This can be a nice way to make some decent money a couple of times per month.
63. Peer-to-peer lending
When people get turned down for traditional bank loans, they seek alternative assistance. If you have some extra money that is not being used, you can lend it to people and they pay you back plus interest.
These are 63 side businesses that you can start within a week to start making at least $500 per month. As you become busier due to increased demand, these side businesses can soon become full-time businesses. It would be exciting to have a side business become something that outgrows your employee pay.
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