I like the term “side hustle,” because it’s loaded with implications about what it means to be an entrepreneur. There are a lot of different kinds of entrepreneurs, but you’d have to look long and hard to find one that is lazy.
From my perspective, an entrepreneur is someone who’s an ambitious, high-energy, independent business person. I also see entrepreneurs as being inquisitive, trail blazing, and motivated to create value.
As I write these words, I’m reminded of famous quotes by George Bernard Shaw and Bobby Kennedy — both of whom are considered thought leaders of their time (and beyond).
“There are those that look at things the way they are, and ask why? I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?”
To me, that philosophy embodies the entrepreneurial spirit.
For some people, coming up with side hustle ideas happen spontaneously. Others may need to approach it in more of a methodical way, such as brainstorming, doing online research, or networking with other entrepreneurs.
Side Hustle Ideas
If you’re looking for ways to make extra money, the following list of potential side hustle ideas can be a valuable — if not profitable — starting point:
- Make money selling products online. Here’s how to find a product to sell*
- Over 1,000 freelance writers have used this resource* to succeed from home, without the usual costs, competition or low-paid hustle. Here’s how*
- Being a videographer or photographer can be a creative and profitable sideline
- Personal trainer
- Entertainment gigs: Musician, Disc Jockey
- Food blogger, fashion blogger, travel blogger, lifestyle blogger
- Freelance graphic designer/website designer
- Cosmetologist, hair stylist, and/or esthetician
- Academic tutor
- Consultant: Safety consultant, IT consultant, or dozens of other specialties
- Medical billing
- Home automation business
- Mobile oil change
- Lawn care
- Recycling: plastic, metal, gold
- Event planning, princess party planning, wedding planning
- T-shirt business: [Free guide to getting started.*]
- Answering service
- Delivery service — either independently or through an established company
- Being a home-based travel agent
- Providing small-scale, local moving services
- Giving music lessons
- Making money on YouTube [Here’s one strategy*]
- Becoming a driver for Uber or Lyft
- Offering handyman services [Here’s how to make it work.]
Thanks for checking out my business ideas blog. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments.
Freelance writer, entrepreneur, marketing specialist
*Disclaimer: I am a compensated affiliate of many of the eBooks, small business courses, membership websites, and eCommerce services referenced on this blog