25 Side Hustle Ideas for Entrepreneurs

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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.

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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:

  1. Make money selling products online. Here’s how to find a product to sell*
  2. 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*
  3. Being a videographer or photographer can be a creative and profitable sideline
  4. Personal trainer
  5. Entertainment gigs: Musician, Disc Jockey
  6. Food blogger, fashion blogger, travel blogger, lifestyle blogger
  7. Freelance graphic designer/website designer
  8. Cosmetologist, hair stylist, and/or esthetician
  9. Academic tutor
  10. Notary
  11. Consultant: Safety consultant, IT consultant, or dozens of other specialties
  12. Medical billing
  13. Home automation business
  14. Mobile oil change
  15. Lawn care
  16. Recycling: plastic,  metal, gold
  17. Event planning, princess party planning, wedding planning
  18. T-shirt business: [Free guide to getting started.*]
  19. Answering service
  20. Delivery service — either independently or through an established company
  21. Being a home-based travel agent
  22. Providing small-scale, local moving services
  23. Giving music lessons
  24. Making money on YouTube [Here’s one strategy*]
  25. Becoming a driver for Uber or Lyft
  26. Offering handyman services [Here’s how to make it work.]

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Thanks for checking out my business ideas blog. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or comments.

–Joel
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

Business Startup Ideas and Resources

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Based on my personal experience as a business writer, entrepreneur, and inquisitive human being, I believe that there are several key qualities people need to possess or cultivate in order to start their own business and have a strong chance of succeeding.

Let’s face it: Anyone can start a business, and many (unqualified) people do. The question is: “How many people have what it takes to succeed in business?”

Although countless books have been written on the topic of succeeding in business, I’m going to attempt to boil down those volumes of wisdom to the following two concepts [drumroll, please!]:

  1. A good business idea: This first category opens up a rather large “can of worms” (yuck) because it raises more questions than it answers. For example, pinpointing a good business idea is like trying to hit a moving target. It depends dozens of variables, some of which change over time. Regardless, I’m going to take a stab at answering that question. In a nutshell, a good business idea would be one that you’re not only passionate about, but one for which you possess relevant experience. Being strongly motivated to acquire expertise can sometimes substitute for actual experience. When you’re committed to becoming an expert, then you’re providing yourself with a competitive advantage and an inside track to achieving your goals. In assessing a potentially good business idea, it’s also necessary to examine whether there’s an actual demand for your product or service, and whether you  have the organizational skills, marketing abilities, and financial resources to get your business up and running. While there are businesses that require little or no money to get started, it almost always takes weeks or months before you’re able to build up a customer base and generate a steady cash flow. Some people either give up before they get to that point or are forced to abandon their business because of financial or other reasons.
  2. “Knowledge is Power!” The first time I heard that expression was from my father when I was in grade school back in the 1960s — yeah I know, I’m old! The second time was when I went on a class trip to the town library. Those words were affixed to the front cover of a book I picked up. Once I got over the shock that my father did not originate that saying, I developed a deep appreciation for the acquisition of knowledge — especially practical knowledge that you can use to improve your life. When it comes to starting and succeeding in a business, knowledge is one of the cornerstones of success.

How to Choose and Start Your Own Business

In addition to helping you come up with good ideas for starting your own business, another purpose of this blog is direct you to useful information, start up manuals, and other practical resources. Here’s a list of some of the most popular business startup ideas and where to get more information* on effectively starting, managing, and marketing your own business.

  1. How to start an online business on Shopify
  2. Starting a dog-walking and/or pet-sitting service
  3. Lawn care and/or lawn mowing business
  4. Event planning business startup kit
  5. How to start a tutoring business
  6. Start a craft business
  7. How to run a profitable handyman business
  8. Starting a fitness training business
  9. Detailed guide on running a non emergency medical transportation service

Other possibilities for starting your own business include a Web design business, a property preservation business, party planning, bookkeeping, a recycling business, selling cupcakes, landscaping, construction, trucking, transportation, house painting, interior decorating, clothing business, retail, import/export, ebay business, business marketing services, cell phone business, courier services, personal assistant service, delivery service, florist, HVAC services, home remodeling, plumbing, electrical services, roofing, floor installation, hardwood floor refinishing, gardening, home staging, food truck, daycare, wholesale business, freight broker, bakery(cakes, bread, cookies, pastries, donuts, cupcakes), window cleaning, starting an Etsy shop online, taxi service, tax preparation business, restaurant, coffee shop, pest control services, a franchise business, interior design, greeting cards, pool hall, gym business, photo  booth business, corporate recruiting, life coaching, career coaching, manufacturing, gift basket business, welding, swimming pool cleaning and maintenance, virtual assistant, dog breeding, dog training, doggie daycare, furniture, clothing, shoes, renovation, marketing services, and much more.

Thanks for checking out my latest blog post. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, comments, ideas, or suggestions.

Best of luck with all your business ideas!

–Joel
*Compensated marketing affiliate

How to Start a Cleaning Business

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Starting a cleaning business is one of the most popular ideas among people looking for ways to make money, generate a steady income, and be their own boss. Although it’s not exactly a “glamorous business,” there is almost always a high demand for cleaning services — both residential and commercial. Nearly everyone needs their businesses or homes cleaned on a regular basis, and most people are willing to pay for it.

Two other reasons so many people consider starting a cleaning business are the relatively low startup costs and the fact that you generally do not need college degrees, professional certification, or specialized training.

That being said, I believe successful business owners always look for ways to expand their knowledge, discover more efficient ways of doing things, and learn how to implement cost-effective marketing strategies. Although a general business education would be helpful in running a cleaning business, it’s not a prerequisite for starting a profitable cleaning business. If you are considering starting any kind of cleaning business, it does help to have some sort of business background or at least work experience in small business management, customer service, human resources, bookkeeping, accounting, and/or marketing.

Other requirements for being able to launch and operate a profitable cleaning service include a strong work ethic, problem-solving abilities, and tenacity. If you’re the kind of person who gives up easily, doesn’t get along well with people, or loses their patience when things don’t go smoothly, then a cleaning business may not be the right type of business for you. Although it can be both profitable and personally satisfying, owning a cleaning business is definitely not easy; I have yet to discover any legitimate, feasible business idea that doesn’t involve planning, hard work, and commitment.

If you do possess people skills, business management experience, and organizational skills needed to succeed in this kind of business, then a cleaning business may be an affordable and practical way to become your own boss.

Whether you decide to start a specialized cleaning service or multi-faceted cleaning business, there are quite a few different options to choose from:

  • Carpet cleaning
  • Commercial cleaning (janitorial services/office cleaning)
  • Window cleaning
  • Home cleaning (residential house cleaning /housekeeping services)
  • Rain gutter cleaning
  • Foreclosure cleaning business, which may include junk hauling
  • Parking lot cleaning
  • Pressure wash cleaning
  • Roof cleaning
  • Drain cleaning
  • Construction cleaning
  • Boat cleaning
  • Vehicle cleaning: cars, trucks, RVs, etc.
  • Swimming pool cleaning

Like any business, one of the secrets to success is to identify a need — especially one that’s not being adequately served in your community or target market — and fill it to the best of your ability. To be competitive and generate repeat business and referrals, it’s also necessary to continually focus on customer satisfaction, quality improvement, marketing, your bottom line, and plans for future growth.

 

Cleaning Business Tips and Techniques

Sam Rodman, owner of “Edison Office Cleaning” in Florida has put together an informative startup manual* describing how he achieved success in the cleaning business. The “Instant Office Cleaning Kit” tells how anyone can start and/or expand their own office cleaning business with little or no money! The manual comes complete with “ready-to-use” documents and easy-to-understand methods. Order it here*.

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Thanks for checking out my latest blog post on business ideas and tools for entrepreneurs. I invite you to “follow” this blog if you’d like to be notified of future blog posts.

Best of luck in all your entrepreneurial pursuits!

–Joel
Freelance writer, blogger, marketing strategist

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*I am a compensated affiliate of the cleaning business startup kit and other products and services referenced in this blog post.