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Turn Spare Time Into Spare Cash with a Side Hustle

A whole 70 million Americans report having a side gig to supplement their income, and it’s easy to see why. A side hustle can add up to 20% on top of your monthly earnings, and it can be done in your free time. Read on to find out why so many entrepreneurs are bringing in cash on the side, why they do it and how you can start a side business with a big idea (or even no ideas!) and little money, too.

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    Here’s Your Lightbulb Moment: Top Side Business Ideas

    Getting started with a brilliant idea is as easy as flipping the switch on your creativity. Almost anything, done right, can become a side hustle. You just have to figure out what you’re selling, who you want to sell it to and how. Sounds overwhelming? That’s okay.

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    Become a Content Creation Whiz

    You’ve got a lot to say, and there are people out there who want to hear it. Being a content creator is a great side hustle job, because the subject matter options are limitless and you get to position yourself as an expert. There’s also very little overhead to get started. 

Here are some of the types of content you can create:

    • A blog on a subject you know a lot about or something you feel passionate about

    • A YouTube series on anything that interests you and has something to offer

    • A podcast on your favorite topic, featuring an interesting lineup of guests

    • An Instagram influencer, documenting your passion, knowledge or just you


    Go on a Shopping Spree, Then Sell It for Profit

    Looking for easy side hustles that are also a lot of fun? Reselling is a hugely popular option for side hustlers. And if you’ve got a good eye, it can be very profitable. Wondering how and where to sell your treasures?

    • List vintage collectibles on eBay.

    • Set up a shop dedicated to retro jewelry or home decor on Etsy.

    • Restore and sell old furniture on Facebook marketplace.

    • Sell niche products on targeted resale sites, like Chairish, OfferUp or Poshmark.


    Start Consulting or Freelance Your Way to Financial Freedom

    Freelancers can earn big money, plus they benefit from amazing flexibility and the ability to work from just about anywhere. Offer your services on websites like Upwork, Fiverr or Here are some of the skilled services people are looking to outsource to qualified freelancers:

    • Copywriting and content creation

    • Graphic design

    • Photography

    • Editing


    Get on Board with the Gig Economy

    If you haven’t got the time to brainstorm an idea and put it to work, look to the gig economy, where the planning and process are already done for you. The income isn’t as high as in some other side business areas, but if you’ve got a few spare hours and enjoy running errands, it could be the right pick for you. Here are some of your options:

    • Driving for Uber or Lyft

    • Delivering food or groceries via Shipt, Instacart, Grubhub or DoorDash

    • Pet sitting through Rover

    • Babysitting or nannying via, Bambino or other similar apps


    Share Your Expertise

    What are you good at? Chances are, someone wants to be as good as you are and you’ve got a lot to share to help them learn. Best of all, sharing your knowledge can bring in a good amount of income.

    Here’s how:

    • Coach a local kids’ sports team.

    • Give private lessons in swimming, tennis, horseback riding, etc.

    • Offer virtual tutoring services to school kids or college students.

    • Provide independent review/editing services for term papers, thesis papers or dissertations.

    • Offer tips for being a social media influencer that everyone wants to follow.

    • Offer tips for being a social media influencer that everyone wants to follow.


    Get in the Property Game

    Real estate is a booming business, but you don’t need to be a tycoon to get started. 

    Here are some ideas:

    • Rent out your home on Airbnb while you’re traveling.

    • Turn extra space (like a basement) into an apartment and become a landlord.

    • Offer your services as an independent property manager to local owners.


    Treat your side hustle like a hobby and you might earn a little extra pocket money. Treat it like a business and you might just have yourself a viable source of income that could change your financial outlook. To do that, you’ll need a plan. You’ll also need discipline, creative thinking and laser focus. If you’ve got the right mix of skills and determination, you can pull this off.

    But First, Consider This:

    Many side hustlers give up some of their recreational time to make their side gig a success. Decide now how much time you’re willing to devote to this endeavor and what types of activities you’ll be willing to sacrifice (and for how long) to give it a go.

    Prepping for Launch: Tips for Getting Your Side Hustle Off the Ground

    Identify your online business’s unique selling points (USPs)

    Whether you’re competing on features, price, quality, speed or something else, your USPs set you apart from competitors and encourage customers to come to you.

    Look at who your competitors are in the space

    Having competitors is a good thing as it shows there’s a market, but if there are too many, you’re likely to struggle without a really good USP.

    Understand your market

    Clearly identify exactly who your customers are likely to be, where they hang out and how you’re going to reach them. This will be essential to your marketing, communications, sales and customer support.

    Talk to clients

    Speak with potential customers to understand what they want from your products and services, and validate this by asking if they would commit to spending real money on them.

    Get involved with business communities and discussion groups

    One of the great things about side businesses is that there are plenty of great communities and discussion groups. Get involved with them and learn the ins and outs of your chosen market before committing.

    Don’t Push Your Business Plan Aside

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    Time to Do the Hustle!

    You’ve got the idea, the plan, the strategies and the business entity. You’re almost ready for launch. But before your side hustle takes off, make sure you consider these business functions that will guide how you operate your hustle.

    Software and Process

    The right software can make running your side business quicker and more efficient. See our great list of the top apps at the end of this guide.


    If you’re in an online marketplace, you probably won’t need to do much marketing. It’s important to represent yourself in the best possible way and gather good reviews. For people with another type of side business, your marketing needs will vary depending on the specifics of what you’re selling.


    Just like the location of your business, the equipment you need will depend on the type of side business you’re running. In most cases a laptop and smartphone will be sufficient, although other types of side businesses may need more specialized equipment.

    Location of your business

    The location of your side business will depend on the type of business you run. In almost all cases, you’ll run your side business mainly from home, even if your main place of work is your car or property that you’re renting out. Remember that if you’re selling products, you will need space to store your stock.

    Finances and Taxes

    You will need a separate business bank account for your online business. You might also want to consider a business credit card. Additionally, you will also need to keep careful bookkeeping records and file business and personal taxes. Here at Bizee we can even help you file your taxes.

    The Complete "Start Your Business" Checklist

    A Clear and Comprehensive Guide to Starting Your Business the Right Way

    Hustle Helpers Useful Tools to Get You Started

    There is a vast amount of tech tools, apps and services available to business owners to help them market and manage their business. But for side hustlers, you’re looking for something that’s quick to adopt, without a steep learning curve.

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    Marketing Automation

    Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

    Customer Support

    Human Resources

    Website Development

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    Ready to Get Your Side Hustle On?

    Side businesses can supplement your income, help you pay the bills during a job hunt or inspire you to work toward becoming a full-time entrepreneur. You’ve gotten this far — now it’s time to take the next step and turn your side hustle into a legit money-maker. Form your LLC today with Bizee for $0 + state fee.