Developing a side hustle is a great way to not only generate extra income each month, but it also provides some insurance in case something happens to your day job. These are the types of money-making ventures you can do on a very part-time basis, without ever leaving your home.

Who knows, maybe one day your side hustle can also develop into your full-time gig?

Here are 12 different ideas for side hustles that you can start from home with minimal, if any, upfront investment.

Resume Writing

Have a knack for writing compelling resumes? You can turn that into a service that generates extra cash on the side. Customers will email you their qualifications, ideal job or position, and you email back a completed resume.

Another opportunity in this space is optimizing clients’ LinkedIn profiles. Many individuals want to stand out on LinkedIn and have recruiters discover their profiles.

Virtual Assistant

A virtual assistant answers phone calls, takes messages, read emails and create correspondence based on the client’s notes. One target audience is small business owners who are too busy to attend to small tasks and phone calls. You can provide a valuable service to them, helping clients free up their time to focus on other key projects.


If you have an eye for detail, then you can offer your services as a proofreader. Your client base would include website owners, businesses, writers and print and online publications. You can charge by the word or you can charge by the project. Proofreaders can charge anywhere from $15 – $35 per hour for their time.

Online Research

Writers, print and online publications, corporate recruiters and a variety of other professionals constantly need Internet research for the projects they are working on. You can offer your services as a research professional and quote your rates per project. If you get long-term customers, then you can work out a customized pay arrangement that works for you and the client.

Clients may utilize your research skills for planning events, identifying how to solve a problem or even comparing prices of products for upcoming purchases.

Start An Ecommerce Store

Start your own ecommerce store and never have to leave your house! These days you can receive products, get shipping supplies sent to you and even have shipping companies pick up your outbound deliveries. If you want to sell products from a third-party, then there are plenty of drop-shippers you can use that will put your company name on the invoices they send out.

Services like Shopify and Weebly make it easier than ever to start your own online store.
This entrepreneur made $300,000 from their ecommerce business, without having to own any inventory.

Lend Money

If you have ever had the urge to be an investor but have no idea where to start, then you should look into a peer-to-peer lending platform. In this form of lending, a group of investors puts their money into a pool and then agrees to lend it to someone who needs it. You collect interest just like you would with a regular investment.

Sites such as Lending Club make it easy to get started and provide tools to manage your investments.

Pet Sitter

Anyone who likes pets can open up their home to other pet owners as a pet sitting business. Most states have no requirements for anyone who wants to be a daycare for pets, and you can pick and choose which clients you want. This is one of those side hustles that can be more fun than work!

New services such as Rover make it easy to create an online pet-sitting profile and begin accepting pet-sitting jobs.

Graphic Design

If you are artistically inclined, then you can take some classes and become a graphic artist. You can do logo design, create templates for presentation or even design book covers for ebook writers.

Online sites such as Fiverr are great places to begin posting your portfolio and attracting design jobs.

Social Media Management

There are plenty of companies that will pay you to post regular tweets to their Twitter accounts and updates on their Facebook accounts all day long. You will have the opportunity to begin building an online community for your clients, and engaging with their customers online to build a community of raving fans.

Freelance Writing

There are many websites on the Internet that will allow you to write web content for clients that will pay as soon as your content is approved. Most of these websites have processes you have to go through to become approved to write. But once you are approved, you can choose from the work that is available and start making money.

Online marketplace such as TextBroker allow you to view job requests that include a summary of the writing project and how many words are expected.

Make Videos

There are a lot of people who create online v-logs (video logs) that they put on YouTube and then monetize. It is easy to start a YouTube account, and it is easy to monetize your videos. The only part that requires some work is coming up with content people will want to watch. If you have a hobby or are interested in sharing review of products, that can be a great place to start!

Nadine Sykora makes more than $100,000 a year with her YouTube channel!

Develop An Online Class

If you are an expert in a topic, then you can put that topic into an online course and make money. You do not need to be certified or licensed to offer online courses, and you can be as creative as you want in the presentation of your information. If you play guitar, then develop a series of videos that teach people to play guitar and put them online for people to access through a subscription.

Ready to get started? Check out sites such as Udemy and Skillshare.


Bonus: Create Your Own Car Rental Business

With Fetch, you can create your own self-service car business. Simply provide vehicles, and start renting them to individuals and businesses in need of transportation. Fetch’s platform allows your renters to complete their reservations on their own using just their phone, so you can sit back and relax while your revenue comes in. Learn more about Fetch’s partner program.