Category: Entrepreneurship

12 Side Hustles That You Can Work From Home

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.

Proofreader

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.

9 Franchise Start-Ups For Less Than $10,000

Entrepreneurship is the ultimate goal for many people. The path to fulfilling your dream to own a business of your own can be often times smoother when choosing to buy a franchise. Fortunately for many aspiring entrepreneurs, many franchises have a start-up cost of less than $10,000.

The following are descriptions of nine low-cost franchise start-ups that have proven to be solid investments for entrepreneurs:

Cleantastic

Cleantastic offers a great opportunity to own a commercial cleaning franchise with a minimum required investment of less than $5,000. For this low-cost, franchisees get the Cleantastic name, extensive training, technical support, and an initial customer base.

Cleantastic franchise owners will also receive uniforms, training manuals and business cards to aid them in getting off to a good start in business.

National Tax Office

National Tax Office provides an excellent opportunity to become the owner of a tax preparation business. Franchisees can build their business under a competitive name that provides a competitive pricing structure and revenue sharing.

NTO franchisees can begin to fund their business ventures with an initial investment of less than $1,000.

 

Launch Homecare

For a minimal start-up cost as low as $5,000, Launch Homecare provides entrepreneurs with the opportunity to run two businesses in one. Launch Homecare franchisees provide home care services as well as assisted living placement services for their clients.

A starter package entitled ‘60 Days To Launch’ is provided to help franchisees plan and prepare their Launch Homecare business venture. The company also offers a VIP package that includes needed software tools and live training.

Captain Tony’s Pizza

Antonio Martella’s first store opening of Captain Tony’s Pizza took place in 1972 in New York. The Martella family decided to franchise the family business in 1985. Today, Captain Tony’s Pizza is at the top of the heap for pizza franchise opportunities for a low-cost investment of $10,000.

Captain Tony’s provides take-out, delivery, and dine-in experiences for their gourmet pizza.

Equipment cost for franchisees are low and specific leasehold improvements vary and are dependent on the specific service options franchisees choose.

Golf Tournament Outfitters

Golf Tournament Outfitters is a home-based seasonal business franchise opportunity that distributes gift items and organizes contests for charity golf tournaments. Golf Tournament Outfitters has been in operations for 11 years. It also sells membership perks to purchasing groups and provides fundraising support to non-profit organizations.

Entrepreneurs are offered an excellent seasonal income opportunity for a low investment cost of $4,000. Franchisees are given a step by step marketing and sales plan and provided with all sales tools and needed forms to make pitches to directors of charity golf events.

Big Mouth Direct

Big Mouth direct franchisees provide business owners with affordable digital solutions in exclusive territories. Franchisees will offer clients website design services, SEO marketing services, pay per click campaign management and social media marketing services.

The minimum investment is $10,000 and franchisees can be fully operational within 30 days. Big Mouth Direct operates in an e-commerce market that in 2013 passed the $1 trillion mark. All indications are that this market will continue to grow for the foreseeable future.

Vernon Street Capital

The beginning of Vernon Street Capital was that of a mortgage brokerage firm headquartered in the California area. The founder of VSC has trained over 1,000 loan originators and founded multiple mortgage companies.

VSC has created an impressive training program for allows individuals with no background in the industry to market an array of lending programs to customers seeking financing options for home, commercial, and business ownership.

Affiliates of VSC can get started with an investment of less than $5000

Mop Frog

The industry for residential and commercial cleaning tops $49 billion in annual sales, and the industry appears to be recession proof.

Mop Frog franchisees are required to invest $,5000 and are afforded the opportunity to market cleaning services to 20,000 households in a given area with values of $75,000 or more.

U.S. Lighting Group

Reports from U.S. government sources estimate that over 80% of commercial buildings in the country have not undergone a lighting retrofit makeover. These retrofits offer benefits to business owners in the form of decreased energy expenses as well as tax savings.

U.S. Lighting Group seeks distributors that are able to work with building owners, electricians, and energy contractors about retrofitting buildings with new LED lights. Entrepreneurs interested in a U.S. Lighting Group must make a minimal investment of $10,000

 

Bonus: Start Your Own Car-Rental Business with Fetch

With Fetch’s automated car rental system, you can start your own rental business. Best of all? There are no startup fees. Don’t want to launch a full-time business? Start with a few cars and use Fetch as your side hustle.

Fetch’s technology automates the entire rental process for you and eliminates the responsibility of a traditional car-rental business. Fetch also provides marketing support helping you acquire customers and make money from day one.

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