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10 Side Businesses You Can Start On Your Own, Online or Offline

Profile photo of cindy Submitted by cindy September 22, 2015

If you are struggling to make ends meet, maybe you should ask yourself if a side business is right for you. You can start immediately, work the hours you that suit you and earn all the extra cash you need. You don’t have to be experienced; the internet will teach you all you need to know. There’s a wealth of free information for you; anything you don’t understand can be learned online, usually for free. Learn how to create a website, market your product or take some free writing lessons.

Whether you work full time, part time or not at all, you can find a side job that’s right for you. Thanks to the internet, anyone with a computer can tap millions of prospective clients worldwide. You have all those customers to sell your product to.Take advantage of them!

Many of the following jobs are online and can be started by someone with little or no computer experience. Other jobs listed can be run from home. Here are 10 easy to start businesses for you to consider. These businesses take little or no investment to start up and require minimal upkeep:

 

1) Sell information

9 out of 10 people go online looking for information. If you are an expert in anything, you can market it and make money. Perhaps you know how to raise children, train dogs, build computers, write resumes or budget money; whatever you know, there is someone out there looking for that information. Write an e-book or create a series of videos. Sell what you know. Parents, students, retirees…anyone can do this.

 

2) Become an affiliate marketer

In other words, market someone else’s goods. All you need to start is a website and marketing know-how (which you can learn about for free online) and you earn a commission on every product sold. Here’s a tip: choose a product or niche you’re passionate about. It shows when you truly believe in a product and makes the job more enjoyable.

 

3) Sell on Ebay

and I’m not talking about your yardsale leftovers, either. Choose a product or group of products that there is a market for and list them for sale. You can get products through wholesalers-which you pay for up front, sell at a profit and ship from home or drop-shippers-which is when you sell someone else’s product and leave the rest up to them (they take care of shipping, collecting payments, returns…).

 

4) Writing

 

Writing for the web is a business that just keeps growing. You write articles, guest posts, tutorials, how-to’s and the like, and sell your work online. Popular sites will list “jobs” which you can choose from. They tell you what to write about and you produce the content. Most sites pay a flat rate per article, some pay a few cents per word. Either way, if you like writing, you can earn an income from it.

 

5) Open your own online store

First, choose a web hosting site with ecommerce and build a store. Any good site will walk you through the whole process. Then, choose multiple products to sell, say, herbal supplements, yoga equipment or collectible coins for instance, on your own website. Similar to Ebay except that you are in control of the sales. If you are unsure of how to get started, learn how to choose a niche, find products, market those products and other ways to monetize your site-you guessed it-online for free!

 

6) Start a mobile business from your home

whether it’s babysitting, cutting hair, grooming dogs or detailing cars; offer to go to the client to do the work. You make the appointments to fit your schedule, set your own hours and only take on as much business as you want. People are more than willing to pay for the convenience of having you come to them.

 

7) Pet sitting

At your house or theirs, this is a great little part time job. Pets don’t need constant attention, so you’re free to study or work online. The pet will just be glad to hang around with you instead of sitting in an empty house alone and the owners will be grateful that they don’t have to worry about their beloved pet.

 

8) Tutoring

Online, in your home or theirs, share what you know and help someone with their studies. Online tutoring via a webcam or by telephone is a lucrative side job. Again, you are free to make your own hours and only take on as many students as you are comfortable with. Charge by the hour or per session.

 

9)  Flip websites or domain names

Think of it as buying and selling virtual real estate. Simply put, you buy cheap and sell at a profit.Domain names can be sold as is. Websites may need a little tweeking to make them more appealing. Companies will pay big bucks for websites that already get visitors and popular domain names are much sought after.

 

10) Start a blog

You write the content and get visitors to come to your blog. Get paid by advertisers who will place ads on your blog. When visitors click on the ads, you make money. The more visitors you get the better you’ll do. Anyone can blog, it is easy to learn (yes, online for free) and it makes you money.

In these digital times, you have your choice of a whole slew of options for expanding your income. Work full time, part time or weekends. These jobs require little to no money to start up and minimal work to keep up, so


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I am a full time substance abuse counselor and a casual writer with a passion for sharing my knowledge with others. My favorite topics to write about are health and personal finance. I especially love researching subjects that are new to me. I have been writing since 2010 and have published quite a few articles on various subjects. In my free time I enjoy reading, my two cats, the outdoors, horseback riding, volunteering for the United Way and Horizons for Homeless Children, and crafts. My favorite job ever: taking care of the police horses for the MDC Police. My worst job ever: picking squash on a farm one summer.

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