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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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16 Responses to “10 Side Businesses You Can Start On Your Own, Online or Offline” Leave a reply ›

  • Profile photo of Arjay [Moderator] Profile

    Hello cindy,

    Thanks for sharing this. But remember to always click the “king this” to “king” your own posts after sharing. I noticed you didn’t do that for this post.

    If you don’t get enough “kings” and engagement, you don’t get to the frontpage and you don’t get good enough traffic. So, always “king” your posts, to get the ball rolling,

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  • Profile photo of Nanda Rahmanius Profile

    Hi Cindy,

    Informative post, indeed!

    I agree with you. There are many ways to earn money from online. I think, if you have good writing skills, you could get some job online. There are many website owners who need content writers nowadays. You can take advantage of that opportunity. :)

    Thanks for sharing this. Enjoy your weekend!

    Regards,
    Nanda
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  • Profile photo of Sunday William Profile

    Hello Cindy,
    Its quite revealing accessing the details of this post. At least, they remind us of what options that can be availed without worrying much about start-up costs.

    The 10 businesses listed in this post are handy. However, for anyone to make the most of them, there is need to pursue strategies that will deliver value and solution to intending customers!

    Thanks for sharing this. In the very least, newbies seeking for business options to start can use this to be inspired!
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  • Profile photo of Kevin Ross Profile

    Good post but I agree with @sunday in his comment above. It’s one thing to know these side businesses but it’s another to learn enough about each to actually pursue the strategies that will deliver value as Sunday rightly said. This post will present the options one can consider but a whole lot more is needed before anyone can become close to making a living from any of these.

  • Profile photo of Metz Profile

    These are 5 great side businesses!

    Sell information
    Writing
    Open your own online store
    Tutoring
    Start a blog

    These are my favorites. They are perfect for newbies. I will just highlight one.

    In my point of view, tutoring is an opportunity that could give you great money. If you’re knowledgeable, skilled on something, becoming a tutor, teaching interested people is an awesome idea. Your student will offer money and/or you can decide how much the tutorial would cost.

    Gonna share this on my social media accounts. I have lots of friends who are looking for a sideline. I know they can do one of the tips you put into the table. Honestly, awesome post! Very helpful!
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  • Profile photo of Gill Watkins Profile

    Hi Cindy, great list of ideas for a side business.

    For anyone starting looking for a way to start a side business there is plenty to think about. I also agree with Sunday that although start up costs are low (which a lot of people look for when starting) they will definitely need to look to delivering value and solutions to potential customers.

    Thanks for sharing this.
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  • Profile photo of Sherman Smith Profile

    Hey Cindy,

    This was a list of great ideas you came up with.

    As for me, I do blogging and affiliate marketing which are lucrative ways to make money. Me and my girlfriend actually teach salsa on the side sometimes as well when there is an opportunity. We usually go to people’s home to do it.

    But besides that blogging and affiliate marketing does take time to produce this skill set. I do have to say that the time it takes to learn and grow with it is well worth the effort.

    Thanks for sharing Cindy! I hope you have a great day!
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  • Profile photo of Corrisa Profile

    This list was meant to inspire rather than be a how-to. I’m seeing more of these kinds of lists popping up more on Kingged. Maybe a little more insight into each one – the pros and cons.

    Overall, a nice start Cindy!
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  • Profile photo of Eugene Zavarzin Profile

    Hi cindy,

    Great list of money-making ideas, and do these really work? Yes, they do and that’s why I’m here… LOL.

    Starting a blog is kinda best options out there because it also allows to do content marketing from your blog as well as make money from it. So, it is a two-in-one kind of deal – starting a blog.

    And the others, selling information, being an affiliate marketer, selling on eBay, Amazon, or Clickbank, flipping websites, writing or tutoring has one source – the blog.

    If one starts a blog, it acts as several platforms – either to make money or as a platform for content marketing of the other businesses you do, which indirectly makes you money.

    Just my two cents!

    Mainak.
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  • Profile photo of Dan Maxwell, Jr Profile

    Great post Mainak.. I’ve personally used three for those methods: blogging, freelance writing mobile service from home.

    Thanks for sharing

    Dan
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  • Profile photo of Celine Profile

    Hello Cindy,

    It is important that newbies are reminded of what steps they can take to start making money online online or offline. With the business ideas shared in this post, it becomes really easier to start running an online business. Selling information is great choice anyday!

  • Profile photo of Sarah John Profile

    Hi Cindy,

    The list of businesses you have shared in this post is nothing new. However, it is important that this is published for those who don’t know.

    One addition I will make is that those who plan to start a business of their own must be ready to provide the needed value at all times.

    Actually, the prospects or customers reward value!

  • Profile photo of James Ling Profile

    Hi Cindy,

    At least, for those who are not really sure of what it takes to make money online, these tips would come handy.

    There are so many online and offline businesses that can be started but a list of like this will give one clue as to what it takes to start an online business!

  • Profile photo of steven Profile

    Whether we crave to go full time or part time, there is hope that if we offer value to the target audience then there would be easy reward.

    Blogging is all about craving for the best and ensuring the audience receive the best of our services or products.

    Whatever kind of business we decide to pursue, we must never forget the main essence of a profitable business – which is value creation!

  • Profile photo of Winford Moore Profile

    Hey Cindy,

    There are hundreds of jobs that can be started from the home. Luckily, one don’t need to have computer experience nor Internet knowledge to start them.
    Once the passion is there and there is the potential to exchange value then it becomes important to start running a new business online or offline.
    At least, with your list, a completely newbie can take steps to start making money online.

  • Profile photo of Black Profile

    I have a friend who is planning on starting an online business. I am going to show her the ideas of this post to make the first leap. There are opportunities to make money online and offline and I am sure would take a cue from this post!

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