Small Business Ideas You Can Start as a Side Hustle

Sep 15, 2022

Whether you already have a business or are looking to start one, it’s a great time to create extra income with a side hustle. 

While starting a new venture can seem overwhelming (and can be), there are lots of businesses you can start without a huge upfront investment of money or time. This makes them the perfect fit for a side hustle you can grow alongside a current business or your full-time job. Here are a few ideas to get you started!

Coaching or Consulting

Coaching or consulting services are a great side hustle idea because they require no upfront costs and allow you to monetize what you already know. Nearly any skill you have can be turned into a coaching or consulting business. Many people underestimate their own knowledge – you don’t have to be the biggest expert at the skill you choose, you just need to be one or two steps ahead of your clients in order to help them create results. 

For example, if you’re great at social media, you can create a consulting service around social media for small business owners. If you love to draw, teach others how. Use your network, social media, and other online marketing platforms to get the word out about your new business and get started! And remember – you don’t need a fancy website, business cards, or other bells and whistles – you just need people to know about you.

Driving for a Ridesharing App or Delivery Service

Ridesharing apps and delivery services are another great business you can start as a side hustle. These are available in most major cities and allow you to make your own hours, so you can get started with your car and license and build your schedule around your other commitments. 

Dog Walking

If you’re a dog lover, you can start your own business walking others’ dogs or join a preexisting dog walking agency, which will pair you up with pets that need to be taken out. Similar to ridesharing and delivery apps, joining a dog walking agency allows you to create your own hours and doesn’t require you to do any marketing. If you have more time on your hands and want to create your own agency, you’ll be able to take more of the profit home, but you’ll also have to put more time and energy into marketing. If you’re looking for a true side hustle (and not a full time business), we recommend working with an agency, at least to start.


Similar to coaching and consulting, tutoring allows you to take something you’re already good at and help others improve their skills. If there are certain subjects you excelled at in school, these are a great place to start your search, but don’t discount tutoring even if you weren’t a star student. Many look for tutors for things like musical instruments or language as well. To make getting started easier, there are also many sites specifically for marketing tutors that will help you land your first clients. 

Virtual Assisting

Virtual Assisting is another great business you can start as a side hustle. As remote work continues to grow in popularity, many professionals need virtual assistants to help with administrative tasks like scheduling and responding to customer inquiries. Another benefit of virtual assistant work is that it often doesn’t have any prerequisite skills – you can start as a complete beginner and learn most of what you need to succeed on the job.

Happy side hustling!

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