15 Businesses You Can Start in Your Spare Time

by Elizabeth Fels

You don't have to quit your full time job to start a business. Many businesses can be started as small, part-time or weekend only ventures. Here are 15 ideas for generating income on the side while doing something you love. 

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Whether you're looking to make spending money in your spare time or launch a part-time business that could evolve into a full-time career, the opportunities are virtually limitless. From leveraging your natural talents in the freelancing world to filling a void in the marketplace, these business ideas will inspire you to carve out your own niche.

1. Become a re-seller.

Sell unwanted or new items via Amazon, eBay, Etsy and other online marketplaces. This type of business can be scaled to your schedule, budget and inventory.

2. Create social media posts for businesses.

Although finding clients may be easier with a marketing degree, connections and a knack for crafting relevant posts on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms can help you launch a successful social media business.

3. Offer your services as a freelance personal assistant.

If you're efficient, you're reliable and you love being on the go, this may be the business for you. From grocery shopping and purchasing gifts to dropping off dry cleaning or picking up concert tickets, helping busy people save time will make you an in-demand assistant.

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4. Provide pet services.

Animal lovers can profit from their passion by offering a range of pet services. Dog walking, waste cleanup, pet-sitting and transporting pets to appointments are just some of the profitable ways you can help pet owners save time.

5. Start a cooking or baking business.

Turn your baking or cooking skills into a side business. Decorating cakes, catering and selling baked goods are just a few ways to make money online or in your area. It's important to note that you'll need to learn about city and county food preparation regulations if you decide to cater or sell locally.

6. Write for money.

Online article writing and blogging are some of the easiest, most flexible ways to break into professional writing. More experience may be required for copy writing, technical writing and certain other types of content creation. Gain clients through your own website or by getting in touch with local businesses.

7. Become a tutor.

Whether you're helping young students with difficult academic subjects or enabling adults to master a language or learn a new skill, tutoring is a profitable side business that doesn't require a huge time investment.

8. Start an information marketing business.

From weight loss to career development, you can earn a passive income by creating information products on one of an endless number of subjects. Offering expert information via eBook, CD, video or another format can help you earn a passive income while working a full-time job.

9. Sell your arts and crafts projects.

Artists and crafty types have plenty of opportunities to make money. Get involved with your local arts community, and sell your wares at area art fairs or craft shows. Join Etsy or another online arts and crafts marketplace, or set up your own website.

10. Clean houses or businesses.

If you're fast and produce great results, professional cleaning can be lucrative. Both types of cleaning services can be done on a part-time basis; whether you choose residential or business depends largely on your schedule.

11. Offer personal training services.

Personal training is a natural fit for those who are passionate about physical fitness. Trainers can also work full-time jobs because most clients want appointments after work or on weekends. You'll need to invest some time and money in certification.

12. Start a repair business.

If you're a handy man or woman, your skills are in demand. Help homeowners complete their "honey-do" lists by performing household tasks for which they lack the time or knowledge. Find out whether permits are required in your area.

13. Become a purveyor of natural products.

Toxin- and chemical-free products are sought after by "green" consumers. Turn a soap-making hobby into a business, or sell nicely packaged natural cleaning products online and at local events. Consider offering free samples to friends, family and other willing recipients in exchange for their honest opinions before selling your products to the public.

14. Get involved in affiliate marketing.

Affiliate programs allow you to make money by promoting a company's products. When customers buy from a business by clicking on an ad or link on your website or blog, you make money. Affiliate programs abound, allowing you to profit from click-through links to small business sites or mega-retailers like Amazon.

15. Provide virtual assistant services.

Busy professionals often need help with clerical and customer service-related tasks. The great news is that you can make money by supplying virtual assistant services from your own home. From answering emails to organizing contact lists, you can help business people save time and money while earning money in your spare time.

These business ideas can help you find the perfect venture for your skill set or maybe even inspire you to create an entirely new moneymaking niche.

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