Side Hustle Businesses You Can Start From Home
Ever considered a side business? You might have a regular job that you enjoy, but financially it might just not be cutting it. Many people turn to self-employment as it can be more meaningful, it leaves you in full control, and you can get many more financial benefits. Taking the leap from a full-time job to working for yourself can be a big one. Which is why taking things slowly and doing things bit by bit can be a good idea. Planning, and building up clients before quitting your regular work can mean that things go a lot smoother.
You might be wondering what business ideas you can start from home? Or what is going to be a good way to make money? Here are some ideas for small businesses that you can run from home!
Blogging is still relatively new and a lot of people make money from it. Brands and businesses are recognising the value that it has in marketing. It is a good idea to know what topic you want to be blogging about, so that you can create a brand for your blog. Having a niche is usually the best way to make money! Brands will be likely to pay you if they know that your readership is interested in a certain area.
It can take a few months of writing before you start making money. The good news is that you need very little to get started! A laptop and the internet being the main tools needed. You should expect website costs (design and domain name). If you’re interested in starting your own blog, you will need to purchase a domain and hosting. You can start with your own website from as little as £20!
Graphic or Web Design
On a similar note, if you are quite creative or have experience with design or web design, you could be designing other people’s websites for them (as well as your own). If graphics is more of your thing and you’re quite creative, then you could be designing logos and graphics for social media channels. This is definitely something that people want to pay for, so can be worth looking into.
Start up costs are usually low, especially if you already have a computer and design software. Test the waters by reaching out to bloggers or businesses, and finding work on sites like PeoplePerHour.
If you think about what you do in your current job, would you be able to coach people in it? If you work as a healthcare profession or something like a nutritionist, could you take on external clients? Even if you work in marketing or sales, do you have the success and background knowledge to help others that want to improve in this area? If so, creating an online course or doing specific online coaching can be a good idea. If you have a job where this wouldn’t really work, then have you considered getting training with something like bereavement counselling or training as a life coach? Then you can do one-to-one sessions with people, or create and sell a course online, which could be an audiobook, an ebook, or videos.
Many bloggers and influencers use an assistant to help them with admin, emails, photos, editing, and more. A good place to get started is as a VA is with Facebook groups for VAs. You could also try reaching out to people on Twitter and other social media channels. Once you have a couple of clients, it can be easier to get more and more.
If you are pretty competent with social media, then you could work as a social media manager as well as a virtual assistant if needed. Influencers have a lot to do each day, and going through posts, sharing videos on Facebook, liking and relying to people. You help them to grow their channels, while they focus on the content that they create for their main channels. This is pretty easy to get set up with just a smartphone or a laptop and an internet connection.
Laura from savings4savvymums recommended becoming a virtual assistant when I asked her what her favourite side hustle was. She said “I get to work around the kids and set my own hours“. I couldn’t recommend it enough to anyone who needs flexible working”.
Automate your Side Business
If your business has an online presence there are a few things you can implement to save time! Increasing your level of automation will reduce your workload and increase the time you can dedicated to growing different aspects of your business. Here are some tips to help you market yourself much more efficiently:
- Schedule content ahead of time
- Create a content calendar
- Social media automation
- Accept guest posts or influencer takeovers
- Encourage social sharing from your website
- Use IFTT to create chain reactions across your channels