Some people view running a side business as a way to make a bit of extra money to pay the bills. Other simply, view running a side business as a way to spend some free time. Regardless of their motivation, most find it to be fun and rewarding. Fortunately, some side businesses can be cheap to launch, and some are even free. Here are eight side businesses that require little to no investment.
Web Designer – Today, companies know how important a well-designed website is for their businesses, and interest in great web designers will continue to rise. With a bit of practice and a modest portfolio, it is possible to land local web design contracts. There are many great HTML and CSS tutorials online, and a bit of practice with a graphics program can get you up and running.
Repair Technician – Whether you know about computers, cars or appliances, you can start a side business with nothing more than a few tools. Things break, and people who know how to fix broken items will always be in demand. There are also a number of options for advertising. Some websites allow users to place free advertisements, and a pay-per-click campaign will cost little to run.
Massage Therapy – Becoming a licensed masseuse will require attending classes, but it can be easy to find affordable massage tables, and the hourly rates are fairly high. Those who have a bit of time to invest will find it to be an enriching, fulfilling side job.
Freelance Programming – There is already a shortage of programmers, and experts believe that there will not be enough to meet demand for years or even decades. Learning to program is no mean feat, but those with a bit of knowledge may be able to land lucrative contracts for fun, exciting work.
Writing – Writing is an essential skill, and companies are learning that having capable writers is great for attracting readers and keeping them coming back. Everyone who knows how to read can write, and a bit of practice can go a long way toward starting an exciting side business.
Tutoring – Parents are willing to pay high hourly rates for those who can provide tutoring services for their children, and anyone with knowledge about an academic area can begin to sell their services. Aside from the cost of transportation, tutoring is completely free.
Handyman Work – Not everyone who loves building and fixing things wants to become a construction worker. For those who enjoy working with their hands, however, there is plenty of work to be had as a handyman. By focusing on delivering great service, competent handymen can depend on word-of-mouth advertising to give them fairly regular work.
Babysitting and Childcare – While it is largely viewed as a job for young people, there is a substantial amount of work available for those who are great with kids. Parents need breaks, and babysitting and childcare give parents the ability to take a night or weekend off.
Starting a side business can be great fun, and many people would continue working on their businesses even if they didn’t get paid. While side work might not translate to full-time work, those who focus and build their client bases may find their businesses to become more lucrative than their day jobs.