If you’re living with an entrepreneurial spirit and stuck in a 9-5 job, chances are you want out. But quitting a job to start your own venture is scary and filled with risk. Instead of going cold turkey, be smart and start a side hustle that can turn into a full-time business. Once your side hustle picks up enough traction, you’ll feel much more comfortable with quitting your job to focus on your craft.
Start Your Side Hustle Today
There are 100’s of different ways to make money. I’m sure you’ve come across many that can be started from the comfort of your own home. While all of those “make money online easy” click-bates may seem enticing, many of them aren’t fulfilling and wouldn’t be as lucrative as they make it out to be.
Those are side hustles that would not translate well into a full-time business.
Personally, when I started side hustling, I had the intent to start something that would eventually earn enough revenue to turn into a full-time job. I wanted to just work for myself and never have to work at a 9-5 ever again.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to make money, this list is not for you. This is a list of unique side hustles that will take time to grow, but will prove to be far more lucrative in the long-run. These are the side hustles that have the potential to turn into successful, scalable businesses.
The truth is, there is no legitimately easy way to make stable cash flow on the side. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. Realistically, making a solid side income comes from committing to something for a period of time and consistently working on growing it.
The best way to find a side hustle that can turn into a full-time business is to pick one of these options off the list that aligns with your past experiences, passions, and interests. Buckle down with it to become a subject-matter expert in your niche.
The more you commit to one thing, the more you will see your future unfold in front of you and the more you will see the big bucks rolling in.
Strap in, here are 30 of the best side hustles in 2020 that can turn into a full-time job (in no particular order).
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1. Become an Uber or Lyft Driver
Getting starting in the gig economy with Uber or Lyft is one of the most direct and surefire ways to earn money on the side. The payment model is simple: You get paid for every ride you complete. Thousands of drivers make a full-time living from this, and thousands more are supplementing their primary income with this.
This can easily be something you start in the evenings and on weekends to earn an extra few hundred bucks per week. While this gig has very low barriers to entry, it is difficult to scale and demand is dependent on where you live.
2. Web Design
Making websites can be a lucrative side hustle but requires technical knowledge. Luckily with today’s web design platforms, you don’t even really have to know how to code in order to build a website. Once you practice a bit and build a solid portfolio, you can offer web design services for small businesses starting at $500-$1,000 per website, and upwards of $5,000+ for large projects.
If you enjoy working on your computer and like to be creative, web design can be a great side hustle that can turn into a full-time business or lead to good job opportunities.
3. Start a Podcast
Podcasts and audible content are growing in popularity and can easily start off as a part-time side hustle. Podcasts are typically monetized through sponsorships and advertisements, but can be quite difficult to get off the ground.
There are tons of podcast platforms you can get started on, but delivering a lot of value and building a consistent listenership (not sure if that’s a word) should be your first priority when starting a podcast. You most likely won’t make any money for a while, so don’t go into it thinking you’re going to get rich right away.
4. Financial Coaching
If you’re good with personal finance, you might be able to make a career out of it. Financial literacy is one of the biggest deficits out there, and people will pay good money for you to teach them how to manage their finances better.
Currently, there’s technically no certification or educational requirements to become a financial coach. As a coach, you’re not giving investment advice or legal advice, just personal finance and budgeting coaching. (Getting a certification is, of course, recommended to improve your credibility to clients.)
- Case Study: Whitney Hansen
- Resource: What Is Financial Coaching, And Best Practices For Becoming One
5. Start a Blog
Blogs can be one of the most profitable side hustles there are. On the high-end, there are bloggers that make over $100,000 A MONTH. You heard that right.
On the low end, there are bloggers that have been blogging for years and haven’t even earned $1,000. So you’re going to want to do your research before jumping into it and understand that if you intend to make money with your blog, it’s going to take time and commitment.
6. Mobile App Development
Learning how to develop apps can not only make you good money on the side, but also turn into a high-paying career. While it may be harder to start your own app development business, companies will pay big bucks for good app developers, upwards of six-figures.
Start small, learn how to build basic apps. There are tons of online tutorials out there, so I wouldn’t necessarily suggest investing in a Coding Bootcamp unless if you’re very serious about it. Yes, you’ll have to know how to code. It’s best to pick one coding language and specialize in it. iOS Developers are in demand right now, therefore the pay is quite good.
7. Become a Virtual Assistant
If you think of yourself as organized and good with communication, and you want to work from home, then becoming a VA might be a good path for you. Essentially you get paid to handle administrative tasks for someone virtually, such as managing calendars, clients, emails, etc.
There are plenty of full-time VAs out there that started off part-time. It’s a high-demand service right now with all of the budding internet entrepreneurs out there. Being a virtual assistant is a great side hustle that can turn into a full-time business.
8. Freelance Writing
Freelance writing is one of my personal side hustles of choice and is one of the easiest-to-start options on this list that can convert into a full-time business. While there are a ton of freelance writers out there, there’s also a large demand for them.
If you don’t mind writing, there are tons of platforms to get started with freelance writing. Some forms of writing include copywriting, content writing, ghostwriting, press releases, email sequences, and much much more.
- Case Study: 5 Steps I Took to Become a Six-Figure Freelancer
- Resource: The Complete Guide to Getting Started Freelance Writing From Scratch
- Need a freelance writer? Hire Me
I know, consulting is extremely vague. But the concept remains similar across all niches. Luckily, the possibilities are endless in the field of consulting, so you can take just about anything you’re an expert at and twist it into a consulting business.
If you’re good at helping other people and have value you can provide, consulting would be a good fit for you. Consulting other businesses is a great way to earn a lot of money.
10. Start a YouTube Channel
YouTube can be a great way to earn income on the side, and one that can turn into a full-time job with enough commitment. Even if you’re not comfortable in front of a camera, you can make other types of videos like tutorials, whiteboard animations, etc.
YouTubers primarily make money through affiliate marketing, ad revenue, and sponsorships. Every YouTube channel starts small, so don’t hesitate to get started today!
11. Become a Social Media Influencer
Companies want to be able to put their brand in front of as many eyes as possible. So they started leveraging Social Media Influencers (including YouTubers and Bloggers) to market their products. The company has the product, the influencer has the reach, authority, and.. well.. the influence to recommend said product.
There are a bunch of existing Social Media Influencers and aspiring influencers, so you will have to have a unique concept in mind and do something that sets you apart from the crowd.
12. Start a Private Label Business
What’s a private label business? Essentially you identify a trending product to sell, find a supplier, and market that product with your own label and branding. Often times the suppliers ship the product from overseas.
The trick is identifying the right product and finding a reliable, quality supplier. Then the marketing and promotional efforts are up to you. Like most businesses, this requires up-front capital and is a bit risky. Many people lose money on their investments when starting a business. But like they say, high-risk, high reward. Starting a private label business on the side can turn into a multi-million dollar venture and beyond if done right.
13. Personal Training/Wellness Coaching
Do you often find yourself at the gym? Do you find yourself preaching to your friends about the newest diet you’re trying out or the healthy recipe you just made? If so, you would probably enjoy being a personal trainer/wellness coach.
There are tons of people out there that will happily pay someone to hold them accountable to a consistent, structured exercise routine and meal plan. Increase your marketing efforts around New Year’s for best results.
- Case Study: How to Make $100,000-Plus Per Year as a Personal Trainer
- Resource: How to become a personal trainer
14. Assembling or Moving Furniture
If you’re good with your hands, assembling furniture can end up being a good side hustle. You don’t have to be super crafty with this, there are plenty of potential clients out there looking for someone to assemble their IKEA furniture, which all has very similar build processes.
Moving heavy furniture goes hand-in-hand with this, so you can market yourself as a mover and builder. TaskRabbit is a decent platform to get started with this side hustle. This is a popular side hustle that can turn into a full-time business.
15. Become a Travel Agent
If you love traveling then chances are, you know a thing or two about finding good deals and identifying fun opportunities. Take what you know about traveling to help other people plan their vacations.
Being a travel agent requires organizational skills and strong communication. There are many solo travel agents that have turned their agency into a six-figure business.
16. Graphic Design
Graphic design is a highly valued skill in the digital world of today. Luckily, there are tons of outlets to post your graphic design services on. Start off as a freelance graphic designer on the side of your primary job, and eventually work your way up to earning a full-time income.
If you’re familiar with Photoshop or other design softwares, you can certainly start making extra money through graphic design today. If not, there are tons of tutorials and courses out there.
17. Sell Services on Fiverr or Upwork
Fiverr and Upwork are two popular platforms for freelancers of all types to sell their services. As mentioned earlier, freelance writing and freelance graphic design are two great ways to earn money on the side. Leverage Fiverr and/or Upwork as a way to connect with new clients to start building your portfolio.
There are tons of other services that you can sell on here, so think about which skills you possess that could be of service to others, and get started today!
You’ll typically need to invest some money upfront for some equipment to get into photography. But if photography is already a hobby of yours, you might as well turn it into a source of income! You can even become a Google Trusted Partner and get paid to upload images of stores and businesses to Google.
Some trends in photography: 360 Photography and videography is growing in popularity, particularly for Google. If you’re interested in Drones, there is definitely a market for Aerial Videography.
19. Write an Ebook (Or Physical Book)
There are ebooks on just about everything these days. Typically, the ones that make money are nonfiction books that provide value or instruction to the reader. You can get your ebook published on Amazon as a Kindle book, or there are other platforms to sell them on.
Writing physical books can still be a good way to make money, there are just more barriers to entry, and it will take longer to start seeing profits.
20. Dropshipping/Shopify Online Store
Dropshipping is an online business model where your products are shipped directly from the supplier to the customer. This eliminates a bunch of overhead from storing inventory, along with other shipping costs associated with a traditional business.
Starting a dropshipping business requires some initial capital depending on your product. Like any business, it comes with risks associated with it but has an incredibly high upside. You can start small as a side-hustle, and if you gain more traction maybe think about making it a full-time business.
21. Arbitrage/Flipping Products
Arbitrage involves buying something, then selling it at a higher value for a profit (Otherwise known as Flipping). Arbitrage is a very common side hustle and can be quite profitable depending on the product or quantity in which you flip. Flipping houses and cars can be very lucrative, but requires a lot of work and research.
Arbitrage can take place online or in person. I personally know someone that makes an extra several hundred dollars a week by flipping TVs on Facebook marketplace. You can flip just about anything that people are searching for.
22. Home/Property Maintenance Service
This can range from anything between lawn care, roof repair, plumbing, drywall, etc. If you’re a handyman and generally good at these things, a handyman side hustle could be an excellent source of income that you can turn into a business.
People will pay good money for these tasks, and TaskRabbit is a good platform to get started on to start building a client base and get some experience.
23. Car Detailing
Everyone loves a clean car, right? Sometimes, just taking it to the car wash doesn’t do the trick, so you seek out a car detailing service.
This is a low-cost start-up, and there’s generally an endless number of clients. Pretty much every family owns at least one car, and when their car gets dirty again they’ll come right back to you. This can start as a weekend gig but has the potential to turn into a full-time business.
Many business owners don’t have the time to worry about tracking their finances and worrying about taxes, so they outsource it to Bookkeepers. Bookkeeping is certainly something you can do on the side of a full-job, but if you want to make it your business, it’s recommended to become a certified bookkeeper.
If you’re good numbers, you can make a career out of handling various company’s financials with your Bookkeeping business.
25. Start Tutoring or Teaching Online
Tutoring can be done in person, but if you want to expand your client-base, online tutoring is rapidly growing in popularity. If you’re good at explaining things in simple terms, tutoring can be a great path for you. It’s easy to get started on the side, and can eventually become a full-time job with enough commitment and growth.
There’s a handful of sites where you can even get paid to teach English to kids from different countries online. There are hundreds of online teachers making a living off of these sites.
26. Sell Your Craft On Ebay
Etsy is mostly known for selling hand-crafted goods, but did you know that there is also a demand for digital products? It’s a great platform to turn a crafting or artistic hobby into an income source but is not limited to those products.
Setting up an Etsy shop is relatively easy, and there are many cases of people making six figures from their Etsy business.
- Case Study: How One Woman Makes Almost $1 Million A Year On Etsy
- Resource: How to Open an Etsy Shop
27. Cooking or Catering Service
Are you great at cooking? Believe it or not, cooking is a marketable skill that can turn into an extra source of income for you. Leverage platforms like Hire A Chef as a side hustle.
Starting a catering business can be an excellent way to utilize your cooking skills, and there’s always a demand for good caterers. The best way to do this is to become an expert in a specific niche rather than focusing on all different types of catered food.
28. Event Planning
For some people, event planning is their dream job. If you have strong organizational skills and a creative touch, event planning can be the perfect fit for you. There are different niches that you would want to specialize in, such as weddings.
The most experienced event planners can earn up to $1M in revenue, so there’s definitely a market for it out there. People are willing to invest a lot of money for an expert to plan big events.
29. Become a Babysitter or Nanny
Becoming a babysitter can be a very easy side hustle to get started with and can earn you some good quick money. It can, however, be difficult to scale this into a full-time nannying business. The barriers to entry are pretty low. As long as you’re good with kids and can earn the trust of the parents, you can become one.
If you wanted to scale something in this space, opening a daycare center could be a potential move for you.
30. Real Estate/Airbnb
Investing in a rental property is one of the best ways to make money passively. If you have plenty of capital to put down up-front, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t do this. Passive side hustles are highly desired, but often takes a lot of time and money to get started.
Airbnb is a similar concept to buying a rental property; you can rent out a spare room in your house to people for extra income.
The sooner you pick a side hustle and get started, the sooner you can turn it into your full time job. Of course there are many many other options, but these are some of the more common ones out there.
If you catch traction and want to turn it into a business, you’re most likely going to want to file as an LLC in order to legally protect yourself. Visit Inc Authority today to file your LLC.
Which side hustle are you starting today? Let me know in the comments below.