10 great small business & side hustle ideas

Find out what you can launch to make money and start your founder journey
Amal Alshamsi
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Amal Alshamsi
10 great small business & side hustle ideas

Maybe you want to dip your toe into the gig economy, dream of being an entrepreneur full-time, or just want to make money alongside your day job, all of these reasons and more are great motivations for you to start your own business. Small businesses and side-hustles are as popular as they have ever been as they’re an accessible way to turn a profit, build skills, and add to your career path. 

There is an idea out there for every type of person and their level of commitment, so let’s dive into 10 solid ideas for a small business or side hustle that will work for you. 

Start dropshipping

Dropshipping is a low-risk business model where the business owner/store sells a physical product to their customers without handling the item or having to deal with manufacturing, inventory, or shipping. You are basically selling a ready-to-go product but packaging it as your own brand by putting your creative spin on the marketing and branding. 

Anyone with any set of expertise can embark on this type of business, as long as you can prove that there is a demand for the product in the market. Do a Google Trend search for popular products, keep an ear out for people’s conversations about the products around them and see what you can do better, or find something that you’re personally interested in. Then, narrow down what sets your product apart from the others on the market. This could be sustainability, price point, look and feel, or features like battery life. 

Sell personalised products

You can sell personalised items such as t-shirts and other apparel, stationery, and much more without putting any effort into it yourself. They can include trending images and sayings, or the customer’s names and initials based on your niche and differentiator. Vendors like Printful, Printify, SPOD, and T-Pop offer services to keep your online store stocked. 

Build a local service

Become the service that everyone in your area needs by tapping into a specific service that you can offer. The options are endless: tailoring and alterations, make-up application, cleaning, plumbing, catering, moving, laundry, and so much more. The way to do this is to create a simple site and social media presence as well as advertise through word of mouth. Then, either use your own skills in the particular field or employ someone else on an hourly rate. Eventually as you start getting some clients, you can employ more people and branch out.

Manage business social media channels

The first step to starting this side hustle is building up your own social media accounts and learning how to produce viral campaigns. Once you have evidence of your abilities, reach out to mid-sized businesses or business with a low social media presence and offer your services as a social media manager. Start running their campaigns across social media channels and eventually sign on more clients, building your way to a social media agency. 

Start a creative or technical support service

Imagine the sheer amount of projects that people are embarking on at this very minute. All of them are guaranteed to need extra creative or technical support, and that’s where you can come in. It’s perfect especially if you have existing skills in a particular area, but you can also hire a freelancer to do the work on your behalf. To start off, you can list your service on Fiverr or Upwork. The most in demand support is video production, photography, design, web development, data entry, IT support, and writing copy/content writing. 

Become a consultant

No matter what your area of expertise or passion is, there’s always a part of your knowledge that will be in demand—it’s just up to you to make the most of it. Grow your client base by posting a listing on Upwork, naming your main skills, and start reaching out to different businesses offering your expertise as a consultant based on your existing skills. As you start getting consulting gigs, you can expand by investing in relevant tools and hiring a freelancer to support you. These are all popular fields for consulting: branding, web design, human resources, accounting, and organisation. 

Start a marketing service

In the digital age, every company needs a marketing strategy to bring their products some exposure. Whether you have a marketing background or you are inexperienced, you can bring in clients that need your services and provide them with quality work. 

If you can’t do it on your own, you can work with another marketing agency and present their services to your clients as if they were part of your own brand. You'll typically pay upfront for their work and then mark up the price slightly for your end client, repeating this process until you eventually expand. 

Build a digital tool

People use digital tools everyday, at work, at home, and while pursuing their hobbies. They make life easier, so consumers are happy to pay for them. You can develop and sell a digital tool of your own even without any development skills by using a no-code developer like Bubble, Retool, Wavemaker, and more. Popular spaces to develop digital tools are: productivity, mindfulness, exercise tracking, data sorting, calendar scheduling, recruitment sorting, team monitoring or management. 

Cultivate a community and monetise

Support is a valuable resource for niche groups that often can’t find one another. Simplify this by building a community of like-minded people with the main selling point of support and collective growth. For example, you could start a podcast that brings together people in the fin-tech space or meditative wellness space and start drawing in a sizeable listener base. Then, from there you can create a social media group that includes your audience and speakers and keep them engaged with events and posts. They can pay a subscription fee for being part of the group and you can use exclusivity to your benefit as you market the community. In the future, you may start to look at partnerships and even selling your community.

Run a blog 

While this won’t start making you money right away, as you build up content and posts and start making connections in your niche, you’ll start building up a dedicated following that you can monetise. Start generating content on a free website host like Wordpress and market yourself in the relevant community, sharing with family and friends, and through word of mouth. The key to success here is to cater to a specific niche and make them feel heard, as well as deliver valuable content.

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10 great small business & side hustle ideas

Find out what you can launch to make money and start your founder journey

Maybe you want to dip your toe into the gig economy, dream of being an entrepreneur full-time, or just want to make money alongside your day job, all of these reasons and more are great motivations for you to start your own business. Small businesses and side-hustles are as popular as they have ever been as they’re an accessible way to turn a profit, build skills, and add to your career path. 

There is an idea out there for every type of person and their level of commitment, so let’s dive into 10 solid ideas for a small business or side hustle that will work for you. 

Start dropshipping

Dropshipping is a low-risk business model where the business owner/store sells a physical product to their customers without handling the item or having to deal with manufacturing, inventory, or shipping. You are basically selling a ready-to-go product but packaging it as your own brand by putting your creative spin on the marketing and branding. 

Anyone with any set of expertise can embark on this type of business, as long as you can prove that there is a demand for the product in the market. Do a Google Trend search for popular products, keep an ear out for people’s conversations about the products around them and see what you can do better, or find something that you’re personally interested in. Then, narrow down what sets your product apart from the others on the market. This could be sustainability, price point, look and feel, or features like battery life. 

Sell personalised products

You can sell personalised items such as t-shirts and other apparel, stationery, and much more without putting any effort into it yourself. They can include trending images and sayings, or the customer’s names and initials based on your niche and differentiator. Vendors like Printful, Printify, SPOD, and T-Pop offer services to keep your online store stocked. 

Build a local service

Become the service that everyone in your area needs by tapping into a specific service that you can offer. The options are endless: tailoring and alterations, make-up application, cleaning, plumbing, catering, moving, laundry, and so much more. The way to do this is to create a simple site and social media presence as well as advertise through word of mouth. Then, either use your own skills in the particular field or employ someone else on an hourly rate. Eventually as you start getting some clients, you can employ more people and branch out.

Manage business social media channels

The first step to starting this side hustle is building up your own social media accounts and learning how to produce viral campaigns. Once you have evidence of your abilities, reach out to mid-sized businesses or business with a low social media presence and offer your services as a social media manager. Start running their campaigns across social media channels and eventually sign on more clients, building your way to a social media agency. 

Start a creative or technical support service

Imagine the sheer amount of projects that people are embarking on at this very minute. All of them are guaranteed to need extra creative or technical support, and that’s where you can come in. It’s perfect especially if you have existing skills in a particular area, but you can also hire a freelancer to do the work on your behalf. To start off, you can list your service on Fiverr or Upwork. The most in demand support is video production, photography, design, web development, data entry, IT support, and writing copy/content writing. 

Become a consultant

No matter what your area of expertise or passion is, there’s always a part of your knowledge that will be in demand—it’s just up to you to make the most of it. Grow your client base by posting a listing on Upwork, naming your main skills, and start reaching out to different businesses offering your expertise as a consultant based on your existing skills. As you start getting consulting gigs, you can expand by investing in relevant tools and hiring a freelancer to support you. These are all popular fields for consulting: branding, web design, human resources, accounting, and organisation. 

Start a marketing service

In the digital age, every company needs a marketing strategy to bring their products some exposure. Whether you have a marketing background or you are inexperienced, you can bring in clients that need your services and provide them with quality work. 

If you can’t do it on your own, you can work with another marketing agency and present their services to your clients as if they were part of your own brand. You'll typically pay upfront for their work and then mark up the price slightly for your end client, repeating this process until you eventually expand. 

Build a digital tool

People use digital tools everyday, at work, at home, and while pursuing their hobbies. They make life easier, so consumers are happy to pay for them. You can develop and sell a digital tool of your own even without any development skills by using a no-code developer like Bubble, Retool, Wavemaker, and more. Popular spaces to develop digital tools are: productivity, mindfulness, exercise tracking, data sorting, calendar scheduling, recruitment sorting, team monitoring or management. 

Cultivate a community and monetise

Support is a valuable resource for niche groups that often can’t find one another. Simplify this by building a community of like-minded people with the main selling point of support and collective growth. For example, you could start a podcast that brings together people in the fin-tech space or meditative wellness space and start drawing in a sizeable listener base. Then, from there you can create a social media group that includes your audience and speakers and keep them engaged with events and posts. They can pay a subscription fee for being part of the group and you can use exclusivity to your benefit as you market the community. In the future, you may start to look at partnerships and even selling your community.

Run a blog 

While this won’t start making you money right away, as you build up content and posts and start making connections in your niche, you’ll start building up a dedicated following that you can monetise. Start generating content on a free website host like Wordpress and market yourself in the relevant community, sharing with family and friends, and through word of mouth. The key to success here is to cater to a specific niche and make them feel heard, as well as deliver valuable content.

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