Tired of slaving away at your current 9-5 for the same pay? Looking for a way to branch out on your own to start your own company or just looking for a side hustle that you can do in your spare time to finance your wine, travel or food addiction (I don’t judge…I have all 3)? Here are 5 easy businesses you can start from the comfort of your home…NOW!
Do you have a strong analytical or strategic skill set an great communication skills? If so, you might want to consider using your abilities to become a business consultant. The possibilities are endless as a consultant, as many companies need contracted help for a variety of reasons, including improved IT software, accounting, marketing, strategy, operations or more. Are you talented in bookkeeping, graphic design, social media, streamlining business processes or something else that another organization may find valuable? Put word out that you’re available, develop a portfolio or list these sills on your resume. You may need to start with smaller companies or maybe even volunteer projects to build credibility, but you could gradually raise your going rate for your services to upwards of $50 or even $100 per hour.
2. Freelance Photographer
If you have an eye for spotting and capturing beautiful things in unique ways on film, freelance photography may be for you. Advertising agencies, magazines and websites are always looking for visually captivating images to grab their audiences’ attention and are willing to pay top dollar for compelling work. Build up a portfolio of your best images and reach out to publications and companies to see if they would be interested in buying your work or hiring your to photograph their models, products, etc. Don’t want to go the corporate route? There’s the option of weddings, individual portraits and more. Photographers can bring in upwards of $200 per hour.
3. Event Planning
Type A? Love lists, organization, paying attention to even the smallest of details and thinking on your feet to be ready to solve any and all problems? Try your luck at event planning. With a ride array of events out there, from business conferences to marketing campaigns to destination weddings on remote islands, the possibilities are endless. You’ll be responsible for finding venues, sourcing vendors, such as caterers, AV guys and transportation services, negotiating contracts and doing any and everything to keep the event going smoothly. There’s a ton of event planning companies that hire freelancers to work part time on projects. You can also get your foot in the door planning family and friends birthday parties or weddings, building up a name for yourself and marketing your services to others for a flat free or percentage of their event budget. Event planners can expect to make around $20-30 per hour or 10% of the overall budget of the event they are planning.
4. Personal Trainer
Is fitness more your speed? Do you live for some good cardio, plyometrics or just helping others to get in shape and sculpt their dream body? If you have a pretty strong understanding of anatomy and health, personal training may be a great option for you. While this is the one side hustle that requires certification (if you want to work at an actual licensed gym), you can take a simple course and test to get those credentials. There’s plenty of gyms out there looking for bubbly personalities with a penchant for working out, so throw your towel in the ring and stake your claim. You can bring in, on average, $30-$50 per hour.
5. Makeup Artist
Are you a Picasso when it comes to painting masterpieces on faces? Can you draw on eyebrows that do NOT look like parentheses, contour someone’s face from to have cheekbones kissed by God himself and apply lashes without leaving someone looking like Snuffalufagus? Freelance makeup artistry may be for you.