Becoming a Sidepreneur is a safe way to create a new business with an additional revenue stream while still keeping your day job for stability. Then once the side-gig picks up, you can leave the job & become your own boss. We should mention though that you have to be prepared to put in HARD work while working these in parallel!
Here are 3 side business ideas that can put you on your way to becoming a Sidepreneur:
1: Sell Your HandcraftsIf you have an artistic skill or a craft you are good at, why not start making some money from it?
Here are some of the most common hand crafts that sell well online:
- Handcrafted Jewelry
- Macrame business (keyrings, wall hanging, plant hanger)
- Handmade Ceramics & Pots
- Personalized cups, t-shirts, etc
You may even already be selling these to your friends & family or even via Instagram, but the next step is getting set up on an eCommerce platform where you can take payments & open yourself up to a new market.
2: Buy & Sell Refurbished FurnitureIf you are somewhat handy & know your way with sandpaper & drills, then consider the world of furniture! People no longer want to buy from Ikea to have their living room look like everybody else’s (or remember that episode of Friends with Pottery Barn?). Most seek uniqueness & vintage feels. So why not jump into this opportunity? You can buy old or damaged furniture, & give it a new look by refurbishing & then selling it at a profit online. If you are REALLY passionate about furniture you can take it a step further by designing your own furniture.
Here you have more information about how to start your furniture refinishing business.
3: Freelance ServicesA freelancer is a self-employed person who can offer services to a diverse group of companies & individuals. They usually earn money by charging an hourly rate or per project. It is one of the most popular part-time business ideas is because you decide the time that fits you better to work on your projects. It doesn't need a huge amount of investment to start; it is mainly about providing your skills to other businesses.
Below are some of the most common freelancing jobs:
- Virtual Assistant
- Graphic Designer
- Social Media Manager
- Real Estate Manager
- Accountant Services
- Content Manager
- App Developer
- Business Consultant
- UI/UX Developer
The Freelance business is one of the highest growing sectors worldwide, & it is expected to make up 60% of the entire US workforce by 2027.
But, now the most common question comes up when we talk about freelancing, how do I get my clients? Well, in the beginning, it is not going to be that easy to establish a network, but some freelance platforms can help you to get more projects to work on. These may include Fiverr, Upwork, Behance or Toptal. They give you access to companies looking for particular jobs to be completed & you can apply to them.
Now you may ask yourself, how can I juggle 2 jobs?...
Well, we know that everything looks amazing on paper, but balancing two jobs, social & personal life is not easy. That is why you must organize your time efficiently to get the job done without losing your mind & life trying to start your business.
To start, you should determine how much time you will dedicate to work on your side business. Then you have to commit to work those hours, otherwise you will never be able to grow the side job into a real business & get that independence you seek.
So what are your thoughts about the Sidepreneur? Are you ready to start your own business without losing your mind? Let us know in the comments!