The median household income in the United States is $56,516, but there are plenty of people who, whether they’re earning that much or not, are still struggling to make ends meet and cover all of the expenses they have. Even if they are earning enough to cover the cost of the necessities, many Americans are looking for ways to earn more money that they can spend how they please. Whatever the reason they want to earn more, many are taking on a side hustle that they can work at their own convenience and have the flexibility they need. And, thanks to the options and opportunities that have been opening up, there are now more than 44 million Americans who have a side hustle of their own.
In a survey conducted by Side Hustle Nation, 54 percent of respondents reported that they have already started a side hustle, and 31 percent of respondents reported that they are earning at least some money on the side already. Of the respondents, the majority reported that they were interested in or already working on a blog or online business, a freelancing service, or an Amazon or ecommerce business as their way of making money on the side. However, respondents reported facing many challenges, and among the top five were having the right idea and having the funds or money to get started/move forward.
If you’ve been wanting to start a side hustle of your own but are struggling to come up with a good idea and/or the money you need to get started, you’re obviously not alone. It can be frustrating to throw out idea after idea when you discover reasons they won’t work, but luckily there are plenty of ideas that will give you a good business on the side that you can do in your spare time and start with little to no money at all. Here are just a few ideas that you can use to get started:
A Dog Walking Business
In an ideal world, everyone could take their dogs to work with them and take breaks throughout the day to help them get the exercise they need and play with them and help them feel loved. Unfortunately, though, not all jobs are pet-friendly, so most people have to leave their dogs at home while they go to work. Since you can use the equipment that your clients have, when you start a dog walking business, you won’t have to purchase much beforehand and can get started almost right away—all you need are a few clients and you’ll be able to start making money.
Your clients’ owners will be happy knowing that their dogs are getting exercise and some love and attention while they’re away, and you’ll be able to bring in that extra income.
A Drop Shipping Company
With so many people shopping online, drop shipping is quickly becoming a viable and popular business model that people are using to run a side hustle. You can drop ship nationally, helping customers get the products they want without having to store those products or ship them out yourself. You simply act as a purchase facilitator between the manufacturer and customer, keeping your cost low, allowing you to work from anywhere at any time, and helping you earn money on the side.
A Freelance Writing Service
Have you heard the saying, “Content is king”? Content has become more important than ever before for businesses of all types, but not all businesses employ savvy, expert writers who can give them the quality copy that they need. If you have strong writing skills and have an understanding of the different types of copywriting there is, then you can offer your services as a freelance writer to businesses or even individuals.
Driving for a Ridesharing Company
There are approximately two million Uber drivers in the United States alone. And that number doesn’t include the drivers who drive for other ridesharing services like Lyft, Via, Curb, etc. The number of drivers for such ridesharing services proves just how easy it is to earn money giving people rides in your spare time and demonstrates that it can be a successful side hustle that you can start with no money at all—all you need is a car.
Teaching/Tutoring ESL Students
There are a number of companies who hire on contract or freelance teachers and tutors to help teach students in other countries how to speak English. The great thing about these companies is that they allow their teachers and tutors to work remotely and online and typically offer multiple schedules. This means that you can work whenever from wherever and earn some extra money while getting to know other people who live all around the world.
Whether you want to start a side hustle as a way to supplement your income or just to earn a little extra so that you can spend it on something fun, there are a number of side hustles that you can start, even if you have little to no money at all. From teaching ESL students to walking dogs, there’s a side hustle for everyone that can help you get where you want to be financially.
What type of side hustle are you most interested in starting?