5 Side Hustles That Could Become Full-Blown Businesses

The gig economy is estimated to “employ” as much as a third of the U.S. workforce. The digital-age freelancers that labor under this new career model migrate quickly between driving for Uber and selecting tasks though UpWork. Many are also employed in trade mainstays like plumbing and electrical work.

It’s because of the gig economy that many people have been able to turn their hobby into a side hustle. And that can be you too! Not sure where to start? Here are a few examples of hobbies that can help you make a little money on the side.



 All you need is a reliable laptop and a lot on your mind to start a blog. You can share your favorite recipes, travel adventures, parent raising advice, or anything else your heart desires.

Blogging platforms like WordPress, Squarespace, and Medium present easy solutions for quickly building your own website. And if you can learn some sweet social media and SEO (that’s Search Engine Optimization) tricks to go with your thoughts, it’ll make it that much easier for others to see your content. The more that see it, the more likely you can get paid for advertising or endorsing products or brands. 

For inspiration, look to Andrew Sullivan—the former blogger and eternal internet voice who turned his well-read politics blog into a job at the New York Times



If the rapid growth of Pinterest and Etsy are any indication, people are hungry for hand-crafted artisanal goods they can buy online. Their success also shows that the sheer amount of people who are using the lowered barrier of entry into e-commerce to turn their avocations into vocations.

One glance at the craft marketplaces will show you that you can create markets for original, off-the-wall goods. You wouldn’t think people would spend money on slime, but, some slime (yes, slime) shops on Etsy register thousands of sales. 



As long as you bring something fresh to the table, someone’s bound to listen. Hence the average 3.2 billion combined hours of view time spent watching videos on YouTube.

Within that staggering figure are subsets of YouTube personalities that viewers flock to by the millions. Even moderately successful YouTubers can pull in thousands of dollars monthly.

Do you want to share something weird, enlightening, or simply something completely different? Create your own YouTube channel, and see what happens!


Focus groups and studies

Do you like giving your opinion on things? Then this might be the option for you. Between brands looking to test products, and universities conducting academic and scientific studies, there’s a market for offering your time and opinions. Sites like Survey Junkie, and Swagbucks make it easy to find surveys that fit you.



Finally, for those looking for more down-to-earth opportunities who are truly dedicated to regularly switching up their routines, nothing opens up more possibilities than the offer of general handiwork around the house.

If you’re into everything from cooking, cleaning, yard work, carpentry or even pet sitting, you can put your diverse talents to use for friends, neighbor and, eventually, other locals in need of some idle hands. Sites like Craigslist, Thumbtack, and Fiverr can be good places to start branching out your services to help your community at large.

Other side hustle ideas:

  • Tutoring
  • Real estate agent
  • Notary
  • Babysitting
  • Dog walking/Pet sitting
  • Running errands
  • House cleaning
  • Lawn mowing/Yard work
  • Weekly meal prepping
  • Uber/Lyft driving

Regardless of how ambitious your pet-project-turned-income-source is, using time to focus on your passion and/or expertise could surprise you with rewards you never knew existed.

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