Are you still working full-time, but looking for ways to make money as you transition into life outside the 9:00-to-5:00? Or are you already devoting your working hours to founding and launching your first startup business? Whatever the case may be, you don’t have to be independently wealthy to quit your job and start a business. Instead, why not start a side hustle that you can do in your off hours to pay the bills while you work toward your dreams?
“But what kind of side business can I start that will be profitable right away and won’t take away time from launching my business?” Actually, there are a lot of businesses that you can start without any startup capital that won’t distract from your main goal. Here are just a few of them…
START DRIVING FOR UBER OR LYFT
Do you have a clean driving record and a vehicle that’s less than ten years old? You might qualify to be a driver for Uber or Lyft. If you drive for one (or both) of these companies, you’ll be allowed to set your hours and the area in which you’ll work. You can do it only on the weekends or just at night, whatever works for you. This kind of gig can be very lucrative and can give you the opportunity to quit your day job and focus on your business.
SELL E-BOOKS ONLINE
Up until a few years ago, self-publishing was really looked down upon in the literary world. However, since the dawn of Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing and other e-book publishing options, more and more people are publishing their own work instead of trying to go through a publishing house to get it out there. Write a helpful e-book, publish it online, and advertise it, and you could start making money almost immediately.
DO PAID TASKS ON TASKRABBIT
TaskRabbit.com is basically a freelancing site for running errands, taking on temporary gigs, doing handy work, assembling furniture, and other short-term tasks. While you get your business off the ground, you can sign up and start doing tasks like these for people who don’t have the time or ability to do them on their own. Then, once you’ve launched and you’re ready to delegate some of your daily tasks, you can use TaskRabbit to hire people to do your tasks for you.
WORK AS A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT
Virtual assistants help executives with their paperwork, scheduling, social media marketing, and other small tasks. Typically, a virtual assistant won’t need to work more than ten hours a week, and you can pair this kind of work with other side hustles to make ends meet until you’ve launched your business and you’re ready to hire your own virtual assistant to keep you on track.
TAKE SURVEYS ONLINE
If you have a few extra minutes, a computer, and an Internet connection, you can make money filling out surveys for sites like Cash Crate. Sign up for the site, start filling out surveys, and you’ll be able to start collecting paychecks right away. Just be careful about which surveys you choose to fill out for pay. Some are worthwhile, but others are a waste of time.
START AN ETSY SHOP
Do you have a knack for crafting or creating things with your hands? Etsy is a great way to sell your handmade items, plus it is one of the largest online stores for selling home-made goods. If you aren’t one for creating jewelry or other crafts, you can also sell digital design files that can be printed out. No need to worry about shipping if you take the digital route! Etsy is a great way to make a bit of extra cash, and managing an Etsy shop doesn’t require a lot of extra time (except making the items to sell).
START A BLOG
While blogging isn’t exactly a quick way to make money, once you gain momentum a blog can become a great source of passive income. A blog can also easily be managed with just a few hours a week, but keep in mind that consistency and posting content regularly is a must or people will lost interest.
BECOME AN INFLUENCER OR AFFILIATE MARKETER
Influencer and affiliate marketing goes hand-in-hand with blogging. If you have started a blog, and you’ve been able to gain a pretty decent following, then companies will be happy to pay you for promoting their products on your blog/social media channels. This industry is extremely enticing to many people, but if you aren’t willing to put in the effort then you aren’t going to make much money this way.
BECOME A HOUSE OR PET SITTER
Often when people leave on vacation for weeks on end, they like to have people look after their home or pets. House and pet sitting is an extremely easy way to make some easy cash, and it doesn’t take up a lot of time either.
RENT A ROOM ON AIRBNB
Airbnb seems to be the way that the future is going, which means now is the perfect time to tap into this industry. If you have a spare room or even a home that you don’t mind renting out, then you can make some fast cash renting through Airbnb. There are even many people who consider Airbnb to be their primary source of income.
SELL ON EBAY OR CRAIGSLIST
One of the easiest ways to make cash is to sell those old gadgets, appliances or collectibles that have been gathering dust in your basement. And if you want to make even more money from selling items, you can sell professionally for others and make a small commission for each sale you make.
These are just a few of the huge number of side hustles you could take on right now to start making money while you build your business. Taking advantage of one or more of these could pay your bills while you focus on what’s important—launching and growing your business.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on December 22, 2016 and has since been updated with additional information.