The thought of launching a side hustle or starting a small business sounds a little intimidating. How do you build a brand? What鈥檚 the best way to manage finances? Do taxes suddenly become more complicated? It鈥檚 easy to run for the hills when you start making a mental list of all of these considerations. But don鈥檛 fear, friends! If you have dreams of side hustlin鈥, there are plenty of routes you can take that don鈥檛 require a full business plan upfront.

Keep reading for 15 side hustle ideas that you can start launching more or less immediately. We can鈥檛 wait to see what you can make happen!


1. Alterations: With just a little basic knowledge of fabric and a sewing machine, you can set up shop to help your friends and family perfect the way their clothes fit. If you need a refresher course, you can even check out our Sewing Online Class.

2. Baking: No event is complete without cupcakes (duh), so why not offer to whip up a batch of custom baked goods the next time you鈥檙e invited to a party or BBQ? As long as what you make is delicious, word of mouth may bring potential customers your way, and you鈥檒l be able to start charging little by little for your tasty treats.

3. Blogging: It鈥檚 no secret that the blogosphere has become increasingly crowded over the last few years, but that doesn鈥檛 mean that your voice isn鈥檛 worth putting out there! Start small by sharing your blog with family and friends. Over time, your site can help you build an audience for your other creative hustles, or you may opt to monetize it with advertising and brand partnerships.

4. Babysitting: It鈥檚 not just for high schoolers! Becoming a family鈥檚 go-to caregiver is a great way to earn a little extra cash 鈥 and it will also give you a great excuse to play with crayons and eat mac 鈥榥鈥 cheese.

5. Cleaning + Organizing: No one ever said that launching a side hustle had to be fancy or glamorous. If you鈥檙e well known for your squeaky clean home, consider charging for your neatness and elbow grease. You鈥檇 be surprised how much businesses and individuals are willing to pay to have someone they can trust make their space extra shiny!

6. Tutoring: Everyone has a school subject that鈥檚 always just come naturally to them. Make the most of it! Whether you have a way with words or are a math whiz, you鈥檙e bound to find kids from a range of ages who could benefit from your tutoring services. If you were always a good test taker, you can also market your hustle to families who are prepping their students for the SATs or other standardized exams.

7. Cover Letter + Resume Services: Next time your friend tells you they鈥檙e hot on the job search, offer to help them compile their application materials. Make sure that their cover letter is free of spelling, grammar, and formatting errors, and help them craft their resume so it accurately represents the amazing skills they have to offer. With a little practice, you鈥檒l be able to charge people outside of your friend group for your assistance.

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8. Dog Walking: Love dogs? Let your neighbors know that you鈥檙e available to take their pups for a spin around the block on nights and weekends. If you have room to play with the schedule at your day job, you can even offer a lunchtime walk! Before you get super serious about a dog-walking side hustle, make sure to research insurance options to protect yourself and your business.

9. House Sitting: No one wants to leave their home unattended when they go out of town, and with the summer travel season upon us, there are about to be tons of opportunities for you to look after peoples鈥 houses and apartments. Put the word out to friends and family that you are ready and willing to house sit while they鈥檙e away.

10. Interior Decorating: You may not have a design degree, but if you have an eye for interiors and a flair for all things domestic, there鈥檚 no reason you can鈥檛 start small with a decorating business on the side. The next time someone you know moves, offer to help them choose paint colors or arrange their bookshelves for a low cost (or for free). If you do a good job, they鈥檒l recommend you to others!

11. Party + Wedding Planning: If your friend, sister, or cousin just got engaged, now is the perfect time for you to launch the event planning hustle you鈥檝e been dreaming about. Jump in now and offer to help them with whatever they need. Knowing that you鈥檙e interested in becoming an event coordinator, they鈥檒l be more likely to delegate tasks to you. Help them make their big day perfect, and they鈥檒l send all of the future brides in their lives your way.

12. Catering: Are you the queen of appetizers and homemade snacks? Why not start advertising your catering services? Start small with dips and salads, and see if you can expand to more complex menu items from there.

13. Coaching: If you ever miss your glory days on the youth sports field, you may want to consider becoming a coach. Do some research to find out if there are schools or leagues in your area looking for people to help out. These gigs may be on a volunteer basis at first, but with a little experience under your belt (and the proper certifications), you鈥檒l be able to look for paying opportunities too.

14. Home-Sharing: All it takes to start bringing in a little extra cash through a home-sharing platform like Airbnb is some extra room in your house or apartment. If you鈥檙e happy to play host and excited by the prospect of bringing new and interesting people into your home, you may be the perfect candidate for the site.

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15. Personal Training + Fitness Coaching: If you鈥檙e a gym fanatic, you can start the process of getting certified as a personal trainer online today. You may also consider researching the qualifications necessary to become an instructor for your favorite spin or yoga studio. Once you have the skills you need, you can build a virtual business helping people get healthy via email or video chat!

What鈥檚 your dream side hustle? Tweet us @BritandCo!

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