The “Side Hustle” – 5 small businesses you can start on the side

The “Side Hustle” – 5 small businesses you can start on the side

Most small businesses start in a garage, or a basement, with a dream and a little sweat, commonly known as the “Side Hustle”, a company you get started while still toiling at a 9-5. 

With that in mind, here’s 5 examples of small businesses you can start with relatively no capital, on the side.

1.      Junk Removal/Yard Maintenance – As long as you get liability insurance, some safety gear, and a relatively inexpensive business license, you can start making money on the weekends picking up people’s extra stuff, because we all have extra stuff!

2.      Delivery service – You can market a delivery service for small packages in your region, and start running packages between businesses.  The added bonus of a side business like this, is the connections with local people and businesses you will make!

3.      Closet organization – Closet and house organization has become a sought after service for busy people with cluttered houses.  You can market your services on social media, and start sorting people’s closets into something that resembles a closet, instead of just a pile of clothes.

4.      Cake Maker – Yummy, yummy cakes, and cupcakes.  Many a person has been told they could sell their cakes.  People are still having birthday parties, Christmas parties, or celebrations that require delicious cake goodness.

5.      Online store owner – it’s fairly easy to find wholesalers for various consumer items.  Setting up a store on Facebook or Amazon is very simple.  Find a product you want to market, setup a site, and start selling! 

Starting a side hustle may not be the easiest thing you’ve ever done, but it can pay off in big ways.  You never know, it may become your new career.  Good Luck! 

Drew Sauveur
Author: Drew Sauveur

Local business owner and resident of Durham Region

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