Everyone wants to increase their stream of income. And it’s usually said that having a single means of income can be disastrous as soon as you lose out on that channel.
Usually starting a big business that can sustain you on the long run can be difficult to create especially when you have a typical 9 – 5 job on your palms; time management becomes a really strict action to take in order to be able to produce and sustain your business.
But do note that everything is possible in as much as you hit the right button at the right time.
But while this post isn’t about motivational speaking or encouragement of any sort, the plain truth is just that you need to start whatever you’d like to start as soon as possible so as to get your hands dirty with works.
But of course not all works cna be done part time while you labour 9 – 5 in the corporate cubicle.
But still there are some passive jobs you can do that will add extra bucks into your pocket and help you increase your monthly savings.
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One interesting thing about these types of income making businesses is that you don’t need to always be there 24/7 as you would with your normal day job. You just need to work for certain period of time and you’re fine. Some makes you money passively while others are wages which are deposited into your account or paid in cash as you render the service. So without further ado, below are the top businesses you can start on the side with very low budget.
1. Web Design
2. Graphics Design
3. Freelance Content Creation
5. Buying and Reselling on Ebay
6. Music Engineer
7. Video Directing
8. Video Editor
10. Motion graphics
12. Interior designer
13. Social media expert
14. SEO expert
15. Event organizer
16. Backup singer
17. Office cleaning
19. Night club bouncer
20. Night Security officer
21. Mobile Phone Accessories
23. Affiliate marketing
24. Youtubing (Vlogging)
25. Fashion Designing
Majority of businesses are going online everyday and they need beautiful websites to place their contents and products on. Web design is a very lucrative job.
You can either work as a full time Web designer at an enterprise level while still working on the side as a freelance professional for small businesses and the likes. Your ability to turn client ideas into beautiful websites is what will speak for you and on the long run, Jobs will get thrown on your way.
There is nearly nowhere you go these days without seeing those beautiful banners, billboards and ads posters. You see flyers, cards and even calendars not to talk of digital media which are absolutely beautiful and attractive.
The need for graphic designers is unending. Assuming you work as one already for a corporate business, you can also set up a freelance profile up on places like Fiverr, Upwork and so on. A good portfolio will always land you potential clients that will pay for your services everytime you complete a task.
Freelance content creation
I could couple this with ghostwriting just that you still get the creator’s credit despite being paid for the job.
As a freelance content writer, your task can vary from building the contents of an entire website to just writing blog posts or magazines for big publications and so forth.
Your writing skills and talent will therefore never be wasted as you can always dedicate just few moments to this everyday till you complete a given task by the contractor.
Blogging had taken a newer dimension and its almost impossible not to have one these days. With so much blogs on the Internet, if you strike the right button, you can become a very popular personality like Jenny Wu or Perez Hilton or controversial like Milo Yiannopoulos all depending on the topic you have chosen.
Blogging doesn’t require all the time in the world to do. It’s just all about researching and knowing what you want to write about. Then research, start and publish and then promote. All which you can do on the side without affecting your daily job.
Also, blogging is not a “Get rich quick” side hustle instead, it’s a passive income making venture. So overtime you can make a living on this like other big bloggers like Pete Cashmore or Neil Patel.
Buying and Reselling on eBay
Ebay is known for being this popular auction website where people get to sell whatever they’re no longer in need of.
You can buy collections or house appliances or even books and resell them still on the platform.
You just need to know how to auction and outbid others to getting the product without spending too much while selling for quite higher price and you get to keep the interest.
This is so good for people that work 9 to 5 as you wouldn’t need to stay on the ebay website 24/7. The system messages you for any relevant activity and so it could be a really good passive income making venture.
If you have talent and you understand music studio engineering, then you can work part-time at music recording studios.
Let’s assume you’re working at a radio company or a TV Station this will be very easy for you as you’ve already know the way sound production is done.
The level of your expertise will definitely speak for you on the long run. You just need to keep improving on your skills.
Also do note that there is an unending need for stido engineers considering the unending appetite for music and audio consumption these days.
I’d assume you’re creative and know how to make things look glittering to the eyes. That’s why video directing might be good side hustle for you.
To make this happen, you just need to get some portfolio up on websites such as Fiverr, Upwork or Fiverr or Behance. Then get a business card to give potential clients.
The predicted fact about videos is that it will become the main source of content in the ery near future. And you can see that companies are already investing heavily in video content creation. Apple is even looking on to rival Netflix and Amazon Prime with its new online movie streaming service. Video is the future. You can as well have a share of the cake.
The difference here is that you’re the sole or part of the team that creates the video. You get to add special effects, optimise the sound quality, make sure the video is appealing to everyone.
Video editors are quite well to do people considering the unending demand for their services.
You can even form a side company with buddies and start a freelance video editing company all for free using online market places. All you need to start is a good portfolio which you can build through YouTube by offering free services or making your very own videos.
This is yet another big job that’s always on the demand. With the advent of graphical content hungry platforms such as Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, the need for high quality photographs is on the high demand.
As a freelance photographer, you just get to take extremely great photo shots of events or people who hire you. Then you’re done.
These days, you don’t even really need a physical studio to showcase your work. You can just own a profile on platforms like Smug, Pexels, Shutterstocks, Alamy and so forth.
Your work can also be sold while you make passive income without even leaving your office desk so often. It’s just all about getting as creative as possible.
There is a new look for motion graphic designers out there. Companies are now opting for motion graphics for advertisements or illustrations because the process is quite straight forward unlike real humans.
Companies only have to pay the motion graphics designer.
You can be the script writer, do the voice-over and then the animated motion graphics. Its all about showing your prowess while ranking in the money.
But this can be an overwhelming job if you’re handling everything yourself.
So you should always know your strength and weakness and also know how to set time deadlines because you have a 9 to 5 job to always wke care of during the day.
What if I say my Girlfriend who is a Barrister is also a painter on the side. It’s all about the talent which doesn’t matter about what your current job.
You can even be the CEO of a large financial institute but your passion for painting is just going to be there and can be unleashed through constant practise.
Doing so on the regular can put a large buck in your pocket if your paints are good looking and you decide to sell them off.
You can also be a house painter. Maybe in your neighbourhood, you can always schedule the weekend to help make their new home look amazing.
Who knows, you can set up a larger business and hire more hands if for example you get hired for a big project like painting very large buildings.
Whether you’ve been to an hotel or your boss’s new home and get fascinated by the beautiful interior designs, then it’s time. To put your love into action.
What you basically do is simple. Make homes and apartments or offices or hotels or event centers good looking. Very simple right?
Not that simple. It demands effort and creativity. But at the same time, it doesn’t necessarily eat up all your time. On weekends, you can always be booked for one event or a new home to help decorate and you get paid for your service when it’s done not passively.
Social media experts
FYI, people are willing to pay thousands of dollars to see their social media profiles get the necessary attention they want.
Having a huge following numbers isn’t just what makes a business social media presence good but the engagement ratio to the number of followers they have.
As a social media expert, all you have to do is devise methods and means of growing your client’s social media account to their expectations or beyond.
This job doesn’t really have a deadline. It’s just about result and time. So it’s passive and can be done on the side. In as much as you do what you promise, then you’re in for the dollar every month.
If you’re conversant with the Internet, you might have stumbled upon Neil Patel or Brian Dean’s website.
These guys are very popular SEO gurus. You too can be like them and help companies grow their Web presence through search engine optimisation.
It’s a really lucrative job. You just have to know what to do to send traffic to your client’s website and help their search engine engagement.
This cannot of course be achieved in a day or even a week. It’s a gradual but progressive process which makes it passive and can be done on the side. Your results is what will earn you the cash and also the more websites you grow, the more your portfolio grows and the more relevant you become.
If you’re good at getting people together and making sure things always go according to plans, then you can be a god event organizer. It’s a skill which isn’t well distributed though it might sound simple, but remember that humans are harder than any other animals to organize.
If you’re able to successfully organize people in an event and making sure things always go according to plans then keep it up.
Event organising isn’t a do or die affair as you can always do it on the side without having to spend too much to start it. Just get a business card and a Web portfolio to showcase your past successful events while you scout for clients.
Keri Hilson and a host other popular musicians started as backup singers. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a banker or a janitor, it’s a talent that’s always there in you.
To do this you just have to apply for gigs with musicians or studios and they can fix you into music sections with some popular musicians.
The advantage of this is you get to meet your favourite musicians and learn from them assuming you’re aspiring to become a musician like myself, you can also improve your ability because you’re always going to be tuned to whatever music artist you’re backing up.
Which means you’ll be able to mimicking different musicians singing styles while you also get paid.
You might even go on live tours with them assuming you’ve decided to drop your 9 to 5 for music or just taking a long vacation from work.
Offices aren’t always clean after the work day is over. Papers are flung all over, caffeine cans and drink bottles, food remnants and crumbs. There is usually messes everywhere after the work day.
Your job is to simply get things back into place and you’re done.
The advantage of office cleaning is that you don’t have to handle extremely disgusting wastes like excretas.
You basically deal with papers and crumbs. It’s a job that can add up few bucks into your regular job cash flow. Depending on your contract or needs, you might just be working only on weekends while keeping your 9 to 5 jobs on the work days.
Let’s assume you don’t really want to stress yourself with “creativity” all the time, you just have to get into action by working with energy and here as just gardening.
You can help people mow their lawn in your neighbourhood or trim flowers and weed the gardens or water the plants. You’re just not stressing your brains here. You just perform some given tasks and you’re done… Simple. And you get paid for it.
Good enough you don’t have to work all the time. You can always schedule weekends and get your tasks done and move on to the next client in the next house.
Night Club Bouncer
If you’re skinny with an average height like me (I’m 179 CM) this probably isn’t for you.
But let’s assume you’re huge with muscles and you’ve got the height that can scare people away, then you might enroll as night club bouncers.
Next to our HQ office, is this huge Architect that works for an insurance company whose office sits directly opposite next to ours (on the 8th floor), going through the elevator everyday with this dude and seeing how massive he is scares the hell out of me everytime where both alone on the elevator.
But he’s a good person. My point is that he has the look. If you have such look you can opt for night clubs ones in a while and make your extra bucks without stress.
Uniform Security Personnel
This can be a bit riskier than being a bouncer as you’ll have to be the security detail of a given individual or the entire company as a whole for example, a Bank.
You get to check people before they come into the bank compound or the banking hall. Or even a large supermarket or it could be a luxury location that demand high level of security details.
And hopefully things don’t go haywire, you could be the target of some angry people who felt you deprived them from entering into the building or for whatever reason.
Approach this with discretion.
Mobile Phone Accessories
Either online or through brick and mortal stores, you can sell mobile phone accessories such as battery parts, screens, casing, headphones and so much more.
It’s a very lucrative business that doesn’t necessarily require too much to start. If you’re always up to date with device accessories, people are always prone to damaging their expensive smart phone accessories very often and you can be their savior.
All you have to do is just make sure what you sell to them is of high quality and also you can add some spice to your product sales.
It’ll be more of a passive business if you sell online as you don’t need to be there often. When orders are placed, Yo get notified and you can push the order to the buyer. Platforms like Amazon, Ali Express and eBay had make this over simplified.
Ecommerce as they say is the future of purchasing. People don’t want to go through the stress of looking at clothes in stores anymore.
Peoe don’t have the time be negotiating price with you. Just get orignal products that are certified by the designers in your online store and then sell them to online shoppers.
You can host your own store yourself or just use third party stores like Squarespace or Shopify.
You can even dropship meaning you don’t habe to handle product shipping yourself. All in all, its convenient and not tough to start.
Let’s assume you’re a blogger or a vlogger or an Ecommerce owner, you can promote other company’s products and a certain percent commission for your task. It’s simple and easy.
All you have to do is promote their promote to your audience and when they buy the product usually through your affiliate links, you are paid in return.
It’s a really good passive income stream which can be steady on the long run if done the right way.
YouTube has grown to the central video avenue for video/visual content creators.
Vlogging is quite simple as it’s the visual type of blogging which means you’re working with videos rather than texts.
You can also combine both blogging with Vlogging if you have the time and skills to do it all in one.
It’s a passive business that can build up your income stream overtime especially when monetized.
Another creative job. You might have heard of Victoria Beckham or the likes of popular fashion designers.
our skill is always demanded to create new fashion trends in the industry.
While you’re secretary to your boss, you can always sketch out some fashion attire out on your drawing book and take it home to work on at night for few moments.
The difference between you and tailors is that you create fashion trends and when they go viral you get labelled as the creator.
Working 9 to 5 and also hustling in the side can be really daunting but the most important thing is knowing how well to manage your time because even if you have all the time in the world, mismanagement of time can be as though there is none.
So you should know how to schedule things you want to do. Also know your priorities and set goals.
All these will help you make extra cash while you work 9 to 5.
And as you can see, you don’t need to invest millions to start any of the aforementioned businesses. You just need to dedicate some times and get things working for you.