EatWith is a great way to test the waters as a chef for your side business idea, and if you have enough rave reviews you might be able to turn your knife skills into a full-time endeavor where you’re leveraging your network to book catering events. This side business idea is built heavily upon getting happy referrals, so be sure to over-deliver for your first customers, and ask if they know anyone else who could be in need of your catering services. Plus, if you play your cards right and start to build a social following over time, you could parlay your success as a caterer into starting a food blog that can open up additional revenue streams for your business.
We spoke to Layak Singh, CEO and Founder of Artivatic.ai, an artifical intelligence company, he shared with us how they generated more than 100 leads with a zero marketing budget. “We spoke with businesses that did not know how AI could solve their problems. We connected with businesses, executives, startups and spoke about Artivatic and asked for feedback, collected data and more. This helped spread the word too”
Building word-of-mouth buzz is both simple and extraordinarily complicated: you have to create a product or service that your customers adore and want to shout from the rooftops about. If you're not there yet, talk to your customers and do some user testing to figure out what you're getting right and wrong. It's often better to optimize your product before piling cash into marketing, especially if you're taking a long-term view of your business.
Lead generation is only the first part of the sales process; you can’t close deals if you don’t have a good system in place to build relationships with business leads and ensure efficient appointment setting. Our proprietary appointment setting process is the ideal complement for our clients’ complex B2B sales leads generation efforts. Our appointment setters deliver unmatched results in getting your salespeople in front of decision makers.
Still, knowing something about how the flower business works is a good idea, and your online presence and photos of your work will be critical to your success. Remember, the business is all about visuals, so make yours as compelling as you can. Get started networking by contacting local wedding planners and funeral homes and letting them know you’re in business. From there, let your business bloom. A friend in Maine turned a flower-arranging business into a successful flower shop she later sold at a profit.
If you have something you’re skilled at and very passionate about, you can turn that winning combination into offering your services with one-on-one online coaching as one of the most dependable side business ideas that leverage your skills. Just be sure to implement your own opportunity management system so you don’t get caught up working with clients that you can’t measurably help. Elmira Strange will give you a step-by-step plan for putting your skills and experience to work by developing an online coaching business—even as a side business idea in the time around your full-time job—so be sure to check out her course on Udemy for a jump start on this side business idea.
Do you know how to sew your own clothes? When something needs fixing or alternating, are you the first one to handle it? In that case, you can have a successful business by utilizing your sewing skills. In fact, you don’t even have to sew clothes only. You can create fun patterns on premade products such as plain pillowcases or even pet wear. Either way, the demand for such products is high, and you can generate considerable profits.

Nice list. I find that a lot of people want a turn-key business – one that doesn’t require a lot of capital to start and maintain. Unfortunately, the majority of the businesses listed here either require significant start-up costs because in a lot of them you need liability insurance, licenses, money to buy the inventory to start the business, and or a physical location in order to operate.


How to Get It: Check out K12 (K12.com) and Connections Academy (ConnectionsAcademy.com). Both organizations offer various benefits — including health insurance, retirement savings accounts and paid time off — depending on where you live. As in any job where you work with kids, there will be a background and reference check as well as interviews. You may also need to be licensed to teach in the state where the students reside.
For instance, suppose that you want to start a creative business using your sewing skills to make homemade quilts. Because of the time involved, you're only able to make two quilts per month. You discover that people are willing to pay $300 for each quilt you produce. That produces revenue of $600 per month, minus the cost of expenses related to quilt production and advertising.
Do you know how to sew your own clothes? When something needs fixing or alternating, are you the first one to handle it? In that case, you can have a successful business by utilizing your sewing skills. In fact, you don’t even have to sew clothes only. You can create fun patterns on premade products such as plain pillowcases or even pet wear. Either way, the demand for such products is high, and you can generate considerable profits.
Everybody knows that finding (and landing) your dream job can be tough—especially when you’ve had the same position for a while and your resume is looking a little rusty. Before jumping in and becoming an expert resume writer, you’ll have to learn how to write a resume on your own, and then practice by redoing resume’s for your friends and co-workers. Next, you’re ready to join a resume writers’ association, continue establishing your credibility and you can eventually make your way into more hands-on career coaching opportunities. If you need to brush up on your resume writing skills, check out this guide about how to make a resume today.
Our Social Media Manager was Courtney Green-Schaefer. Working with Courtney was great! At first we we unsure about she would manage building posts since the products we sell are highly technical but she did a fantastic job at creating engaging content. All the posts were ready for review on time and she even followed up with us regularly in case we missed / forgot to review certain posts before they were put out. I will definitely recommend Marketing 360 and Courtney's social media team to anyone or any company that is looking to increase their presence / outreach via social media!
What It Is: Do people ask you your secret to perfect pie crust or how you made that wreath? "Everyone knows how to do something, or has a hobby they enjoy," says Kimberly Lawson, owner of OohLaLuxe.net, who has created fashion and beauty tutorial videos. "These can easily be turned into profits." Simply sign up for a free YouTube account. Then use a smartphone or digital camera to record yourself explaining and demonstrating how you work your magic. (If you're more tech-savvy or have a burgeoning teenage filmmaker in your house, you can use desktop software, such as Windows Movie Maker, to create a slicker video.) "Once you upload the video to YouTube, enroll in its partner program," Lawson says. YouTube will then place ads inside or near your video, and you will earn money from the ads themselves, video views and click-throughs. "The key is to put a unique spin on your video," says Lawson, especially if there are lots of others on the same subject.
Why it matters: Speaking of conversions… your podcast can be used as a lead generator just like the rest of the tools in your marketing arsenal. With almost half of all listeners being at home (and not in the car like I would’ve guessed), they can take action right away. So sprinkle those CTAs throughout your podcast and know that nearly half of them have their hands free to follow up. Edison Research also found that 85% of listeners stick around to hear all or most of the episodes!
If a business opts to use a lead generation service, caution should be used when deciding on a company. There are a number of services that participate in fraudulent activities when generating lead lists. These lists can have make-believe names, addresses and phone numbers, or outdated information such as disconnected phone numbers or old addresses. To avoid companies like this it's always a good idea to ask for references. A reputable company should have no problem providing a list of past references. How long a company has been in business, and whether or not the name of the company has been changed are also good indicators of a legitimate business. Frequent name changes may be an indication of fraudulent past practices. If possible, see if a lead generation service is willing to provide a sample list, to get an idea of how well their leads convert, and how accurate the list information is.
Now, keep in mind, all the tactics below WILL work with some amount of time and resources, but the key is narrowing it down to the lowest handing fruit — the handful of tactics that will have the highest impact with the lowest lift. In order to figure that out, we use our Weighted Growth Hacking Formula. Learn how to grow your business by watching our Free Growth Movie.
If you are proficient in both Macintosh and PC, you should offer training in both types of computers. You could probably make a living helping seniors learn how to use the internet and e-mail to keep in touch with their loved ones, who are now commonly spread around the country. Err on the side of caution in this business. People do not want to know all the details about what makes a computer work. If you overload them with information from the beginning by explaining bits, bytes, and megapixels, they will stick to their paper and pencil forever.

Phony job listings on legit job-hunting websites. One fraudulent group was listing fake jobs on CareerBuilder, which is an otherwise respectable site. The group was charging a big fee for a background check before consideration of any applicants. Federal, state and local authorities received more than 17,000 complaints filed by people who were ripped off by this particular group. And that’s just the number of people who found their way to complain. Who knows how many others were taken?
T-shirts can be a viable path toward creating an automated side business idea that makes money for you while you sleep. Even Bloomberg and Forbes feature stories from entrepreneurs who’ve done just that. Bring business ideas like this to life by setting up a simple store on TeeSpring, coming up with a few novel designs, creating some targeted t-shirt mockups and working hard to drive traffic to your store.

It’s not the sort of side business idea that’s covered in glory, but someone needs to make sure all the numbers add up at the end of the year. Every business and most individuals need someone with the domain expertise to help prepare tax returns, especially time or resource-strapped small business owners. Majo Jacinto in his Udemy course provides an in-depth foundational understanding of how to prepare tax returns (and stay current with ever-changing laws) that’ll certify you with tax prep skills in as little as a few hours of training and practice.  Then once tax season rolls around you’ll be able to charge an average of $229 per return as a freelance tax preparer with these kinds of side business ideas, according to CNBC.
Have you cracked the code for landing higher paying jobs at the drop of a hat? If you have a knack for helping your friends or co-workers navigate the process of finding their dream job, nailing an interview, negotiating a better salary or getting a raise at their current day job, other people would be willing to pay for your help too—making this a great side business idea that doesn’t take too much time. Get started by sharing your advice on a personal blog and becoming a career coach on platforms like The Muse and Coach Me where there’s already an existing audience of people looking to make a move in their careers. From there, keep your focus on helping people get real results, building case studies to support this side business idea, and eventually charging for the results you’re delivering clients.
“In India, there are several trade and commerce associations which have data of business owners who can be potential customers. The good thing about approaching such associations is that members start referring you to other members and eventually become your promoters. There are B2B platforms which facilitate networking opportunities (CII, Chamber of Commerce, BNI) with business owners. One has to be ready with business cards and a crisp elevator pitch so that you can grab their attention and get the next meeting,” adds Varun.
We’re all guilty of spending too much time on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest sometimes, so why not get paid to put your expertise to work as a side business idea? Lots of companies, especially startups or those in retail and travel—even influencers have heavy social media presences and are constantly in need of people to help build their brands online. You can find these types of opportunities on sites like Flexjobs, Career Builder and most employers on these websites are conditioned to working with people who operate these services as their side business idea. Over time as you grow in your ability to leverage various social channels, you can add more service offerings like running high-return Facebook Ad campaigns or hosting lucrative sweepstakes competitions for the brands you want to work with.
Though certainly not for everyone, recycling the containers from products left strewn around on the ground can become a surprisingly decent side business idea if you put in the time. Attending events like street fairs and outdoor concerts can be a great starting place. Put on a clean shirt, jeans, apply your sunscreen, grab a cheap pick-up tool, sturdy plastic bags, and you can sell them for upwards of $4.00/pound on eBay.

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One way to get started might be to focus on children’s parities, which can be a bit simpler and less stressful to plan than adult get-togethers. Go further into specialization by following kid trends and offering superhero or Frozen parties. Remember that you’ll be competing not just with other party planners but with local restaurants and facilities, so excellent networking skills and a personal touch to your services will be important.
It’s not exactly a way to make consistent great money, but housesitting—exactly what it sounds like—is a fantastically easy business idea that can fund your ability to live in exciting locales around the world (or your city) without paying a dime in rent. Did I mention it’s a way to travel and live rent free? Here’s a list of four great websites from the legendary Nomadic Matt, to start your housesitting side business idea search.
The key to successful Podcasting isn’t just racking up listeners in big numbers. It’s getting listeners to engage. A small group of engaged listeners is more valuable than a large but passive audience. Specialize in an area of your expertise and constantly remind listeners to participate in your Podcast via social media or your Website. Making money Podcasting isn’t easy, but it is possible.
Entrepreneurs with musical talent can start a home-based business as a music teacher. Open up your home to clients who want to learn an instrument or take voice lessons. Don’t want people coming to your home? Then use video conferencing technology such as Skype, Google Hangouts or Zoom, and hold online teaching sessions from home to students anywhere. In-person sessions are not required.
Most community colleges offer some level of engine-repair courses. Another way to learn would be to take a part-time position at a repair shop or a rental facility where you could learn on the job, although you will want to be open about your plans. You should be prepared to work on push-behind lawn mowers, riding lawn mowers, generators, garden tools such as rototillers and edgers, chainsaws, wood chippers and snowblowers. You need to decide whether you'll want to take on bigger jobs, such as tractors, snowmobiles and ATVs; space may be your decision-maker.
If you own a camera, starting a freelance portrait photography business could be a very natural way to turn your skills and passions into a profitable business idea. Start with doing free shoots for friends and family to build up a strong online portfolio, get familiar with your gear and the editing process, then you’ll be able to get paid for photographing professional head shots and celebratory family moments as your side business idea. Get started by checking out this men’s portrait photography class that regularly broadcasts for free on CreativeLive. Plus, once you have all the gear for your photography business, you can earn a little extra side income by renting it out when you’re not using it through online marketplaces like Fat Lama.
No matter what your business, your brochures should help bring in profitable business … yet most brochures fail miserably. You therefore need to know how to create professional brochures and fliers that sell for you by educating your prospects and customers about the benefits you offer and also addresses their questions and their needs for your product or service.
Do you know how to sew your own clothes? When something needs fixing or alternating, are you the first one to handle it? In that case, you can have a successful business by utilizing your sewing skills. In fact, you don’t even have to sew clothes only. You can create fun patterns on premade products such as plain pillowcases or even pet wear. Either way, the demand for such products is high, and you can generate considerable profits.
Form fields – Speaking of fields, you need to ask all the basics. If you want to be able to communicate with them in the future, you’ll have to get a few key details. This will include the obvious like name and email. But you’ll likely also want to know a few other key details like business industry, number of employees, role at the company, company website, etc.
If you’re a fitness buff and have the right combination of charisma and business sense, working as a part-time personal trainer as a side business idea can be both physically and financially rewarding. Once you build up a reputation and client base for yourself, it could easily turn into a full-time endeavor for you. Check out these tips to a successful personal training business by the American Fitness Professionals and this interview with several fitness site owners who are making a living online, from MonetizePros. Finally, I’d recommend taking this business idea seriously and actually devising a go-to-market plan that can let you hit the ground running with clients from day one.
How to Get It: Begin with sites like UserTesting.com, YouEye.com and Userlytics.com. Register with multiple companies for opportunities to test as many websites as possible. Once you're in the system, you'll be emailed when testers are needed, and if you're one of the first to respond, expect to spend 15 to 20 minutes completing the test. Many sites require a microphone and/or webcam, which are built into most laptops—but if you need to buy one, they aren't expensive. The tester sites typically pay within a week or two via PayPal.
If you have a knack for sewing, upholstery repair might be a perfect business for you. One of the best ways to learn how to upholster is to get some discarded upholstered furniture and start tearing it apart. Many books and some videos are available to help you learn this trade. Often furniture ready for upholstering will also need repairs. Have a list available of furniture repair people you can recommend to your customers. Or you can take the piece in, have repair people you work with do this work for you, and add it to the overall cost. You can also learn to do this work, especially minor repairs, yourself.
Employed techies planning to earn some extra side income can leverage their software and hardware skills by offering home-based computer repair services as a business idea that engages their passion. If this rings a bell, you can start with a modest one-man tech team before envisioning a scaled-up operation as massive as Geek Squad. Remember, you can provide home service locally as a starting point to this business idea, as well as offer remote support through online messaging and video calling services before making your way into a retail setting.
A continuous stream of leads means that you have a platter to select from where you get to choose with clients that you like. When businesses suffer due to a lack of revenue, there is usually some problem associated with their lead generation methods. While there are a lot of methods that businesses can use to generate leads, it makes sense to use just 2-3 channels so that you can be really good at it and reap the maximum benefit from it.
Make Yourself Available. To generate strategies is a top priority. The existing research signifies that about 74 percent of entrepreneurs acknowledge that finding high-quality leads. Many prospective leads originate money in various ways. You will find structures so not making it hard to manage all leads. Start a leads automation plan with helpful tools, – that makes a difference.
Generating leads is one of the most critical steps in sales and marketing for this is where businesses get their precious pool of prospects that can eventually become paying customers. Lead generation however involves a careful process that if done right can deliver a huge ROI at the fastest possible time. This process undergo what marketers call a Lead Generation Funnel.
There’s a huge growing market for mobile phone accessories, and plenty of handmade sellers are raking in 6 and sometimes 7 figures from their phone case businesses. You can get your own phone case business up and running as a side business idea in a matter of days with turnkey solutions from Case Escape, my previous company, and you can now get ready-to-go kits that’ll give you everything you need to start a phone case business. Once you’re up and running, you can sell cases on Etsy and Amazon Handmade. During our first year of selling phone cases as one of our side business ideas on our Etsy store, we made around $60,000 in revenue from that selling channel alone—not to mention additional sales from fairs, trade shows, promotional products vendors, parties, events and other online marketplaces. From there, the sales only continued growing and we graduated from side business idea to full-time company that I ran with my best friend for multiple years.
Have you cracked the code for landing higher paying jobs at the drop of a hat? If you have a knack for helping your friends or co-workers navigate the process of finding their dream job, nailing an interview, negotiating a better salary or getting a raise at their current day job, other people would be willing to pay for your help too—making this a great side business idea that doesn’t take too much time. Get started by sharing your advice on a personal blog and becoming a career coach on platforms like The Muse and Coach Me where there’s already an existing audience of people looking to make a move in their careers. From there, keep your focus on helping people get real results, building case studies to support this side business idea, and eventually charging for the results you’re delivering clients.
What It Is: Transcription essentially involves you listening to audio files and typing out what you hear. Easy enough, right? Companies usually hire transcriptionists without much experience, so some job postings might only require you to have a computer and keyboard to get started. Transcription jobs can vary from transcribing a college lecture to a doctor's medical dictation, while most companies allow you to make your own schedule.
If you are not entirely sure, you can always partner up with other businesses. It’s even better if you can find complementary businesses that actually know about hosting deals. They will be able to show you the ropes and they will do most of the hard work for you. This can result in your product or service getting noticed, and you will not have to spend a lot to make it happen.
You will need to learn how to work with all kinds of carpet fabrics, from synthetic to wool carpets. Decide whether you will take on valuable antique carpets and family heirlooms; if so, you will want to get specialized training in how to handle these carpets and the specialized ways of cleaning them. Learn how to get tough stains and odors out of carpets--such as dog and cat odors--and your services will be in great demand.

This long-term engagement, often referred to as a lead nurturing campaign,  can retain individuals and organizations as potential marketing leads for the future, even if they aren’t ready to convert and commit quite yet. Over time, more are likely to develop into sales qualified leads, which can then be passed over to your sales team to close the deal.

Lead generation methods can be done online and offline. Mailing lists, co-registration leads and free publicity are all ways to find, or attract potential customers. Mailing lists can come in the form of email addresses, home addresses, or business addresses. This method is less costly, however whether or not the list is targeted will determine if you get your money's worth. Co-registration leads are generated when people express an interest in the product offering, and sign up to receive more information. Sign-up can happen on a website, or a mail-in form. Finding prospects through free publicity involves giving away free information, or free products even, to attract potential customers. This can come in the form of free articles posted online, ebooks, or through mailers.

Bankrate has put together a list of 20 legitimate work-at-home jobs. Wage and job-growth data comes from the 2018 edition of the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook. The BLS lists “median” wages rather than “average” wages. The median wage is in the middle of the data set, with half of the jobs paying less and half paying more. BLS job-growth projections are for 2018 to 2028.
Insurance companies are increasingly outsourcing their incoming phone calls to contact centers, which then have to hire or contract with licensed insurance reps “because state laws mandate that only licensed agents can ‘sell’ policies,” says Durst of Rat Race Rebellion. So, if you see an ad on TV for a life insurance company and call the number on your screen, there’s a good chance you’re talking to someone who is working from home.
Busy schedules can stress people out. It can also disrupt family life to the point that busy parents and homework-laden kids barely have time to prepare decent dinners and weekend meals. Hence, the surprising demand for part-time family chefs as a business idea. If cooking healthy and delicious meals is your thing, then this is one of the more lucrative side business ideas that can supplement your regular income by helping feed busy homes. Hear Gaby Dalkin’s story of going from side business idea to full-time food blogger while she was a part-time personal chef right here on my podcast.
If you haven’t heard about Airbnb, it’s a website where you can rent out rooms, entire apartments or even houses to people. Airbnb is the most popular option among travelers when visiting a foreign country. If you own a place and are willing to rent it for short term or even long term, you should definitely become an Airbnb host. You can set the price you want, and besides some small fees, the money is yours. This isn’t a homebased business per se, but it brings the cash home anyway.
How a lead is generated can happen in one of two ways. The broadcast approach is more along the lines of advertising where an ad is sent out to a general audience. Advertisers are looking for a statistical average in terms of how many potential customers respond. The concentration approach is more targeted, in that it identifies and creates situations, like trade shows, in order to attract a specific audience. Lead generation services can vary in terms of how leads are generated and who the client base is. A service that supplies sales leads will gather prospects' based on specific demographic criteria, and then sell the list of prospects to their clients. Marketing leads are different from sales leads in that each list of prospects is targeted towards a specific brand, or product offering. Services that provide marketing leads only sell each list to one buyer.
Paid Ads: If you have budget to spend on marketing, paid ads are a great way to guarantee targeted traffic to your website. For B2B marketing, some of the paid channels that work best are Facebook ads, Google ads, Linkedin ads and native ads. If your budget is limited, then you might consider retargeting ads as it is a great way to stay top of mind with people who have already visited your website by following them all over the internet.

A continuous stream of leads means that you have a platter to select from where you get to choose with clients that you like. When businesses suffer due to a lack of revenue, there is usually some problem associated with their lead generation methods. While there are a lot of methods that businesses can use to generate leads, it makes sense to use just 2-3 channels so that you can be really good at it and reap the maximum benefit from it.


Five9 Contact Center Software enables agents to be more effective on the phone - so they can sell more and service better. Smart Dialers give agents more time with live prospects. Intelligent Routing gets calls to the right agent. On-Screen Caller Info puts customer information at their fingertips. And everything is automatically logged to your CRM.
Being a wedding specialist works well for top-notch players, but being a generalist also has its benefits. Event and party planners leverage their network of service providers to cover not only weddings, but also seminars, corporate events, birthdays, baptisms, concerts, conferences, holiday parties, and other events, making it a relatively diverse business idea. Here are some tips if you want to run a part-time event planning business at home as one of our more fun side business ideas. And here’s a very honest look into the upside and downside of the trade.
Item #8 should be changed from interior designer to interior decorator because indeed interior designers are required to have a degree and in many states are required to be licensed. Interior designers need to know building and safety codes among other things. Selecting paint colors and toss pillows is a very small part of the job. Many commercial ID’s do very little “decorating”. See IIDA or NCIDQ for more information.
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