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27 Easy Side Hustle Ideas Anyone Can Start

April 18, 2023

I'm Amy! I'm a small business educator who got hooked on entrepreneurship after starting a cleaning business in college. Since my Clorox days, I've built many businesses. I've sold businesses. And I've helped small business owners do the same.


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Today more people have a side hustle than ever before. Earning and supplementing income through side hustling has become more accessible and versatile. Today you can turn just about anything into a profitable side hustle, with the right business plan in place. And this doesn’t need to be complicated. In fact, there are lots of easy side hustle ideas anyone can start.

Read on to explore the ultimate list of easy side hustle ideas. You can also download my free list of 97 Profitable and Creative side hustle ideas right here.

Getting Started With Side Hustling

When you’re ready to start a side hustle, there are a few things to consider. First, you want to consider what it is that you need from entrepreneurship. If you’re new to entrepreneurship, you likely need ease and simplicity from your side hustle. Explore these 5 questions to ask yourself before starting a side hustle.

The most important thing when getting started with a new side hustle idea, is to form a solid business plan. There are a lot of business ideas, but without a plan in place, your idea is at risk for being as optimized or profitable. Swipe this Business Plan Template to begin creating a plan that sets you up for success.

Side hustling can benefit you so much. It can be a vessel to better meet your goals, transition your career path, and create the ultimate job security. And your business doesn’t need to be full-time in order to earn significant revenue. Any easy side hustle idea can generate additional revenue, grow, scale, or even run on auto-pilot. To get started on your side hustle, download my free side hustle starter kit here and begin developing your idea into a plan of action.

Easy Side Hustle Ideas

If you’re looking for easy side hustle ideas to get started, you’re in the right place. Below is the ultimate list of side hustles anyone can start. This list requires little business experience. You also don’t need a refined skillset to get started. Any business idea on this list is a great place to start and grow from.

The Ultimate List of Easy Side Hustle Ideas:

  1. Create and sell Canva templates on Etsy
  2. Create and sell planners
  3. Create color palette templates & combinations
  4. Clean homes
  5. Clean and detail cars
  6. Tutor
  7. Become a virtual assistant
  8. Resell thrifted clothing
  9. Repurpose thrifted or used furniture
  10. Create a child care business
  11. Walk dogs / Dog sit
  12. Clean and flip AirBnB’s for upcoming guests
  13. Sell digital products
  14. Start a blog
  15. Rent your home or a room on AirBnB
  16. Create a digital course
  17. Become a niche influencer
  18. Create a YouTube Channel
  19. Furniture Assembly
  20. Hauling / moving services
  21. Personal errand servings
  22. Create and sell bath bombs
  23. Fitness & health trainer
  24. Copy proofing
  25. Propagate and sell plants
  26. Meal prep for others
  27. Develop Recipes

01. Create and Sell Canva Templates On Etsy

Canva is a fantastic place to start for any digital side hustle. Create a Canva account here (there is a free option) and begin creating templates for others can use. Canva does have a template shareable link. This makes it easy for someone to copy and customize their template. The possibilities are endless from guides, books, invitations, and more.

02. Create and sell planners

Planners are another great side hustle idea anyone can start. Create digital planner files inside Canva. Be sure to customize for the year. You can then sell these on Amazon KDP (Amazon will print and sell your planners) or create your own planner shop on Shopify for digital planners only.

03. Create color palette templates & combinations

This side hustle idea is creative and so easy to start! Piece together color combinations for branding, interior paint, exterior paint, etc. Pull samples of the colors being used together. Include the hex codes or color file codes. Then sell this combination as a lower ticket digital file on Shopify or Etsy.

04. Clean homes

Cleaning homes can be a great way to earn extra income quickly. You can start with low-cost cleaning products or make your own. Then enhance customer service through many small touches, like in-between cleaning kits, pillow mints, etc. Read more about my college cleaning business here.

05. Clean and detail cars

This is a side hustle you can do around your neighborhood or places of employment. Be sure to get permission beforehand. Networking with a neighborhood or corporate office park can allow you to create a pre-sale signup sheet. This can schedule car cleanings for a certain day for interested parties.

06. Tutor

Tutoring is also a fantastic way to earn income while doing something you are already a natural at. Consider language tutoring, tutoring kids in school, or even teaching a skillset like a musical instrument. This side hustle can be a local and/or online service-based business.

07. Become a virtual assistant

A virtual assistant is someone who assists other business owners with admin tasks. This is widely used inside the entrepreneurial community. And likely the first hire for many entrepreneurs. You can become a virtual assistant by handling tasks such as file management, booking, social media, graphics, and more. Explore Upwork as a platform to list your services available to other businesses looking to hire.

08. Resell thrifted clothing

This is a fun side hustle idea anyone can do! Shop your local thrift stores for unique clothing pieces. These can be vintage, designer, or simply one-of-a-kind. Repair, clean, and enhance as needed. Then list the clothing for sale for a profit. You can do this on Shopify or Facebook Marketplace. Explore my pricing sheets to help determine your price points.

09. Repurpose thrifted or used furniture

You can shop yard sales, estate sales, thrift stores, and Facebook Marketplace. Purchase items you can restore or completely flip. Purchase an upholstery cleaner like this for the best results when working with sofas. Sand, stain, and paint select pieces before listing.

10. Create a child care business

This side hustle idea is great for picking up extra cash. Especially on the weekends. Start a childcare business for your neighborhood or local community. This can be weekday or weekend focused. Market and advertise to a niche group of parents to increase word-of-mouth promotions.

11. Walk dogs / Dog Sit

This can also be a neighborhood focused side hustle. Offer dog walking services, dog sitting services, and perhaps a few specialty services like training, play time, etc. Be sure to abide by any local guidelines. And have clients sign a wavier that protects all parties. Explore apps like Rover or create your own business.

12. Clean and flip AirBnB’s for upcoming guests

If you do not currently own an AirBnB property, this is the next best thing. With the booming AirBnB business, you can create a company cleaning and flipping rental homes or rooms, in between guests. This side hustle is flexible and requires little customer interaction.

13. Sell Digital Products

If you’re looking for a passive side hustle idea, digital products are a great place to start! Create ebooks, guides, printables, and more using a subscription like Canva. Then sell the digital file as a lower ticket product. Shopify makes selling digital files extremely easy and includes plugging like Order Bumps to help earn more profit.

14. Start a blog

Starting a blog is another easy side hustle idea that anyone can start. Plus, this is a side hustle you can operate from home or on the road! Although a profitable blog does require some time to monetize, this business model is available to everything. You can monetize your blog through ads, affiliate income, and/or promoting your own products and services. There is no better place to start than WordPress. Get a free WordPress website when you sign up for Bluehost web hosting services.

15. Rent your home or room on AirBnB

Income-generating assets are always a fantastic side hustle idea. And a common one is renting your home on AirBnB. If you do have a second home; or a spare room, this is a fantastic business model to earn semi-passive income. This means; you don’t necessarily need to produce a product or service. But earn income off something that is already established.

16. Create a digital course

You can turn so many skills into a course idea. Creating a digital course as a side hustle opens you up to earn passive income. Your side hustle efforts can go into marketing your course while you continue to earn income from purchases.

17. Become a niche influencer

Similar to blogging, becoming an influencer takes time. However, the payoff is well worth it. literally! Create a side hustle as a niche influencer. Select a theme inside your life that you are known for. This could be fashion, outdoor living, healthy eating, etc. Search for trusted affiliate programs around that theme. Then promote tips, products, and value on platforms like social media and your blog.

18. Create A YouTube Channel

This is an easy side hustle idea that anyone can do with a cell phone. Today niche YouTube channels can go to earn significant revenue. And oftentimes, they are sharing ordinary education. Find a niche you can begin creating value around like cleaning, nature scenes, animated rolling scenes, car know-hows, etc.

19. Furniture Assembly

Another easy side hustle idea is furniture assembly. Oftentimes when someone purchases a pieces of furniture that needs to be assembled, like a shelf, bed, etc, they will pay someone to assemble it for them. You like already have the directions to go off of, so you will only need time and tools. And perhaps a little bit of patients. Advertise this on local Facebook groups, in your neighborhood, etc.

20. Hauling / moving services

If you have a truck, consider creating a hauling or moving services company. A lot of times, people will pay to have trash or donated items hauled away. Especially if the items are heavy or in large quantities. This side hustle idea may be best utilized with a team member. Purchase a pair of these moving straps so you can optimize this service. And allow for cash tips.

21. Personal errand servings

A personal errand service like grocery shopping, food delivery, home shopping, personal shopping, dry clean pick-ups, drop-offs, etc is a fantastic umbrella service to start earning extra income. Consider an hourly rate and create packages around blocks of time. Enhance customer service by your method of communication, completion lists, and more.

22. Create and sell bath bombs

Bath bombs are easy and fun to make! Plus, they sell really well on shops like Etsy as an easy side hustle idea. Find and test a bath bomb recipe. Ingredients are very affordable per bomb! Add essential oils to enhance quality. Then purchase your bath bomb molds to begin making the product. This heat gun and plastic shrink-wrap sheets will help you package and ship your bath bombs.

23. Fitness & health trainer

Another easy side hustle idea you can start is fitness and health training. If you consider yourself to be a healthy person who loves exercise, this side hustle idea can be just what you need. You can document diet plans, expertise routines, record exercises, and more. All of which can be monetized. You can monetize this passively (to create a more lean side hustle) or work with clients 1:1.

24. Copy proofing

Proof reading copy for other businesses is a great side hustle idea that anyone can do. If you have extra time throughout your week, reviewing copy for grammar corrections, spelling, and even suggestions is a service many companies pay admin assistants for. You can likely work with fellow entrepreneurs as well. Explore Upwork to begin promoting your admin services to other business owners.

25. Propagate and sell plants

If you have a green thumb, consider propagating plants. You can purchase a plant, grow it for several months or years, and sell it for a profit. You can also grow more plants from your existing plant through the propagation process. This is easily done with pathos, split-leaf plants, and prayer plants. You can also grow and sell herb bundles or mint, rosemary, thyme, parsley, and more. This side hustle is low cost and low energy.

26. Meal prep for others

If you already meal prep, or enjoy cooking; consider it as a side hustle. Many people will pay weekly for their lunch and/or dinners to be prepared and prepped. This helps increase productivity throughout the week and is something most people struggle at maintaining. Thus, turning it into a business can be terrific. Use meal prep containers like these and start with simple menus.

27. Develop Recipes

Another great side hustle idea inside the food and beverage industry is to develop recipes. A lot of food bloggers pay people to develop exclusive recipes from scratch or help their team develop recipes. If you’re a great cook, or baker, find a group of people who may benefit from a tried and true recipe. Include details, ingredients, serving sizes, nutrition information, instructions, and recipe notes.

The Next Steps To Take

After your land on a side hustle idea, it’s time to put a plan into action. Be sure it’s an idea that serves you and will continue serving you after the excitement wears down a little. Consider asking yourself these 5 questions before starting any new side hustle. You want to be sure that your side hustle idea is one that will meet your goals, and not just earn income.

When you’re ready to put your idea to the test, consider gaining proof of concept. There are 3 main ways to gain proof of concept for your side hustle idea. This is how you can ultimately know if your side hustle will likely “work” or not.

Once your idea is in place and you’ve gained proof of concept, it’s time to put together a business plan. Swipe my free side hustle starter kit here to put together a micro business plan. This will help you begin to refine your idea. Or you can download my Business Plan Template for $14. Swipe this template and walk through each corner of your business plan to ensure you are set up for success.

I'm Amy Schmidt

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I'm a small business cheerleader, strategist, and course creator who loves seeing others earn income in unconventional ways. I started a cleaning business in college and have side hustled since, selling my latest part-time business for $151,000.


I'm Amy Schmidt, your new business strategist!

I'm a small business development and sales strategist who loves seeing others earn income in unconventional ways. I started a cleaning business in college and have side hustled since, selling my latest part-time business for $151,000

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