Some people love their jobs, some people hate them. All of them, at some point, think of quitting and starting their own thing. So, why aren’t we all entrepreneurs? The answer is rather simple. Unlike your boring, albeit safe 9-to-5 job, starting your own business is riddled with risks and challenges. Maybe too many to make that leap of faith. Have you ever considered doing a side-gig instead? You can forge your own little empire, watch it grow, and if the income is satisfying – yes, you can finally rage-quit. Here are a few ideas that should help you to get the ball rolling.

Reseller

Buying online is incredibly convenient. However, the internet has more than enough blind spots for you to exploit. This primarily refers to flea markets, yard sales, and other places where people can find amazing items for even more amazing prices. Only, if they have made an effort to actually leave the house. It’s up to you to constantly check sales, find the best items and resell them online. Start with safe bets, and move on to more exclusive goods as your capital grows.


Blogger

Not every blogger becomes rich. But the ones that do are having the time of their life. Just imagine – making a living by writing about the things you love. To do that, you will first have to sharpen your writing skills. Furthermore, you’ll have to find a way to put a mainstream spin on your ideas. The only way to make your blog successful is to generate traffic. Finally, you should start reading about SEO and online marketing. Not the easiest path out there, but boy, is it satisfying.

Social-Media Expert

Essentially, a social media expert is a person that spends a lot of time on social networks. That means, every one of us. This time, instead of spending your free time posting on your profiles, you will be posting for other people. Once again, you’ll have to learn a bit about online marketing, and know the rules of each particular network and its users. You can find plenty of opportunity for such gigs on websites like Upwork and Freelance, but try to also work on your personal branding and be as independent as possible.

Handyman

You may think that you need an extraordinary level of skill in order to take the fate of someone else’s appliances into your own hands, but you really don’t. People call for help even for the most mundane tasks you can imagine. Besides, you can always research, buy new tools and improve your skill. Home appliances, bathroom fixtures and furniture aren’t nuclear physics – you can grasp them one step at a time.

Dog Sitter

Here’s an easy one. If you like animals, dog sitting can be a very rewarding experience. Start by asking your friends if they need your services. Once you earn a few recommendations, you can start with shameless self-promotion. As money continues to pour in, you should continue to invest in marketing and new equipment (leashes, toys, etc.), until you’re ready to turn your house into a fully operational dog day-care center.

Bed and Breakfast Business

If you have an extra room in your house, there’s no better way to use it than to get into the bed and breakfast business. How to differentiate yourself from the competition? Give your home a special flavor that will attract visitors. Who wouldn’t want to sleep in a Game of Thrones-themed house and have Dothraki horse meat for breakfast? Or, if you want to be more contemporary, you can always jump the Westworld bandwagon.

Having your own business is a blessing. The road that leads there is not easy, but it is worthwhile. We hope that these ideas will help you start your own thing and finally say goodbye to the 9-5 working hours.

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