7 Businesses You Can Start In Your Spare Time


When it comes to having extra bucks to spend, the more, the merrier. Whether you’re looking for a way to earn more money on the side, or thinking of starting your own full-time business, this list of startup businesses will spark a few ideas.

  1. Sales Consultant
  2. Highly recognized companies are always looking to enlist the help of local sales reps to help spread the word to shoppers about their latest products and offers. Businesses like Avon, Mary Kay, Tupperware and Pampered Chef will pay you decent commissions for every sale you make in their name. The entry cost to this business is small, but the time commitment is HUGE – especially if you don’t want to bother your friends and family members.

  3. Catering
  4. If you enjoy cooking and have excellent organizational skills, the planning meals from start to finish for others could be a great business opportunity for you. Party catering, business lunch catering and event catering are just some of the sub-specialties that you could look into. Starting this business requires cooking skills, robust kitchenware, government permits, a few fliers and the ability to provide samples of your cooking on demand. Once you cater a few events and parties, then building a customer base becomes easier through recommendations.

  5. Cleaning services
  6. Starting this business only requires cleaning supplies you’ll be using and a few fliers to get the word out and get your first few clients. Depending on your schedule, you could offer cleaning services to homeowners (who need daytime cleaning) or to businesses (who most of the time need their offices cleaned at night or during the weekend).

  7. Pet grooming
  8. If you love animals, then this might be a great business idea for you. According to the American Pet Products Association (APPA), Americans spent just over four billion dollars in 2012 on pet grooming and boarding – this means that people are spending good money on their furry friends. To start this business  you need appropriate equipment, insurance and the necessary permits.

  9. Handyman
  10. If you’re good simple electrical repairs, know how to caulk bathroom tiles or can fix a damaged rain gutter, you’ve got what it takes to turn those home-improvement skills into a side business. Be sure to check with your state offices about any licenses or special permits needed to do this type of work for others and get your toolbox ready for any kind of work that comes your way.

  11. Writing, transcription and translation services
  12. Websites like oDesk.com and eLance.com are packed with simple writing jobs that virtually anyone can do. If you can type fast, you can start transcribing audio into text. If you know another language, you can do some translations… Writing can be a great spare-time business for anyone who loves to be indoors.

  13. Online trader

Learning how to trade in the worldwide stock markets is easier than you think. People from all walks of life, even with zero previous experience, are earning full-time incomes in just a couple of hours per day with this amazing new business opportunity. This video created by Daniel Stocker (former Wall Street analyst) explains just how easy the process is and how anyone can make money by trading the world’s financial markets from the comfort of their own home and within minutes of getting started.