10 Businesses You Can Start While Working a Full-time Job 



One way to diversify your income is by starting a side business to make some extra bucks. But how do you run a business and stay committed to it when you have a full-time job?

Starting a side business while working a full-time job can be easier than you imagine as long as you are well-informed about the type of business you have chosen. 

Thanks to the emergence of the internet, most of these businesses do not necessarily require a physical space nor your presence to thrive well, which means that even with your 9 am-5 pm job, you can still successfully run your side business thereby increasing your earnings and ultimately achieving your financial goals.

It’s always easy, but it’s achievable.

In this blog post, we’ll be sharing with you 10 businesses you can start while working a full-time job.  

  1. Online marketing

With platforms like Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, and even e-commerce websites like Amazon, Etsy, and the like, reaching your potential buyers is almost easier than setting up an actual location/store to see your products.

Regardless of how the economy goes, people will always spend money to buy things and thanks to the internet, selling has been made easy. 

Consider choosing items that sell out quickly because of their high demand in the market. For instance, you can go for some basic lifestyle essentials like clothes, shoes, computer accessories, phones, and electronics.

Make sure you market these items properly on whichever platform(s) you have chosen to sell your products. There you go. You can start making some more money for yourself.

  1. Transport services

Transport services like Uber, Taxify, or other cab services are another good side business that doesn’t necessarily require your active presence to thrive. 

If you own a car and don’t know how you can make money from it, you can consider signing up on Uber or any of the available/known transport services in your region. You can also hire a driver to run the business whenever you are not available.

One advantage of using a transport service company like Uber is that they already have a larger customer base who uses their services and they only match you with passengers near you, saving you stress and fuel.

  1. Web development

With startup brands and recognizable organizations and bloggers constantly seeking platforms to share information with their audience as well as upgrade certain features on their websites from time to time, the demand for web developers is very high. 

There’s a need for talented web developers to help integrate new features, upgrade functionalities, and fix bugs.

Once you build out your skills in working with HTML, CSS, Ruby, or JavaScript, you can go ahead to launch your freelance web development business while still working your full-time job. 

  1. Blogging

Blogging is one side business that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

If you have good writing skills and the ability to build a reputation for yourself within a specific industry, then blogging is something you might want to consider launching.

Blogging basically involves sharing information that your target audience finds useful. However, blogging is not a get-rich-quick scheme. It requires determination and consistency. 

So, it is important for you to know that with blogging, starting in an area you have an interest in is the wise thing to do so that you don’t run out of the drive to constantly provide useful content nor lose your enthusiasm before you start earning any money from your blog.

Once you are able to build a meaningful relationship with your audience, it becomes easy to monetize your blog.

  1. Photography

Everyone wants to capture as many important moments of their lives as possible to serve as a reference or a memory file in the future, and what better way to do this than through the lens of a camera?

If you have the right skills and a passion for taking pictures, then you should consider this side business. The good news is that most events take place during the weekend, which means you can run your full-time job and still enjoy your passion while making some money from it.

  1. Online course trainer

If you consider yourself an expert in a field then, you may consider training other people who are willing to pay for your expertise.

Think about it. If the price for learning how to succeed in a competitive and lucrative industry requires a few dollars, who wouldn’t jump at the opportunity to learn from the best in a particular field?   

  1. Freelance writing, proofreading, and editing

Content platforms will also seek writers and other content curators to create useful and quality content on their platforms. This side business often requires people involved to work remotely. Which means there will be no interference whatsoever with your job.

Although getting your first set of clients may be a little challenging, once you’ve built your portfolio and improved your pitching techniques, you’ll be well on your way to making some good money for yourself. 

  1. Confectionery business

If you have an interest in baking, making pastries, and other food types, you might want to consider doing this business as a side job.

You can bake cakes for weddings, birthday parties, and anniversaries during the weekend and you can also consider supplying certain organizations, including your colleagues at work during weekdays or any other day. Just be sure to provide quality products if you plan on maintaining the business for a while. 

  1. Graphic designing

Organizations feel the need to communicate visually in order to pass their message to their target audience as quickly as possible. Hence the increasing demand for graphic designers. 

Thanks to easy-to-use tools like Canva, Visme, and even a more intuitive Adobe Creative Suite. Learning the foundation of graphic designing is made easy and thanks to websites like Upwork and Behance, where you can find gigs with skills that translate into high-quality design work.

  1. Rental services

Rental business (regardless of what you are renting out) is one of the most in-demand businesses for anyone wishing to generate passive income, whether you are working a full-time job or not. 

There are a good number of things you can consider renting out, such as chairs and tables for events, drapes for decorations, and the like.

In summary, most of us can create a few other streams of income, but not many people will try. Even those who try, only a very few people will be willing to stay committed and pay the necessary price. Be among those few.


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