It seems that once Halloween hits, the rest of the year is just a blur. If you have been thinking of finally launching your own business or you are considering dipping your toes in the gig waters by picking up a little side work, now is the perfect time to set yourself up for financial independence in 2018. Own the rest of this year and start working toward your dream career!
If you need a little inspiration for what you can do with your talents, here are some personal business ideas to help get you going.
1. Utilize your eye for artistry.
“Custom” and “hand-crafted” are all the rage right now. If you’re handy with a sewing machine, are a skilled carpenter, or people love your desserts, monetize those skills. People are always in need of clothing alteration, costume making, or maybe even custom fashion design; provide cake, cookies, or cupcakes to corporate events in town; or sell your hand-crafted furniture.
2. Reach your physical and fiscal fitness goals.
The world is increasingly becoming more aware of health and fitness, especially with millennials reshaping the fitness industry. Helping people find new ways to get fit and better ways to eat can be a good business venture.
Start a fitness blog that talks about trends like Crossfit and Zumba, or the Zen Diet to demonstrate your expertise. Then start earning income on the health and fitness services you offer like personal training or nutrition consultations through Moonlighting.
3. Drive your debt away.
Literally! If you already own a car and are generally free nights and weekends, picking up a driving side hustle is a great way to earn extra cash. Ride-sharing has become widely preferred mode of transportation to public transit or cabs. Offer your driving services to people looking for a lift to work, the airport, or home from a night out. Delivering takeout or groceries can be another great option. And if you have a pickup truck or cargo van, you can charge to deliver or help move large items, or even haul junk away.
4. Be a family helper.
There is always high demand for people to help around the house and with the kids. Whether you have an affinity for children or pets, you can help out people near you while earning a little extra. If you are good with babies and children, consider babysitting or offer nanny services. Excelled at a particular subject in school or are looking to fill your extra time off of school? Your neighbors are searching for tutors in every subject. And if you love dogs, become a dog walker, groomer, trainer, or pet sitter.
5. Consult on all aspects of business.
Business professionals from any industry can start a side hustle that could turn into a full-time freelance career. If you have a background in accounting, set yourself up to get discovered when businesses or other freelancers are in need of help with their accounting and finances.
If you have experience in HR, there is a massive opportunity to help job seekers with their resumes and cover letters. Since the payoff of landing a job is so high, it can be worthwhile for applicants to seek some professional assistance on their documents.
If you are a computer wiz, you might forget that some of the computer skills you take for granted are still lacking for portions of the population. If you can find these people and sell them on the necessity of technical skills for their careers, there might be a business opportunity in computer consulting and tutoring here.
6. Get into creative services.
Web design and development, as well as graphic design are all booming industries. If you have the relevant skills in these areas, you can turn them into a business. Start small and take on a client or two, and then scale up as you go. You can join up with your friends with similar talents too to mockup a website design idea and take it all the way to creation and optimization.
7. Be ready for wedding season…holiday parties…birthday parties…bar mitzvahs…man, people throw a lot of parties!
With so much that goes into planning and staffing an event, people need all the help they can get. If you’re the most organized person you know, offer party planning or wedding coordination services. Of if you have skills that could help at an event, put them out there. People always need DJs, photographers, videographers, servers, bartenders, valets, caterers, florists, and decorators to help their special event run smoothly.
8. Make another’s chores, your paycheck.
For busy professionals and families, there is never enough time in the day make chores a priority. Even if you have the time, who actually likes cooking, cleaning, or ironing?! If you’re one of those special people who does have an affinity for these things, offering your services for housesitting, housekeeping, mobile laundry services, or as a personal chef can jump start your freelance career.
All you need is one solid idea, and you’re ready to go. Moonlighting can help you turn your idea into reality. You can hire people to help you, or you can offer your services to get hired. Start Moonlighting now and make 2018 your most successful year ever!