7 Side Online Businesses You Can Start Immediately

After the Great Recession 2008, many people felt the need to have their own businesses. Some of them started renting out spare bedrooms and driving shared cars, which are called “the sharing economy.” This way, when something happens, they’re better prepared and can better cope with financial needs.

However, there are many other side jobs to consider, which you can start after work. In this article, we’ll discuss the top 5 businesses that you can begin immediately.

1. Teaching Online Courses

You have the option to upload video courses to Udemy, Skillshare, and other similar sites. Or, you can have your own WordPress site, where you share about yourself, your skills, and how the course can help the students. The course can be about anything that you’ve mastered and can effortlessly share with others.

2. Dropshipping E-Commerce Store

With the dropshipping business model, you can start an online store within minutes with Shopify platform and Oberlo dropshipping app. This model allows you to sell products immediately as soon as you publish best-selling products via AliExpress or directly from pre-vetted suppliers on Oberlo dashboard. As the store owner, you only pay for the products after they’ve been sold and paid for by the customers. This means you’ll be able to save a lot of startup capital.

3. Affiliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing has many faces, among which is blogging. Many popular blogs use affiliate marketing to monetize their posts and email newsletter. Start with popular affiliate networks, such as Commission Junction and MaxBounty, so you can start earning commission per sale or paid a fee for a certain number of clicks.

4. Online Tutoring

If you’re really good at specific subjects, like English, Math, History, TOEFL, or SAT, you can teach students online through online tutoring. You can join tutoring networks like Chegg, Skooli, and MindLaunch. As a tutor, you’ll be teaching students online through live video sessions or chats.

5. Social Media Management

If you’re a social media addict, why don’t you do it professionally and get paid? Set up an online profile to showcase your social media expertise. You can start by offering your services for free to non-profit organizations, so they can become the first clients to be added to your portfolio. For this service, you’d need to use social media management apps, like Hubspot and Hootsuite.

6. Proofreading and Editing

If you have a knack for language, start a proofreading and editing business. For this, start a WordPress site and design it to reveal your linguistic capacity. Include several samples of “before” and “after” the editing has been completed. Whenever possible, include live links to the portfolio and writing clips.

7. Virtual Assistant Service

A virtual assistant is basically a self-employed individual who provides various administrative, technical, and creative services to clients remotely. It’s also often referred to as a personal assistant or an administrative assistant. To start this business, you’d need to have a well-designed website that attracts prospective clients, where you describe the services provided and how they’re different from other similar services.

In conclusion, there are many ways to start earning a good income from side businesses. These 7 businesses are merely a few that you can begin immediately with only a website and images or portfolio of works. Good luck with your side hustling.

About the Author

Jennifer Xue is an award-winning author, columnist, and serial entrepreneur based in Northern California. She is also a digital strategist for Oberlo. Her byline has appeared in Forbes, Fortune, Esquire, Cosmopolitan, Business.com, Business2Community, Addicted2Success, Good Men Project, Positively Positive, and others. Her blog is JenniferXue.com.


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