If you’re looking for practical side hustles ideas or small business ideas to make money from home this year, this article is for you. 

You don’t have to be stuck at the wage you are on now – you can start a small business, work from home, make money,  and spend quality time with your family.

Just remember, in the beginning you will have to work hard to get your small business ideas off the ground. Stick at it and you will reap the rewards in the future. Be your own boss and live your dreams:

  1. Matched Betting
    Don’t skip this one – it’s not gambling so your money is safe and you are guaranteed to make money. Lots of money in fact – be sure to read my blog post which will explain it in more detail. The best thing about it? It’s tax free! It can be confusing to get your head around first which is why it is a good idea to sign up with a company that will do all of the hard work for you, as mentioned in my post.
  2. Blogging
    How could I not mention blogging when I love it so much?! There are plenty of bloggers who do it as a full time job and make 6 figures. There are other bloggers who do it part time but still manage to make more than they do in their full time job! It’s perfect for you if you want to work from home and love writing. If you would like a step-by-step guide on how to set up your own blog, read more here.
  3. House Sitting
    You stay in the house of the person who is away. The reason that people want house sitters is to keep burglars away. This can also save you money on your electricity, water bills etc.
  4. Website Testing
    You can get paid to test our websites – it’s a simple task of clicking through the website to find out how easy it is to use. For example, find a flight on a travel website. Sign up to WhatUsersDo and give it a go.
  5. Virtual Assistant
    When I first heard this term, I had no clue what it meant, but I assumed it to mean a virtual PA. This can be what it is, but it can be pretty much anything, such as managing a blog’s social media. There are people who have made 6 figures from doing this!
    Read this post all about how to become a virtual assistant*, from someone who has been incredibly successful from it.
  6. Landlord – Rent a room in your house
    A really simple side hustle is becoming a lodger. Even if you only have one spare room, this could net you thousands of pounds, especially if you are in a popular area. The room has to be furnished, but this can definitely be done with freebies if you keep your eye out.
  7. Jewellery Making
    Do you have a passion for pretty pieces of jewellery? Look into setting up an Etsy store and selling handmade items.
  8. Baking
    Selling homemade goodies can be a really lucrative income stream – you could sell cupcakes, cakes, cater for events. Make sure you look into all of the upfront costs before you do this.
  9. Care-giving
    I always see adverts for caregivers – they are very much in demand and it is an incredibly rewarding job – and as it is generally 24/7 care they have flexible hours. Look on sites such as Indeed or Gumtree.
  10. Customer Service
    More jobs are being offered as work from home and this is one of them. You will need a computer and a phone and calls will be directed to you.
  11. Driving
    Become your own taxi! You could sign up to be an official taxi driver and earn a decent wage, or there are now the more flexible options of Uber where you pick up clients whenever you are available. You need to attend training and have a car that can seat 4 people but that’s pretty much it.
  12. DJ
    One of my friends husband does this as a side gig in addition to his main job – he is booked regularly for parties and weddings – and because they are generally in the evening, it does not interfere with his main job. There is an upfront cost but the hourly rate for a DJ is very high (please just promise me that you won’t play ‘Puppy Love’!).
  13. Freelance Writing
    Since entering the blogging world, I have come across many bloggers who are also freelance writers. This isn’t to say that you couldn’t become a freelance writer without having a blog, but it certainly helps because people are able to see the quality of your writing. If you love writing, this could be a dream job for you.
  14. Ghostwriting
    Similar of course to freelance writing – but your name will not be published so this will not affect your exposure. You will be writing under the guise of another website or person – whether it be for content on their website, or even for books.
  15. Ironing
    One of those horrible household tasks that most people will pay to go away. Use this to your benefit by setting up an ironing service in your local area.
  16. Selling eBooks
    If you love writing, or even if you don’t and you have some information that you want to share – put together an eBook and self publish it on Amazon or similar.
  17. Furniture making
    Good with your hands? You could set up a furniture business and could be really successful in your niche. Upcycling has become really popular and there is a good market for second hand items.
  18. Modelling
    Even if you are not 10 foot tall and as skinny as a whippet, there are still plenty of modelling opportunities that could be available to you. I personally did a modelling shoot when I was pregnant for one of the top baby brands and from memory I think I received a few hundred pounds for a few hours work. After I had my baby they asked me to send photos in, and a client chose her for a job they had – which she also got paid a few hundred pounds for! So there you go, we are officially paid models 😉
  19. Decorating
    Handy with a paintbrush? My ex-husband is a painter/decorator and it still amazes me the amount of people that pay a decorator to paint their house. He obviously does a lot of corporate businesses, but there are so many people who just want even one room painted in their house.
  20. App Developer
    You never know, you could make the next Whatsapp or Instagram! I have heard great things about people who create a successful app and sell it on for millions. Have a brainstorming session and see what you could come up with.
  21. Sell on Fiverr*
    Fiverr is an American website that can be used by people all around the world. The general gist of it is that you can offer services for $5. These could be absolutely anything. The way that people make decent money on Fiverr* is with the upselling. So for example you could say that you do XYZ for $5. If it’s extra you say $10 for that – and so on. What services could you provide on Fiverr?
  22. Rent your driveway
    Did you know that you can rent out your driveway? If you live in a sought after area, such as near a city centre or airport, then you could rake in the cash, from doing barely anything! When we went on the Eurotunnel to Disneyland Paris, we rented a parking space in London after driving down there.
  23. Enter competitions
    In case you’re thinking, ‘what on earth is she on about, you can’t have a business entering competitions’ – you definitely can! I would recommend checking out one of my fellow bloggers Super Lucky Di who is a competition Queen.
  24. Children’s party entertainer
    If you have ever been to a kids party, chances are that they will have had an entertainer at them. There are clowns, magicians, superheros, Disney characters – one of my daughter’s friends had an Elsa and Ana who danced with the kids and painted their nails – so cute.
  25. Bouncy Castle Hire
    I had to include this one because it is a side hustle that my parents did when I was little. I am still devastated that they sold it eventually, but basically they had a giant bouncy castle that they used to hire out for parties. Relatively easy and a nice little earner. Don’t forget insurance though!
  26. Baby Group
    When you have a little baby, you generally end up taking your child to lots of different baby groups and classes – they are very much in demand. You could set up a singing class, messy play – or just one where all of the kids play together.
  27. Wedding Items For Hire
    When I got married, I rented some items instead of buying them because it worked out much cheaper. The lady that I rented them off did her business out of her house – I had to go collect them, and return them after. Seemed like a great business idea to me!
    I also had to pay an additional deposit in case of damages. (If you are interested, the items I hired were a vintage suitcase for cards to go in, a vintage ladder and photo frames for my table plan which she also printed the names of the guests for me on).
  28. Window Cleaning
    Low start up costs, and can grow into a big business if you are good at it and get a lot of customers.
  29. Photography
    If you love photography, you could easily start a part time business and then scale it into a full time one. If you are serious about it, make sure you read into marketing, get a good website, and even start a blog.
    I have finally managed to give my best friend the push to enrol on a photography course because she would love to become a full time photographer (she’s amazing!). In the mean time, there are websites that you can send your photos to and get paid for them.
  30. Refereeing/umpiring
    For fans of sport, this can be a great way to earn a bit of extra cash whilst still being able to watch a game. A lot of the girls on my hockey team are umpires and tend to umpire one match, and then play in the next one. At higher levels the pay is even better.
  31. Flip items on eBay, Facebook, Gumtree, Amazon etc
    There is a method to doing this if you want to do it well, but the basics are picking up items for super cheap (for example at car boot sales). I have an interview with an expert flipper here.