These business ideas can be pursued even by someone working a full time job. Having a permanent job cannot deter you from starting up something of your own and increase your financial freedom. These ideas do not need much investment so don’t shy away.

Graphic design

If you know how to do graphic design you can look for small business owners or even photographers who would benefit from your services for a fee of course. If you don’t have any graphic design background don’t be discouraged. Nowadays you can learn to do just about anything on the Internet on your own. You can use Adobe Illustrator and other tools such as Stencil and Visme.

graphic design

Web design and web development

Just like graphic design, web design and web development will require you to have some knowledge in that field. With the increasing use of Internet to drive e-commerce, many companies are increasingly needing websites. You use your free time to become a freelance web designer as a side job. If you know how to write code, you can use your web development skills to create software and sell them to small businesses trying to automate their operations. Remember you can still learn web design and web development on your own.

website designer


If you are like me and you know how to bake and decorate cakes then you can use your skills to generate some extra income for yourself. You can advertise your cakes, cupcakes or any other baked goods on your social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook or Pinterest. If your office allows it you can bake cupcakes or make cake slices to sell to your colleagues at work.

home baker

Offer repair services

Do you know your way around electric appliances, computers, shoes or even sinks and tapes? If so then why not use your skills experience to offer repair services. There are a lot of people who would like to get their electric appliances such as fridges, TVs, irons and many other household stuff fixed. If you know about computer hardware or even software you can help fix people’s computers for a fee. Do some repair work for other people and if you do a good job they might refer you to their friends and grow your business.


You can also offer tutoring services during your free time. If you are very good and well knowledgeable about a certain subject or subject area you can use that to help students who are struggling in that area. You can even teach languages online if you are really good and fluent in a foreign language. There are people out there who are willing to pay to learn English, French, Spanish, Mandarin and many other languages online. All you need is Wi-Fi a computer and Skype and you will be good to go.



If you own a camera you can start by taking pictures of your friends and family to build a portfolio so that when you finally have clients you will have something to show them. You can also use the pictures to advertise online. You can either become a portrait photographer, wedding photographer or both. Depends on your schedule and if you can manage the work load.

Catering services

Are you good at mixing different ingredients and coming up with delicious dishes? You can use your skills to offer catering services to small gatherings be it birthday parties or family gatherings. Just make sure to start small so that you build your experience and clientele. Ask people to review your work online and for referrals.

Tour Guide

If you are lucky to be living in a tourist destination area you might want to use that opportunity to earn some extra cash. If you are a good communicator, are good with people and love to meet new people then being a tour guide may be the right business for you.

Car washing

Simple things such as car shampoo, polishing wax, sponges, a bucket and maybe a vacuum cleaner may be all you need to start your weekend car washing business. A lot of people own cars these days and most of them rarely have the time to wash their cars and keep them sparkling.

Cleaning services

Just like starting a car wash, you can use your cleaning skills and a few cleaning items and equipment to start a cleaning business. You can choose from house cleaning, yard cleaning, pool cleaning, roof cleaning or even window cleaning. The list is endless.

cleaning services

Make something

You can turn your hobby or favorite craft into a business. People love personalized items so don’t waste away your craft work. You can make stuff such as furniture, jewelry, rugs, mats or even clothes and generate extra revenue by selling them.

Become an instructor

You can be a fitness trainer working part-time to do personal training. People are slowly embracing yoga, you can use your backyard to start a yoga class. If you know how to sing or play music instruments you can become a music instructor. These is the same for those who know how to move with rhythm. You can use your dancing talent to teach dancing or to offer choreography services.

Freelance writing

If you have a neck for writing then you can offer your services to writers, bloggers and website owners.  Many of them hire copywriters to write content for their pages and depending on how good you are you will rack in big bucks as you will be paid per hour.


You can use the experience and skills you have garnered from your job to start a freelance consulting business. Many small businesses hire part time consultants to help them with management, accounting, marketing and business development advice.

If you have any more business ideas that you feel should be added on the list feel free to add them in the comment section.