by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.
Do you desire an extra source of income (in addition to your full-time job) by starting a micro-business, but not sure what line of side-gig works best for you? Looking for some ideas to help you brainstorm your micro-business?
(A side-gig is a part-time job that you work to supplement your finances and/or as an outlet for your passion/creativity. The older term for this type of thing is moonlight.)
Keep in mind that the best ideas for a side-gig should come from within you -- from discovering or rediscovering your passions and areas of expertise.
Some people choose a completely different path from their full-time employment, while others combine their passions. For example, the accountant who has a side-gig designing furniture as an outlet for his passion and creativity; the marketing manager for a fitness products company who has a side-gig as a certified personal trainer, combining his passion for health and fitness.
Sample Successful Side-Gig Micro-Business Ideas
- Virtual Assistant
- Online Teaching/Tutoring
- Social Media Expert
- Personal Chef
- Computer Troubleshooter
- Dog Walker/Pet Sitter
- Furniture Refinisher
- Apps Designer
- Web Designer
- Graphic Designer
Side-Gig Micro-Business Resources
- 80 Side Hustle Business Ideas You Can Start Today
- Side Hustle Nation
- Side Hustle HQ
- The Company Man's Guide to Starting a Side Hustle - Part I: Confronting Your Objections
- Job Jugglers, on the Tightrope
- The $100 Startup
- The Best-Paid Moonlighting Jobs in America
Final Thoughts on Side-Gig Tools
Learn more about what it takes to be successful in starting and running a micro-business our article, Characteristics of People Moonlighting With Side-Gigs.
See also our assessment, Do You Have What it Takes to Moonlight With a Side-Gig? A Quintessential Careers Quiz.
Questions about some of the terminology used in this article? Get more information (definitions and links) on key college, career, and job-search terms by going to our Job-Seeker's Glossary of Job-Hunting Terms.