Business ideas

8 personal business ideas to explore

If you’re thinking of finally starting your own business or planning to dive into gig waters by taking on a bit of side work, now is a great time to prepare for financial independence in 2018.

Own the rest of this year and start working towards your dream career!

If you need a little inspiration for what you can do with your talents, here are some personal business ideas to get you started.

1. Use your eye for art

“Bespoke” and “handcrafted” are all the rage right now. If you’re skilled with a sewing machine, if you’re a skilled carpenter, or if people love your desserts, monetize those skills. People always need clothing alterations, costume making, or maybe even custom fashion designs. provide cakes, cookies or cupcakes to corporate events in town; or sell your handcrafted furniture.

2. Reach your fitness and fiscal goals

The world is 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 good business.

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, such as personal training or nutritional consultations through Moonlighting.

3. Get out of debt

Literally! If you already own a car and are usually free on nights and weekends, getting behind the wheel is a great way to earn some extra cash. Carpooling has become a mode of transport widely preferred to public transport or taxis. Offer your chauffeur services to people looking for a lift to get to work, the airport or home after a night out. Takeout or grocery delivery can be another great option. And if you have a pickup truck or van, you can charge to deliver or help move large items or even haul trash.

4. Be a caregiver

There is always a high demand for people to help around the house and with the children. Whether you have an affinity for children or pets, you can help people near you while earning a little extra. If you’re good with babies and children, consider babysitting or offering nanny services. Did you excel in a particular subject at school, or are you looking to fill your free time outside of school? Your neighbors are looking for tutors in all subjects. And if you love dogs, become an animal walker, groomer, trainer or guardian.

5. Consult on all aspects of the business

Professionals in any industry can start a side hustle that could turn into a full-time freelance career. If you have a background in accounting, be prepared to be discovered when businesses or other freelancers need help with their accounting and finances.

If you have HR experience, there is a huge opportunity to help job seekers with their CVs and cover letters. Since the payoff of landing a job is so high, it may be worthwhile for applicants to seek professional assistance on their paperwork.

If you’re a computer whiz, you might forget that some of the computer skills you take for granted are still lacking in some of the population. If you can find these people and sell them the need for technical skills for their careers, there could be a business opportunity in computer consulting and tutoring here.

6. Enter 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, then scale up as you go. You can also join your friends with similar talents to model a website design idea and take it through to creation and optimization.

7. Get 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. Or if you have skills that could help at an event, put them there. People always need DJs, photographers, videographers, servers, bartenders, valets, caterers, florists, and decorators to keep their special event running smoothly.

8. Do someone else’s chores, your paycheck

For busy professionals and families, there’s never enough time in the day to make tasks a priority. Even if you have time, who really likes cooking, cleaning or ironing?! If you’re one of those special people who have an affinity for these things, offering your services as babysitting, housekeeping, mobile laundry, or as a personal chef can jump-start your freelance career.

All you need is a solid idea and you’re good to go.

Moonlighting can help 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 proactively make 2018 your most successful year!

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