How to Start a Side Business for Easy Extra Cash

start-a-side-businessHow to Start a Side Business for Easy Extra Cash

Learning how to start a side business in order to make a little extra cash may prove to be extremely complex and very difficult for most. Taking your future into your own hands and becoming your own boss is an exhilarating and wonderfully exciting task. Before initiating a business, it is imperative that you are ready for the challenge, on both a personal and professional level. You should decide on your business idea, determine the market potential for your business, determine how much money you are able to invest in the business to get it up and running, and create a business plan. In this guide, we will take a look at the first step – the business idea. Here, we will provide you with a few different service-related careers that you may start in order to earn a little extra cash. By starting these types of side businesses, you will not experience the challenges typically imposed by such an endeavor.

Pet Care Services

Are you the type of person that gazes into the windows of pet-stores and find yourself wishing you could provide homes to the pets that you observe? Are you known to purchase unusual items for your pets, such as sweaters or galoshes? If you adore and let pets, you should consider starting a side business in pet care services. In the year 2004, Americans alone spent an amazing $35 billion on their pets. Since that year, pet spending continues to increase annually. Regardless of whether you are interested in dog walking, grooming, or pet sitting, you are sure to find that, by going into pet care services, you will have numerous customers, which makes the prospects for financial success excellent. Many pet care services may be started as a home based enterprise and all require a relatively low initial financial investment.

Home Maintenance Services

If you are interested in and have the ability to perform tasks around the house – such as repairing leaky faucets, securing shingles, painting, repairing cabinets, mowing and maintaining lawns, and/or repairing floors, you should consider starting a side business in home maintenance services. Homeowners who lack the expertise and/or time constraints often hire individuals that perform these services to take care of home maintenance and repair services. On average, Americans spend nearly $44 million annually on these types of services. There are numerous benefits to starting this type of side business. First, it requires very little money to start. You just need a little expertise, a few tools, a little extra time and you are well on your way to earning some side cash. You will find that your work is constantly changing and is highly gratifying. In addition to targeting homeowners, you may also be able to offer your services to owners of apartment complexes, condominium units, shopkeepers, and real estate agents. The one thing to remember is that you may need a contractor’s license before starting this type of business. You will need to confirm this through a local contractor board or a local commerce department before officially starting your side business.

Family Services

If you enjoy children, have a knack for domestic affairs, and enjoy assisting others, you should start a side business in family services. In today’s world, the number of parents that work outside the home is consistently climbing, which is creating a growing need for family services such as child care, tutoring, home cleaning services, and similar tasks. While it is true that this particular type of side job bears an exceptional amount of responsibility and requires the highest level of commitment, it is also true that this is a very important and rewarding position. You may start a small business where you tailor the family services that you offer. The initial investment is relatively small. Many have developed large family services enterprises that have led to millions of dollars of revenue annually. The route you elect to go will depend upon your personal level of availability and that which you elect to offer in the way of services.


There are many side businesses that you may learn how to start in order to earn additional cash. The most popular and least expensive of these businesses include pet care services, home maintenance services, and family services. If you elect to start any of these types of businesses, you should aim to promote your services by using the internet. You may create pages on social media platforms, such as Facebook, and even create informational products that you may sell that pertain to your industry. In addition to this, you may create an informational website where you offer high-quality content and post products pertaining to your industry. If you want to capitalize on your passions, your skills, and your talents, you should take advantage of both online and offline venues in order to optimize the amount of money that you make.

Make Extra Money As a Blogger For Hire

Want to make extra money as a blogger? It’s possible. It’s also not as easy as it might seem. While your writing dreams are well within reach, your income expectations may require adjustment! Additional information available HERE.

There are a few great places where it is easy to get set up and begin submitting your writing. In some cases, it’s almost as simple as that.

While there are many bloggers out there and there are a lot who are earning great incomes from it, they are the exceptions. Most bloggers write to supplement existing revenue streams, and most use it as a means to get opportunities to speak to live audiences.

usefulness-can-be-deliveredWhat you want to know, however, is that there is one key that makes blogging work and because of that, there are opportunities to get paid.   In his recent article “Content Isn’t King… Here’s What Is”, Darren Rowse, creator of the ProBlogger network talks about how over the years, he’s seen various schools of thought around the notion of what is ‘King’. He’s noted that ‘Blogging is King’ was the hype for a while, that ‘Content is King’ surfaced as the next big thing, that ‘Facebook is King’, that ‘Twitter is King’, and now even ‘Google Hangouts is King’.

He goes on to make the point by saying, “The arguments for all of these things being ‘king’ are good… but they all kind of miss the point.”

Darren goes on to say that as far as he sees it, “‘Usefulness is King’.  Creating content is just one way of being useful. Building community is another. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn and G+ are just ways of delivering usefulness.  Infographics, videos, podcasts and even blogging … all just different mediums for being useful.” Additional information available HERE.

I tend to agree.

Now, how does that help you get paid?

There are 5 things you want to consider to make money blogging:

  • Deliver useful information.  

It would be helpful to have had some practice, blogging for yourself as a hobby or blogging for others in order to test and build your skills. Use your experience and write in a way that has readers returning.

  1. Be ready to produce useful content, even when you don’t feel like it.

To get paid, you not only have to deliver value in the content, blogging is a way to get the message out in creative content that can change minds and possibly help change the world for the better.

  • Be aware of what’s going on in the blogging market.

Times have changed and continue to change. Mommy blogger, Amy Corbett Storch, first began blogging in 2003. In an article published in NY Daily News, “Can You Make Money Blogging”, Amy referenced that change, mainly fueled by the down economy, drastically reduced the income potential from blogging.

Storch says “In the heyday, you might get [blog advertising] campaigns for $15 or $20 CPM (cost per thousand readers) [and now her average] CPM ad is paying $6. Most are around $2 or $3.”

If you’re writing for someone who is paying you, your potential income is also subject to that change. Where you may have been paid upwards of $100 per 600-1,000 word blog article, your income could be as little as $20-$40 per article.


  • Write more to earn more.

If the numbers work out, it would only make sense to increase the number of articles written, even submitting to multiple blog sources, and increase your potential income. As you do more writing, and expand the number of sources you write for, your income will reflect the amount of time you’ve expended. Remember, it’s all in the numbers … the numbers of words and the numbers behind the dollar sign.

  • Consider how much time you want to spend blogging, because it may amount to a lot.

Most people, especially those who are just getting started, underestimate the amount of time writing a good blog will take.  Regardless of whether you’re an expert in your field, you will want to do some research and bring the views of others into your article discussions. That takes time.

Blogs are no longer the singular rant of the author. Today, they are more a purposeful, useful piece of pros, a valuable message.

Amy Lynn Andrews states in her blog article “How Much Do Real Bloggers Actually Make?” that “your income is proportional to the amount of time you put in.”

She goes on to say that “in other words, it’s not likely you’ll make full-time income writing and networking 2-4 hours a day. You could probably make a decent part-time income doing so, but getting to that point would require a good amount of blogging knowledge and experience.” I add to that … and time!

If you’re passionate about a subject and you have decent writing skills, blogging could definitely be a way to earn extra money. It is also possible to make a living, a very good one, even … by becoming a blogger. On the other hand, the hard and fast truth is most of the millions of bloggers today don’t make enough to support themselves just with their blogs.

In the end, you can make extra money as a blogger for hire and with this information; you have a realistic view of what it will take.


[1] Amy Corbett Storch, 35, who lives in Bethesda, Md., with her husband and three kids. She first began blogging in 2003

[2] Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School.


[3]  Amy Lynn Andrews teach people how to blog. She writes posts with tips, tools & tutorials, is writer of The Useletter, a neatly packaged Saturday brunch of bite-sized highlights.

Article Author Bio:  

V. Lynn Hawkins is a small business strategist, co-author of Woman Entrepreneur Extraordinaire and founder of the P3 Academy of Social Entrepreneurship, and host of the weekly BIZ Info Zone WebTV Show hosted in Google Hangouts on Air.