8 Great Side-Business Ideas For 2021.

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Whether you’re working part-time, looking to add another revenue stream to your bank, or just searching for a productive hobby, there are so many options out there to suit your needs. Maybe you’ll be utilizing your creative flair or unique, sought-after skills? Perhaps your charisma draws attention, making it easy to hold an influential platform. Whatever it is you’ve got, there are ways to adapt that ability into a positive and potentially lucrative side-business. Here are our top picks for business ideas in 2021.

Skincare Business

Now is the ideal time for launching your own private label skincare range to become a successful entrepreneur. Once you know how to start a skincare business, you can soon be making money providing your customers with top-quality products. In the US alone, the cosmetic and beauty industry makes close to $50 billion every year, with skincare as the most profitable and largest product category. This offers many successful opportunities for those prepared to put enough effort into creating, launching, and promoting their brand

Social Media Manager

Today, most of us are used to running our own social media accounts with some level of efficiency. Although, posting regularly and consistently isn’t entirely easy for everyone. This also accounts for businesses. If you’re already an avid content creator and social media user, who finds it incredibly easy and natural to post often and checks engagement regularly, then consider offering your services to small, local businesses. You’ll need to do a bit of research into the more professional aspects of social media management, but with some time and dedication, you’ll be ready to set up as an expert.

Graphic Designer

Natural artistic talent isn’t easy to come by, and the best folks in the business are snapped up incredibly quickly. If you have a penchant for design and spend a lot of your downtime creating, why not look into providing businesses with a freelance design service? Get a portfolio of your best work together and focus on a particular niche such as branding or web design.


This will surprise a lot of people. Blogging has become one of the most profitable marketing professions in existence. With the advent of SEO and other such marketing methods, writing blogs and being paid to promote products and services to your readers is a fantastic way to make money. If you’re a natural writer and have a particular passion, then start a blog today. The worst that can happen is you find a fun outlet for your creativity. And the best result is your blog becomes so successful you can turn it into a full-time job.

Online Retailer

Making great use of independent retail platforms or even creating your own website to sell a particular product such as jewelry is a great way to make money the old-fashioned way. Retail is as strong as ever today, and creating your own online store is a fantastic way to bring in some cash. Check out Apviz’s guide to selling jewelry for some great ideas and tips on how to get started. Whether you’re buying and selling stock, or creating your own products to sell, you’ll still need to do some research to figure out the best way to go about this.

Virtual Assistant

Do you feel like you’re the helpful type? Or maybe your organizational skills are unmatched? Remote assistant work can encompass many different things, but the organization of budgets, managing spreadsheets and documents, and liaising with contacts, tend to be the top of the list of tasks. Convert your attention to detail and ability to keep things in order into a potentially lucrative business from the comfort of your own home.


Becoming an influencer can sort of be put into the same box as becoming a celebrity. It’s rarely something that be forced. If you’ve managed to build up a strong following on social media, however, you might be in the perfect position to begin your work as an influencer. In fact, you could say that you already are one, if you’re getting decent engagement and impressions on your posts. Convert that influence into profitable marketing by working with retailers and service providers, and you’ll see that you not only will be getting yourself lots of free products to show off but may also end up getting paid for your work too.


There are lots of people out there that think they have a great idea for a podcast but setting out with the plan to drum up a huge number of listeners and become the next big thing isn’t a reasonable goal. Bear in mind that, whilst popular podcasts can make a good amount of income from advertising and external donation methods in exchange for early access and other VIP benefits, it does take a lot of work and research to figure out how to best create and run your new podcast. But if you truly believe that you have an interesting idea for a podcast, the best way to go about creating it is to just dive in and get started.

Online Tutor

If you have a natural talent or skill that you feel you’ve mastered, how about spreading that skill to other learners of your craft? Whether you’re a musician, a writer, or are fluent in a foreign language, you may be able to part your wisdom to others. Other than online, one-on-one tutoring is very profitable if done right, you’ll know that you’re helping to improve the lives of others in some way. Transform your hobby and mastery into tutoring, and you’ll learn some of the skills that it takes to become a professional tutor or teacher too.

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