21 side gigs that can make you money while you start your own business

When you’re starting a small business, every penny counts.

If you want to be successful in business — especially at the beginning — you’ve got to swallow your pride, hustle and do whatever it takes to keep yourself afloat.

Side gigs can also supplement the business by helping when cash flow becomes an issue. Cash-flow problems are a top concern for new businesses, especially in the early years.

AirBnb With Airbnb you can rent out a couch, a bedroom, a whole apartment or even a houseboat to people eager to pay you for the experience.

Good with kids? Live in a place with lots of room for them to spread out in? For those with the hours to spare, home daycare is a great option for making some side money while building a small business.

Yard Work

If you own a lawn mower, weed wacker and other expensive yard tools, capitalize on your investment by starting your own yard service.


Busking is a great word. It refers to the act of standing on a street corner and playing an instrument while passersby shower you with loose change.

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