50 Side Businesses You Can Start on Your Own

People often ask, what are some sides businesses I can start? Here is a list of 50 of those side businesses. Each of these ideas is very simple to start, and most can be done as a sole proprietorship at first (meaning you don’t have to file any legal documents to get started, though you will want to do that if it starts to take off). Most of these can be done at home in your spare time in your spare space, too.

Antique refurbishment This is a perfect side business for people who love antiquing. Take worn-out antiques home with you, invest the time and care needed to transform those old items into something amazing, then resell them at a profit.

Auto detailing Have a meticulous eye for detail and love to get things gleaming clean? Auto detailing is probably a perfect side business for you. In essence, your job is to make cars sparkle inside and out – and many people are quite happy to pay well for this service.

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10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Quitting Your Day Job to Start a Business

The dream of being one’s own boss is what leads many people to start businesses, but leaving your bread-and-butter job to fulfill that vision is a move that shouldn’t be made hastily.

In his book, Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job & Your Dream Job (Lampo Press, 2011), Nashville-based author Jon Acuff says that between 70 and 80 percent of people think about quitting their job to do something more fulfilling. “A lot of people wake up Monday morning and say, ‘How did I get here?’” he says. “You take a six-month stop-gap job sometimes and find yourself still there years later, but it doesn’t have to be that way.”

That said, Acuff and other experts say there are some important things to consider before quitting your day job to start a business.

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10 Reasons Why Businesses Fail

1. Inexperience

The first reason why businesses fail is due to lack of experience. Entering an industry without having any prior experience is damaging.  It is silly to think that one can walk into an industry without having adequate experience and be successful. There’s a certain amount of time that should be invested before venturing out on your own ambitions. Gaining experience will foster confidence in your ability and in your business concept. It will help you develop your product, having first-hand experience in that industry, and an understanding as to how that industry can benefit from what your business has to offer.

2. Poor Business Plan

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