Side Hustles You Can Start With No Money

Beginning a new side hustle is more often than not an expensive experience but if you dig deep, you’ll discover that low-cost ideas still exist for aspiring or lean entrepreneurs with unique and valuable talent.

Have a firm knowledge of the sellable kills you currently have, recommends Holly Reisem Hanna, founder of career blog, The Work at Home Woman. Make a list of your previous jobs, trainings and educational achievements to help you take cognizance of vocational interests and patterns that can help you in your search for your new business venture.

“In this exercise, you want to go deep,” she says, “so include what you liked and didn’t like about past jobs, training and schooling.”

If you need more small business ideas to get going, you definitely want to consider these tested and trusted business ideas you can start without any immediate costs:


A lot more businesses and companies are turning to freelancers to reduce their in-house costs and this presents an opportunity for freelance designers, writers, animators etc. an opportunity to share their talents with a wide range of clients.

Pet services

The American Pet Products Association, says that pet owners in 2016 spent an estimated $66.8 Billion on their four-legged friends, with almost 6 billion of that amount going towards grooming and boarding.

If you have a passion for pets, you can start by rendering a pet-sitting or dog-walking service for little to no capital at all. You can then go further by becoming a trainer although you will have to invest in a certification to give your business more credibility.

Personal training

The fitness craze reached a crescendo in 2017 and considering the fact that you can start out without any real costs, it makes sense to cash in on it if you are athletically blessed. You can begin by concentrating on body-resistance exercises in parks and other public spaces. You can of course, take your hustle to a new level by investing in weights, resistance bands and other exercise gear to fast track your clients’ progress and have them coming back to you for more.

Although there are no state or federal laws that control who can or cannot call themselves a personal trainer, you are advised to get certified by an authoritative industry organization. This will usually involve some costs but it’s definitely worth it. You’ll also want to have liability insurance in case any of your clients suffer injuries during training.

Manual work

On a daily basis, home repairs and maintenance have a way of accumulating so if you have a natural inclination towards house work, you may want to consider putting yourself up as a master of manual labor. Begin by gaining expertise in a particular niche like landscaping or painting to help you build some credibility among clients.

Consulting and teaching

Your most valuable assets are the skills and knowledge you already have. So you may want to consider selling your well-honed skills if you are a math guru, musical wonderkid or grammar guru. Although you may have to spend a few bucks to publicize your services beyond your family members or social media  friends.

But entrepreneur beware

However, it is recommended that you avoid working in industries like healthcare because the standard of operation in such areas is generally very high thus making the guidelines hard to navigate. Even outside highly regulated industries, there are some common dangers to avoid when pursing your side hustle.

  • Don’t put your main job in jeopardy – In most cases, you’ll need to have a full-time job to help you generate income while your new hustle is gearing to take off. It’s also important you don’t allow your side hustle adversely affect your main job. You might also want to recheck your contract and ensure that there isn’t a non-compete clause signed with your full-time employer.
  • Have a good look at certificates and licensing – It is important that you keep overhead costs low but there are some corners that you just cannot afford to cut. Even if you’re starting a business off your skills like baking or hair dressing, it is important that you follow regulatory guidelines for your industry. If you intend operating your business from home, ensure that your home insurance covers whatever incident may arise from the operation of the business.

10 Side Hustles for Senior Citizens

Today, we’re going to talk about the top 10 side hustles for senior citizens.

I always said that I will never retire.

Now, that doesn’t mean I will keep doing the work I have always done, but I will keep my entrepreneur mindset and continue making “side-cash” to help offset the rising costs of life. And to be able to live a fruitful and wonderful life.

Just sitting around watching the dandelions grow is not my idea of a fun, retired life. I would be willing to wager that 80%+ of other seniors would agree.

To help you keep pace with the “young-uns,” I am providing you with 10 side hustles for senior citizens.

Side Hustle #1: Freelance Writing

Since I am a copywriter, I had to put this at the top of the list. Believe me, if you have any writing skills, you are needed desperately. Just to give you an idea, I work full time writing and I make a great income.

There are a variety of websites you can use as a medium to get started. You may want to create an account at:

Just do a search for online writing jobs.  You could even start your own website that promotes your writing services.  Another great thing to do is reach out to people you know who are editors or writers and see if that have any side gigs you could help them with.

Side Hustle #2: Blogging

As a senior citizen, you have many experiences that you can share with the world. One of the ways you can do that is by purchasing a domain and hosting. You then start a blog in any niche area that you have experience with.

But how do you make money? You put affiliate ads on the blog and if you get real creative, you could sell your own digital products.

You could write about your family, life experience, work experience, favorite past times, hobbies, or anything else that interests you.

Side Hustle #3: Do Tasks

There is a website where people have discovered they can make a great second income doing tasks. You can earn money by running tasks like getting a gallon of milk for a person who lives nearby, or there are tasks that involve online research or data entry.  The name of the website is TaskRabbit. You can check it out here.

You could also ask your friends and neighbors if they need help with anything.  Another option is to be a virtual assistant online.

Side Hustle #4: Tutoring

There are students from 1st to 16th grade who need assistance understanding certain subjects. You may wonder why I said 16th grade… I am counting 4 years of college.

You can simply run an ad in your local newspaper, and I would wager your phone will begin ringing from parents and students looking for a dependable tutor.

Side Hustle #5: Be A Referee Or An Umpire

Nearly every community has some kind of sports leagues running. Be it school sports, softball leagues or even beach volleyball leagues, these all need officials to ensure that the game is played fair.

You can get paid cash with each game you officiate. It may require taking a class or 2, but there are people making a great second income by officiating sporting events.

Side Hustle #6: Open An eBay Store

If you have a knack for “wheeling and dealing,” you may find that opening and managing an eBay store is the perfect side hustle.

You can purchase items from auctions, garage sales or even great sale items from retail outlets. Mark them up and list them on your online eBay store.  You can even buy items on eBay and resell them on eBay for a nice profit.

Side Hustle #7: Publish eBooks

In this era of digital reading…

  • Kindle
  • Nook
  • Etc…

anyone can be an author and earn royalties by just writing and publishing eBooks. Tell the world about your life, your experiences or train them in something you have ample knowledge about.

Side Hustle #8: Pets

If you have a love for dogs, cats and other forms of pets, there is a huge call for people to contract walking or grooming services. Go walk Rover or groom Frisky and earn good cash doing so.  You could also do pet sitting, which can be fun and profitable.

Side Hustle #9: Music Lessons

Do you play an instrument?

  • Piano
  • Guitar
  • Drums
  • Cello
  • Etc…

Maybe you are a great singer? There are people ready to pay you to teach them how to play an instrument or sing. Just run an ad and standby as the phone begins ringing.

Side Hustle #10: Sell Photo Images

Do you love taking photographs? You do know that many people are searching daily for images to use on their websites and in other places. They are willing to pay to use these images.

There are many websites where you can download your images, put a price on them and people will pay to use or purchase your image. You will just pay a small percentage to the site.

Some of the sites you may consider are:


Maybe that pension is a little lower than your bills. And we all know that Social Security is difficult to survive on.

It makes good sense to pick up a side hustle. While there are many other side hustles for senior citizens, I found these to be the top 10 ideas.

What do you think? Do you have any questions? What type of side gig do you have? You can post any and all comments below. Thank you for stopping by and be sure to share this with all your senior friends and family.

About the Author: Greg Boudonck is a full time freelance writer as well as a published author. While Greg does not consider himself a senior citizen, he is coming close but would not disclose his actual age. He has a tendency to tell fibs – No Greg, you cannot be 24. It is not possible. If you would like to see the books Greg has authored, just visit his Amazon profile page here.

Make Money Shoveling Snow: A Great Side Hustle

Today, I’m going to educate you about how to make money shoveling snow. Winter is almost here.  Depending on where you live, this presents a great way to make money!

That’s right, whenever it snows there is a huge opportunity to earn extra cash.  If you’re willing to hustle, you can shovel people’s driveways, porches, and walkways for extra cash.  Although it’s a labor-intensive job, it can be very profitable.  While this opportunity is great for kids, it can also be an awesome side hustle for young adults.

As a kid, I used to do this every winter.  I grew up in small town Maine.  We got a ton of snow each winter.  Whenever it snowed, I would reach out to neighbors to see if they needed me to shovel their walkway, porch or driveway.  Although not everyone was interested in my services, some people took me up on my offer.

I could make $50 to $100 in half a day’s work. That was a lot of money as a kid.  Keep in mind this was in the 1980s and early 1990s.  I’m sure that if you were organized and hustled, you could make even more money than that today.  Here are a few tips to help you do this.

9 Tips to Make Money Shoveling Snow

# 1 Contact People Ahead of Time – In the early fall, contact everyone you know to see if they will let you shovel their snow for them throughout the winter.  Try to lock in as many customers as you can, ahead of time.  That way, when the snow hits the ground, you are off to the races!

# 2 Build Up Your Customer List – Whenever you shovel snow for someone, add them to your customer list.  Be sure to send them a hand written thank you note for hiring you.  In addition, stay in touch with these people throughout the year, so they don’t forget about you or hire a competitor.

# 3 Go the Extra Mile – When you are shoveling snow at a client’s home or business, be sure you go the extra mile.  Do an exceptional job.  Treat it as if it was your own house. Do things you aren’t paid to do, the little added touch.  This will go a long way in keeping your customers happy.

# 4 Use Tools to Help You – As a kid, invest in a good shovel, maybe even some equipment such as a used snow blower. This will let you work smart and help you get more done in less time.  As an adult, you might want to even buy a snow plow for your truck.

# 5 Team up with Someone Else – If you know someone who plows people’s driveways, reach out to them and see if they will hire you to do all the little work, such as clearing walkways and porches. This lets you tap into their customer base.  This is one of my best tips.

# 6 Ask for Referrals – Whenever you deal with a client, and they are happy with your services, be sure you ask them for referrals.  Ask them for two people and two businesses in the local area they know who might want to hire someone to help them with snow removal.

# 7 Get Your Name Out There – Be willing to advertise and have some marketing materials to help you promote your new side hustle. This includes flyers, business cards, brochures, a website, a Facebook page, etc.  Realize your real business is FINDING and KEEPING customers, not just shoveling snow.

# 8 Visit Local Businesses – Another great tip to find more work is to visit local businesses in your area.  Focus on the “mom and pop” type businesses with walkways and porches.  This would be a great little niche to focus on, plus you can probably earn more money per job by working with local businesses, than just with residential properties.

# 9 Be Reliable – It’s important that you show up on time.  Your customer needs to be able to count on you and know you will do a good job.  If you aren’t reliable, they will hire someone else.

I hope you enjoyed these 9 tips on how to make money shoveling snow.

10 Reasons Why Shoveling Snow is a Good Side Hustle

  1. It’s seasonal
  2. You can earn cash money
  3. It’s good exercise
  4. You can earn good money per hour
  5. There is a high demand for it since most people don’t want to do it
  6. Very little overhead to get started
  7. Very little ongoing costs
  8. Great part-time gig
  9. Work as much or as little as you want
  10. Works great with a land scaping or lawn service business

Final Thoughts

There you have it folks.  These are some of my best tips on how to make money shoveling snow.  I think this is a great side hustle for any kid, teenager or young adult.  Like anything else in life, you need a game plan and you need to work hard. You get out what you put in.

If you’ve ever tried this side hustle before, I would love to hear from you.  Did you make money shoveling snow?  What strategies and tips can you recommend?  Leave a comment below to share your thoughts.  I look forward to hearing from you.

About the Author

Charles Holmes is an author, business coach, blogger and entrepreneur.  As a kid, he shoveled snow each winter to earn some extra cash.  He now lives in sunny Florida with his beautiful wife, Rachel. You can learn more about him here.


Make Money with Container Deposits: Side Hustle for Teens

What do you know about container deposits?  If you’ve never heard of that term before, this information will excite you.

Some states have a container deposit.  This is extra money you pay for the item when you buy beverages in glass, plastic or glass bottles.  Normally, it’s about 5 or 10 cents per item.  It varies by state. This money can then be “redeemed” when the item is used up and returned to a recycling center or redemption center.

As of October 2010, 11 different states have a container deposit.  Those states are California, Connecticut Delaware, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon and Vermont. If you live in one of those 11 states, this might be a perfect side hustle for you, especially if you are a teenager or kid.

My Experience

I grew up in small town Maine.  As a child and teenager, we would collect bottles and cans on the side of the road whenever we could.  We would also save up the bottles, cans and glass in our own homes.

We would try to fill up several garbage bags worth of cans and bottles. Once we had several bags of recyclables, we would visit one of the redemption centers in our town and exchange our bottles and cans for five cents each.

At five cents per item, it might not sound like a ton of money to an adult.  However, it can add up pretty quickly.  Find 100 bottles and get five cents each and you would have $5. Find 1,000 cans and redeem them at a nickel each and you would have $50 cash.

I remember one time I saved I bottles for a few months and cashed them in for a few hundred dollars.  I felt like I had just won the lottery.  I used the money to buy a new bike.  A few hundred dollars isn’t life changing for most adults, but as a kid, it makes you feel rich!

I also remember a fundraiser we did for our high school wrestling team.  About 20 of us worked really hard over the weekend collecting bottles on the side of the road and visiting people’s homes looking for donations of bottles.  We ended up raising close to $1000 that weekend for our wrestling team.  It was a lot of fun and definitely worth our time.

Why You Should Do This

Whether you are an adult or teenager, you should save up your bottles, glass and cans and redeem them for cash.  It’s just smart money.  It takes very little effort on your own, just a little discipline.

Listed below are a few simple things you can do to work smart and make even more money recycling soda cans, plastic bottles and glass for cash.

#1 Return other people’s recyclable items for them. Reach out to everyone you know and offer to take their bottles and cans to the redemption center for them, in exchange for a percentage of the cash. Most people are busy and would love to save the time to do something else.  If you could find 10-20 people to do this with, your commission could be pretty significant.

# 2 Ask people you know to save their bottles for you and let them know you will pick them up once a month.  Ask your close friends and family, especially grandma, if she will save her cans and bottles for you.  You’ll never know if you don’t ask.

# 3 Find a few busy roads where people litter lots of cans and bottles, and pick them up.  Of course, be safe, wear a reflector vest, and have adult supervision, so you don’t get hit by a car.

# 4 Make it fun and have a contest with a few of your close friends to see who can collect the most cans, bottles and plastics in a given month.  The competitive spirit will force you to come up with creative ways to win.

My final tip is to save the money you get from the container deposits and reinvest it into other side hustles.  Use the money to buy a used lawn mower, so you can mow yards.  Use the money to start a lemonade stand.  Use the money to buy items at yard sales and resell them on eBay. Or, put it in your savings account or pay off debt. Simply put, use your hard-earned cash for seed money and watch your income grow.

Final Thoughts

What are your thoughts?  Did you grow up in one of these 11 states that have container deposits?  If so, did you collect bottles, cans and glass to recycle them for cash?  If you did, leave a comment below and tell us what your experience was like.  I look forward to hearing from you.

About the Author

Charles Holmes is an author, blogger and entrepreneur.  He works from home with his wife, Rachel.  He lives in Homosassa, Florida and enjoys hunting, fishing, reading, and watching movies.

Yard Sales: An Easy Side Hustle

One of my favorite side hustles is having yard sales and buying things at local yard sales to resell.  What I want to do in the rest of this post is share some practical ways to make money with yard sales.

I’ll share tips about how to have your own successful yard sale and also provide tips for buying stuff from yard sales to resell elsewhere.  This is all based on my 15+ years of experience doing this.

Have Your Own Yard Sales

One of the quickest ways to make some cash is to have your own yard sale.  You can search through your home or apartment and find unwanted things that you can sell for cash.  Simply walk through your house and consolidate all of your unwanted items into one area.

Spend a few minutes and research these items online to see what their selling price is.  This will help you with your pricing strategy.  Don’t expect to get retail prices at your yard sale, but be an informed seller.

Another way to make money having your own yard sale is to rent out tables to other people who want to “team up” with you and do a community or family yard sale.  You could charge $5 or $15 per table, and invite several of your friends to participate.

In addition, you can ask friends if they have any unwanted items they are thinking about donating or getting rid of. You could purchase these items from them and resell them at your yard sale.  You could also sell these items on consignment for them.  Or, if you are lucky, they might even give you some of these items for free.

You also have other ways to source inventory, such as:

  • Place a classified ad that you do free hauling or junk removal
  • Visit local auctions, thrift stores and flea markets to find stuff to resell
  • Ask friends and neighbors for unwanted items

If you’re going to have your own yard sale, please follow these suggested tips:

  1. Have good signs so people can find your yard sale easily
  2. Have plenty of parking
  3. Advertise your yard sale ahead of time so people know about it
  4. Consider doing a Friday, Saturday and Sunday yard sale
  5. Start the yard sale early in the morning to cater to dealers
  6. Display your items so they are easy to see
  7. Be flexible with your prices and willing to negotiate
  8. Have plenty of change available
  9. Price your items so there is a little room for negotiation
  10. Have at least one other person there to help you

I encourage you to have your own yard sale and see how you can do.  Who knows, you might rake in a pocket full of cash.

Shop at Local Yard Sales

My wife and I love to shop at local yard sales each weekend looking for treasures we can buy and then resell for a handsome profit. We typically visit 8 to 15-yard sales each weekend, when we go out, and normally find good deals at two or three of those yard sales.

We buy everything and anything we can make a profit with; however, we do like to specialize in vintage clothing, belt buckles, jewelry and paper items.

If you plan on shopping at local yard sales, you need to keep a few things in mind.

First off, you want to get to these yard sales as early as possible.  Ideally, you want to be the first one there, so you can access the best stuff first.  I’ve also found that if you go late in the day you can get some really good deals, since most people don’t want to pack the stuff back up.

Keep in mind that most prices can be negotiated.  Never pay the asking price unless it is already a great deal.  I get the best deals when I make a pile of stuff I am interested in and then make them an offer for the whole pile.  I normally save at least 40% of my purchase price by buying in bulk.

Also, make sure you know what you are buying.  Be informed.  You can research just about any item on your phone, to see the value it sells for online.  Just keep in mind that you want to be discreet when you do this.  If you look up every item at the yard sale on your phone, in front of the person hosting the yard sale, they might not be as flexible on their pricing.

Take your time at each yard sale and be thorough.  Look at each table and under each table, and always ask the hosts if they have anything inside the house that is for sale.  This is how I normally find jewelry and coins to buy.  It might also be in your best interest to tell the owner that at the end of the yard sale, if they simply want to get rid of everything, you will haul it away free of charge, so they don’t need to clean everything up themselves.

Most importantly, plan out your adventure before you leave your house.  The night before, write down all of the yard sales you plan on visiting, and plug them into your GPS so you can work smart and be strategic about each yard sale you visit.

When it comes to selling items you buy at yard sales, make sure you have several different outlets.  Examples include eBay, Craigslist, flea markets, local auctions and your own yard sales.  Determine the best way to sell each item, so you can maximize profits, and do a quick flip.

Final Thoughts

There you have it folks.  I think yard sales are a great side hustle.  Whether you want to have your own yard sales, or simply visit local yard sales to buy stuff to resell, your options are endless.  The secret is to have a plan and hustle.  Opportunity awaits!

About the Author

Chuck Holmes has been buying and selling stuff at yard sales for nearly 15-years.  He is a Power Seller o eBay and he normally sells about 300 to 500 items per month.  He specializes in belt buckles, used clothing, jewelry, and paper items.  You can visit his eBay store here.  Chuck is also a successful author and blogger.

Selling on eBay: The Perfect Side Hustle

Selling on eBay is the perfect side hustle.  I think so anyway.  It’s something anyone can do.  You can do it part-time and it doesn’t require much start-up capital.  There is a short learning curve and it’s quite perhaps the fastest way to make money online that I know of.

What I want to do in the paragraphs below is give you some tips to selling on eBay, so you can start right.  This is based upon my 14+ years of selling on eBay.

Selling on eBay: 7 Simple Steps to Get Started

Step # 1: Educate Yourself

The first step to selling on eBay is simply to educate yourself.  You’re not trying to earn a PhD on day one.  You don’t want information overload either.  Instead, I suggest you make it a point to watch five to ten YouTube videos, or simply spend a few hours on YouTube watching videos about the basics of selling on eBay.  This will answer most of your initial questions and teach you the ropes.  Of course, you’ll learn even more by actually applying what you learn. Once again, you’re just trying to get the basics.  Don’t make the mistake of trying to know every little detail or having analysis by paralysis.

Step # 2: Set Up Your Accounts

The next step to selling on eBay is to set up your eBay and PayPal accounts, assuming you don’t already have them.  Just go to and register your account.  The sign-up process is very simple.  In addition, go to and create your account there as well.  PayPal is how you will get paid.  If you need help doing this, there are plenty of tutorials on YouTube providing step-by-step instructions.

Step # 3: Get Your Office Equipment

At a minimum, you will want to have a digital scale, a printer, a computer, and a digital camera.  You may also want to invest in some packing supplies, such as packing tape and boxes.  You can get lots of boxes for free from your local Post Office.  They have Flat Rate Priority Mail boxes, which are great for heavier or bulky items.  You can get bubble envelopes, additional boxes, and packing tape right on eBay.  That is what I do.  I also suggest you set up a designated spot in your home to run your little eBay business.

Step # 4: Pick 20 Items from Your Home

The next step is to walk through your house or apartment and find 20 unwanted items.  Look for things you haven’t used in a long time that you aren’t attached to.  Just go through each room and consolidate everything you don’t want into one box.  These first 20 items will give you some experience at taking photos and listing items.  You’re bound to make a few mistakes in the beginning, so it’s best to start with inexpensive items, so if you do make a mistake it’s not a big deal.  By the time you’ve listed and sold 20 items, you should have a great understanding about how eBay works.

Step # 5: Pick a Niche

Once you’ve gone through your first 20 items, the best thing to do is pick a niche you want to focus on.  Ideally, it’s much better to specialize and sell one type of item. On the other hand, you can also be a generalist and sell a little bit of everything, like I do.  If I had to start over on eBay again, I would specialize in one or two things, such as clothing, electronics, watches, belt buckles or jewelry. If you don’t know what to specialize in, consider making a list of potential types of products that interest you and are in demand.  Spend some time viewing the completed listings and look for trends.  Ideally, you want to find a product you can make a fixed percentage on, or at least $10 to $20 profit per item, after all of your selling expenses.

Step # 6: Source Inventory

The next step is to source your inventory.  Depending on your niche, you will have different places to source your inventory.  Rachel and I simply visit local thrift stores, flea markets, auctions and yard sales to find inventory.  On the other hand, if you intend on selling new merchandise, you’ll probably want to find a wholesaler or drop shipper, so you can buy in bulk and get discounts.  If you decide to buy in bulk, start really small and slowly scale your way up.  Finally, be sure to check out the “wholesale lots” on eBay.  Lots of people source their inventory right on eBay and then resell it on eBay.

Step # 7: Start Selling

At this point, you are ready to start selling.  Depending on how much time you’re willing to invest, and how much money you want to make, will determine what you do with your business.  I suggest you determine how much profit you realistically want to make each month and then calculate how many items you will need to sell (on average) to reach that goal.  Once you know that number, add another 25 percent to it to help offset returns and fees.  In addition, remember that you aren’t locked into your chosen niche forever.  You can change it at any time or even add in other niches when you find a good deal.

Final Thoughts

There you have it folks.  These are some of my best tips for selling on eBay.  The real key to success is just to get started.  Realize ahead of time you will make some mistakes along the way.  Simply learn from each mistake, make the necessary adjustments as needed, and keep pressing on, and there is no doubt in my mind you can build a great little part-time income in no time.  It took me a year or two to really master eBay.  Even if it takes you that long, it’s still a great deal.

About the Author

Chuck Holmes has been selling on eBay for approximately 14 years.  He is a Power Seller and he normally sells about 300 to 500 items per month.  He specializes in belt buckles, used clothing, jewelry, and paper items.  You can visit his eBay store here.  Chuck is also a successful author and blogger.