9 Part-Time Home Business Ideas

Grow Your Dream Business While You Keep Your Day Job

Updated May 2106 Leslie Truex

Whether your goal is make extra income or retain job security by moonlighting before working at home full-time, a part-time business can allow you to achieve both. Not all home businesses are flexible enough to be done part-time around a job. Below you'll find 9 ideas that can be started fairly quickly and affordability, and built around a job. Further, they can grow into full-time careers or be maintained at a part-time level depending on your goals.


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There was a time in which tutoring required in-person visits either at the student or tutor's home. While that can still be done, technology now allows tutoring to be done via video conferencing. The growth of technology has made tutoring even more flexible, because now you can help people across time zones and limit  travel expenses.

Further, there are many types of tutoring options such as computer tutoring, academic tutoring for all ages from elementary to college students, SAT tutoring, and even language tutoring whereby you help foreign business people learn English. 

This part-time business can also lead to a new career or a business in which you expand your services by courses or books you can sell online.


Photography is one of the Top Hobbies that can be a Home Business - Photo by Stockbyte
Photography is one of the Top Hobbies that can be a Home Business. Stockbyte

Getting paid to take pictures is a great way to turn a photography hobby into a home business. If allowed by the zoning laws in your area, you can run a portrait studio from your home, taking pictures of families, grads and even pets

Or consider doing events such as weddings. A wedding photographer can make approximately $2,600 for a $20,000 wedding. And, because weddings are almost exclusively held on the weekends, this is a home business you can start part-time while you build your portfolio. More


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eBay is one of the few businesses that you can start with no financial investment and get paid within a week. You can get started by selling the unused and unwanted items around your house, and use the income you earn to invest in inventory based on what you've learned sells well. 

Or, if you're already successful as an eBay seller, you can help others sell their items for a profit as an eBay Trading Assistant. As an eBay Trading Assistants, you'll usually have to go to client's homes or businesses to photograph and pick up items. You'll list and sell them for a percentage of the sale. 

Don't feel you're limited to eBay. There are many other places you can sell used items online such as books, clothes, electronics, jewelry and more.  More

Information Products

Teach Others through Information Products
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Everyone had knowledge about something others would pay to know. If you can compile that information into a product, you can sell it. Information produces come in many forms such as books and courses, and be delivered in either tangible (i.e. print book) or digital formats (i.e. ebook).

Information products offers several great advantages for making including it's extremely flexible, it's affordable and easy to start, and it generates passive income. It's easy to do along side a job or use to create an additional income stream to an existing business. More

Affiliate Marketing

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Maybe you don't have or want to create a product or service, you can still make money online by selling other businesses' products and services. Affiliate marketing combines word-of-mouth marketing with commission sales. 

Affiliate marketing isn't only flexible enough to do part time around a job, but also, it's flexible on how you can promote your products. Most successful affiliate marketers use a blog, but some have a single squeeze page website where they build an email list and market to subscribers. More


Writing Home Busines
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One of the great advantages of writing, aside from it's complete flexibility, is that there are so many types of writing you can do. You can become a blogger, a copywriter, resume writer, author, ghostwriter and more. Plus, you don't have to stick to one type of writing. I'm a blogger, freelance writer, and author.  More


Craft Business Idea
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Are you creative? Why not turn your artistic talent into part-time income. If you make crafty items, you can sell them on Etsy or through craft fairs and bizaars on the weekends.

Other creative and artistic endeavors you can consider include jewelry, faux painting, interior design, and home staging More

Social Media Manager

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Do you enjoy social media? Do you know how to reach and engage people on a range of social networks? Then you might be a good candidate for social media manager. Using social media scheduling tools, you can create and schedule social media campaigns for businesses and entrepreneurs. 

Your job can include moderation of social media profiles, as well as working to build followers.

To be successful, you need to know how to use social media for marketing without annoying or offending the businesses' markets. It can also help to know how to create sharable graphics as they attract more response than plain text posts.  More

Direct Sales

Direct Sales Defined and Explained.
Direct Sales is a viable home business option for those who do their research and the work.. Credit: Steve Debenport | Getty Images

There's a lot of misinformation about direct sales, but if you do your research and pick a company with a product/service and marketing plan you can get behind, direct sales is a fast, affordable, and flexible way to start a home business. It is important to do your research to avoid scams and duds. But if you treat direct sales as the business it is, you can have success. More

Building Part-Time Income

You're not limited to these nine home business ideas. The truth is, many home businesses offer flexibility to built part-time. One of the great advantages of home business is that you're the boss, so you work how much or how little you want. With that said, building a livable income on a part-time business can be a challenge without planning and prioritizing. Updated May 2106 Leslie Truex

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