1. Barber: If you already know how to cut your hair, you can probably cut someone else's. All you need are some clippers, a chair, a mirror, and some sheen. There are barber colleges if you want some credentials.
2. Baker: If you know how to make cakes, pies, brownies, or cookies, why not offer your services for birthday, anniversaries, celebrations, and other events. While you're baking your next batch, go to vistaprint.com and make some business cards too.
3. Babysitter: If you love kids and you're a homebody, this is a great way to use your gift in the evenings when parents want to go out on a late night date and simply be with each other doing adult stuff.
4. Bartender: There are certification programs that cost $500 and up, but sometimes a bar will be willing to teach you on the spot if they really need help. The hourly pay may be low, but tips are really where it's at when it comes to bartending, plus you meet a lot of people along the way.
5. Bike Messenger: If you already have a bike and a backpack and you find yourself at home during the business day, you can get some exercise and pay as a messenger. You can help local companies (especially legal and advertising) who do business each other and need to send original documents back and forth bypass FedEX, UPS, and USPS, saving them time and money.
6. Blogger: It takes a while to build a blog that has enough page views to earn significant money from advertising, but you can ghost write post for busy bloggers who are getting paid, after getting a feel for their tone, message, and audience.
7. Bookkeeper: If you're an accountant by day, you can be a bookkeeper by night. A lot of small businesses dread dealing with the IRS and they need help. Your basic knowledge of accounting can help keep the IRS off their back.
8. Car Detailer: If you're a clean person who pays attention to detail, you can get a bucket, soap, water, towels, and Armoral and detail the interior of neighbor's cars right in your drive way. The more visible you are doing the work, the more likely you'll get more traffic.
9. Chef: If you love to cook, there are many people who want to learn how to cook in their home or who want a private chef for a big event or a romantic dinner. They pay for the ingredients and you bring your expertise to the kitchen.
10. Coach: There are all kinds of coaches for everything. Though the terminology came from sports, the coaching industry is expanding. There are life coaches, career coaches, food coaches, financial coaches, spiritual coaches, you name it. Whatever aspect of life you think you have mastered can be an opportunity for you to create a coaching practice. They usually charge per session or based on program packages.
11. Consultant: Consultants are similar to coaches except them oftentimes work with businesses rather than individuals, though the terminology is used interchangeably. There are strategy consultants, management consultants, image consultants, IT consultants, sales consultants, HR consultants, marketing consultants, and so on. For every function in a business, there is a consultant who advises businesses in that area. They charge by the hour or monthly retainer.
12. Day Laborer (Construction): If you really love working with your hands, but your main hustle only allows you to use your head, you can make some extra dough as a day laborer doing construction, whether that means putting up dry wall, painting, digging, building a deck, or tearing down walls.
13. DJ: Being a DJ requires more than just making a good playlist. You have to really know music and how to read the crowd. Equipment can be expensive, but a lot of DJs work from their laptops nowadays.
14. Dog Walker: If you love dogs and walking, with 5 clients and 5 leashes, you can make a pretty penny by simply walking a mile a day.
15. Editor: If you know someone writing a book or who blogs regularly, you can offer to edit for them. Writers just want to write. It's hard to write and edit at the same time. So if you are a stickler for grammer (<<--intentional), you can make some money as an editor.
16. Event Planner: Just because someone has an event doesn't mean they know how to plan it. From weddings to anniversaries to banquets to birthdays to baby showers, people need help planning, coordinating, and executing. If this is something you like to do, there will always be events and you will always have business.
17. Freelance Writer: Similar to a blogger, what you have to say matters and their are tons of media outlets that would value your perspective.You just have to dig deep to find whose audience would benefit from my how-to advice or opinions and then pitch them.
18. Fundraiser: What non-profit couldn't benefit from some extra money. There are many websites that are helping non-profits raise money online and they take a percentage. You can do the same if you can get the right people in a room or organize a campaign or event that helps a non-profit you believe in raise more money to do more good work.
19. Gardener: Some people have backyards and front yards the didn't really want. You can tell by how poorly they upkeep them. They just came with the house. Knock on the door and ask if they need help pulling out weeds, mowing, and raking. If you have the skills to plant stuff, then you have a repeat business.
20. Graphic Designer: If you know how to draw or you're great at Photoshop or Illustrator, there is no reason you shouldn't be making extra money designing holiday cards, book covers, websites, invitations, posters, and other images for individuals and companies.