25 Firefighter Side Hustle Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2022]

25 Firefighter Side Hustle Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2022]

Interested in starting a firefighter side hustle business in 2022?

We put together 25 of the best firefighter side hustle businesses you can start in today.

For each business idea, we’ll show you real-world examples of other firefighter side hustle businesses to help you see what it really takes.

Here's the full list:

1. Start a fire safety business ($3.65M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$304,000/month
Time To Revenue
270 days
Skills

Peter Thorpe from Utah, USA started FireAvert over 10 years ago, a fire safety business.

  • Revenue: $304,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 7
  • Location: Utah, USA

Case Study

I’m a full-time firefighter in Provo, Utah, and that’s where I saw the need for FireAvert. I went on so many fire calls where someone simply forgot they were cooking, and I thought to myself, “There has to be a solution to this!”

Unattended cooking is the #1 cause of fires, and as a firefighter, I saw this first-hand. I decided that I could solve this problem and started on this adventure of creating something that would stop the needless destruction.

I didn’t always envision myself as an entrepreneur. When I was in high school I was a lifeguard and we had an incident where paramedics had to come to help someone who had been injured at the pool and I thought to myself, “I want to be like them.” So after graduating I went to paramedic school and got certified as a firefighter.

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2. Start a dog walking business ($648K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$8,000 — $54,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,125
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 2 hours/week
Skills

Melodi Landi from Bristol, TN, USA started Furry Fellas Pet Service LLC over 16 years ago, a dog walking business.

  • Revenue: $54,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 19
  • Location: Bristol, TN, USA

Case Study

I have always had a passion for animals. I was going to school full time at the University of Rhode Island as a Pre-Vet student while working full time at a local veterinary hospital AND picking up pet sitting and dog walking clients on the side.

Since my late teenage years, I have known that I wanted to work with animals. While working at the animal hospital, I saw a great need for this type of service, and soon after decided to start this business!

I would often come across clients who had not traveled in years because their pets required specialized care or medications or because they did not know who to ask or whom they could trust with their pets and their home.

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3. Start a blog ($60K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$200 — $160,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,721
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Chhavi Agarwal from New Delhi, Delhi, India started Mrs Daaku Studio about 4 years ago, a blog.

  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: New Delhi, Delhi, India

Case Study

I am a licensed attorney in India and right after my master’s in law, I started working with a leading company as a lawyer. I worked there for about two years before I quit my job to become more location independent.

Choose a niche in whatever you start. It is critical for streamlining your efforts and make money.

My job paid me well but I worked 12 hours a day, I was exhausted by the end of each day, spent my weekends sleeping and I almost quit the things I liked to do - for example, sketching, yoga, traveling, etc.

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4. Start a landscaping business ($13.2M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$129,000
Skills

Terry Morrill from SUN VALLEY started Pacific Outdoor Living over 23 years ago, a landscaping business.

  • Revenue: $1,100,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 82
  • Location: SUN VALLEY

Case Study

It hasn't always been easy. I've had many different businesses over my life. I first started purchasing, renovating, and reselling apartment buildings. I started with a 5-unit building in Los Angeles and after selling it successfully, I purchased a completely dilapidated 66-unit building that scared me to death! But I made it through and over those first years made over one million dollars.

I rolled the dice and continued to buy, renovate, and sell until the bottom dropped out of the market. On January 17, 1994, the Northridge Earthquake devastated Southern California. During this period there was a negative migration in Los Angeles and our vacancy rates hit 40%. Being unable to support the mortgages, I lost all of my properties - over 250 units.

From 1994 to 1999, I started a company from scratch that built homes in Mexico. I sold insurance, ran an automatic door company, was the general manager for a bicycle specialty company, and sold copper pipe.

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5. Become a real estate agent ($4.2M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $1,500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$27,500
Time To Revenue
300 days
Skills
Business model
Work from home

Grigory Pekarsky from Chicago, Illinois, USA started Vesta Preferred Realty about 13 years ago, a real estate agent.

  • Revenue: $350,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Case Study

I stumbled into real estate. There is no personal history with real estate in my family or in anything I got into as a young kid trying to find my way.

I realized my real competitive edge was that I always picked up the phone, showed up every day and just did the work. Everyone always thinks there is some secret the most successful real estate agents keep to themselves.

My studies were actually centered in Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University (Go Green!). By Junior year it became apparent to me that I love animals but not so much the idea of being a Vet. So I did a 180 degree turn and finished with a Finance Major.

6. Become a mobile personal trainer ($720K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$20,000 — $8,333,333/month
Average Initial Investment
$100,000
Time To Revenue
240 days
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 4 hours/week
Skills
Interests
Business model

Chris Anderson from Overland Park, Kansas, USA started Live Fit over 11 years ago, a mobile personal trainer.

  • Revenue: $60,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Overland Park, Kansas, USA

Case Study

I started Live Fit because I felt I was running out of options in the industry I loved so much. Personally, I felt the misses in the personal training industry and wanted to change that. Personal Training, as well as all types of fitness, can be very intimidating to most people. And honestly, the people that are most intimidated by fitness are often the people that need it the most. I set out to create a company that provided the same types of exercises, programming, and results as generally all fitness companies, but I wanted to make it a comfortable experience from the moment a potential client stepped through our doors.

All our processes, our studio layout, our team of trainers we have hired, and our entire mission are based on making clients feel comfortable, appreciated, and valued. We do things differently and over the past 10 years, I have seen other companies in our area follow our lead. Long gone are the days of slamming weights, extremely loud music, and uncomfortable gym environments. People want to go where they feel comfortable and respected.

I have always loved sports and started at a young age, with my dad as my coach. I continued athletics through high school and went on to run college track where I based my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees entirely on building my career in the fitness industry. The last thing I was willing to do was to throw it all away based on a lack of opportunity, so I created my own with Live Fit. I believe in spirituality and the law of attraction and base my life on those principles. So in early 2011 when I couldn’t focus on my spiritual study and spiritual growth because my mind was consumed with running numbers about opening my own company, I knew that was a sign from God it was time to create something great.

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7. Become a carpenter

How Much Can You Make?
$1,000 — $18,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$7,500
Skills

Examples of a successful carpenter:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a carpenter:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a carpenter ➜

Case Study

Hello, my name is Brett Burdick and I am the founder (this is the first time I’ve used that term) of Brex International, LLC which is sort of the umbrella company for The Hedgehog business that I’ll be talking about here.

The other products I sell are small stacking accessories that are used to stack two featherboards on top of each other for extra stability when cutting thicker boards on a table saw or band saw. Both products are shown below.

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8. Start a technical specialist business ($4.44M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$2,500 — $370,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful technical specialist business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a technical specialist business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a technical specialist business ➜

Case Study

My name is Abhishek Ghosh and I am the founder of the blog called The Customize Windows. Presently, the blog provides information to help the readers around software and electronics-related How-to guides and Do it Yourself projects.

The websites have been in existence for over a decade now and currently make 30 thousand dollars per year.

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9. Start a fixed asset documentation business

Examples of a successful fixed asset documentation business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a fixed asset documentation business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a fixed asset documentation business ➜

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10. Start a fitness center

How Much Can You Make?
$20,000 — $39,875,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$100,000
Skills

Examples of a successful fitness center:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a fitness center:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a fitness center ➜

Case Study

My name is John Zarbock. I am the CEO and Founder of BioFit. I started my business in November of 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. We build better humans by providing them with the most effective, efficient, and safe exercise on the planet. We do this through the High-Intensity Training (HIT) methodology mostly by leveraging the Adaptive Resistance Exercise (ARX) machines. They are designed to achieve exercise results in as little as 20 minutes a week by performing not only each rep and set near perfectly but also allowing for the maximum amount of intensity every moment of every session in the safest way possible while giving each client real-time feedback on progress and performance. We deploy a simple success formula: Work + Rest = Growth.

We currently have approximately 125 clients and our average monthly revenue is $20k. We have about an 80% closing ratio and our client retention is over 70%. The intricacies of the business have been very dynamic as I have served more than half of my time operating it while on Active Duty for the Army. I am currently deployed overseas in Kuwait so there have been challenges in growth and scale but we have grown year over year in both memberships and revenue despite having a skeleton crew of dedicated team members and partners in the last two years.

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11. Start a courier business

How Much Can You Make?
Average Initial Investment
$1,000,000
Skills

Examples of a successful courier business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a courier business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a courier business ➜

Case Study

My name is Shaerul H Joarder (Neel), Co-Founder and CEO of Parcelmagic, a delivery service company.

It is indeed a great pleasure that within just 6 months of operation, we have onboarded 100+ merchants, with the monthly transaction being 5000 dollars. Over 10000 parcels are delivered to all 64 districts in Bangladesh each month.

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12. Start a safety consulting business

Examples of a successful safety consulting business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a safety consulting business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a safety consulting business ➜

13. Start a bartending service

Examples of a successful bartending service:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a bartending service:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a bartending service ➜

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14. Start a fireproofing business

Examples of a successful fireproofing business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a fireproofing business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a fireproofing business ➜

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15. Start a delivery service

How Much Can You Make?
$5,000 — $150,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$1,000,000
Skills

Examples of a successful delivery service:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a delivery service:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a delivery service ➜

Case Study

My name is Ben Elizer, and I am the Founder and President of Velocity International Group, a full-scale logistics company, offering SameDay delivery, Expediting, Distribution, Fulfillment, andmany Warehousing Services. We offer to consult and some other services as well to help our customers succeed in an ultra-competitive environment. Velocity started with 2 vans and many faces to face conversations. We now have 10+ vehicles, including trucks, and have grown to 25k+ square feet of warehouse space as well to best serve our customers.

Over the past 2 years, our revenue has grown over 300%, which has completely contributed to the great people and culture we have at Velocity. After having to move out of my apartment (because I put everything financially I had into this company), and move back into my mom’s house in my mid 20’s, it was difficult, but just 6 months later we had our first small office and warehouse space. I’m fortunate I had a support system to move back into, or else Velocity might not be here today. The business has grown ever since because of hard work, trust, and relationships. We focus on what is important.

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16. Start a leakage detection business

How Much Can You Make?
$40,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful leakage detection business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a leakage detection business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a leakage detection business ➜

Case Study

Innovation Plumbing started as an idea in 1990, and officially in 1991 when my dad got his C 36 plumbing license for the state of California. I was two years old at the time.

Over the years Innovation Plumbing has grown and evolved into a devoted list of repeat customers who are more like family to us. Makes sense, in a family business!

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17. Start an uber driver business

How Much Can You Make?
$250,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful uber driver business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a uber driver business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an uber driver business ➜

Case Study

My name is Albert Williams. I am the President and CEO of The Best Deal Group of Companies. located in the Boogie Down Bronx. Best Deal is a transportation company, who specializes in local community transportation, Corporate Transportation as well as Non Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT).

Below is a picture of our cars gathered to pick up 30+ passengers for one of corporate accounts

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18. Start a firearms training business

Examples of a successful firearms training business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a firearms training business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a firearms training business ➜

19. Start a CPR instructor business

Examples of a successful CPR instructor business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a CPR instructor business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a CPR instructor business ➜

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20. Start a security guard business

Examples of a successful security guard business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a security guard business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a security guard business ➜

21. Become a painter/decorator business

Examples of a successful painter/decorator business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a painter/decorator business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a painter/decorator business ➜

22. Start a towing service

Examples of a successful towing service:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a towing service:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a towing service ➜

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23. Start an online tutors business

How Much Can You Make?
$25,000 — $34,568/month
Skills

Examples of a successful online tutors business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a online tutors business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an online tutors business ➜

Case Study

Kalyan Mazumder founded Prepmedians on the premise that every student should enjoy prepping time studying for the SAT/PSAT/ACT.

Kalyan uses his background as an actor to create interesting, funny, and interactive videos that will help people learn without the monotony of a conventional classroom.

After watching a video created by the team just once, students show a 9% statistically significant improvement in their baseline question sets.

To date, Prepmedians has assisted millions of students across the globe to accomplish their dream scores.

They use TikTok as one of their main social media channels to connect with people and build a community of Prepsters. Currently, Prepmedians has $361K followers on TikTok and 7.4M post likes.

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Listen to the full podcast on podcasts.apple.com ➜

24. Start a customer service rep business

Examples of a successful customer service rep business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a customer service rep business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a customer service rep business ➜

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25. Start a fire safety products selling business

Examples of a successful fire safety products selling business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a fire safety products selling business:

Learn more about starting a fire safety products selling business ➜

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