20 Best Part Time Business Ideas (Flexible Hours)

20 Best Part Time Business Ideas (Flexible Hours)

Looking to start a part-time business but not quite sure what to start?



The good news is, there are so many opportunities to become an entrepreneur and build an innovative product/service in this line of work.



If you're looking to start your own part-time business, there are several low-capital options you can choose from.



We put a list together below of the most profitable part-time business ideas you can start today!



Here they are:



1. Start an ebay business ($120K/year)

Adam Torkildson from American Fork started Tork Media LLC 7 months ago, a ebay business.

  • Revenue: $10,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: American Fork

I was homeschooled, so I have a fairly non-traditional education. I feel like that really shaped the way that I approach life in general. My dad was also a clown in Barnum and Bailey circus, so we moved around a lot and I never made very many friends. This led to my parents eventually got divorced, and me becoming addicted to pornography by the time I was 12.

I really struggled to connect with people in real life, and therefore spent most of my time on video games and the internet. Amazingly, I did get married and now have 2 beautiful kids, who are my main motivation for everything I do now.

My neighbor, who is in the Hall of Fame as the winningest coach in American sports history, has been collecting sports and playing cards for over 50 years. One day, as he was coaching my son in javelin, he offered to let me see his collection. I was blown away. He had everything from Jordan rookies, to Kobes, to Babe Ruths, etc. I wasn’t an expert in collecting cards by any means, but like most kids of the ’80s, I had bought a pack or 2 of trading cards from the store. There is a lot of nostalgia there.

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Adam Torkildson, on starting Tork Media LLC ($10,000/month) full story ➜

2. Start a budget consultant business ($84K/year)

Steffa Mantilla from Houston started Money Tamer about 3 years ago, a budget consultant business.

  • Revenue: $7,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Houston

I was originally a zookeeper for basically my entire life. By the time I was 9 years old, I was determined to become a zookeeper and work with carnivores. As you can imagine, zookeeping is an extremely competitive field with hundreds of qualified applicants per job listing. It took a lot of internships, volunteering, long days, and a little bit of luck for me to work my way up in that field.

By 2013 I had finally got my dream job and was working with carnivores. I stayed in this job for 5 years until I had my son. At that point, I was a Senior Zookeeper and had capped out on my upward job mobility. This job wasn’t conducive to having a family life either since all weekends and holidays were spent working.

This led me to become a stay at home mom. During my time at home, I started mulling over the idea of starting a blog. I had always wanted to start one but used my job as an excuse to never begin.

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Steffa Mantilla, on starting Money Tamer ($7,000/month) full story ➜

3. Become a proofreader ($24K/year)

Lenny Bron from New York, New York, USA started The Blog Proofreader almost 5 years ago, a proofreader.

  • Revenue: $2,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Location: New York, New York, USA

This business idea was born in 2016, but the journey really began in 2014.

After working for a company for 8 years, I hadn’t really gotten far financially and felt stuck. I decided to find a job with better financial prospects and the possibility of advancement. After 6 months of searching, I was hired at a new employer and managed to double my salary in one fell swoop!

Just start! That little voice inside your head giving you doubts will always be there. Push through that voice and keep going until you reach a point where you’re lost.

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Lenny Bron, on starting The Blog Proofreader ($2,000/month) full story ➜

4. Start a personal training business ($720K/year)

Chris Anderson from Overland Park, Kansas, USA started Live Fit about 10 years ago, a personal training business.

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

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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Chris Anderson, on starting Live Fit ($60,000/month) full story ➜

5. Start a freelance writing business ($960K/year)

David Tile from Toronto, Ontario, Canada started Article-Writing Co about 10 years ago, a freelance writing business.

  • Revenue: $80,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 12
  • Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

In 2011, coming out of college, I miserably tried to start a penny auction website. I studied Political Science at University, which had absolutely no bearing on this idea. I knew I wanted to do something entrepreneurial and was consumed by this auction model. I had my own specific mechanics that I thought would make the game a lot more fair for the average consumer. But alas, 6-8 months later, after burning through thousands of dollars trying to get the technology right, I was absolutely nowhere.

I was resigned to not give up, but the mechanics of the auction are critical to the smooth operation of the website and if you can’t get it right you don’t have a business. So I decided to start taking on some freelance writing work, just to get some cash in.

One thing led to another and I started getting some bigger clients with bigger asks. Eventually, I snowballed hiring some writers and copy editors. Turning this thing into a full-time business operation.

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David Tile, on starting Article-Writing Co ($80,000/month) full story ➜

6. Start a photography business ($1.32M/year)

Kyle Nelson from Chico, California, USA started Results Imagery almost 4 years ago, a photography business.

  • Revenue: $110,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 8
  • Location: Chico, California, USA

We both had previous experience in another start-up called Soul id which was a social media platform for action sports. We ran the marketing and media at that company which was a blast. After we left that company, we split directions. Eli got involved in the eCommerce industry by starting a brand called Winterial which he grew to hundreds of SKUs. Kyle headed in the media direction and started a commercial photography company where he worked with Fortune 500 companies and small businesses.

At this time Kyle wanted to be able to get back in the start-up world, grow a large brand and a team of like-minded creatives and innovators. So like any entrepreneur, he jumped on Google and started to search for media companies that were also technology-based companies as well. That is where the inspiration of starting a digital agency that solely focused on the media portion for brands and product companies came to life.

Culture is the centerpiece of a successful company. Creating a place for employees to come to work and enjoy what they do, the environment and who they work with will pay long term dividends.

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Kyle Nelson, on starting Results Imagery ($110,000/month) full story ➜

7. Start a blogging business ($60K/year)

Chhavi Agarwal from New Delhi, Delhi, India started Mrs Daaku Studio almost 3 years ago, a blogging business.

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

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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Chhavi Agarwal, on starting Mrs Daaku Studio ($5,000/month) full story ➜

8. Start a tutoring business ($1.2M/year)

Adam Shlomi from Miami, FL, USA started SoFlo SAT Tutoring about 2 years ago, a tutoring business.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Miami, FL, USA

I come from an entrepreneurial family. My father works for himself and my maternal grandfather started a clothing factory. Working for myself has always been encouraged by my family, but before I could get started, I needed to learn a skill. At Georgetown, I study international politics and business. Most students with these backgrounds go on to work at prestigious firms like J.P. Morgan. I really didn’t know what kind of business I could start, and frankly, planned to work as a (boring) data analyst after graduation.

If you have an idea but don’t have the knowledge to execute, use that idea as motivation and go learn how to turn your vision into reality.

Tutoring first came to mind because I had spent significant time working for other tutoring companies and cutting my teeth/learning how the industry works during my teen years. I first started tutoring when I was 15. I was hired by College Experts, a local test prep center in Davie, Florida. My first student was three years older than me, and I spent our first session teaching him how to use his calculator rather than trying to explain any complicated formulas. Being a student myself, I was able to bring a student’s perspective to tutoring. I worked for College Experts until my senior year of high school when I began tutoring on my own and finding clients on Craigslist.

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Adam Shlomi, on starting SoFlo SAT Tutoring ($100,000/month) full story ➜

9. Start a transcription service business ($1.2M/year)

Ben Walker from Denver, CO, USA started Transcription Outsourcing almost 11 years ago, a transcription service business.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 4
  • Location: Denver, CO, USA

I grew up in Omaha, NE with four siblings and parents who’ve started probably around 20 companies. So new companies, employees, clients, and everything that goes with starting new companies were normal dinner table topics. Not that we as kids were asked our opinions, more that we got to listen to our parents talk things through that were front and center for them at that time. Which were things like who to hire for what jobs, who to let go, where to start a new office or location, and if they should borrow more money for expansion or not.

We had front row seats and that has helped more than I would have ever guessed it would when I was 10 years old bored out of my mind not being able to join the conversation at dinner.

At the same time I was learning at dinner by osmosis I started playing tennis almost every day. Then I was able to go to an all-boys prep school for high school. Both of those things also contributed considerably to me ending up being a business owner.

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Ben Walker, on starting Transcription Outsourcing ($100,000/month) full story ➜

10. Become a personal chef

Examples of a successful personal chef:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a personal chef ➜

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11. Start a handyman business

Examples of a successful handyman business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a handyman business ➜

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12. Start a home inspections business

Examples of a successful home inspections business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a home inspections business ➜

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13. Start a personal styling business

Examples of a successful personal styling business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a personal styling business ➜

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14. Start an online researching business

Examples of a successful online researching business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an online researching business ➜

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15. Become a yoga instructor

Examples of a successful yoga instructor:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a yoga instructor ➜

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16. Start a social media management business

Examples of a successful social media management business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a social media management business ➜

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17. Start a website testing business

Examples of a successful website testing business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a website testing business ➜

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18. Start a crafts business

Examples of a successful crafts business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a crafts business ➜

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19. Start an affiliate marketing business ($6M/year)

Examples of a successful affiliate marketing business:

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

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an affiliate marketing business ➜

And for some real world inspiration, give Jan Kovac's story on creating Casino Guru a read:

Casino Guru is a website with information about anything related to online casinos.

Better have 2 times higher traffic monetized on 70% than 2 times lower-traffic monetized on 95%.

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Jan Kovac, on starting Casino Guru ($500,000/month) full story ➜

20. Start a virtual call center business

Examples of a successful virtual call center business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a virtual call center business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a virtual call center business ➜

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