While the world around us is experiencing some crazy times, one thing is certain – now is a great time to start your lifestyle business! We’ve compiled 25 lifestyle businesses you can start today – and 21 of them can be done from home. There is no better time to take control of your financial future.
25 Lifestyle Businesses You Can Start Today
Fashion & Style Blogger
While there exists a plethora of fashion and style bloggers, we all have a unique style and a unique story to tell. Write down all your ideas, do your keyword research for what types of stories may garner you much traffic, and get to planning, writing, and photographing. Other than a site and an email address, you won’t encounter too many costs. You can even partner with brands to rep their lines in exchange for free product, and as you grow, money. Plus, you can write and sell e-books, courses, personal shopping services, and so much more as part of this lifestyle business.
If you love to cook, bake, or simply eat, then this lifestyle business is a possibility for you. The setup is generally the same as a fashion & style blogger, except you’ll be posting about recipes you make, try, or food you eat at a restaurant, friend’s house, etc. You can partner with brands to test their foods, recipes, and showcase kitchen products.
We all eat, and chances are, you have a few recipes and kitchen tricks up your sleeve that the world might want to know about!
This is a realistic lifestyle business to start if you have a style that others frequently ask about or some training in the fashion world. Round up a list of potential clients who you’d like to style; research the going rates in your area; and start prospecting! This is a viable side income, as well as full time income in the right markets.
Business Owners are keen to hire a Virtual Assistant to take on some of their day to day administrative tasks. From marketing to prospecting, light accounting, phone calls, and more, the sky is the limit when it comes to this lifestyle business. Target businesses who you’d like to help – whether established, new or in a particular industry where you have expertise.
Social Media Manager
Chances are, you have had a presence on social media over the past decade (if not more). Perhaps you’ve established an expertise in growing one or more social media channels, or have built influence. This is the perfect area to share your skills with other business owners who want to start or scale their own social media efforts. Demand is there, so research the going rates in your area, put together your menu of services, and start prospecting.
Parenting Tips Blog
God knows that all of us parents can use helpful tips and tricks to successfully raising our kiddos! Your knowledge may be another parents’ treasure, so why not publish a parenting tips blog. Your unique voice and take on life and parenting can be used to help other moms and dads around the world.
In this world of extra everything, we humans do not have enough time to tackle our to-do lists and keep everything organized. From our closets to our family calendar, let the world know how you organize, and how they can, too. Plus, an organization blog is ripe for selling courses, printables, e-books, and more!
As an extension of #7 above, start a business organizing for clients directly! Offer to help them organize their closets. Create a how-to e-book that you can sell. Offer a Virtual Assistant office organization/administration service. The sky is the limit.
E-Books On Topics You Know About
Chances are, you’re an expert at something. Why not publish an e-book and sell it on Amazon? Write it once, and collect royalties for a lifetime.
Early Childhood Education Blog
As a parent myself, who admires endlessly all the teachers I know and love, I devour childhood education blogs and resources. We all want to raise smart, successful, well-rounded, caring, and independent children. If you’re a teacher, tutor, or parent with a special skill for teaching, then PLEASE do us all a favor and SHARE your knowledge with us!!
Proofreading and Editing Services
This service isn’t just for ad agencies. If you’re adept at the English language, put your skill to use editing e-books, manuscripts, business documents, and more. Get an account on Fiverr; reach out to local businesses; and post in your industry specific Facebook pages. This business requires little more than a simple WordPress website and some hustle to get your first clients.
If you have a knack for writing beautiful and compelling copy, put your skills to use as a freelance copywriter. Create a portfolio of sample writing, and reach out to local advertising agencies, marketing firms, and small businesses. Tell your friends to tell their employers about you. Make business cards and attend your local Chamber of Commerce meetings or other professional meet-ups. Advertise on Facebook, in Facebook groups, and reach out to others via social media.
If you love children and have a knack for a specific subject matter, consider tutoring as a side hustle or a full time job. Particularly during summer, when students are off of school, math tutors are in high demand with parents who don’t want their children to lose precious skillsets over two months of lost class time. And after school tutoring and weekend sessions are worth it to parents to invest in.
Music Lessons Provider
Parents want their children to be well rounded, which of course means introducing them to music lessons from a young age. Whether you’re a trained vocalist, violinist, pianist, or play another instrument, consider providing your services to local families. You can even create YouTube videos or an online course to further your business and income streams.
To design a full line of custom clothing is really expensive and time consuming. But to create some unique graphic designs and put them on t-shirt blanks, hat blanks, and tote blanks is relatively easy and cheap. Sell online through your own Shopify e-commerce shop and advertise through your Instagram profile.
Shopify plus social media will make a jewelry site successful. Make your jewelry, take amazing pictures. Create an affiliate program and reach out to influencers.
Shopify is what you need to start this type of a business quickly and cost effectively. Tap into their large network of dropshippers, and build an e-commerce website that let’s you sell, make money, and free up your time to market your online business. This is a win-win for someone who wants to sell, but doesn’t want to worry about fulfilling orders and creating product.
Real Estate Blog
Are you a realtor or real estate aficionado? Use your in-depth knowledge of the housing market to educate the rest of us! Build a local website or maintain a national footprint. Consumers are always hungry for expert advice when it comes to buying and selling a home.
When starting on Poshmark, you can sell your own clothes and accessories. But after a certain number of sales, you can actually launch your own Poshmark Boutique, where you can buy wholesale merchandise and sell it right on their site! It’s a fun and social way to jump into e-tailing.
Local Girls’ Night Out Events Organizer
Do you love to plan parties? Or do you want to expand your party planning business? Then consider putting together local events, bringing together makers, retailers, and even local food and beverage vendors. Find a great space, check out your local business license and insurance requirements, gather your list of vendors, put together pricing and get their buy-in, and then market away!
Similarly to all other types of blogs, if you’ve got a love of travel and some special knowledge to share, there is certainly an audience who can learn from you. WordPress will be your best friend for this type of blog. Integrate it with Instagram, and it’s a great way to share your love of travel with the world.
Think of this as a virtual assistant for moms and dads. With so many work and other commitments, parents need major help – around the house, doing laundry, a load of dishes, walking the dog; to administrative tasks, like making appointments. Put your list together, price accordingly, and set up your Shopify site to get this business running.
Residential Cleaning Service
Build your residential cleaning site with Shopify, and marketing in your local area. This is a high demand service, so a lot of customer service and pricing in line with the market will go a long way.
We live in a global world, and it’s great to be connected. If you’re bilingual, consider offering your skills to translate business documents, web pages, and more.
Phone Repair Service
This may be one of the most in demand service offerings today. If you know how to fix electronics, then please start offering your services to the rest of us, who have no clue how to take apart and re-attach our devices. Get your wholesale parts providers lined up, create a list of services and pricing, and start advertising in your local area.
Tips To Making It Successful
Write a Business Plan
Put a business plan in place, just as you would any other business. Know how you’re going to bring in revenue. Is it ads? You’ll need traffic. Is it services? Is it a product? You’ll change this plan as you go, but it’ll be a guide for you to loosely follow.
Use Social Media
Know how you’ll utilize social media, and plan your posts in advance. Try for 3 months of content before you start. This way, you can add and change content easily as you go, rather than stressing about what you want to post and when.
Enjoy What You’re Doing
Pick a business in a niche that you love! Passion goes a long way in sticking it out through the ups and downs of entrepreneurship.