Back to School Equals Business Opportunities! 10 Side Hobby Hustles For The School Year

August 13, 2015  |  
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Hopefully you haven’t been too bombarded with your child’s list of back-to-school demands. Supplies and new clothes can make even the most patient person want to pull out their hair. While this season is about kids and the academic school year, that doesn’t mean you can’t get in on the action. Here are some side business ideas to consider that will add extra coins to your bank account.

Personal organizer

Do you have a knack for keeping areas around your home tidy? If so, you might want to consider becoming a professional organizer. Most in this field are known for making areas like the closet more efficient, but that doesn’t mean you need to stop there. Many families could use your eye to make common spaces and their children’s bedrooms easier to navigate.


This one is a given when you consider the amount of children who will need additional help with their schoolwork. Feel free to offer your knowledge in person or online. Sites like have different positions for you to consider.


If you have the time to take on kids, why not get paid for it? Parents’ schedules are oftentimes full during the school year. In most cases, they need someone to watch their child on school nights and weekends.

Meal planner/preparer

You might scratch your head at this one, but people have been known to make money as a meal planner. Can you picture a busy mom trying to remember whether or not she picked her children up from school — let alone if she has something ready to eat at home. Personal meal planners can help demystify this process by providing families with a month’s worth of meal ideas (sounds silly but folks can and will pay). Should you know how to burn in the kitchen, package up meals families can enjoy throughout the week.

Virtual trainer

The school year can make it hard for any parent to find time to go to the gym — and that’s assuming they even went at all. Become a virtual trainer where you can provide at-home workouts for clients to try on their own schedules.

Baking ninja

Consider yourself missing out if you can bake your butt off and keep your sweets to yourself. Bake sales are a pretty big deal at school. They also happen to be a great intro for parents to sample your goodies they can purchase for birthdays and special occasions.

Private foreign language tutor

Speak another language? The time has come to turn that knowledge into profit. Speaking a foreign language is quite the marketable tool for a future professional to have. Help bridge the gap by working with students one-on-one so they can master a new language.

Home cleaner

Just because there are people who don’t need this service doesn’t mean it’s not needed. House cleaning businesses are oftentimes a saving grace as they keep a chaotic home tidy.

Holiday retailer

It’s time to set up shop as people are making purchases for the holiday season as we speak. Online marketplaces like Etsy make it super easy for anyone to sell their handmade goods. Capitalize on the school year as you offer one-of-a-kind items for parents, teachers and anyone else for that matter to buy.

Party planner

Go shorty, it’s ya birthday.

Y’all know how over-the-top parents get when it comes to their child’s birthday. If you can pull together a mean Pinterest board of ideas you just might be the party planner people with children want to hire.

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