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Side Business & Freelance Ideas

Starting your own freelance and side business is a very liberating, powerful and fundamental way to accelerate your FIRE journey. You can start with a few hours a week first even if you have a full time job.

In fact, I really like and believe in side hustles and don't recommend anyone to quit their jobs to start a business (because that's really high risk). With a full or part time job that provides you financial stability, you can on the side:

  • choose projects you find interesting
  • choose the amount of hours you want to commit
  • etc

And it's actually fairly easy to get started - you don't need to register a company, you don't need to rent a place, or payment processor or employees or anything.

What you need is the right approach and system, and it generally comprise of:

  • Step 1: Finding a profitable business idea that you're competent and/or interested in.
  • Step 2: Finding and attracting good clients to you/your side business
  • Step 3: Pitch your products and/or services to them at good prices

Rinse and repeat.

My preferred route for side business is to start an online business. I've two solutions for this, which is Solo Build It (SBI) and Wealthy Affiliate (WA) - I've been with SBI since 2009 and WA since 2015, and made/still making money with both.

Both teach you how to start your own online business that is

  • help you identify what your interest and strengths are, and how to build an online business around them
  • remote/online (which means your business is 24/7)
  • there is no fixed time - you build your online business as and when you can - early in the morning, or late at night, or after your kids sleep/work etc
  • low cost (SBI USD 299/year and WA is $360/year)
  • no income ceiling cap
  • great skill to learn
  • you can sell your online business for up to 25-30X its annual profits should you desire to
  • will connect you to others people (clients and entrepreneurs like you)
  • and more

Read my SBI review here, and my Wealthy Affiliate review here.

There are lots of ways to monetize a blog/website, and they range from using ads (such as Google Adsense) or affiliate programs (like SellHealth) - lots of ways to make money, but more importantly, is to find something that suits your interest and strength eg if you're good with dogs eg training, you can focus on a site that is all about dog training.

Other Side Business And Freelance Ideas

Here is a list of services that you can consider doing as a side / freelance business which you can control the amount of hours, the hour and duration and location that people are willing to pay money for:

  1. Pet services (grooming, walking, training etc.)
  2. Home maintenance eg plumbing, installation, lawn mowing, painting fixing things around homes
  3. Baby sitting for parents who may be busy / going out for dates etc
  4. Transcription services
  5. Personal assistant for simple tasks eg grocery shopping, courier
  6. Cooking / personal chef
  7. Technical writing
  8. Small business marketing eg giving our flyers or coupons
  9. Proofreading / editing work
  10. Website / blog design, consulting and management
  11. Article writing and marketing
  12. Print design eg designing brochures, business cards
  13. Video production / editing
  14. Design (brochures, business cards, logos, newsletters)
  15. Sports / personal training
  16. Giving private tuition
  17. After school children/student care
  18. Catering (on small private scale may not need license, on larger scale may need NEA license in Singapore)
  19. Specialized catering eg keto meals for lunch for office workers/dinner for busy execs
  20. Search engine optimization (SEO) works
  21. Accounting / book keeping
  22. User interface & user experience (UI/UX)
  23. Google Analytics installation/setup and management
  24. E-commerce business including consulting
  25. Fashion / image consulting
  26. Personal / virtual assistant
  27. Human resources / payroll services
  28. Project management / productivity consulting
  29. Copywriting and editing
  30. Photography
  31. Planning and executing events including wedding, travels, commercial/private
  32. Repair scooters, bikes, motorcycles etc
  33. Repair watches, phones, things
  34. Insurance & financial planning agent (will need to get license, but agencies may sponsor)
  35. Real estate agent (will need to get license, but agencies may sponsor)
  36. Community management / promotion
  37. Career help (finding work, optimizing resumes, cover letters, etc.)
  38. Research / research assistant
  39. Keyword researcher (or you can use Jaaxy or Solo Build It Internal Keyword Brainstormer - part of SBI $299/year package)
  40. Presentation design and coaching (eg PowerPoint)
  41. Exam-specific coaching/tutoring (eg architecture, nursing, therapy, bar etc)
  42. College application review
  43. Productivity coaching

Where to next?

Head to Home Page

Start with these:

  1. Start Here
  2. FIRE Manifesto
  3. FIRE 101 and
  4. The Passive Income Lifestyle Framework.

They are my recommended to start with articles that ties in the entire framework, philosophy and working model of FIRE Lifestyle

Save-Earn-Invest More Articles

  1. Ruthlessly Cull Unnecessary Expenses
  2. Respect The $10s
  3. Small Tweaks To More $10s
  4. $150K+ By 35 - Reality Or Delusion?
  5. Start An Online Side Hustle With Solo Build It
  6. Start Investing For Passive Dividend Income In Just 3 Days
  7. How To Retire With $3 Million
  8. Invest To Spend On Luxury & Liabilities (Whatever You Want*)
  9. Shocking Maths Of Early Retirement (It's Less Than You Think)

See more Save, Earn & Invest More articles here.


  1. Contact me by email at (even just to say hi) at nigel@nigelchua.com
  2. See the latest articles and updates at the blog
  3. Check out my resource page to see the tools I use
  4. See my top two resources for online business below: Wealthy Affiliate (left) and Solo Build It (right) - both have very specific strengths and functions

Wealthy affiliate: #1 to learn how to build profitable wordpress online businesses

Wealthy Affiliate is my recommended for WordPress online businesses.

I've been a premium member of Wealthy Affiliate since 2015 and there are a number of pros to be with them, which you can read at my Wealthy Affiliate review here.

One of my favorite points of WA is that they have a try-before-you-buy forever-free membership which you can sign up here for free. No credit card needed.

solo build it (sbi): #1 for offline businesses local search engine ranking, traffic and lead generation

Solo Build It (SBI) is my #1 tool for local search engine optimization (SEO) domination as well for online marketing which I've been using since 2010 personally for multiple projects. Read why I chose Solo Build It...

...and more importantly, why I still stay with Solo Build It (SBI) till today and use them exclusively for all my SEO, traffic and e-lead generation.

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