Category: Side Business Ideas

Start a 3D Printing Design Service Business

3D printing can (and will) revolutionize manufacturing in South Africa. The list of cool and useful things you can print with a 3D printer is literally endless. While buying a 3D printer and offering printing services is a great business model, the idea you are about to learn is different. Business model Before you print something with a 3D printer you have to have a file that can be printed. This idea consists of three […]

Make & Sell Bags Made From Repurposed Clothing

One of the ways to start a business with no capital is to use a raw material that is considered waste. Admittedly a lot of these types of businesses are labour intensive; today we look at something less labour intensive. Requirements There are three things that are required for success in this business: 1. Sewing skills 2. A supply of free or cheap jeans and t-shirts 3. A place to sell end product (bags in […]

Make & Sell Jewelry, Keyrings other Crafts made from Nespresso Capsules

Nespresso machines brew espresso and coffee from coffee capsules. A capsule is a single-use/serving container of ground coffee beans, sometimes with added flavourings. Once inserted into a machine, the capsules are pierced and processed; water is then forced against a heating element at high pressure meaning that only the quantity for a single cup is warmed. The used pods from Nespresso machines can be used to make various items including jewellery, keyrings and other crafts. […]

Make & Sell Clocks Made From Vinyl Records

Outside of a few hardcore collectors vinyl records have largely gone the way of the dodo. This means there is a whole lot of them available to purchase on the cheap. Getting Started To make a clock you need the movement/mechanism, and the hands (hour, minute, second) the vinyl acts as the face. You can either make the clocks from the whole record or you can have it laser cut into a particular shape. Business […]

Start a Custom Phone Case Business

A custom phone case business designs, makes and sells custom branded cell phone cases. This is a business that can be run as a sideline – accepting orders via a website, designing and branding the cases after hours and then shipping it off. Opportunity The cellphone case industry is massive as it protects a delicate and very expensive item, it is not unheard of for people to spend R200 to R300 on a cell phone […]

Make and sell Screen-printing Frames

One of the quickest and easiest ways to get started with a side business is to use whatever equipment you already have. If you own a welding machine and have some welding skills you can make and sell screen-printing frames. What are screen-printing frames? Screen printing is a printing technique whereby a mesh is used to transfer ink onto a substrate, except in areas made impermeable to the ink by a blocking stencil. Now this […]

Paint Wall Murals For a Profit

Have you ever seen graffiti on the walls of restaurants or office buildings? This side business idea is about painting walls the right way so that you satisfy the customers and get paid for the job. Opportunity Overview There are two types of decorative work – exterior and interior. You can do either but interior work are popular in restaurants. Tools Needed For painting wall murals you will need: tape; drop cloth; ladder; print tray; […]

Start a 3D Modelling Business

3D Modelling is the process of developing a mathematical representation of any surface of an object in three dimensions via specialised software. The product is called a 3D model and the person who works with 3D models may be referred to as a 3D artist. 3D models is used in various instances: movies, games and can even be physically produced using 3D printers. 3D modelling is a great side business, it can be run from […]

Become a Home-Based Advertising Copywriter

Copywriting is the process writing text for the purpose of advertising or other forms of marketing. This side business idea is about becoming a home-based advertising copywriter who helps other companies increase their sales using the power of words. What Words Matter? Watch a video to better understand why companies spend big money on short slogans: “Just do it!” – ever heard this? Did you know that these three words are not only a motivational […]

Become a Fiction Writer (Novelist) And Sell Your Books On Amazon

Ordinary people who have a passion for writing can make decent amounts of money writing fiction. This side business idea is about how you can become one of them while working your 9-5. Opportunity Overview Most of the fiction books are written by indie authors (this term refers to a freelance non-professional writer). Not only do they write books, but also achieve success! Half the books on Amazon bestsellers lists are written by indie authors. […]

Become a Sculptor, Teach Others and Sell Your Sculptures

Becoming a sculptor in South Africa sounds tricky and instantly reminds of an Ancient Greece.  On the other hand, there are dozens of well-known South African sculptors who work for both government and private clients. This side idea is about learning how to make sculptures and becoming a part-time sculptor. Opportunity Overview Watch a video of a self-taught sculptor how learned how to make amazing sculptures on his own: You might be interested in following […]

Become an Arts and Crafts Instructor

Modern children are good at downloading apps from Google Play or iPhone Store, they socialise on Facebook and other social media, but most of them don’t even have a clue how to tie a jacket or make a wooden box. This side business idea is about becoming an arts and crafts instructor for both adults and kids. Opportunity Overview If you’ve ever been called “Jack of all trades”, this business idea is just right for you. […]

Become a Freelance Instagram Marketer

If there is a social media that is only expected to grow in the future, it is undoubtedly Instagram. Google reports that Instagram is getting more popular and still didn’t achieve its full potential: This side business idea is about becoming a part-time Instagram marketer and helping companies grow their businesses through this media. What Does an Instagram Marketer Typically Do? Basically, an Instagram marketer’s tasks are: Researching a client’s industry; Creating posts, which involves taking photos, […]

Become a Part-Time Columnist At a Local Newspaper, News or DIY Website

If you have a passion for writing but are not satisfied with making the R75 to R150 ($5-$10) per article that generic mass produced content pays, there is another more lucrative opportunity. You can become a part-time columnist and write either for local newspapers, magazines, or for a news website. The Idea The idea is quite simple. Every website’s owner is interested in publishing blog posts or articles written by highly competent experts. But in […]

Take Foreigners On a Journey in SA with Voicemap

South Africa is a popular tourist destination. Over 16 million foreign tourists visited our country in 2017. Moreover, analysts say this number will grow to 19.5 million in five next years. This business idea is about making money with a small portable app called VoiceMap that is helping tourists have more fun while traveling to another country. What is Voicemap? Voicemap is an amazing app for travelers that was created in South Africa. With it, a journey […]

Create Animated Videos For Businesses Using Sparkol Videoscribe

When it comes to promoting different products and services, more and more businesses prefer videos over text or images. You yourself often watch videos on YouTube before purchasing something rather than read blog reviews, don’t you? The following idea will help you learn how to create amazing animated videos (doodle videos) and sell them online. What are Doodle Videos? Words are but wind, but seeing is believing. So, watch this short animated sales video: Nice, […]

Sideline Business Opportunities

If you are looking to supplement your income without leaving your job, a side business is something to consider. Not only will it allow you to make extra money but also start a business with way less risk and test to see how viable an idea is before quitting your job and going the self-employed route. Food & Drink Brew & Sell Your Own Craft Beer Operate a Food Truck on Weekends Make & Sell […]

Start a Review Website

There are over 18.5 million eCommerce users in South Africa. This number is expected to grow by 20% by 2021. This means that every year there is more money to be made than the previous year. You can start your own review website as a side business opportunity and make money as an affiliate. Business Model Big companies spend billions of Rands every year on advertising a lot of this money goes to Internet advertising. A […]

Open a Zumba Studio

What do every third adult in South Africa have in common? They are overweight! An obesity rate in our country is only expected to grow in the near future. Starting your own Zumba studio is a great way to help people lose weight in an easy and enjoyable way. Getting Started Zumba is an aerobic fitness programme that helps people lose weight and improve their stamina. Watch the following video and get an idea of what […]

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