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Part time business ideas that make money

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Josh Hall

1 May 2018

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Part time business ideas that make money can be difficult to come by – but if you’re looking for a bit of extra cash, there’s a range of businesses that you can run in your spare time.

We’ve compiled a list of the top part time business ideas in the UK. Read on to find out how you can monetise your spare time!

11 best part time business ideas for the UK

Online selling

It’s easy to get started selling on platform like eBay or Etsy. Try to think about ways to make your store stand out, and think carefully about the products that you’re stocking. What makes them different or attractive?

For a detailed guide, read our article on how to start an online shop.

Virtual assistants

Increasing numbers of businesses and freelancers use online ‘virtual assistants’ to help them with admin tasks. You might be manaing emails, scheduling meetings, answering calls, following up with clients, and related tasks. You can work from anywhere you have a computer. To find virtual assistant work, check sites like Virtalent, People Per Hour and eReceptionist

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Personal training

Got a talent for pumping iron? Then maybe becoming a part-time personal trainer is for you. You’ll help clients build workout routines and get in shape. You might accompany them to the gym, but many personal trainers also make use of parks or public fitness centres.

Many gyms have their own personal trainers attached, and many of these work part-time, so if you have a personal training qualification, you might want to consider getting in touch with your local gyms to see if they're looking for new workers.

Not sure where to start? Try our guide to becoming a personal trainer and our research into where personal trainers earn the most.

Cleaning business

Cleaners are in high demand, and this can be a great part-time business that makes some extra money. You don't need any formal qualifications, and the equipment that you'll need is minimal. We’ve compiled a whole guide on this topic – read more, and watch videos, on how to start a cleaning business.

Event planning

If you have a knack for throwing great parties, you might be able to parlay this into a great part-time job. Whether it’s birthdays, engagements, or even weddings, professional event planners can make serious money. Remember, though, this can be a stressful job, and you’ll need great people skills!


Tutoring has long been a popular part-time business idea. If you’re qualified in a particular subject, you can earn good money tutoring students at different levels of their education. University graduates are particularly in demand, especially to help children through GCSEs or A-Levels.

There's also a growing number of online tutoring services, which either match tutors with pupils, or allow you to give lessons via Skype. This is particularly common for lanuage learning, so if you're bilingual, you might well be in demand!


As with tutoring, babysitting is a traditional part-time business idea. Advertise your services locally, and start building your business through your network of friends and family.

For some people, babysitting grows into au pair or nanny roles, and if you eventually want to make the jump into a more full-time role, you might even consider a live-in position. Remember, some babysitting clients might ask you to undergo a CRB check.

Cake making and decorating

If you’re a talented baker, cake making and decorating might be for you. You’ll be responding to briefs from customers, and you’ll use your own creativity to make their ideas come to life. Thanks to the Great British Bake Off there's rarely been more interest in baking, so if you have the knack, get your apron on!


Many people have the need for handyman jobs done around the home, and you can often do these with no formal training. Again, start by advertising in your local area, for example by putting up cards in newsagents. The jobs you might take on could range from trimming hedges to re-hanging doors.

Ironing and laundry

In the past, some people had cleaners who would also take care of their laundry in the home. However, technology has changed this business, along with so many others, and laundry services have entered the modern age. There’s a growing number of online platforms that match customers with individuals who can do their laundry for them. Many of these even deliver the laundry direct to you, and then collect it again to return to the customer.

Online surveys

Finally, for a really low-impact part-time business idea, why not try online surveys? There’s a huge number of companies offering payment for surveys, and you should look around to find the best ones for you. Often, the best-paid surveys are those that come from academic institutions, so you might want to find survey platforms that specialise in this field.

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