It can be wonderful to be in a loving, meaningful, and evolving romantic relationship. There is nothing like having a partner in life that you can lean on and grow with. Couples often have shared dreams of getting out of debt, owning a home, and starting a family. But oftentimes, these dreams are followed by the question of: “How are we going to pay for all of this?”
Making more money to advance your life can involve switching jobs, acquiring more education to command more money, or getting a part-time job. These things are great, but they also require more time away from your relationship and family.
If you’re in a relationship, and you and your partner have been looking for ways to make some extra money, look no further. Here are 15 side hustles that couples can do together to help bring in a little extra cash, spend some quality time together, and build your dreams together.
1. Flip a House
House flipping is a business idea that involves buying, renovating, and reselling houses. This side hustle is great for couples have some home ownership experience, or at least know how to handle the challenges of owning a home.
If you and your partner have owned a home in the past that needed to be renovated or just needed some extra work done, you can do something similar with another home, then sell it on the market to make a profit. This is a great side hustle if the couple enjoys doing home improvement projects.
A 2022 report from Attom found that 323,465 homes were flipped in 2021, a 26% increase from 2020.
This is a great side hustle, but it is also one that needs careful consideration before jumping in. After all, you are taking the risk of purchasing a home and hopefully selling the home at a profit. But economic conditions, rising cost of materials, and geographical location can greatly affect how well you are able to flip a home.
It’s important to have a great plan before launching a home-flipping side hustle. To start, you’ll need to do a comparative market analysis. Use sites like Zillow, Trulia, and Realtor to help you gather information about the properties you have in mind as well as home values in the area. It’s also a good idea to work with a Realtor to help you identify properties that would be ideal for renovation.
You’ll also need to decide how you will finance the purchase of the home and the cost of owning the home while you will be renovating it. Things like property taxes, insurance, and utilities need to be factored in before you put an offer on a house.
2. Start A Photography Business
Photography is one of the most popular hobbies and businesses for couples. It can be a great way to spend more time together, to make memories, and potentially to make some money on the side.
There are many ways that you can start your photography business. You could offer a service such as event photography, engagement photography, family portraiture, wedding photography, and even newborn photography. You could also offer products such as photo books or prints.
The best way to get started in this industry is by starting small: offering your services at affordable prices and build up from there.
For couples who own pets, pet-sitting is a great side hustle. It is not always easy to find a trustworthy pet-sitter. Now that more than 70% of the U.S. population owns a pet, the demand for someone to look after them on occasion is rising.
You will need to check if your state requires specific licenses for pet-sitting. Most states only require a business license to run a pet-sitting business. However, there are some areas that may require a boarding license, similar to a kennel. It is also a good idea to get training in animal first-aid in case of emergencies.
4. Now That We Mentioned It . . . How About Babysitting?
If you are a couple with children or plan on having children in the future, a baby sitting/childcare side hustle is an ideal option. As a caregiver, you have the opportunity to watch over and care for the children of busy parents. And, there’s no lack of demand for good and caring people to babysit.
This works out well if you already have children, as you essentially create a playdate for your children. If you do not yet have children, you can use this opportunity to hone your childcare skills so that you are prepared for when you start your own family.
Before starting this type of business, find out if there are any regulations in your area that would prohibit opening an at-home daycare. For example, in some areas, you may need to be licensed or registered with local and state governments. You may also need to show proof of insurance.
Ways to succeed in your babysitting side hustle:
When beginning to babysit, the most important thing is to care about the child and their parents. You need to see yourself as a family member as well as a caregiver. Children must be your top priority, their safety and happiness is of the utmost importance to their parents. If you can make sure that the parents have nothing to worry about, you will find that your referrals will begin rolling in.
2. Make it fun
Create an environment that is both safe and fun for the children. Keeping kids entertained is a great way for them to look forward to having you baby sit. It will ease the parents’ minds that their children are enjoying their time with you.
3. Make it affordable
Childcare costs are skyrocketing. 57% of working families spent more than $10,000 on child care in 2020. Many parents find it hard to afford consistent care, which leads them to engage in fewer activities where they cannot be away from their children.
Many times, new parents will eliminate date nights, short getaways, and other activities that they cannot bring their kids along to because of the cost of childcare. Keeping your childcare or babysitting services affordable will help attract more clients.
4. Ask for referrals
If taking care of children becomes something you’d like to continue doing, ask for referrals from your clients. People are always searching for reputable services that benefit their families. A good childcare provider will always attract attention—especially if your clients rave about you.
5. Enjoy Cooking? Consider Catering!
If you and your partner enjoy cooking, a catering business is a great side-hustle idea. Caters provide food for clients at remote locations. This could be a party, wedding, business event, or special occasion of any kind. But good caterers do not have to limit themselves to these types of events.
One unique idea is to specializes in cooking and serving food to other couples. This is a great idea because it only requires one chef and one server. It also gives the couple an opportunity to meet other people who are celebrating their love by eating delicious food.
6. Start a Food Truck
Many foodie couples dream of owning their own restaurants one day. But if you’ve ever thought about starting a restaurant but don’t have the capital needed to launch one, you may want to consider starting a food truck first.
Food trucks are a popular dining options for people who want good and unique foods without going to a restaurant or drive thru. Food truck owners enjoy the convenience of being mobile, which makes them able to travel to their customers instead of their customers having to go to them.
The best part is: running a food truck does not have to be a full-time job. Ask anyone who has started a restaurant—80 hour work weeks are not out of the question. But when you run a food truck, you will have the option to run the truck only on weekends or special events.
You will need to make sure that you have all of the necessary permits. Some areas also require food truck owners to reserve locations to serve during certain times. Local governing bodies do this to ensure that their city streets are not overrun with food trucks.
7. Consider Selling Online Using Ecommerce
Starting an ecommerce business is pretty easy, but it’s difficult to grow. Having a partner makes the possibility of success much higher. Selling online can be lucrative. If a couple enjoys the process of finding products and selling online, they can easily start an ecommerce business and share the responsibilities.
8. Resell Merchandise Online
If you want to sell anything online, selling on Amazon has to be a serious consideration. Becoming an Amazon seller is as easy as opening an account. However, selling successfully on Amazon does take more work and research.
There are currently 1.5 million active sellers and counting on Amazon. That means that the competition is high. You will need to find the right product and make sure that product is in demand and serves your customers. Research your niche well, and make sure that your products are priced to sell.
As a couple, it may be best to assign specific roles for each partner. For example, one person can be responsible for research and buying, and the other handles the marketing and selling.
For reselling items from thrift stores, selling on a specialized platform like Poshmark is a better option than a general retailer like Amazon.
Here are a few of the most popular items you can look for when reselling:
- Clothing and designer fashion
- Video games and consoles
- Books and textbooks
9. Start a Bed & Breakfast or Rental Unit
The rise of Airbnb has a great business opportunity for couples. If a couple has extra room in their home, or a rental property currently not in use, starting a bed & breakfast using Airbnb is an excellent side hustle.
Airbnb is a home-sharing service that connects travelers with local hosts. Couples have the opportunity to rent out other people’s homes too. This is a great way to get extra income and make new friends in the process.
10. Become Professional Vloggers or TikTokers
If you and your partner share a special chemistry that can be felt by others, starting a couple’s vlog is a great way to share your life and love with others while making some money on the side. The easiest way is to start a YouTube channel.
YouTube has over a billion active users and more than 300 hours of video uploaded every minute. You don’t need to be a celebrity to start a YouTube channel; you just need to have something interesting or entertaining that you want to share with the world.
You and your significant other can share relationship advice, shared interests, life events, and other things you think that other couples would be interested in. Some couples have shared momentous occasions such as pregnancies, moving to a new city, financial tips, and more.
As a YouTuber, you’ll begin making money through ads shown on YouTube. However, once you build an audience, you can monetize in other ways, such as selling merchandise or offering exclusive content to your fans.
You’ll need a good camera, a decent microphone, and a place to shoot your episodes. You’ll also want to come up with a catchy channel name. But don’t get hung up on these things. The key is starting.
11. Start Growing Food and Start a CSA or Produce Stand
If you are the type of couple that has a knack for growing their own fruits and vegetables, becoming a local food grower is a natural option for a side hustle. Local growers are small business owners who grow, harvest, and sell their produce to the public.
Couples can start this on the side by purchasing land and purchasing seeds from a local farmer’s market or online store. They can then plant the crops and harvest them when they are ready, selling them at the farmer’s market or to restaurants in their area.
12. Get Creative and Create Arts and Crafts
Couples who enjoy working with their hands to create art and crafts should seriously consider selling their work on the side. The word “craft” comes from the Middle English word for “strength” or “skill.” The idea of starting a business where you sell your art “skills” is not a new one. In fact, it has been around for thousands of years.
One of the only things that has changed is how people produce their crafts and how they sell them. There is also a major difference in the types of products that can now be created. With all of the different types of materials available, artists can now make anything—from jewelry to furniture to clothing.
There are many reasons why creative couples should consider an arts and crafts side hustle. For one thing, you don’t need a lot of money or space to get started. You also don’t need any special training or certification in order to create your own products. This means that you can create a side hustle out of your hobby almost immediately.
Here are some tips for starting a creative business:
1. Find your niche
What are your specialties as a couple? There are so many different kinds of crafts out there, so it’s hard to get it wrong. You can start an arts and crafts business by selling your own creations, or by selling products made by others.
2. Find your audience
Who do you want to sell your crafts to? Figure out who your target customer is, and design your products accordingly. Discover the needs of others, and try to find a way to fulfill those demands through your craft.
3. Find your platform
If you want to sell your work, you can set up a booth at a flea market or craft fair. You can also sell your items online through sites such as Etsy and eBay. Or, if you want to sell products made by others, you may want to find a manufacturer who will produce the items for you based on your designs.
13. Become Personal Trainers Together
If your relationship involves the two of you working out, eating right, and challenging yourself physically, then starting a personal training business may be a great side hustle.
Studies show that after jointly participating in a physical challenge or activity, couples report feeling more satisfied with their relationships and more in love with their partner (Aron, Norman, Aron, & Heyman, 2000). This means that engaging in physical activities with your partner can increase the quality of a romantic relationship.
Becoming a personal trainer will not only keep you both active, help make some extra money, but it will also help your relationship improve. As a personal training duo, you can specialize in helping other couples improve their relationship by taking part in group exercise activities.
14. Offer Music Lessons
Do you and your spouse sing while getting ready for work? Do you love playing music together? If so, your love for music can become an enjoyable and profitable side hustle. Offering music lessons is a great way to make some extra money and build relationships with the people you teach. Lessons can range from $10-$50 per hour, depending on your skill level and what type of lessons you offer.
15. Start a Digital Marketing Agency
These days, the term “marketing agency” is fluid. A digital marketing agency can be a large organization with dozens of marketers. But it can also be two people who focus on growing social media engagement for small- and medium-sized businesses.
If you know a little about creating online visibility, then you and your partner can start your own agency as a side hustle.
One of the best things about digital marketing as a side hustle is that there are an endless number of courses available to help you learn exactly how to do that. Because online marketing is still in high demand and always evolving, there are resources everywhere that can help you hone your skills.