There are several factors that put a strain on women’s corporate career. You may have had a new baby and want to give your young children more time. You or your partner may have been laid off from work during the pandemic. Or it could just be that your full-time income is not enough to support your ideal lifestyle.  

All of these can push you to consider starting a side hustle. Whatever the reasons, starting a side hustle can be very profitable if you do it right. You may start out as a part-time hustler, but it can soon turn into a full-time income and even a lucrative business venture. 

However, you cannot go about starting just any side hustle. It should be something you can do with keen interest in your spare time, if you are going part-time, and with utmost focus, if you are starting full-time. Not to mention that whatever you choose should be profitable. 

So, to get you started on brainstorming business ideas, here is a list of six side hustles for women that make real money.  

1. Blogging

Blogging is great for women who are looking to start a side hustle part-time. It can take a bit of time to start earning real money with this, so it is better if you have a steady job or savings worth at least six months while you work on your blog. But once your blog takes off, you can easily be earning five or six figures in passive income. 

Take the example of Michelle Gardner, who runs the blog “Making Sense of Cents.” Here she teaches others about living frugally, saving money, and other topics of personal finance. Gardner managed to pay off $38000 in student loans through her online business and her blog now consistently earns in six figures. But it took time to get there. 

You don’t have to aim for six figures to start making enough money to live comfortably. If you are good at literally anything, such as skin care, styling, education, or interior designing, you can start writing about it. You can even blog about your own life. 

One thing to remember before starting a blog is that while you can start writing on any topic under the sun, if you want to make real money, choose something that will provide value and something that people are searching for. Niching down your blog is a good idea. You can start a blog for very little investment, anywhere between $50 to $100.    

2. Selling merch: trending products like T-shirts

T-shirts are one of the most evergreen products that are always in demand. Most people buy at least one t-shirt in their lifetime. As such, starting your own t-shirt selling business can be very profitable.

There are a few ways to go about this. You can create a drop-shipping business model where you only have to create your own t-shirt designs and upload those designs on merchant sites like Amazon or Printful. The best part of this is that there are already sites like Placeit that do it for you!

All you have to do is market the design and once someone likes it, they will place an order for a t-shirt with your design. The cool part is that you won’t have to do anything after that. The merchant prints the t-shirt with your design and ships it. But they will take a big cut from your earnings. 

Another way is to start a t-shirt business completely on your own. Here you will have to plan and manage everything like making designs, choosing a material, printing the designs on the shirts, choosing the right packaging, warehousing, shipping, etc. You will own all the profits coming in, but it will require more work. 

This can be a great part-time or full-time side hustle and can easily bring in five figures a month consistently.    

3. Resume Writer

If you are not very artistic but detail-oriented and love to write, professional resume writing can be a suitable side hustle for you. In most cases, you will get an edge if you have some related credentials like a business degree, experience in HR, or an adjacent field. But even if you don’t have any track record, you can learn this on your own and start writing resumes for other professionals. 

This side hustle can be easily started from the comfort of your home. You don’t even need much investment, just a working laptop and an internet connection. You can take a paid course if you like or learn from free material. And if you have written great resumes for yourself that got you hired; you can use them to get you started. 

You can start low, helping fresh graduates and students get part-time and full-time jobs. They usually don’t have extensive resumes, so you won’t have to spend much time on it. But once you gain some experience, charging more than $100 per resume is not a big deal. It can even go for a larger price tag if you are working for a high-end professional. 

4. Proofreader

Proofreading is another hustle that can be done from home and requires little to no investment. All you need is a strong grasp on grammar and an eye for details to catch hidden faults in the written word. 

Proofreading is all about checking articles and written documents before they are published or sent for final reviews and correcting any grammatical errors. You can easily manage this side hustle with your full-time job, as well as turn it into a full-blown business. 

The best part is that there is a lot of stuff being written nowadays. It is not just limited to magazines and books anymore. You can proofread websites, blogs, newsletters, emails, e-books, and much more. Or you can become a proofreader for small businesses, checking their marketing materials like whitepapers, case studies, brochures, and more for errors. 

To stand out, you can niche down, working as a proofreader for websites or a proofreader for the technology niche. This will help you focus on getting high-paying clients. Fiverr and other freelance marketplaces are a good option for selling freelance proofreading services online.   

5. Bookkeeper

Bookkeeping is another side hustle that is always in demand. Even with accounting software like QuickBooks, businesses need someone to manage that software and keep tabs. You may think that you need certifications and degrees to get started as a bookkeeper, but that is far from the truth. 

A bookkeeper is different from an accountant. You don’t need any special training to start working as a bookkeeper as you are not offering professional services like filing for taxes, etc. Bookkeeping work just entails keeping all the expenses and revenues of a business or a person in check. 

You have to maintain records of all the money that is coming in and going out. It is similar to how you manage your own money, like what amount is spent on food and what is kept for bills, etc. 

In some cases, you might have to master certain software for bookkeeping. The most popular ones are QuickBooks and Xero, but there are others as well. You can easily learn them by taking courses provided by the software companies themselves, or learning on your own. 

However, there are also clients that don’t require you to work with specialized software. You can work on simple spreadsheet tools, like Excel or Google Sheets. These clients are usually small businesses and they might not pay you as much as big businesses that require working on specialized software. 

Either way, you can earn a significant income from this side hustle.   

6. Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistant is a very simple side hustle for women. You can start it from home and you don’t need any special training to do so. Virtual assistants take care of administration tasks for different clients. While you can offer any service as a VA, most of the time you will be handling simple business tasks that only require good management and organization skills. 

VA work can range from simple bookkeeping, checking emails, replying to emails, managing social media to taking care of the calendar, making bookings, etc. Choosing your own timings, you can give a few hours from your day online and do stuff for your client. It pays well and can be easily expanded into a VA business. 

As a starting VA, you can register on freelancing sites and find work over there. Once you get some reviews and experience under your belt, you can find your own clients that will pay better. 

It is recommended that you start with one or two services as a beginner and slowly expand your services, so you don’t get overwhelmed. 

You can even find a stay-at-home job doing virtual assistant work. Nevertheless, it can turn into a profitable side venture. 


Now you have a comprehensive list of side hustles that make real money. There is something for every woman, whether you are artistic or analytical. You can go part-time with a steady job or dive in full-time. Either way, a side hustle can prove to be one of the best decisions of your life. So, take notes from the list above and start planning.