Business development · 14 November 2017

Ten side hustle ideas you can launch using just your laptop

Young woman at home
Some side hustles only require a laptop to get going
From affiliate marketing to video production, here are ten side hustle business ideas that don’t require a big startup investment.

Two terrifying aspects of starting a business can be the amount of time often involved with launching an idea, and the money needed to do so.

These considerations frequently put people off entrepreneurship altogether. Luckily, there are certain types of venture that can be a success without needing all the time and money in the world.

For those readers looking for that little extra bit of income, Business Advice has put together a list of ten top side hustle business ideas that can be launched using just a laptop.

(1) Mobile app development

App StoreIf you have a creative flair and know how to use your laptop for coding and computer programming, there’s never been a better time to launch a side hustle business developing apps.

In 2016, the International Telecommunication Union reported that there were more than two billion smartphones in the world, all with dozens of apps being used every day.

There is every reason to believe that the amount of money to be made from mobile apps will continue to increase.

Between 2015 and 2016, worldwide revenues from mobile app production grew from $69.7bn to $88.3bn. Data platform Statista has estimated that by 2020, global app revenues will reach $188.9bn.

First step: Choose your platform

The main platforms are Android, Apple and Windows. You can learn to code for all of them, but youll probably need to focus on creating apps for just one when starting out.

(2) Graphic design

Graphic designers create images and visual concepts, marketing the ideas and products of brands and businesses to consumers.

Traditionally, graphic designers have worked on paper but, more recently, graphic design has become associated with computer-based design software.

Well-known tools such as Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator are just two examples of thousands of computer programmes out there that are available to graphic designers.

Armed with an understanding of how some of this software works, and some design experience, a side hustle can be launched froma laptop with relative ease.

First step: Develop your style

A successful graphic designer is one with enough knowledge to be able to create their own style, which can only be achieved through practice.

(3) Blogging

Woman with MacBook and iPad Pro with social service TwitterOnce it has enough traction, your blog can begin to make money by offering visual advertising opportunities alongside posts, including banner adverts and pop-ups.

Launching a successful side hustle blog requires preparation. Think about what your main objective will be and come up with a timetable for posting regularly, before you begin writing.

Consider the voice? of your blog. How are you going to grab and hold readers? attention?

First step: Domain and hosting

Before you launch your side hustle blog, youll need to choose a hosting site and register your blog’s domain name.

(4) Copywriting



Fred Heritage was previously deputy editor at Business Advice. He has a BA in politics and international relations from the University of Kent and an MA in international conflict from Kings College London.