25 Shopify Side Hustle Ideas (2024)

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In this post we give you 25 super Shopify side hustle ideas. Read on to discover ways that you can use this popular ecommerce platform to generate a significant income stream — and discover a bunch of business ideas that you may not have thought of before.

1. Start a dropshipping business

Dropshipping is a way of selling online where you don’t buy, make or buy the products on your store. Instead, you take orders via your online store and pass them onto a supplier (AliExpress, Spocket, etc.) who then fulfils your order.

The main advantage of dropshipping is that it’s a low-risk way to start a business — you don’t need much in the way of capital to start doing it.

When you dropship, you simply become a ‘middle man,’ marking up other people’s products; and if your store is a success, it can prove to be a reliable source of passive income.

Examples of some of the dropshipping apps that are currently available in the Shopify app store
Some of the dropshipping apps that are currently available in the Shopify dropshipping app store — you’ll need to add one of these to start dropshipping with the platform

To dropship effectively with Shopify, you’ll need to identify products that are in high demand and have a good profit margin. You should also choose suppliers that are reliable, ethical and have a good track record of fulfilling orders quickly.

Tip: Shopify gives you a free dropshipping starter kit containing a trial of the platform plus several helpful resources and tutorials to help you get going with the dropshipping model.

2. Sell print-on-demand products

Print-on-demand services (like Printful or Printify) give you an easy way to create unique t-shirts, mugs, tote bags, phone cases and many other products without the need for inventory management or production costs.

The Printify app in the Shopify app store. Print on demand is a great way to start a low-risk Shopify side hustle.
The Printify app in the Shopify app store — print-on-demand services give you a low-risk and easy way to start selling online

You simply upload your designs to your chosen service and specify what products you’d like them printed on; you’re then given access to mockups of products that you can sell on your own online store.

When a visitor to your store orders one, your chosen print-on-demand service will handle all the rest — manufacture, shipping, returns etc.

3. Sell digital products

Selling digital products like ebooks, music, online courses, printable resources or software can help you build a very profitable business. This is mainly because once you’ve created your digital product, there are no manufacture or production costs to worry about again.

Although it’s usually a good idea to ensure that the production values of a digital product are strong, even very lo-fi digital products can prove immensely popular and generate a lot of revenue for a store.

You can sell digital goods easily on Shopify using its free ‘Digital Downloads’ app (pictured below), but if this isn’t sophisticated enough for your needs, a wide range of other digital download apps is available from the Shopify app store.

The Shopify Digital Downloads app
The Shopify Digital Downloads app

4. Sell niche products

Shopify is a platform that a lot of people turn to in order to start selling physical items. And it’s very good for doing this.

However, the Internet is awash with stores selling every product under the sun, so in order to have the best chance of succeeding in this competitive market it makes a lot of sense to focus heavily on niche products — items that may not have the biggest audience, but in which there is keen interest.

Examples of these include products relating to very specific interests or hobbies; handmade goods; a clothing line in a very specific fashion style; and antiques.

Handmade products being created as part of a Shopify side hustle
Handmade or ‘niche’ products can help you build a profitable Shopify side hustle

If your niche products can command premium prices, and you can attract the right audience to your store, you can end up with a particularly profitable Shopify side hustle.

Tip: to find a profitable niche for your store, make sure you learn how to do keyword research properly!

5. Sell subscription boxes

Selling subscription boxes can be a great way to make money with Shopify. You curate a selection of products to send to subscribers on a regular basis — and generate a recurring revenue stream in the process.

A subscription box
A subscription box gives you a way to sell products and generate recurring revenue too

It’s important to note that you don’t have to make these products yourself — you can collaborate with small businesses and artisans to create custom products that are only available in your subscription box.

Food, drinks and coffee beans tend to work well as products to include in a Shopify subscription box service.

6. Sell educational products

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Online courses can prove to be a great Shopify side hustle

Selling educational products or services can be a profitable Shopify side hustle. You can offer online courses, ebooks, or tutoring services that help people learn new skills or improve their knowledge.

Tip: this side hustle works best when you can offer accreditation as part of your offering.

7. Sell personalized products

Personalized product
Personalized products can work well as a Shopify side hustle

Selling made-to-order, personalized items can be a great Shopify side hustle, because they are more unique and stand out from more generic goods.

You could for example offer wedding gifts that feature the names of the happy couple; engraved jewellery; or customizations made to items that a visitor to your store already owns.

The only thing to note here is that selling in this way will usually involve adding a third-party app to your Shopify store — the platform doesn’t provide a tool for doing this easily out of the box. Lots of these are available in the Shopify app store, however.

Tip: the popular print-on-demand service Printful can help you sell customized products really easily on Shopify. Learn more about this tool in our full Printful review.

8. Sell your skills

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You don’t have to limit yourself to selling products on Shopify — you can sell your skills too

If you have a skill, you can sell it on Shopify. Whether you’re an event planner, a business coach, a therapist, a motivational speaker or a gardener, you can make yourself available for hire easily using the platform.

Tip: Shopify is currently letting you use the platform for free for a few days, and then subscribe to any of its plans for just $1 your first month of service. This offer is likely to be available for a limited time only — learn more about the trial here.

9. Provide web design or development services to Shopify store owners

Web development in progress
There is a large market for Shopify designers and developers — and you can access it by listing your services on the Shopify Experts website

If you have web design or development skills, you can offer these as a service to Shopify store owners. Simple customizations of themes and more advanced coding work can command high prices.

Tip: you can gain customers for Shopify web development services by promoting them on the Shopify Experts website.

10. Create and sell Shopify apps

The Shopify app store
If you join the Shopify Partners program, you can develop apps for the platform and sell them in Shopify’s official app store

A huge number of stores have been built with Shopify — over 4.8 million in fact — and their owners are always on the look out for apps that can enhance them in various ways.

So, if you have coding skills, a good way of putting them to use is via app development for the platform.

11. Provide Shopify consulting services

If you’ve built a lot of stores from scratch with Shopify in the past, you could consider offering consulting services to businesses looking to create one.

Useful Shopify consulting services include assistance with store setup, content creation, design, and marketing.

Tip: you can deliver consulting services easily to Shopify store owners via video calls; paid-for webinars to multiple store owners can increase the profitability of this approach.

12. Offer Shopify store maintenance

So long as you’re very familiar with the Shopify platform (including its technical aspects), you can offer website maintenance services for Shopify stores. These can include product updates, backups, and security checks.

13. Provide shipping and fulfillment services

Providing fulfillment services for Shopify merchants
Providing fulfillment services for Shopify merchants can provide a good way to generate income

You can provide shipping and fulfillment services to Shopify store owners who need help with order processing and shipping logistics.

To succeed with a shipping and fulfillment side hustle, it’s important to have strong organizational and time-management skills, and you’ll also need a good understanding of shipping carriers and rates.

14. Offer digital marketing services

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An online store only becomes successful when a lot of people know about its existence — and digital marketing is usually key to generating this awareness.

Accordingly, there’s a lot of potential revenue in the provision of online marketing services to Shopify store owners — these can include creating and managing social media accounts; content creation; and running PPC ad campaigns.

15. Provide search engine optimization (SEO) services

SEO graphic

So long as you’ve got the relevant skills, you can generate a lot of revenue by offering Shopify SEO services. These can include keyword research, on-page optimization, content production, local SEO and link building.

16. Provide customer support for Shopify merchants

Customer support service

Building a store and shipping goods is only one part of running a Shopify business — fielding customer queries and handling returns and exchanges is a huge part of the process too.

Time-stretched merchants are often in need of a partner to provide this customer support to their customers — and, for a fee, you could be that partner.

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17. Provide product photography or videography services

Product photos and videos are a crucial component of a successful Shopify store — and not every merchant has the right skills to produce these professionally themselves.

You can step in here by offering a service that creates beautiful product photos and videos for a Shopify catalog, or shooting lifestyle and branding content that brings a store to life.

Product photography
Product photography

18. Offer virtual assistant services

When a Shopify-based business grows, it generates a lot of admin work that its owner can struggle to deal with. Why not offer virtual assistant (VA) services to Shopify store owners who need help with this?

For example, you could charge a fee to sort out tasks like managing emails, scheduling appointments, and organizing files.

So long as you’re qualified, you could also offer accountancy and bookkeeping services to Shopify store owners.

19. Offer translation services

Translation services

Shopify provides a lot of multilingual and multi-currency features; a lot of its users are taking advantage of these and selling their products internationally.

You can profit from this increase in global selling by offering translation services for Shopify store owners who need help with presenting their web content and product descriptions in different languages.

20. Offer content writing services

Behind a lot of successful online stores you’ll often find great content that attracts visitors and customers.

But not every Shopify merchant is a great writer, and there’s a big market for talented writers who can create blog posts that really draw people in. If that sounds like you, there may be a profitable side hustle available to you as a content writer or producer.

Blogging in Shopify
Blogging in Shopify

21. Offer influencer marketing services

You can offer influencer marketing services for Shopify store owners. If you’re an influencer yourself, you can use your platform to highlight and promote merchants’ products; if not, identifying and collaborating with influencers to promote items for sale on Shopify stores might also prove to be a viable side hustle.

22. Provide inventory management services

Inventory management
Inventory management

As a Shopify-based business grows, inventory becomes a larger and larger headache for Shopify store owners — tracking and storing stock can get very complex, quite quickly.

You can ease these merchants’ pain by providing inventory management services for Shopify store owners. Such services typically involve warehousing, tracking inventory, forecasting demand and managing supplier relationships.

23. Flip Shopify stores

If you’ve got the budget and business skills to do so, you can consider ‘flipping’ Shopify stores. This involves buying a Shopify store, making it more profitable, and selling it at a higher price than you bought it for.

24. Take your existing brick and mortar store online

If you run an existing ‘brick and mortar’ store — i.e., one that sells products in a physical location (like a retail outlet or a market stall) — you can use Shopify’s point-of-sale features to take it online.

You’ll already have a product line and stock — so it should be a simple case of using Shopify to create a virtual version of your existing business.

You may find that using Shopify’s point-of-sale features you’ll actually be able to enhance the operations of your physical business in the process — Shopify’s POS system lets you accept payments in physical locations and syncs inventory data with your online store so that your stock levels remain accurate.

You can learn more about Shopify point of sale here.

25. Monetize an existing blog

If you have a blog that generates a lot of traffic, Shopify can provide you with a great way to monetize it. Using its ‘Buy Button’ feature, you can embed products easily into your existing posts — your readers can then simply click an ‘add to cart’ button to buy a product that is relevant to what they’re reading about.

Creating a 'Buy Button' in Shopify
Creating a ‘Buy Button’ in Shopify

And that’s that — 25 ideas on how to create a successful Shopify side hustle! Good luck with starting your new business and if you have any questions about Shopify, do leave them in the comments section below. We read them all and will do our best to help.

Shopify side hustles — FAQ

What is a side hustle?

A side hustle is a piece of work that you get paid for doing in addition to doing your day job. In ecommerce, it’s often understood as the process of setting up your own online store as a side business. If successful, a side hustle can provide significant extra income, but you will usually need to invest money (and your spare time!) in it to make it work.

How do I start a Shopify side hustle?

Starting a Shopify side hustle generally involves picking a business idea, starting a Shopify trial, adding your products or services to your store, choosing a Shopify pricing plan and launching your store.

Are side hustles legal?

Yes — although you will have to declare income you make using them to tax authorities, and if you’re employed you may need to check your contract to see if you are permitted to run a separate business in addition to performing your day job.

Is dropshipping a good side hustle?

Dropshipping can be a good side hustle because it involves little or no startup costs. However, because of its low-risk nature, it is a very competitive business model and you will have to pick your niche carefully and market your store effectively to make a success of it.

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