One of the most common side hustles many people have these days is making a product and selling it either online or at small local events. It can be exciting and fun to see your wares turning into cash, but sometimes figuring out what product to make can be overwhelming. Here are 7 DIY product ideas for entrepreneurs looks to open side hustle shops.

  1. Bath Bombs. These popular little bath time accessories are easy and inexpensive to make but are adorable little gifts. The few basic ingredients for these - baking soda, Epsom salts, food coloring - can all be purchased in large quantities inexpensively which means better margins for the seller.

  2. Candles. Another great gift item that can be used year-round, customers will always have an occasion to give your candles as a gift! Just like with bath bomb ingredients, you can buy wax and fragrance in bulk to help improve your margins. Candles can also be made into a variety of sizes and shapes, so feel free to be creative.

  3. Jewelry. Necklaces, bracelets, rings, or earrings - there are so many different types of jewelry DIY products that work well for side hustle shops. With such a wide variety of raw materials available, you can easily control the cost of your jewelry pieces.

  4. Dog treats. Easy to make and requiring minimal equipment, baked dog treats are an ideal DIY product. There are many different recipes available, so consider making more than one flavor. Add some cute packaging to bolster your brand and add a boutique feel that will have pet parents coming back for more.

  5. Printed T-Shirts. If you’re an artist with a great design that speaks to a certain group, having that design printed on a t-shirt might be your golden ticket so a great side hustle. There are plenty of companies available to print t-shirts (and a number of other goods), so most of the labor is incurred during the selling process. Feeling really creative? Learn how to screen print your own t-shirts at home!

  6. Pottery and clay pieces. Selling clay pottery, ornaments, or other pieces you’ve made can be a great DIY product for a side hustle shop. With handmade items, each one is slightly unique which adds value to the pieces. Although these types of pieces may take more time to produce, require some equipment, and making identical pieces may be difficult, you may be able to charge more for each individual piece due to their uniqueness.

  7. Tote bags. Tote bags are a simple DIY product that anyone who enjoys sewing can turn into a side hustle. You will need some equipment to make this product - a sewing machine or at the very least a needle and thread - and plenty of fabric. Consider making the bags themed to appeal to different seasons, sports, or other activities.

Remember, if you are going to be making and selling a product, it’s important to have product liability insurance. Product liability insurance is designed to financially protect a company against claims the design, manufacture, or sale of products to consumers caused harm or damage. The policy provides coverage for the manufacturer’s or seller’s liability, which may result from bodily injury or property damage sustained by a third party resulting from a defect or malfunction of the product or the lack of product warnings and explicitly clear usage instructions.


Zammito Insurance is always available to answer your questions regarding liability insurance as well as business, home office, and auto insurance. Give us a call at (781) 762-6732 to find out more.


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