Most of us love the idea of running our own company and being the boss. Real life doesn't always work out like that for our main job, but side businesses allow you to get extra income and run your own show when you're off the clock.
As personal finance blog Get Rich Slowly points out, the modern world has made it easier than ever to make money on the side:
A lot of people I know get at least part of their income from a side business. For instance, before I quit my job, I was freelance-writing on the side. I have friends who give private yoga lessons, who sell handmade items on Etsy, and who pet-sit. Before my mum retired, she started her sewing business and sold clothing online and at trade shows.
Technology has made it easier than ever to run these small businesses. There's an inexpensive and time-saving solution for everything from the proposal to invoicing. In fact, my invoicing software even helps me track income and expenses, which makes life a lot easier come tax time.
How about you? Do you spend your weekends making money for yourself in something you love? Or would you prefer to let work be work and have fun in your down time? Tell us in the comments.