6 Profitable Cash Business Ideas


Cash business ideas are more important in 2022 than they’ve ever been.


Well, with inflation on the rise, everyone is feeling the squeeze.

And nowadays, it’s more important than ever to make sure that you’re bringing in enough actual green to pay your bills and stash some emergency money away.

With that being said, it’s also true that there’s more opportunity for cash business ideas than ever before.

With the internet being within reach of basically everyone in the developed world, and with so many online tools being made available at such an increasing rate of speed, more and more people are finding that they can supplement their income with some serious side-hustle cash without breaking their backs over it.

Here are 6 of our favorite ‘cash hustle’ ideas for 2022.

(Note: If you plan to keep large amounts of cash on-hand at a physical business location, just be advised that this practice is dangerous! If you haven’t looked into private security, you may want to do that. This is especially true if you’re dealing with large amounts of cash on a daily basis.)

1. Content Writing

Content writing on freelancing sites like Upwork can bring in some serious extra money.

We’ve heard of people earning $50,000 to $60,000 extra dollars per month just from working four extra hours per day!

But here’s the thing.

If you do enough local business networking, you can make this hustle work as a cash-only business by writing content for local businesses that need blog content, web content, newsletters, emails, etc.

If you’ve got a talent for writing and have always found essays, reports, and things like that easy to write—then you could possibly have a future in it!

2. Social Media Marketing

Nowadays, every single business really needs to be on social media.

But here’s the downside.

Not every business knows how to do it well.

Start by growing your own social media sites, and then use those metrics as a ‘business card’ for signing up local businesses who’ll pay you to do this specific, yet important online marketing work for them.

Charge them a monthly fee, and give them a price break for paying you in cash. That’s extra cash in your pocket every month.

3. Graphic Design

Everyone needs graphic design.

But not everyone can do it well.

If you’re good at it, and love to design beautiful graphics, you can definitely make some extra money with it.

You could try using sites like Fiverr to get started.

Or, once again, you can network in your local business scene to make this a strictly ‘cash only’ operation.

Just offer that ‘cash only’ discount to make it work.

You can design social media posts, flyers, web pages, YouTube thumbnails—whatever you like and find a market for in your local business community.

If you don’t have a ton of money to start with, and can’t afford ‘big money’ design tools right from the get-go, buy a subscription to Canva Pro and go ham!

4. WordPress Development

As more businesses decide to build WordPress websites, they’re running into an issue.

WordPress can be tricky.

But if you’re good at ‘techie’ type stuff, and tend to be a pretty detail-oriented person, you may be able to find some serious work as a part time WordPress Dev.

We recently talked to a guy who sold a WordPress site to a local mortgage company for $5,000!

Now, he actually got a check for the deal—but you could easily, once again, make this a cash business by offering some kind of deal for local businesses who are willing to pull out that money to pay you on the side.

Start by watching some tutorials on YouTube, designing your own WordPress site as a portfolio, and then networking like crazy.

You may be amazed at how much cash you can make like this.

5. Photography

Photography is still in high demand, even in a world where everyone has a digital phone in their pocket.


Because people are still willing to pay cash for beautiful photos.

To make this hustle work, you’ve got to network like crazy.

Take senior pictures, wedding pictures, school pictures—whatever you can get.

Be the best in the business, and only accept payment in cash.

6. Creating Artwork/Drawing

Many local stores nowadays are using hand-drawn artwork to decorate their walls.

But it’s also true that individuals are paying artists to decorate things like jackets, shoes, etc.

We recently talked to a local artist who supplements her day-job income as an artist after hours.

She specializes in popular horror and cartoon artwork, and paints horror or cartoon characters on shoes, jackets, hats, and canvases on a per-order basis.

She has a regular network of local clients who literally come to her house to explain what they want and show her concept art, and she either gets cash or other stuff in trade (like automotive work, cool clothing, furniture, etc.) for her work.

And she does it all without needing to accept checks, debit cards, or even online payments.


These 6 cash business ideas are a slam-dunk in the 2022 economy.

Just pick the best one, and get to work.

You’ve got this.

Just get started, keep learning, and don’t give up.


TBN Editor

Time Business News Editor Team