Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Side Business Ideas
If you already have a job, or are a work at home parent, you can always create a side business to bring in a little extra income. Even if you already have enough money for your bills and the things you need on a daily basis, you can create a side business and have money to play with - to go shopping, to the movies, out to eat, take the kids somewhere fun, or even build up enough to go on a vacation. That way your bi-monthly, or bi-weekly, or whatever you get paid normally - that money can be strictly for your needs.
I have discussed some of these in previous posts, but many are worth mentioning again because they won't take a lot of your time, but they will give you some extra money in your pockets.
One idea is antique refurbishment. Take worn-out antiques, put some time and care into them and transform them into something amazing, then resell them for a profit. You don't have to put a lot of money it to... sometimes all it needs is a coat of paint.
Babysit. If you're already at home during the day and you have neighbors who work later hours, offer to watch their kids for them either all day, if they're younger, or just after school. It can be fun for your, and costs almost no money (unless you take them out or purchase arts and crafts stuff), and it will help you earn some income.
You can blog. If you like to write, find a topic you're passionate about and start a blog. If you have a computer, a little spare time, and some energy, just write - be consistent with it, and you can make money.
You can hand-make a number of things to sell. Make and decorate cakes, make candles, candy, cookies, or cards. Be creative enough and people will buy. You can even cater. If you like to cook, then this might be it for you. Offer to cater for events that run on the weekends and if you plan well, and cook well, then you can fit this in and earn some bucks.
Be a teacher. Not necessarily the ones in schools, but you can teach an exercise class, music class (whether for voice or specific instrument), and tutor. These are easy because you can simply charge by the hour and you can do something you enjoy doing, while teaching someone else how to do it! It's a win-win.
Similar to making things, you can create things as well. Create jewelry, blankets, sweaters - through knitting, crocheting, and quilting. You get to work with your hands, use your talent, and make money.
Work with pets. Whether it's grooming them, sitting them, walking them, cleaning up after them, you can make a little money spending time with other people's pets.
Offer to proofread or edit. If you have strong English skills and grammar, you can proofread from home. You can even be a personal assistant from home. Work online with a busy professional who appreciates having someone that checks and answers the e-mails, organize their task lists, and update their calendars, with almost no interaction or supervision. As long as you have a computer and a good internet connection you can do these.
There are, of course, many other side businesses that you can work with. Make it something fun so it doesn't seem like work, and it will be even more rewarding when you get a little pay check for it. If you're going to be bringing in extra money you might as well make it fun.