Businesses You Can Start Right Now

To start a business is a must do on everybody’s list these days. If it is not on yours, it should be. Here are some ideas for you.

Sell Small Children’s Special Occasion Clothes

Not everyone has the time or the know how to sell items on social media. They may be busy with some other work or just not confident with dealing with social media market places and groups. Offer your services but be clear on the fee you will charge. Or the commission you will earn on each sale.

As children quickly out grow their clothes and shoes there is nothing more frustrating for a parent than to fish out clothes and shoes for a special occasion and find them to be too small. This frustration is the problem you can solve. And as special occasion clothes are usually worn only on special occasions they will be in good condition. And the good thing is that people with young children will be both suppliers and buyers.

Sell Your Own Products (or Content)

Jam from seasonal fruit. Baking. Smoking meats. Drying local vegetables. All these are an excellent way to make money from home. Bespoke ethnic fashion, accessories or home décor are also a way to make money. If possible, try taking some video footage of the production process. People love a story.

If you do not have a crafty bone in your body, maybe you can sell content. Creating content for other people in areas like design, writing, or music is a growing business and you can sell it on different platforms and you can reach a worldwide audience.

Remember, again, you can also make a deal with someone who does know how to make stuff. And then market their products on your own site or social media pages and get a commission.

Sell a Popular Product

If you know that something is very popular among a community buy the product in bulk and then sell it online. This is a very lucrative business if you can source products at a low price point and buy them in bulk. And this is a great way for new businesses with limited capital to get started, because there are so few upfront costs involved.

All you need is an internet connection and the ability to purchase wholesale goods at a very, very, low price.

Tutor On-Line

This can be very lucrative if you do your advertising correctly and go the STEM route. STEM is an abbreviation that stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. STEM studies at the secondary level and in higher education tend to involve hands-on activities that require creative thinking. The idea is to couple academic concept with real-world lessons and help students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between the classroom and the world around them.

Aim to be the go to person on-line for hands-on practice, career counseling and mentoring. And get paid doing it.

Rent Out a Spare Room

If you live near a learning institution or if you live near a tourist area and can spare a room, consider renting it out to students or listing it on Airbnb or similar sites. This is an excellent way to make extra money fast and has the potential to turn into long-term income if done correctly.

If you do go this route be sure to do thorough research before opening your home up to strangers. Also check what the rules of the platform or group you join are. You might even have to find out and understand local municipal laws regarding holiday homes in residential areas (if applicable).



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