Some years are better for business than others and 2018 seems to be perfect for young entrepreneurs who want to make a lot of money. However, wanting to start a business is usually not enough. You need to know want works and what doesn’t, otherwise, you won’t be able to maximize your potential.
Let’s say that it’s a great year for agriculture. It’s going to rain a lot, the temperature will be perfect, and you want to take advantage of this opportunity. You will only make money if you know what kind of fruit and vegetables people are looking to buy. You may grow beautiful tomatoes, but if people are only interested in apples, your products will be worthless.
This having been said, the following business ideas have been analyzed by people around the world, and have been deemed the best opportunities for 2018. So read through the article, choose the one(s) that you like, or that you are good at, and start making money. This can be your year!
First of all, it is important to mention that depending on what level you want to get into this business, you may need training, a license, and experience. This having been said, there is nothing stopping you from working as a freelancer and take care of your client’s finances, provided that you have at least a bit of experience.
In order to get started, you should create a flyer to advertise your skills and services. If you haven’t yet established what services you want to offer, it is a good time to do that. The amount of time and energy that you intend to devote to this career should help you decide if you only want to do bookkeeping for small businesses, or if you want to take on more involved corporate contracts.
For minor bookkeeping services, you would probably be better off working as a freelancer, however, if you want to be more involved in this line of work, you will be required to handle financial reports, income statements, balance sheets, and tax accounting.
- Repair Bicycles
Depending on where you live, this business may be seasonal, or all-year-round. Either way, getting started is extremely easy. You just need to rent a storage unit, and then to offer to store their bikes over the winter and to repair them. Most people already have enough things in their garage and will gladly pay you to store them away ad to fix them up until spring comes and they can use them again.
Also, keep in mind that you don’t have to actually know anything about repairing bikes. Once you have the bicycle in storage, you can hire someone to repair them and pay him by the hour. After he is done, just lock up the storage box and forget about it until it’s time to give the bikes back to your clients.
You won’t need a lot of money in order to start the business due to the fact that most of the clients will agree to pay you in advance. You can store the first 7-8 bikes at your home, and use the money for storing and repairing those in order to rent a storage box.
- Cleaning boats
Experience, training or a license may be required for this one.
Some of the people who own boats usually haul them out of the other and transport them to their home for the winter, in order to be repaired and stored. This is where you come in. You can offer cleaning services for these boats and, if you have the proper training and licensing, also repair them. Start by actually approaching individuals who have boats sitting in their yard, or by posting an ad online.
- Start a Business Plan Service
This one is a great option for anyone who wants to start a business that is easy to expand later on.
You can build a service around the idea of offering to create a business plan for various clients. This service should include market research, financial statements, and the plan narrative. You should look at what others are charging and price your service competitively. If you charge too little, potential clients will think that something is not right, and if you charge too little, they will go with the cheaper options.
- Chimney Sweeper
Through a simple apprenticeship, you can learn how to be a chimney sweeper and sell your services. If you want to earn more money, you can bundle up the cleaning aspect with a chimney inspection service, and a repair one. This way, people will know to call you in order to determine if their chimney needs cleaning or repairs, and then fix it up.
If you live in an area with harsh winters you should be able to earn money all year round due to the fact that people will need your cleaning services during the spring and summer, and repairs during the autumn and winter.
- Start a Cleaning Service
There will always be people too busy to clean their homes on a daily basis, or before the holidays. You can easily capitalize on this lack of time by starting a cleaning service. Go around the neighborhood and see who needs help, or go to various restaurants and office buildings and inquire if they are willing to pay you in order to handle cleaning.
If you start by cleaning houses and go up from there, chances are that you won’t need any kind of publicity as some of your clients will inevitably work for companies that may require your services. Word of mouth and the recommendations of your clients are extremely important in this business.
- Open a Computer Repair Shop
There are several ways to approach this business, and how much you earn depends on how you find your clients and what type of computers you can repair.
First of all, you will need training in order to do this, and for some products, you may even require a license.
When talking about repairing computers, you can choose the type of devices that you want to focus on, however, being able to repair any kind of computer that a client brings to your shop will bring you more money. If you’ve grown up assembling desktop PCs, then focus on repairing those. Laptops, on the other hand, will require model schematics from the manufacturers and you will need a bit more experience in order to repair them.
When looking at advertising and seeking clients, you should first start with the internet service providers in your area. When you’ve offered your service to them, contact companies in your area and let them know that you can repair their computers.
- Start a Consulting Business
If you have enough expertise in a particular field, then you can become a consultant. This is a good way to monetize your skills and knowledge without having to actually put anything into practice. You will only be teaching others how to manage their business. The best part about this is that it works with any job you might have had. For example, if you owned a restaurant, you can teach others how to develop and organize their businesses. You won’t have to become part of their restaurant. They will just pay you to help fix their problems when they can’t do it themselves.
- Start A Dog Walking Business
This one is easy to do, and you don’t need much in order to get started. However, this business can’t be scaled up past a certain point; at least not without having to hire additional people.
You can get started by asking around your neighborhood if anyone is interested in your services. Even if some people won’t agree to entrust you with their dogs, once you build a reputation, they will come around. If you want to earn more money, you can offer additional services such as bringing in the newspapers and mail or turning the lights on and off when your clients are away for an extended period of time.
- Become an eBay Assistant
If you have any items that you want to sell on eBay, you can set an asking price and then choose whether to auction them or just put them in your eBay store. As you sell those items, you will be able to ask around if other people are interested in hiring you to sell some of the things that they don’t need. This is great because you can ask for a commission of every sale that you make and everything will happen through your eBay store.
- Offer Editorial Services
There are quite a few editorial services that you can offer, starting with basic book writing and ending with indexing. This business can be easily expanded and you don’t need a lot of money or resources in order to get started.
Let’s take a look at the services that you can offer:
- Proofreading – Anyone who writes a thesis, paper, or book will be looking for someone to proofread their text. You will have to go over it and make sure that there are no mistakes, and that everything looks good after the copyediting process;
- Copyediting – As a copyeditor, you will have to check all the facts included in the text, as well as correct grammatical, stylistic and typographical errors that you find.
- Indexing – It will be your job to ensure that the reader can find information easily and quickly. You can find indexing course online;
- Developmental editing – As a developmental editor, you will have to modify a manuscript in order to ensure that there are no organization or content issues;
- Ghostwriting – Ghostwriters are paid by their clients in order to write texts and then to let them attach their name as the author. In other words, you would write manuscripts and then give up all rights over them;
- Copywriting – This one is more commonly known as business writing. It refers to writing texts in order to promote various products or services;
- Book writing – This one is exactly what it sounds like. You would be paid in order to write books on various subjects. You may be asked to write things like biographies or manuals;
- Article writing – Blogs, magazines, and newspapers are constantly looking for people to write articles on various topics;
- Start an Electronics Repair Business
If you’re technically inclined and like to tinker with electronic devices, then opening an electronics repair shop may be a great choice. While it is similar to opening computer repair shop, with electronics repair you would fix pretty much any kind of device that your clients may bring in. While clients will bring smaller items to your shop, you will have to go on site in order to fix larger systems and devices. If you ask them, some of your clients may even agree to bring you old electronic devices for you to disassemble and use as spare parts.
- Plan Events
You can make a lot of money by organizing personal events such as birthdays, weddings, and various parties. These events are relatively easy to plan, and you will be given a lot of information on how you should take care of things. However, if you want to earn more money, you can always start organizing corporate events. Keep in mind that these require a lot more work and a lot more equipment. Also, you will have to coordinate your efforts with other people such as marketing managers and various engineers that take care of the AV aspect of the event. Generally speaking, if you have an organized mind and are able to solve problems fast, then you should be just fine.
- Become an Expert Witness
First of all, this business idea does require that you have expertise in one or more legal fields. As an expert witness, you will be able to market yourself to attorneys in order to help with various legal issues. You can also turn into a broker of sorts, recommending expert witnesses to attorneys in order to help them for either defense or prosecution. However, since expert witnesses for important cases are expected to fly anywhere needed in order to testify, you should keep a database comprised of witnesses from different regions across the country.
- Financial Planner
If you have the required experience, you can become a certified financial planner. Once you are certified, your clients will pay you in order to give them advice and to help them solve various financial issues. The certificate alone will be enough to bring you more than a few clients, however, once you make a name for yourself, your earnings will increase rapidly.
- Start a Flea Market
Starting a flea market is both easy, and cheap. You can find new things to sell by looking for people on Craigslist who are giving away the things that they no longer need, and it that doesn’t satisfy your clients, you can always participate in storage box auctions. Regardless of where you get your items, just keep in mind that placement is extremely important. If you experiment a bit, you will find ways to show off the things that you want to sell in a way that clients won’t be able to resist.
- Golf Coach
While you will need experience, becoming a golf coach can be extremely profitable, especially if you find customers that are part of the corporate world. If you’re good at it and have participated in a few competitions, then you’ve got what you need to get started. Golf is often used by businessmen in order to develop relationships outside of the office, and you can take advantage of that. If you do a good job and make a great impression, your customers will recommend you to their colleagues and clients. After a while, some may even propose that you go into business with them. Either way, becoming a golf coach is a great way to earn money and make powerful friends in the process.
- Become a Home Energy Auditor
Homeowners are always looking for ways to save money on their utility bills, and this creates a great opportunity for you. As a home energy auditor, you can help them with an audit of their houses, and then explain to them how they could save more money on their utility bills. If you want to earn more money, you can even offer to implement the suggested changes yourself. Most of the time, they will prefer to have the one that suggested the changes also take care of the improvements.
The job itself isn’t difficult. You can start by doing an appliance audit, taking note of their efficiency ratings and their age, and then calculate how what their efficiency is and figure out how to improve it.
- Home Inspection
You will need a few things in order to get started with this business idea. First of all, you will have to get a license or a certificate, in order to be able to work. After that, you will have to spend some time creating and working on relationships with real estate agents who will recommend your services to their customers.
You will also have to keep your eyes open for every new product that comes on the market. Houses that are either recently built or renovated will contain these and you will need to at least know what everything is and what it’s for in order to do your job effectively. As a home inspector, you will need to determine if a home is safe and efficient so that a client will buy it.
- Become a Household Organizer
You really only need to be an organized individual in order to work as a household organizer. Your job will be to go to clients’ homes and to advise them on how to better organize their things. You should be able to present them with at least a few alternatives right from the get-go. After you’ve worked on a few houses, you should build your portfolio. Simply take pictures after you’ve finished your work and use them in order to showcase your ideas and strategies.
When it comes to determining what your clients want you should prepare checklists and questionnaires. This will help you avoid doing something that will annoy the homeowners. Ask them whether they want each family member’s things in separate rooms, or if they want to share everything, etc.
- Work as an Import/Export Specialist
This one is a bit more difficult, however, it is in high demand. Import/export specialists basically organize educational sessions such as training and seminars in order to teach their clients how to get started with import/export.
In order to be able to teach others, you will first have to learn how to survive in this business. Luckily, there are more than a few online courses that will take you from zero to hero in no time. Once people start coming to your seminars, some of them will want to hire you as advisors on various issues related to this business, and this is when you really start to make money.
- Interior Decorator
If you have a knack for interior decoration, then you’ve got what it takes to be awesome at this job. Start by building a portfolio filled with photos from your own home. Experiment with various ideas, in order to present them to your future clients. Next, you will have to get in touch with building contractors nearby and show them your work. You should also get on the good side of any real estate agents that you can get hold of. They can help you make a lot of money by recommending you to their clients
- Jewelry Making
If you’re a fan of DIY projects, then you can start making and selling hand-made jewelry. These may not sell for a lot, but they will help you learn the basics, and give you a source of income until you’re prepared to make more complicated pieces. Once you feel confident enough to move on to something a bit more difficult, you can become an apprentice for a jeweler and learn how to heat and manipulate precious metals, how to cut gemstones and how to engrave them.
You can sell the simple hand-made items on platforms like Etsy, and once you finish your apprenticeship you’ll be able to work as a jeweler and design and make things like engagement rings, wedding rings, etc.
- Become a Marketing Copy Writer
Writing copy that advertises a certain product or service and makes people hyped about buying it isn’t too difficult. Most of the secrets of this “art” have already been explained through psychological studies and if you do a bit of research you should learn how to do it in no time. Once you have a basic idea of what you have to do in order to get people’s attention, start by writing brochures, and marketing copy for the web. In time, you will be able to find work with an advertising agency.
- Become a Notary Public
Notary publics are state officers who are authorized to witness and attest to the signing of various legal documents. However, in order to become one, you may be required to pass an exam, and also a background check. These procedures do not cost a lot of money and the exam is relatively easy to pass.
This having been said, you should keep in mind that this activity won’t bring you a lot of money. Most of the time what you will earn will seem more like a secondary source of income.
- Personal Concierge
Becoming a personal concierge is a great choice for anyone who can solve problems fast and efficiently. Your clients will expect you to do things fast, without asking them for help or a lot of clarification.
Busy executives are usually constantly looking for good personal concierges, in order to handle some of the things that are not business related while they are at work. This job pays really well, however, you are not allowed to run late, to make mistakes that could affect your employers, or to be in any way disrespectful towards them. You have to do what they want, when they want it, with a smile on your face.
- Work as a Personal Trainer
First of all, it should be mentioned that you will need a certificate in order to work as a personal trainer in at a gym. This having been said, even if you do not have any qualification, but have some experience in the field, you may be able to convince a few people to hire you as a personal trainer in order to help them work out from the comforts of their own home.
If you are looking to work at a gym, you will have to also learn a few things about nutrition, in order to advise your clients with regards to what they should eat when losing weight or building muscle mass. Also, you will have to be extremely careful with them. After all, it is your job to make sure that they don’t hurt themselves while working out (this includes overexertion).
- Property Management
Being a property manager opens two roads. First of all, you will be able to manage rental units, making sure that everything goes smoothly. This includes everything from making sure that the rent is paid on time, to fixing any sort of problems that may arise.
Alternatively, you can also manage seasonal properties. With these, you will have to prepare a property for seasonal visits. For example, if the owners go away for an extended period of time, you may be required to either make regular checks on the property in order to ensure that everything is in order. However, some people may even ask you to actually move into the building until they get back.
Either way, you will be responsible for the properties that you manage and will have to resolve any problems that may appear.
- Open a Small Engine Repair Shop
You can learn the basics at most community colleges, and once you feel that you’re ready you can open a repair shop and fix things like riding lawn mowers, generators, garden tools, and chainsaws.
If taking engine-repair courses at a nearby community college isn’t an option, you can look for a part-time job at a local repair shop, in order to learn what you need in order to get started.
The only factor that will limit your ability to earn money is the space that you have at your disposal. While you will usually work on garden tools and other very small devices, you may have clients come to you with snowmobiles and ATVs. So it’s a good idea to expand when you have the chance. In this business, more space means more money.
- Become a Solar Energy Consultant
Your primary job will be to inspect the homes of your clients and to give them a report on what solar options they’ve got. This will mean advising them to get anything from a few small solar panels that would power a walkway, to larger, more expensive solar installations that can provide enough energy to run their house on a daily basis.
The first thing that you will have to do is to learn as much as you can about this field, including the various products that our clients could use. This having been said, you should avoid affiliating yourself with a company or product. The best course of action is to always recommend the best product for each of your clients.
- Tax Preparer
You should be able to easily find courses that will teach you everything that you need to know in order to be a tax preparer online, as well as seminars and training offered by various companies. While this job may be complicated, there is a lot of educational support and is worth the trouble. There are a lot of individual and businesses that don’t mind spending a couple of hundred dollars per year in order to have someone prepare their taxes in advance and look out for tax breaks or tax burdens.
This business is also extremely easy to scale up. You simply need to take on more clients. The more you can work, the more money you can make. After you’ve made a name for yourself, you can hire a few other people to help you, and create a fully-fledged company.
- Work as a Taxidermist
While some may be a bit put off by this business, taxidermy pays pretty well. Also, the main misconception about this business is that taxidermists always work, (or have to work) with live animals which they must preserve. In reality, this business also includes projects where the specialist must recreate a certain specimen using only artificial materials. Preserved specimens do bring more money than artificial ones, however, the business itself is growing in popularity.
You will need training, and a variety of materials, some of which are more expensive than others. Luckily, most clients will pay you a lot more than what those materials are worth. If you move fast, you can capitalize on a growing trend of preserving or recreating pets for their owners. These projects have a lot of sentimental value to the clients and will bring you quite a bit of money.
If taxidermy isn’t your thing, but you do like to work with your hands, then upholstering may be a great option. You can learn the basics by tearing apart old, discarded furniture, and looking at how it has been built. In time, you can practice by fixing your old furniture, and when you feel that you’re good enough to start charging for your services, open up shop.
This business comes with a lot of advantages. First of all, you can look for old furniture that’s being thrown away, fix it up, and sell it. Secondly, you can repair all the furniture around your home. Some clients will come to you with furniture that is beyond repair, and if you have something recently repaired to sell them, they will take the deal.
- Make Money from Used Book Sales
Everyone has used books in their attic or garage, however, very few people know that they can actually bring them money. Most tend to give them away or throw them in the trash. Now, while there is a chance that you may have a rare book that is worth a couple hundred dollars, the most probable scenario is that you have a lot of books that are worth a couple of bucks each. While it may not seem like much, you can always look for people who are giving away books on Craigslist. Once you get the books from them, do a bit of research and figure out what each of them is worth, and then sell them. If you’re lucky enough to come across baseball cards, maps, postcards, or magazines, then you may want to have the ones that look unique appraised.
- Become a Wedding Planner
Wedding planners are very well paid, and the activity itself isn’t difficult. You will have to learn about the current trends in terms of everything wedding-related. While the bride and groom will tell you what kind of flowers, music, décor, and food they want, it will be your job to advise them regarding the best course of action. After every decision has been made, you will have to organize the whole event and to ensure that everything from music, and food, to seating, is in order. In the end, you will be responsible for the overall success of the wedding.
If possible, you should also get acquainted with the local wedding shops so that if there is ever a problem with the dress, flowers, or anything else, you will be able to call them and get things back on track.
- Start an Appliance Repair Shop
Everyone has appliances in their home. Some have only a few, while others have a few dozens. The number doesn’t matter much. What does matter, however, is the fact they all need repairs every once in a while. This makes starting an appliance repair shop a great way to make money. While it may take a while until you build your customer base, once people start recommending you, business will be great.
For another source of income, you can also offer to install appliances into your clients’ homes, and also in newly built homes.
- Start a Computer Training Business
Even in 2018, not everyone knows how to use a computer, and you can make money by teaching seniors how to do basic things like checking their e-mail, calling their loved ones over the internet, and searching for the things that they need.
Another way you can make money is by getting in touch with companies that need someone to train their employees. Microsoft Windows and MacOS are very different, and the people know how to use one, don’t know anything about the other. When a company decides to move from one operating system to another, they need someone to teach them how to use the new devices.
Either way, you will need certification. While seniors may come to you to learn even without it, younger individuals and companies will want to see some kind of proof that you really know what you are doing.
- Become a Desktop Publisher
If you’ve got a computer and an internet connection, then you can become a desktop publisher. In this business, you will have to create newsletters, magazines, books, and other materials that your clients will use. Alternatively, you can start your own publication and write content for yourself, or hire writers to create the content that you can then modify to suit your needs.
This business is extremely easy to develop and the only expense is the amount of money that you spend on software.
- Start a Fence Installation Business
Anyone and everyone needs fences. Homes, farms, factories, all need fences. You can not only make money by installing them, but also by repairing old ones. Also, even the ones that you install won’t last forever, and you will be called to replace or repair them if anything happens.
You will have to learn to work with both iron and wood, in order to satisfy your clients, and there may also be moments when you will need to be creative in order to design more interesting fences.
The best part is that you will never run out of work, and most of the materials can be recycled or found at salvage yards.
- Work as a Freelance Graphic Designer
Freelancing is truly the gift that keeps on giving. A freelancer has the power to decide when he works and where he works from. Also, jobs are easy to find, due to platforms like Freelancer or Upwork. Also, graphic design is in great demand; websites, companies, and individual need graphic designers to make logos, banners, fliers, and many other things.
Also, you get to decide what projects you want to work on, and you set your fee. Graphic design pays really well at the moment, and the only investment that you may have to make is on the design software. As for learning the required skills, there are many videos online that will teach you everything from the basics to more advanced techniques.
- Offer a Gift Basket Service
While they are a bit old-fashioned, most people still use gift basket services if they have access to them. Start by designing a few baskets and including them into a portfolio. If you have already designed or sell a product that would go nicely into these baskets, then include it. Also, make sure that you also allow your clients to create their own gift baskets. It’s great to have a few pre-made ones on hand, however, most people will appreciate having the ability to truly make their gift unique.
- Start a Graffiti Removal Service
Graffiti is a problem that many people would pay a lot of money to have fixed. Do a bit of research and find out what are the best cleaning products for removing the paints used in graffiti, then simply drive around town and when you see a house with graffiti on it, offer your services to the owner. You should also make sure that the chemicals in your arsenal don’t damage the surface more than the graffiti.
Alternatively, you can offer a subscription-like service where you will go every to your client’s property and clean off the graffiti every couple of weeks or months. You can also go to areas near stadiums and sports centers and offer your services, especially after important sports events and concerts;
More of a profession than a business, you will need to take courses in order to become a hairstylist. Furthermore, you will need certification in order to work.
Once you have both the knowledge, and the paperwork, you can work however you want. You can either become a home-based hairstylist and have people come to you in order to get their hair done, or you can look for work in a salon. This line of work is largely based on word of mouth, so if you do a great job, you will have more customers. Also, if you have or are interested in undergoing cosmetology training, this will help you offer some extra services that will bring you more money.
- Start an Herbal Farm Stand
You can approach this business idea in multiple ways. First of all, you can sell life plants in pots. You basically need to water them each day and then sell them to your customers. Alternatively, you can cut the herbs and sell them in bunches, or dry them up and sell them in packs. This choice should be determined by both the amount of time that you have, and also by what kind of customer you want to target.
For example, potted plants will sell better to people who want to break off a few leaves from the plant to put them into the food that they’re cooking. After that, they will wait for the plant to grow back, before taking a few more leaves. However, there will always be some who do not want to wait for the plant to grow back and will prefer to buy fresh herbs tied in bunches or dried ones.
Also, by selling potted plants you literally only need to water them every day and sell them. Drying them requires more space, a lot of natural light, and a more patience.
- Work as a Landscaper
You don’t need a degree in order to work as a landscaper. You only need to be creative and to know a few basic concepts. In the end, this business is a matter of looking online for great ideas and putting them into practice or combining them into something new.
Most people are willing to pay to have their yards cleaned up in the spring and their lawns mowed during the summer. Some may ask you to cut their trees in certain shapes or to plant various flowers, but most will be contempt with having someone do the cleaning for them.
Depending on your abilities, you can choose to offer cleaning services, tree care services, or even restoration services and fix stone walkways and walls.
- Become a Massage Therapist
First of all, it should be mentioned that you will need both training as well as a license in order to work as a massage therapist. There are courses at various institutions, however, you will have to learn information on the human anatomy, the effects of massage on various areas of the body and on different types of tissue, etc.
Also, the courses aren’t cheap. Participating in courses and a certification program would go up to about $5,000. It may seem like a lot, but the amount of money that you would be making after this would help you cover your expenses in 4-6 weeks.
- Offer a Moving Service
People are constantly moving, and every time they find a new house, they are looking for someone to pay in order to do the heavy lifting. You will only need a team, and a van, at least when it comes to moving services across short distances. While you can make 2 or 3 trips between the old house and the new one, when they are only a couple of miles apart, clients will want to have all their belongings moved at the same time when it comes larger distances. Luckily, you can always rent a larger vehicle for those trips.
As far as advertising your services goes, the best course of action is to put ads around town. Most people call the companies that they see around town, not the ones that they find on the internet.
- Give Music Lessons
As you would expect, you will need experience and training in order to give music lessons. Also, depending on your proficiencies, you can either teach one or more instruments, musical theory, or canto.
Once you have decided what services you want to offer, you will have to establish if you want the students to come to you or if you can go to them. Lastly, you should also decide if you want to teach individuals or to teach classes. If the second option is a good fit for you, then you will also have to find an appropriate space to hold the lessons.
Advertise your services online, and also put up ads near schools. As schools start slowly ignoring the importance of art and music classes, students and parents alike may be tempted to pursue these things someplace else.
- Work as a Photographer
Depending on what kind of photography you want to get into, you may need training or a license. For example, you can work at events such as weddings and birthdays with no knowledge or experience, however, if you want to become a forensic photographer, then you will need to be qualified.
You will be able to work at casual, family events with a cheaper camera, but you should invest some money and buy professional equipment when you plan to move to corporate events. Also, you don’t need courses in order to be a good photographer. If you start small and slowly work your way up, you will become better and better, as you get more experienced.
As a word of warning, do not spend money on expensive equipment if you are just starting out. Professional equipment won’t count for much if you don’t have the experience required to use it.
- Become a Website Developer
Depending on how you want to work, you may need to take courses, to have a bit of experience, or you may even need a degree.
If you have none of the above, you should probably start by looking for online guides in order to learn the basics. Once you know how to create a basic website, you can start working as a freelancer. In time, as you get more experience and learn how to implement more advanced systems, you will be able to apply for a job with a web development company. You may have to take an official course, but this may only be a formality.
- Offer Bed & Breakfast
If you live alone and have one or more spare rooms in your home, then you may want to consider monetizing that extra space. You can rent the extra space for one or more days, and charge per day. You can earn more money if you live near a touristic area, a sports stadium, or an area where other important, popular activities take place.
This having been said, you should have separate bathrooms for yourself, and for the ones that you would welcome into your home, and also keep the place perfectly clean. If you rent a room during the weekend, you can earn close to $15,000 per year, without having to actively work for them.
- Christmas Tree Sales
If you live in the right climate and have a large property, you can start growing Christmas trees. These sell extremely well during the holiday season and can be sold in two ways. You can either sell them yourself, directly to customers, or you can sell them to a retailer and make money that way.
Considering what Christmas trees usually go for, you would earn more money by selling them yourself, however, this would take more time and would keep you busy during the holiday season.
- Offer Day Care
Child care continues to grow in demand in the United States, as more and more parents have too little free time to take care of their children, over the course of the week. Luckily, day care services are a solution that parents everywhere are happy to pay for. You will need licensing in order to start this business, but once you have it, the job itself isn’t difficult. If you already have children, then you’re used to taking care of them, and your kids may even enjoy having someone their age to play with.
Also, most of the time, parents will drop the children in the morning, and come to pick them up when they finish work, so you won’t have to taxi them around town.
- Offer Pet Sitting Services
Similar to babysitters, people who offer pet sitting services are required to take care of a family’s pets while their owners are away. In some cases you may even be required to spend the night at your client’s house, however, most of them will ask you only to spend a few hours with the pets in order to feed and groom them, and then to repeat the same process the next day.