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Ideas to Work from Home: Part Three

Updated on April 3, 2013

Part Three

We all dream of firing our bosses and working for ourselves but some people just don't know how to begin that process. In this series of Ideas to Work from Home posts you'll find some ideas on how to work for yourself. Keep in mind you will need to do complete research on your state's requirements to starting a business so these ideas are only meant as 'idea starters' to get you motivated.


Whether you post on ad on craigslist or pay for an ad in the phone book, people will call on you if you can fix things, build things, tear down things and more. Handymen are in high demand because people are tired of paying way more than they should for someone to come out and install a garage door opener. More and more are seeking independent contractors for such little jobs.


Same thing here, people are tired of keeping up their own lawn they would prefer to pay someone to come do it for them. If you can push a mower, you can have your own lawn service. Weed-eating, planting flowers and cleaning out flower beds are all things you should know how to do when starting a lawn service. Not hard to learn if you don’t.


You will find that most service businesses will be catering to helping other people have more time in their lives such as dropping off the dry cleaning and picking it up. You will not have anything hard labor to do and the cost of the dry cleaning will be incurred by your customer. They are simply paying you for your time.


This is similar to dry cleaning delivery and you may even have picking up the dry cleaning as an errand. An errand runner handles more things such as making bank deposits, grocery shopping and more. Being organized is key in this profession.


Companies will pay a courier versus using UPS, USPS, FEDEX or DHL. Often times these companies use a courier service because something needs to be delivered from one end of town to the other. Important documents are usually what you will deliver. Realtors, law firms, medical facilities all use couriers.


Many companies are willing to pay a small percentage of their transactions through referral fees. Some of those companies are companies you use anyway so ask them what kind of referral programs they have. Sometimes you can earn cash toward your account for a simple referral, saving you money! For example, furniture rental places often times pay $15-$25 for new referrals. That’s money applied to your account and generally there is no cap to how many referrals you can make. So if you know of someone looking for a particular product or service, refer them and let the company pay your bill.


These days everything is about convenience, and if you’ve ever moved before you know the hassle is not only in the packing but also in the moving. These are the people that are willing to do their own packing but then entrust you to move their belongings. You’ll need a truck of course.


If organization is your thing then building birthday lists for others should be a breeze. Maintaining an online list and a reminder calendar for your clients will not only help them to remember those important dates but once you have lists built and set up for your clients it’ll be a breeze to keep up with the reminders. After all, birthdays don’t change do they?


People will pay to keep the exterior of their brick or stone homes; even the vinyl siding can use a good mild wash every now and then. All you need to get started is a power washer and a long brush that you can attach to the end of a water hose. Depending on the arrangements you make beforehand with the customer, bringing your own hose or using theirs is optional.


These days everything is about convenience and a mobile concession booth is one way to earn money. This will take some money to get started no matter what you decide to sell from your mobile concession. You've seen the taco trucks, the cupcake stands, the snowcone booths, the BBQ stand and more of those mobile food carts driving around.

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    • sydneyspence profile image

      Sydney Spence 5 years ago from Austin Texas

      Li nks to other parts added! Thanks KevinTimothy!

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      Kevin J Timothy 5 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

      I will most certainly pay someone to help me move. That's probably one of the most tedious tasks I've done...and I was in the Army. LOTS of nonsensical tedious work done in there.

      Here in my area there are a few BBQ mobile concessions that do really good business. But one really stands out because of his service. His prices are a little steep, but the service and quality makes up for it. And he's the only employee in his business. I admire his independence.

      These are all great ideas but you should consider placing a link to your other parts so others can easily access them. I'm curious to see the others. Just a thought.

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      Nancy McClintock 5 years ago from Southeast USA

      Great ideas. Thanks for sharing