Ways to Make Money from Home This Week
It Helps to Have an Idea What You Want to Do
Have you ever dreamed of working for yourself but just didn't know where to start? Do you need an idea to help get you going? Here's a few ways to make money from home that may help.
Become a Handyman
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.
Provide Lawn Services: Mow, Edge, Blow, Flower Beds
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.
Dry Cleaning Delivery
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.
Become a Courier
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.
Start a Referral Service
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.
Build Birthday Lists for Customers
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.
Make Homemade Doggie Treats
Animal lovers adore their pets and nothing is too good for their four legged children, especially homemade pet treats. There are easy recipes online and you can even check with a vet to see what animals can and cannot eat. Use plastic baggies and some ribbon, slap a sticker on the front that you have printed off your own computer and presto you have a marketable pet treat!!
If you keep a blog, you may already be well on your way to creating an e-book! If your blog is on a specific subject then it makes it easier to compile those articles you wrote and create the e-book. There is software available online that allows you to create your own e-book and companies that will help you.
A great way to make some extra money is through your blog. It won’t be what you write that gets you paid but the ads you put on your blog. Consider Google Ads or signing up with Commission Junction to create your own ads via advertisers using affiliates.
Start a Directory
More and more consumers are going online to find companies or local businesses. Why not make it easier for them to find the information instead of the typical keyword search which results in thousands of pages to sift through. I've personally created a few online directories. One of my best sites is iHutto.com and see how easy it is to start an online directory for your area.
Sell Medical Insurance
In this economy consumers are seeking the cheapest insurance plans available. With millions of uninsured Americans, the need for insurance salesmen is increasing. There are many programs out there that will utilize affiliates.
Ah! The dreaded telemarketing calls, well someone has to do it and believe it or not, your own attitude will make or break you in this field. Customer service is lacking these days and while all the jobs are heading overseas, employers are beginning to realize the need for in state call-takers. Having a phone line is really your only overhead until after you get started. Being organized is also key.
Create Computer Gifts
Technology is the way of life in this generation and personalization is “hip” so starting a business line of computer gifts can be a creative and innovative way to create income for yourself. This can be anything from designing mouse pads to creating virtual cards.
Real estate laws vary by state so be sure to check licensing requirements prior to venturing out into a property management business. (If you are in Texas, here is how to get licensed).
Once you've done that however, property management can be a lucrative business and allows you the flexibility of creating your own schedule, working from your own home office while still generating the income.
Here in Texas, a lot of out of state residents are buying up Texas properties and using them as rental income. They need a local person to assist in collecting rents, marketing their properties, creating lease contracts and maintaining maintenance requests. The beginning of each month will more than likely be your busiest time as you'll be collecting and depositing rents.
In this day and age everyone needs a resume. There is enough competition out there already with the rising number of unemployed seeking jobs. You'd need very little overhead to provide this service to others. Charge a minimal fee, afterall they are seeking a job so are probably limited on funds anyway. But there are also those that are seeking a career change and will utilize your service to improve upon their resume. If you're a good writer, this could be a fun side job.
Contractors in particular utilize messaging services. This could be as simple as sitting home and answering the phone while taking messages, setting appointments, or providing information on their company. Create a "resume" flyer detailing your experience in this field and then market yourself as an independent contracting service. There are benefits for companies using independent contractors so be sure to convey that in your marketing.
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