Have you ever dreamed of running a part-time business while keeping your day job? Want to operate a sideline business along with your current business? Or are you simply curious about entrepreneurship, and want to test the waters before you commit to the world of commerce? Whatever your reason, here are 11 sure-fire ways to get started today with your own part-time business.
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Make new money from old treasures and have fun doing it! Scout garage sales, auctions, and flea markets for great buys on antique furniture, toys, clothing, and other treasures from the past. Rent space at antique cooperatives, or set up booths at weekend fairs to sell your antiques.
Whether you are an expert at Windows or Linux, desktop publishing or Web research, HTML or word processing, you can help anyone enhance their computer skills. Start promoting your computer-training services by teaching classes through organizations in your community which offer adult education courses.
Custom jewelry and accessories
Put your creative talents to work designing custom jewelry and accessories. Whether you work with sterling silver or recycled metals, clay or papier-mâché, there is a market for your custom earrings, pins, bracelets, necklaces and belt buckles at art shows, crafts fairs, and holiday boutiques.
If it is broken, you can fix it. Your phone will ring off the hook with calls from homeowners, senior citizens, and others who do not want to fix it themselves. Advertise bulletin boards and drop off fliers at real estate offices. Then start repairing everything from leaky faucets to broken windows.
Mobile home-entertainment service
When it is dirty, disconnected or in need of repair, you will save the day for homeowners who want their stereo, compact-disc player or videocassette recorder in working order. Brush up on your electrical and wiring know-how. Door-to-door fliers and calls to retail-store managers about your services will get your business off to a great start.
Office and home organizer
Attention all neatniks: Help packrats, overworked executives, and other organizationally challenged individuals clean out messy closets, straighten files, and throw out the excess clutter. Putting your knack for neatness to part-time business use is bound to arrange some tidy profits for you.
What is for dinner, honey? Great home-cooked meals for working parents and busy professionals who hire you as a personal chef. There is plenty of demand for this specialized service. So plan your menu, make out your shopping list, and go to work to satisfy your hungry clientele.
Pumping iron; pumping profits. There is a surging demand for fitness-related businesses as Filipinos are becoming more eager to keep fit, trim, and healthy that they are willing to hire their own personal coach to exercise correctly. Spread the word about your physical-fitness expertise at health spas, running, swimming and biking clubs, and other athletic outlets.
Plant leasing and maintenance
Got a green thumb and a delivery van? You are all set to service corporations, home builders, health clubs, and other businesses who want fresh greenery. Develop a steady clientele with a regular watering, pruning, and fertilizing program and a full replacement guarantee.
If you are an artist in search of a medium, why not make T-shirts your canvas? Paint, draw, bead or appliqué your designs on plain T-shirts, and spend your weekends showcasing your art-to-wear at farmers' markets and crafts fairs.
Yoga and tai chi instructor
In today's hectic, fast-paced world, parents, business owners, and students alike can benefit from the deep-breathing, relaxation, and centering techniques you can teach them. Get started by offering classes at health clubs or on your own.
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