4 Easy Side Businesses I Wish I Had Time To Create
There are so many business ideas going through my head that it's hard to organize them! So, rather than let them go to waste, I want to share some of them with you. I look forward to seeing you grow! The possibilities are endless.
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There is some unbelievably gorgeous jewelry out there. Those stackable bracelets, yep, I make them, too. Those giant beaded necklaces. Have lots of them hanging. I don't know, I can't sit still. When my husband watches boxing on Saturday nights, I pull out the beads. I must admit, it's pretty, fun and easy. Well, it's not as easy as you would think. My husband thinks these suckers are our retirement and sat down this past weekend only to make 2 bracelets in 2 hours' time. One, we will dismantle because it is just ugly. The other, I am afraid to touch because he put his heart and soul into it!
Here's what I would do if I had the time to really pursue selling jewelry.
- Order beads to your taste from Etsy and eBay. Order lots, and a variety. Also, you want to order them now. They aren't that expensive but they come from all over the world. So it takes time to get them in.
- While you are waiting for them to come in, head to Michael's to get some stretch thread in the jewelry-making section, and some Krazy Glue.
- I would start an Instagram account, hashtag it appropriately, and see if there is any interest. I feel like having the likes and followers will give credibility when going to boutiques. Ideally, I would learn how to photograph them properly but I am not convinced it's necessary when you get started and don't have much time.
- Make a list of all the local boutiques, hotels, and wineries that you would love to work with. Gather the names, addresses, and phone numbers of each place.
- Call and set up an appointment for them to look at your jewelry. Take your best work and go for it!
2. After-School Yoga for Kids
After school, my kids always have activities. Yet there is this time between after school and when they do their AYSO that they want to do something else. They want to play or do something now that they are free from school! Hooray! Oftentimes, the school offers enrichment class but to be honest, I think it's people, experts in their fields, making the offers.
What if I found a reputable yoga teacher and organized her to come in for an hour or so after school to take the kids through a gentle yoga program? If the class is at school, and the school is willing, host the class at the school. That way pickup is not necessary until later. Then have the kids sign up.
Approximately: $30/class. If you have 10 kids sign up, that's $300. Pay the yoga teacher and keep the profits. Not bad for a little bit of work. If everyone likes it, schedule the class regularly.
3. Accountability Program
We all say we need someone to light that fire under our behinds in order for us to really get something done. My girlfriend is picking up her pace (training) so she can be a part of a faster running group. A dad I know is riding a long bike race to raise money for a charity that is near and dear to his heart. We all have that one thing that we want to do and think about. I'll be your accountability partner and we never even need to talk.
Get 10 people to sign up for $10, $20, or $30/week (2 coffees to them) for 3 months. Send them a quick motivational text in the morning. Or motivate them through Instagram. Send them an email or simply follow up. It takes no time whatsoever, but adds $400 extra a month in your pocket.
4. Closet Organizer
I don't know what's wrong with me but I love to go through other people's stuff! It's so fun! And I love to organize! In a heartbeat, I can help someone out just by "going into action-mode" and watching their expressions.
If you don't love it, out it goes.
I am totally copying that amazing advice from the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Have you read it? Anyone and everyone I know that has read the book has literally reported how it's a life-changing process.
I have been through it, and I love it. Who would not want to have the freedom that comes when living only with things you love?
Problem is that most us need a little help. We need a little nudge. Why not have a good friend over to withhold judgment and help clean out?!
Am I weird to love it? I have a friend who paid someone $500 to help her clean out her clothes. Her closet is amazing. Her style is amazing. She now only wears what she loves. Sounded kind of expensive to me, but who am I to judge? And she is always in things that make her feel good. Sounds like a solid and healthy investment, actually. So, if I had time, maybe I'd start by charging $250. $250 to change your life! Who doesn't win here??
There are the 4 business ideas that are on my mind. I love what I do with Mompreneur on Fire, and that consumes the majority of my work. If I had time, I would pursue the others. Maybe you will and have some success, too! Good luck, and let me know how it goes!
Update w/ 2 More Great Side Business Ideas
5. Blogging, Yes, Blogging
If you asked me last year or even six months ago about the benefits and revenue sources that comes from blogging, I wouldn't have believed you. Here's the thing that many people don't understand, you can make money from your blog. You can create multiple streams of income from writing about the things that interest you.
My family, even my husband, looks at me cross eyed when I try to explain the revenue and income sources from blogging. In fact, majority of the bloggers I know will talk about how their family and friends don't understand what they do. You don't even have to understand quite yet, you just need to start.
HERE ARE 3 STEPS TO GET YOU STARTED:
How to Start a Blog When You Have No Technical Skills. That was a blog post on its own. It's not a difficult thing to put together but there are maybe 10 steps involved. I went through the entire process in the post.
Then when you want to actually get serious about driving traffic to your site, this guide, is an amazing guide. Literally, I use these strategies everyday and for months upon months now I am only seeing major traffic growth. The big, I mean big, bloggers use these strategies too.
- THEN when you really want the income to come in you must learn more about affiliate marketing. I cannot believe I went months and months and months and months without this information. I cannot believe there are 20 year old bringing in 10s of thousands by these (relatively) simple steps they put in place. Michelle Schroeder's Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course is not that expensive and has amazing tips on how to generate real income without having to do the whole ads thing. Trust me on this. It's ah-mazing!
6. Sell Stuff On Amazon
Think eBay, only better.
You do the fun part, finding product to flip. Then Amazon handles all of the details of fulfilling orders. It’s called Amazon FBA, for “Fulfillment By Amazon.” You ship the inventory to an Amazon warehouse, they store it for you, and then when a customer buys something, Amazon picks, packs and ships it; they handle any returns, too.
Think about all of the stuff you have lying around the house - from books to toys to kitchen gadgets - and how great it would be to ship it out and then cash out! If you could find 20 items at home that each made $10 in profit, that’s a cool $200 to start. And you hardly did any work!
If you wanted to put in a bit more effort, there are lots of stories of people who make six figures selling on Amazon, and most of them will tell you they do it with part-time hours. The Selling Family’s Amazon Boot Camp is a great place to learn step-by-step details about running an Amazon FBA business.