Freelancing does have its challenges and requires discipline – you are running a business after all. Common mistakes freelancers make include not setting the business up properly and legally (getting the right permits, or licenses), forgetting to put money aside to pay estimated taxes, and not planning for peaks and valleys in cash flow.
We’re all guilty of spending too much time on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest sometimes, so why not get paid to put your expertise to work as a side business idea? Lots of companies, especially startups or those in retail and travel—even influencers have heavy social media presences and are constantly in need of people to help build their brands online. You can find these types of opportunities on sites like Flexjobs and CareerBuilder and most employers on these websites are conditioned to working with people who operate these services as their side business idea.
If you “do everything” on your phones, you can also get paid to download sponsored apps and games. FeaturePoints pay you to do just that, and watch YouTube videos too. After downloading and using the app, you will earn credits that can be redeemed for gift cards, which can be just as good as cash.
In addition to the companies mentioned above, other firms that partner with home-based entrepreneurs (this is only a small sampling) include The Pampered Chef (cookware/kitchenware), Usborne (books), Tupperware (food containers), The Longaberger Company (baskets/kitchenware), Melaleuca (nutritional products), and Shure Pets (pet care products).
The customer buys the product through your website or product listing on an e-commerce site like eBay and once the payment has been made, the warehouse ships the product directly to their front door and your profit is the difference between the selling price and the manufacturer’s wholesale price.
This home based healthy vending business has 19 placed machines, 1 micro-market and 4 machines that are currently not placed. The business has an excellent reputation for service and quality. Seller works 3-5 hours a week due to other obligations. An owner operator would see a significant increase in profitability. More info
Even though I don’t drink alcahol I do think that the coffieshop/bar idea is a great one. Too many business owners are too stuck in ther old way to think out of the box. And when you think of it, bistros change their menus three times a day and it has worked for them for years.
4. Start a Blog: You don’t need a ton of technical knowledge… A few years ago, I started a job where I totally lied about my computer knowledge to get the position. And the first day at work, I didn’t even know how to turn the computer ON! Seriously. When I started this site, I still had limited computer skills, but you can get started pretty easily, and you’ll learn as you go. For some advice on starting blogging see 99+ Ways to Make Money Blogging, or if you’re already blogging, read my recent post, Blogging Tips: Earning an Income with Your Blog, and my fave – How to Monetize Your Blog in 5 Simple Steps. You’ll also find tons of great resources to check out in my Bloggertunities posts – tips, networks, events, product review opps, and ways to earn an income. And don’t miss my Blogging and Social Media board on Pinterest!
17 Flower arranging Imagine doing what you love and getting paid for it, which is what this idea brings to mind. “The nature of the product means you’re likely to cater to a local audience, so why not impress with a business card and delivery car adorned with flower power,” suggests Jones of enterprisenation.com. “It’ll turn heads and attract new business as you turn corners.”
She just created an online store and sold all of her products via her website. If you aren’t creating your own product you can always find a product to dropship – that way you don’t have to store any inventory in your home.
Right now I’m pretty much in the same situation, my dad doesn’t have Alzheimer’s, but we just lost my mom about a year ago and he is disabled. He can’t do much for himself, and to top it off my little sister still living at home, is partially handicapped. Anyways, a friend got me into working with a wellness company that sells wellness products, I don’t have to go door to door, don’t have to deliver catalogs to my friends, family members or clients I simply refer customers and educate them on the companies amazing products! At first I thought it was a total scam, then I received my first check over $100, then my second check at $356. And those come monthly! If you’re interested in that, I’d love to help you get started! I love the suggestions on this blog though too, I’ll be trying a few of them myself!