Have you ever thought it would be great to start a business in your home? Maybe you are already successfully doing this. With our sagging
economy, many people are looking for ways to earn extra money. Some home businesses grow large enough to provide the entire family income. But most small businesses bring in just the extra funds needed to help make ends meet.
Last winter in Florida, my husband and I met a man who earned his entire living with a hot dog wagon he pulled from one senior housing development to another. Today, we find this same type of business being conducted outside of large stores where barbecued ribs, and other food specialties are sold.
The average small business has small returns, even then, if items are
being sold, taxes must be collected. Some people resell things. Recently I watched as dozens of people rolled huge carts out of Sam’s Club loaded with hundreds of bottles of drinking water. They paid a few dollars for
dozens of these bottles which they sold for one dollar a piece. I read about one woman who bought a Cabbage Patch doll at a yard sale for 25 cents and sold it for $85.00. Another is raising chickens and selling eggs and yet another, along with her friend, has developed a successful wall-papering business.
I doubt if children would find selling lemonade profitable, unless a glass full would sell for $3.00. Mowing lawns can mean extra bucks in the summer. However, so
many restrictions apply today. A person must be 12 years old to operate a walk-behind mower and 16 to use a riding mower.
Cooking, baking and selling your specialty may work, but you may want to have liability insurance in case someone ends up with food poisoning!! A paper route may be a tough way to earn money these days, but there are small businesses that work. ( We just have to think of them.)
Here we go with some ideas. I’m sure you will think of many, too. A one-time-shot would be to sell your hair. You could take another shot at it when it grows back in. But remember it must be virgin hair, not colored or chemically treated. And, here’s the clincher: it needs to be ten inches long.
If a large event is being held near you and you have a big yard, it’s possible to rent out parking space. If you are good at the sewing machine, there is a market for pet costumes. Speaking of pets, some people have become the neighborhood pet sitter or dog walker.
The success of many small businesses is dependent on its location. We recently traveled to Amish country and found small business enterprises flourishing everywhere. Fresh produce was being sold, homemade root beer and just- baked whoopie pies. There were buggy rides, face painting, and musicians playing for tips.
The most innovative pair we met were two Amish brothers.Their business guaranteed them nearly 100 percent profit because the items they were selling are most plentiful on all Amish farms. A pile of old horse shoes would probably be given to them for nothing. For $4.00, they will sell you a painted horse shoe, guaranteed to have been used on an Amish farm. “No picture,” said the older brother. “I wanted to take a photo of your business,” was my reply. He agreed to that and the accompanying photo is the result. They had both put their heads down and I’m sure were not aware that their hats were showing. I love this photo! By the way, “guaranteed to have been used on an Amish farm” is my idea of promoting their business.
Granted, because of our nation’s struggling economy there is much interest in building income on our own. Some people have experienced great success with their small businesses, but some will tell you that saving a little extra money can be easier than earning extra. What has your experience been? Hope you’ll share it with us on ShirlandYou. Have you enjoyed the photos featured on this blog?
(By the way, I grew up hearing the word Moolah used for money. It’s one of those good, old American slang words. My mother would use it as she expressed a wish that money wasn’t so tight.)