If you have experience as a contractor or handyman, offer your services to homeowners looking to remodel their spaces.
Landscaping can be another profitable venture, since you really just need some basic equipment and transportation.
Lots of homeowners are willing to pay for small repairs or additions like hanging curtain rods or patching walls. As a handyman, you can stay fairly busy and avoid setting up a physical storefront.
You don’t need much of anything to start your own recycling service — mainly just a truck or van. You can charge people to pick up electronics or other items that are sometimes difficult to recycle or dispose of.
Electronics Repair Service
For those who are skilled with electronics, start a service where you fix people’s cracked phone screens or malfunctioning laptops.
Refurbished Electronics Sales
Or you could purchase people’s broken electronics at a discounted rate, then refurbish them and sell them at a profit.
In-Home Senior Care
Lots of seniors need help with everyday tasks, from cooking and cleaning to running errands. Start an in-home care service and build up a base of recurring clients.
If you love animals, offer to pet sit or walk or groom dogs in exchange for a fee.
People also pay a premium for quality child care these days. You can even start a day care business where you care for multiple kids at once.
Test Prep Service
For those who are knowledgeable on a particular school subject, you can charge a decent amount to help high school or college students prepare for specific tests, from SATs to LSATs.
If you want to provide general help for clients, start a life coaching business where you work with clients one-on-one, either in person or online.
Call Center Operation
Running a call center may require a bit more startup costs than others on the list. But you can run some small customer service operations remotely. And many companies are willing to pay a premium to have their customer service operations located nearby.
Travel Planning Service
Though the travel agency business has gone through some changes in recent years, you can still offer planning and consulting services to companies and large groups without a ton of overhead.
Tour Guide Service
Or if you live in an area that’s popular with tourists, you can offer a tour guide service or even sell guide books geared toward specific activities.
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Nice list Annie. Add parking lot litter removal. Real estate management companies require this service to be provided at their commercial properties. It’s usually provided on foot, after hours, using simple hand tools. Almost as easy to do as going for a walk! I started doing this in 1981 as a side gig and grew it into a full-time business that I still operate. I share my experience in my book, Cleanlots, as well as offer free support.
It is surprising that there are so many business ideas. It is all about taking the effort to provide the service.
What a great list! Another business you hint at, but don’t outright say is the Dropshipping store! It’s a great way to earn some extra money with little input, as it can be very automated. I do mine through Shopify!
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Your post is really very helpful. Thank you.
Another ideas I think that works is selling second hand clothes. I’ve seen sevaral people do it and make good money from it.