Monday, July 27, 2009


If you need more income & another job is not the answer, this
listing was designed for you!

We’ve prepared a selection of up-to-date businesses that can be
operated in or from your home on a part-time basis. Most of
these businesses require no special training & relatively
little investment. The most critical requirements are your:

- willingness to work and

- dedication to your business

Look through these suggestions for subjects that sound
interesting. Consider each as representative than
specific. For example, if you know nothing about African Violets
(#01) but are nice with roses, by all means substitute roses for
African Violets. and, don’t overlook the possibility of blending
these (or other) suggestions to form the ideal business

When you have decided on your business, check state & local
requirements for licenses, permits & make arrangements for
start-up supplies. You will probably need business cards, a
ledger as well as a rubber stamp with your company name & address.
Although your beginning supplies should be adequate, they need
not be fancy or costly. Don’t stock up much as you will
probably need to make adjustments as you learn the needs of your
market. it is always a nice idea to:

- List what you will buy from whom, how much it costs, where it
will be stored, how you will advertise, what price you will
charge, your gross & estimated net profits & when you will

- write out your business plan – an outline of what you intend
to do & how you plan to go about it.

In this (or any other) business, give careful thought to your
capabilities & your potential market. Select something that
you already know (or like & are willing to learn) & will
stick to – that people in your area will pay for. Your product
or service should be priced competitively, but at the level to
yield a fair profit. This motivates customers to buy & you to
work even harder!

Include everything you can reckon of that your business will
involve. The action will “force” you to organize your business
(in your mind as well as on paper) & greatly increase your
chances for profit & success.



01. ALTERATIONS. Replace buttons, let out cuffs, shorten
sleeves, turn collars, repair tears for clothing stores,
laundries & cleaner who don’t already offer this service. You
can work for them or leave a price poster in their store.

02. AFRICAN VIOLETS. Specialize in the propagation & care of
this popular indoor plant. Nurture, hybridize & sell when in
full bloom. Carry accessories, such as pots, shelves and
lighting. Keep a small but permanent ad in your local newspaper.

03. AUTO PARTS REBUILDING. Work with garages & mechanics.
Specialize in rebuilding three part (carburetors, master
cylinders, electronic ignitions) for three or several makes.
Install kits, ream and/or re-fit & guarantee all of your work.

04. ARROWHEADS. Collect, buy, sell & MAKE (with deer horn and
clove) Indian arrowheads for hobbyists, displays and
demonstrations. Sell instruction and/or information booklets
and do-it-yourself kits. Offer various types of flint.

05. AUTO TOUCH-UP. Repair minor dents, cover rock chips, remove
rust, polish, neat tires. Renew rubber & plastic, deodorize
to help bring the best price or trade-in. Advertise under
Auto/Trucks For Sale, with a price (e.g. “From $25.00″)

06. AUTO PAWN SHOP. Hold cars as collateral for short-term
loans. Hold the title (if clear) or, “buy” the automobile with a 30
day or so buy-back price agreement or limited power of attorney.
Check laws & obtain legal advice before proceeding!

07. child DOLLS. generate dolls with fine wigs from client baby’s
own child hair as keepsake dolls. Try to get cloth from baby’s
actual clothes to make similar looking outfits for the doll
(work from a picture if possible). Put in glass case.

08. AWNINGS, WINDOW. Design & install permanent & fold-up
fabric & or metal awnings for storefronts, patios, house
windows, trailers & mobile homes. Offer a selection of
materials, colors & prices. Advertise prices & benefits.

9. BELT BUCKLES. Stock a selection of belt buckles for
truckers, workers, etc. Have special plans & insignias made
for local groups. Arrange to offer nice prices on leather belts
as well (import some to sell at beautiful prices).

10. BARBEQUE. Use a portable (trailer?) meat smoker to take to
fairs, parades & festivals. Have a supply of prepared
sandwiches ready, but always have a fire & AROMA (throw in a
little suet or sauce) going to attract more business.

11. BIRD TRAINING TAPES. Make countless or auto-reverse tapes to
teach bird to talk, whistle or sing. Sell or rent the necessary
equipment to mount in or near cages. Charge extra to record the
bird owner’s own voice giving the instructions on tape.

12. BENCH RENTALS. Build bus-stop style benches & with city
permission, place them free of cost to the city at various
bus-stops. Pay a sign painter to apply adverts for
clients who pay you by the month for the ads & space.

13. BIRDHOUSE BUILDING. Build & decorate fine, scientifically
designed birdhouses & feeders for birds native to your area as
well as those that migrate to or through your area. Make up
little info folders for each model.

14. BIRTHDAY LISTS. Compile birthday (anniversary, etc.) of
people in your area to rent as mailing lists to local merchants.
Or, contract to mail out cards each year on behalf of the
merchants. Have a set maximum, as $25 for 50 mailings.

15. BREAD SPECIALTIES. Bake unusual or otherwise unavailable
varieties of home made breads: oat bran, low calorie, ethnic,
salt free. Keep a small ad in paper, take orders for loaves
fresh from your kitchen and/or deliver fresh to stores.

16. BRONZING. Bronze (or pearlize) child shoes etc. Make
mementos, awards & trophies. Design plaques & matchless bases
with emphasis on local needs such as Chamber of Commerce of
company awards. Arrange for engraved plates on plaques.

17. BUSINESS EQUIPMENT. Buy surplus equipment from bankruptcy
sales & auctions. Store & cleanup, but do not repair (let
buyer do that). Advertise bargain prices for qualified buyers
and sell at double or triple your investment.

18. BRUSH CLEARING. With you lorry, tractor & shredder,
contract to clear brush & small trees from lots & acreage.
Haul off excess debris or use a composter to recycle & sell
organic refuse. Offer to drag or level the cleared area.

19. CEMENT BLOCKS. Mold small orders of standard or custom
blocks (building, stepping stones, curbs) in all shapes and
colors. Make molds when necessary of plywood & tin. Take
orders, sell form your “yard” & through nurseries.

20. lorry LETTERING. Use pre-cut, self-stick vinyl letters to
produce long lasting, professional lorry signs (no art talent
required). Use chalk snap lines to mark lines & center, peel
and press in place. Stock & offer a variety of letters.

21. stool CANING. Use cane, plastic or other interesting
materials to weave seats & backs onto casual & picturesque
chairs for clients. Buy elderly chairs with promise at bargain
prices to re-glue, refinish, re-cane & sell at a profit.

22. CEMENT MARKERS. Make “engraved” cement or liquid marble
markers & signs. Mold “backwards” letters into various colors
and textures of plastic-like cement for carved in effect. Polish
molded marker into a professional looking stone.

23. CHINA & GLASS DEALER. Collect & deal in antique and
interesting china & glass items. Buy at auctions, antique
stores, private & public sales & through your
advertisements. Deduct travel expenses for buying trips and

24. CITY LOT cleanup. Work with the city to learn of lots
that must be cleaned up. Contract to do the required work on
lots they designate (city adds bill to owner’s taxes). Contact
absentee (or local) owners to avoid future city actions.

25. COLLECTION AGENT. Represent three or more commercial agencies
(don’t tell three about another, though). Solicit delinquent
accounts for collection from local businesses for a percentage
of monies the agencies collect.

26. CLIENT LISTINGS. On your computer, input & maintain
customer (or business) information: customer info, purchases,
credit records, employee information, etc. Provide periodic and
custom sorts (including mailing lists) to clients.

27. COIN SEARCHING. Buy rolls of coins from banks (whatever
denomination you can afford). Search through them for coins
worth over face value. Keep all of these & replace with
“regular’ coins & trade back in. Best in small towns!

28. COLLECTIONS. Accumulate collectibles (glass, matchbook,
baseball cards, comic books). Make up (from common specimens)
starter collections to sell to beginners. Sell valuable pieces
individually to collectors (some you got started).

29. CONCESSION BOOTH. Operate a booth or stand at a recreation
area, flea market, shopping mall or parking lot. Sell your own
products and/or consignment items. Carry some attractively
priced items to attract more customers.

30. CURB PAINTING. With a stencil & fast-dry black spray paint
house numbers on all curbs in a city block then go back and
request a $2-$5 “donation” from occupants. Pass out circulars
the day before announcing your service.

31. CUSTOM CLOTHING plans. Paint, block print or transfer
three of a kind or custom plans onto items of clothing: smocks,
T-shirts, jackets & fabrics to be made into clothing. Use
designs, illustrations, cartoons, things of interest locally!

32. DESERT GLASS. Collect & sell sun-baked, weather-beaten
glass in interesting colors. Make your own synthetic version by
baking and/or sandblasting suitable objects with inexpensive
equipment. Advertise your materials in hobby magazines.

33. DISTRESS SALES. Buy household items cheap at auctions and
close-out sales. neat them up & sell as your own right out of
your living room because you need the funds (e.g. to pay a
fine), & never because you have new or better things!

34. DOLL HOUSE FURNITURE. Make exquisite, scale furniture for
doll houses. Or, buy inexpensive imported items & upgrade
them. Normally, a little re-enforcing, sanding as well as a coat of
stain or polyurethane makes all the difference in the world!

35. DRIFTWOOD ART. With sandblaster, power or hand held wire
brush form & finish interesting pieces of driftwood (and other
woods) into decorations, lamps, candle holders & plant mounts.
Use deductible vacations to collect more driftwood.

36. ELECTROPLATING. Offer a chrome (and other) metal plating
service in your shop. Advertise in the newspaper & list with
auto, RV parts stores, auto restorers & body shops. Between
jobs plate items to sell (ornaments, trophies etc.).

37. FISHING LURES. Use a fly-tying rig to tie flies & sell by
the dozen to individuals, bait shops, sports & department
stores. Design, manufacture & decorate fishing lures
for waters in your area. Then advertise & expand!

38. FENCE INSTALLATION. Install fences for private homeowners.
List with hardware stores & keep a small ad in the paper.
Expand to furnishing the materials for a single bid. Offer a
variety of both functional & ornamental fences.

39. FLYER DISTRIBUTION. Hire children or adults to distribute ads,
samples, coupons, announcements door-to-door or on parked car
windows. Charge extra to record occupant reactions. Contract
with individual businesses & advertising agencies.

40. FURNITURE RESALE. Select & buy promising articles of
furniture cheap at garage sales, stores (trade-ins) and
furniture auctions. neat up, do minor repairs & sell from
your home. Concentrate on items that seem to do well in your

41 COPY-READY MASTERS. With your desktop publishing system and
“laser jet” printer, convert customer’s material into copy ready
masters that can be reproduced locally. nice for
small orders (set-up costs are extremely costly for these).

42. dog HOUSES. Build standard (bargain priced) & custom
(higher priced) dog houses in different sizes, shapes and
colors. Include insulation, treated wood on bottom, insect
repellent pillows or storage areas under the roof as options.

43. WORD PROCESSING. Produce interim drafts & finished
professional letters, manuscripts & documents for students,
lawyers, writers & businesses. Make provisions for client
editing & subsequent re-writing as a part of your service.

44. KITCHEN CABINET REFINISHING. Refinish in-home kitchen
cabinets. Remove elderly finish; sand, fill dents with colored
putty, stain (or paint), replace worn hardware, apply new finish
and install new external door knobs & drawer pulls.

45. TREE SURGERY. With a little training & experience, anyone
can trim, treat, fill & seal tree “wounds”. Start with small
jobs & gradually increase as you build confidence & buy more
equipment. Take large contracts only when confident.

46. ROOF COATING. METAL. Renew rusty and/or leaky metal roofs
with paint, rust killer, galvanizing, aluminized tar or
insulating (foam) toppings. Charge by the square. Tip: use
mobile home coating (aluminum or white) for a durable finish.

47. RENTAL PREPARATION. Prepare apartments for occupancy: paint,
do minor repairs, cover scratches, remove stains, replace bulbs,
mow lawn, fix faucets & drains. Work with individual owners,
rental agencies & real estate companies.

48. SURPLUS SALES. Buy bargain priced items at auctions and
sales. Store neatly in a secure area; advertise to find buyers
who need (and will pay for) them. Open your warehouse three or two
days a week or sell large items by appointment.

49. GAZEBOS. Build gazebos. Display a standard model at a good
price that you can deliver or customer can assemble. Then offer
larger sizes & various extras, such as shape, screens, shingle
roofs, benches. Use only quality materials.

50. ROCKING CHAIRS. Make beautiful, durable rocking chairs.
Offer a variety of woods, finishes, sizes & styles to fit
every customer. Charge extra for carving, special styles or
made-to-measure models. Offer specials on Mr. & Mrs. sets.

51. GOURD CULTURE. Grow & process a variety of interesting
gourds. Make them into decorations, utensils, painted figures,
birdhouses. Retail gourds & do-it-yourself finishing kits.
Retail seed packets with instructions for prize gourds.

52. GLASS ETCHING. Custom etch (with acid, engraving bit and/or
sandblaster) glassware for individuals to-order & for
wholesaling to retail stores. Offer monograms, town or company
logo, relatives crests, art plans & local themes.

53. GOVERNMENT AUCTIONS. Go to major state & federal auctions
and bid on items for subsequent resale. List with auction
authorities to receive notices of pending auctions. Learn and
follow the rules to find the best bargains.

54. GRAPHOANALYSlS. After learning the art & getting a
diploma, offer your services as a handwriting analyst to
individuals, law enforcement agencies & attorneys. Start with
local readings; work fairs for experience.

55. HANGING PLANTS. Specialize in hanging plants (flowers,
ferns, vines) of all sizes & descriptions. Display for sale
when in peak condition in beautiful pots, with interesting
holders & hangers. Advertise that you take in trades!

56. HOME HANDYMAN. Perform handyman services for those who can’t
or don’t have the time. Advertise clearly what you do, keep your
appointments & guarantee your work (to the extent of your
hourly wages). Save customers pricey service calls.

57. HOUSE CLEANING. Offer one-time or periodic house cleaning
services. Perform the heavy tasks (shampoo rugs, neat stoves,
wash windows, wax the floors, defrost). Have a check-list of
jobs to be completed & agree on price beforehand.

58 HOTHOUSE FABRICATING. Build & sell small hothouses, some
with temperature controlled venting. Offer electric heating
systems for use in the cooler climates & be prepared to give
advice on their use. Consider selling seedlings.

59. INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS. CASSETTES. Make recordings of yourself
or others teaching & demonstrating their specialties. Start
with simple operations (making a will; cleaning a VCR); graduate
to more complex instructions as you learn.

60. HOUSE PAINTING. Contract to paint houses & apartments or
rooms by the job. Have assistance (high school kids?) on hand
when needed. Increase your profit by supplying quality (only)
paint & supplies & bidding on the entire job.

61. INVENTORIES. Specialize in taking inventories for area
merchants (at their convenience – usually after hours). Work
alone or have a qualified team on call. Check with an insurance
company to receive bonding for yourself & assistants.

62. INVENTION PROMOTION. Purchase two to two month option
rights on interesting inventions for relatively low fee. Run
check promotions & buy only the successful ones – those you can
sell for a nice profit or successfully market yourself.

63. JEWELRY BOXES. Make fine jewelry boxes to sell to and
through gift stores, catalog sales & individuals. Line with
velvet, offer lacquered, inlaid, shell or seed covered versions.
Have varied completed & storage arrangements.

64. JACK REPAIR. Repair hydraulic jacks (take a coursework if
necessary) in your garage shop for individuals, garages,
mechanics, retail stores. Buy, sell, take in trades & rebuild
all kinds. Offer special prices to mechanics.

65. KITES. Build, sell & demonstrate all kinds of kites and
accessories. Start a program to sell advertising space to
sponsoring merchants during “meets” that you help stage (e.g.
open, between schools, towns). Give away kites as prizes

66. KITCHENWARE RENEWAL. Specialize in the renewal of fine
cutlery, pans & wood kitchen utensils. Refinish & reshape,
install new handles, reline, make pieces to match missing parts
of sets. Offer personalization service.

67- LAWN MAINTENANCE. Contract to mow lawns by the job or
season. Charge extra to edge, rake, collect & remove
clippings. Refer related jobs to cooperating businesses for a
finder’s fee or commission. Expand your service as you grow.

68 LAPIDARY (GEM MAKING). Operate a rock shop in your garage.
Cut, polish facet, shape & mount gems in commercial and
amateur findings. Sell mounted, unmounted gems & jewelry.
Tumble imperfections & left-overs to sell separately.

69. LIBRARY RESEARCH. Use your talent & the public library to
provide research data, technical details & background
information for clients who need their “homework” completed. Charge
by the hour, page or a flat fee for your time & effort.

70. LIGHTING SPECIALIST. Design, sell, service & install
lighting systems for external residence & business buildings.
Use inexpensive 12 volt systems among shrubs for security and
beauty; colored spotlights for unusual effects.

71. MAGAZINE. SUBSCRIPTIONS. Sell a variety of magazine
subscriptions from your “office”. Use “gimmicky” ads, give
credit for leads & prizes for multiple sales. Do lots of
telephone canvassing. Have a special every time you call.

72. LITTLE LEAGUE CARDS. Take pics of small fry baseball
(etc.) players & print on baseball-like cards, complete with
their names, position & other “official” information. Offer in
sets with extra copies for proud parents & relatives.

73. MARBLE CASTING. With “synthetic marble”, cast, finish and
market figurines, ashtrays, office (pen bases) & commercial
(trophies) items for wholesale accounts (stationery stores,
etc.). Make two or seven special items for local retail.

74. MAILING LISTS. Compile mailing lists from various local and
wider area sources (buy voting registration lists, check on
buying tax & license lists). Sell names to brokers or keep
current & rent them yourself (on self stick labels).

75. METAL FOUNDRY. Operate a small metal foundry in your garage
workshop. Cast parts as a sub-contractor, custom items or your
own products. Buy or pickup scrap metal to melt down. Examples:
dresser knobs, door plates & trophy bases.

76. METAL RECYCLING. Pick up, sort, routine (dismantle, clean
wires) waste metals from any source. Accumulate in to lots, wait
for periods of high prices & haul to salvage yards. Advertise
to buy surplus metals (at lower rates of course).

77. MINIATURE GARDENS. generate various sizes of garden-like
display containers of live plants for hospital sick rooms, boxes
for balconies, rooftop planters, offices & residences. Include
instructions for care to make your products last.

78. MOSAIC TILE. Buy patterns or generate custom designed pieces
and install in an exclusive design for each customer. Offer
exquisite kitchen & bathroom designs, as well as spa & even
swimming pool arrangements. Charge for tile .

79. MOSQUITO PATROL. With a sprayer mounted on your vehicle,
contract to drive through neighborhoods on an established route
and spray for mosquitoes (normally with a light malathion
mixture in diesel). Work with city or county authorities.

80. MOVIE MAKING (SHORTS). With your 16MM or VCR camera and
related equipment, make custom instructional, informative
(company introductions), promotional & advertising clips. Use
for board meetings, briefings & for cable advertising.

81. MOVING ASSISTANCE. With your van HELP clients move (versus
“move” them – to stay legal). You can help them pack load, move,
unload unpack. Have stand by crew ready to assist. Charge for
your time & expenses, not the move.

82. NATURE’S PRODUCTS. When in an area with wild products
(hickory nuts, maple syrup) that you can harvest, do so!
Process, package & sell then as genuine products of nature.
Clear your operation with the local health department first.

83. NECKTlES. Make exclusive, hand made ties from exotic
materials from all over the world. Offer a selection of designs,
attach your exclusive label & advertise in men’s magazines.
Try local stores first then try larger markets.

84. WINDOWS & SCREENS. Repair windows: replace glass, repair
frames, renew or rebuild screens. List with hardware stores and
keep an ad in the paper. Fix two broken pane or bid to renew
windows and/or replace all screens on the house.

85. NElGHBORHOOD NEWS. Compile, publish & distribute a
neighborhood newspaper (or newsletter) with local news, opinions
and interesting features. Include many names; sell space for
opinions, announcements & adverts.

86. NEEDLECRAFT. Make your own style of homemade items (pot
holders, bonnets, towel rings) to sell on consignment, to
catalog companies, or at a booth at fairs or flea markets.
Present them in tasteful fashion with your label attached.

87. PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT. Build & install (and maintain)
playground equipment: forts, slides, climbing/monkey bars,
sandboxes, swings, teeters, circle rides. Use commercial
patterns or design your own. Check on liability insurance.

88. ON-CALL CLERK. Register with several stores to be called
for temporary or emergency fill-in (for the store or an
individual), for clerical or sales situations. Should pay more
than normal wages & could lead to a permanent job.

89. PICNIC TABLES. Build standard, custom & deluxe model
picnic tables Offer a variety of sizes, styles, finishes and
colors. Expand to folding model & sets with umbrellas. Offer
matching chairs, end tables & child sized pieces.

90. PET PHOTOGRAPHY. Specialize in pet portraits: in their home,
your studio or in their own “natural” setting. Offer a package
price for so many of each size. Go to dog shows & take
pics of willing subjects (the losers !).

91. image FRAMING. Make two of a kind image frames for stores,
artists & clients from moldings, scraps, unusual fabrics. Set
up jigs for the standard sizes. Between orders make standard
sized frames that can be completed in a variety of ways.

92. PIES & COOKIES. Take orders for or contract for your
specialty baked goods. Deliver to wholesale customers in
containers that appear to be full & have your name & logo
imprinted on the cartons. Give retail customers pickup time.

93. PILLOWS. Make & decorate designer, fancy, or “down home”
pillows. Sell to boutiques, fairs, through party designs, sales
catalogs & adverts. Offer a variety of sizes, shapes
and covers. Do custom work for client’s decor.

94. PLANT SCULPTURE. A profitable specialty: braid trunks, shape
in to interesting forms. Trim, bend, graft, to generate valuable
sculptures that bring premium prices. Use pics in your ads;
sell each plant as an individual creation.

95. PRODUCT REPACKAGING. Buy bulk products (nails, beans,
vinegar) by the ton or barrel. Re-package in to neatly labeled
packets, pints or boxes a sell for much more. Check with a local
attorney on any restrictive laws in your community.

96. PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY. Take flattering, descriptive pictures
of merchandise, clothing & satisfied customers for
advertisements, catalogs & brochures. Send sample brochures to
prospective manufacturers, distributors & retailers.

97. PRODUCT REPACKAGING. Buy bulk products (nails, paint
thinner, beans, vinegar) by the ton or barrel. Purchase and
re-package in to neat (and full) packets, pints, boxes. Consider
using your own label (with legal advice) on containers.

98. PROPERTY PORTFOLIOS. Prepare photograph & property
description folders. Make up folios for private parties (to make
sure their property is shown in the best possible light), and
for real estate companies to use in sales presentations.

99. PROOFREADING. Review manuscripts & printed copy and
adverts for accuracy & grammar. Get considerably more
to review for content quality & technical accuracy. Work with
editors, writers, publishers & educators.

100. YARD cleanup. Contract with homeowners, Realtors and
rental agents to neat up yards after winter, evictions, storms.
Mow, remove debris, water, replant, fertilize. Use periodic ads
in the paper, after winter or stormy weather.

101. RE-UPHOLSTERY SERVICE. Recover overstuffed chairs & sofas
for clients in your shop (sell fabrics). Buy nice furniture that
needs recovering cheap at auctions to re-upholster & resell at
a nice profit. Take trade-ins to re-do.

102- TOY MANUFACTURING. generate, manufacture & market unique
toys that you can make in your shop possibly made in part by a
“partner” seamstress. Market to local stores, catalog sales
houses or by mail. Go to & have your own booth at fairs.

103. WRITE FOR children. Write poems, Sunday school stories,
puzzle explanations, riddles, etc. for children. Sell to local
papers, children’s book publishers or in your own booklets.
Check Writer’s Guide in Library for more information!

104 – SCHOOL DESK SALES. Buy old school desks at sales and
closed rural schools. Refurbish & decorate in to nostalgic
furniture, plant stands & children’s furniture. Sell restored
items individually, wholesale to stores or finish to order.

105. GAG WRITING. Specialize in two liners & short funny
situations. Sketch your ideas, list each on a separate card and
file by subject matter. Offer your collection to cartoonists or
comics. Get their addresses from Writer’s Guide in the library.

106 – PROMOTIONS. Organize community & commercial promotions:
order bumper stickers, posters; arrange for news releases,
interviews, photo sessions. Plan agenda, schedule workers,
coordinate events for a fee or percentage of profits.

107 – PEN PAL SERVICE. Advertise in both home & overseas
publications for correspondees. Charge for addresses or for a
subscription to your club news with paid commercials placed
by those seeking pen-pals. Sell names to mailing list brokers.

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