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Instant Moneymaking Part-Time Businesses

You’re on the road to success - Congratulations! You are reading this report because you want information from My UBC on how to start a part-time students business, without investing much money, yet one that will quickly be a money-maker. Listed below are a number of money-making potential part-time online-businesses.

In each one we give the basic concept of the work-from-home money-making business opportunity. In the event you need some working capital to start and run your new income producing buisness consider using a major credit card such as Mastercard, Visa, Discover or American Express to finance purchases or get a cash-advance.

There are many creditcard programs to enable university students to get approved for college student credit cards, so apply for a major credit card today if you do not already have one (or get a 2nd new credit-card).

But whatever business you choose, remember that no business can succeed without... your effort. Remember determination and hard work are the factors of success. If you supply those, and use the information below, you can’t miss. Good luck!

1. Weekend Garage Sales

Do you have a storage locker or garage filled with unused furniture, household goods, broken appliances or outgrown odds and ends, toys and clothes? Maybe your neighbor does, or your relatives do. Collect used items, fix up if needed and sell them. Sidewalk or Thrift Sales are very popular and a quick way to make money.

2. Badge-Making

Rent a small multilith printing machine and a badge sealing machine, and using self-adhesive Press-type for typesetting, design and set cut sayings for the badges. Sell as a custom service, making slogans to order, or make a wide range of far-out sayings in bulk quantities and sell them to local gift and novelty shops for resale.

3. Run a "Consignment Shop"

It requires very little capital and accepts goods for sale from members of the public and sells these items for them on a commission basis. You might try a wide variety of items at first, to see what sells best and most regularly.

4. Picture Framing, In Your Own Home

Relatively inexpensive materials with a good sense of color and style and a reasonable ability with carpentry tools, will build a large custom-framing business, since people who spend money on art won’t skimp on the frames either, if they want a good-looking result.

5. Rental Equipment

Be the source of supplies for do-it-yourselfers. Working only Saturdays and Sundays, when they do, you rent out power tools, such as circular saws, jigsaws, reciprocating saws, gasoline chain saws, electric drills, electric planers, belt and orbital sanders, routers, paint sprayers, wallpaper-removal steamers, staple guns, pumps, home cleaning machines, Roto-tillers, and other equipment for daily fees. Operate out of your garage.

6. Talent Bureau, For Kid’s or Adults’ Parties

Using local ads, or your own contacts, line up 4 to 10 local entertainers, magicians, comics, puppeteers and other talents, and supply them for parties, club meetings and other functions. You will find a large and very receptive audience for children's entertainment with the kids and their parents. In particular smart-kids will enjoy this and their parents will happily pay you nice compensation for offering their kids entertainment and kids fun.

7. Throwing Parties for Profit

Everyone loves to go to a party, and nowadays some smart operators make a mint running them for everybody who wants to attend. You can too! Hire a hall and a band, plan to set up a bar (if you can get a temporary liquor permit), and promote the hell out of it with ads, handbills, bumper stickers and lamp-post posters. Special parties aimed at a particular group do best, such as singles, or under-thirties, or over-forties. This idea is especially good in college towns.

8. Start a Hobby Center

Make money on your unused space (and maybe the power tools you’ve already paid for!) Turn your basement into a woodworking center, your spare bedroom into a photo darkroom, and your garage into a pottery workshop with a wheel and a small kiln. Rent the space and equipment by the hour or day, expand into more hobbies as time and money permit, and charge additional fees for instruction in any of those fields you’re good at.

9. Organize a Baby-sitting Service

One of the troubles most people find is that their baby-sitter is always busy just the night they want to go out. You set up a service, finding good reliable teenage girls and boys, middle-aged or older women, and act as a go-between, providing sitters whenever your customers want them, collecting the fees, and paying the sitters. Advertise your service, and handbills house-to-house locally being a good way.

10. Make Money From Your Hobbies

Are you an expert at something that you do at home for fun? Then make it pay off for you! If you’re a gourmet cook, give cooking lessons in your specialty of cuisine cooking. If you’re an accomplished painter in oils or water-color, offer a portrait-painting service. If you’re a skilled carpenter, design and make custom cabinets to order. Almost any hobby you’re good at can be turned to making a profit if you think about it carefully, and decide who could use your expertise - as a consultant in that field, if nothing else. All you really have to do to get started is to place an ad!

11. Publish a Buy/Swap Paper in Your Town

Get money from both ends in this sweetheart deal. Publish the weekly paper with classified ads from the public offering stuff for sale, arranged according to category, and charge the people for their ads (some operators let them pay only if and when they sell, but in that case charge them a percentage of the selling price, 5% for smaller items, 2% or 3% for automobiles), and then sell the newspaper (suggest price is 25 cents) as well, through local newsstands and by subscription (in the mail). Once you have a fairly decent circulation, local merchants will also pay you for display ads, because they know people really read buy and swap newspapers religiously cover-to-cover.

12. Do Custom Photo Developing

Quality is essential, and speed is generally also required, although you can charge a premium for rush service. If you already have an elaborate dark-room set-up in your home, so much the better, but if not it can be fitted in anywhere you have room, the basement being ideal, since windows are not a requirement. You must be able not only to develop and print every normal size of film from 35 mm to 8" x 10" but handle enlargements up to a minimum of 30" x 40", and preferably 5"x8" or more, and do copying both of opaque material and slides. An ability to offer retouching, restoration and coloring as well is helpful, even if you have to send that specialized work out.

13. Publish a Part-Time Jobs Directory

Make this a newsstand book, as well as offering it, with small ads, by mail order. List all the possible jobs people can get part-time, especially angling it at college kids on vacation, teachers after school hours, housewives with time on their hands, and moonlighters looking for part-time second jobs.

14. Run a Children’s "Explorer Club"

Take kids on Saturday and Sunday outings. Ten kids each day, to zoos, farms, theaters, children’s shows and school sporting events. A small micro-bus (rented and, or eventually bought) can be used to travel in. Many parents are delighted to have weekend days to themselves, even though it costs them some dough.

15. Be an Instructor

Teach whatever you know. Your trade, profession, cooking skills, a second language, woodworking, chess, photography, knitting, karate, bridge, auto repair, etc. People will pay for good lessons in these useful and enjoyable skills.

16. Run a Floor Scraping/Polishing Service

You buy or (at first) rent, a heavy-duty machine, and do the cleaning and waxing of fine, hardwood floors. If the floors are in very bad condition, machine sand them and them completely refinish them with modern super-durable polyurethane finishes.

17. Operate a Children’s Hotel

This is sort of a "boarding house" for kids while their parent go away for a week-end or two-week vacation. Requires a large house, and preferably, a large yard or grounds, swings, slides, and facilities useful for kids. Must be done very responsibly and carefully. Also, don’t take very young children (less than 9 or 10 say) because they may require too much dressing, feeding, etc.

18. Start a Mail-Order Business

Write a booklet about something people really want to know about, print a few hundred copies, and place some small ads. You’d be surprised how much money you can make. Sell modern copies of out-of-print and non-copyrighted material or books. Or sell something unusual you make at home, providing that it is something really useful to your prospective customers. Or sell some of your ideas such as #1 amazing household secrets, #2 weight-loss secrets, and others.

19. Tutoring Students

Tutor students with difficulty in subjects you are a pro in. Charge by the hour for tutoring.

20. Be a Local News Correspondent

For big city papers some distance from your town. When an event occurs in your area you write the story for those papers (they have correspondents in many big places but not in most small towns or isolated areas) and they pay you for it. This is known as being a "stringer". If you’re good with a camera, take photos to accompany the story.

21. Campground Store-On-Wheels

Use either a panel truck or a camper body on a pick-up truck chassis. Go to public park areas and campgrounds selling charcoal, paper plates, water-melon, ice cream, eggs, milk, bread, insect repellent, sunglasses, newspapers, etc.

22. Run a Pet Hotel Service

For dogs or cats or both. People will pay high fees to ensure high-quality care of the animal they love. Separate kennels for each animal are essential. Good food and adequate care and attention must be assured also. You can hire responsible teenagers to help you. Advertise with posters in pet shops, veterinarians’ offices; and if they’re cheaply available, get the mailing lists of local ASPCA groups and other animal welfare groups, as well as membership lists of dog and cat clubs.

23. Sell Second-Hand Kids Clothing

Children usually outgrow their clothes rather than wearing them out. So many families have such clothing left around. You collect it, paying nothing or as little as possible. Then you resell it; you can do the selling by ads, handbills or through your church or community groups.

24. Breed Tropical Fish

This requires only a moderate amount of space and a small investment in equipment. Properly done, it needs only a small amount of your time yet can make you a good profit. You can obtain your beginning stock from the large wholesale dealers. You can sell direct to consumers (the hobbyists) or to stores in your area.

25. Make Plastic Engraved Signs

All you need is a simple-to-operate machine that engraves lettering in various types onto sheets of plastic of many colors, finishes and sizes. Perfect for signs for merchants, banks, doctors, dentists, schools and colleges, private front doors, and many other uses.

26. Sell Christmas Trees

Seasonal, but if you have the time in the few weeks before Christmas, can be a good money maker. Find a vacant storefront or lot, or space inside a larger building, where people pass by. But be sure to order a supply of trees enough in advance. And if you own country land that is not being used, consider growing the trees yourself. Your first crop can be ready in four years, with steady crops from then on.

27. Open a Rubber Stamp Business

Manufacture them in your dorm room or garage. The materials needed are cheap. And the finished stamps can be sold to many people, store-owners, offices, individuals. You can market them by mail and through local merchants.

28. Camper’s Equipment Rental Service

With urban living, the back-to-nature movement is growing and camping is becoming very popular. Rent out tents, sleeping bags, portable propane stoves, chairs, etc. Demand identification from customers and reliable security (keeping one of their credit cards is good).

29. Operate a Key-Safety Service

Each customer is sold a special tag to put on his or her key-ring. It says "Drop in any mailbox" and has the address of a post office box that you rent (Don’t use your home address for the same reason your customers shouldn’t have their home address on their keys - dishonest people finding the keys will come prowling around). You assign each customer’s tag a code number from a list that you keep. When someone’s keys arrive at your post office box, you return them to him, for another fee.

30. Be a Used Car and Used Truck Buying Consultant & Sell Mag Wheels & Accessories

With a knowledge of trucks and cars, plus the proper test equipment (for checking the engine, transmission, brakes, font-end alignment, and chassis), you go with your customer to check out the used-car, used truck and those cool looking rims, wheels & mags he is thinking of buying. Advertise your vehicle and equipment buying service next to ads offering used cars-trucks-suv's-accessories for sale. Soon you will get to know others in this field and you can earn more money by acting as a middleman in sales between private individuals.

31. Sell "Loss Leaders" for Profit

This may sound contradictory but it isn’t. Supermarkets aren’t the only ones who use loss leaders. A good mail-order idea is offering a cute item (worth much more) for $1 in women’s magazines, giving prompt delivery and including with it stuffers (ads with order blanks) for half a dozen more expensive items. The repeat business on the other items makes the $1 offer profitable.

32. Baby Items Rental Service

You rent everything needed for a baby’s care - stroller, playpen, high chair, etc. When the customer’s baby outgrows them you rent to the next couple. Of course, you must advertise, and also send direct mail pieces to all couples with new births (get their names from hospitals and newspapers and list brokers).

33. Operate a "Give a Party" Service

You rent out everything needed for a party: tables, chairs, punch bowls, table cloths, cutlery, and napkins. You can also supply waitresses and bartenders, finding them through agencies that supply temporary help such as Manpower. But if you can find good workers yourself, you can save the agency fee and make more money.

34. All-Service Service

You line up the specialists in fixing almost anything, and take care of getting them customers by delivering advertising flyers to homes and placing ads in supermarkets and local newspapers. They pay you 5% of every job refer to them, which can soon add up quickly.

35. Genealogy for People Who Want Roots

You seek-out records in public or university and college libraries, county courthouses and elsewhere, as necessary, for a sliding fee, depending on the size of family, difficulties in getting accurate information, geographic dispersion, and other demographic factors.

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