Part-Time Business Ideas
<p></p><p>Many people dream of owning a business, but not everyone has the resources to quit the corporate world and run a startup. Whether you aren't yet ready to give up your day job or just want to make a few extra dollars, these side business ideas are a great starting point for the part-time entrepreneur.
The best part of running these types of businesses is that you can launch most of them with virtually no startup or advertising budget. With a little bit of know-how in your chosen field, combined with word-of-mouth and <a href="http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/2334-social-media-marketing-bndmp.html" target="_blank">social media marketing</a>, you can start building a client base, and making money, almost right away.
<p></p><p>If you're proficient in a highly specialized software, you can get paid to pass your knowledge on to amateurs and professionals looking to expand their skill sets. Technical manuals are available for programs like QuickBooks and Final Cut Pro, but these are often expensive and difficult for the average user to get through. Schedule small group workshops or private sessions, and charge by the hour for a full tutorial of the program. Patience and a great personality are a must.</p>
Hair Stylist/Makeup Artist
<p></p><p>Beauty school isn't a prerequisite for launching a successful hair or makeup business. For those who can create masterpieces with a teasing comb and some hairspray, you only need a good reputation and client trust. Since beauty professionals often build their business through client referrals, <a href=" http://images.businessweek.com/ss/09/05/0522_part_time_business_ideas/10.htm" target="_blank">Businessweek</a> recommends working on friends and family for free or at a discounted rate at first. Once you have a solid customer base, you can offer competitive rates for updos and makeup for weddings, proms and other special events.</p>
<p></p><p>Are you good with animals? Spread the word to friends and neighbors that you're available to watch their pets while the owners go on a vacation or weekend trip. Pet owners often feel more comfortable leaving their furry friends in the care of an individual rather than placing pets in a boarding facility, so getting referrals shouldn't be too difficult. If you can't commit to lodging animals in your home, consider starting a dog walking, waste cleanup or pet grooming business.</p>
<p></p><p>While the term "<a href="http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/4359-how-to-become-a-dj.html" target="_blank">disc jockey</a>" might be a little outdated in the age of streaming and MP3s, there's no question that event entertainment is still in high demand. With only your music collection, a basic mixing software and your laptop, you can get people out on the dance floor at weddings and birthday parties, or simply provide background music at more casual events. DJ equipment is a big investment, but plenty of companies offer daily rentals of speakers, subwoofers and other accessories that you can use until you can save up enough to buy your own.</p>
<p></p><p>For working parents with <a href="http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/4794-business-owners-work-more.html" target="_blank">long hours</a>, cleaning the house can quickly fall to the bottom of the to-do list. Offer your weekends and evenings to these families, for everything from light housework like vacuuming and dusting to heavy-duty chores like cleaning the kitchen and bathroom. Charge an hourly rate, or create your own service packages for a flat fee. Remember that your clients will be giving you access to their entire homes, so make sure you build up a trustworthy reputation with people you know before advertising to strangers.</p>
<p></p><p>No festival or county fair would be complete without a caricature artist to draw fun, unique souvenirs for visitors to take home. With online tutorials like <a href="http://www.learn-to-draw.com/caricature/default.shtml" target="_blank">Learn-To-Draw.com</a>, you can learn caricature techniques and begin building a portfolio to display for potential customers. Then check your town or county's website for local events that have booths available to rent. Charge by the portrait at these types of events (depending on how quickly you can draw, the earning potential is huge). And once you earn a reputation, you can offer a flat rate to be hired at school functions, weddings or children's birthday parties.</p>
<p></p><p>Turn your passion for fitness into a lucrative, part-time job by becoming a personal trainer. Most clients schedule their gym time around work, so it's the perfect gig to have on the side of your day job. You'll have to put in a small amount of time and money to get certified, but organizations like the <a href="http://www.afaa.com/102.afa" target="_blank">Aerobics and Fitness Association of America</a> offer online certification programs that you can complete at your own pace. Once you're a certified trainer, you can look for openings at local gyms or work one-on-one with clients at their homes.</p>
<p></p><p>For the musically gifted, offering lessons to others who want to learn an instrument can be a great source of extra income. Unless you're teaching piano, students can bring their own instruments to your home for hour-long lessons. Stock up on <a href="http://sheet-music-review.toptenreviews.com/?cmpid=ttr-bnd" Target="_blank">sheet music</a> or songbooks in varying genres and aimed at various skill levels so you can offer a wide selection for your potential clients. Voice lessons can also bring in a lot of money if you market yourself to local high school and community theater groups. </p>
<p></p><p>Do you have a knack for knitting, jewelry making or creating other small crafts? If you can produce a large quantity of items in a short amount of time, consider selling your goods to the public. <a href="http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/4572-online-business-ideas.html" target="_blank">Online storefronts</a> like Etsy are a safe place to start, since you can display photos of sample products and fill orders for them as they come in. However, if you have a large amount of inventory stored up, consider selling your work at a local craft fair or other community event. </p>
<p></p><p>Most small businesses don't have a full-time accountant, so the task of record keeping often falls to the business owner. A highly organized, trustworthy, part-time bookkeeper can really alleviate the stress of sorting through receipts and tax returns. You'll most likely only need to put in one or two days a month for each client, depending on how many sales and expenses they have. Knowledge of QuickBooks is a plus, but not necessarily a requirement for this side business.
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