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Did You Have a Side Hustle When You Were a Kid?

From a young age, I was always intrigued with the possibilities for making my own income. I was about 6 when I gathered up some of my brother’s toys, cleaned them up and sold them to other kids in our neighborhood. My brothers were not happy!

Fast forward a few years and I was able to see firsthand how a side hustle could be successful. My father, a janitor for the Public Board of Education picked up jobs on the side to help supplement our family’s income. Sometimes he even let me tag along as a “little helper.”  My business, Cleanlots, was inspired by a simple side hustle that my father used to perform cleaning up litter at a nearby shopping plaza. I remember thinking how easy it was. We would venture out in the early morning hours, then walk around the property cleaning up litter to ensure that when the stores opened, customers would find a clean, litter-free environment.

It’s fun to look back at my journey from a young boy. I had an inherent entrepreneurial spirit, but that was also reinforced by my parent’s words, thoughts and actions.  If you have young children, are you encouraging them to be the entrepreneurs of the future?

Even now, after running my side hustle for more than 35 years I can draw inspiration from children. I recently discovered this story on business powerhouses who weren’t even old enough to drive before they launched successful small businesses. From candy inventors to equipment manufacturers, to businesses built on social entrepreneurship, these kids have no lack of wisdom – even in their young age.

Did you have a lemonade stand, cut grass or pet sit for money while growing up? I’d love to know more about your personal story. Leave a reply in the comments below!

88 Side Hustle Ideas for 2020

88 side hustle ideas for 2020

88 Side Hustle Ideas for 2020

Are you looking for side hustle ideas to boost your income, pay off debt or to work for yourself? A side hustle is a great way to generate a second income while keeping your current job.

To make extra money, people often look to part-time employment while some start a business as a side gig. The key to finding the right hustle is to combine an activity you enjoy, that fits your schedule, skills and financial goals, with a way to make extra money in your spare time.

If you need a little extra income each month but don’t know where to start, I’ve compiled a list of 88 side hustle ideas for 2020 to get you started.

  1. Parking Lot Litter Removal

Every business wants to keep their property clear of litter. This means you can make money going for a walk! You simply walk the exterior property of any retail, office or industrial property and sweep litter into your litter collection bag. When your bag is full, the contents can be emptied into the onsite waste dumpster. Almost any commercial property with a parking lot is a potential job site. The work is done at night or early morning, on foot, using inexpensive hand tools and can earn you $30 – $50 per hour.

I made so much money in this side hustle, I quit my full-time job after only 3 months. It’s been my business since 1981.

See cleanlots.com for details.

  1. Ghostwriting

There’s a huge demand for content and a lot of ways to make money writing it. Check out one of several ghostwriting platforms like Scripted, TextBroker or The Content Authority.

  1. Drive for Uber or Lyft

This is one of the more popular side hustles. Driving for one of the app-centric taxi alternatives can be a great way to make money nights and weekends. It provides an opportunity to work when you want. Uber and Lyft both have a feature that allows you to pick up rides along your normal route!

  1. Tutoring

What subjects are you knowledgeable about? Parents will pay good money to assist their child’s education. Tutor students in person or online. Check out Eduboard or WyzAnt.

  1. Consulting/Coaching

In what field are you an expert that others would pay for your advice? You can get started quickly with platforms like Clarity.fm and make great money on the side.

  1. Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistants provide administrative support to clients from their home-based office. Find gigs on FiverrIndeed and Upwork. Or hook up with an established VA company like BELAY or Fancy Hands.

  1. Daycare

Do you love kids and have a lot of patience? Consider starting a day-home. Offer meals/snacks, activities and of course, supervision. Working parents in your neighborhood are looking for you. Check out care.com.

  1. Handyman Service

There are lots of people who are willing to pay someone with skills to do odd jobs around the house. See Angie’s list, Craigslist or Task Rabbit.

  1. Voice-Over Talent

If you have a good speaking voice, you can get voice-over work on sites like Freelancer, People Per Hour and Upwork.

  1. Lawn Care

Plenty of people would gladly pay you to cut their grass. Offer a discount if they provide the mower and trimmer.

  1. Photography

You can earn a residual income from selling your photos online over and over again. Check out iStockPhoto, Shutterstock, Bigstockphoto or Fotolia.

  1. House Cleaning

Make great money cleaning for people who are too busy to do it themselves or hate cleaning. Use their cleaning supplies. Cleaning businesses are super side hustle ideas since they can cost so little to start and be turned into very profitable enterprises. Search your area in Craigslist.

  1. Ecommerce/Dropshipping

Sell products online without actually stocking the items themselves. Operate your business from anywhere in the world with a good internet connection. Check out Amazon, eBay or Shopify.

  1. Selling on Etsy

Etsy is the world’s largest marketplace for hand-crafted goods. Whether you make craft items, jewelry or small pieces of furniture, you can open up your own store at Etsy.

  1. Selling on Zazzle

Sell your artwork or craft items for profit on Zazzle.

  1. Dog Waste Removal

Some people love their dog but not the “gifts” they receive from their pet. Make money doing what others won’t do.

  1. Babysit

If you have some experience caring for children, you can watch other people’s kids so parents can have a date night. Connect with care.com to become a certified and recommended babysitter in your area.

  1. Dog Walker

Dogs need exercise, but their owners aren’t always able or motivated to take them for a walk. Check out the app, Wag, that links up dog walkers and dog owners.

  1. Truck for Hire

If you own a truck, offer to pick up various goods for people, haul junk to the dump or assist with small moves. Post flyers in your community or advertise in Craigslist.

  1. Rent Your Car

You can rent out your car on a daily or hourly basis through companies like GetAround and Turo. They handle the insurance.

  1. House Sitter

You can make a house appear to be occupied for homeowners who are away.

  1. Errand Service

Assist people with various errands and tasks. Check out Task Rabbit or the apps, Gig Walk or EasyShift.

  1. Gardener

Specialize in planting and maintaining flower or vegetable gardens for people who don’t have “green thumbs”.

  1. Referee

Recreational sports leagues need officials. This can be a fun way to make extra money on the side if you can tune out the odd cat call.

  1. Alterations

Handy with a sewing machine? There are plenty of people in need of someone to mend their clothing. You might have great success advertising in your local community newsletter.

  1. Carpet Cleaning

You could specialize in small jobs such as pet stain removal.

  1. Computer Tutoring/Support

There are still portions of the population lacking basic computer skills.

  1. Pet Sitting

When pet owners travel, they often need someone to care for their pets. You can become a pet sitter at care.com or simply watch over someone’s pet at Rover.com.

  1. Spring and Fall Yard Work

Many people enjoy the exercise from mowing their lawn but can’t be bothered with the extra seasonal cleanup work. Offer a Spring power rake and aeration service and a Fall leaf cleanup. Rent the equipment as needed.

  1. Paint Street Numbers

Offer to paint people’s street numbers on their curb so their house can be more easily found. All you need are paint and stencils.

  1. Rent Out a Room

Own a home with an extra room? Rent it out to make extra cash. Possibilities include full time renters, college students or vacationers. Check out Airbnb.

  1. Rent Out Your Garage

People are always searching for extra space to store their stuff. Do you have room in your garage for someone to store their motorcycle or RV?

  1. Door Peep Hole Installer

This is one of the more unique side hustle ideas I have come across. When I moved into my new house, someone rang my doorbell one day. They offered to install a peep hole in my front entrance door for $30. They were done in about 5 minutes.

  1. Card Sender

Offer to mail out invitations, thank you cards or birthday cards for busy people or businesses.

  1. Home Entertainment Installation

Plenty of people search for someone to mount their big screen TV to a wall and make necessary connections. What’s difficult for some can be profitable for others. Check out Task Rabbit.

  1. Assembly Service

As with Home Entertainment Installation, a lot of furniture needs assembly from someone who can make sense of the assembly instruction (not me!).

37. Freelance Proof Reading and Editing

You can find work from businesses and individuals in need of proof reading and editing on Upwork.

38. Vehicle Advertising

Turn your vehicle into a money-maker by covering it with advertisements. Check out Wrapify or Carvertise for more details.

39. Clean/Repair BBQ’s

People enjoy cooking outdoors but some don’t like the cleaning and maintenance.

  1. Snow Removal

Clear snow from sidewalks and driveways with a shovel or snow blower. Clear snow from parking lots with a plow blade mounted to your truck.

  1. Instacart shopper

With the ability to set your own schedule, this makes for a convenient way to make great money during your free time. https://shoppers.instacart.com/role/full-service

  1. Answer questions

If you have an area of expertise, you can get paid to share your knowledge on JustAnswer.

  1. Complete microtasks

You can find obscure tasks and requests for freelance services on Fiverr or Mechanical Turk.

  1. Officiate a Wedding

Get ordained online and start advertising for gigs!

  1. Uber Eats and Door Dash

Just like Uber or Lyft, but without the passengers.

  1. Become a Notary

Charge a fee to notarize documents. I bet your friends would rather meet up with you than stand in line at a bank.

  1. Write for blogs and online magazines

From local reviews to exotic vacations, simply writing about your experiences can earn you extra income from industry bloggers.

  1. Odd Jobs

Nextdoor is a great place to find people who need odd jobs, and they’re usually conveniently close to your home. Gigwalk app is another way to find small jobs in your area and only work when you want to.

  1. Barista

Are you an early riser? Most Starbucks open at 5:00am, meaning you could work a part time shift before your regular job. Or evening and weekend shifts. Plus, they have great benefits.

  1. Teach English

Make great pay teaching English online! Vipkid.com

  1. Teach Fitness

Become a Personal Trainer and help others to find a healthy way of living.

  1. Teach Yoga

Many yoga studios offer instructor training which you can use to hone your craft and learn how to instruct others.

  1. Home Baking

Decorate cupcakes and dip cake pops as a home baker! This is a creative and flexible side hustle that would allow you to limit your orders or fill up your free time, depending on the week.

  1. Travel Agent

Despite the internet providing widespread access to travel information, there is still a huge demand for letting someone else handle the research and booking.

  1. Caregiving – for older generations

Have some time to sit and chat or take a stroll? There’s a family caregiver out there who needs a little break.

  1. Brand ambassadors (on social media)

Tag and share photos of what you already wear. With a discount code that links the sale to your name, everybody wins.

  1. Mystery shopping

Shop the store you were hired by, or spy on their competition!

  1. Give your opinion

UserTesting.com and similar sites pays you to visit websites or apps, complete a set of tasks, and speak your thoughts aloud.

  1. Storage Unit Auctions

Bid on abandoned units and let the scavenger hunt for valuable items begin!

  1. Invest in Vending

Think about how many vending machines you have walked past this week alone. How many have you purchased from in a pinch because you were hungry or thirsty?

  1. Transcription

Transcribing audio and video is a great part-time job you can do at home. Check out Rev.com for opportunities.

  1. Cook

Have culinary skills? List your services on HireAChef.com to find catering gigs.

  1. Act

Ever wanted to see your name in lights? Consider applying for opportunities to be an extra in movies shot near your location! A simple online search for “extra casting calls” in your city will pull up websites with casting calls you can answer.

  1. Organize

Do people rave about your organization skills? Put that to work by helping others to declutter their kitchens, closets and garages.

  1. Teach music

If you’re musically inclined, why not teach your skills to another generation? Lessons could be given out of your home and you could schedule them back to back to maximize your time.

  1. Rent a Friend

There are over 600,000 people registered on RentAFriend.com to make themselves available to attend weddings, play a round of golf or act as a tour guide. Get paid to socialize!

  1. Touch Therapy

Want to become a trained professional snuggler? Touch therapy is a platonic alternate therapy so people can experience the healing power of human touch.

  1. Rent Baby Gear

Make extra cash by renting and delivering baby gear to help traveling families with BabyQuip.com.

  1. Surrogacy

Give the gift of life and help a family’s dream come true.

  1. Blood/Plasma Donations

The amount of money you can earn by donating plasma is related to the volume you’re able to donate. The more plasma, the more cash you’re paid.

  1. Sperm Donations

Sperm donation clinics have a lengthy process to determine if you are a good fit with their clinic, but if you meet qualifications and pass all the screening procedures you could find a lucrative side hustle.

  1. MLM

Multi-level marketing business continues to boom. Whether it be selling beauty products or kitchen gadgets the most successful MLM’ers have a large social network they can tap into to advertise their products and recruit others to join their selling team.

  1. Human Billboard

You’ve seen folks wearing sandwich board ads standing in front of shopping centers or at busy intersections. Sign spinners are also in demand.

  1. Sell Your Clothes

Communities like Poshmark.com allow you to sell new and gently used fashion, accessories and select home goods.

  1. eBook Publishing

Have a great idea for a book? Now more than ever it’s easy to self-publish online. Feel free to ask me any questions about how I did it.

  1. Create an Online Course

Create an online video course and earn money by teaching people around the world.

  1. Spray tan on demand

Invest in some equipment and start advertising your service! Folks will love that you travel to them and can provide a spray tan in the comfort of their home.

  1. Lifeguard

Love water and sun? Get certified and lifeguard at local beaches and community pools.

  1. Mobile vehicle detailer

Another great side hustle where you’re providing convenience. Whether parked in a driveway or in the company parking lot you can come to their location of choice to perform this service.

  1. House Painter

Painting is a skill, but it’s not all that complicated, and you can make decent money once you know the tricks of the trade.

  1. Window Washer

Even if you live in a small town you can make a window washing business a successful side hustle with little skill and minor equipment expenditures.

  1. Sell Your Hair

Have you ever thought about how much your hair is worth? The folks at HairSellon.com operate a marketplace where you can match with buyers looking for your exact hair type!

  1. Home Staging Business

If you’ve ever binged HGTV on a rainy weekend you know that there is a market for home staging in conjunction with real estate buying and selling.

  1. Start an Estate Sale Business

You don’t need special training or certifications to become an estate salesperson. Estate sales are often conducted after someone has recently died, but they’re also used by people looking to downsize or liquidate personal collections.

  1. Golf Instructor

Certification is important with this side hustle and will impact your compensation depending on your level of training.

  1. Ink Refiller

This is an environmentally friendly business that you can operate in the convenience of your home. Ink refill businesses save the earth from those unwanted empty cartridges that become useless once empty.

  1. Furniture Upcycling

Handy with woodwork and upholstery? Recycled and upcycled furniture is gaining in popularity with eco-conscious consumers.

  1. Refurbish Electronics

Many people are looking to save money by buying a refurbished product. With some basic repair skills, you can turn a broken phone, tablet or television into a profitable side hustle business.

 

Do you have any side hustle ideas on how to make extra money on the side? Please share them by posting a comment below. If you like this list, please share it.

Side Hustles No Skills Needed

side hustles no skills needed

Want to earn extra cash with a side hustle but don’t think you have the skills needed? Look no further because this list is for you! Side hustles are a great way to boost your income, pay off debt and work for yourself.

The key to finding the right hustle is to combine an activity you enjoy, that fits your schedule and financial goals, with a way to make extra money in your spare time.

Drive for Uber or Lyft
This is one of the more popular side hustles. Driving for one of the app-centric taxi alternatives can be a great way to make money nights and weekends. It provides an opportunity to work when you want. Uber and Lyft both have a feature that allows you to pick up rides along your normal route!

Lawn Care

Plenty of people would gladly pay you to cut their grass. Offer a discount if they provide the mower and trimmer.

House Cleaning

Make great money cleaning for people who are too busy to do it themselves or hate cleaning. Use their cleaning supplies. Cleaning businesses are super side hustle ideas since they can cost so little to start and be turned into very profitable enterprises. Search your area in Craigslist.

Ecommerce/Dropshipping

Sell products online without actually stocking the items themselves. Operate your business from anywhere in the world with a good internet connection. Check out Amazon, eBay or Shopify.

Dog Waste Removal

Some people love their dog but not the “gifts” they receive from their pet. Make money doing what others won’t do.

Dog Walker

Dogs need exercise, but their owners aren’t always able or motivated to take them for a walk. Check out the app, Wag, that links up dog walkers and dog owners.

Truck for Hire

If you own a truck, offer to pick up various goods for people, haul junk to the dump or assist with small moves. Post flyers in your community or advertise in Craigslist.

Rent Your Car

You can rent out your car on a daily or hourly basis through companies like GetAround and Turo. They handle the insurance.

House Sitter

You can make a house appear to be occupied for homeowners who are away.

Errand Service

Assist people with various errands and tasks. Check out Task Rabbit or the apps, Gig Walk or EasyShift.

Carpet Cleaning

You could specialize in small jobs such as pet stain removal.

Pet Sitting

When pet owners travel, they often need someone to care for their pets. You can become a pet sitter at care.com or simply watch over someone’s pet at Rover.com.

Spring and Fall Yard Work

Many people enjoy the exercise from mowing their lawn but can’t be bothered with the extra seasonal cleanup work. Offer a Spring power rake and aeration service and a Fall leaf cleanup. Rent the equipment as needed.

Paint Street Numbers

Offer to paint people’s street numbers on their curb so their house can be more easily found. All you need are paint and stencils.

Rent Out a Room

Own a home with an extra room? Rent it out to make extra cash. Possibilities include full time renters, college students or vacationers. Check out Airbnb.

Rent Out Your Garage

People are always searching for extra space to store their stuff. Do you have room in your garage for someone to store their motorcycle or RV?

Card Sender

Offer to mail out invitations, thank you cards or birthday cards for busy people or businesses.

Vehicle Advertising
Turn your vehicle into a money-maker by covering it with advertisements. Check out Wrapify or Carvertise for more details.

Clean/Repair BBQ’s

People enjoy cooking outdoors but some don’t like the cleaning and maintenance.

Snow Removal

Clear snow from sidewalks and driveways with a shovel or snow blower. Clear snow from parking lots with a plow blade mounted to your truck.

Instacart shopper

With the ability to set your own schedule, this makes for a convenient way to make great money during your free time.

Uber Eats and Door Dash

Just like Uber or Lyft, but without the passengers.

Become a Notary

Charge a fee to notarize documents. I bet your friends would rather meet up with you than stand in line at a bank.

Odd Jobs

Nextdoor is a great place to find people who need odd jobs, and they’re usually conveniently close to your home. Gigwalk app is another way to find small jobs in your area and only work when you want to.

Caregiving – for older generations

Have some time to sit and chat or take a stroll? There’s a family caregiver out there who needs a little break.

Brand ambassadors (on social media)

Tag and share photos of what you already wear. With a discount code that links the sale to your name, everybody wins.

Mystery shopping

Shop the store you were hired by, or spy on their competition!

Give your opinion

UserTesting.com and similar sites pays you to visit websites or apps, complete a set of tasks, and speak your thoughts aloud.

Storage Unit Auctions

Bid on abandoned units and let the scavenger hunt for valuable items begin!

Invest in Vending

Think about how many vending machines you have walked past this week alone. How many have you purchased from in a pinch because you were hungry or thirsty?

Act

Ever wanted to see your name in lights? Consider applying for opportunities to be an extra in movies shot near your location! A simple online search for “extra casting calls” in your city will pull up websites with casting calls you can answer.

Rent a Friend

There are over 600,000 people registered on RentAFriend.com to make themselves available to attend weddings, play a round of golf or act as a tour guide. Get paid to socialize!

Touch Therapy

Want to become a trained professional snuggler? Touch therapy is a platonic alternate therapy so people can experience the healing power of human touch.

Rent Baby Gear

Make extra cash by renting and delivering baby gear to help traveling families with BabyQuip.com.

Blood/Plasma Donations

The amount of money you can earn by donating plasma is related to the volume you’re able to donate. The more plasma, the more cash you’re paid.

Sperm Donations

Sperm donation clinics have a lengthy process to determine if you are a good fit with their clinic, but if you meet qualifications and pass all the screening procedures you could find a lucrative side hustle.

MLM

Multi-level marketing business continues to boom. Whether it be selling beauty products or kitchen gadgets the most successful MLM’ers have a large social network they can tap into to advertise their products and recruit others to join their selling team.

Human Billboard

You’ve seen folks wearing sandwich board ads standing in front of shopping centers or at busy intersections. Sign spinners are also in demand.

Mobile vehicle detailer

Another great side hustle where you’re providing convenience. Whether parked in a driveway or in the company parking lot you can come to their location of choice to perform this service.

Window Washer

Even if you live in a small town you can make a window washing business a successful side hustle with little skill and minor equipment expenditures.

Sell Your Hair

Have you ever thought about how much your hair is worth? The folks at HairSellon.com operate a marketplace where you can match with buyers looking for your exact hair type!

Ink Refiller

This is an environmentally friendly business that you can operate in the convenience of your home. Ink refill businesses save the earth from those unwanted empty cartridges that become useless once empty.

Parking Lot Litter Removal

And finally, I can attest that this side hustle requires no special skills. Every business wants to keep their property clear of litter. This means you can make money going for a walk! You simply walk the exterior property of any retail, office or industrial property and sweep litter into your litter collection bag. When your bag is full, the contents can be emptied into the onsite waste dumpster. Almost any commercial property with a parking lot is a potential job site. The work is done at night or early morning, on foot, using inexpensive hand tools and can earn you $30 – $50 per hour.

I made so much money in this side hustle, I quit my full-time job after only 3 months. It’s been my business since 1981.

See cleanlots.com for details.

What other side hustles can you think of that do not require special skills? Please share them by posting a comment below. If you like this list, please share it.

10 Steps to Make Money from Home on a Shoestring Budget

Have you ever considered starting a small business so you can make money from home? But the thought about how to start and finance your business is a bit overwhelming.

Many businesses can be started on a shoestring budget without having to quit your full-time job or taking on a lot of debt. A shoestring business which is loosely defined as requiring less than $1,000 in start-up costs, should not require special skills or skills that can’t be learned in a short period of time.

The key to a successful shoestring start-up is to combine an activity you enjoy with an identified market niche. Some of the best ways to make money from home can be found in activities you’re already doing in your spare time. Many entrepreneurs have turned their passions into successful full-time businesses.

An example of a shoestring business might involve a person’s love of gardening. That passion could be turned into work designing and creating flower beds or vegetable gardens for people who lack a green thumb.

An outdoor enthusiast with an interest in the environment could turn their passion into work maintaining commercial properties litter-free. Or a skilled woodworker could market their creations or project plans.

Do you have a hobby that can be turned into a small business from home?

Many people are able to make money from home by keeping marketing expenses on a shoestring budget. Word-of-mouth and an inexpensive website both help to build business. Social media such as Google+, Facebook and Twitter are excellent and inexpensive ways to attract customers.

Make a list of reasons why you want to make money from home. This list helps you stay focused on your goal because you understand the reasons why you chose to start a business from home. You need to stay motivated and work your business if you want your business to work for you.

Make sure you follow all the necessary steps when starting your business. Here are 10 steps that are required to start a business from Alyssa Gregory.

https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-start-a-small-business-2951804So you’ve got a great idea for a business. Here are the practical steps you need to take to make that idea a reality, from setting goals to choosing the right type of business to incorporate as. Read more…

 

Where to Get Money to Start a Business

The biggest obstacle to starting a business for most people is money. Yet thousands of people every year do find the money to fund their start-up. There are plenty of ways to get money to start a business. Some are risk free while others involve a higher degree of financial risk.

Many people will tap into their savings to get money to start a business. If there aren’t sufficient funds then consider getting a part time job and save up until you have enough money to start your business. You might want to open a separate bank account dedicated to this goal, as you don’t want to risk your entire savings. You still need some savings set aside for emergencies.

You can also live more frugally and invest what you save into your business.  A few simple changes to your lifestyle may save you up to $300 a month and help you get money to start a business. If you’re determined to save money, you can probably find ways to cut your spending and even save on business expenses.

Consider starting your business part time from home as a means to get money to start a business. Your full time job can provide a steady source of income to meet your financial obligations as well as maintain your health care coverage. Operating from home will cost much less money since you won’t have the expense for office space and utilities. Don’t quit your day job until your part time business can replace the income from your full time employment.

Janet Attard offers 17 ways on where to Get Money to Start a Business. Check it out.

https://www.businessknowhow.com/money/startup-money.htm#a2For additional suggestions see, this list of common sources of financing for small businesses as well as the articles on our business loans and financing topic page. Read more…

 

Yes, You Do Have Time to Start a Business While Working

We all live busy lives. If you’re going to start a business while working, you’ll need more than inspiration. You’ll need some practical advice about how to manage your time effectively.

When I started my business in 1981, I was working a full time job. I must admit I was fortunate to be working the hours of 2 – 10pm. I used my off time hours to start and grow my business. This was a time before cell phones and emails. So, if you’re working the typical 9 – 5 job today, you have the technical advantages that I didn’t have back in the day. Make use of your breaks at work and after hours to start and grow your business.

Write down what tasks you need to accomplish in priority order, then break down the work into smaller, manageable pieces. You’ll stay motivated to achieve your ultimate goal as you accomplish each task along the way. No one can do it all. Get expert help when you need it. You’ll be able to accomplish more than you can achieve by yourself.

Anyone who claims they don’t have time to pursue their dreams should read Sara Mauskopf’s story. While she was in the midst of launching her company, Winnie, she had both an infant at home and husband battling cancer. Check out her 5 basic tips to get you started. Here’s a great post by Jessica Stillman.

http://www.inc.com/jessica-stillman/yes-you-do-have-enough-time-to-start-a-business-if-you-do-these-5-things.html?cid=em01012week48aWhen time is short, perfectionism really isn’t an option. Focus on the stuff that matters, and let the rest of it slide a little. But Mauskopf cautions that can be easier said than done: “Perfectionism is a tough habit to break so you have to set time limits and force yourself to just put things out there even if they aren’t 100 percent perfect.” Read more…

 

7 Bad Habits That Make Salespeople Look Really Unprofessional | Inc.com

Salespeople are often broken off into two distinct camps; those who can and those who can’t. We’ve all encountered the pushy salesperson. They’re often too eager to make a sale or are uninterested in our wants or needs. Striking the right balance is necessary if you don’t want to come across as unprofessional to potential customers.

We’re all salespeople, by trade or not. Some of us are better, but sales is a skill that we all learned from an early age. You must remember selling your parents about why you needed a raise in your allowance. If you’re married, you first dated, followed by a period of engagement, resulting in you selling yourself as the right choice for spouse. You competed amongst many other job applicants to sell yourself as the right choice for the job. I think I’ve made my point. Call it what you will – sales, persuasion or convincing, we all do it  in everyday life.

Here are some sales tips we can learn to become better salespeople:

  1. Know your product or service so you can answer all your prospect’s questions.
  2. Listen to what your prospect says. You need to be able to explain how you can solve their problems.
  3. Turn your products or services features into benefits. How your prospect benefits will persuade them to buy
  4. Persistence. Repeat previous 3 tips. Most sales are not made on one attempt.

Remember, great salespeople are made not born.

Here’s another perspective: 7 Bad Habits That Make Salespeople Look Really Unprofessional, by Peter Economy.

http://www.inc.com/peter-economy/7-bad-habits-that-make-salespeople-look-really-unprofessional.html?cid=nl029week04day26Making sales is hard enough–don’t add to your difficulties by doing these things. Read more…

 

10 Rеаѕоnѕ Why Sеlf-Funding is The Best Idea – Startup Hero

The idea of self-funding (or bootstrapping) a new business venture is underestimated as an option these days. Most startups follow the path of raising capital from investors. Whatever you decide, self-funding or raising capital, make sure you weigh the pros and cons of each.

When I started my business in 1981 I decided to self-fund. I was working a full time job at the time and concluded it was my best option. I required very little startup capital due to the simple nature of my business. Besides the necessary legal requirements, all I needed were inexpensive hand tools and promotional material to get my business started and making money. I operated from home part time reinvesting my profits back into my business until I was ready to give up my full time job, which was a few months later. For me, it was the best decision for a few reasons; It forced me to focus on obtaining clients, I didn’t have to answer to anyone but myself (and my customers off course), I learned what matters most to my clients, and I get to do what interests me.

Startup Hero has come up with 10 reasons why self-funding is the best thing a new business startup can do. Check it out.

https://blog.startuphero.co.uk/10-r%D0%B5%D0%B0%D1%95%D0%BEn%D1%95-s%D0%B5lf-funding-best-idea/Yоu ѕее, bооtѕtrарріng your еаrlу ѕtаgе ѕtаrtuр dоеѕn’t рrесludе the likelihood of уоu rаіѕіng subsidizing іn what’s to come. For instance аftеr having vаlіdаtеd a business sector аnd grоwn tо уоur initial 1000 clients, реrhарѕ уоu’ll wаnt to ассеlеrаtе grоwth аnd rаіѕе financing tо grоw to 100,000 сuѕtоmеrѕ. That is a раth numerous bооtѕtrарреd соmраnіеѕ hаvе tаkеn. Yоur соnvеrѕаtіоnѕ and resultant dеаl tеrmѕ аrе going to be altogether bеttеr hаvіng bооtѕtrарреd tо 1000 сuѕtоmеrѕ, thаn runnіng rоund tоwn hаvіng іnvеѕtоr mееtіngѕ with 0 сuѕtоmеrѕ tо your nаmе. Read more…

 

7 Things This Millionaire (and Introvert) Can Teach You About Becoming Self-Made | Inc.com

Mike Dillard became a self-made millionaire in his late 20’s. His attempts at becoming a successful entrepreneur within his first five years after graduating from college were unsuccessful. Two years of introspection and analysis led him to make changes that enabled him to make his first million dollars. He shares 7 things that helped him transform himself into a self-made millionaire with J.T. O’Donnell.

http://www.inc.com/jt-odonnell/7-things-this-millionaire-and-introvert-can-teach-you-about-becoming-self-made.html?cid=nl029week45day10If you want to live life on your own terms, these rules may help you get there. Read more…

 

10 Online Classes Every Entrepreneur Should Take Before Starting a Business | Inc.com

Are you considering starting-a-business? Experienced entrepreneurs understand that great rewards only come to those brave enough to take calculated risks. But they’re also smart enough to know they need to learn as much as they can about business to become successful. Rhett Power provides the sources for 10 online business classes that will help you get on the right path to business success.

http://www.inc.com/rhett-power/10-online-classes-every-entrepreneur-should-take-before-starting-their-own-busin.htmlYou need a good education in the business of doing business. Read more…

 

8 Small Business Ideas for Entrepreneurs in Big Cities

If you live in a large metropolitan area, the opportunities to grow your business and make an impact on your community are greater. According to the National League of Cities, small “homegrown” businesses create new jobs, employ local residents and create a community’s unique sense of place that enhances quality of life. If you’re an entrepreneur looking for small-business-ideas-for-big-cities you need to be conscious of the fact that some types of businesses will be potentially more successful in larger cities. A commercial parking lot litter removal business, for example, would do much better in a city than a rural setting.  Shannon Gausepohl has written about a few types of small-business-ideas-for-big-cities worth checking out.

http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/5965-business-ideas-big-cities.htmlA city with a high population density — and a large potential customer base — can be a great place to start a business. Here are some ideas for small businesses to start in a big city. Read more…

 

10 Businesses You Can Start For Less Than $100

Starting your own business doesn’t have to cost you thousands of dollars. With a little knowledge about the business you’re entering, a marketing plan and a shoe-string budget, it’s still possible to start a business and be making money in a short period of time. I did just that in 1981. I provide a simple, green litter cleanup service outside commercial properties. This might be the business opportunity you’ve been looking for. Full details at http://www.cleanlots.com. There are businesses you can start for less than $100. Elizabeth Palermo has provided some other examples worth checking out.

http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/4951-businesses-ideas-cheap.htmlHere are 10 businesses you can start today for under $100. Read more…

 

Sales Tip: Stop Listing Features. Tell Your Customers the Benefits.

Factual statements about a product or service (features) aren’t why customers buy. Benefits clearly identify the customers wants or needs. How do you know the difference between a feature or benefit? In this edited excerpt the authors of Guerilla Marketing in 30 Days explain how to identify the benefits, not the features, of your product or service to help you increase your sales.

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/234200How do you know if you’re touting a benefit or a feature? It’s actually easier than you think. Can you give an affirmative answer to the question “Will this one thing improve the life, cost, health or well-being of someone?” If the answer is yes, then you have a benefit that can be marketed to this someone who’s part of your target market. If the answer is no, chances are, you’ve identified a feature. You must now find the benefit associated with that feature. If there’s no benefit, forget about it. Read more…

 

Why you should include keywords in your domain name | .CA

Including some keywords in your domain name in addition to your business name can improve your website’s performance in a search result. Here are some great tips written by Jason Faber for Cira.

https://cira.ca/blogs/ca-voice/why-you-should-include-keywords-your-domain-nameAlong with using location keywords, searchers often include the specific type of product or service that they are looking for. For example, let’s say Reggie owns a pizza parlour. For him, the domain name ReggiesPizza.ca would be a good choice as it includes both his business name (Reggie’s) and his product (pizza). Furthermore, if he was located in Vancouver, he should also consider registering ReggiesPizzaVancouver.ca. This domain name not only helps him protect his brand, but also helps searchers understand that Reggie sells pizza in Vancouver. Read more…

 

How To Pick The Right Name For Your Startup.

You’ve decided to proceed with a business idea. You thought that was the difficult part. Now you’re struggling with picking the right name for your startup.  Choosing the right business name is important, so don’t rush your selection. Here are some great tips from Marianna Glynska on how to come up with a corporate identity that’s beneficial to your business.

http://www.lifehack.org/430477/how-to-come-up-with-the-right-name-for-your-start-up?ref=mail&mtype=daily_newsletter&mid=20160825_customized&uid=407761&email=bgwinch%40gmail.com&action=clickYour name has to reflect what drives your business. For customers, names are important. When they purchase goods or services, they want to know that the company they are buying from is serious about what they do. That doesn’t mean picking a bland, boring name. But it does mean foregrounding what makes you special. So think about coming up with a name that reflects your core values, not just a flashy, catchy name that is easy to remember. Read more…