If you have an entrepreneur's spirit there are so many different kinds of businesses that you could start. Of course it helps to have some knowledge in the area you are entering. But, many trades and services can be learned fairly quickly. it is your ability to deliver a quality product/service as well as generate leads which will make the difference. We read a good article by thesimpledollar.com of 50 ideas and listed out 5 that can be started very quickly:
1. Auto detailing
Have a meticulous eye for detail and love to get things gleaming clean? Auto detailing is probably a perfect side business for you. In essence, your job is to make cars sparkleinside and out – and many people are quite happy to pay well for this service.
For auto detailing, what may make the difference is if you are clever in getting business online. From adwords to facebook ads, there are many techniques to get business for this one in your local area.
2. Rent out a room in your home
Have some extra space in your home? Turn that extra bedroom into a “bed and breakfast” room. If you live near any sort of tourist destination, you can try your hand at renting out a room through Airbnb or CouchSurfing.com. You may also find paid hosting opportunities in your community: Sign up to host exchange students, visiting professors to a nearby college, or hospital patients receiving long-term treatment.
For this one, if you have the extra space, even a couch it can be monetized. A lot of people make very nice side incomes managing multiple airbnb spaces.
3. Dog walking
Dog walking is the perfect side business for anyone who has a few hours to kill during the day. Once you get a few clients, you simply need to pick up their dogs and take them on long, leisurely walks that will tire them out and keep them in shape. Bonus: Walking dogs may help you in your quest to stay fit as well
It helps if you like pets but this is another easy one to start. Many people do not have the time to walk their pets and by posting flyers or on facebook, you may have a lot of friends who need this service.
4. Pet yard waste cleanup
For many people in suburban areas, cleaning up pet yard waste is a real hassle – it’s disgusting, for one. Instead of cleaning it up themselves, they might hire someone to do it regularly, two to three times a week. There are several such services in our area, actually.
It is dirty work but someone's got to do it. Actually this one may have few competitors since it is not glamorous. However, paying the bills and adding value to people is very glamorous.
5. Personal assistant
Thanks to sites like TaskRabbit, plenty of people have learned to pick up work doing a variety of side jobs that other people just don’t have time to do. Common tasks can include anything from picking up dry cleaning to making dinner or assembling Ikea furniture.
Aside from TaskRabbit, this is another one where many marketplaces can be leveraged to get work from home. Freelance.com, Elance.com, and Upwork.com are three of them.
Good luck in you endeavors!