I am a somewhat longtime reader and subscriber, but you can say that I am one of the biggest failures here. I need money, I am unemployable, and I have no (ABSOLUTELY NO) marketable ideas. Any idea I might have falls in one of three categories: 1.) Too specialized in too esoteric a field, 2.) Workable if I could just get other people’s interest, which I can never do–I have tried, several times, and 3.) Stuck in a chicken and egg dilemma–I have no idea where to start. So, to restate, either the work would be useless, nobody wants it, or I have no clue what the work is. How can I even manage? Is it too late? Am I truly worthless? I hope not, because I can never get up the nerve necessary to end it all.
I was a flower girl when I lived in Hawaii, I would work evenings after my 10 hour shift at a resort as a manicurist. The Flower business owner would cut and prepare gardenias, orchids. carnations in a water vial. I also carried Hawaiian Leis . I would drive to restaurants and clubs that she had prearranged permission with the business owners, I would walk around without being salesy carrying my pretty basket of flowers and smile at everyone. The flowers would sell out in a couple of hours and I would go home with an extra 300 to 500 a night. if I lived in a big city now I would do this on my own. it was the easiest money I ever made. some nights I’d sell out in an hour!
Honey is a free app that will search for online coupons and apply them to your online shopping cart to make sure you are saving the most money. Instead of searching for coupons one at-a-time and applying them individually, Honey does all of this for you in the matter of seconds. Not only will you save money, but you will also MAKE MONEY with their refer-a-friend program. For anyone you refer to the app, Honey will send you $5 as soon as they purchase something via the app up to $1,000.
Topside hustles have one big thing in common: there’s a high demand for it. A virtual assistant is an assistant who works in a remote location, as opposed to a company’s office. They can help with tasks such as administration, social media, bookkeeping and more. There’s been a growing demand for virtual assistants from business owners who need help on various projects. As a virtual assistant, you can specialize in countless areas. In the past, I’ve hired virtual assistants for social media and customer service. And there are countless other businesses around the world who rely on virtual assistants to grow and maintain their brands.
7. Start an affiliate program. With your own affiliate program, you can recruit an army of people (your affiliates) who will recommend your product on their web site for a percentage of any sale they refer. You have the power to exponentially increase your income as more and more affiliates sign up and you continue to teach your existing affiliates how to increase their commission checks (and your income).
I know there are many challenges along the way, hidden in the details. What helped me most was talking to other founders who had done it before. They have learnt the ropes of customer development to truly find problem/solution fit. I actually interviewed many of the founders I talked to and shared it with your on our podcast called Nerd Entrepreneurs. Check it out and get inspired by their tactics and tools around the very beginning of any new company.
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You could create a joint venture with other local businesses. For your real estate business, you could create a "Welcome to the Neighborhood" package filled with helpful information and coupons for local businesses, including a pizza place, a video rental store, a plumber, a electrician and a beauty shop. Then make joint venture arrangements with all these businesses so that you profit every time one of your coupons is used. Offer this package both online and offline to increase your profits.
If you’ve been thinking about starting an online business for a while, you may have noticed, there are a LOT of options out there promising to help you. There are some great programs, and frankly, some awful ones. However, even the best organised and designed program can only serve you if the content is directly relevant to what’s going on in your business right now. Most of these programs focus on ONE piece of the puzzle and assume that you’ve got the rest in place. The trouble is, if you don’t, then you can get stuck and demoralised.
It works essentially the same way as the phone apps do above. If you don’t care to let Google know what you do on a daily basis, you can make money from home by letting them monitor your Internet usage. They use the information they gather to help them market/increase the functionality of their advertising programs when targeting users that are similar to you.
Now don’t get the wrong idea. We are not suggesting that creating a profitable website will be quick or easy. We don't believe in "get rich quick" schemes, "magic formulas" and the like. In fact we believe there are no shortcuts to success. It takes the right knowledge and a lot of hard work. We are here to give you the right knowledge, though, so if you are not afraid of hard work, read on!