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Published: 03 Feb 2017
Sometimes a great career or the drive to succeed in a 9 - 5+ role can be all-encompassing, or it can be the thing that springs you out of bed in the morning.
Sometimes a full time job is all you have energy for and sometimes it can leave you wanting. Having a hobby can make a big difference to balancing work and life, but what if that hobby could also make you a bit of coin? Take a look at your hobbies and see if there is one with marketable potential.
If you like the idea but lack the hobby, we have rounded up some business ideas that you could make a go of.
Sell produce, teach music or re-vamp furniture - what are you good at?
If you have the space, picture framing could be quite a profitable little home business to start in your garage. There are huge markups in the framing business, so you can earn more while working less – every business owner’s dream.
BECOME A VIRTUAL ASSISTANT
There are a lot of people out there looking for virtual assistants. Real assistants cost a lot of money but a virtual assistant usually doesn’t come saddled with extra overheads. You get a list of tasks that your client wants done, and you go out and do them according to pre-set terms and conditions. It’s a win-win for everyone. You can be a virtual assistant for a number of companies while retaining your own personal freedom and independence.
Demand for battery reconditioning is on the increase as more consumers want to cut costs and live green at the same time. So rather than buy a brand new battery, they would rather opt for a reconditioned battery for about half the price. Battery reconditioning involves chemicals and hard, dirty work. However, if you are looking for a total change from a desk job and like the idea of an eco-friendly little business, it could be worth looking into.
As we all constantly upgrade our phones, tablets, laptops and other electronic devices, a lot of people still don’t bother to recycle their old electronics. Create a service allowing people to drop off their unwanted electronics at your home, or go mobile and offer pickup too. In addition, you could help your customers back up their files and clear sensitive information from their devices as well.
Do you play a musical instrument well enough to teach it to others? Private music instructors charge upwards of $20-100/hr and you don’t necessarily have to rent a studio, you can convert your garage to one.
RESTORED/UPCYCLED FURNITURE BUSINESS
Taking old things and refurbishing them, or even up cycling the various parts into something completely different, is a great way to earn a bit of extra cash. Buy at the op-shop or car boot sales and re-sell online.
If you love bikes and enjoy fixing things, you could convert your garage into a workshop and offer bike repair services. You can turn your love of cycling into a moneymaking enterprise with a few well-placed adverts on community sites and social media.
Have a meticulous eye for detail and love to get things gleaming clean? Auto detailing is probably a perfect side business for you. Many people are quite happy to pay well for this type of service and will appreciate your personal attention to their asset.
GROWING AND SELLING PRODUCE
Like to grow vegetables? Focus on one type and sell the excess at farmers’ markets. If that sounds a bit too ambitious, why not sell herbs, fruit and flower posies from home? Set up an area in your garage where you can bundle your goods and make them presentable for sale. Think hemp twine, paper bags and a cute stamp to give a professional finish.
Body Piercing, hair removal, event make-up, manicure and pedicure, or a hairdressing salon are some of the options for a beauty business. Of course, training and prior experience are essential for these services but they could be good little earners and working from your garage means you keep the mess - and the people - outside of your home.
If you’re a dab hand with a sewing machine, a tailoring service could work for you. Offer hemming, shortening of pants and curtain making. Doing it from a garage space means your home life needn’t be at risk of pins all over the floor!
If you still need a little drive to believe your idea is viable, have a look at our previous article on eight of the world’s largest businesses that began in a garage. It might just persuade you to give it a try: Humble Beginnings to World Domination
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