999 money making ideas part 3

201. Start a newsletter for diarists. Diarists nearly all work in isolation and many would welcome a newsletter to inform them about the existence and activities of their fellow diarists. The newsletter may act as a forum for discussion about diary writing and also give advice about how to improve upon the technique of diary writing.

202. Sell by post to record collectors unsorted parcels of new and second-hand records. Less than 5% of singles released get into the top 20 of the charts. So there are a lot of new unsold singles in the hands of record companies.

203. Produce and sell a home study course on how to write self-improvement books. Writing this type of book is one of the easiest ways to become a published author. In this field there are always themes which sell well, such as how to make money, attract love and how to be a success.

204. Start a mail order business which specialises in selling classic singles from the sixties. Classic singles are constantly being re-issued in various countries around the world. Import these and sell by post.

205. Serve coin collectors by starting a coin or coin of the month club. Activities might include sending collectors new foreign coins as they are issued.

206. Devise unique cocktail drinks and punches to commission. Name each drink after the person nominated by the sponsor. These recipes make unusual gifts, for example, a specially designed punch would add fun to a wedding reception or birthday. Sell from classified ads.

207. Use direct mail to sell a range of novelties, games, toys, quizzes and ornaments for the office. Produce a catalogue and send to offices.

208. Launch a carved ornament of the month club. A collection of beautifully carved ornaments will add character to a house and make a good investment.

209. Start a mail order business which sells books, equipment and supplies to those interested in amateur rocketry. Put together an amateur rocketry kit for beginners and advertise this to attract new hobbyists to the business.

210. Compose poems to order for any occasion, such as engagements, births, weddings, birthdays, valentines, etc. These poems make a unique and memorable gift. Use classified ads to sell your service. Or set up a stall at a fair or tourist site and compose poems on the spot.

211. Compile a correspondence course about writing drama or comedy for radio. Radio is a proven route to becoming a successful drama or comedy writer. Your course would help people to develop their writing ability and aid a route into the business.

212. Bring together a range of products specially designed for left-handed people. Have a catalogue printed and start a mail order business.

213. Set up a garden improvement business which designs and builds ornamental Japanese or Chinese gardens. Produce a brochure about your work and advertise in up-market publications.

214. Use ball bearings to make attractive ornaments, either 1) decorate large ball bearings or 2) stick smaller ball bearings together. The ornaments might be shaped to look like people or animals. Sell through gift shops or from a stall.

215. Act as a sales agent for fan clubs. Sell memberships for a commission at concerts, festivals, and to people in your area. Write to fan clubs to offer this service.

216. Familiarise yourself with products on sale at shops which sell arts and crafts materials. Visit similar shops abroad to find a good product or products that are not on sale in this country. Start a business importing and distributing your chosen product.

217. Build up a sales round where you call on customers once every eight weeks, for example, to sell cheap or unusual household items. First call door-to-door to sell your products then keep a record of buyers and call back eight weeks later to sell other products of a similar nature.

218. Sell mounted etchings by calling on private households and shopkeepers. Buy from the original artist or from a wholesaler.

219. Produce an audio cassette course about how to use the telephone for business. Cover subjects such as telephone selling, dealing with enquiries and complaints, interviewing, etc. Sell by direct mail and classified ads.

220. Run an international pop music pen pal club. Produce a quarterly publication which lists people looking for pen pals. Also boost your income by selling advertising space in your publication. Use small ads world-wide to recruit subscribers.

221. Start an interior decoration business which specialises in period decor. For example decor with a theme related to the Victorian or Georgian age, the 1910s, 1920s or Art Nouveau. Produce a glossy brochure about your service and use ads in up-market publications to attract enquiries.

222. Set up a direct mail postal library. For a fee any business can borrow examples of previous direct mail campaigns. A client business might borrow the work of either competitors or potential clients.

223. Bring out a library of audio cassettes about hobby subjects such as model making, angling, stamp collecting, treasure hunting, etc. These cassettes might be about specialised areas of each hobby. Sell the cassettes from ads in hobby magazines or get them stocked at hobby shops.

224.Produce a separate audio cassette for each star sign. Each cassette should feature astrological predictions and advice. Mount the cassette in a display box. Arrange for all kinds of shops to stock them.

225. Market a short or toy tug-of-war rope. Package the rope and get it stocked at sports or toy shops respectively. A short rope for adults and a toy rope for children could be used to play small scale games of tug of war. Or the rope could be attached to a wall to make an exercise device.

226. Rent out photocopying machines on a temporary basis. These machine might be rented by the day, week or month.

227. Open a market stall which sells celebrity products. Sell books, badges, posters and other products on the latest celebrities. These celebrities will include new pop stars, film stars, models and national heroes. Also sell products about classic celebrities like the Beatles and Elvis.

228. Organise pop or rock music talent contests. The income from each contest would come from either, charging the performers an entrance fee or selling tickets to the public. You may even be able to find a sponsor to back the entire contest.

229. Design and produce a range of children's badges. These might feature pictures of animals, spacecraft, robots or funny faces. Mount them on a felt covered board or place them in small cellophane packets. Have them displayed at newsagents and toyshops.

230. Sell home-made bubble mixture to children at markets, roadside sites, fairgrounds and fetes. Give each child a ring made from soft wire to make the bubbles with.

231. Make military play uniforms for children. For example: 7th Cavalry, navy uniforms, toy
soldier uniforms, etc. Package and sell through toy shops. Alternatively have a catalogue produced and sell by mail order.

232. Design and make fashionable jump suits. Make the rounds of boutiques to find suitable stockists.

233. Produce a library of audio cassettes which give advice about health and psychological problems experienced by men and women. Draw up lists which are unique to men and to women. Sell by mail order.

234. Start a vegetarian food catering service. Devise a menu with imaginative meals. Advertise in political and environmental publications.

235. Have a market stall which sells cosmetics. Cosmetics usually have good profit margins and a market stall has low overheads. These two factors combined make it an attractive business opportunity.

236. Start a postal school of the cinema. Compile a variety of courses about different genres of the cinema such as westerns, science fiction and musicals. Produce a prospectus and advertise in cinema and film magazines.

237. Establish a one-man, dial-a-handyman service. Produce a leaflet which lists examples of the jobs you do and your prices. Deliver leaflets to households and businesses in your area. Use a telephone answering machine to take calls while you are out.

238. Start a van sales and delivery business which works for importers and small manufacturers. Build up a complimentary range of products from different importers and manufacturers and call on potential customers. Examples of product ranges are health foods, hobby supplies, sportswear and electrical goods.

239. Set up a postal business which hires out replicas of rifles and pistols. Your main custom would come from gun collectors and amateur theatrical producers.

240. Begin a business which bottles sea or lake water. Sell the bottles as either souvenirs, i.e. 'pocket or desktop Atlantic Ocean' or a natural beauty treatment, i.e. 'bathe your face in natural lake water'.

241. One of the characteristics of sexual attraction is that people are often fascinated by one part of the body such as legs, build or faces. Start a mail order business which sells slides, photographs and posters about legs, for example, or faces.

242. Make novel paperweights by modifying: snooker balls, golf balls, cricket balls, pool balls, etc. Get them stocked at stationers, sports clubs and gift shops.

243. Research, write and publish a series of booklets about how to start and run specific home businesses. Examples of titles might include: 'Money from Typing at Home', 'Your Own Telephone Sales Business', 'Your Own Knitting Business', etc. Sell by mail order.

244. Package individual apples, oranges and bananas. Sell through newsagents and other suitable shops.

245. Produce a series of audio cassettes about the crimes of the century. The crimes covered might include: mass murders, bank robberies, arson and fraud. Sell these cassettes by direct mail, mail order or get them stocked at bookshops and newsagents.

246. Design a log book for the house. This is to record every physical change to a house so a householder can: Analyse costs, plan future changes and have the feeling of being well organised. Arrange for the log book to be printed and sell by direct mail to householders.

247. Invent and manufacture cosmetics for plants. These should be designed to bring out or emphasise the natural colour of plants. Sell you plant cosmetic from ads in gardening magazines or get them displayed by retailers who sell garden products.

248. Design a sport log book so that sport enthusiasts can keep a record of their performance. Get copies printed and sell to shops or sell from ads in sports magazines.

249. Make a selection of soft toy or fabric luggage tags. For example, a normal luggage tag is accompanied by two small dice made from soft toy materials. Alternatively make a range of soft toy luggage tags which are designed to act as travel mascots.

250. Make rosettes. Add to each rosette either a calligraphed or printed label which reads 'Cook of the Year', 'Prize Winning Mother', or 'Dad of the Year'. Have them displayed in local shops.

251. Make soft toy lucky charms. One idea is a giant number seven. Other ideas include: four leaf clovers, horseshoes, rabbits feet and destiny dice.

252. Start a mobile installation and repair service for all kinds of car lights. Produce a leaflet which lists prices for different jobs. Deliver the leaflets to houses or stick behind windscreen wipers of cars in your area.

253. Make a selection of soft toy insects. For example: caterpillars, ladybirds, bumblebees and wasps. Package the soft toys and claim that everyone should have a pet insect.

254. Use clothes pegs to make souvenir ornaments. These might take the form of animals, castles or boats, windmills and many others. Also design and produce kits so that craftworkers can make their own ornaments from clothes pegs. Sell by mail order.

255. Arrange holiday exchanges between various English speaking nationalities such as English, Scottish, Americans, Australians and Canadians. You might either provide a personal service which matches people or publish a newsletter listing people seeking exchanges.

256. Set up a service which gives independent valuations and assessments for those considering the purchase of a particular expensive antique.

257. Bring out an information package about 'How to Start Your Own Carded Products Business' (ordinary products are mounted on card for displaying on racks or walls in shops). An information package might consist of cassettes on sales dialogue, booklets and diagrams about ideas and methods.

258. Design and produce your own badges. These might have designs which feature sports, witty statements, pop stars or flowers, etc. Mount on specially printed display cards and sell cards to shops.

259. Start a market stall which sells low valued antiques. Obtain stock from either trade sources or buy saleable goods from the public.

260. Earn money from selling badges at pop concerts, festivals, tourist sites and other places where there are crowds.

261. Put together a mail order service which sells rocks and mineral specimens to collectors. Produce a catalogue which lists a wide range of minerals and rock specimens. Also include in the catalogue collectors supplies and accessories.

262. Collect a wide range of aerial photographs. These might be high altitude shots of villages, towns or cities. Start a mail order business which frames and sells these photographs.

263. Slice timber logs and burn letters into the wood to make house name signs. Also varnish them and sell from a stall at special markets or get examples stocked at retailers who would take orders for you.

264. Produce writing paper which has borders printed with pretty rural scenery or flowers. Get this stocked at stationers and tourist shops.

265. Bring out a booklet which has a title like "1001 Unusual Facts About Your Town". Discover these facts by reading local history books and visiting the archives of local newspapers. You could do similar booklets about a variety of towns and specialise in those which are popular with tourists.

266. Organise the production of concrete or plastic garden gnomes and statues. Have them stocked at garden centres and retailers who sell garden products.

267. Prepare a correspondence course about how to increase chances at winning at poker, the pools or horse-racing. The course allows people to develop their skills over a period of time and allows you to charge a reasonable amount of money. Use press advertising to sell.

268. Add a stand to small cubes of marble and sell as ornaments.

269. Design, produce and distribute T-shirts and sweatshirts which have an astronomical theme. The idea is that people will buy a T-shirt or sweat shirt that celebrates their star sign. Package them and have them displayed at a wide range of retailers.

270. Prepare astrological readings and charts about family ancestors. Use astrology readings and charts to shed light on personal characteristics of ancestors. Advertise in genealogy publications.

271. Open a school of creativity. Teach business people about the various techniques of creative thinking such as brainstorming, lateral thinking, quick think, value analysis, etc. Hold classes or give personal tuition during work hours or lunch breaks.

272. Produce a series of famous biographical audio cassettes about famous artists, writers, politicians, inventors, film stars, etc. Sell these through bookshops or start a monthly club.

273. Start a novel sedan chair service in the centre of a tourist town. Carry a tourist on a short tour of the city centre.

274. Set up a horsedrawn minibus service in a tourist town or resort. Provide a short trip around places of interest.

275. Organise outdoor holidays in America. For example, walking or cycling holidays in the Rockies. Sell places on these holidays to people in Britain and the rest of Europe.

276. Write and publish a booklet about '101 Ideas for Off The Beaten Track Holidays'. Get this publication stocked at bookshops or sell from classified ads. You might also sell advertising space to firms who organise unusual holidays.

277. Hang low cost, imported leather belts on racks. Get various shops to take a rack of belts.

278. Set up a business which organises weddings. Compile a list of tasks which need to be done to make a wedding successful. Put together a selection of packages at different prices and sell these to potential clients.

279. Open a stall in an antiques market which sells collectable plates. Buy your stock of plates from manufacturers, wholesalers and collectors.

280. Devise and produce biblical role playing games. For example, people might take the roles of
characters in parables. Arrange for the games to be manufactured. Sell by post or get them stocked at shops, particularly shops specialising in religion.

281. Start a pen pal club for children and adults who have an interest in literature. Members of the club can write to each other about books they read. Advertise in literary publications.

282. Produce a library of audio cassettes about the history of world war II. The advantage of these cassettes is that they can feature the sounds of historic events. Have them stocked at shops which sell books or records or bring out a catalogue and set up a mail order business.

283. Use low value foreign coins to make unusual pictures. For example, might be either a coin mosaic or a selection of coins mounted next to each other to make silhouettes of landscapes. Frame the pictures and get them stocked at shops which sell gifts, coins or souvenirs.

284. Put together an audio cassette course about teach yourself the Welsh language. Sell the course by mail order and get it stocked at bookshops and souvenir shops throughout Wales.

285. Produce wall-charts which helps individuals and couples manage their financial affairs. A thorough record of expenditure is made on the wall-chart. The wall-chart helps to make it easy to control finances because it is so visible to all in the household.

286. Create a mail order business which sells drinking accessories and memorabilia, for example, yard-long drinking glasses, personalised tankards, traditional pub games, collectable beer mats, books about drinking and breweries.

287. Start a service which produces high quality, demonstration audio cassettes for new pop groups. The groups pay for the production of the cassettes. Your service also distributes copies to people in the music business. Advertise in the music press.

288. Write, produce and sell a correspondence course about inventing for profit. The course would help a person to develop creative abilities and identifies areas where small inventors get the most patents. A key selling point of your course is that inventing is both fun and lucrative.

289. Produce a selection of postcards which feature traditional oil paintings of tourist sites. The paintings featured might be contemporary or historical.

290. Organise the building of reproduction stone monuments. The reasons why anyone might want a reproduction monument might include: personal gratification, an interest in the occult, to create a tourist site, to attract customers to a business, etc.

291. Manufacture wooden snooker score-boards for professional and amateur players. Try to bring out an inexpensive score-board which can be sold to players who have a snooker table in their own home.

292. Begin a lesson of the month club for those who want to start a business. Each lesson would be like a monthly newsletter and would be part of a comprehensive course. The lessons might be about starting a business either in general, or about a specific type of business such as mail order or retailing.

293. Create a company which designs and manufactures children's kits for : making kaleidoscopes, constructing pinhole cameras, growing crystals, and other things which demonstrate simple scientific principles. You might include all the projects in a compendium of basic scientific experiments.

294. Put together a hamper of children's jokes and novelties. In each hamper include many of the products popular with children such as trick matches, itching powder, plastic spiders, etc. Get small hampers stocked at toy shops and newsagents. Sell larger hampers by mail order.

295. Begin a woodwork business which makes toys for children which are variations of the traditional rocking horse. For example, rocking mythical creatures, rocking rafts with a single sail, aeroplanes, UFOs, etc. Sell finished toys or kits through toy shops or by mail order.

296. Make small and attractive mosaics for hanging on walls like paintings. For example, a mosaic might be circular and feature the face of a goddess from the ancient world.

297. Sell products related to the game of bridge by mail order. Conduct a world-wide search for products related to bridge. Produce a catalogue and advertise in up-market national publications.

298. Design and make a selection of gloves for football goalkeepers. Try to add some special feature such as 'extra lightweight', 'extra tough', or 'extra warm'. Have them stocked at sports shops.

299. Use leather fabrics to make pen wallets and pencil cases. Sell the wallets and cases empty or buy pens and pencils at trade prices and fill the wallets and cases to make the finished product.

300. Set up a mail order business which sells second-hand books. Use your own books for the initial stock. Find further stock by advertising for both trade source and complete collections from private individuals. Produce lists and place ads in various magazines.

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