999 money making ideas part 4

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301. Give tuition to those who want to enlarge their vocabulary. Your advertising material might include a word test similar to Reader's Digest's 'Test Your Wordpower' and an offer to improve the score.

302. Put together a range of noticeboards for displaying things like: Staff notices, fire instructions, health and safety rules, productivity figures, etc. Call on businesses to sell the noticeboards and include a free installation service in your offer.

303. If you are an expert on crafts, earn money from teaching it in quite corners or back rooms of shops which sell wools, crafts, artists materials or picture framing services.

304. Take mechanical things like locks or gears. Cut them in half or remove the outer casing. Mount what you have left to make unusual ornaments. You might, for example, buy used and obsolete locks and gears from engineering companies.

305. Sell by direct mail to business executives a kit for practising golf putting at the office. One idea for a selling point is that ordinary workers have a dartboard or snooker table for use during breaks, the executive needs a golf putting kit to mirror his style.

306. Use lace to make unusual jewellery, such as lace bracelets, lace earrings, brooches and necklaces. Let your imagination run wild to create the design of each item of jewellery. For example, embed lace in clear plastic.

307. Produce a correspondence course which is designed to improve a persons standard of general knowledge. In your advertising emphasise that a better life might result from taking the course.

308. Learn and then teach origami. Also, if you have a flair for making artefacts in an interesting way, earn money from doing origami as entertainment.

309. Select a range of lingerie and sell it by party plan. Once you develop a winning formula, build up your business by recruiting and training agents to sell your range of products.

310. Start a fishing companion finding service. Take details of when an angler is available, their interests and level of skill. Offer members of your service various suitable partners. Place ads in angling publications to attract custom.

311. Put together a one-man theatrical show which is pleasant to watch. For example, recite highlights from Shakespeare or the work of a well-known poet. Perform your show at pubs, offices during the lunch hour, parties and private households.

312. Write and publish a newsletter which deals with most aspects of self-improvement. The newsletter might consist of ideas for getting ahead and mini courses about self-improvement. Sell subscriptions internationally.

313. Start a thimble of the month club for new and established thimble collectors. Members of the club receive the club's choice of thimble of the month.

314. Become a professional organiser of private and business parties. You provide clients with a
comprehensive service which does everything from supplying caterers to organising a coat checking service. Advertise your service in a wide variety of publications.

315. Produce a series of audio cassettes or booklets about the folklore of your region. Have them stocked at local shops.

316. Start a business which organises snooker holidays and weekend breaks. During each holiday or break provide guests with tuition from a professional snooker player.

317. Organise board game playing holidays and weekend breaks. Guests might play: the latest fashionable board games, etc.

318. Open a market stall which specialises in selling tights and stockings.

319. Start a mail order business which specialises in selling information and plans about cave systems in this country and abroad. Produce a catalogue about what you have for sale and advertise in potholing and outdoor adventure publications.

320. Buy and sell second hand household goods from local newspaper adverts.

321. Produce an audio cassette or booklet which is about past major crimes in your area. Do research at local libraries and newspaper archives. Have your products stocked at local shops. You might give your cassette or booklet a title like 'Your Town's Top 30 Crimes'.

322. Use sliced logs to make letter racks. Slice a log and cut into two semi-circles. Take a semi-circle and stand it on it's straight side so you have the silhouette of a mound. Cut slots in the rim of the semi-circle, these slots hold the letters.

323. Write and publish a letter about moonlighting. Give subscribers ideas about moonlighting ventures. Also include articles about subjects such as how to cope with a full-time job, how to manage your income and how to turn a part-time venture into a full-time business.

324.Organise holidays and weekend breaks for those who want to play at being soldiers in world war II. The games guests play might involve... pursuit, reaching physical objectives, defending positions, obtaining information, etc.

325. Begin a mail order business which sells boxing memorabilia. Start this business by finding a trade source of boxing films and videos. Or obtain the rights to reproduce boxing films and videos.

326.Bring out on audio cassettes a library of rude and saucy songs for different team sports. The sports you cove might include: rugby, cricket, football, basketball and athletics. Arrange for them to be stocked at sports shops.

327. Make wooden badges in the shape of teddy bears, pigs, elephants, etc. Use a fret saw to cut the shapes and add a few strokes of paint to bring the shapes to life. Mount these badges on a board covered with a fabric. Ask shopkeepers to display one of the badge covered boards.

328. Start a mail order business which sells comedy audio cassettes. Obtain your stock from comedy audio cassette publishers in this country and from English speaking countries overseas.

329. Begin a business which organises woodcraft holidays and weekend breaks for those who want to improve and develop woodworking skills. Advertise in woodworking and crafts magazines.

330. Make Punch and Judy soft toys or dolls. Sell these toys and dolls through seaside shops. Or get Punch and Judy performers to sell them to patrons.

331. Start a mail order company which sells a wide range of lace. Produce a catalogue which features an illustration of each design. Advertise in women's and crafts magazines.

332. Arrange for business and personal cards to be printed which show that the holder is a dedicated supporter of a particular football team. Sell to football fans outside matches or get them stocked at suitable shops.

333. Use a horse and carriage to take tourists on sightseeing tours.

334. Make glass display cases designed to a clients requirements. The display cases might be used for models, stuffed animals or antiques. Advertise in modelling magazines and build up a list of regular clients.

335. Earn from selling flowers door-to-door. Buy stock from a flower wholesaler or market. Build up a regular base of clients who you can expect to buy a bunch every week from you.

336. Start a weekly car cleaning and polishing service. Build up a list of clients by calling on households in your area to promote the service. Employ teenagers, students and fit retired people to do the cleaning and polishing.

337. Set up an enterprise which organises the publishing of vanity poetry books. Poets pay you to have their work published in a professional manner. Each book might contain the work of one or more poets.

338. Devise 'crack the code' quizzes and sell to newspapers and magazines. One example of this type of quiz is a statement where the letters of each word are replaced by different letters of the alphabet.

339. Advertise for job lots in local and national publications. See what offers turn up and buy anything you think you can resell for a profit.

340. Start a service which buries personalised time capsules which contain items of a persons choice. Advertise your service in up-market publications. Or start a mail order service which sells time capsules to people who want to bury things on their property.

341. Organise career selection weekends for teenagers. During these weekends teenagers take aptitude tests, receive counselling and listen to talks about various careers.

342. Begin a business which produces a series of teach yourself karate videos. Or bring out videos for other martial arts subjects. Sell or hire out these videos by post.

343. Become an astrologer who specialises in producing charts and readings for babies, children and teenagers. You might, for example, use astrology to provide career advise for teenagers. Do charts and readings by post and also do personal consultations with parents.

344. Make cardboard cut-outs of animals for children. Each cut-out would be six to nine inches high and consist of a photograph or drawing of , for example: an elephant, monkey, tiger or dinosaur. These cut-outs might line a shelf. Package them and sell through shops.

345. Deal in the antiques and memorabilia of an ethnic group. Put together a catalogue which features: history books, videos, antiques, prints and ephemera. Examples of suitable ethnic groups include: Polish, Italian, West Indian, Scottish, Irish, Native North American, Indian, etc, etc, etc.

346. Set up a service which reproduces family business and college crests on plaques. These might be carved, painted or printed on each plaque. Also offer a design service. Advertise in up-market publications.

347. Have a market stall which sells inexpensive toys. Demonstrate toys to attract attention.

348. Create a range of desktop sea-shell products. For example: 1) Place weights inside suitable sea-shells to make paperweights. 2) use odd shaped sea-shells as 'fidget shells' to occupy restless fingers 3) sell seashells which have the sound of the sea as 'stress relief shells'.

349. Sell pegs, dishcloths and dusters door-to-door. All you need to do is to buy these goods from a wholesaler, place them in a shopping basket and you are in business.

350. Design and make fashion clothes which are tailor-made to an individual's tastes. Advertise your service in trendy publications and place posters in night-clubs.

351. Start a service which specialises in removing and applying wallpaper. Produce a leaflet which both describes your first class service and lists your prices. Deliver leaflets to households in your area or advertise in the local paper.

352. Take imaginative photographs of landscapes, cityscapes and people. Enlarge the best of these and frame them. Display at arts and crafts fairs and sell as photographic art.

353. Design and organise the printing of 'for sale' signs for car owners who want to sell their car. These will have a brightly coloured backing and are placed in the car windows by the owner. Arrange for signs to be stocked at car accessory shops.
354. Sell simple exercise and keep fit devises door-to-door.

355. Design and produce a selection of satirical, political postcards. Sell sets to collectors, retailers and political activists from ads in political publications.

356. Start a business which designs and manufactures simple basketry kits for beginners. Have them stocked at crafts shops or sell by mail order in crafts magazines.

357. Reprint classic photographs and set up a mail order business to sell these reprints to amateur and professional photographers.

358. Carve or burn into wood 'I love you' or 'Happy Birthday' messages. Sell through shops as an alternative to greetings cards. Or sell them from a stall at crafts fairs and markets.

359. Set yourself up as a freelance photographer by finding an unusual way into the business. One idea is to go to one of the many gold rushes around the world and do photo studies. Another idea is to visit a war in a third-world country. One good photo will sell to publications world-wide.
360. Start a business which imports folk music instruments. Many overseas folk music instruments are made by individuals or small firms who have not considered selling their products in this country. Distribute the imported folk instruments to music shops or sell by mail order.

361. Produce and sell novelty hate or confession bags. These are like sick bags except people talk or shout into them. They get something out of their system and consequently feel better.

362. Make a selection of saucy 'warmers' such as nipple warmers, belly-button warmers, bum warmers, willy warmers, etc. Put each warmer into a plastic bag, staple a card naming the product to each bag. Find shops to stock them.

363. Provide people dressed in unusual costumes for promotions. The costume might be specially designed to suit the corporate image of the company. Let advertising agencies and public relations departments know about your service.

364. Start a theatrical enterprise which produces Christmas pantomimes. Do everything yourself, including writing the script, recruiting actors, finding a venue, organising rehearsals, publicity and selling tickets.

365. Put together a correspondence course which teaches people how to play bridge. Call your business a school of bridge. Advertise in up-market publications.

366. Set up a service which organises theme parties and banquets. The theme of each party might be, for example: medieval, Wild West or horror. You organise everything for the evening, such as the music, entertainers, costumes, props, waiting staff, food, cutlery, etc.

367. Establish a mail order company which sells jokes and tricks. Bring out your own mail order catalogue and build up a list of regular customers. Your catalogue might specialise in one sector of the market such as women's or X-rated jokes or tricks.

368. Start a business which produces and sells video pets. A person buys a video about a cat or a dog and this acts as a mild substitute for the real thing. The advantages include: no feeding, no smell or hairs around the home, and no looking after or taking out for a walk.

369. Manufacture mosaic garden ornaments. These ornaments feature a mosaic picture in the design. They might include mosaic stepping stones, mosaic bird baths and mosaic sundials. A mosaic ornament adds to a garden a touch of the ancient world.

370. Start a publishing business which produces a guide to unusual products, services or shops. Sell by mail order or through bookshops. Also sell advertising space to some of the firms listed in your guide.

371. Start a special effects rental service. Hire out machines which make bubbles, wind, fog, falling snow or flashing lights. Your custom will come from private parties, night-clubs, theatres, pop groups and film companies. Also, if required, provide a person to operate the machines.

372. Open a school for hostessing. If a woman does hostessing at home she might as well learn to do it properly at your school. Advertise in up-market publications and provide students with a thorough, first class training in being a hostess.

373. Set up an agency which specialises in providing attractive men and women for sales and reception work at business promotions, conferences and exhibitions.

374. Be a success consultant. Earn an income from giving advice on how people can achieve success. Start by reaching a clear definition of what a client means by success. Do an assessment of clients strengths and weaknesses and suggest, for example, a program of changes in approach and career.

375. Rent out stuffed and mounted birds, fish and other animals. Your clients might include: restaurants, breweries, clubs, travel agents and other businesses with reception areas.

376. Publish a book which lists recipes for making nutritious dog food and biscuits. Sell to discerning dog owners through dog magazines, pet shops and bookstores.

377. Produce a selection of audio cassettes which feature X-rated poems. Write them yourself or pay poets to write them for you. Produce a catalogue and start a mail order business.

378. Learn how to catch and eradicate rodents. When your skill reaches a high standard, go into business for yourself. Get a listing for your services in the Yellow Pages.

379. Set up a business which invents toys for pets. Most cat owners love to use cotton, wool, string or paper to play games with their pets. This shows a gap in the market exists. A toy which proves popular with cats has huge sales potential. Also, there is always room for a good new toy for dogs.

380. Produce prints of horses and horse racing. These might be reproduced in a catalogue and sold by direct mail to horse lovers. Also offer trade discounts for quantities of prints.

381. Put together an educational pack which contains samples of many types of wood. Use direct mail to sell this educational pack to woodworkers, schools and colleges.

382. Make, mount and frame models of butterflies. The wings are either hand painted or printed. The body of the butterfly might be made of casting metal. The finished model butterflies may be sold through gift or souvenir shops.

383. Use logs to make a range of rustic bird tables, nesting compartments and feeders. Have your products stocked at hardware shops and garden centres.

384. Design your own unique brand of cat scratch posts. For example, if you have a cat which scratches an armchair or wall, base your design on this. Make, package and distribute your scratch posts to suitable retailers or sell by post.

385. Start a rent-a-horse or pony business. Horse riders, instead of keeping their own horse or pony, rent one from you.

386. Begin a service which provides and releases doves for wedding celebrations and other special occasions.

387. Set up a dog obedience school. Provide residential courses for owners and their dogs. Also hold courses which teach others to become dog obedience teachers. Advertise in both dog and up-market magazines.

388. Begin an enterprise which organises day trips to race-courses. You might, for example, set up a service which leaves a city centre at a regular time each day and travels to one of the race-courses open on that day.

389. Deal in antique and reproduction dolls, and dolls houses. Build up relationships with collectors so that you know where to sell any new items that you acquire. Also produce a mail order catalogue of reproduction dolls.

390. Write and publish a manual about how to start a profitable antiques market stall. Sell by mail order to opportunity seekers.

391. Produce and distribute a video encyclopaedia. A video encyclopaedia consists of a series of film clips with very little description. All the film clips might relate to one subject such as cars, trains, ships, or aeroplanes. The clips might appear in alphabetical or chronological order.

392. Design a log book for cooks. In this log book a cook records what recipes were tested and comments on the result. Pay to have the log book printed and sell from ads in women's magazines.

393. Set up a production line which sells besom brooms. The brush part of the broom is made from twigs. Obtain your supply of twigs from the waste material produced by tree surgeons. Get your brooms stocked at garden centres and hardware shops.

394. Organise staff suggestion schemes for businesses. Conduct your own research to discover which type of suggestion scheme is the most effective. Then sell your service to businesses.

395. Start a mail order business which sells books and products related to the great composers. Conduct a world-wide search for products to include in your catalogue. Advertise in classical music magazines.

396. Start a newspaper clipping bureau. Do work for firms who want a comprehensive collection of press clippings about news and developments in their field. Have leaflets printed about your service and sent them to firms. As an incentive offer firms a free trial period.

397. Invent and design magnetic toys for children or adults. Ideas for toys include: magnetic building blocks, magnetic picture kits, magnetic puzzles, etc. Pay a manufacturer to make the toys. Get your toys stocked by wholesalers, gift shops and toy shops.

398. Start a top 20 chart for witty and arty T-shirts. Distribute copies of the chart and the top 20 T-shirts to a wide range of retailers.

399. Open and run a school of money-management. Give tuition to classes and solo students. Teach
students about the techniques, attitudes and systems which can be used for the effective management of money. Students should find the cost of your course more than pays for itself.

400. Set up a postal business which offers people the chance to do all sorts of tests. Examples of tests might include: IQ, creativity, suitability to be a shop owner or entrepreneur, personality, etc. Pay experts to devise and write the tests for you.

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