999 money making ideas part 5

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.

401.Start a dining agency for single people. Match single people and arrange for them to have dinner dates. Or organise dinner parties for mixed groups. Use ads in local newspapers and singles magazines.

402. Bring out a selection of men's rings which feature the name or emblem of popular football teams.

403. Produce a publication which consists entirely of advertisements from sellers of craftwork and craft equipment and supplies. This publication might be like a catalogue, but instead of displaying the goods of one seller, it contains ads from hundreds of different sellers.

404. Start an international advertising publication for philatelists. Provide dealers and collectors with an international dimension to their sales efforts and search for stamps.

405. Set up a firm which provides tours of the underside of a big city. Your tour might visit: streets where prostitutes and drug dealers wait for clients, skid row, a main rubbish tip, crime-ridden neighbourhoods, etc. Give your tour a name like 'Shocking side of the city'.

406. Produce souvenir pillowcases. Each pillowcase might be printed with pictures of tourist scenery. Souvenir pillowcases have the novel feature that they help a person to relax and sleep because the pictures prompt a person to think of pleasant holiday locations.

407. Begin a mail order business which sells football videos, photographs, postcards, posters and slides. Advertise in football magazines and programmes.

408. Assemble sets of fossils. These might be based on a type of animal, for example, insects or fish. Or organise them according to particular geological periods. Sell to collectors and schools.

409. Start a children's telephone pal club. Pen pal clubs help children develop their writing ability, this club helps them to become accustomed to using the telephone. Each member receives introductory notes about the interests of the child he or she will shortly speak to.

410. Locate a source of firewood for stoves and open fires. Start a business which either packages the wood for distribution to retailers or deliver the wood direct to customers.

411. Start a semi-professional theatre group which earns money from performing at private parties, business promotions, tourist sites and public events.

412. Begin a crafts business which incorporates a barometer, digital clock, calendar and thermometer into a single framed picture. For example, these might be a picture of an aircraft cockpit or cityscape and set among the dials or skyscraper is the barometer, clock, etc.

413. Bring out leather and plastic belts and holsters for holding personal stereos. Arrange for these belts and holsters to be stocked at shops which sell records and audio equipment.

414. Sell pillowcases printed with amusing designs and statements relating to popular themes, such as football, romance and sex. For example, one amusing design might be related to the Kama Sutra and a witty statement might be 'The centre forward of Liverpool and a score every time'.

415. Produce photographs about one inch square of the human eye. Frame each photograph. Sell each framed eye as a novelty for sticking on a wall or door. This novelty can be unnerving because it creates the impression that someone is watching through a hole in the wall or door.

416. Manufacture wooden TV caddies for holding an ashtray, drink, sandwiches, TV programmes schedule, Kleenex, etc. A TV caddie might consist of an upright plank of wood with several shelves.

417. Begin a business which invents, produces and distributes role-playing board games. This field is not as competitive as other board games and if a game can gain a reputation role-playing game enthusiasts will be willing buyers.

418. Devise role-playing games which can be played by post. For example, someone has to plan an expedition or business venture and he or she receives feedback by post. Set up a postal role-playing games club and charge members a fee for each game they participate in.

419. Design a standard notepad for ordering extra goods from the milkman. The notepad should have spaces for house number, date and the customers name. The rest of the notepad might consist of a list of goods which can be ticked. Get your notepads stocked at stationers or sell them to dairies who may be willing to give them free to their customers.

420. Put together a company which publishes the bible on video cassettes. Each cassette might be devoted to a different book of the bible. The bible might be presented by readers juxtaposed with illustrations.

421. Start an interior decoration business which specialises in Tudor. Your service might include fitting ornamental oak beams and providing iron and brass wall ornaments. Put together a sales presentation and advertise in up-market magazines.

422. Create a mail order business which sell sensory exploration kits for young children. Make many of the kits yourself. For example, one kit might consist of a wide range of colours on different cards, another might have a wide range of rough and smooth materials.

423. Earn money from selling house numbers and name signs door-to-door. Houses often have rusty, old or difficult to see numbers. This presents an excellent opportunity for a direct sales business.

424. Set up your own furniture removals business. Start by hiring a van to do the removals and if business proves promising, buy your own van.

425. Found a trade publication for publishers of audio cassettes. This publication should give the latest news about this industry. Also accept ads from businesses who want to sell products to audio cassette publishers.

426. Write and publish an annual directory about 'penny shares'. The purpose is to examine the
performance of penny shares companies over the past year. Sell by direct mail to investors, have stocked in bookshops and advertise in investment magazines.

427. Start a school of stock market investment. With the number of shareholders growing there is a growing demand for tuition about investing in the stock market. Hold classes at home and in hired offices and halls. Also do a correspondence course or a lesson of the month newsletter.

428. Produce 'add-one' plays on audio cassettes for amateur actors and actresses. A play is produced and a gap is left in the dialogue for a listener to read the line of a character. A printed copy of the play is provided with each cassette.

429. Sell ideas and recipes for making unusual cakes. For example cakes shaped like: cars, UFOs, trains, ships, famous landmarks, etc. For each design produce a folded page, like a knitting pattern. Sell these printed patterns through outlets which sell cake decorations.

430. Make pendants from sea-shells. Use gold paint to highlight the features of each shell. Or use ordinary paints for pictures or patterns on each shell. Sell through gift or souvenir shops or from a market stall.

431. Seek out the most powerful magnifying glass in the world. Buy numerous of these at trade prices and start a mail order business with your product as the 'World's Most Powerful Pocket Magnifying Glass'.

432. Write and publish a newsletter for those who want to make money with their photographic or video camera. In each issue give a detailed description of a selected enterprise. Also provide subscribers with other money making ideas and news and tips about photography and video making.

433. Set up a mail order business which sells gold chain by the inch. Use creative advertising to put across your sales message.

434. Bring out your own mail order catalogue which is devoted to enamelling craft equipment and supplies. You can commission manufacturers to make many of the supplies.

435. Place racks of bead necklaces at a wide range of shops. Buy the bead necklaces from importers and mount them on the racks yourself.

436. Write and publish a manual about how to make money from buying bankrupt stock. Sell this to business opportunity seekers by direct mail or classified ads.

437. Sell figure improving aids and techniques by mail order. For example, you might sell exercise programmes, or products which help to remove tummy bulges or excess fat on legs.

438. Design and manufacture kits for making moccasins. These kits could be the basis of a mail order business. Advertise in publications read by young adults and craft magazines.

439. Write and publish a series of manuals about starting and running a variety of crafts businesses. Examples of crafts covered might include: leatherwork, soft toy making, pottery, woodcarving, and eggcrafts. Sell through classified ads or have stocked in craft shops.

440. Start a business which specialises in writing sales letters. Call on small businesses to sell your service and show samples of your work. Your service should be good enough to improve the sales pull of almost any sales letter a firm already has.

441. Start a bookplates of the month club for both established collectors and for people who would like to take up a new collecting hobby. The bread and butter work of this club would involve sending newly issued bookplates to club members.

442. Invent and develop a programme which is designed to turn a failure into a successful person. The programme might take the form of a series of booklets, loose-leaf binders of information, or a correspondence course. Sell your programme from ads in newspapers and magazines.

443. Bring out a range of cake decorations which have a football theme. Use these as the basis of a mail order business, or get them stocked by wholesalers of cake decorations.

444. Take top quality photographs of historic and well-known buildings in your town or region. Select the best photographs and have these printed on writing paper and envelopes. The idea is that tourists will use this stationery to write home. Also do the same for other towns or regions.

445. Design a range of first name self-adhesive stickers for children to put on their books or toys. Sell through toy shops and newsagents.

446. Bring out a cataloguing system for book buyers to use at home. For example, have a card index with pre-printed cards. The cards have printed on them: spaces for the name of the author, the book title, etc. Also include self-adhesive numbers. Sell your card index system through bookshops.

447. Start a school of crossword puzzles. Provide tuition for people who want to either, improve their crossword skills or earn money from devising crosswords. Give tuition during the evenings and weekends. Also bring out correspondence courses on how to do and how to devise crossword puzzles.

448. Begin a word and phrase origin finding service. This service would be invaluable to academics, lecturers, authors and all others curious about the origin of words and phrases.

449. Produce a correspondence course about how to write biography. Biography publishing is one of the largest sectors of the book industry.

450. Bring out a selection of computer programs which can be sold as a business opportunity. For example, one program might be for starting a computerised dating agency, another for writing a newsletter or classified ad sheet, a third for starting a computerised marketplace.

451. Set up a business which sends British comics to both expatriates and overseas collectors of British comics. You might send comics on a weekly basis as they are published, save them up and post every quarter or advertise world-wide offering a sample of British comics.

452. Start a newsletter for role-playing game enthusiasts. In each issue give subscribers: tips about how to win games, review new games, act as a forum for discussion about games. Sell space to display and classified advertisers.

453. Produce a series of Whodunit audio cassettes. Get your cassettes stocked at bookshops and build up a reputation for producing the best whodunit cassettes. Alternatively, produce a series of X-rated whodunit cassettes. They can be sold by mail order.

454. Publish a booklet which provides a lengthy list of mottos for use by: societies, clubs, institutions, families and individuals. Have the booklet stocked at shops. Also start a postal service which devises mottos. Use a page in the booklet to advertise your postal service.

455. Provide yourself with a regular income by selling odd and unusual facts to all kinds of publications. For example, sell financial facts to financial magazines, football facts to football programme publishers, photography facts to photography magazines, etc.

456. Bring out a series of booklets or cassettes about how to get rid of, or escape the attentions of various types of people such as: unsatisfactory employers, salesmen, bores, fools, unwanted admirers, officials, etc. Sell the booklets or cassettes as a complete set by mail order or through bookshops.

457. Produce and distribute an audio cassette library of fairy tales. Put together a comprehensive collection of fairy tales. Sell by post as a complete library or start a monthly club. Advertise in women's magazines.

458. Make kitchen wall-pouches from either leather or fabrics. Each pouch is for holding money-off coupons, shopping lists and other bits of paper which are worth keeping. Find retailers to stock your wallpouches.

459. Start a universal correspondence club. This club should be able to boast that it can find someone to correspond about any subject. Produce a leaflet about your club and list many subjects. Recruit club members by placing classified ads in a diversity of publications at home and abroad.

460. Start a service for newsletter publishers. This might include: handling back issues, enveloping and mailing issues to subscribers, and selling advertising space.

461. Begin a postal service which hires out or sells Welsh or Gaelic spoken word audio cassettes and videos. If you have a knowledge of either language, produce many of the cassettes yourself.

462. Publish a newsletter about the changing English language. The contents would provide information about new words and meanings. Sell subscriptions to writers, academics, advertising agencies and others who might be interested in new words.

463. Give tuition in your own home to those who want to improve their spoken English. There is a vast pool of clients as most people would like to become more articulate. Use local advertising to attract students.

464. Publish a newsletter for separated and divorced people. Discuss issues relevant to being separate or divorced. Also include classified listings of people who are looking for new partners.

465. Commission an artist to do a contemporary map of your town or region in the style of maps from antiquity. Produce and frame prints of this map. Distribute to shops throughout the region.

466. Invest in a course of singing lessons. If others find your voice pleasing to listen to earn money from singing at pubs and clubs.

467. Begin a mail order business which sells stencil craft. Make stencils which can be used by
woodworkers, for example, to add attractive designs to their work. A stencil might depict flowers and a woodworker would use paint or ink to imprint the design onto their work.

468. Become a street or market craftworker. Sit at a stall making, for example, ornaments from wire or shells. Display the goods you make on your stall. The act of making the ornaments attracts the curiosity of passers-by. This should result in a respectable level of sales.

469. Buy and rent out steam wallpaper removing machines. Start with one fairly cheap model bought from your local DIY superstore and build up a collection.

470. Start a general problem solving service for personal affairs. This service acts like a private agony aunt. An expert is provided to deal with the problem your client is trying to solve. The expert might give advice by telephone, by post or in person.

471. Learn the art of making stained glass windows. Use your newly acquired skills to earn money from: 1) Teaching people in your own home, 2) Holding courses at bed and breakfast houses out of season, 3) holding classes in a quiet corner or back room of an arts and crafts shop.

472. Start an agency which supplies entertainers to pubs, restaurants and wine bars. The entertainers might include disc jockeys, musicians, singers and strip-tease artists. Visit a lawyer to find what legal requirements you must satisfy. Advertise for entertainers to put on your books, then advertise for business.

473. Make low budget promotional videos for pop groups and solo artists who are just starting out. Advertise your service at music shops and in the music press. When you receive an enquiry, give the potential client a persuasive sales presentation.

474. Design Christmas sleigh bells for cars. These bells are attached to the exterior of a car. The motion of the car causes the bells to ring, just like sleigh bells. During the Christmas period these bells should add a pleasant seasonal flavour to cars.

475. Bring out a correspondence course which teaches people how to be a consultant. This course should deal with every aspect of setting up a successful consultancy.

476. Put together a mail order catalogue of spoken word audio cassettes. Canvass audio cassette publishers to see how they can be of help to you. Place as many audio cassette titles in this catalogue as possible to give potential customers the widest possible choice.

477. Begin a business which hires out second-hand pin-ball machines and computer arcade games to householders. These machines might also be hired out by the night to private parties.

478. Start a children's record or audio cassette of the month club. The records and cassettes sold by the club might be educational, stories or music.

479. Begin a service which produces newsletters for pop group fan clubs. Devise a method for producing a reasonable newsletter at low cost. Sell your service to fan clubs. An important part of this business is that it gives a lot of scope for the selling of advertising space.

480. Produce vanity poetry audio cassettes or videos. Pay a celebrity to read a poet's work to a video camera, or make a recording on audio tape. Your service might also include producing copies of the recording on audio or video cassettes for distribution.

481. Write booklets or produce audio cassettes about different aspects of making a career in the music business. For example: 'How to be an independent record producer', 'How to get a recording contract', 'How to form your own group', etc. Use small ads in the music press to attract buyers.

482. Stain sawdust with different colours of ink. Fill clear bottles and jars with the coloured sawdust so that attractive patterns are made. Also pictures can be built up on the sides of bottles if different colours are carefully arranged. Sell as souvenirs or ornaments.

483. Open a television and video school. Organise practical courses in television and video production. Buy a second-hand closed circuit television system, rent or lease a hall and use this as the premises of the school.

484. Start a music tuition agency. Offer to tutor potential students in popular musical instruments. Call your agency a school of music. Start by using advertising to recruit both part-time tutors and pupils.

485. Begin a business which organises trips to rock and pop concerts, and football and rugby matches. Your service obtains the tickets and provides a coach or mini-bus to take fans to the venue.

486. Design and make fashionable clothes for children. You might sell them direct or through agents at party plan.

487. Use soft toy materials to make a puppet-like toy which gives children their medicine. A small soft toy has a clip attached to one hand. A parent puts the spoonful of medicine into the clip and controls the hand so that it appears that the puppet is giving the medicine. Sell by mail order through ads in women's magazines.

488. Make household hall letterboards. A board is criss-crossed with coloured elastic. Letters are slipped behind this elastic and thus easily displayed. Have them stocked at stationers and gift shops. Or sell by mail order.

489. Use wood to make desktop stands for holding reference books such as dictionaries, trade directories, map books and telephone directories. Have these stocked at bookshops and stationers or sell by mail order.

490. Learn machine knitting. Once your skill has reached a high standard, earn money from teaching others to use knitting machines. Teach people in your own home or theirs.

491. Make energy saving 'sausages'. Fill a sausage shaped bag with sand so that it can be placed against a draughty door or window. Sell door-to-door or have them sold in hardware shops. Also sell kits by mail order.

492. Design and make old fashioned country curtains. Display your curtains on a roadside stall near a busy shopping centre in a similar fashion to the way double-glazing or shower firms sometimes display their products.

493. Set up a mail order business which serves the gay community. In your catalogue include suitable: Books, audio cassettes, videos, novelty products, posters, contact adverts section, etc.

494. Begin a service which organises the production of wall hanging tapestries to commission. Sell your service to businesses which might want a tapestry of their logo, for example, hanging in a reception area. Or do a 1066 style tapestry representing business achievements.

495. Manufacture Australian cork hats. These hats might be a cheap novelty version of the real thing. Sell these cork hats through shops which sell novelties, souvenirs or gifts. Or import real cork hats from Australia and use ads in magazines to sell these by mail order.

496. Bring out a range of T-shirts to distribute to bookshops, record-shops, computing shops, gift shops or newsagents. The design on the T-shirts might be aimed at the customers of the shops they appear in, for example, a literary theme for bookshops.

497. Have an undergarments market stall and sell: men's underwear, socks, tights, stockings, fancy lingerie, long johns, etc.

498. Produce magnetic perpetual calendars. A strip of metal is printed with day numbers and the names of months. Two magnetic markers are used to indicate the date.

499. Design and manufacture kits for making clothes. The kits might be aimed at those who have basic sewing skills, but would need a kit if they want to make something a bit more complex. Produce a catalogue about your kits and advertise in women's magazines.

500. Start a scarf club. Each month or quarter club members automatically receive one of the latest fashionable scarves selected by the club. Your club might have a single annual membership charge. Membership would make an ideal gift.

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