If one is looking to make some extra money on their own without working for a big corporate giant where one is lost in the crowd, personalized services is the way to go. Home business ventures are quick to take off and one can offer a myriad of services. You don’t have to open a shop to show off your shirt designs and talk to customers.. all you need to do is start very small by walking around through outdoor markets where shoppers frequent (while wearing one of your shirts) and start conversations with people who you think would be interested in your shirt designs.. ask them if they’d be interested in buying a shirt like the one you’re wearing.
If you have experience with marketing, SEO or a knack for getting people excited about the products and services you use on a regular basis, think about refining your skills and putting them to work as a small business marketing consultant in your region—especially if you can become a local SEO expert and can help local clients rank higher in their search results.
However, there’s nothing wrong with starting small and focusing most on what you can do to start generating revenue from your business as quickly as possible – then you can start looking for more flexible work arrangements (a part time job perhaps) that may give you more free time to focus on your side business that’s starting to bring in some money.
Choosing to work for a tutoring company first will likely keep you more stocked up with clients, thus reducing some risk.. at the same time, you can drum up tutoring clients on your own (not through the company), but be careful with the specifics of your contract with the tutoring company because there are usually clauses that specify not setting up a competing business.
Start with doing free shoots for friends and family to build up a strong online portfolio, get familiar with your gear and the editing process, then you’ll be able to get paid for photographing professional head shots and celebratory family moments as your side business idea.