Start a Small Business Doing Odds and Ends Jobs

Start a Small Business Doing Odds and Ends Jobs

I have often joked with my husband that we need a go-to contractor for little odd jobs that always need done. Well, it’s not really a joke because we could definitely use a handyman for hire!

Having a versatile skillset and flexible schedule to do do odds and ends jobs is a marketable asset. People are always putting off those small jobs around their house that they never find the time for. If you can offer those services, you could cash in.

What Can You Offer

Take a look around your neighborhood. What do the people you know and spend your days with need? Personal services like dog walking or house cleaning are valuable, especially to busy families or senior citizens. You can offer these services and earn cash.

There are an abundance of things that the people around you probably need. Consider the following list:

  • Shoveling Snow
  • Raking Leaves
  • Mowing Lawns
  • Repairing Home Exteriors
  • Interior Home Repair
  • Interior/Exterior Painting
  • Basic Plumbing
  • Pet Sitting
  • House Sitting
  • Car Detailing/Washing
  • Childcare
  • Cooking
  • Errand Running
  • House Cleaning
  • Child Chauffeur

That’s just a short list. There are certainly more services that you can offer and that your neighbors may need.

Marketing Your Services

Start with what you know. Then ask around for what others may need. I know of a service that will do the grocery shopping for you. I’ve been asked about this myself several times (to shop for someone using coupons) and now it’s interesting to see it’s available!

See what needs are in the highest demand in your neighborhood. For example, a community with young families may need child care. They may also need help with driving kids to practices.

Or, maybe you live in a community where there are a lot of seniors. They could probably use help with their lawn and with cleaning and small repairs.¬†Once you know what you’re going to offer and who your customer is you can then create a plan to market and provide your services.

Flyers, word of mouth and social networking are all free ways to spread the word about your services. Ask each new customer to tell others and give them a discount for referrals.

Again, I’ll be sharing more unique ways to market your business near the end of the series. There are so many ways you can spread the word about your services without spending a lot!

If you have a unique way to earn money from home, please share it with us.
I would love to include your experience with our readers!

More in the Earn Money from Home Series

Start a Homemade Cake Decorating Business
Make Money Doing Freelance Work Online
Start a Sewing and Alteration Business
How to Self Publish an eBook to Earn Income
Offer Babysitting Services
Internet Research from Home
Earn Money as a Home Organizer
Selling Online to Make Extra Income

by Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on May 13, 2013

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