The best time to start a small business to operate on the side is NOW. I am sure that you can use an infusion of extra cash at the moment. And while you still have a job, it would be good to spend your spare time trying to earn a little bit more. Here are some ideas that can help you get on your way to being a businessperson.

Take advantage of the Web
Be a webpreneur! The best thing about making money online is that you do not have to spend too much to start up your business. You also do not need to make drastic changes in your lifestyle. All you need is your computer and a connection to the Internet. You might need to spend money on a domain and hosting services but these can be had for less than $50.

Make use of your talents
Every person has a special area wherein he can be considered an expert. With your experience and credentials, you can set yourself up a consulting business. This will not require all your time – you can still work your day job. Print yourself up a nice set of business cards and be on the look out for prospective clients all the time.

Take care of other people’s houses or pets
In other words, take a look into house sitting or pet sitting services. This is especially applicable if you have a lot of spare time. You can start small – with you as the sole employee. Put out ads in your neighborhood to attract business. If the demand proves to be high, you can eventually hire help.

Originally posted on October 2, 2008 @ 11:44 am

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