Sébastien Taché and his girlfriend had to suffer through a couple of bed bug infestations to get the inspiration to start their side hustle business - Bed Bugs SOS. It started in an apartment in Montreal, Canada, when after having to go through the stress and upheaval of getting their apartment free of bed bugs. 

Additional Info

  • Starting Point Turned a problem into a business, Side hustle while still working full-time
Published in Inspiring Stories

Michael Hyland has a business creating custom pens that sell for as much as $329 each and it all started with a woodworking class in middle school where he made a couple of pens. He would later go on to learn new skills and make roller pens and fountain pens out of wood and acrylic.  He has gone from making a couple of pens in class, to setting up a workshop and online ecommerce store, as well as selling via retail partners.

Key Points

  • The idea from his business came from a class he took in middle school.
  • It was years before that idea turned into a business.
  • He started in the basement of his house.

Triggers

  • He enjoyed the woodworking class.
  • A friend requested a custom pen for her graduation and her excitement was "...a really big driving factor for me to start a business."

Ask Yourself

  • Is there a hobby you enjoy that you could turn into a business?

 

Additional Info

Published in Inspiring Stories

Take advantage of the Amazon global network and access to millions of customers to sell your custom t-shirt designs.  You upload your design, add it to your store, and let Amazon take care of delivery.  You don´t need to be a graphic designer to create custom t-shirts. You can use graphics applications, open source images, or hire someone put your ideas into graphic form.

Additional Info

  • Investment required? Yes
  • Need Experience? No
Published in Designing

Footweardeal.com offers top name brands like Nike, Adidas, Reebok, FILA, Converse etc. You can buy in wholesale lots or choose a dropshipping option if you want them to send direct to the buyer.

Additional Info

  • Type Business
  • Eligibility International
  • Investment required? Yes
  • Need Experience? No
Published in Selling
Saturday, 11 November 2017 21:12

Teach Yoga Online at AudibleYoga.com

AudibleYoga.com gives teachers the opportunities to earn money by selling recordings of their classes.  It gives you the opportunity to create another stream of income targeting those students who no longer need to watch the videos, but still want an audio guide while they are going through their yoga routine. 

To start earning money with yoga audio lessons, you need to create a teacher profile on the website and upload a demo yoga class.  This demo is given away as a free class, but you will still get paid when it is streamed or downloaded.

Users can search for audio yoga classes by teacher, style, level, duration and purpose.  You can create audio yoga files to help clients with different issues including:

  • Calm
  • Immunity
  • Focus
  • Circulation
  • Stress
  • Weight loss
  • ....and many more

Ways to Earn

  • Referral payments from  subscribers.
  • Royalties for any classes that are downloaded.

Payments

  • Payments are sent after the 30th of each month to your PayPal account.

>>>  Upload your audio lessons to AudioYoga.com   <<<

Additional Info

  • Type Freelance, Online
  • Eligibility International
  • Investment required? No
  • Need Experience? Yes
Published in Teach Online

GroCycle have perfected the art of growing mushrooms and selling them to local restaurants - why not do the same in your neighbourhood?  You can set up your mushroom farm in a relatively small area with only 30m2 needed to grow up to 50kg of mushrooms per week.

The GroCycle website has a very detailed article explaining the basics of mushroom farming to give you a good idea of what you will need to start your home-based mushroom business. If you decide that this could be a potential business idea for you and want to take it further, take their low cost course on mushroom farming where they take you step by step through everything you need to do to get started (at the time of writing it was only 67 pounds).

Some key points from their website:

  • You don´t  need land to grow mushrooms - you can use any indoor space.
  • 10m2 growing space will take about 12 hours of work, a week, to grow 10kg of mushrooms.
  • Oyster and Shitake mushrooms are easy to grow, grow fast and are sold at a high price.
  • You can grow a crop of oyster mushrooms in 3-4 weeks.
  • A fruiting (growing) room can be set up with $1000.

So there is a relatively low start up cost, it is low tech,  quick to produce results and in a niche market. You can sell to people looking for local, fresh, organic produce. 

Income Potential

GroCycle recommend contacting local restaurants, health food stores or vegetable box delivery schemes to sell your mushrooms. Or you could sell them directly to the public at a local farmers market.  What price could you get for your mushrooms?

"£10 (US$13) per kg and Shiitake at £15 (US$19) per kg...In Australia, Oysters fetch an impressive AU$ 40 (US$ 29) per kg!"

They offer a lot of information on their website and appear to have a comprehensive course that will show you everything you need to make your mushroom farm a success.  You can start your own mushroom business whether you are living on a farm or in the middle of a city.  Find out more at:

>>>   www.GroCycle.com   <<<

Published in Gardening

AES offers you the chance to work from home as a recruitment consultant, taking advantage of their reputation and infrastructure, without having to go and work in a physical office. You get training from AES and access to their systems to help you run your business from home.

Fees

AES claims it is not running a franchise, rather granting you a licence to use their name and their resources.  You have two payment options:

1. £4000 upfront then £1000 per month after the fourth month.

2. No upfront free but paying £1250 plus VAT per month.

Income Potential

Income will vary depending on the amount of hours worked and the commission per placement, but as a guide AES says that if you place just 2 candidates per month at a commission of £5000 per placement, you could earn £120,000 per year - working from home.

Although you will be representing AES you are not an employee and will need to set up your own limited company to work with them.

Requirements

  • Attend a minimum of 5 days training at their head office, preferably more.
  • Home office

While they do not make previous recruitment experience a requirement, if you have a background in sales, management consultancy, recruitment, or human resources is appreciated.

>>>  Find out more at AESCo.co.uk  <<<

Additional Info

  • Type Freelance, Business
  • Eligibility UK
  • Investment required? Yes
  • Need Experience? No
Published in Recruiting

Housers brings investors together to buy property in prime locations and then earn a healthy return on their investment through rental income and/or sale of the property.

Housers claim that you get the benefits real estate investment without all the administrative and legal headaches that normally go with buying a house. They search for properties under market value that will provide a good return on investment and the chosen properties are listed on the website with details.  Each property has its own forum where users, investors and developers can discuss the progress of each project.

Who can invest?

Both local and international investors are welcome except for a handful of restricted countries including Afganistán, Angola, Argelia, Corea, Ecuador, Guayana, Indonesia, Iraq, Irán,  Lao PDR, Myanmar, Panamá, Papua Nueva Guinea, Siria, Sudán o Yemen. You will need a NIE (identification number) if you are not resident in Spain. You can ask for it at your local consulate or Housers will help you with the process.

Level of investment

Housers recommends you invest at least 1000 euros in each project but the minimum level of investment is just 100 euros.

How does it work?

Funds are paid into the payment processor LemonWay and are blocked until 100% of the funding needed to buy a property is reached. If the total is not reached, the funds are returned to your account. 

Fees

Housers does not charge any setup fees and only charges if you earn any profit, from which they will deduct 10% commission and admin fees. If you don't earn any profit, you pay nothing.

Payments

You will receive your profits in the form of dividends. If the property is rented you receive dividends each month, and profits from a sale upon completion of the sale.

At the time of writing the website is only in Spanish, but I am sure that will change in the future!

 

Additional Info

  • Type Investment
  • Eligibility International
  • Investment required? Yes
  • Need Experience? No
Published in Investing

CrowdFunder is a one-stop shop for both entrepreneurs and investors. Entrepreneurs have a platform for raising funds from angels investors, venture capitalists, the Crowdfunder investor network and even family and friends.  For the investor, they have access to new and interesting deals to add to their investment portfolio. 

Entrepreneurs

  • Create an online profile
  • Crowdfunder matches you with potential investors
  • Investors review your offer and make you a deal

The free plan alllows you to create your company profile, network with investors and learn from the Crowdfunder knowledge. You also have the option of upgrading to the Fundraising Pro Plan which costs $399 for six months. With this you get:

  • The ability to raise unlimited funding
  • Tools for fundraising
  • Access to the investor CRM
  • A fundraising profile

Use Crowdfunder to attract serious investors and have the option to offer shares in your company and make your profile more attractive.

 

Additional Info

  • Investment required? Yes
Published in Investing

Tutor Doctor started offering franchises in 2003 and has over 17,000 students worldwide, in 14 different countries. They focus on finding the right teaching style for each student. They have over 400 franchisees and have won several awards including Child Magazines Parents Choice award 3 times in 2010,2011 and 2013.

You will not need any large investment in inventory or permanent staff and the company provides extensive training plus a consultant who will help you through the first few months. Their mentoring programs ensures you have someone you can turn to for support.

Tutor Doctor only allows one franchisee per territory which includes approximately 75,000-100,000, but there are also master franchises available if you want to cover a larger area.

Fees

Franchise fees start from  $39,700 which includes a 4–6 week pre-training program, a 7-day intensive training at their headquarters, as well as ongoing business support.  

Find out more about becoming a Tutor Doctor franchisee at: http://www.tutordoctoropportunity.com/

Additional Info

  • Investment required? Yes
  • Need Experience? No
Published in Teaching
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