Sunday, November 30, 2008

Need A Gig? Try A Closet At A Time - Personal Organizer

My friend, Donna, and I were kicking around some ideas a few months ago. Somehow the topic turned to our homes and how neat we keep our houses. But the longer we talked, we both had the same confession -- we each have at least one closet in the house that is a disaster area.

Donna said she would have no problem coming to my house and cleaning that closet if I would do the same for her. I thought, why not pay Donna to just clean that closet? Give her an hourly rate, have her drag everything out of the closet, clean it out, and put all of the coats back in an orderly fashion? Then she could go through all of the junk that's on the floor (boxes of extra glasses for when I entertain, wrapping paper, poker supplies, etc) and find new places for them. Or, at least get some nice organizational boxes to put them in?

If you wanted to expand the business, offer to clean and organize that junk drawer that every home has. It would probably only take me an hour to do it, but if someone else came in, cleaned it out and had a bunch of drawer organizers to offer to sell me, I'd probably be happy to purchase them just to get that drawer done. (OK, I have 2 junk drawers in my kitchen. Shoot me.)

Need a name for your business? How about "A Closet At a Time"? Offer to clean for $20-$35/hour, bring supplies to clean/wash/dust the walls. Offer to upsell nice hangers for coats (I bought several from IKEA at a great price). Include a small complimentary satchel hanging on a hook or hanger with your company's name and contact info.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Welcome to Gig Advice

I’ve been an entrepreneur ever since 10th grade when I was renting out “Snoopy Viewers” to classmates during study hall. Since then, I’ve created dozens of side businesses to feed my creative and financial needs. I get excited about new ideas and the start-up business practice. However, being a typical Aries, after I get something off the ground and have taken it as far as I want it to go, I walk away.

Recently, I started a couple of cool projects in town (more to be revealed in upcoming posts). Once my interest in those projects had run their course, instead of just letting them die on the vine, I was able to hand them off to a couple of guys who were able to develop them further. Today, both side hustles have turned into fulfilling money-making adventures for these guys - and in one case, because of the marketing this guy does, it’s been a cash-cow and has built up his reputation in his industry.

That’s what this blog is about: me sharing ideas for businesses that I would love to start. I just don’t have the time to do them all. Each week I will try to present a new business idea along with thoughts about what I would do if I ran it. If I inspire you to try a new business venture - terrific. (If you become profitable, remember where inspiration struck!) I’ll also post articles about finding business assistance, what mistakes not to make, how to find inspiration to keep going and much more.

So, whether you’re here to find your own side hustle to make a few bucks, or just looking for something to do. Welcome to Gig Advice.