Using Your Talent

Do you have a talent that would be valuable in the construction industry? Can you build a fence? Can you repair things that typically need fixing in your home, such as patching walls, staining decks, or replacing tile? You will need special tile tools and if you don’t have them, you might know someone you can borrow them from.
Let’s use the statistics from Entrepreneur Magazine. They found the average national household annual income is $26,000 a year. That would be $2,166 a month, $541 a week or $13.54 an hour.
Could you make enough money walking dogs? If you live in a large metropolitan neighborhood where both husband and wife are working, what would it take for you to make an acceptable income?
If you have a dog, would you pay $15 a week to have someone walk your dog? Could you walk more than one dog an hour? Could you manage four dogs at a time? Four dogs an hour , eight hours a day, at $15 an hour is $480 a week or $1,720 a month.
Then you could add a dog bath and brushing and increase your income by 25%.
You could test market the idea in your neighborhood by putting door hanger advertisements on people doors. You aren’t allowed to put information in their mailboxes, but there’s no reason you can’t print up 100 flyers, 3 to a page on an 8 ½ by 11 brightly colored sheet. The cost will be less than $10 for 300 flyers. If you pick up three clients for your efforts, you would have more than quadrupled your ten-dollar investment the first week.
If you don’t have time to put the flyers out, pay your children or the neighbors children ten cents a piece for putting them out. Or better yet, use the time to get your daily exercise while distributing flyers.