We printed about 200 fliers and distributed them to everyone in our neighborhood to start the business. As a result, we got a few calls to mow lawns for about $20 apiece. My friend and I split the income. We used our parents’ equipment, so our only cost was gasoline. This is still an excellent way for teenagers to make money.
This was in the mid-2000s in an era before smartphones and before anyone talked about flipping. My primary sources of inventory were dollar stores and garage sales. My best selling items were videos and computer games. I’d buy a lot of videos for $1 and then sell them for around $10 on eBay. Every once in a while, I’d get lucky and find something that would sell for more.
I debated if I should include this one because online poker is gambling for some people who lose a lot of money. However, if you treat poker like a business, it can be a profitable side hustle.
Recruiting can be a very lucrative business. Recruiters can take between 15% and 30% of a candidate’s first-year salary. However, recruiting can also be a very frustrating business. Even though you get paid very well when landing a candidate, you’ll work more overall for candidates that don’t get placed.
I experimented with putting ads on my blog using Ezoic. Ezoic is a platform designed to improve the user experience of your website while also providing a connection to Google Adsense. The customer service I’ve experienced at Ezoic has been top-notch. Onboarding was simple, and it’s exciting to start making a few dollars off my blog finally.