It seems as though everyone is selling stuff on ebay or writing the next great ebook, and those just don’t seem like things you would be interested in. However, perhaps you also realize that the Internet is a great way to make extra money, employing multiple streams of income that you can apply to the rapidly growing pile of bills over there. Here are some unique spin offs on typical Internet businesses that you should feel free to tweak to your liking:
One Stop Tourist Shop: Do you live somewhere that people like to visit? If so, you might be in luck. Think about opening up a one stop shop where potential tourists can not only buy travel information and brochures, but where they can also shop for souveniers that they can get shipped to them, so that they don’t have to lug them home in their suitcases (and break that pesky 50 pound limit). You might also think about putting up an “ask a local” area where, for a small fee, visitors can ask you for advice about getting around, great places to eat, little known attractions, etc. It would also be a great place to promote an ebook – by you!
Love Letter Writer: So you’ve heard of greeting card writers – why not advertise your services as a love letter writer? You could either set up your own site and market it on the search engines, or post advertisements on popular sites such as craigslist.com. Interested parties can contact you directly for help in writing the perfect love letter. You would be surprised at how many people find it difficult to find the right thing to say when it comes time to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard!).
Local Online Babysitting Club: Moms unite! If you are a stay at home mom and know others like you, think about putting together a club that offers your parenting services to other parents who need a few hours away. Parents can either trade time, or charge per hour to take care of other children. By setting up this business on the Internet, you can avoid the awkward chit chat and get down to the business of raising kids.