Wow! Summer has flown by this year. At Little Miss Idea, we’ve been busy helping our clients get organized, plan their summer parties and get caught up on all kinds of administrative & daily tasks. Summer is my favorite time of the year, with so much to do…festivals, weddings, bridal showers, parties, BBQ’s and more! My next favorite time of the year is Fall. I love the change in seasons and welcome the cooler temp’s. If Summer got away from you and you could use some help this fall, please keep Little Miss Idea in mind for any of your needs. We’d love to help you get organized, shop for your upcoming dinner party, get your holiday card/gift list started or updated well before the rush…whatever you may need help with, just ask! On a personal note, I will be embarking on a cross country road trip with one of my best girlfriends in September. I’m really looking forward to our one on one girl time and seeing what we can discover along the way. I love road trips. They remind of youth and feeling free. If you haven’t taken a road trip in some time, I highly recommend it. It’s good for your soul to get out on the open road. Even if it’s only a few hours away…it will do wonders for your spirit. Enjoy the rest of your Summer, with or without a road trip. If you do take one, I hope it leads you on an unexpected adventure!
#60 – Gift Wrapping at Department Stores or Shopping Malls
I love getting a fantastically wrapped package as a gift and try to be creative when wrapping gifts for my family and friends. Most large department stores still offer gift wrapping services for free or a small fee. If you love wrapping presents for birthdays and all the holidays throughout the year, this might be a great part time gig for you this holiday season. I have a friend who worked evenings and weekends doing this for several holiday seasons to make extra money. She loved giving customers beautifully wrapped gifts and even though she was on her feet long hours and got a few paper cuts along the way, she enjoyed the money she made making bows and wrapping pretty packages for appreciative customers. Something to think about now before the shopping season is in full swing!
#61 – People are busy…
And…the holidays just make normally busy people even busier, adding stress and angst during a time that should be filled with love, fun and good times. Why not start an “Errand Running” business that offers different types of services from picking up dry cleaning, prescription drop off and pick up, grocery shopping, gift buying, gift wrapping and delivery…if you think about the types of errands you normally run, I’m sure you will be able to come up with a great business plan that would be a huge help to these already busy folks.
An errand service is something to think about…ask your friends and family who are busy, if a service like this would benefit them and save them time, then ask them how much would they pay to get some time back in their week. After all…time is money. If you could save someone several hours in the week so that they could spend more time doing something they enjoy, I’m sure you could make some money doing this as a business. Of course…make sure you do your research, check online to see what other services like this charge and compare the type of “errands” offered and if there is normally a charge for miles, a per errand charge or if they charge by the hour, etc… depending on where you live, you may want to limit the area that you service. Gas prices are expensive and you’ll make more money if you don’t have to put lots of miles on your car to do this. If you can run errands for more than one client in the same trip, you will also maximize your time and efficiency. Maybe try to organize errands for clients who live in the same are for the same day? This is a great time of year to offer this type of service and it’s also a great way to make some money, doing something that you already do for yourself!