At age sixteen between sophomore and junior year of high school (2001), I decided to make thousands of dollars. How to do it quickly and easily? A neighborhood business using skills I already possessed. After thinking what kinds of services to offer, I came up with the following:
- yard care
- house cleaning (light)
- dog walking
- errand running
- hand made jewelry, baked goods, stationery
- academic tutoring
- personal soccer training
I typed up the above flyer on our bulky home computer and since I could drive, hopped in my Dad's '97 Porsche 928 and had my brother hang out the passenger side window dropping off flyers in every mailbox. My childhood neighborhood was awesome - in the windy hills walking distance from the Hollywood Reservoir and a hike up to the Hollywood sign. My younger brother Daniel and I were never bored in our spacious three tiered backyard equipped with trampoline, jungle gym, green, badminton net and massive acacia trees.
The neighbors were equally awesome and creative. Most were in the film and television industry so when I did receive responses, I had the pleasure of meeting such diverse and interesting individuals.
Other than the horrified feeling of embarrassment after a neighbor pointed out my misspelling of "stationary versus stationery," I received some exciting jobs walking dogs, planting flowers, organizing homes, watching houses, and tutoring middle/high school students.
That summer I made thousands of dollars. I saved the money for later travels in Europe.
I'm happy to share this story because it highlights a simple way of how one can create something out of nothing.
Take a moment, determine your talents or simply your abilities, share them, and you will receive business.