1. Create a tour of your city - Boston Pizza Tour Company
In March 2013 I travelled to Boston, Massachusetts to visit Harvard Business school and to have a few days break in Boston and travelling up the coastline to Maine, Portland and around. We had a fabulous time. Whilst we were there we heard about theBoston Pizza Tour.
Now Katie and I love Pizza, we love touring, exploring and learning about the local area so it seemed like the perfect thing for us to do!
Our tour guide was we toured around the north end of the city or little Italy as it is know and tasted Pizza
He launched the tour in the second half of 2011 and it took off. 2012 he said was a very good year and he was flat out and in 2013 he is taking on four tour guides to work with him delivering the tours around Boston's north end.
He has used social media and local advertising with tourist agencies to grow his business and this year is experimenting with Groupon to sell more ticket to increase his online presence.
Idea #1 is start a tour of your local city and sell it to the locals and the tourists. I have been thinking of doing one for Basingstoke for some time now!
2. Create a social media training company
I have a fabulous friend Nicky Kriel. If you have read our blog you will have seen her and heard her tips on social media. Back in December 2010 she decided to master Twitter and went on a journey learning everything she could over the next few months, reading blogs, books and putting everything into action. She soon had over a thousand followers and was starting to teach other small businesses how to use Twitter for their business.
Over the years since she has worked for major multinational companies on their twitter strategy, she has sold her courses online via twitter and most recently she has launched her book. I have been so impressed with how Nicky has built a business from nothing.
Idea #2 is to build a social media training business in your local area, become a LinkedIn or Facebook expert
3. Sell your skills online
Recently I have been buying a lot of services through www.peopleperhour.com
It is amazing what you can find on there. I have bought logo design services, press release writing and even cartoon designing. Yes I commissioned my own cartoon.
We all have our own skills, we all have something that we find easy that everyone else find difficult. Thing about what you could sell and then have a go selling it on www.peopleperhour.com
Idea #3 is to work out what skills you have and what you love doing and sell it online!
4. Sell food out of a trailer
Alan one of the co-founders of the Pop-Up Business School is getting married this summer and he has been organising caterers! He found Chris Matthews and his company http://www.rollingstonepizza.co.uk/
Chris build a pizza oven out of clay and mounted it in a trailer. He now drives around the country service wood smoked pizza for his customers and they are so delicious!
Do you like to cook? What is your favourite type of food?
Chris was inspired to start after hearing a radio show talking about starting a food business and not hearing anything about Pizza which is a food he loves. He did some research and didn't find many mobile vendors and set up his business which is really taking off this year!
Think about what type of food you would sell and how you would do it!
Idea #4 if you love food, create a mobile kitchen and start selling it to people
5. Training other people
We had someone come on our first ever Pop-Up Business School who had a wealth of experience in retail. He had worked in retail for years. He decided to set up a retail consultancy and train other people and had an incredible first 6 months working for some of the biggest names in UK retail
Our very own co-founder Alan Donegan set up his business called Enjoy Presenting and runs courses for Microsoft, Pepsi and Allianz now.
Five simple ways to make money and start a business doing something you love!