1. Begin an enterprise which sells garden gates door to door. On your sales trips, take with you a smart folder which has a large photograph of each gate you are selling. Provide potential customers with a price which includes installation. Your target houses should be easy to spot!
2. Start a home based computer bureau. There are hundreds of business computer programs available such as wages, record files and accounts. Buy and use these programs to provide a computer service to local businesses.
3. Set up a business which promotes the making of lampshades. Lampshade making can be sold as either, an interesting new hobby, or a business opportunity. Produce a mail order catalogue of lampshade making equipment and supplies. Advertise your catalogue in craft magazines.
4. Begin a computerised dating service. Operate this service like a traditional dating service, but hold all your records on a computer and use the computer to aid your search for compatible partners. Have leaflets or brochures about your service printed and place them at shops in your area.
5. Be a sleep consultant. Large numbers of people have difficulty in sleeping at night. This is not usually a medical problem, but can be corrected by using a suitable method or attitude of mind. Provide people in your area with confidential advice about how to sleep soundly.
6. Start a venture which designs and manufactures portable theatrical footlights. Potential buyers of these footlights include: amateur theatre and dance groups, pop and rock groups, children's entertainers, variety entertainers, nightclubs and mobile disc jockeys.
7. Create an enterprise which rents computers to private and business users. The computers you rent out might be new and second hand. Also rent out peripherals such as printers, stands and feeders. Use local media to inform people about your hire service.
8. Buy original computer games programs from home computer enthusiasts. Find these programs by advertising in computing magazines. Produce a compilation of the programs on a master tape. Have copies of this master tape duplicated on cassettes and sell from ads in home computing magazines.
9. Produce a series of low cost audio cassettes which help school pupils revise for public examinations. You might give these cassettes a brand name like 'Personal Revision Cassettes'. Get these cassettes stocked at newsagents and bookshops.
10. Set up a firm which publishes a monthly computer cassette program for home computer enthusiasts who want to improve their program writing skills (e.g. C++, html or web design). Each cassette might give ideas, examples and tips about how to become a better computer programmer.
11. Start a firm which organises educational holidays and weekend breaks for computing enthusiasts who want to further their programming skills. The courses might be held at a bed and breakfast house out of season. Advertise your holidays and breaks in computing magazines.
12. Design and publish diaries for each star sign. The special feature of these diaries is that a star reading is given for each day of the coming year. Have these diaries mounted in a special display rack. Get astrological shops to accept one of your racks.
13. Use luminous paint (the kind used on watches and alarm clocks) to highlight features on natural ornaments such as starfish, coral, colourful rocks, pine cones, etc. Place these ornaments in a UV illuminated display case to illustrate the luminosity. Get these cases displayed at gift shops.
14. Start an enterprise which makes high quality, home-made paper. Sell the paper at a premium for use as: personal stationery, certificates, presentation scrolls, printing paper for manually operated printing presses etc.
15. Bring out a selection of lucky charms which are for hanging from the windscreens of cars, vans and lorries. The charms might be mini horseshoes, rabbits' feet, wooden or plastic number sevens, four leaf clovers, etc. Package your charms and distribute to a wide range of retailers.
16. Begin a business which manufactures kits for making mosaics. Each kit has a pre-designed mosaic and people have to complete it like a jigsaw puzzle. Use ads in craft magazines to sell the kits by mail order.
17. Set up an enterprise which sells greenhouses door to door. Buy the greenhouses from manufacturers at trade prices. Produce sales literature and recruit sales people to sell the greenhouses for you.
18. Start a postal business which rents out war gaming model soldiers and other accessories. War gaming enthusiasts around the nation can use this service to play war games of any size from any period of history.
19. If you have a spare room, take in a lodger, or start a small scale bed and breakfast business. If you choose the latter, either place a sign outside your house which reads 'Bed and Breakfast', 'Vacancies', or advertise in the window of a main newsagent. Currently you can earn £4,200 tax-free from this method.
20. Make money from anatomical charts. Use the charts to: 1) make stylish framed prints; 2) make unusual designs for T-shirts; 3) decorate household products such as wastepaper bins and lampshades; 4) make decorative or educational posters; or 5) make a collection of educational slides.
21. Make decorations for wine bottles. Each decoration is slipped over the neck of a bottle. These decorations are either wood carved or metal engraved with the name of a restaurant or family. Or make floral decorations: the scent of the flowers complementing the bouquet of the wine.
22. Start a craft business which makes unusual table lamps. Each table lamp might feature a stand made of a conch shell or Victorian bottle. If you hit upon a design which is popular, and there are no problems with obtaining raw materials, this can become a full time business.
23. Take up the craft of jewellery making and as soon as you acquire a basic skill, start selling what you make. Begin by sending for a catalogue issued by a mail order jewellery making supplier.
24. Start a mail order firm which sells equipment and supplies to weavers and spinners. An important market for your products will be those taking up weaving and spinning for the first time. Place ads in craft magazines which are directed at this group.
25. Produce souvenir children's height charts which feature postcard type views of local scenery. Or make souvenir suntan charts. These suntan charts have the complete range of skin shades. A holiday maker buys a suntan chart to make a 'before' and 'after' comparison.
26. Put together a postal course which teaches people how to cut silhouettes. The course might include instruction on how to cut all kinds of silhouettes such as landscapes, animals and people. These silhouettes can be framed or mounted to make attractive wall hangings.
27. Start a venture which organises courses about how to build your own house extension or loft conversion. Hold the courses during the weekends at the construction site of an extension or conversion. Or a bed and breakfast house could be hired out of season for a week long course.
28. Begin a craft business which makes either souvenir or normal tea cosies. Find suitable retail outlets to stock your cosies. You might, for example, make souvenir tea cosies for tea rooms and cafes to sell to their customers.
29. Earn money from selling cheap toys door to door. Visit neighbourhoods which have an above average population of children.
30. Learn how to make soft toys with the long term objective of being able to earn money from teaching others. Eventually, teach solo students, classes or use diagrams to teach by post. Also, bring out a postal course which teaches people how to design their own soft toys.
31. Become a calligrapher of poems. Earn money from calligraphy by scribing: 1) poems by commission for poets and sweethearts; 2) classic poems like 'Desiderata', 'Charge of the Light Brigade', etc., and selling them as gift products; 3) poems of local origin and selling as souvenirs.
32. If you have the artistic ability, sketch or produce ink drawings of private houses. Get work by calling on households in the nicer parts of town and showing potential customers samples of your work. Also offer customers a framing service.
33. Commission an artist to do a series of designs for saucy postcards. Arrange for the postcards to be printed. Mount the postcards on small racks and distribute these to retailers at tourist resorts.
34. Become a portrait artist and work in a thoroughfare of a shopping or tourist area.
35. Set up an enterprise which publishes a 'Who's Who of Business Opportunities'. Sell advertising space in the publication to business opportunity firms. Use direct mail and ads in newspapers and magazines to sell the finished publication to business opportunity seekers.
36. Open a small private school of art. Employ artists to teach courses about different kinds of art from oil painting to pottery. Offer potential students: holiday courses, individual tuition, and hold classes during the evenings and weekends.
37. Earn money from illustrating personal names in the style of Dickens illustrator, George Cruickshank. Do work at: tourist sites, shopping thoroughfares, fairs, exhibitions, etc. Also do illustrations by post and offer a service which reproduces your work on personal stationery.
38. Found an agency for all artists such as painters, illustrators and sculptors. Provide work for the artists and specialise in contacting businesses which might not have considered using artists. For example, arrange for murals to be painted in staff canteens and at sports clubs.
39. Begin a mail order firm which promotes the collecting of wine bottle labels. Assemble a wide selection of labels and compile a catalogue. In your catalogue also include: starter packs, albums, framed labels, etc. Collect the labels from used wine bottles at wine bars and hotels.
40. Start a business which sells custom designed drinks bars for the home. Operate this business in a similar style to firms which sell fitted wardrobes or kitchens.
41. Put together a direct mail business which sells products to pubs, wine bars and hotel bars. The products in your catalogue might include: books and booklets about making cocktail drinks; quizzes for contests; promotion ideas, pub games, etc.
42. Set up a mail order business which sells equipment and supplies for making herbal drinks at home. This could be an interesting and healthy hobby for anyone to take up. Produce a small catalogue and advertise in a wide range of publications.
43. At a market or craft fair, operate a children's lucky dip. A lucky dip consists of a box full of sawdust mixed with toys in wrapping paper. A child's mum pays a standard charge, for example, one pound, and the child takes out a wrapped toy.
44. If you are familiar with electronics, start a mail order business which sells electronics kits, components and accessories. If possible, bring out your own electronics kits. To obtain other products, get some letterheads printed and write to trade suppliers at home and abroad.
45. Begin an enterprise which makes a wide range of electrical extension leads. Make extra long leads, for people with large gardens; for businesses make industrial extension leads which are up to 1000 feet in length. Get shops and trade suppliers to accept orders for you.
46. Open a school for disc jockeys. Offer potential students different courses for radio, nightclubs, mobile discos, hospital radio and pirate radio. Give students tuition: in classes, on a one to one basis, by correspondence course and through audio cassettes.
47. Earn an income from supplying a fortune teller or numerologist to parties and weddings. A visiting fortune teller or numerologist makes a party or wedding more entertaining for guests.
48. Become a photograph agent. Sell the work of amateur photographers for a commission. As an agent, your knowledge of the best place to sell photographs at home and abroad could lead to some amateurs becoming published photographers.
49. Begin a mail order business which sells folk crafts. Pick a national group such as the Scottish, Welsh or Irish. Put together hampers of craft products which capture the essence of your chosen ethnic group. Have a catalogue printed and advertise it around the world.
50. Set up a postal enterprise which sells signed photographs of celebrities. Solicit signed photographs from celebrities. Or, if a particular celebrity is in demand, offer to donate money to charity if X number of signed photographs are sent to you.