People, even those with stable jobs, tend to look for easy ways to earn extra. We often look for side jobs such as freelance writing and photography, part-time performing at events, and art commissions, utilizing our knowledge and skills while getting paid.
But have you ever considered making money without leaving your home? Have you ever looked into earning while being your own boss? Your backyard might give you the answers.
Transform your backyard into a steady stream of revenue. If you have a big yard and you’re looking to earn extra income at home, here are 11 ideas you may consider.
1. Sell your backyard produce
We often say that money does not grow on trees, but what if they do? Think about the best types of produce to grow and reap profits from them.
A vegetable garden is a good head start. Some of the easiest vegetables to grow include lettuce and other leafy vegetables, herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers, root vegetables like carrots and radishes, green beans, eggplants, and pumpkins.
Next to selling them from the gates of your home, you can even set up a booth at your local market to reach a wider audience.
2. Sell succulents and other houseplants
Love cactus, succulents, and other houseplants? Grow these low-maintenance plants at home and package them well for your fellow green-thumbed locals.
You may grow plants of different shapes and sizes and put them on lovely pots and planters. A plus point, if you put your DIY skills to the test and make your own planters from recycled materials.
3. Start a small flower shop
Are you into floral arrangements? Take your passion for growing fresh blooms to the next level by opening up a small florist business. You may arrange vivid bouquets or simply sell them on pots.
4. Make food products from your harvests
Convert your produce into juices or smoothies, jams, soups, preserved goods, and other healthy food products. There are a lot of vendors selling homebaked goods out there. You may have an advantage over your competitors by offering fruits and veggies grown and harvested from your garden, then turned into healthy and yummy treats.
5. Think about beekeeping
If you don’t mind the sting, you may learn more about apiculture, the practice of keeping and maintaining bees and their hives. Next to selling raw honey, you may also profit from other products like beeswax and royal jelly.
6. Market your landscaping expertise
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Are you a landscaping expert or a garden designer? Can your garden be used as a showroom to provide clients with some inspiration? If you’re creative with your own landscape garden design, you might be able to market that expertise.
7. Put up a yard sale
Whether you’re buying products in an auction or surplus stores or you’re selling some pre-loved items, that extra space in your lot can be used for a profitable sale.
8. Raise chickens and ducks
Raising chickens and ducks has a host of benefits. Aside from giving you free organic eggs you can sell, chickens can also create healthy soil for your plants. Just know your local government and neighborhood’s policies with regards to raising livestock at home.
9. Start a small fish farm
Do you have a waterfront land or a backyard with enough room for some large tanks or fish ponds? Think about getting into the aquaculture game and start your own small fish farm.
10. Open up a car wash or a laundry shop
Well if you’re not into the food business and you have extra space in your garage, opening up a car wash business. Let’s be honest: car owners don’t always have the time and the resources to keep their vehicles looking shiny and new.
If you’re not into cars, a laundry shop is another business that capitalizes on other people’s lack of time and patience.
12. Open up a small outdoor cafe or bar
Are you passionate about making good food? Do you love making coffee and tea drinks, and baking goods? Or cook comfort foods, like burgers, BBQs, and nachos that are best paired with cold beers?
Well, you can start a laidback outdoor cafe or bar where foodies can chill, eat, and socialize. You just need an outdoor bar counter, a couple of dining sets or bar stools, and some string lights.
Who knows? Your home-based business can grow from being your neighborhood’s greatest secret to a hole-in-the-wall place that’s worth checking out.
Author Bio: Carmina Natividad is a passionate resident writer for Myard, a landscape design expert in Sydney Australia. When she’s not writing articles about home design, you can find her browsing home decor inspirations online to keep up with the latest trends.