Have you ever thought about earning some extra cash on the side? Surely you have, and starting your own little business from home is as easy as pie, in my opinion. If you own a house with a spacious front yard, you are in luck. There are at least five ways that you can take advantage of to start earning yourself some extra money using your front lawn.
5 Ways to turn your front yard into a business
- Kids lemonade stand
- Yard sales
- Vegetable/fruit garden
- Flower garden
- Raise chickens
It doesn’t get any more simple than a kids' lemonade stand. If you have kids or even teenagers, you can easily promote a lemonade stand around the neighborhood, local libraries, recreational centers, boys and girls clubs, etc. Every day after homework, you and your children can set up shop and serve the best fresh home lemonade in town. Yum! I’m getting thirsty just thinking about it.
If you’d like to create space around your home and get rid of some of your older items, have a yard sale. Let alone your own stuff, you can even help neighbors, family members, and friends get rid of some of their unwanted items and charge them a seller’s fee. If you’d like to take your yard sale a step further, you can buy low from a thrift store and sell high.
Grow consumer favorite fruits and vegetables right in the front yard and sell them to your local farmers' markets or even cafes and restaurants. Networking, building relationships, and having fresh quality products at competitive prices are keys to success. However, there is a list of requirements to follow to get started with a food business. Click here to be directed to FDA.gov to get acquainted with FDA regulations before getting started.
Grow some of the most beautiful flowers right outside of your front door. Create a garden specific to the type of flowers you prefer to sell and follow the details closely on how to grow them to perfection. You can sell your flowers at holiday themed markets, farm stand markets, and local shops. Some of the most purchased flowers in the world are roses, tulips, orchids, and carnations.
When it’s time for the momma to release her babies, collect the eggs. Raise other mommas and collect their babies when the time is right as well. The average chicken will lay 530 eggs over its lifetime. A dozen eggs can cost about $1.50 in a grocery store. It takes about 18 weeks for a chicken to lay its first egg; each chicken can lay one egg a day. Appears as though each chicken will be good for laying eggs consistently between nine months to a year and a half. One chicken can produce between 7-14 eggs a week - let’s just predict a dozen a week. Depending on your money goals, you would have to determine how many chickens you need to lay the amount of eggs you require a week to meet your monetary goal.
How to start a home business
- Choose a business name and get it trademarked - check with the Secretary of State’s Office to ensure your business name isn’t taken before registering it with the United States Patent and Trademark Office
- Choose the appropriate business structure for your business - LLC, S-Corporation, Partnership, Sole Proprietorship, etc.
- Get a tax ID - issued by the IRS
- Obtain a registered agent - if you would prefer clients not to know that you’re working from home, the registered agent can provide a legal address for your business
- Get permits and licenses - general business license, zoning permits, local permits, etc.
Do you need a permit to run a yard sale?
Depending on how often you run a yard sale and where you live, you will need to obtain a permit. There are yard-sale cops (code enforcement officers) that will show up to yard sales. So be sure that you have the proper permit when running your yard sale operation. Some locations limit yard sales to just two a year, so you may want to make each yard sale the best of the best and set financial goals while you’re at it.
Vegetable seeds, vegetable/fruit seeds, and lemonade ingredients
- Fresh organic lemons - click here
- Premium pure cane sugar - click here
- Natural spring water - click here
Three other ways to make money from home
- Play the stock - click here
- Buy articles for $1 and sell them to businesses for hundreds of dollars - click here
- Create an eBook and sell it on Amazon - click here
The next time you step outside your front door to go off to work or to take out the trash, take a good look at your yard. That piece of green you’d be looking at can potentially earn you extra cash on the side. What are you waiting for, mate? You have a business to run.