Here is a post for all our whanau at home with a little spare time, an internet connection (home computer or mobile phone) and a desire to make a bit of extra cash.
For the experts there is always TradeMe but more and more whanau are using Facebook, and especially local groups like Rotorua Buy, Sell, Swap to get out there into the market.
Baking Cakes and Making Cupcakes
People love to buy food and even if you can cook something as basic as a flavoured cupcake or a banana cake, you will find a willing audience. The first thing to do is to perfect your recipe by practicing on your own whanau and friend – see what flavours they like, what little extras you can add and take one or two clear pics to upload. It is all about the picture when selling, so do a few pics a day and then start to promote on your page and on friends pages. $2.50 is about average for a yum cupcake ($15 for 6, $30 for a dozen). You will start to get regular customers, as well as receive orders for special designs. Birthday cakes are also popular and could lead into a fully fledged production.
Beauty Tips and Acrylic Nails
Every wahine wants to feel special and we’re seeing that home-based make up and acrylic nail applications are hot right now. There are a number of techniques and products out there, which does take a bit of research and asking around but if you do your homework right, there could be a steady line of clients wanting you to add a bit of colour, length and style to their nails. In addition to nails, we are seeing more wahine asking and offering beauty and hair tips at home and online, as well as waxing and eye-brow shaping.
We all have a small mountain of clothing that no one wears anymore so get those into the wash and sort them out – kids, adults, sport, formal dresses and jackets. Children’s clothing is very popular to re-sell, so long as it is in good condition. If you have a quality label or brand, it is important to get a nice picture and sell it individually. Some mums sell bulk lots of infant wear, which is popular. Another this we are noticing is winter gear, like jackets, gloves & hats, as we move into the cold season, as well as sports shoes and clubbing outfits. Some people shop for new styles, others are looking for hard to get items in their area. If it is a special, unique item, maybe consider getting it dry-cleaned as well.
Cars and Bikes
Buying a car online offers greater choice and selection and can save you thousands. It does pay to do your own inspection, in person if possible, and to ask as openly about the condition of the car. On the up side, we have bought 2 cars online and got great deals. It did take a few extra tests (like asking for an AA Inspection, which we paid for) and had a few nervous moments, but found the process easy to deal with. Ae, there are some horror stories, which can happen online or on the caryard, so approach this area with caution but if you know what you are doing and get the right checks done, you could be the proud owner of a nice set of wheels AND have saved some cash in the deal. Buyer beware always though. (There is also a booming trade for Home Based Mechanics, which again requires good word of mouth recommendations).
As mentioned in my post yesterday, fundraising is on the increase and some whanau are getting very imaginative about the prizes on offer. At the moment, the most popular fundraisers are Food Hampers (everyone in you group koha’s some kai and these get divided into decent prizes), Cake Raffles, Firewood Raffles, Dinners for 2, Jewellery Raffles and Lotto Number Raffles ($2 per ticket x 40 tickets and it’s the winning Lotto Powerball, plus a smaller prize each side of the bonus). Added to these are Home Housies, Marae Battons Up, Whanau Hangi, Small Event/Concerts and the ever-fun Mystery Envelopes.
While these are just ideas whanau, it is choice to see the entrepreneurial spirit out there amongst our whanau.So kia kaha and we hope these tips help you.