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Do you have some spare time in your life this summer? Why not make it pay by starting a simple business from home? The ideas in the list are easy to start; they are also profitable in the short term allowing you to save for a holiday, a house move, or build savings for a rainy day. 

Online Selling 

There has never been a better time to get involved in online selling. Whether you want to set up an e-commerce store online or sell secondhand goods on platforms like eBay and Etsy, you can make a comfortable living from home with basic skills and very few overall setup costs as well. 


If you are new to selling online, one of the best ways to get started is to sell secondhand goods on platforms – this gives you some practice in buying and selling goods. The next step is to set up a Shopify website, do some marketing, and get your small online business up and running.  

Pet Sitting 

Do you love animals? You’re not alone. Most people value their pets like their family members and want to make sure they get the best care when they are away from home. Whether it’s looking after pets in the afternoon when people are at work or on holiday, there is lots of work. 


Cat sitting and dog walking services are popular. Looking after pets is enjoyable and gives people peace of mind that their favorite animals are well looked after when they are away from home. The only qualification you need for this business is a love of animals and some treats.   

Home Care 

When you think of a home care business, you might think a lot of medical qualifications are needed to set one up, but that is not the case. In fact, you don’t need any qualifications to set up a home care business as long as you are not providing any medical services or medications. 


Starting a home care business can be as simple as preparing food for a neighbor throughout the week; you can grow the business from these simple beginnings. So why consider a home care franchise? The reasons are plentiful. A franchise can reduce your workload and increase profits.  

Mobile Car Wash 

Busy people don’t have time to go to the car wash for a valet; at the same time, they need their vehicles nice and shiny to give the best impression to colleagues and clients. A mobile car wash is an excellent idea; this brings that valet to someone’s house for a while-you-wait wash service. 


For a successful mobile car wash business, you will need a small van that has a pressure washer with both soap and water, some polishing treatments, and plenty of clothes. Advertise your business online and in the local area. It can be lucrative when you get started with it. 

Cleaning Services

Cleaning services always make a popular business idea thanks to people’s need for convenience and time management. Serving older people in the home is also a good idea since they have some mobility issues as well. Why not offer cleaning services as part of home care?