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The party biz: turn your passion into pounds!

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Ever wanted an exciting way to earn extra cash? As well as earning money online with paid surveys, here’s another great way to make money.

So, you may already know how to make money online (if not, check out our other blog for ways to start earning money online to top up your income) – but have you ever thought about turning something you love into a money-maker? Read on to find out how.


How to turn your passion into pounds and earn extra money

Themed parties are big business. From children’s parties to family reunions, work dos, local fairs, wedding and pre wedding parties, summer fetes, or even the opening of a new local leisure centre – the demand for themed events is huge. If you work during the week then good news – parties tend to be in the evening/weekend – so if you don’t mind a little hard graft your passion could really start to pay off. Here’s how you could look to make money in YOUR spare time.


Step 1: Consider your talents to earn extra cash

Sadly we’re not all juggling experts, professional dance teachers or part-time clowns – but can you teach a group of little ones to play musical statues? You bet! You might not be the next Picasso, but if you can copy some designs from a book you can easily do face painting or even glitter tattoos (even less artistry required with this one, and always a hit with kids and adults alike).

Think about what you can do and see if it would work in a party setting. If you can make home made rockets, do the hula hoop, train dogs or even have several pet ferrets – the quirkier the spectacle the better when it comes to standing out from the competition.

Perhaps you can do massage or love putting make-up on people? Think pamper parties for teenagers and hen dos! (The less said about Butlers in the Buff the better, but it’s a fantastic way of making money if you’ve got the bottle for it – or should that be bottom for it?!) You may love gardening so can provide potting parties, or maybe you are a keen chef or mixologist who can offer master classes in people’s homes. There are even companies who set up pop up tents, and supply top DVDs and midnight feasts for the ultimate pyjama party. You name it, people might well be willing to pay you for it – just use your imagination.

Another great way of making extra money on the side is if you look like someone famous. (If you’re unfortunate enough to bare a resemblance to Donald Trump you could earn up to £50,000 a year, according to a recent survey!) Even if you bare only a passing resemblance – a wig and a carefully-honed expression can really make all the difference. Ask friends and family for their honest opinions and start practicing in a mirror before looking for a lookalike agent.

Don’t have any talents at all? Anyone can dress up as a Storm Trooper and walk around a party for a nice little fee. Other ideas include hiring out your equipment for others to use – this can be anything from hook-a-duck kits to hot tubs (of course there is an initial buyer’s fee, but hiring out your inflatable hot tub can earn you several hundred per week and all the heating and water costs are of course swallowed up by the punter – excuse the pun.)


Step 2: Put your plan into action to make money online

If you’re going it alone you’ll need public liability insurance – don’t forget to compare quotes. (Here’s the boring bit - also check your car/home insurance will cover you as you may need to upgrade, and don’t forget to tell HRMC about your new status. Best seek professional advice if you’re starting up but this in itself needn’t cost the Earth.) You’ll also need an enhanced criminal record (DBC) check and ideally references. This can be tricky initially, so to get going why not practice on people you know? You could also offer introductory discounts to get the business growing, and ask for reviews reviews reviews. Set up a Facebook page, speak to other local businesses and be sure to self-market on local Facebook sites. Word of mouth is one of the best ways to get started, and don’t be afraid to approach local companies, clubs and schools to offer your party services.

Once people see you and love you, your business idea could well go from strength to strength, helping you earn extra money in your spare time. Good luck and enjoy helping others to have fun!

Have you set up a side business to earn extra money, or to make money online? Or does it all sound like too much hard work and you’d rather take paid market research instead? We’d love to hear from you! Join the discussion on our Facebook page, and don’t forget to take paid surveys and continue earning money online with simple surveys for cash at Opinion Outpost UK.


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