Mini businesses can be a great way to bolster some passive income to you’re full or part-time job. Many can be done on the weekends or in your spare time. There are countless businesses you could run as a quick cash producer. One that I think is a great idea for most people is that of curb number painting. You may think that is a job for ex cons who can’t get better work (and sorry if you happen to be one) but there is opportunity for big bucks, especially if nobody in your community has this done yet. If this really takes off, you could hire people to do it for you, sit back, and watch the money come in. Nothing sweeter than that.
Here is a great opportunity that can work for anyone in any sort of community. What you will be doing is painting address numbers on curbs for a fee. Why would anyone want this service? You’ll need to answer this question for clients and you’ll find great success with this. If your house number is painted on the curb in front of your house, it is easier for emergency vehicles (police, ambulance) to find the house, as well as friends and family who have never been to your house and need to see your number. I’m sure you’ve tried to find someone’s house at night before, but had trouble seeing the numbers on the house. This eliminates that and can be done really cheap with good profit percentage.
Anyway, you should be able to start this business for less than $50. Here are the supplies you’ll need for this service: reflective white highway spray paint. You can get this from paint supply houses or maybe a home depot, black highway paint, 3″ tall number stencils, wide masking tape, a few old rags, and flyers for advertisements. The curb numbers should be about 3″ tall address numbers painted with high-quality, long-lasting reflective white highway paint on a black background. They are highly visible both day and night. You can get a batch of these flyers on your computer, or produce an original and photocopy it. It is crucial that it look professional. Take your time, and don’t handwrite it! If you can’t produce a quality original
yourself, paying someone else to do it right will pay off in increased business.
Be realistic when setting your price. This is a very low cost service for you to offer, so there will be a good profit margin built in. I would say the price range for this service would be between $3 and $10, with $5 being the most likely for success. The best neighborhoods for this business are newer, middle- to upper-income developments, though almost any neighborhood will produce orders, if the price is right. Drive through the neighborhoods in your area and look for those with house numbers that are hard to see.
Please know that you cannot put fliers in mailboxes, as that is illegal.
When painting the numbers, take your time, make sure your stencils are straight and securely taped in place with your masking tape, and spray your white paint evenly and generously. Wipe up any drips, and touch up as
necessary to make your job look flawless. If you get any calls from dissatisfied customers, offer to repaint their numbers or refund their money. Don’t argue and don’t have hard feelings. You might get one or two people who take advantage of you, but that’s a worthwhile chance to take.
Lastly, you need to practice before you do any actual painting. Pick up an inexpensive patio block and practice on it. Only an hour or two of practice should be necessary.