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The UK is a mainly service-based economy so why not follow the trend. Opportunities may include the delivery of services like newspapers or groceries to neighbours. Or you can take advantage of the large number of people going on holiday who need their beloved pets walked and cared for, or gardens tended to. Try to be inventive (could you plant window boxes?) and offer something unique. Building a good reputation and trust is really important as word-of-mouth recommendations are most effective! WHERE? Advertise your skills and services to family friends and neighbours or place an advert in local classifieds. WHAT? Test your design skills with an eye-catching flyer or poster in a local shop or library. Remember, willing parents or guardians are a must especially when looking after animals.


Are you ready for the big summer stage?


Tourists might come to the UK expecting rain and be faced with a heatwave (yes, it does happen). In fact people often forget essentials like suncream, sunglasses or umbrellas. There is plenty of competition on this front so you’ll need to get your pricing right, be creative and proactive. If sudden heavy rain is forecast, for example, be sure to be in the right place at the right time. To differentiate, maybe you could package your product with a detailed information booklet – if you live in a popular tourist destination you’ll know all the best places to go. You may even earn extra getting local businesses to advertise. WHERE: Any popular tourist area. Try places like the starting point for open top bus tours – if a family is about to get on an open top bus in blazing heat they may need suncream! WHAT: Stock. A pedlar's licence (p23). Sound knowledge of the area - people may ask for directions.

Many well-known artists started off busking in their home town. Perhaps you and your friends are budding actors or singers? If this sounds familiar try putting together a comic sketch or start practising the tune you’ve just penned. Who knows you might end up a new sensation in your town, or maybe earn just enough money to buy an ice cream while putting a smile on somebody’s face. Remember though that nothing is guaranteed and it all depends on your level of talent. But if you’re really bad people might even pay you to stop... WHERE? Your local town centre or shopping area, or anywhere a crowd may gather. WHAT? This varies from town to town so check with your local council for regulations and information on permits (p23). A hat to collect your earnings is a common choice!


It's the UK: why not sell umbrellas

Car boot sales and summer fetes are growing in popularity and offer the perfect opportunity to de-clutter while earning. Make the most by getting together with a friend or two to sell your unwanted things. Old Dr Who toys gathering dust may just be a fiver in disguise. Quite often, one person’s trash is another person's treasure! WHERE? Check out carbootjunction. com for details of local sales, community newsletters and schools that have upcoming fetes. Be there early for the best pitch WHAT? The entrance fee, a fold-up table, good quality items, carrier bags and a box of change.


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