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🎮 Drone Work:

  • Trend: Rising popularity of drones, while they are becoming cheaper.

  • Your Business: Use your piloting skills and training (if applicable) to offer drone photography, inspection, or mapping services for farmers, real estate agents, or construction companies.

🪑 Upcycled Furniture/Home Decor:

  • Trend: Growing interest in sustainable, vintage, and DIY decor.

  • Your Business: Sell handcrafted, recycled furniture and decor. Provide customization and teach upcycling techniques online.

🐾 Personalized Pet Accessories/Treats:

  • Trend: Surge in pet ownership and demand for custom pet products.

  • Your Business: Offer custom pet collars, leashes, toys, and healthy, homemade treats tailored to dietary needs.

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🖥️ The Etsy Arbitrage Side Hustle

Etsy Arbitrage is a creative side hustle where you purchase low-cost craft items from retailers like Amazon or Walmart and resell them on Etsy at a higher price. This venture demands diligent product research to identify items that can yield a profitable markup.

Here are three different examples:

1 - Handmade Candles: Purchase bulk, unscented candles from a discount retailer and add your own unique scents and decorations. Buy for $2 per candle and sell on Etsy for $8, capitalizing on the handmade and unique aspect.
2 - Vintage Posters: Source vintage posters or art prints from thrift stores or online clearance sales. You might find them for $5 each and sell them on Etsy for $20, marketing them as unique vintage décor.
3 - Customized Jewelry: Buy plain, inexpensive jewelry pieces and customize them with unique charms or engravings. Acquire bracelets for $3 each and sell them for $12 on Etsy, highlighting the personalization aspect.

In each case, the key is adding value to the product through customization or presentation, and targeting Etsy's customer base who appreciate unique, artisanal items.

📦 The Storage Unit Flipping Side Hustle

Participate in auctions for defaulted storage units, typically on sites like StorageAuctions.com. The process:

1 - Bidding: Use a few hundred dollars to bid on units that might contain valuable items.
2 - Sorting and Flipping: After winning, sort through the contents, identify valuables, and sell them on platforms like eBay, Facebook Marketplace, or Craigslist.
3 - Requirements: You'll need a car for transport, some knowledge to identify valuable items, and storage space.

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