Business Idea: Foot Massages

foot-740206_960_7201Our feet are always subjected to various exposures and stresses due to the various exercises we use them for. We walk every single day and in all these times, our feet take the pressure from our bodies and try to stay strong for us so that we do not fall. This is why it is not surprising that we feel pain in our feet from time to time.  Sore feet are a fact of life. People are always looking for someone to massage and care for their sore feet. Nothing feels better after a long day of work than getting a nice foot massage.

Often times people have serious foot injuries such as plantar fasciitisheel spurs or other foot pain. These people need special foot attention on a daily basis. Plantar fasciitis is a very common foot condition found all over the world. Plantar fasciitis is easy to get from walking too much in bad shoes or running and jogging. These are the people that you need to target!

Giving a foot massage is easy. First off be sure to wash the client’s feet in a small tub. If you are going house to house add a small basin to your tool set and carry it with you at all times. Let’s face it, feet stink and you don’t want to offend your customers! Simply say that it is standard procedure to start off with a relaxing foot wash.

After your client’s feet are cleaned have them sit down in a comfortable chair. If you are using a foot stool make sure to cover it to keep it from getting dirt or massage oil on it.

There are many massage oils on the market and some are made specifically for foot massages. Be sure to go to a beauty supply store and pick out a few massage oils. Ask someone that works there if they have any recommendations. I would also pick some highly reviewed ones offline and put in an order.

Be sure to warm up the massage oil beforehand to make your client more comfortable.

To give a good foot massage you must learn a few massage techniques. Here are a few tips:

  1. Hold the person’s foot in both hands and begin massaging the sole with both thumbs.
  2. Alternate the pressure and position of your thumbs along the sole of their foot.
  3. If they have a foot issue like plantar fasciitis be sure to be gentle and ask where any sore spots are located.
  4. Focus on the heel of the foot. This is a sore spot that needs lots of attention.
  5. Be sure to massage the ankle bones. This is an are that is often neglected! The heel bones have an important job in the workings of our feet and often can become sore or carry stress.
  6. Use your fist to push up into the sole of the foot. Gently move your fist up and down, back and forth. Don’t be afraid to dig in there!
  7. Massage each and every toe. Using your thumb and index finger pinch each toe near its base and pull up towards the toenail. Wiggle your fingers back and forth as you do this.
  8. Use a “milking stroke” down the entire foot. Hold the client’s foot upright and pull down their foot towards their toes.
  9. Don’t forget to use enough massage oil! A dry massage can feel good, but usually, some oil really helps in the massage experience. Make sure you ask your clients ahead of time which they would prefer.

There you have it! Giving a foot massage is an easy and great way to earn some extra cash. Put up flyers in your neighborhood, advertise on craigslist and social networks to gain clients. You can usually charge around 50-60 dollars an hour and make great money!


Business Idea: Customized Martial Arts Uniforms

Offer a service to customize martial arts belts, uniforms, or cloth weapons bags with embroidery. You could put the name on one side of the belt and their name in Korean (for Tae Kwon Do, for example) on the other side. You could also offer this service to the martial art’s dojo instructors by offering to embroider the name of their business and their tag line on the uniforms and other martial arts clothing items. You should be able to charge $50 for 25 characters or less.
You will want to decide whether you would like your customers to provide the uniforms and belts to be personalized. You may want to purchase such items in bulk and then you will be able to promise shorter turn-around times and deliver them their personalized items more quickly and with more profit. You will also want to decide how many different language and font options you would like to offer to your customers. The most common choices are English, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.
folding_hakama1You will want to create a website to show customers the various forms of embroidery and items of clothing they can choose from. This will also allow you to create a price list and an easy to use payment system. Be sure to include a link to a free translation site, which will allow your customers around the world who speak languages other than English to easily read your site in their own language. It would also be a nice personal touch to include information on your website such as directions for proper belt tying.
If you do not currently own an embroidery sewing machine, they can be easily purchased at many locations around the world since they are growing more and more common and are much more affordable now than they ever were in the past. A single search online turned up resources for purchasing embroidery machines from HSN to Sears and every kind of company in between. EBay and other auction sites are good sources for purchasing embroidery sewing machines and digital embroidery software. They can be purchased reconditioned or new with a wide array of functionalities. You will need to decide whether you want to purchase a machine that can be used with pre-programmed symbols and fonts or one that will work with other kinds of software. Some are compatible with common designing programs and allow you to embroider any design that you can personally draw or design. This choice allows a lot more freedom in font style and decorative designs.
You may want to expand your business by offering to personalize more general types of clothing items with embroidered Asian symbols and words. Let them know that adding such designs will help to add an oriental mystique to their persona. For instance, you could sew on the Chinese blessing patterns of “Fu” and “Shou” character icons, meaning good luck and longevity. A Chrysanthemum symbolizes purity and longevity in the Chinese culture and is one of the four plants of virtue along with plum blossom, orchid and bamboo, the so-called “Four Men of Honor”. Offering to personalize items with these patterns might be a good way to add additional business while you are trying to make a name for yourself.
Lastly, your customers will need to know how to find you! You will likely want to advertise your services by running a visible ad in a local phone directory, list your business with an online business directory and by printing up flyers and posting them in places where people who would benefit from your services are likely to visit. Be sure to include elementary schools, popular lunch places, and coffee shops! Most post offices and grocery stores also have bulletin boards that they will allow you to place an advertisement on. Be sure to take advantage of any public bulletin boards in your immediate area to find the people who are looking for you and your services. In no time at all, you will have built up a large clientele base, many by word of mouth as they receive items with your quality embroidery on them and want more!


Business Idea: House Cleaning

You will be working for someone once a week, probably for a few hours for that day and getting paid for it!

Step aside Cinderella, house cleaning is for those who want to be paid. Sure, you could work for any hotel, motel, inn, lodge, etc. However, why would you want to do that? You would get low pay and have to clean up some nasty stuff, day in and day out. Doesn’t sound like fun, does it? For those who have kids know that they could just stay home and do that, saving on babysitters and gas prices.

No, you want to make excellent money, work few hours and be a wealthy Cinderella. Yeah, we are changing the story! Work for yourself, create a business or become self-employed. Whatever works for you. If you love to clean and know how to do it well, you will have no problem in this business. First, you will need clients.

Place ads in the classifieds sections of all the newspapers in towns nearby that have many wealthy residents. You are bound to get some calls, at least one. Use your own cleaning supplies, and get something to carry them in easily. Next, you will need to set your fee per hour. Most people who clean other’s homes make anywhere between $10 – $25 an hour, depending on experience and skill. Some make even more. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want. If you are really great and a few clients love your work, you won’t have to market yourself much longer. Word of mouth in this business is a miracle worker. Your clients will be talking to other wealthy people, and recommend you to all of their friends and family.

After getting in with a few clients, you shouldn’t need to market yourself. However, if you have too much free time and want many more clients, market away! This business of being a lucrative Cinderella is wonderful, open, practically waiting for people like you to grab on and join in the field.

You can leave it at just working alone, or you could add another person – a partner. You would split the fees, but have some help when you need it. You could even take it further and become an entrepreneur. Set up a cleaning business. Have people work for you.


There are many opportunities in the cleaning business field, and they are all out there waiting for talented, happy cleaners!




Business Idea: Create Attention-Grabbing Cell Phone Protectors

In today’s day and age, large majorities of people have cell phones; these cell phones can be designed to suit the needs of anyone with any taste. Providing designed cell phone covers is a great business opportunity to consider. Consumers with cell phones purchase these covers for a variety of reasons such as, phone security, looks, or protection. Cell phone covers can be created to appeal to anyone man, woman, or child. Not to mention the fact that it is a booming and lucrative market. The cell phone boom is not looking to slow down any time soon. People of all ages and genders carry cell phones for a variety of reasons such as business purposes, for emergencies, or just to have one. They make the busy and hectic life of today much easier in contacting people while on the go.
This business opportunity is especially great for those who have a knack for creating things. If you are creative and have great ideas for designed cell phone protectors, then this is the career for you. You can be as creative as you like with cell phone protectors, you can make them plain for the business-minded people. You could also make them flashy with the latest trends for the teenagers, or cute and cuddly for the family person and kids. It is all about what you can dream up and create, there is no limit to what you can do.
phone-918928_960_7201If you are thinking this could be a great venture but are stuck on ideas, do not worry about it, the ideas will grow. Here are a few examples, for the girls you could provide cell phone protectors with pinks, blues, and yellow that have designs like hearts, names, kittens, initials, butterflies, or stars. For the boys you could offer colors like black, blue, white, or brighter colors and offer designs such as crosses, sports teams, initials, names, sports mascots, and the like. As you can see, the options are limitless to what you can design and create for cell phone protectors.
After you have thought of designs and created a few, you could begin selling them in a variety of ways. Many people turn to the internet world to sell their items and the internet has proven to be an excellent way to market your products. The internet offers you a variety of ways you could sell your newly created cell phone protectors and ideas. You could take advantage of eBay auctions or offer to their excellent stores. By doing so, you will be allowing your products to reach many more people world wide, that you may not have been able to reach before. You will have the ability to choose your price and to whom you will sell to, you could sell your items using the “buy now” feature or place them for bid, to get a grasp on how much your customers are willing to pay for your products.
Another great way to feature your creations is to create your own personal website. If you go this avenue, you should create a website that is attractive and easy to use, place photographs of your cell phone protectors on your site and have a place within your site to allow customers to purchase your items directly.