Earning recipes: an online store of skirts, landscaping walls and a labyrinth of fear
Organizing your company, any entrepreneur wants to invest a minimum, and get the maximum. As the experience of the readers of the Facts newspaper shows, it is quite possible to create a business of several millions out of a cheap goods. The main thing is to understand that it is not even the product that is important, but how many buyers will be able to sell it. Just like in the stories of billionaires selling gum or drinks from powder. So first you need to find a promising product or service.
“We bring plastic boxes to the client, he fills them, moves them, and then calls the company to pick up the boxes”
“Hello,„ FACTS “. Writes your reader from Canada, Paul Bergoin. Our family comes from Ukraine, so even though we have been living in Canada for many years, we never forget our roots and love our distant homeland very much. Almost all of us are engaged in the family business that my uncle Doug Bergoin created. I believe that his ingenuity and entrepreneurial talent will serve as an example for Ukrainian businessmen. My uncle came up with an original way to make millions, like on a penny product, plastic boxes. Yes, you can do serious business on simple moving boxes.
So, lived in Vancouver, Doug Bergoin - an ordinary immigrant guy who wanted to break out in people. But what can you earn if all the niches are already occupied? The idea arose during the move, when needed boxes for things. The arc just dawned: his firm would specialize in boxes. And plastic, reusable. And they will not be sold, but rented - at the time of the move.
Business turned lightning. Doug's boxes went with a bang. Today, our company rents plastic containers in batches of 25, 35, 50 or 70 pieces for a period of one day to three weeks (depending on how long it takes to move). The principle of service is simple: a person orders boxes through the website or by phone. A truck arrives with plastic boxes, unloads. The client fills them himself, moves them, and then calls the company so that we take our boxes.
Reusable containers will last a long time. It is convenient to put them in one another, they do not get wet, they do not need to be tied with rope or wrapped with tape. It is easy to wash the boxes (if something leaks), just to transfer them, you can glue on them with information, for example, with a list of things. And most importantly - the containers do not pollute the environment (in contrast to conventional cardboard boxes, which always have to be thrown out after use). Moreover, our containers are made from recycled plastic. * Such reusable containers will last a long time, they are easy to clean and convenient to carry.
For several years, Doug opened more than 20 branches in Canada and the United States. Firms operate on a franchise basis: each pays a Doug of royalties - 7 percent of gross income per month. And now we count: 20 branches multiplied by 7 percent. This is already a solid income, not a cheap local business. I’ll talk about future plans: by 2015 we want to open branches in 150 cities in North America.
Of course, Canada or the United States are not like Ukraine. But very many Western developments have quickly taken root in the CIS countries - payment terminals, post offices, storage services ... That is, if you want, then money can be earned on almost anything. Therefore, look at the plastic boxes. "
“He created a labyrinth of fear where a person can experience real horror. Business turned out to be quite profitable. ”
“People need fear like air,” says Igor Lazey, an entrepreneur from Kiev. - And on this human weakness you can earn good money. Pay attention: all children adore different horror stories, horror films and computer games with monsters and vampires. And all because in life they lack adrenaline. Children are surrounded by the care of their parents, they are cared for, made sure that they do not step aside, do not stumble, do not fall ... Meanwhile, for normal development, a person needs both sweet and bitter, pleasant and terrible.
So I had the idea to open the attraction of fear. All kinds of cinema 5D and other technological inventions were immediately noted because of the high cost. But I remembered amusement parks with rooms of fear. Here it is, our beautiful option, economical and at the same time giving free rein to the imagination, I decided and opened a labyrinth of fear, where a person can experience real horror, unexpected and unpredictable.
Business is inexpensive at the start and quite profitable. It is necessary to find a room (preferably a basement in the center of the city) - this will take the most money. Further equipping of the maze does not require significant costs. In the attraction, monster dolls are used and, if desired, (but this is not at all necessary) several people are attracted who run around the visitors and ... tickle them with a feather. The atmosphere of fear is also created by music, the cawing of crows and the roar of chains. In principle, nothing complicated, and therefore the cost of tickets should be low - only 10-15 hryvnia. Profit depends on the number of visitors. The more of them, the richer you are. Be sure to complete all the documents, do not try to play Cossacks-robbers with a tax, so as not to have problems in the future. At the initial stage, the income will be 7-15 thousand hryvnia per month, well, and then unwind, open a souvenir shop, something else you will think ...
You can organize thematic tours (tickets, of course, should be more expensive), for example, to Halloween. And to you the income, and at the same time give extra money to local actors, artists and directors. So act. ”
“A year ago, opened the online store of lush skirts in the style of the 50s. The demand for them is growing constantly. ”
“I unexpectedly found an idea for business on the Internet,” writes Olga Pasko from Makeyevka. - I was looking for a dress for my daughter and accidentally wandered into the site of the shop of puffy American skirts. What a beauty! These skirts are now popular all over the world, and you can’t find their day with fire. So, you need to correct the situation. I went through the Internet, found out the whole history of fashionable skirts. It turns out that they were invented in the USA in the 50s of the last century. Then these skirts were called poodle skirts. * Lush skirts today are worn by even the smallest women of fashion
The fashion for puffy skirts returned to America in 2010–2012 thanks to the designer Candy Lightner. Teenagers and even very young women of fashion began to wear skirts ... And most importantly, tailors began to sew skirts to order. And why am I worse? Yes, I'm better!
And now I have been in possession of the online store of lush American skirts and tutu-dresses (from the French tutu - ballet tutu). The demand for these beautiful things is constantly growing, and there are still very few offers for Ukraine. Therefore, my business is developing. Dressmakers sew skirts and dresses for the store to order (I found them also on the Internet - on the livemaster.ru forums and on the VKontakte network). Dressmakers work in their cities, and ready-made things are sent directly to customers. Everything works very quickly, without spending on rental of premises and courier delivery.
Here you have ready-made mechanisms for remote business: in my case, sewing and selling clothes. According to this scheme, it is possible to bake custom-made cakes, write computer programs, sew shoes ... Good luck to all! ”
“In Moscow, I spent only two months making fashionable gardening walls in offices and brought 124 thousand hryvnias to Kiev”
“I want to talk about a new promising direction in floristics,” writes Irina from Kiev, a florist artist. - Nowadays, the popularity of gardening walls in offices, shopping centers, hotels, public places, private homes is growing. The so-called phyto walls are ordered in large cities, where there are many shopping and business centers. For example, this autumn I was in Moscow and for two months I managed to earn 500 thousand rubles on phyto walls! This is about 124 thousand hryvnia. Although the business started from scratch.
Now about technology. The basis of the wall is the frame on which the irrigation system is placed in the form of tubes. Also on the frame are fixed boxes with the ground in which the plants are planted. Each such box is fed a tube for watering. Water is supplied either from the water supply system or from a special tank. To succeed, it is enough to master the technology of wire frame mounting, find suppliers of irrigation systems and advertise on Internet search engines.
Agree, this is an interesting, simple and environmentally friendly business. And most importantly - very monetary, because the main customers of the phytosten are legal entities. In my opinion, this is a promising direction for existing flower companies, but perhaps the idea will help someone to start a business and earn their first million. ”
“Left in a crisis without work, I created a needlework training center, where both children and adults can be engaged”
“I have always been a practical person,” writes Lviv Irena Solasko. - Well, what should be the financial director of a large company? The working day flew by unnoticed - documents, numbers, meetings, meetings ... And I liked it. Even on maternity leave with tears left, could not imagine myself a housewife. While I was working on my newborn daughter, my company closed, unable to withstand the shocks of the crisis. And I was completely sad. After all, I understood that everything would have to start from scratch - to look for work, to gain authority again ...
Once got to the exhibition of the Kiev artist. And I really liked her work from felt. At the opening day, I learned that this skilled worker conducts master classes, teaching everyone to felting technique. For the lesson you had to pay 200 hryvnia. For those times, the amount is not small, but it seemed to me fair, because the participants in the master class were provided with all the materials necessary for the class. And I signed up. I not only liked felting, at this master class I thought about my business. I realized that I need to open a training center where both children and adults can master needlework. She wrote a business plan, calculated everything, found the craftswomen and organized an advertising campaign. In addition, I downloaded video tutorials from the Internet, according to which I improved my felting technique. I learned how to make handbags and brooches, beads and cases for mobile phones, toys, shawls, napkins and even coasters for beer mugs.
Today I continue to do felting and teach this technique in my center of creativity. We can also learn decoupage and embroidery. These courses are two famous Lviv masters. One lesson lasts about two hours. I do not make large groups, a maximum of eight people. Usually classes are held in a nearby school, where I agreed on a rental. Sometimes I invite students to go home, this gives the master classes a special atmosphere. I have children's groups, which visit costs 300 hryvnia per month.
In the near future I plan to expand my business and offer cooking classes. Judging by the television show, now it has become fashionable to be able to cook. So you can make money on it. It remains to find a decent chef and agree with some cafes on renting a kitchen.
I intentionally do not write about my income. I can only say that I am doing well, which I wish for you. And yet, organizing your company, be sure to execute all the documents.
“I once offered a joke to my classmates:“ Well, who wants to get married? I can help ... “They wanted it all!”
“I want to tell you how the habit of teasing others has made me the head of a marriage agency,” says Igor Pavlyuk. - The story began four years ago, when I was studying in one of Kharkov universities. At the faculty there were mostly girls, and all my classmates dreamed of princes. Naturally, I, with a few male classmates, laughed at them. Once I read an article in a magazine about how marriage agencies are popular in the West. There now, supposedly, they never marry without a matchmaker. He suggested to his fellow students a joke: “Well, who wants to get married? I can help ... ”I did not expect such a violent reaction: they wanted EVERYTHING! Even those who were married. But a small nuance: they wanted only a wealthy foreigner. They even promised to thank for mediation. The ladies insistently besieged me. Straight hunt opened. It was then that I realized that it was impossible to joke with women.
Where to look for these foreigners? In our city there are only Chinese who trade at Barabashka (wholesale market in Kharkov. - Auth.). After three hours of searching on the Internet, I found a website where you could subscribe to a printed catalog of Western men with addresses and phone numbers. Signed, and soon received a catalog. Brought to classes and showed girls. Furor! The catalog nearly broke off ... There are over a hundred profiles. Quickly all and not watch. The girls began to tearfully ask to make copies for them. For reward. And they set the price themselves - 15 hryvnia.
In an hour I received about 20 orders. Each lady wanted to have her own copy. The next day, the elders of the groups approached me and ordered 25-30 directories at once. And we have five faculties ... In the first month I got about 300 subscribers.
Why followers? It turned out that the catalog is updated weekly, and the girls want to get the latest information. Here I set the price myself - 25 hryvnia per month for updates.
Then the young ladies began to ask for help to write and send their letters, and then get an answer, and then translate ...
By that time I already had money, and I was able to subscribe to a paid course for owners and managers of marriage agencies on the same site. Officially, its duration is almost a month, but I had to quickly, and I managed to get the full course immediately as a file by email.
Gave an advertisement in the newspaper. There were so many interested people that I had to rent an office and hire a secretary-translator. I registered a marriage agency, opened an account, invited a good photographer to partners, generally did everything as written in the manual ... There was a lot of work, and I was glad that everything happened in the summer, on holidays.
Now I have about 1200 regular subscribers of the catalog ... I have long ceased to need money. Honestly, I even wanted to quit university, but then I decided to get a diploma for prestige.
I give a brief outline of the costs of organizing such a marriage agency. My initial expenses: registration in the catalog - $ 5, subscription to the base printed catalog of suitors - $ 10, business training course - $ 60.
Current expenses: a subscription to monthly updates ($ 5-10), the cost of a copy of the printed catalog is about $ 2 (I make at least 1500 copies), monthly advertising is almost 800 hryvnias, rent of a small office is $ 150-200 per month, secretary's salary -translator - 350-400 dollars, an accountant - 500 dollars, two agents - $ 200 plus interest, paying 700 hryvnias for protection.
Revenues are not space, but the business is developing: each directory brings $ 5 in profits, and I earn another $ 4–5 thousand on translation services. Well, and minus taxes, I work officially.
"Songs from cartoons help young children to learn English, and me - to earn an apartment"
- Today we are experiencing a boom in learning English. And it's just a sin not to make money on this, - says Mikhail Kuryshov from Yampol (Vinnytsia region). - I am a student, studying in Dnepropetrovsk. I did not get a room in a hostel, so I had to rent an apartment. The question immediately arose where to raise money to pay for housing. And then I gave an advertisement in the newspaper, saying that I teach children from five years old and older to English.
Many adults want to learn English, but even more they want to teach their children to foreigners. With teenagers, as a rule, there are no problems. But how to get a child of seven to practice? A five year old kid? Teaching them in the usual way, like in school, is not worth it. It's boring. I developed my own method - song.
What a child does not like to sing and dance under the disc of a fashionable singer! It's cool and fun! Therefore, in the first lesson, I ask the children what compositions they like, and then I build on the basis of the words of the songs. This may be cartoon characters (good disney singers are especially good) or popular foreign performers. You understand the words and, when the nouns come across, just translate them, and when the verbs, you also tell how they change, and so on. The child is interesting. And if suddenly he forgets some word, then associations emerge in his head, and the phrase is recalled by itself. After a while (you need to look at the situation) add to the songs watching movies in English.
So songs from cartoons and films help young children to learn English, and for me, to earn money for an apartment. I have been teaching for three years now, and all this time my students (there are 12 of them) delight their parents with excellent grades. And I not only solved the issue of paying an apartment, but also send money to my family.
“This year has expanded the business. Now I have a whole team cleans the roads and yards from drifts "
“Once, Willy Tokarev sang a dress of the cloakroom attendant, where there were such words:“ I love winter, like the heat is Uzbek. ” I also really like this time of year, because cleaning the snow and icicles is my business, - writes Igor Gontar from Mironovka (Kiev region). - The idea to earn extra money on snowdrifts arose by chance. Not far from my house, wealthy people built a cottage and asked me to look after their house when they leave for Kiev. I agreed, it is not difficult for me. But one thing - autumn, and quite another - winter. Our neighbors decided to celebrate the New Year in their cottage, they arrived, but they could not enter the courtyard. Everything is swept, the gate does not open ... Of course, I came to help. We quickly snowed back and cleared the way. And then I had to help with the inclusion of heating, and other work on the housekeeping was found. In a word, after the “subbotnik” a neighbor offered me a prize. As I remember, 800 hryvnia! For those times it was more than 100 dollars. But I refused the money, because I was very helpful in helping people get home as soon as possible ...
When the holidays were over and the neighbors gathered in Kiev, the head of the family asked me to work with him: to clean the snow and icicles in the yard, to heat the house, to keep order. And the normal salary appointed. So I got a second job. Then came the crisis, and this additional occupation became the main ... * Usually, between 500 and 2500 hryvnias pay for cleaning the territory (depending on the area). Photo by Sergey Datsenko, “FACTS”
And this winter I expanded my business. When the snow started in December, he went to Kiev, walked through the garage cooperatives and offered his services for cleaning snow and icicles. And you know, everywhere I was glad, they didn’t refuse any cooperative. During the day I found seven objects! For the cleaning of the area (depending on the area) agreed to pay from 500 to 2500 hryvnia. Agree, a decent income. I returned to Mironovka, hired two more workers. Now we go to Kiev for three days a week, clean objects, get money and go home. We share the salary equally, it is about 2 thousand hryvnia each.
So if you sit without hope of employment, this is a great way to quickly and honestly earn decent money. Here you have to come up with something for the summer ... "
“We make sausages, homemade mayonnaise, cheese and butter. Everything - from eco-products And without any chemical additives "
“Dear FACTS, last year you read an article about a woman who is salting cucumbers and tomatoes, making sour cabbage and selling them on the capital market. This story has changed the life of our big family. And all the changes are for the better, ”says Anna Radzievskaya from Kalush (Ivano-Frankivsk region). - For almost a year we have been doing eco-food to order. We prepare absolutely natural, without any harmful impurities and additives, dishes for our customers, as well as supplying environmentally-friendly cereals, vegetable and butter, flour, and sugar.
Our company works like this. Husband and son in law - earners. They drive farms and buy milk, cereals and meat. We cooperate only with eco-enterprises: now we have many farmers produce for export products without the use of chemicals.
From the delivered raw materials, the female half of our family prepares various dishes. We specialize in the production of sausages and boiled pork, homemade mayonnaise and dairy products: cheese, cottage cheese, butter, sour cream and real condensed milk. We cook on weekends, and on Monday we deliver orders to clients. Our prices are slightly higher than the stores: a kilogram of boiled pork costs 85 hryvnias, sausages we sell at 65-100 hryvnias per kilo, cottage cheese - at 30 hryvnias, hard cheese - at 80-100 hryvnias, a half-liter can of condensed milk costs 16 hryvnias for customers, and 200 A gram jar of mayonnaise is 18 hryvnia. For products to be in demand, you need to cook even better than for home. After all, close people will always forgive you for any mistakes, and the client will leave.
For the holidays, the daughter prepares different cakes, pies, rolls and gingerbread. The greatest demand is for our traditional multi-layered cakes, grandmas and gingerbread. It baking brings the greatest income. Judge for yourself, the cost of a kilogram of cake is about 25 hryvnia, and they are sold at 100-120 hryvnia per kilogram. The cost of gingerbread - a maximum of 20 hryvnia per kilo, and before the Day of St. Nicholas "Mikolaichik" (150-200 grams) were bought up at 15-20 hryvnia per piece.
Well, the trick of our company is diet food. The idea spied in some kind of program about Hollywood stars. There, firms bring food to their wards every morning. Everything is signed: breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, kefir or yogurt for the night. It is very convenient, and dinner is on schedule, and health is normal, and no one overeat. We have two families who order such a diet menu. To transport food, you will have to purchase cooler bags (about 200 hryvnia per piece). As for the cost of lunches and dinners, focus on the average prices in restaurants in your city.
In a word, it is always profitable to feed people, and it is also pleasant to work for yourself. Just by organizing your grocery company, remember that you have to work hard. "
“Having sold two woven bead covers for a mobile phone at an online auction, I decided it was time to open my own business”
“A few years ago, even when I was studying at the institute, I needed to come up with a gift for a friend for my birthday,” writes Inna Pavlyuk from Krivoy Rog. - I wanted to please her with something beautiful and exclusive, but there was no money. Accidentally on the Internet I saw a charming cell phone case woven from beads. I decided to do something like that. I bought beads, from which I even got not one case, but three. One - the most accurate and beautiful - presented to a girlfriend, and the rest took pictures and posted pictures on an online auction. By evening, the handbags were sold for 50 hryvnia per piece. In my opinion, this is a reason to start home production.
Every day I do not work, but in a week I lash four or five handbags for phones. I sell finished products on the Internet, and also give them to a beauty salon (they have a small shop). In the future I want to purchase a special beading machine, then I can make three or four cases a day. In the meantime, I am accumulating funds for the development of my business.
If you decide to do beadwork, then know that your income is directly dependent on the cost of raw materials. It is more profitable to buy beads not in stores where they sell for 6-12 hryvnias per 100 grams, but from wholesalers for 4-5 hryvnias. And yet, without fail, waiting for problems, issue all the documents of a private entrepreneur. Good luck.
"Flights with transfers usually cost 30 percent cheaper"
“Everyone wants to have a good rest, go to different countries and not overpay,” writes a traveler with 20 years of experience, Andrei Migunov from the Crimea. - I know from personal experience: everything is real. Each person can reduce to a minimum his expenses for flights and relocation, car rental, accommodation and communication. If you plan your trip in advance, the savings will be at least 50 percent of the holiday budget. And sometimes even more.
So, we begin to optimize costs. Everyone knows that traveling the biggest expenses are associated with air travel. In fact, it is only in our country to fly expensive, and there are budget airlines all over the world. Therefore, if you are on vacation gathered to visit several European countries, your main task is to get into the EU. We will continue to travel on low-cost airline planes, which will allow you to pay 20-35 euros for each flight. To make the price so attractive, you need to book a ticket on the airline's website no later than a month before departure. In addition, almost all airlines periodically sell tickets at special prices. Visit website www.any.com, and you will see that it is quite possible to fly from Kiev to New York and back for $ 400, and the flight Kiev - Istanbul - Kiev will cost only 840 hryvnia.
You can save if you fly with a transfer. Such tickets are always cheaper, because on long flights, the airlines are reinsured against the incomplete board and do so thanks to the docking. Each company has its own hub airport (hub), from where its planes fly to all directions of the route network. A flight through the hub will reduce the cost of a ticket by at least 30 percent.
If the plans are long journeys traveling by train, it is advantageous to purchase a monthly travel ticket, which operates throughout Europe. The cost is about 550 euros. This ticket can be ordered at www.interrailnet.com and redeemed at any station. Savings - 40-65 percent. You can get to Europe by bus. So, a ticket from Kiev to Warsaw will cost about 400 hryvnia (35 euros), and to Berlin - a little less than 500 hryvnia.
It is also worthwhile to take care of the connection with the house in advance, otherwise you risk spending huge amounts on calls. To reduce the cost of communication abroad, first examine what your operator offers. Today it’s realistic to find really economical rates. For example, this winter, some operators have reduced their conversations with Egypt, Israel, Thailand, Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, India, Sri Lanka by 2.5 times for their subscribers. A good way to save on communication is sending sms-messages, as well as communication via the Internet.
These are only basic rules. As you begin to plan your trip, you will see that the field to reduce costs is infinite. For example, the highest prices for vouchers are set for periods of school and student holidays. Therefore, it is better to go skiing after March 10: prices are reduced by half, and there is still enough snow. But at sea (in Egypt or the UAE) it is advisable to go in February - early March: the trip will be more profitable by at least 30, or even 50 percent. In short, do not deny yourself traveling, just make up the right routes. "
“Record all your expenses, and by the end of the first week it will become clear where the money is flowing”
“Many believe that their financial situation can be improved only by increasing salaries. Believe me, this is a delusion, - writes economist Oleg Parakov from Simferopol. - Our ancestors also said: “Money loves the account”. How right they were! Follow the simple and reasonable rules of housekeeping.
First, learn how to record ALL your expenses. By the end of the first week it will become clear where the money is flowing.
There is another way to manage the budget, it is called the method of three (four, five, and so on) envelopes. For each category of expenses - loan payments, utility bills, food, clothes, daily expenses, emergency supplies - get a separate envelope. If during the trial month it turns out that one of the envelopes was quickly “emaciated”, then either it is worth allocating a large amount for these expenses next month, or the expediency of spending in this category should be reconsidered. Separately, I will say about the emergency reserve: without this envelope can not do! Immediately after the salary, set aside at least 10 percent of the money received. So you create your own security fund.
You can keep your home budget with the help of special computer programs or free online services. Choosing a suitable scheme, remember that the program should make life easier, and not complicate it.
Secondly, keep records of all your income. Yes, yes, it only seems that we live on one paycheck. In fact, we occasionally receive awards, some have a part-time job, and someone gets income from a rented apartment. This "extra" money usually goes "nowhere", so it is very important not to forget to include it in your budget.
Thirdly, really determine what you are saving money for and for how long you want to achieve your goal. For example, in three years I will buy a car of such a brand. It is important that the task be difficult, but real. After you decide on the purpose and deadlines, calculate how much money you will have to save on a monthly basis. Correct the list of your expenses (you can give up something to make a dream come true) and start saving money.
Fourth, be sure to reserve a certain amount of money for recreation and entertainment. This is not waste, but concern for the quality of your life. The main thing is not to confuse the planned events with the so-called spontaneous ones, such as gambling, taxi rides, lunches and dinners in restaurants ...
Save money and help cash. Try to remove away a bank card (especially if this card is a credit card). Electronic payments create the illusion that you have the money. But when in the store we need to give the cashier a specific bill from our wallet, we always think and thus control our costs. Speaking of stores. Always make a shopping list at home in advance, and go to the store full. At the beginning of the month it will not hurt to write down the names of the people whom you have to congratulate on your birthday or other holidays. This will allow you to pick up good gifts in advance at reasonable prices.
And the last thing: live your life, not equal to the boss, neighbor, friend, relative ... You are no worse than all these people. It’s just that everyone has his own income level, and most importantly, his own idea of how to spend money. ”
“I noticed that the gas meter remains motionless if there is only one hotplate on the stove on average”
“Dear editors of the newspaper“ FACTS ”. You are written by a pensioner, and in the past an engineer and teacher, from Kiev, Pavel Kochetkov. At one time in your newspaper, I read tips on saving. I also have some experience in this matter. For example, our frosty winters gave me an idea how to optimize the operation of the refrigerator and reduce electricity consumption.
In the summer, I equipped two tightly closed wardrobes on the balcony. When in the fall the temperature on the street dropped to plus five degrees, turned off your home refrigerator and transferred all non-freezing food to a balcony in the new cabinets. In the apartment I have a modern (and therefore economical) and compact freezer. In it, I keep meat and fish at a temperature of minus five degrees. When I turn off the refrigerator and leave only the freezer, this reduces the monthly power consumption in an apartment from 70 to 50 kilowatt-hours. In extreme cold, I turn off the freezer and use only the cupboards on the balcony. Thus, in the winter my electricity consumption does not exceed 30 kilowatt-hours per month.
In addition, I upgraded the lighting: in the bathroom and in the hallway, instead of ordinary light bulbs, LED lights work. By the way, I did not buy them, but pulled them out of the old Christmas tree garland. Transformers were soldered to these diodes (this is under the power of any engineer), and now in the apartment there is a festive illumination for a penny.
Well, my last, almost scientific, invention reduces the cost of paying for gas. Recently a gas meter was installed in the apartment for free. And that's unpleasant: in the first month we paid more than usual. Where does it go? I looked at the device and found out that the counter remains stationary if only one burner is working on the stove in average mode. Super! My wife and I purchased dishes that allow us to cook a couple of dishes at the same time (the saucepans are put one on top of the other, like pyramid rings). Now you can live with the meter. So be careful, and then you will not be strangled by utility payments. "
“I buy used and crashed cars in Moscow, and repair them in Belarus”
“Hello,“ FACTS ”! An entrepreneur from Belarus, Denis Smirnov, is writing to you. I came across your site by chance, but now I read a newspaper almost every day. I love articles about small business. Well, after all, our people can not win! Despite all the reforms, entrepreneurship lives in Ukraine and Belarus. I want to talk about my international business.
Two years ago, I created a small company selling used cars. It would seem nothing special, but my company is different from other similar ones. The fact is that I buy old and broken cars in Russia, or rather, in Moscow. I will explain the scheme. In the White-stone car after an accident, it is often sold for a penny, since their repair results in a lump sum - much more expensive than a serviceable car in the market. Here, for example, the beaten old Audi 100 1994 of release in Moscow is on sale for 1 thousand 100 dollars. Repairing it in Moscow would have cost the owner $ 2,800-3,780. And it will be possible to sell the repaired car maximum for 5 thousand 600 dollars. It is obvious that the owner is unprofitable to repair the car in Moscow.
In Belarus, the repair of this machine can cost up to $ 1,800: $ 950 - spare parts, about $ 850 more - installation, adjustment, polishing, dry cleaning. Delivery of the bat machine to Belarus and its transportation (already repaired) back will cost $ 380. So, if you buy this car in Moscow and repair it with us, you will need 3 thousand 280 dollars. Having sold an updated car in Moscow for 5,600 dollars, we get a profit of 2,320 dollars. Not so much, but if you put the case on the stream ... For example, five cars a month - already decently. And when you modernize a workshop, you can easily repair 10–15 cars in a month. With such a turnover, production becomes less costly, therefore, revenues grow. So I advise everyone to use the advantageous geographical position of their country and the different prices for the same services from their neighbors "
“I took a picture of a shoe-shoe, which I made myself, posted pictures on an online auction and received 12 orders in the evening”
“Many have a hobby, and you can earn money on our hobbies,” said the master of all trades, Igor Andropov, who lives in Kiev. - For example, I was always interested in carpentry. In school, at the lessons of work, I adored making stools or shelves, stayed after class and helped the teacher to repair desks and chairs, cabinets and hangers in the wardrobe. Well, when I grew up, I began to design unusual furniture.
First, the main customer was a wife. Then make her a wardrobe, like in the American film “Man Overboard,” with a mechanism that allows you to bring different shelves to the fore. Usteril, everyone is happy. Then the wife dreamed of a dressing room, like the heroine of the TV series "Sex and the City." Since there is not enough space in the apartment, I had to look for a compromise. By March 8, I made for my beloved a small spinning bag - a comfortable shoe cabinet. What a delight! The wife boasted to her friends, and orders soon fell down.
Today, I call the galler's wet nurse. It is not difficult to make it (just a few pieces of plywood and no glue or nails), all the details are in the grooves. And she sold just to cheer.
How did I decide to make such furniture for sale? Everything is very simple. Money is constantly not enough, well, I began to think. I went shopping, there are no such things, but there is a demand. I photographed my shelf and posted pictures on an online auction. The price set low - 340 hryvnia. The effect exceeded all expectations: in one evening I received 12 orders!
Today I have a whole workshop. I make shelves for cosmetics, "houses" for books, benches, chairs and children's tables ...
Many will say: "Yes, in every city there is such a service - custom-made furniture." To this I have the answer: the buyer wants to immediately get something beautiful and inexpensive. Give him a choice, he will buy. So if you love and know how to work with wood, making inexpensive designer furniture can be a good business. No own ideas? Look in the internet. Today, the sites of masters are just thousands, that's where you need to look for inspiration. "
“There are no mirrors in my fitness center for obese people, and all the windows are dull”
“The problem of overweight is becoming international,” says Elena Pavlyuchenko, a fitness trainer from Kharkov. - And today many people earn money on healing obese people - manufacturers of various low-calorie products, sportswear, simulators, tablets ... And you can do it too. For example, open a sports studio for obese people. And only for o-o-very thick, whose weight exceeds the norm by 20-30 kilograms.
I spied on the idea of creating such a specialized hall in the United States when I was visiting my high school friend. There, the halls of Francis Wisniewski, a native of Poland, are also very popular in the past, too, an obese person who managed to lose 24 kilograms in a year. Organizing a business, he proceeded from personal experience. For example, Francis knows that a fat man cannot go to a regular gym because he is ashamed and scared. When everyone is slender, toned, pumped up, you feel like a complete loser who can never catch up with these athletes. So, it remains only to turn around and leave.
At the same time, full people need to move more and it is also important for them to communicate with the same fighters with overweight. So, we need a specialized fitness club for fat people so that not a single thin person spoils the mood of its participants. Actually, I opened such a hall in Kharkov. In my fitness center, as in the US, there are no mirrors, and all the glass in the windows is dull (so that the trainees are not disturbed by passersby). Installed special simulators that can withstand the heavy weight of club members.
Our goal is to help complete people not only lose weight, but also learn how to live in a new way: talk about problems, not hide them and then jam, choose the right products and always move.
Of course, creating a fitness center is expensive. Therefore, I started with the so-called interest groups. First, for training I rented a gym in a school near my house. After all, a complete person does not immediately need to climb the simulator, it is enough to begin with the exercises. And when the first results appear, after three months, it will be possible to increase the load. The first victories of your charges will attract more people to trainings. Your earnings will increase, and you can invest in the modernization of your room.
As for prices, this is a personal matter of the coach. Today I have one lesson worth 70 hryvnia, but with the purchase of a monthly subscription, the cost of training is reduced to 50 hryvnia. This is the average price in Kharkov, and you try to be at the level of your market. To advertise and promote the hall, enter gift certificates and free guest tickets. So go ahead. And may there be more smart people in your city for whom you will open new halls! ”
"The demand for" scientific "holidays is constantly growing, and there is a single performance from 800 to 1600 hryvnia"
“I propose my idea of creating an original business,” writes Vladimir Padalka from Ivano-Frankivsk. - Together with my wife, we opened a company for organizing children's parties. But we do not have traditional Indian clowns, but bright scientific and educational shows - with explosions, rockets, soap suds, butterflies, flying lanterns and other unusual tricks.
Modern children want to learn. And do not believe those who say that the guys except the Internet do not need anything. Even as needed! Children are delighted with entertaining physics and chemistry, they are intelligent and inquisitive. And for the desire of children for knowledge, parents are willing to pay decent money.
So, our scientific shows for children and primary school students last from 30 minutes to an hour and cost 800–1300 hryvnia. Representations for older children are somewhat more expensive - about 1600 hryvnia. This is quite a decent income, because the purchase of reagents and various consumables takes from 150 to 300 hryvnia, so each holiday brings real money.
Today, we have developed 12 show programs, and we are constantly inventing something new. Topics for future programs are suggested by the children themselves. They want to know everything: how to make a "kebab" of balloons, can you find a ghost in the room ... Ask to explain the "device" of a volcano or tell why stalactites grow down and stalagmites up. Kids just love when they see that the clear liquid in the flask dramatically changes its color to crimson. I really like the experience with a fireproof paper box. She stands on a spirit stove and is not afraid of fire, since water has been poured into it. * Such a fun science is a great opportunity to arouse children's interest in learning.
The demand for "scientific" holidays is constantly growing. We are invited to graduation, "thematic" birthdays ... In the season (September, January and May) we have up to 200 performances per month.
Business can be developed. Tricks, shows with animals (will be very similar to a small circus), master classes, cooking programs ... When you work with children, new ideas come all the time. School lessons are usually tedious and boring, but such a fun science is a great opportunity not only to arouse children's interest in learning, but also to spend more time with their children, to get to know them better. "
“We are demonstrating butterflies in a pavilion set right on the beach”
“I don’t understand people who always complain about the lack of money!” Resents the pensioner Nina Sergeyevna Khmara from Kirovograd region. to open a company at any age and with minimal monetary costs. We have been traveling to resorts for the second month with a student’s grandson and amusing ourselves for the rest with a benefit for the wallet.
Remember, once upon a time, so-called mobile zoos — several wooden cages with animals — traveled around cities and towns? It was this idea that formed the basis of our summer business with our grandson. However, we immediately refused the menagerie, as this is too expensive and troublesome. Buying wild animals, the cost of their maintenance, the risk (all of a sudden, someone from the zoo visitors puts his hand in the cage to the bear), and most importantly: what to do with animals in the fall? After all, the guy needs to go to school, and I need a rest. Therefore, everyone made it much easier: they organized a traveling exhibition of butterflies.
To begin with, they bought butterfly pupae via the Internet. They are sold in the worldwide network for 7–35 hryvnia per share. I have the duty to breed butterflies. It's simple. The main thing is to act according to the instructions. For example, so that no butterfly would damage its wings, do not fold the pupae, but hang them on a string. Then the grandson borrowed a car from his father and began to plan our route. We decided to ride across the Crimea, every village there is a resort, which means there is an opportunity to earn money. As for the room, it is enough to rent a small room in a crowded place of the town. But we still got a folding pavilion, in which right on the beach and organize an exhibition of butterflies. To demonstrate the beauties, three or four tables are enough, on which glasses with sugar syrup and plates with apples are put.
So, the grandson sells tickets, butterflies present themselves and at the same time eat sweets, and I tell visitors what our insects are called, what they eat, how many days they live ...
To attract customers, you need to pre-print and paste up in public places (usually near the market or the beach) posters. Additional income may be the sale of souvenirs. For example, dried butterflies in frames under glass are in demand (from 45 to 180 hryvnias, depending on the beauty and rarity of the specimen). In addition, you can sell pupae (customers like that they are fairly easy to grow in an apartment), as well as charge for photos with exotic moths. * Children enjoy being photographed with exotic butterflies.
Now about income. The exhibition is open from 10 to 19 hours and receives from 50 to 100 visitors per day. We set a low admission fee: an adult - 8 hryvnias, a child over five years old - 5 hryvnias, senior citizens - 2 hryvnias, kids - free of charge. The profits are not so hot, but we get our 500–800 hryvnia per day.
We are happy with everything: we don’t ask anyone for money, we are honest with our visitors and no one has yet condemned us. Besides, what grandmother can boast that she is not only a friend to her grandson, but also a partner? And I can! So I also wish you not to be idle, but to act and use any opportunity to improve your life in all respects. "
"For two hours I washed the windows in two apartments and earned 200 hryvnia"
“I want to tell you how students can get 300-400 hryvnia in just three hours of work,” writes Valentin Nechiporenko from Kiev. - I wash windows to older people. You can smile, they say, that's surprised. But it is precisely in the fact that I provide services to pensioners, and the success of my business lies.
It all started with the fact that he argued with a friend: I will earn 200 hryvnia without leaving my yard. And who is sitting on the benches at the entrances? That's right, grannies. Here to them also went. He approached and politely said: “Good afternoon, do not anyone need to wash the windows with the best detergent, after which they will be clean for more than half a year? If the windows get dirty before, I’ll wash them for free. ” The word “free” acted magically, and after two hours I washed the windows in two apartments, received my 200 hryvnia and thus won the bet.
Now this is my business. For one window, I take 25 hryvnia, if you order more than four windows, the price drops to 20 hryvnia. I prepare the washing liquid myself: I mix two good products - for windows and for dishes - and add water. Pour into a bottle with a spray and get down to work. One window takes 12–15 minutes.
In general, the grandparents are satisfied. Customers thanks to the word of mouth more and more. Daughters and sons of elderly parents also began to turn to them. But for working people the tariff is higher. ”
"With a light hand" FACTS "I sold my first marble table ... an Arab sheikh"
“Hello, dear editors! Transcarpathian businessman Konstantin Mayboroda writes to you. I once read from you a story about a person engaged in the furniture business, and thought: “Why am I worse?” I decided to turn my hobby into earnings. In my free time I make unusual tables with a marble table top. The "trick" is that I decorate the table tops with multicolored inlays. I used to make tables only for myself and my relatives. But after reading the newspaper that you can earn money on it, my life changed. Congratulate, with a light hand "FACTS" I sold the first marble table ... Arab sheikh! * The cost of a table with an exclusive marble table top is 6–8 thousand hryvnia, and you can sell it for 9–15 thousand
But it all started with an ordinary handicraft. I always liked marble and wood. So, I “flipped through” the Internet and found out that we have a lot of companies selling finished marble slabs for countertops. Moreover, at the request of the customer, companies are processing the edges of the stone. I came up with a special technique of drawing on marble drawings: with the help of several devices on the stone, recesses are made, which are filled with specially prepared color mastic. Then you need to grind and polish the entire countertop.
And the final touch is to install an exclusive tabletop on a table that you can do yourself or order in the workshop. Next you need to profitably sell this furniture. I posted photos of my tables at international online auctions, so one of my creations turned out to be with the sheikh.
Now about the prices. Medium-sized marble worktops can be purchased for 3-4 thousand hryvnia (depending on the company, as well as the quality and type of marble). It takes me a week to process the table top in the evenings (I’m not quitting my main job yet). The cost of a coffee table with an exclusive marble table top is 6-8 thousand hryvnia. And you can sell items at auction for 9-15 thousand hryvnia. Agree, good extra earnings for the week. "
“A friend buys old TVs, washing machines and vacuum cleaners, repairs them, and then offers those who can't afford them.”
“Recently I learned that my neighbor and former classmate Igor Vasuta (a young guy with disabilities) earns much more than his able-bodied parents,” writes Andrei Vybornov from Dnepropetrovsk. - Do you know what? Almost on the garbage!
Several years ago, when we were still in school, we were told that in tsarist Russia there was such a profession — junkman. These people bought unnecessary things for pennies, put them in order and resold them. Well, we all forgot about this instructive story, but Igor did not forget. And in the summer after school, he, to my surprise, acquired a good motorcycle with a sidecar. On your own money. It turns out that during the holidays, Igor bought old malfunctioning irons, vacuum cleaners, washing machines (for pennies, or even took them for free) in the nearest houses, repaired and sold them.
Now, when we have grown up, Igor continues this business, but at a new level.
The country, despite all our troubles, has already formed a segment of the population that can afford to regularly update household appliances. The old one is either thrown away or thrust far away so as not to interfere. But it interferes. For example, until recently, I had two TVs on my balcony. It is these things that Igor buys. Makes proper repairs and sells. A lot of buyers. These are the people who can not afford to buy a modern thing, but for second-hand money enough. Irons, vacuum cleaners, washing machines, phones Igor repairs himself. Refrigerators, televisions, tape recorders, gas stoves transmits to their partners. It seems to be going well, it is going to open a company. ”
“Right on the opening day of the gallery, two of our paintings were purchased by Italian diplomats”
- Hello, Ukrainian friends! - writes a private entrepreneur from Bulgaria Beads Tsankov. - With the "Facts" my wife and I met this summer, your site for us was opened by holidaymakers from Chernivtsi. We love the newspaper, we read it, like the Bulgarian press, almost every day.
In Bulgaria now is also a crisis. Almost every month, the tariffs for electricity, telephone, prices for all goods increase. My wife and I have to look for additional earnings. Here is the production we have established. 35 kilometers from our city there is a factory that sews genuine leather clothing for export to Macedonia. At the enterprise, you can buy trim at a low price - quite large pieces of colored leather.
My spouse is an artist and in general a very creative person. So, we bought different skin and began to experiment: burned, smoothed, cut and glued. Finally learned how to create relief paintings. When there were more than twenty works, we ordered wooden frames and we got ready-to-sell products. In the summer, everything was fine: they were selling paintings on the embankment of Sveti Vlas (a resort town in Bulgaria. - Auth.), Which tourists could make out very well. And in the winter, when they returned home, in a small town there was practically no one to sell such work.
The exit was found unexpectedly. I learned that in Bulgaria there is a representative office of an international organization that deals with the problems of homeworkers and helps them in the sale of products. I turned there for help and sent photos of our paintings. The organizations looked at the pictures and invited us to participate in the exhibition organized by their representation. The conditions were not the best, but we agreed and sent four samples of 85 × 42 centimeters in size to the sample.
Already on the opening day of the exhibition two paintings were bought, they were acquired by Italian diplomats. The success inspired us, and we quickly prepared three more works, which also found their owners.
Now we mainly work to order, although we do not cease to cooperate with exhibitions. Making one painting costs an average of 10 euros. At the exhibition we sell works for 85-100 euros. The exhibition organizers receive 25 percent of our income. Maybe in Ukraine, our experience will be useful.
“Having lost my job, I opened a jewelry workshop and now I can adequately support my family and pamper my grandchildren”
“Three years ago I was left without work,” recalls Viktor Konko from Pavlograd (Dnipropetrovsk region). - Our town is small, and no longer a young engineer was needed. But do not die of hunger! And so I decided to open some repair booth. I, as a shoemaker, will sit and repair everything that they bring: electric kettles and irons, belts and bags, photo frames and children's toys ... I found a suitable stall not far from the house, agreed with the owner about renting a corner and went to work . To be honest, I didn’t imagine when I would have clients, what they would bring me, whether I could fix the proposed thing and how much they would pay for it.
The first visitor asked to solder the silver chain. I was directly delighted, because the work is trivial. I quickly did everything and got 10 hryvnia. From this chain everything started. Most of the clients addressed exactly with the request to fix jewelry or alarm clocks. To be competent, read the special literature. I especially liked the book Theory and Practice of Jewelery by Erhard Brepol. Everything is very well described and shown there. He began to take on more serious orders, and then he began to make jewelry: rings, earrings, bracelets. Models chose simple, but paid special attention to quality. And very soon the clients who brought shoes to the cobbler neighbor began to stare at my works. Appeared the first orders, and off we go.
By the way, if you want to do the jewelry business, do not save on tools. Get a strong table with wooden stands. You will also need sets of hammers, various pliers, tongs, tweezers, files, and a vice. It is very useful to have an alcohol or hydrogen burner and a stove, which, by the way, can be made by yourself (there are drawings in the old journals Young Technician, Model Designer).
Now, two years later, I can call myself a jeweler. And since the sale of products made of precious metals is licensed, be sure to complete all documents. The jewelers do not talk about their income, but they can adequately support their family and indulge their grandchildren.
“I couldn’t imagine that intimate haircuts would increase the income of a family hairdresser”
“Our family business is the services of a hairdresser at home,” says Igor Sirota from Dnepropetrovsk. - Together with my wife Natalya, I have been provided with stable and well-paid work for two years. Of course, the idea to go to clients, cut them, do a manicure, pedicure, increase eyelashes and nails is not new. But I want to talk about an exclusive service that will significantly increase your income.
If you have not yet guessed, then it will be about intimate haircuts. Do not laugh, but until recently I myself did not know how much this service was in demand! Intimate haircuts significantly increased the income of the family barber shop. Our personal experience shows that the market is simply huge. We do not take into account young and old people, we divide the male population into two (men are still conservative for us), all the rest are potential clients.
In Dnepropetrovsk, an intimate hairstyle in beauty salons costs about 160 hryvnia, our prices are significantly lower - from 60 to 80 hryvnias. The cost of business is minimal, especially for a hairdresser. You just have to buy a good set of tools for shaving - this is 800-1400 hryvnia (the coolest option), plus foam (from 14 hryvnia per bottle).
You can cut out hearts, diamonds, butterflies ... There are a lot of photos on the Internet. By the way, to fix the hair, instead of hairspray, use sugar syrup. When you are confident in your skill, offer a new service to existing customers. I do not doubt your success!
“I look through the books for economical dishes in books, modify them, and then invite children to literary feasts.”
“It’s so interesting to read newspapers,” writes Kharkiv, retired, honored worker of education, Anna Viktorovna Pasechnik. “Some are fighting for power, while others are just trying to survive, support old parents, learn children, feed and clothe their family ... Since I’m no longer a woman, I’m practically unable to earn. I have a few students, but these are children from ordinary families, and therefore the fee from their parents I take rather a symbolic one. But I love to cook and do handicrafts, which helps me and the children to significantly reduce their daily expenses. I look through the books for economical dishes, I modify them a little, and then I invite my family - children, grandchildren, sisters and nephews - to literary feasts.
You need a bean salad from Georges Simenon : 1 cup of beans (soak overnight), 1/2 can of olives (can be replaced with pickles), 1 clove of garlic, 2-3 slices of any bread, mayonnaise. Boil beans, mix with chopped olives or pickled cucumbers. Cut bread into cubes and make crackers in a dry skillet. Squeeze garlic into beans, add croutons, and season with mayonnaise. Very tasty, satisfying and cheap. By the way, this salad is decorated with any vegetables left over in the fridge: pepper, radish, corn, peas ...
Liver fritters from Nikolai Gogol : You will need: 200 grams of chicken liver, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon flour, 1 medium onion, salt, pepper. Grind raw liver with onions, add egg, flour, salt and pepper to taste, as well as slightly extinguished soda. Fry the pancakes in a skillet. Serve with sour cream and dill.
Dear readers, surely each of you have your own ways of saving and additional income. You can share the secrets of survival by writing to us . We will be especially glad if you attach your photos to the letters, as well as pictures of your inventions that help to reduce costs.