Wow I've thought about this a lot. Having to take care of my family member who has medical conditions, working for myself is the only way to go. I
don't know your skill set or if you have a vehicle, so, I'm just going to tell you a way that almost anybody can make money. And in ways that are
legal, as far as I know
Almost everyone has done some sort of chores growing up. Mowing the lawn, cleaning the house, yard work, home maintanance.
You go door-to-door, on foot, or in a car. Use your money for supplies, or just ask the person what they have. I've even had one person let me borrow
their ladder after I removed a small tree from their yard, so I could do another job cleaning gutters for his neighbors. You just gotta be a people
person. Be genuine. They actually tip you a lot when you are genuinely trying to do a good job.
To clean windows you just need window cleaner, towels, a squeegie, maybe a couple different sizes of squeegies. To mow a lawn, use your mower or
weedeater, or use theirs and take off a few bucks. Try to at least provide the gas...you know, to at least attempt to preserve the title of
"businessman/woman"...or at least a little dignity... A lot of people don't feel comfortable going door to door to ask if there's anything at all
you could do to earn some money. That's why this type of employment is always open for those who can handle it. You should make at least $50 to 80$ a
day, tax free.
Somethings you can do... Any type of yardwork, cleaning gutters, pulling weeds, cleaning windows, shampoo carpet, pressure wash anything, paint
anything, repair anything, clean anything, take down or put up holiday lights and decorations, move stuff, walk and feed dogs, house sit, wash
vehicles, etc. Some people are disabled so the simplest things are unthinkable to them. This is where you can really take advantage of people... Naw
I'm jist kidding, I just have a twisted sense of humor, I'm sorry.
No, actually what you want to do is help them as much as possible. I like to throw in some free services for the elderly or disabled. It can actually
work in your favor by giving you a good reputation in the neighborhood, and some of those people are rich, and they will actually test you to see how
greedy, or foolish you are. You can find yourself a nice tip at the end of the job if you know how to read people, and always always be fair and do
the right thing as a general rule.
It's better to go home at the end of a hard day with only $20-30, and keep your integrity and know you did a good job than to go home after an hour
with $80, knowing that you did not do the right thing. Now, that being said, some jobs are worth getting paid $80 an hour. Just follow your heart and
you will know what is the right thing
And who knows, maybe you will decide you want to start a legitimate business out of it someday whole still pursuing your college goals.
Anyway, you don't really need a business license for doing odd jobs. And if you earn less than 10k or 15k per year, you don't have to pay taxes.
Look up the exact figures for your location. If you do decide to legitimize your business, you can take care of that later.
If this didn't help at all, I certainly do hope that you will find a good answer from our other members