Get a Financial Boost with a Part-Time Business

Selling DVD movies over EbayStarting your own part-time business is a great way to supplement income. These businesses can be tended to during your time off from your day job. Here are five great business ideas to help put a little extra cash in your pocket:

Tutoring

Perhaps you are proficient in a certain subject. You can take that knowledge and assist others in learning about it as well. Many students struggle with learning certain fundamentals, and your expertise can make the process a little easier for them. Students frequently need help with subjects such as math, science, reading and foreign languages. This is a great way to help shape the minds of younger generations while collecting a nice supplemental income.

 

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Pet Sitting

If you have a fondness for animals, then a part-time pet sitting business may be the perfect fit for you. You can take care of pets while their owners are away for a length of time. Many pet sitting services specialize primarily in the care of dogs, but you may also wish to care for other types of animals as well. People may need to entrust you with the care of their cats, reptiles, birds or rodents. Of course, you can always specify the types of pets you are willing to take.

Online Auction Sites

Many people are able to generate a supplemental income by selling their belongings on an online auction site. Most of the major sites allow people to sell just about anything they choose. People will likely be more than happy to purchase your unwanted items. You can also go to local garage sales and purchase cheap items to sell on an online auction site for a profit. Friends and family members might be willing to donate their old items for you to sell as well.

Recycling

You can collect old newspapers, cardboard and aluminum cans and sell them to local recyclers. Many places will also accept glass and other types of scrap metal. It is best to have some type of truck in order to bring large hauls of materials in to the recycler at one time in order to be paid more during a trip.

Cleaning Service

Many people would be more than willing to pay you to clean their homes. Many offices also need cleaning services. You can purchase your own cleaning supplies, or you can use supplies furnished by your customer. People who can work fast and are detail-oriented will definitely excel with this part-time business.

Having a part-time business allows you to schedule your work times at your own convenience. You can easily plan your hours around your full-time vocation. Having your own part-time business can help give you a little extra financial ease.

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Recycling Scrap Silver Electrical Contacts

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The precious metal silver has long been prized for its beauty and resistance to corrosion.  In the ancient world silver was commonly used as a medium of monetary exchange and archaeologists have unearthed coins as well as jewelry and artifacts that were made more than 5,000 years ago. In the twenty first century, while large quantities of silver are still used in the manufacture of jewelry and tableware, the metal is also extensively as a material in components of electrical and electronic devices, and chemical compounds containing silver are vital materials in photography, especially medical x-rays.

Silver is used in electrical and electronic components because it is an excellent conductor of electric current, and because it resists corrosion the metal is ideal for electrical contacts in industrial equipment. Because the volume of silver mined and refined each year is insufficient to meet the demands of industries that use silver, there is a healthy market for scrap silver to make up the shortfall.

Industrial silver is recovered from sources as diverse as old x-ray film, dental fillings and electrical contacts. While they have little intrinsic value, scrap silver electrical contacts in discarded electrical devices can produce a good income stream for anyone who is prepared to sell them for recycling.  Industrial electricians and people working in building demolition have access to unwanted machinery and power distribution equipment containing silver contacts that can be removed and collected for sale to scrap metal refiners.

The market price of scrap silver can be quite volatile: while demand is fairly constant, discoveries of new silver deposits and opening of new silver mines are likely to cause the price of scrap silver to drop suddenly. If you have access to a source of free scrap silver it is worth spending some time researching the market to find where to sell silver most profitably, and track market trends to identify the best time to sell it.