Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. And that means it’s time to get thinking about what to buy your loved one.
But for those of you who, like me, can’t stand Valentine’s Day and all its commercialism and mushyness, perhaps you can use the big day to your advantage and make some money out of it instead!
1. Sell cards
Many people are suckers for buying Valentine’s Day cards to show their loved ones how much they care (why they can only show they care on one particular date is beyond me, but who I am to judge?). So why not take advantage of this and make some cards to sell?
Shop-bought cards are usually ridiculously expensive – in the region of £5 to £7 in many cases – so lower your prices slightly to make things competitive and you could make a fortune!
If you’re thinking of selling your goods in the street, you should check with your local authority to see whether this is permitted. Alternatively, sell your cards at work, at your gym, or at any other classes you attend.
2. Sell baked goods
If crafts aren’t really your thing, perhaps you’d rather whip up a few chocolates instead and sell them on as Valentine treats?
How about some easy chocolate truffles to get you started? Or perhaps Port and Stilton truffles or chocolate orange truffles?
Alternatively, why not test your skills at cupcake baking?
3. Get cooking
If you’re feeling particularly brave, you might want to try cooking an entire Valentine’s Day meal. See whether any couples you know would be prepared to pay for a three-course meal and service provided by you!
After all, it will save them the stress of cooking at home and they’ll still be able to enjoy being waited on, without being crammed into a crowded restaurant with lots of other loved-up couples! What’s more, you’ll be able to make some money out of it, while they will probably save money – restaurants are very clever at boosting their prices in time for 14 February.
If you know of anyone who might want a night off looking after the kids, why not volunteer your services and babysit? Babysitting rates tend to be between £6 and £10 an hour and if you’re sitting after midnight, you can ask for even more (although your request may not be accepted!). Of course, you’re more likely to be able to charge more if you’re fairly experienced in looking after babies and children.
You could also post an advert in shop windows – providing you’re granted permission.
5. Throw a singles party
Unsurprisingly, the people who are most likely to hate Valentine’s Day are singletons. After all, it’s a reminder that they’re single. This, of course, won’t bother everyone, but if you know some singletons who need cheering up, why not throw a house party and charge for entry?
The fee doesn’t have to be much – perhaps just enough to cover any drinks and snacks you might provide, and to make a little extra on top. After all, why let couples have all the fun? And you never know, this could be your opportunity to play Cupid!
6. Sell your jewellery
In fact, you could also sell your cakes and cookies or any other Valentine’s Day gifts on these websites. But you may need to act quickly in order to get your goods on the website in time!
7. Make music
If you’re a talented musician, you could always try your luck at busking. Have a go at singing a few romantic songs, strumming the guitar, playing the keyboard, and see if you can earn a few extra pennies.
(Be warned that if you’re going to do this, it’s a good idea to contact your local authority to check whether busking is prohibited anywhere.)
Alternatively, you could ask your male friends if they will pay you to romantically serenade their girlfriends – obviously on the boyfriend’s behalf! (Or it could be the other way round, of course, with the boyfriend being serenaded!)