Valentine is here again, and you know what that means – It’s time to make a mint.
Valentine’s Day is a time when people show feelings of love, affection, and friendship. It is celebrated in many ways worldwide and falls on February 14 each year.
Well, as you might have known, a lot of people swoon over Val, others bemoan it. But one thing is for sure, Valentine is one of the biggest consumer holidays of the year.
Statistics have it that In 2017, over $136 million was spent in the name of love; 180 million cards were exchanged and over 198 million flowers left the shops on that day in the United States alone.
Such incredible figures are enough to get a business-savvy mind thinking about how to get a slice of this very delicious cake. If you’re such a person, here are a few small businesses that are sure to make a lot of money for you in this special season of love.
20 Ways to Make Money This Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is a great day for anyone that wants to make quick cash. One can do this by investing in the many small businesses that typically thrive during this love-filled period
Start a gift-wrapping service
Everybody loves to keep their partner guessing what is inside the package until it is time to unwrap the gifts. That is why wrapping is one service that will boom during Valentine’s period because not everybody has the patience to sit down and meticulously wrap a gift for their partner or spouse when they can pay a small fee to get it done. You can also sell wrapping papers with romantic or love drawings on them. If you are fast enough in handling the wrapping job, you can use this service to make some real money during the Valentine period.
Design and sell love-themed cards
If you are very creative both with your hands and with graphics designing, you can design your line of love-themed cards that lovers can gift to one another. These cards are relatively easy to make, but to make great sales; you have to be ingenious.
Also, you need to be savvy or even lyrical with your words to touch lovers at their core. If your words and design are emotional, people would pick your cards over others. You need to start making these cards early, maybe around January, so that you would have stock ready and waiting for February 14.
You can sell your cards on Etsy, Bonanza, and a host of other sites that cater to such items. You can find colored envelopes at your local office supply or craft store, and be sure to account for the cost of materials and shipping when pricing so you can make a decent profit.
Open a love-themed gift shop
You can open a temporary store that will be stocked with very romantic gift items like jewelry, tee shirts with love sayings, rings and other items that you think lovers may need to make their valentine a memorable one. To make much profit, you can order for these items way ahead of the valentine period; maybe during the black Friday sales. As long as the items will not expire, you are bound to make huge profits from sales. You can set up in your garage or some other place in your neighborhood, or you can take your gifts from place to place.
Start a candy store
Companies that manufacture chocolates and candies make more than double the profits they make for the rest of the year just during the Valentine period. You can take advantage of this by purchasing chocolates and candies in bulk and selling them in small quantities on that day. You can target people who are too busy to shop for these items.
Retail teddy bears
Every girl’s best friend is a teddy bear. They can hug it all day and share their deepest secrets with it, and any man who is trying to warm his way into the heart of a woman should know that a teddy bear is a must on valentine’s day. You can source for different types of teddies, especially ones that have Valentine colors of red and white and retail them to lovers.
Make and retail scented candles
Some couples may not like to go to a restaurant to have a romantic dinner. One of the couples may opt to prepare a homemade dinner and invite the other partner over to come spend some time with him or her. Scented candles are needed to complete such romantic dinners. You can produce or buy scented candles in bulk and resell in the val period. If you are the one manufacturing the candle, you should ensure that the scent is not repulsive, so that it will not put people off.
Offer delivery services
A lot of companies, especially those whose services are essential on that day can easily get stumped with orders, and again, not all companies offer home deliveries. You can take good advantage of this opportunity by identifying some of the businesses that are particularly relevant around Valentine’s Day and contact them to see what their delivery needs are. Businesses like florists, gift shops, bakeries, etc may be able to use an extra hand. You can take advantage of your success in this business to set up your part-time delivery service.
Shuttle service for partygoers
Do you have a functioning car? You could wash your car till it sparkles and put it on the road to ferry lovers, to and from dates. This is a great way to take advantage of the Valentine’s Day market. With a lot of people set to go on dates that evening, taxi services are likely not to keep up with orders. You can start by marketing your service to your friends and family members, but you have to ensure that no person’s time clashes with the other. You can bill per hour or based on miles run.
Bake love themed cakes
Cakes are one dessert that serves as a gift during this period. You can bake up a batch and ship them off to stores, cafés, and restaurants near you. Alternatively, you can bake special ones for friends and coworkers at a small fee that of course should cover your expenses while having a little profit left over. You could also add pastries and cookies to your offerings.
Valentine parties for singles
Planning parties is another way you can take advantage of the valentine’s day if you have no lover begging for your attention. There may not be a huge market for amateur party planners, but it’s worth a shot. If you’re known for throwing memorable shindigs, you might be able to drum up some business and collect a fee at entry. You can shop at dollar stores for decorations to keep costs down.
On-Demand Serenading Services
Live music performed specifically for a special someone makes any Valentine’s Day date truly memorable. You can hire a guitarist, a violinist or a singer to perform for couples at the time and place of their choosing. If you are a musician yourself, you can make a ton of money via tips by partnering with a local eatery and acting as their in-house entertainment for the evening. If you want to be more proactive about it, take your show on the road and wander up to lovey-dovey couples for a serenading session. That dude would be a dummy if he didn’t at least reach in his pocket for a dollar.
Val special affiliate marketing
If you have a website or blog that generates a sizable amount of traffic and is targeted majorly at the set of people who would most likely celebrate Valentine, like the youths, you can make money by advertising flowers, Valentine cards, chocolate delivery, etc. You will need to register as an affiliate with a website that sells those products online. Each time someone buys an item through your affiliate links, you get a commission on the sale.
Romantic poems and one-liners
If you have it in you to write a few romantic poems and lines, then you can earn a handsome pay for writing personalized poems for love birds which they can dedicate to their partner.
If you live in a picturesque location, or a place known to be a tourist attraction, you can take advantage of this and make a pile of cash this period. A lot of couples are known to plan romantic trips during valentine and a lot of these couples would need tour guides. You can spruce up your car and charge per hour for your services.
Become a hairstylist or makeup artist
If you are good with the makeup and brush, you could become an emergency makeup artist or hairstylist. A big date night like Valentine means that people, especially ladies will want to look pretty. You could earn more than $20 an hour for your troubles.
If you are already a professional hairstylist or makeup artist, prepare for a surge in business on this love-struck weekend. For amateurs, this might just be a way to make some extra money on the side. Charge a small fee or barter to exchange favors and help friends or family members prepare to paint the town various shades of red.
Sell Digital Goodies on Etsy
Electronic “I Love You” items like letters, cards, and coupons for favors of all kinds are pretty popular with couples and would-be couples alike. If you can turn a phrase or have some artistic talent, you can make surprisingly good money with digital Valentine’s Day products. If Etsy isn’t a good fit for you, CafePress and Zazzle are superb alternatives.