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50 Offline Business Ideas

These days, having an online presence for your business seems almost mandatory. But that doesn’t mean that every business needs to completely focus on the internet. In fact, there are still plenty of offline business opportunities for entrepreneurs who aren’t super tech savvy to consider. Here are 50 offline business ideas.

Offline Business Ideas

Cleaning Service

You can start a house or office cleaning service where you travel to your clients and use local advertising or word of mouth to build your business.

Child Care

Child care is another popular in-home business idea. You can run the business out of your own home or go to your clients’ homes.

In-home Elderly Care

There’s also a big demand for in-home elderly care. You can provide services to clients in your area daily or on a semi-regular basis.

Coffee Cart

With a coffee cart business, you can bring your cart to the areas where customers are likely to congregate, meaning you don’t even necessarily need a website or other online presence.

Food Truck

Though it may be beneficial to market food trucks on social media platforms, you can set up this type of business completely offline and use local events to attract customers.

Gift Shop

It’s also possible to set up a local gift shop without any kind of ecommerce store, as long as you’re in a great location that customers are likely to visit.

Caterer

For those interested in food businesses, you can start a catering company to provide services for events, individuals and businesses.

Baker

You can also start your own business as a baker, either with your own bakery storefront or by providing baked goods to other businesses and bakeries in your area.

Gardener

If you’re looking for an outdoor business idea, you can set up your own gardening business and provide services to customers in your community.

Landscaping Service

Likewise, you can offer lawn mowing or other landscaping services without a website or extensive online presence.

Pet Cleanup Service

There’s also a market of pet owners looking for businesses to help them clean up their yards .

Home Staging

For design oriented entrepreneurs, you can start a home staging business where you help local homeowners set up their homes to appeal to potential buyers.

Home Painting

You can also focus on home painting, either interior or exterior or both.

Handyman

If you’re good at fixing things around the house, you can also start your own business where you provide general handyman services to homeowners.

Print Shop

Print shops help customers print anything from signs to t-shirts. And you can even provide a place where customers can complete their own printing and copying jobs, all from an offline location.

Direct Mail Marketing

If you want to help businesses with offline marketing, you can start a direct mail business that focuses on printed materials sent the old fashioned way.

Party Entertainer

For those who are musically inclined or have other skills like juggling or balloon sculpting, you can offer your services to local customers looking for party entertainment.

Bed and Breakfast

If you have a large enough space, you could set up your own bed and breakfast where you welcome visitors.

Personal Shopper

You could also start your own personal shopping business where you go with clients to stores and help them pick out the best items.

Event Planner

Or you could focus on event planning where you work with clients in person and deal with vendors mainly over the phone.

Errand Service

It’s also possible to set up a general errand running service. You can do things like pick up groceries or finishing up laundry.

Food Delivery

Or you can offer food delivery services to people in your area who want to order from restaurants that don’t offer delivery.

Florist

A flower shop is another great offline business opportunity. You can open your own location and deal with customers mainly in person.

Farmers’ Market Vendor

If you sell flowers, plants, food or similar items, you can also procure your own booth at local farmers’ markets and sell your goods that way.

Jewelry Maker

If you make jewelry or similar items, you can sell them in person at craft fairs or even wholesale to local boutiques.

Clothing Designer

For those who make clothing, you can also focus mainly on selling your items wholesale to local stores instead of setting up your own ecommerce site.

Tutor

It’s also possible to build a business as a tutor. You can focus on a specific subject and focus on in-person one-on-one sessions.

Dog Walker

If you’re interested in starting a business where you get to hang out with cute animals all day, you can offer dog walking services to people in your neighborhood.

Pet Grooming

Or you can offer pet grooming services, either in your own dedicated location or as part of a mobile business.

Mobile Retail Boutique

Another mobile business opportunity, you can set up a retail shop in a trailer or similar setup and sell goods at fairs or other events.

Car Wash

You can also start your own car washing or detailing business without having any kind of online presence.

Bicycle Repairs

For those who are skilled with bicycle repairs, you can create a business around that skill in your garage or a local storefront.

Mobile Phone Repairs

There’s also a lot of demand for mobile phone repairs. So you can set up a storefront where people can bring their devices with cracked screens or other issues.

Farming

If you have enough land and the skills to farm crops or other types of food, you can offer your food items to retailers, restaurants or other businesses.

Corn Maze

There are also other options for those with some land to work with. For instance, you can create a corn maze and some complementary attractions and welcome customers to your location.

Christmas Tree Farm

You can also grow pine trees on your land and welcome visitors to come pick out their own trees during the holiday season.

Tour Guide

If you live in an area that’s popular with tourists, you can set up a tour guide business where you show visitors around.

Security Service

You can also start your own security service, providing protection for businesses or individuals on a contract basis.

Artist

For artistic entrepreneurs, you can create your own artwork to sell at galleries or special events.

Massage Therapy

You can also work with clients in person as a masseuse or massage therapist.

Personal Trainer

Or if you’re a fitness minded entrepreneur, you can start a business as a personal trainer, working with clients at local gyms or from your home.

Antique Shop

You can also start your own antique shop where you sell items out of a storefront, antique mall or at local events.

Author

While ebooks have increased in popularity in recent years, you can still build a business by writing and publishing actual books as well.

Speech Writer

Writers can also build a business around writing speeches on a freelance basis.

Dance Classes

If you’re a skilled dancer, you can offer dance classes out of your home or a dance studio.

Music Lessons

Similarly, you can offer music lessons to people looking to learn a musical instrument or improve their vocal skills.

Career Counseling

It’s also possible to build a business where you help people find careers by working with them one-on-one.

Moving Service

If you have a truck and some moving supplies, you can offer moving services to local consumers.

Tax Preparation

You can also help people and businesses prepare their taxes by meeting with them in person.

Fundraiser

Fundraisers are also in high demand in some areas. You can help businesses and organizations raise money through events and other campaigns on a freelance basis.

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Landscaping expert encourages mix of natural and urban design in …

The Heathcote River flooding over Riverlaw Terrace in St Martins at Easter (file photo).

The Heathcote River flooding over Riverlaw Terrace in St Martins at Easter (file photo).

A visiting expert on landscaping flood-prone city zones recommends Christchurch use natural barriers and water-based construction to deal with rising sea levels.

Landscape architect Kristina Hill, from the University of California, Berkeley, spoke at a public meeting organised by Regenerate Christchurch on Thursday night.

She presented research-based ideas that could be implemented in the city’s planning for flood-prone coastal areas and the residential red zone.

A map of high flood hazard management areas as defined in the Christchurch City Council's proposed district plan.

A map of high flood hazard management areas as defined in the Christchurch City Council’s proposed district plan.

Eastern areas of Christchurch sank in the Canterbury earthquake and the Christchurch City Council has identified many residential zones as prone to flooding and sea level rise over the next 100 years.

READ MORE:
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Hill encouraged the city to experiment and accept that some ideas might fail.

University of California, Berkeley, associate professor of landscape architecture, environmental planning and urban ...

University of California, Berkeley, associate professor of landscape architecture, environmental planning and urban design Kristina Hill talks about dealing with post-disaster flooding and sea level rises in Christchurch.

“That’s how the Dutch have become the world’s consultants on flooding, through trying things.”

She spoke about different ideas of terraced developments.

One design used in Hamburg, Germany, was multi-level residential buildings with waterproof lower levels.

In extremely high tides the water rises over footpaths and public areas and vehicles are protected in waterproof car parks.

“People don’t evacuate. They stay and they watch the flooding happen with their kids.”

As well as removing the need for costly and disruptive evacuations, Hill said it provided an educational experience.

Another concept was the idea of using wetlands and developed stormwater ponds to hold back the sea. It was simple, Hill said: “Dig hole, make mound.”

Silt dug out from stormwater ponds near the sea would be used to create wetlands, pushing the water back to sea.

Floating houses would be built on the ponds, aimed at the high-end of the market similar to Dutch developments.

The added benefit would be that stormwater would drain from surrounding lower-income areas into the ponds.

Hill called it a “Robin Hood strategy” – getting the rich to pay for wider benefit.

Water would be collected in the city, filter into the ponds, and be released through the wetlands into the sea.

The wetlands would also create habitats for wildlife, she said.

As the sea level rises over time, ponds could be moved further inland, turning the old ponds into more wetland.

“It seems to me that your estuary will be a great place to try some of these wetland terrace ideas,” Hill said.

“We know that this is all really happening to us, so we are trying to take a positive, proactive approach to it.”


 – Stuff

Next The Rebuild story:

Christchurch east frame public space to open early 2018, but where are the houses?

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Article source: https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/business/the-rebuild/94889865/landscaping-expert-encourages-mix-of-natural-and-urban-design-in-floodprone-areas

Cal Fire holding fire prevention education program at Mid-State Fair


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PASO ROBLES, Calif. – In the northwest corner of the Paso Robles Event Center, in the shadow of the Slingshot bungee ride, just down from Jimmy’s Waterin’ Hole and right across from the Pony Espresso, you’ll find a different type of attraction at the California Mid-State Fair.

For several years, CAL FIRE San Luis Obispo County Fire Department has manned a booth at the fair, holding its fire prevention education program.

“This is hands down our single biggest prevention event of the year,” said CAL FIRE public information officer Chris Elms.

For the entire 12-day duration of the fair, firefighters are able to meet the public and speak with the people they serve.

“We bring in a lot of firefighters and a lot of personnel and a lot of resources just to be here so we can engage the public,” said Elms. “It’s hugely important to what we do in prevention because we do have so many people that are coming in to visit the fair.”

Children are able to meet firefigthers, take part in activities, explore a fire engine and take home various give-aways.

“We’re interacting with the kids,” Elms said. “We’re teaching kids about fire prevention and education and that kind of stuff and catching their attention at a young age.”

Geared more towards adults is the Fire Safe Demonstration House. It’s a permanent structure designed as an educational tool.

“It gives them an idea of how they can set their home up for success in a wild fire situation,” Elms said. it gives them an idea of how they can set their home up for success in a wild fire situation. We spend a lot of time talking to people about it, but it’s hard to show them with a picture, so here we have a life-size model that we can show them and they can look at and get those ideas from.”

The house, was dedicated on Wednesday in honor of Es Berliner, who recently retired after a 22-year career as a CAL FIRE Fire Prevention Specialist.

“The structure itself is build with materials that are very fire resistant,” Elms said. “We’ve done things like close the eaves in..and as look inside you’ll see the different construction in the walls as ideas for people to just set their home up to be as fire resistant as possible.”

Berliner worked with the San Luis Obispo County Fire Safe Council, to help build the house at the Event Center. Through her efforts, the building was funded and constructed by donations and grants.

A significant part of the house is to demonstrate proper landscaping around a home to build a sufficient defensive space.

“It’s a fire-resistant landscaping where you have a lot of space in between the landscape and vegetation,” said Elms. “We have a lot rock scape around designed to not let fire pass through to get to the structure.”

For many visitors to the CAL FIRE exhibit, they simply want to express their gratitude.

As the Central Coast, and the rest of California, endures one of the worst fire seasons in recent memory, many people are appreciative of the massive efforts of those who work in the firefighting field.

“We get a lot of thank yous and we are honored to be recognized that way,” said Elms. “It’s our privilege to serve the community of San Luis Obispo County.”

CAL FIRE firefighters are at the fair daily, from noon to about 6 p.m.

For more information on fire education and prevention, visit www.readyforwildfire.org

Article source: http://www.keyt.com/news/wildfire/cal-fire-holding-fire-prevention-education-program-at-mid-state-fair/591075653

91 Outstanding Outdoor Decor Ideas From 26 Top Interior Designers, Decorators, And Landscaping Specialists

We asked 26 top interior designers, decorators, and landscaping specialists to give their best outdoor decor ideas, tips, and tricks. Create the ultimate space on your balcony, patio, deck, or backyard for some sensational summer fun.

Article source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/91-outstanding-outdoor-decor-ideas-from-26-top-interior_us_596e1f5ae4b05561da5a5ab7

Landscaping expert encourages mix of natural and urban design in flood-prone areas

The Heathcote River flooding over Riverlaw Terrace in St Martins at Easter (file photo).

The Heathcote River flooding over Riverlaw Terrace in St Martins at Easter (file photo).

A visiting expert on landscaping flood-prone city zones recommends Christchurch use natural barriers and water-based construction to deal with rising sea levels.

Landscape architect Kristina Hill, from the University of California, Berkeley, spoke at a public meeting organised by Regenerate Christchurch on Thursday night.

She presented research-based ideas that could be implemented in the city’s planning for flood-prone coastal areas and the residential red zone.

A map of high flood hazard management areas as defined in the Christchurch City Council's proposed district plan.

A map of high flood hazard management areas as defined in the Christchurch City Council’s proposed district plan.

Eastern areas of Christchurch sank in the Canterbury earthquake and the Christchurch City Council has identified many residential zones as prone to flooding and sea level rise over the next 100 years.

READ MORE:
Development restricted on flood-prone Christchurch properties
Flood risk looms for new homes in Silverstream subdivision
Four Flockton Basin residents sell flood-prone homes to Christchurch City Council
2700 Waimakariri properties at ‘high risk’ of flood in natural hazards maps
Rising flood risk in a sunken city

Hill encouraged the city to experiment and accept that some ideas might fail.

University of California, Berkeley, associate professor of landscape architecture, environmental planning and urban ...

University of California, Berkeley, associate professor of landscape architecture, environmental planning and urban design Kristina Hill talks about dealing with post-disaster flooding and sea level rises in Christchurch.

“That’s how the Dutch have become the world’s consultants on flooding, through trying things.”

She spoke about different ideas of terraced developments.

One design used in Hamburg, Germany, was multi-level residential buildings with waterproof lower levels.

In extremely high tides the water rises over footpaths and public areas and vehicles are protected in waterproof car parks.

“People don’t evacuate. They stay and they watch the flooding happen with their kids.”

As well as removing the need for costly and disruptive evacuations, Hill said it provided an educational experience.

Another concept was the idea of using wetlands and developed stormwater ponds to hold back the sea. It was simple, Hill said: “Dig hole, make mound.”

Silt dug out from stormwater ponds near the sea would be used to create wetlands, pushing the water back to sea.

Floating houses would be built on the ponds, aimed at the high-end of the market similar to Dutch developments.

The added benefit would be that stormwater would drain from surrounding lower-income areas into the ponds.

Hill called it a “Robin Hood strategy” – getting the rich to pay for wider benefit.

Water would be collected in the city, filter into the ponds, and be released through the wetlands into the sea.

The wetlands would also create habitats for wildlife, she said.

As the sea level rises over time, ponds could be moved further inland, turning the old ponds into more wetland.

“It seems to me that your estuary will be a great place to try some of these wetland terrace ideas,” Hill said.

“We know that this is all really happening to us, so we are trying to take a positive, proactive approach to it.”


 – Stuff

Next The Rebuild story:

Christchurch east frame public space to open early 2018, but where are the houses?

The Press Homepage

Article source: https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/business/the-rebuild/94889865/landscaping-expert-encourages-mix-of-natural-and-urban-design-in-floodprone-areas

Discover unique gardens, ponds

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July 19, 2017

Residents needing ideas on what to do with their yards or those who simply want to enjoy some of the most beautiful gardens and ponds, won’t want to miss this year’s Green River Garden and Pond Tour.

The 21st tour is scheduled to take place July 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“The pond tour is a great way to see what can be done in our high desert climate.  Visitors will see a variety of plants that survive in our area as well as landscaping ideas using local materials,” Lyneen Murphy, Green River Pond and Garden Tour director said. “If your’re interested in a backyard pond this is the place to be. There are several garden homes with ponds of many sizes.”

This year, garden visitors can look for hidden fairy gardens, enjoy the sound of small and large ponds with or without water features and take in the unique garden ideas, plants or landscape designs. Murphy said garden visitors will also see residents takes on how to incorporate organic materials or personal items into a yard. Garden visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras and be ready to ask the garden owners any questions they might have about a plant or garden feature.

“Every home owner is anxious and willing to answer any questions visitors may have,” Murphy said.

Both the gardens in Green River in Rock Springs are unique in their own way. Murphy said some gardens have frogs, while others have koi swimming in a massive pond.

“It’s the only day where 13 home owners open their garden gates to the community to get ideas on planting and ponding ideas that are successful in our area,” she said. 

Something new to the tour is Riverside Nursery employees have decided to share their experience and knowledge on the art of xeriscaping.

While visiting all of the gardens and ponds, residents will have the chance to keep the memory going for someone who helped get the pond tour started more than 20 years ago.

Murphy said this year’s tour is in honor of one of the founding members, Toni Morgan, who died last Spring.

“Wiley and Toni are the reason Green River has this unique event,” she said. “The Morgans began the pond tour over 20 years ago by showing only a few gardens in the beginning.”

Each year the pond tour takes place, a raffle is hosted and money raised is given to a family or organization that needs it. This year, the raffle money raised will be used to purchase and plant a tree along the river walk in memory of Toni Morgan. Raffle money will also be used to purchase a plaque with Toni Morgan’s name on it to be placed by the tree. This raffle will take place during the tour and tickets will be sold at each home.

Items on the raffle include, a fire pit, blowup river raft, Monster High gift basket, ninja turtle basket and a gift basket from Sweetwater Trophy and Ponderosa Bar. Raffle tickets are $3 each or four for $10. Each garden home will have a raffle item on display and tickets ready to sell. 

Guides to the garden homes can be picked up at Riverside Nursery, the Green River Chamber of Commerce of the website http://www.greenriverpondtour.org. 

Article source: http://www.greenriverstar.com/story/2017/07/19/people/discover-unique-gardens-ponds/4033.html

9 ideas to make your own debt-free summer fun – WBRC FOX6 News

By Andrew Housser

When summer heats up, spending doesn’t have to. Avoid piling up new bills and debt this summer with these nine suggestions for frugal fun.

Pack a picnic. July is National Picnic Month. Look for free local events where you can take your picnic lunch or dinner. Enjoy an outdoor concert in a city park, head to a local lake to watch paddleboarders, or take a hike. Wherever you go, you can make memories and save money at the same time.

Plan meals ahead of time. Planning can help you eat simple, fresh and nutritious meals during the summer – and prevent you from grabbing pizza or burgers too often. Avoid bursting your budget with restaurant dining by planning meals a week at a time. Post menus on a kitchen bulletin board to remind everyone of the plan. Take into account travel, kids’ summer camps and hungry snackers. When in the car, take snacks or sandwiches to avoid being caught off guard.

Take a road trip. Seek out free fun – from a parade or concert to a dog show or rodeo – in a nearby community. On a longer trip, consider camping, which costs less than $40 a night at most campgrounds. If you do not own camping gear, look into renting. You also can borrow from friends or family, or via a sharing app such as Fluid.

Borrow tools instead of buying. Borrowing is not limited to camping gear. Think twice before buying a tool you need for a summer home-improvement or landscaping project. Instead, ask neighbors or relatives if they what you need. Maybe you can trade your skills or labor – from weeding to pet sitting – to cover the value of the trade. If borrowing doesn’t work, consider renting the tool from a local home-improvement store.

Bring back childhood’s simple pleasures. You know how much fun kids have riding bikes with friends, making popsicles or hanging out at the pool. Think of some of your favorite childhood pastimes – whether playing strategy games, having a water fight with the hose, or hitting the library for a new book – and try them out again with your children, a group of friends or family.

Save on air conditioning. Some utility companies offer a discount on electric bills if you allow them to turn down your air conditioning during peak times. If you live in a climate that cools down at night, consider installing an attic fan to bring in that cooler night air. Then close things up in the morning. Planting shade trees will eventually keep your home cooler, too.

Switch off your gas mower. If you are in the market for a new lawn mower, put down the gas can. Could a push (or reel) mower work for you? These machines are inexpensive, have zero fuel cost and provide some exercise, too. If you need more power, rechargeable electric mowers minimize refueling expenses.

Organize a yard sale. ’Tis the season to clean out closets, garages and spare rooms. Turn the things you do not need into cash. Choose a date, list the sale online and get ready to sell. Consider organizing a block sale with neighbors to draw in more customers. Use the money you make to pay off debt or add to your emergency fund.

Measure DIY costs versus paying a pro. If you have any spare time, try doing some home-improvement and maintenance projects yourself. For instance, painting one room might cost about $100 for paint and all the supplies you need. Paying a professional to paint it for you could cost $500 or more. Roll up your sleeves and you may be surprised at how much you can save.

Make the most of the summer season by leaving your wallet at home while you enjoy carefree (and cost-free) good times.

Andrew Housser is a co-founder and CEO of Bills.com, a free one-stop online portal where consumers can educate themselves about personal finance issues and compare financial products and services. He also is co-CEO of Freedom Financial Network, LLC providing comprehensive consumer credit advocacy and debt relief services. Housser holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford University and Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College.

Article source: http://www.wbrc.com/story/35803457/9-ideas-to-make-your-own-debt-free-summer-fun

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Vail Landscape Logic column: Try these mid-season fix-ups for flower containers on the fritz

By early July, it’s common to have patio containers that are a mix of thriving flowers and foliage as well as some stragglers that are less than lush.

Maybe you were on a trip or have been too busy to water, mix the fertilizer and dead-head the blooms regularly — it happens.

Fortunately, there are quick fixes that can get containers shaped up for the rest of patio season. Here are things you can do to restore your container ambiance.

Lackluster plants

If most of the plants are dead or droopy, then pitch them and pick up a ready-to-go planter filled with annuals from the local garden center. Another fast fix is a color bowl or hanging basket you can drop in to your existing container. Your do-it-yourself investment will cost drive time plus how long it takes to remove the old plants from the container and put fresh plants in it. The makeover will be instant.

Replacing a few plants

If only a few plants look scruffy, then remove them and drop in fresh plants in their place. But before you get replacements, try to diagnose what went wrong.

Was the failing plant a shade plant in too much sun — or a sun-lover placed in the shade?

Did you plant a lower-water plant next to a thirsty one? Plants with mismatched water needs can cause one of them to fail.

Once you have selected good replacements, it will probably not take more than five minutes per container to replant.

What about bare spots?

If plants got unevenly spaced at planting, or only one plant needs to be removed, then there are quick fixes that may not require adding more plants. Here are a few ideas:

A bare spot in the center of a container is a great place for a large candle and even to add a glass hurricane around it if there’s room. Once the hurricane is in place, but before setting the candle in it, fill the inside with enough clean white sand to cover the soil.

Use obelisks to add height and form in containers.

Dried branches with unique shapes can do the same. With a few more minutes, you can spray paint branches in metal tones or bright colors to fit in with your decor.

Other objects such as glass orbs, little sculptures, small animals or figurines made for gardens — or any artistic element that matches your style and decor — can quickly fill a bare spot. Even a little truck or tractor from the kids’ toy box can be a fun addition.

With minimal time and effort, slightly shabby containers can be dressed up and ready for the next patio party.

Becky Garber is a member of the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado of which Neils Lunceford, a landscaping company, is a member. You may contact them at 970-468-0340.

Article source: http://www.vaildaily.com/entertainment/vail-landscape-logic-column-try-these-mid-season-fix-ups-for-flower-containers-on-the-fritz/

Boca brainstorms how to improve 14 parks as part of waterfront plan …

By the end of the year, Boca may be ready to roll out upgrades to 14 of its waterfront parks, officials say.

Residents got to see design drafts for some of the parks Wednesday as officials look to revamp the city-owned properties.

“I’m just excited that they’re not only looking at a few parks, but they’re looking at 14 areas,” said resident Arlene Owens. “I’m very impressed.”

Some of the parks with significant proposed improvements include: