Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. During this time, couples go on romantic dates and buy nice gifts.
This special occasion, however, isn’t just for lovers. Valentine’s Day is also a lucrative time for savvy entrepreneurs and people in search of a profitable side hustle. A report from CNBC revealed that people in the US spend about $142 on a Valentine’s Day gift for their significant other.
Rather than spend money to purchase something expensive for your sweetheart, look at Valentine’s Day as an opportunity to pull in a tidy sum within a short timeframe.
Here are moneymaking opportunities you could pursue for Valentine’s Day:
- Cook up Delicious Valentine’s-Themed Treats
Apart from flowers, people typically buy a box of chocolates or other sweets for their special someone in life. If you have a sweet tooth and love the idea of producing tasty goodies, get busy and whip up sweet pastries, cookies, cakes and other desserts. A few popular treats you could try baking are the following:
- Coconut Angel Cake – Show off your baking skills by preparing this elegant showstopper. This dessert consists of airy and light cake interspersed with delicious and silky-smooth cream cheese frosting.
- No-Bake Cheesecake – No oven? No problem. Whip up a scrumptious, no-bake strawberry, blueberry, cherry or New York cheesecake.
- Chocolate-Covered Pretzels – Bake salty pretzels in rich chocolate. Then, cover them in pink and white sprinkles for an awesome Valentine’s Day treat.
Pro-tip: if you do well on baking and selling, you could turn this moneymaking venture into a full-fledged business, which you can do from anywhere in the world. You could obtain additional capital from a U.S. bank or get funds from a licensed moneylender in Singapore to start a bakery. Once your shop is set up, sell delicious goodies for other occasions, like birthdays, anniversaries, Easter, Halloween and Christmas.
- Paint or Draw Portraits of Couples
You don’t have to be a recognized artist to sell your work. Some couples may like the idea of being painted or drawn. If you have excellent art skills, consider offering drawing or painting services for couples for a fee. The artwork you produce will remind couples of their love and commitment to each other.
- Organize a Singles Party
Not everyone you meet on the street has a special someone in their life. Some are still single and searching for that one person who can make them happy. Others, however, are sad that they don’t have a partner this Valentine’s Day.
If you know single people who may need some cheering up during this day, consider throwing a singles party and charging people for entry.
The fee doesn’t have to cost a lot — just enough to cover the snacks, drinks and goodie bags that you might provide during the event. When you throw a single party, you’re telling the world that single people can also have fun. What’s more, this could be your opportunity to play cupid during the event.
- Plan Wonderful Date Experiences for Couples
Some couples aren’t great at planning romantic, exciting and special dates during Valentine’s Day. Look at this as an opportunity to solve their problem and earn a few extra bucks in the process. An example is to sell a package that includes two movie tickets along with dinner for two at a fancy or trendy restaurant.
- Offer Travel or Getaway Packages
Some couples want to make the most of their Valentine’s Day celebration by experiencing a short vacation escapade or a short but meaningful staycation at a hotel. You can serve as their travel agent and provide tour or accommodation packages. You could also provide freebies to make your couple vacation deals sweeter, such as a free travel journal or theme park tickets for two when they book at a specific hotel.
- Conduct Musical Performances for a Fee
Romantic, live music performed specifically for couples or a special someone on Valentine’s Day can make a date extra special and memorable. You could hire a singer, violinist or guitarist to perform for lovers at the place and time of their choosing.
Alternatively, you could conduct musical performances yourself. If you’re a musician, you could partner with a local restaurant or business establishment and serve as the in-house entertainment for the evening. You’ll earn tips and get to showcase your musical skills to a lot of people.
- Create Handmade Valentine’s Day Cards
If you have awesome graphic design skills, put them to good use by creating heartfelt or hilarious greeting cards for Valentine’s Day. Then, sell your handmade items in Bonanza, Etsy and other similar websites.
During Valentine’s Day, love — and money — are in the air. Earn extra cash this February by pursuing these seven moneymaking ideas.