Five mini businesses equestrians can start to earn extra cash

 

Five mini businesses equestrians can start to earn extra cash

You do not have to be a full-time professional rider, groom, farrier, etc. to make money in the horse industry. Many riders find part-time summer jobs to help pay for their horse expenses. Skip waiting tables this summer and start up a mini-business instead. You will rake in some extra cash, while still spending all of your time around horses. These business ideas will help you earn more money so you can spend more on your horses:

5) Braiding at events – Instead of heading back to your hotel after you finish braiding your own horse, braid other people’s mounts in exchange for cash. You can charge anywhere from $20 to $50 for a braid job, depending on how well you braid. This is a pretty sweet gig considering minimum wage in the US is $7.25 an hour and braiding a mane should take you much less time. You can also attend local hunter/jumper and dressage shows on weekends to braid there.

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4) Taking pictures and videoing other riders – If you have a decent quality camera and/or video camera you can start up a mini photographer/videographer business. What an awesome way to spend a weekend – watching a horse show and capturing the action with photos or video. You can hang up flyers around the event advertising that you are taking pictures and spread the word via social media by posting on shows’ official Facebook pages. You’re free to set your own prices but I suggest $20 for a pair’s entire set of photos from the event. This is an affordable price for the rider but enough to make it worth your efforts. You can set up a website on WordPress for riders to view your proofs and use PayPal to accept payments. Then you can send riders their photo/video files by uploading them to DropBox, GoogleDrive, YouTube or mail them a USB key. Use these tips to take better action pictures and start organizing your photography/videographer business.

Tourist Woman Takes Photographs With Vintage Photo Camera

 


 

3) Working for events – There is a huge amount of work behind every event and horse show that takes place. If you live near an event or another type of horse competition, stop by and ask if they need help. Many events will be happy to pay you a respectable wage if you are willing to work hard and help out. Your work at events could vary from brushing jumps on the lead up to working as ring crew at the competition. Working at events will also be an excellent way to see the industry from a different perspective. If you are serious about working at events more you should consider pursuing getting your Technical Delegate or Steward certification.

Jumps don't paint themselves...

Jumps don’t paint themselves…

 

2) Haying at barns – Barns are always looking for help during hay season. Hang up some flyers at your local tack and feed stores to advertise that you are looking for work. Haying is hard work but think of what great shape you’ll be in and it is still better than waiting tables. Get a great workout, earn money and still be at a barn – sounds like a horse person’s dream job to me.

hay on transport

 

1) Barn-sitting – Spread the word that you are available to look after barns this summer. Many riders have to leave their barns for various reasons during the summer, such as travelling to shows, attending weddings, taking a vacation, etc. It is hard to find a responsible and horse savvy individual to look after one’s barn. Be that person people can rely on and you can earn some money holding down the fort for fellow riders.

Fridays five-Clean barn-Large And Authentic Barn With Many Stalls.

 

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