There may be ideas you have had for some time about a business you would like to have. Most seem to be related to stores or online shopping. Online shopping is very popular and you could really make some money.
You have the choice of starting from scratch with your own website which is much more complicated, or just setting up for example an Amazon store (free) which is pretty simple if you can just follow menu-driven options. This is very convenient as they would handle all the transactions for you so you don’t have to worry about fulfilling orders as you would with your own store.
However there are other ideas such as being an independent distributor of a particular product such as for health and beauty and processing drop-ship orders. Another easy idea is becoming an online affiliate marketer. Either of these two ideas could be up and running in a matter of hours and could represent a handsome income once it is developed.
With all of the above suggestions it would be a matter of hooking yourself up to resources online and it could be rather simple and straightforward. However if your dream involves you making something to sell, then you have much more work to do to get it going. It would be double-good if you are doing something you enjoy doing as a hobby and can earn money with it.
This could lead to a real good business after a while. For example if you like to work with scents, such as in making soap or candles, this would be a great, fun business. Another idea of making things would be in the gourmet food line, such as cookies, cakes, candies, jams, etc.
Especially as a holiday business it would work really well to have a gift basket business where you could create customized baskets that may include for example a cup with cocoa, coffee, or tea to serve with your goodies. Or a bath basket with some of your candles and soap with a pretty wash cloth or soap dish.
Just about any craft you can think of might make nice gifts that you could sell online. This type of business does take some extra work as you would need to worry about shipping materials and costs, as well as inventory for supplies to build your product. None the less it could be done and it could be done ‘as needed’ – without a large inventory but when an order is received. That is until you start getting volume and then you could do 10 at a time or so!
Beyond that you need a website with a price list and order form. Some images or pictures of your finished product would be important for the presentation. You can save a lot of time, effort and money on this part by using a WordPress blog theme to build your site. You could however save a lot of time and money by using a free Paypal payment button. The account is free, they give you the code to create the button and help you hook the whole thing up.
Have fun making money!