are all ideas that are simple enough to be used by
anyone with a reasonable capacity to organize and
self promote. While I know that several of these
have been tried out successfully, success depends
on the ability to create something of use to those
folks you know - neighbors, friends, and family.
Feel free to use any of them, or, as has also been
the case, when I've described these ideas to others
they also come up with a viable idea. Once the
concept of a GBB is understood many possibilities
come to mind.
A very important consideration to mull over before
using any of these ideas is to understand the local
regulatory or legal requirements for engaging in
any home business or, as I call them, Garage Based
- Fishing Exchange, this is a single
garage where a group of friends store all their
gear and borrow, trade or sell items to each other,
it is akin to a resource center and it's a great
idea for other kinds of recreations or hobbyists as
- A neighborhood lending library for
books of all kinds and sorts. It could evolve into
a reading room, or a place where reading circles or
groups meet to share books.
- Garage based package delivery and storage
for a given neighborhood someone uses
his or her address as a place where packages and so
forth can be picked up and or delivered. This would
help for those who work and a possible income
source for those who are in need but cannot commute
or travel well because of health issues. Receiving
mail could be done in a neighborly
- A rehearsal or recording space for acoustic
musicians, spoken word artists. It could
also be a place where simple recordings or video
clips could be made.
- A neighborhood game room for evenings
or afternoons of checkers, chess, cards, board
games and more.
- A facility for small non-profit groups
to make fundraising items for sale. I
have idea for Paper Works, a combination of
origami, decoupage, to create Paper Wallets using
folded paper bags of various sizes covered with
colored tape, pictures to create coin purses
wallets and so forth.
- Non-profits building's garage could be
used by a nonprofit organization for a workspace,
office space, storage space and so
- Renting out a refurbished garage for a
rent-a-desk-space kind of office space,
a place where people can have an office space.
Writers could be interested in this.
- Sauna in a garage using the units on
sale currently or by making one's own, a homeowner
could set up a sauna/spa in a garage.
- Organic Atomizers, using recipes for
air-fresheners one could purchase atomizers or just
sell volumes of the liquids that are certified
organic and used in the homemade recipes.
- Home Air Fresheners - Aromatic, dry,
organic room freshener, solar powered window unit:
please write for information regarding this
- Writing for Hire, this is right for
someone whose writing skills are above or far above
average. One can then contract out and help people
compose letters to businesses, schools, employers
and so on. One could also look over letters, forms,
documents, and applications of all kinds. In sum
one uses their expertise in language arts to lend
an assist to those who are in need of such
- Contained pet sitting, each pet would
have something appropriately sized, some might be
as large as a baby's play pen, in sum a comfortable
and far more open space than is usual. These
"units" could be stationed in a well cleaned,
heated garage unit. These units could be
soundproofed and visually isolated to give each pet
privacy which could have a
- This is the "ongoing" garage sale:
This works best in large cities because
it involves the selected harvesting of other
garage, moving, and estate sales, going to flea
markets as well as driving around neighborhoods
looking for cast off items, which could be cleaned
up, repaired, painted or repurposed. In San
Francisco or other similar areas it could be a side
business if you have a garage or can sell smaller
more lucrative items via the web.
- Neighborhood Food Bank or sharing
facility, This is fairly simple to
describe but can be done in many ways. It would
probably be best done in cities where population
density makes it practical.
- Small scale recycling, Again
this would be best in a densely populated
neighborhood, recycling, reusing and repurposing of
a wide variety of items.
- A Local Bicycle storage and repair
club. This is also simple to imagine and
could facilitate cycling, rental could be done as