Work for Yourself
You've decided that you want to start your own home business. Exciting! There are so many wonderful small business ideas for you to choose from. All you need to do is choose something you enjoy and think of ways you can make money by doing it.
There are a wealth of money making ideas that involve the internet. Some of the ideas overlap into other categories in this article, such as teaching baking online. Other ideas branch off into totally new and yet to be explored areas of interest.
- Making videos. How-to videos are all the rage. If you have a special skill, such ad wood carving or beading, consider making how to videos for profit. There are websites that purchase how-to videos or offer payment based on viewing.
- Internet courses. Write and sell internet courses. Set up your own internet school and charge for each course.
- Resume writing. Sign up with a resume writing website to earn income as a freelance resume writer. Offer your services online from a personal website and personal ads.
- Freelance writer. Write about what you know. Offer advice and how-to articles. Write for various websites as a freelance or an independent contract writer.
- Niche newsletter. Create a specialty newsletter. Sell ad space and include online advertising from Google Adsense.
- Ebay seller. Sell antiques, your artwork, crafts, and even your own ebooks on Ebay.
- Stock photographer. Take pictures and sell them online from your own website or from a stock photography website.
- Online publicist. Set up and manage online social networking accounts for local businesses and artists.
Do you often get compliments on your good meals? Do people request you to bring your famous dessert to every family gathering? Are you skilled at decorating? If so or if you simply enjoy being in the kitchen, here are some fun small businesses you can start from your kitchen.
- Breads, pretzels, bagels, and other yeast goods. I began my venture in running a small home business the morning after a major snow storm. All the roads were closed and, while the small, local grocery store was open, no delivery trucks could get to the store. The place was completely out of bread, milk, and eggs. Lucky for me, I had just bought flour, eggs, and powdered milk in bulk, and I began baking bread to sell. My ex-husband and I posted bread for sale signs everywhere, including the grocery store where everyone was walking to, and soon people began showing up at the door. I made several hundred dollars in 2 days by baking for my local community.
- Baking cakes and cupcakes. I know several people who began baking cakes from their home kitchen. Two of the ladies went on to start large businesses. Birthday cakes, graduation cakes, and, of course, wedding cakes are always in demand. Specialty desserts for the holidays, such as mincemeat pie, are great money makers.
- Catering. The holidays are so hectic. Who has the time to do all the cooking? Set up a small catering business for local family get-togethers. Specialize in popular cuisines. For example, in my area, home cooked Pennsylvania Dutch meals are very popular.
- Dog biscuits. We all love to spoil our pets now and again. Research dog biscuit recipes, experiment using your dog as the master taste tester, and begin selling homemade dog biscuits from home and at the farmer's market and craft fairs.
- Cooking lessons. There are many men and women who would love to learn how to cook but don't know where to begin. Children also love to make stuff in the kitchen. Offer personal cooking lessons and cooking classes.
Arts and Crafts
Small businesses that fall under arts and crafts are one of the most visible home based businesses people venture into. Knitters are teased about breaking out their "poverty needles" to make some extra cash and many people seem to believe that this category is for women only. Not true! Many men, including my ex-husband, run a small home business in the arts and crafts field. The trick to succeeding in this field is to find your own niche and give it your all.
- Knitting and crochet. There's always room for more yarn lovers in this home industry. When deciding on what to make to sell, think of the practical and the whimsical. Baby sets are always popular. Scarves, afghans, and hats are also popular knit and crochet items. Last winter I made bunches of "ugly knit hats" for my daughter's friends and they were a huge hit. Doll clothes, fancy washcloths, lap blankets, and sweaters are also good selling items, especially during the Christmas season.
- Sewing costumes. Sewing takes such skill and it's an art that most people cannot do. If you've got the skill to sew, why not start sewing Halloween costumes, costumes for the Renaissance Fair, and holiday costumes. These can be sold online or set up a small shop inside your home if local zoning allows you to do so.
- Catnip toys. Grow your own catnip, dry it, and sew it into little mice. Get creative and make the kitties catnip snakes and fish. People love buying kitty a little gift while they are out shopping.
- Teach your craft. Do you make candles or beaded necklaces? Why not teach others about your craft. Give private lessons and group lessons.
- Craft shows. Craft shows are awesome, especially around the holidays when I am out looking for unique gifts for my family. Take your crafts to the local shows and bazaars. Set up a stand at the farmer's market.
- Furniture. My dad makes wonderfully useful furniture. Lacking the skill to make my own furniture, I buy or rescue old wooden furniture and fix it up. Great places to look for wood furniture to refinish and resell is at the Goodwill stores, yard sales, and on large item trash pickup days.
- Write how-to. Not only can your sell your crafts in person and online, you can also write how-to articles about your arts and crafts. Creating how-to videos is also a good way to earn money from craft making.
Community Based Business Ideas
If you enjoy interacting with people, here are some great small business ideas you can begin from home.
- Tutoring. If you are good at math or language arts, consider starting a tutoring business for the local school students.
- Music lessons. Teach guitar, piano, violin, or any musical instrument from home.
- Personal fitness trainer. Some people just need the extra encouragement to get going. Help people in your area set realistic fitness goals and keep them focused on their personal fitness.
- Pet sitter and dog walker. Often viewed as a business for teenagers, many people prefer to have an experienced adult care for their fur babies.
- Handyman. Sell your handyman skills, from painting to roofing, to your community.
- Clowning and magician. Provide entertainment for local birthday parties.
- Childcare. Specialize in special needs children, infants, or start a small daycare service for children who like art, sports, animals, etc.
- Adult daycare. Spend the day caring for adults in your community. Provide transportation, cleaning, and meals.