Although it seems everyone wants to make money working from home, not everyone is suited to being their own boss. Operating a business from home can require a lot of determination and courage, especially in the early start-up stages of the business.
Most business start-ups being life with no customers, so it can be an uphill battle to win over custom and get into profit. That is where the persistence comes in. You need to have confidence in what you are doing, be prepared to work hard, and pick yourself up after each knock-back.
Working for yourself is not like working for someone else. There is no guaranteed wage packet each week, and you need to be a highly motivated self-starter. You will often be working on your own with no one else around to support or mentor you.
However, despite all that, working from home can be very exciting and financially rewarding. There are literally millions of home business entrepreneurs worldwide. Many make money working from home on the internet, and other do more traditional work.
Before getting started working from home, have a good look around at some of the thousands of home business opportunities that exist, and see what takes your fancy. Remember though, there always needs to be a market for any product or service you want to sell. There is no point in coming up with a brilliant idea, if no one on the planet wants to buy it.
Here are 10 Business Start-Ups to get your brain ticking over. One of the ideas might stimulate your thinking, and you might think of an even better idea.
1. Garden Water Features
It is becoming more and more popular to have a special water feature in your garden. Create water sculptures from stone, wood, clay or plastic. Use lighting for added effect. Some training may be required, start small and build on your experience.
2. Decorative Boxes
Create individual boxes for special gifts. Decorate plain cardboard or wooden boxes with raffia, shells, fabric or any other material that adds a special look to the box. Sell to specialty stores or by mail order.
3. Chocolate Easter Eggs
Make hand crafted chocolate Easter eggs for clients. Decorate the Easter eggs with a variety of edible products and include solid chocolate eggs as well as those with soft centers in your selection of edible delights. Check local authority bylaws etc to see that you comply with any requirements, especially around food preparation.
If you have contacts in the media you may like to start a home business promoting special events organized by local businesses, clubs, retail outlets or schools. The events could be over a period of time, such as a summer festival, or one-off events, such as the opening of a new store.
5. Cat and Dog Treats
Provide fresh home-made meals for cats and dogs, made from quality ingredients. Sell your gourmet pet packs through pet stores or customers could buy direct from you. Again check regulations.
6. Gingerbread Houses
This traditional craft/edible delight is a wonderful way to bring a little magic to people’s homes. There are many good books available from your local library, or bookstore, that shows you how to make gingerbread houses both large and small. The internet is a get source for research. Sell through specialty stores on order.
7. Four Leaf Clover Plants
Why not bring someone unlimited good luck by giving them a gift of living four leaf clover plants. Cultivate and package these lucky charms for your clients. Sell through specialty stores and garden centers. If you can’t grow the plants, then make lucky four leaf clover novelties or collectables from plastic, resin, plaster, wood, or some other suitable material.
8. Smelling Sweet
Handcrafted soaps make a beautiful gift for anyone. Incorporate aromatherapy essential oils for added impact and desirability. Sell either as individual items or make customized soap gift baskets with a theme. For instance, you could have a revitalizing gift soap basket with soaps that have rose, mint and violet essential oils incorporated into them.
9. Home Office Designer
With a growing trend in people working from home, why not start a business designing office space for other home based businesses. Start up costs are minimal, although you will need to develop contacts in the office furniture and accessories business.
10. Christmas Decorations
Make some quality Christmas decorations to hang on Christmas trees. Use a variety of materials. Package them in attractive boxes of six to twelve decorations, or crackers (bon bons) per pack. The key is to make the decorations different to the kinds you normally see in retail stores. You could even personalize them with kid’s names or photos etc.
Please note; if you want to make money working from home on the internet or in any job, always check laws and regulations that could affect your business operation. What may be legal in one country may not be legal in another.