A lot of people dream of quitting their day job, becoming independent and working for themselves. Being your own boss and setting your own pace has its advantages, but it is not suited to everyone. Being self employed is like removing the safety net. You become responsible for your own success (or failure), so you need to have considerable personal discipline. There is no guarantee of an income from week to week, so you need to be a self starter.
If you want to make extra income from home then here are 8 ways you could potentially do it. You would need to thoroughly research the idea you like and maybe develop it to suit your skills or what the market requires.
1. Produce club newsletters
Start a business offering a newsletter publishing service to clubs in your area. Scan photographs and any other items onto your computer and use a good desktop publishing program to achieve a professional looking newsletter.
2. Become a travel broker
Finding the best travel deal cost-wise doesn’t automatically mean that it is going to be the best deal quality-wise. Start a business from home as a travel broker. Work with airlines and accommodation providers to get good quality, discounted travel packages for your clients. Most organizations already allow internet bookings, so make the most of this to secure good seats on planes quickly.
3. Mobile barbecue hire
Start a business providing barbecues for clients to hire. Ensure that each unit has a full canister of gas with it, and that customers are able to operate the barbecue without any difficulty. This could be great for parties, birthdays and any other special events. You could also offer a free delivery and pickup service to customers. Always check safety regulations and any other rules or laws that could affect the successful operation of this type of home-based business.
4. Fishing lures
Use a fly-tying rig to tie flies and sell by the dozen to individuals, bait shops, on the internet, sports and department stores. Design, manufacture and decorate fishing lures especially for waters in your area. Then advertise and expand!
5. Mini pumpkins
A great way to make something a little different for sale to homeowners is to grow mini pumpkins and gourds for their kitchens. These can be really hard to find, so why not start a business supplying home interior decorators and specialty stores with your novel kitchen decorations.
6. Secretarial service
If you have secretarial skills, you could start a business from home that caters for local businesses. Use technology to keep in touch with your employer(s) and offer a range of services to meet their needs.
7. Glass etching
Custom etch (with acid, engraving bit and/or sand-blaster) glassware for individuals to-order and for wholesaling to retail stores. Offer monograms, town or company logo, family crests, art designs and local themes.
8. Hanging plants
Specialize in hanging plants (flowers, ferns, vines) of all sizes and descriptions. Display for sale when in peak condition in attractive pots, with interesting holders and hangers.
I’m sure when you put your mind to it you’ll be able to think of many more ways to make income from home. The important thing is to have a plan and get started.
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