Showing posts with label home business ideas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label home business ideas. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Making Money from Your Home

Chances are you spend much of your life in your house and whilst you’re paying for it through your rent or mortgage, it doesn’t necessarily give you much back. Yes, you’ve got a roof out of your head but you can actually use your home to make money in other ways too. Below are ten top ways you can make cash from your home.

Spare Room Lodger

The government has set up the potentially profitable rent-a-room scheme which gives people with a spare room the chance to earn up to £4,250 a year without taxes. You simply need to find a lodger who you’re comfortable living with and you’re onto a winner.

Event Hot Spot

If you’re lucky enough to live near to a sports or festival venue then your home could net you a mini fortune when a big event takes place. Renting out your home during the Edinburgh or Glastonbury festivals or for a big sporting event such as the Masters Golf Tournament can be highly profitable. Plenty of Londoners made a killing during the Olympics.

Film Set

You could rent out your home to film and TV companies too as a location set. Registering with one of the companies should be easy enough and although demand is usually for large spacious houses, films are still made inside little terraces too!

Photo Shoots

If you have a home which has something a little different about it chances are you can rent it out as a photo shoot set. Photographers are always looking for somewhere unusual to snap their next shot and if you think your home is one of these places there are websites easily locatable where you can sign up.

Become a Host

Rent out your room to a student who’s in England from their home country for the summer or perhaps a school term. It’s a great way of providing a safe environment for a young person and earns you a little cash too.

Swap Houses

This isn’t exactly money maker but it is a way of saving cash. If you organise a house swap you can save cash on your holidays as you visit the home of the person you’ve chosen to swap with. There are opportunities worldwide.

Use your Office

Your home office is usually the least used room and perhaps you should start making use of it. Make money online by completing surveys. You collect points on many sites and when you’ve collected enough you’ll receive a cheque in the post.

Drive Way Cash

Listing your drive or garage online can give you a little extra pocket money to play with. You can rent out your drive when it’s not in use and people tend to earn between £50 and £300 month without having to do anything much at all.

Clutter Away

Sell your old stuff and reorganise your home. Sell your old, unused laptop for cash, rehome all those old books you haven’t looked at for years and enjoy a clean and tidy home without mess and junk everywhere. You can use the cash you make to treat yourself!

Mini Farm

If you have a large garden that you don’t make much use off why not consider turning it into a small holding? You can keep chickens and grow vegetables and then sell on your produce.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Small Business Ideas You Can Start at Home

Working in the corporate world isn’t easy but you do it anyway because it is fulfills a very basic need of us, which is to survive. We need money to raise our children, provide them with their needs and send them to school. We need it to finance the roof over our heads and feed our family. It’s a lot of hard work and by the time retirement rolls by, you’re more than ready to hang up your corporate hat. And then you’re faced with a new dilemma--empty nest syndrome. 

The first few weeks and maybe months of retirement are going to be all about leisure and travel. But once the novelty of being unemployed has worn off, you suddenly realized that the house is a little too quiet. With your grown children either married or away at college, you realize that you have very little to do. Even gardening and other hobbies are not enough to fill all your free hours. So you begin to think of a small business--nothing too stressful--something you enjoy and something you can start in the comfort of your own home. Here are some suggestions that you can take inspiration from. 

Home Daycare

Some parents love taking care of children that they take to caring for other children as well. If you fall under this category, you can opt to operate a home daycare center where you will care for kids whose parents are busy at work and unable to watch their kids during the day. What makes home daycare better than a commercial day care center is that you can set the limit to how many children you will look after and this small number will help you in making sure that every child’s need is met. Home daycare is also more reassuring for parents especially if they are your friends and they know that you can be trusted to take care of their beloved children.

Bake by Demand

Another lucrative small business that you can start at home is a mini bake shop where you only bake by demand or on an order basis. This will make a great venture especially if you love baking or if you find it therapeutic. You can start out with your friends until your clientele grows through word-of-mouth recommendations. Another great marketing strategy you can employ is to always bring a cake or any homemade dessert to a party or as a gift so that guests who love your baked concoctions will ask about who made them and place an order.

Consultancy Firm

If you have been in a particular industry for a long time, then you know your work inside and out. This experience would be beneficial for you especially if you decide to open a consultancy firm, where people can ask about starting a business similar to where you’ve been working at. Example, if you were in finance, you can advise people on how they can manage their money wisely and also on what would make fantastic investments. If you’re used to be in marketing, you can help small business owners to come up with effective strategies that would help market their products and services better.

If you are planning to make one of these small business ideas into a reality, make sure you get prepaid legal plans for whatever legal problems that may arise. Attorney fees are expensive but if you go for prepaid plans, it comes out cheaper through its monthly subscription fees. Another thing you should remember about starting your own small business is that if it’s something you love to do, then it doesn’t feel like work at all.

About the Author
Based in San Diego California, Tiffany Matthews is a professional writer with over 5 years of writing experience. She also blogs about travel, fashion, and anything under the sun at, a group blog that she shares with her good friends. In her free time, she likes to travel, read books, and watch movies. You can find her on Twitter as @TiffyCat8

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Its Never to Late to Start a Home Business

Apple muffin
Apple muffin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It’s great to have hobbies as they clear your mind, keep your fingers nimble and your brain active, but have you noticed how expensive many hobbies have become? The time has come to find hobbies which don’t break the bank or, preferably, ones that actually increase your bank balance. Make a list of things you enjoy to do – things you’re good at and things you’d be interested in pursuing. Let’s look at a few clever ideas. 

Start a Baking Business

If you’re lucky enough to be a great baker, this may be something worth investigating. Not only is baking a real talent but it’s also rather scientific. (If you've ever mis-measured the ingredients in a cake recipe you’ll know exactly what I’m referring to.) The average person would much rather buy a cake than bake one, so you already have that on your side. Start by selling your baked goods at small fairs and markets; set up a Facebook page with photos of your wares; hand out business cards to friends and family and also don’t be shy to approach companies about baking for them on a weekly or monthly basis. Sending over samples may be a clever way to tip them in your favour. 

Offer Home Organization Services

As you grow older you realise that there are many people out there who have spent their lives ‘trying to get organised’ with little or no success. If you’ve always had a flair for organisation and your cupboards are almost always neatly packed and stacked, there may be an untapped opportunity waiting to be uncovered. Offer your services to friends and ask them to pass on your business cards to their friends and colleagues  Place an advert in your local newspaper and on any community notice boards in and around your area. Speak to real estate agents, people who have recently moved into new homes and also to small companies who often don’t have the resources to employ an admin person full time. 

Turn a Hobby into a Business

Arts and crafts can be a costly pastime, but when you’re looking at it as being a potential income earning activity, the playing field changes. People are always looking for original, thoughtful gift ideas and if you can come up with something that goes just that little bit further or is great value for money, you’re heading in the right direction. If you’re really good at a certain hobby you could even consider offering classes. Many people find themselves glued to their computers on social media sites and playing games such as Intertops blackjack out of sheer boredom, but given the opportunity to attend a course in an informal setting and learn a new skill that they will be able to save them money in future, they are bound to consider it – especially if targeted and marketed correctly. 

Teach your Skill

Gardener Gardening
Gardener Gardening (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
It’s clear to see that the world is ‘going green’ and that its citizens have begun to take a pro-active approach to preserving the earth and its contents for future generations to come. In a time where there is much talk about genetically modified foods being unhealthy and organic produce being the best option, it may be time for you to start your own vegetable and herb garden. Not only will you save on having to go out and buy certain vegetables, but the convenience of having them on hand is priceless. If you have green fingers you may even consider teaching a beginners gardening class from your own home. While gardening may sound simple and straightforward to you, for many, both young and old it’s a daunting task, but given the right guidance, many successful gardeners may emerge.
There are hundreds of hobbies one could consider pursuing, but remember, unless you enjoy it and are relatively good at it, you may want to look further down on the list. Don’t feel hedged in – you may decide to make beaded jewellery this month and candles the next – as long as you have a diverse client base, the world is your oyster, but be warned: if you land up with a closet full of goods that haven’t sold, you may need to reconsider your hobby of choice and spend some time investigating what the market is actually interested in buying.

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