Looking To Start Your Own Home Based Business?
Now that unemployment is growing at a fast rate and the economy seems like it is going backwards, now, more than ever would be a great time to get started in your own home based business. Why would you choose a home based business over a bricks and mortar business? Well, one thing is certain, and that’s the start up capital needed to get going; the other is the flexibility it will give you – to name a couple of things. The list below are some of the best home based businesses that need little or no start up capital, so you could be up and running in no time.
Here Is My List Of The “Best Home Based Businesses” To Start
1. Affiliate Marketing / Ebay Seller
One of the lowest cost home based businesses to start is an affiliate marketing business, especially if you want your home based business to be internet-based. It could be as simple as setting up a blog and reviewing products in certain niche markets, or alternatively you could learn how to sell items on Ebay for friends around the neighborhood and take a commission for doing so. The possibilities are endless.
2. Freelance Writer (Ghost Writing) / Article Writing
Many make a decent living out of freelance writing; with either ghost written pieces, topic related articles, short stories, or even technical specification documents. If you’re looking for work online, there are a number of websites that allow you to offer your services – most are free some are paid; sites such as Craig’s List, Elance, Freelancer, Odesk, Guru.com. Some of the more popular jobs at the moment are — ebook writing, writing topic related articles and autoresponder emails.
3. Dog Walking / Pet Minding or Sitting
Despite the tough economic times we are living in, many people will still spend money on their pets. This industry is one of the fastest growing industries to date, with new products and services coming out every few months. Since more and more people are becoming time-poor, they are now looking for people to walk their dogs, or mind their pets while they are away on business trips. A business like this could work really well for a teenager wanting to earn some good money to pay for their college or university degree. Since this is a home based business, your overheads are extremely small.
4. Business Mentor / Business Coaching
Being a business coach or mentor is probably one of the most profitable home based businesses a person could start. It’s best to start with local businesses then, expand from there. Many small-medium (SME) type businesses may not be able to afford a full-time expert or specialist, so they look for an alternative.
5. Personal Trainer
If you are fitness-minded, you could start your own personal training business, you could start with training people in their own homes, or even produce some short videos that you could sell online, since the cost of doing something like that is quite affordable now (Just see some of the fitness channels on YouTube).
There are countless people on the internet who have started a home based business by blogging and are making as much as six-figures per year from it. There are a number of ways you could make money blogging, such as; displaying ads like Google Adsense throughout your site, offering unbiased reviews of affiliate products / services that you are promoting, providing helpful articles about a particular topic and then lead them to buying a product or service (eg. a coaching program for the topic you’re writing about), tips or tricks about a certain product or service that help the reader get more out of it, or simply sell advertising space.
Are you a keen photographer and have your own camera? Then, you could look at photographing either people in their own home, scenery, or objects (eg. for stock photos), or if you have the room at home you could set up there, and get started for a few hundred dollars. You can also look at selling those photos online to stock image library sites like iStockPhoto, Fotolia and the like (make sure you get a signed release from the person/ people you’re photographing).
8. Technical Support
If you’re a wizz at helping people solve technical issues, then this may be the avenue for you. By starting a home based business offering technical support to your local area, you could then expand out from there, or you could even produce your own screen-capture videos that show people step-by-step how to solve their common technical problems that they could purchase right from your website.
This may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but offering your services to local business owners might just be the stepping stone you need to get started in your own home based business while earning a nice income.
You could start you own home based business tutoring students in their own home. Another, often overlooked area is your local YMCA, or even talk to the local schools within your district to determine if your services can meet their needs.
In summary, the best thing to consider when you’re looking to start your own home based business is to go with something you’re passionate about, so that enthusiasm will come across when you are selling your services. Starting your own home based business certainly has its benefits; that being – you will be able to keep costs to a minumum, whilst still earning a nice income either when we have a booming economy or even when we’re in a recession.
One thing you could look at doing if you’re not quite ready to take the plunge just yet, is to start your home based business on-the-side (part-time), so that you can still get your full-time income, whilst making some money part-time from your new venture.
Some other home based business ideas could be: Medical and legal transcription, Medical claims billing, Senior care services, Musical instrument lessons (Guitar Lessons, Piano Lessons, Bass Guitar Lessons, etc), Wedding or event planner, Catering or personal chef, Gift baskets, Home or Business cleaning services, Carpet cleaning service and the list could go on.
So, what are you waiting for? Get going in your own home based business today 🙂