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A Good Small Business That You Can Run From Home

Updated on April 27, 2023

Why a home based business?

Being able to work for yourself and generate income from the comfort of your own home can be a great advantage for many people. Whether you have spare time as a parent, are retired and looking to stay active, or are simply seeking extra income until you find full-time employment, earning money through your own efforts is entirely possible.

While there are numerous stories of people making a living by participating in surveys and writing for websites, it's important to keep in mind that building up a steady stream of revenue through these methods can take time. It will likely require consistent effort and persistence to generate a significant amount of income from activities such as completing online forms, taking surveys, and writing articles. However, with dedication and commitment, it is possible to earn a sustainable income by working from home.

Start small and aim big

Running a home-based business can offer many advantages to those seeking a flexible and independent work lifestyle. Whether you are a stay-at-home mom or dad, a retiree with extra time, or simply an individual looking for extra income, starting a business from home can be a great option.

While some people may opt to earn money through completing online surveys or writing articles, it's important to remember that building up a steady revenue stream takes time and consistent effort. For a quicker and more satisfying return on your investment, you may want to consider starting a home-based business where you can see an instant return on your hard work.

So easy to set up

One option could be to sell products through online marketplaces such as eBay and Amazon. Setting up an account takes only minutes, and both platforms have a user-friendly interface. While eBay may charge you more to sell your product, you could see a faster result. On the other hand, Amazon charges less, but it may take longer to see a return on your investment.

Additionally, the internet can offer opportunities to sell your homemade products through sites such as Etsy, while local advertising in newspapers and shops can help attract customers in your area.

Starting a home-based business may require a significant amount of effort and dedication, but with the right approach, it can offer both financial and personal rewards.


Find something that you enjoy doing

Creating homemade cards can be a profitable venture if you are able to establish a reputation for your work. It is important to showcase your skills by building a good-quality portfolio that highlights your creativity and unique flair. To gain exposure, consider distributing your cards to local wedding stores, newspaper shops, and even online marketplaces such as eBay.

People are usually on the lookout for something a little bit different or unique. All you need is one good idea. Think about selling a variety of styles on eBay, and then when you notice that there are particular cards selling really well, transfer these to a secondary site such as Etsy, where you may get a little more exposure.

Plant the seeds for success


People will always have gardens

Growing plants can be a good way of making some extra money, but you will be better off selling direct to the public via a market stall, boot fairs or eBay. You may be lucky enough to gain a contract with your local store, and if you can produce enough healthy, good-quality plants, you may be lucky enough to get a regular seasonal contract with the shop. The good thing about this business is that you get a significant return for a few inexpensive seeds.

If growing your own seems too hard, you could get involved in the garden in another way. Plenty of people will be willing to give a few pounds to have their lawn mowed and a bit of weeding done for a couple of hours a week. This kind of cash soon adds up, and you only have to give up a bit of your time.

Show off your skills

Mending and repairing clothes can be a lucrative venture as word quickly spreads about your skills. You could advertise your services in the local newspaper and even offer to create custom-made wedding and bridesmaid dresses if you are skilled with a needle. Additionally, if you have young children, you could offer to create fancy dress costumes for school dressing up days for a small fee as long as the parents provide the necessary material. By showcasing your abilities and marketing yourself effectively, you can build a successful business in clothing alterations and custom creations from the comfort of your own home.

No work is too menial if you are your own boss

Envelope stuffing is hard work, and you get little return. You have to do loads and loads to get a decent wage and will have to invariably rope the rest of the family into helping you finish making up orders. Using it as a stop-gap is okay until something better comes along. The critical thing to remember is that even if you have little return for your efforts, you have still earned something from your autonomy. When my children were young, envelope stuff paid for my weekly groceries. I put things into context then, and when the time was right, I moved on to other ventures as soon as possible.

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Transform your passion into success

One of my friends used to make homemade cakes and sandwiches from her home and expanded into a successful catering business. She ended up doing weddings, birthday parties etc. She started very simply, and it just took off when she began taking personalised sandwich orders. It was hard work, but she loved it, and the best thing was that she operated under her terms.

Whatever you decide to do to earn yourself a little extra money, it is vital that you choose something that you are good at doing and that it is enjoyable for you. It is tough to stay motivated about something that is either difficult to do or something you don’t get a lot of satisfaction from.

Who knows what the future holds? If you find a successful niche in the market you may even end up with your own shop or place of business eventually!


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