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Ideas to Work from Home

Updated on September 6, 2015
Because Money Isn't Hanging Out to Dry
Because Money Isn't Hanging Out to Dry


We all dream of firing our bosses and working for ourselves but some people just don't know how to begin that process. In this series of Ideas to Work from Home posts you'll find some ideas on how to work for yourself. Keep in mind you will need to do complete research on your state's requirements to starting a business so these ideas are only meant as 'idea starters' to get you motivated.


Sewing is not a skill everyone has and for some it’s not a skill that can be acquired. I am the prime example of that. My mother has sewn beautiful things since I was a child and repaired even more. Having four children she learned quickly that it could be quite costly to replace every piece of clothing we’d destroy over the summer.

Hand-me-downs looked fairly new by the time she was done. Eventually she expanded to homemade dolls, blankets, pillows, and more. People will pay for someone to repair their items or make new items fit better. This is an easy thing to do from home or on location! Start a mobile alterations business with your sewing kit and some business cards!


There is a difference between a vacation planner and a travel agent though the line is very thin. You can become a vacation planner by simply advising people of the vacation spots you’ve visited through your blog or website; maybe a “how to” save money taking a road trip.

This is great because you can start with local areas to write about and then publish your articles on a website people will visit when looking for things to do! Buy a domain name, build a website, and add your content! (Content is just what you want to tell everyone!) You’re ready to go!


Anytime my sister even thinks about shopping, she goes into a serious panic attack.

Not everyone enjoys shopping but there are those of us that love it. People who love shopping generally find the best deals and unique items; does this sound like you? Do you enjoy garage sales and thrift stores?

Not that those are the places you will shop for your customer at but those “sifting through the rough” skills will come in handy. You can get started by placing free ads online, ordering some business cards, and hitting the pavement to get your name in front of people. Think outside of the box. Some corporations will pay shoppers to buy corporate gifts.


We have the Internet, cell phone, apps, etc. to keep us in the loop yet some never find the time to organize outside their technology. There is a great need out there for organizers. In this fast-paced world of technology, you’d be amazed how disorganized everything else is for some people.

From home offices to garages to kitchens to office spaces; you name it, it can be organized. Again, relatively little start up costs; some business cards and a couple of online ads that you can post for free on various sites. ( is a great start as it can be specific to your area)


With time constraints, there are consumers that will pay you to organize a party for them. Whether it be a child’s birthday party, a first-time mom baby shower, a bachelorette party, a wedding shower, a graduation party or anything that can be celebrated, the list goes on and on. If you are good at organizing parties or people are always telling you what a wonderful host you are then consider event planning.

You can set up shop online, create your design ideas on your laptop and build a portfolio. As you get a couple of parties under your belt build a website to exhibit your work. Be sure to do a great job for each client as word of mouth referrals are huge for business.


There are companies online that will allow you to market their company to places such as schools, churches, sport organizations and more, to offer fundraising services and then they will pay you a percentage of the organization’s sales just for getting the companies name out there! ABC Fundraising is a great starting point to get your foot in the door of this industry and there is a wide array of fundraising events to keep you busy.


Find the state regulations for a notary license, pay for the license fees, and get going! A mobile notary business is becoming more and more sought after profession. Not everyone can make it to the bank during lunch to have the document signed, that’s where you’d come in! Offer your services with a small travel fee and pretty soon you’ll have a sustainable business. Relatively small start-up costs to acquire the license.


This is a pretty straightforward profession. There are companies out there that will pay to have someone enter data that is handwritten or recorded. For instance, there are companies that have field representatives entering sales on those good old fashioned carbon copy forms, a small business perhaps, and it would be useful for them to have all of that data entered into a record keeping system.

If you are good at Excel or some other program that allows you to create spreadsheets then market that skill as well. Some business owners just don’t know where to start or don’t have the time. You’ll be doing them a favor doing something you’re good at and getting paid for it. Perfect trade!


An ever-growing profession, medical transcription is in growing demand. In this fast-paced medical world, doctors will pay to have their medical records typed into professional records.


Do you like to BBQ on the weekends? Are people always complementing your food? Then why not consider BBQ on the weekends for money? There are people out there planning weddings, company events, receptions, birthday parties, weekend parties, and more that are willing to pay someone to do the hard stuff ... cooking! Make sure your prices are competitive to the big company caterers and usually you’ll include the cost of food in your final invoice unless you charge on a per plate basis.

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Would you like to resell merchandise for a profit? Specialty Merchandise Corporation is a great and inexpensive way to start. No applying for rights to promote them and they even have a great no credit check finance option. You can actually get started for under $25! How much do I believe in this company? I make NO money referring them to you. Not one cent. They give you ideas on how to sell their merchandise, such as flea markets, online, swap meets, wholesaling and more. You can visit their site for more information


Along the same lines as BBQ catering, people will pay for personal chefs to come to their home and prepare a healthy menu or simply to do some light cooking for them so they don’t have to.


Writers of all industries need a good proofreader. This is valuable to them as it allows personal feedback and not just what the spell check can do. Authors of books are always looking for people to proofread for them.


Web designing is an easy task to do at home on a part time or full time basis. Small business owners will pay someone to create an online presence for their business and large companies will pay someone to revise content of their already established website.


I suggest checking with your local churches about this one. Sometimes they only hire from within their congregation but some churches wants someone outside the organization to assist in managing the day-to-day responsibilities of the church.


Look in the want ads of your local paper or even on, you will find an abundance of jobs within this field. It seems to be an undying profession. Education is required of course but usually you can go to school for less than a year to get certified in bookkeeping but to advance in accounting you will want to look into a 2-4 year degree program. This profession allows you the flexibility of working from your own office or working from your own home office. At times you can even meet your clients at the local coffee house or their location. Typically, small business owners will utilize your service because you'll save them more money than that big accounting firm will.


Unless you’re really good, gambling as a profession just doesn’t work for everyone. There are local games you can enter and ones on a larger scale if you’re willing to pay to enter the competition.


Fashion is an ever-growing profession. People will pay someone for throwing outfits together or dressing them for particular events. If you have good fashion sense, you don’t have to design clothes to get into this field, you just have to know what’s in and what’s out. Believe it or not, not everyone is capable of matching.


This tedious profession allows you to set up mailing lists for companies and sometimes these businesses are willing to pay for lists of potential customers in their area. The good thing about this profession is you’re able to sell the same list over and over again to different companies. Keep an organized record of your contacts so you become known as the person who provides updated information.


Everything has been moving online for awhile now. Companies will pay high dollar for research on any given topic they desire. Some companies want to know about their competitors while others seek trends in the market. Either way, if you are organized and can find just about anything online, this may be the gig for you!

** No worries if this or the previous list didn't get your idea juices flowing ~ there are still a lot more ideas I have to post ~ something is sure to get you going! If not, feel free to send me a message, tell me what your favorite hobby is and I'll customize you a business solution! All I can do is suggest, you have to be the one to grab the opportunity and run with it!


Whether you post on ad on craigslist or pay for an ad in the phone book, people will call on you if you can fix things, build things, tear down things and more. Handymen are in high demand because people are tired of paying way more than they should for someone to come out and install a garage door opener. More and more are seeking independent contractors for such little jobs.


Same thing here, people are tired of keeping up their own lawn they would prefer to pay someone to come do it for them. If you can push a mower, you can have your own lawn service. Weed-eating, planting flowers and cleaning out flower beds are all things you should know how to do when starting a lawn service. Not hard to learn if you don’t.


You will find that most service businesses will be catering to helping other people have more time in their lives such as dropping off the dry cleaning and picking it up. You will not have anything hard labor to do and the cost of the dry cleaning will be incurred by your customer. They are simply paying you for your time.


This is similar to dry cleaning delivery and you may even have picking up the dry cleaning as an errand. An errand runner handles more things such as making bank deposits, grocery shopping and more. Being organized is key in this profession.


Companies will pay a courier versus using UPS, USPS, FEDEX or DHL. Often times these companies use a courier service because something needs to be delivered from one end of town to the other. Important documents are usually what you will deliver. Realtors, law firms, medical facilities all use couriers.


Many companies are willing to pay a small percentage of their transactions through referral fees. Some of those companies are companies you use anyway so ask them what kind of referral programs they have. Sometimes you can earn cash toward your account for a simple referral, saving you money! For example, furniture rental places often times pay $15-$25 for new referrals. That’s money applied to your account and generally there is no cap to how many referrals you can make. So if you know of someone looking for a particular product or service, refer them and let the company pay your bill.


These days everything is about convenience, and if you’ve ever moved before you know the hassle is not only in the packing but also in the moving. These are the people that are willing to do their own packing but then entrust you to move their belongings. You’ll need a truck of course.


If organization is your thing then building birthday lists for others should be a breeze. Maintaining an online list and a reminder calendar for your clients will not only help them to remember those important dates but once you have lists built and set up for your clients it’ll be a breeze to keep up with the reminders. After all, birthdays don’t change do they?


People will pay to keep the exterior of their brick or stone homes; even the vinyl siding can use a good mild wash every now and then. All you need to get started is a power washer and a long brush that you can attach to the end of a water hose. Depending on the arrangements you make beforehand with the customer, bringing your own hose or using theirs is optional.


These days everything is about convenience and a mobile concession booth is one way to earn money. This will take some money to get started no matter what you decide to sell from your mobile concession. You've seen the taco trucks, the cupcake stands, the snowcone booths, the BBQ stand and more of those mobile food carts driving around.


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    • hawaiianodysseus profile image

      Hawaiian Odysseus 5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Sydney, I definitely love both your niche choices and your tightly written, well-organized, and "easy on the eyes" article. This was the first of your Hubs that I've read, and it certainly won't be the last. See, I'd love to have coffee with people like you who could have drowned in the miry quicksand of their particular life-challenging circumstances...but instead used "outside the box" (a favorite and recurrent theme of mine) ways of thinking, visualizing, and doing to succeed against the odds. You remind me of the Pacific Northwest Salmon, muscling your way upstream, providing for your beloved children. Good for you! Thanks for sharing. Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting! Aloha!

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      davidlaw2 5 years ago

      Nice sellection

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      Tonya_Johnson 5 years ago from Virginia

      Thank you, this was very informative. I look forward to reading more of your ways to work from home!