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Ten best home based business ideas with minimum investment

Updated on August 15, 2012

Are you a housewife or a student who is searching for some home based business ideas to have some part time income? Or are you a working person who is not finding your income suitable to run all your expenses and seeking some part time income source? No matter what is your financial status and what you do but in the present era money has become an indispensable part of our fast running life. Every one of us wants to live a comfortable life and to live such life one needs plenty of dollars in his pocket.

There is a very old saying that money is not that much easy to earn it requires lots of hard work. I do agree with this statement to some extent as I believe that although it’s not easy to earn money but instead of hard work one can earn it through lesser smart work. This hub is written with this intention only to provide you with those innovative home based business ideas. The best thing about these business ideas is that you can start it anywhere according to you comfort and you will be your own boss. What else a person can ask for except independency along with a handsome income? Here is the list of mine top ten home based business ideas which you can opt to have some part time or sometimes full time income (depending on your consistency and dedication).

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1. Auctioning at eBay or other online auctioning sites

Online auctioning sites have become the most visited sites on the internet and the best thing is that you can buy or sell anything on these sites that you can imagine. The only thing you have to do is find such things in your home which are of no use now and are in good condition. I bet you will get very good money in lieu of that.

You can sell anything on these auction sites like your old cell phone, old bicycle, used clothes etc. what else can be best of you that you are getting a handsome income from your used household items which are near to waste for you. At present eBay is the best online auctioning site in terms of popularity and daily visitors. But you can try some other also like OLX, Ubid or Yahoo! Auctions.

2. Photography: Hobby can be changed to part time income source

Do you have a photographer inside you? If yes, then you can turn your this hobby into part time business. The only thing that will be required will be a good quality camera and an eye of a photographer. This is the era of digital photography and demand of quality photographers is on the peek. Either you can offer your services of photography in functions like birthday party, marriage ceremony, wedding anniversary party etc. or you can sell your creative photographs at online stock image library sites like iStockPhoto, Fotolia etc.

Besides still photography, you can also offer services of video photography on demand which can provide you an extra edge in your business.

3. Online writing jobs as a freelancer or a blogger can provide you handsome earning

This is the era of internet; every single person is dependent on the internet for even small information. You can start your online writing career either by writing for the sites which pay you per article or for the sites which offer you money through some other means. From my personal experience, I have found HubPages as one of the best online writing platform for the writers. The only thing you have to do is write a quality self written articles and money will definitely come to your door.

Apart from writing for other sites you can also start your own blog. For creating your own blog you require a little technical knowledge. The amount income you will earn will entirely depends on the popularity of your blog. The simplest rule for getting popularity is to write on the topics which are of reader’s interest in a lucid and interactive way.

I have in the world of online writing from last one year and can happily say that yes I am earning a handsome income from online writing job. The simplest thing is that if I can then you also can!

4. Home based job as career counselor

As the awareness among the students for their career has increased many folds from the past so the demand of the career counselors. The only thing required to become an efficient career counselor that you should have a sound knowledge of different career courses with their pros and cons. The whole knowledge can be acquired through one time thorough research. The more you have knowledge of different career options more you will be popular.

You can offer your job of career counseling either to a magazine or online career counseling sites which pay a handsome income to the career counselors. Apart from this you can start your own career counseling office also charging directly from the client.


5. Home based job as a personal trainer

Nowadays people are becoming fitness freak and seek professional help to keep themselves healthy and fit. So, if you own a good physique and health then you can also start your career as a personal trainer. Having a certified course, diploma or degree in health related fields can add extra feathers to your profile. The demand of personal trainers is very high in the metropolitan cities where people are more prone to lifestyle related problems.

If you are good enough in keeping your clients healthy and fit then money is no constraint for you.

6. Mobile pet grooming as growing home based business

From ages people have their attachment with the animals. In your locality, you will find a dog, cat or any other pet animal in every third home. People love to care their pets as their family members. But due to fast running life, time has become the biggest obstacle for most of the people to take care of their pets. This is the chief reason why most of the people search for mobile pet grooming services.

This part job is best for the students and those people who have affection for the pets. As a mobile pet groomer you have to take the pets for walk, take care of the pets when the owner goes out of station or when the owner has gone to the office. Although income is not as much high in this job but it is more than satisfactory considering the zero investment.

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7. Tutoring services as part time job

This job is best for those students who are taking higher education or educated homely moms. The business of tutoring has nurtured very well in the last few years. As the importance of education has increased many folds so every parent wants to give his ward best education but shortage of time or less education of parents themselves becomes the biggest obstacle in teaching their children. So, most of the parents seek help of the private tutors to give their children that extra edge.

There are several ways by which tutoring can be done. Everything depends on your convenience and your wish that how seriously you want to establish this business? You can either take tuitions at your home for smaller no. of batches or can open a separate coaching institute for larger number batches or can provide home tuitions by teaching the students by going to their homes only. There is another way of tutoring which has become popular from some time is online tuitions. There are several sites which take helps of online tutors for giving their online classes. You can opt from the above options according to your will and plan.

8. Desktop Publishing as a part time job

This is also an interesting job which can provide good income with minimum investment. Only thing which is required is a desktop attached with a printer. Along with this you should also have the desired software to do such desktop publishing jobs. Desktop publishing can be done for creating invitation cards for various functions, banners, catalogues, posters, brochures,, newsletters, catalogues, spreadsheets, calendars and greeting cards etc.

Desktop publishing also tests your creativity. There is huge demand of creative desktop publishers in the market. So challenge your creativity by bringing out fascinating designs for the desktop publishing and you will be amazed by your earning.

9. Childcare specialist as part time income source

This job is best suited for housewives who love to take care of children. Nowadays, number of both working parents is increasing with a great pace which makes them difficult to take of their wards. Such parents seek the help of child care specialist who can take care of their wards in their absence. Females are preferred for this reason due to security reasons and also as they are considered more caring and soft hearted from their male counterparts.

10. Bridal and wedding consultants as a part time business

This is another lucrative home based business which has high potential of earning. The main role of bridal or wedding consultant is to make budget of the marriage, fix meeting with vendors, arranging dinner and other decorations for the ceremony.

There is high demand of professional wedding planners in the market. The best thing about this home based business is low investment and high returns.

The only secret of success in the home based business is that you should try your hands in such fields which you love and have passion to do those things. Remember that if Mark Zuckerburg can do it by spreading his Facebook from one room then you can also. Just believe in yourself and do with full enthusiasm whatever home based business you wish to start.

If you have any doubt or anything to share then feel free to comment below. I will be happy enough to interact with you and to answer you queries.

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      atish 3 years ago from navi mumbai

      Interesting and very informative. Will definitely try one of these. Thanks

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Goods tips and useful too. I hope this informative hub will help to the readers to make some money if they put their time and energy for the mission. Thank you for sharing.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks for these ideas! many of us blog, so it is a matter of monetizing that.Love the pet grooming suggestion! Thanks for sharing, and so will I.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      A good list to choose from. Some of them would require certifications, such as personal trainer and child care specialist, at least in some parts of the country they would, but they're all doable if you have the skills.

      Voted you up, interesting and useful! Will share!

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      Sarah Carlsley 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Very interesting hub! Though I have to say that being a wedding planner is a super stressful job! And you need a lot of background on the industry before you can jump in feet first. I do like your ideas though, lots of wonderful tips!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      To me the job of writing on Hubpages and also maintaining a blog appeals though it is hard work, and time is also a factor to consider, before you can see income flowing in. Though I agree, this is possible if one sticks with it.

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      karrin86 4 years ago

      I like that you really document before writing :)

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      Aman Thakur 4 years ago from India

      Hello Nicole.

      Thanks for your appreciation and standing by for giving your valuable thoughts after reading the hub.

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      Nicole S Hanson 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Great ideas here, I especially relate to the only writer one! Keep up the great work :)

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      Aman Thakur 5 years ago from India

      Hello Krosch,

      Thanks for standing by and giving an insightful comment. I am happy that you liked my style of presentation. Actually the notion to write in such format to make it quick to remember and to read.

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      krosch 5 years ago

      A number of quick starting out points for people to consider. I always love quick jogging the memory and thought process type lists like this. Even if I am engaged in things like Ebaying already. There is some little weird bulb that goes off in my head when someone lists something I am doing and thought of before. :)

      Great hub!

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      tonie2weeks 5 years ago

      good info....