Did you ever imagine running your own Business from home? (I’m guessing you have since you’re reading this post!) Working from home doing something you love, freedom to make your own schedule, fit work around your kids, no more commute. All sounds pretty cool doesn’t it?!
But how do you make money working from home? (That doesn’t involve spending hours doing surveys for next to nothing or spamming your friends with ads for ‘magic wraps’)
In this post I’m sharing 8 Business Ideas you can run from the comfort of your own Home. And you don’t need years of experience or a College degree. Plus, there’s little to no start up costs either!
Let’s dive into that list…
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Flipping Second Hand Items
What is Flipping?
Flipping is buying products and then selling them on at a profit. Flipping products is a flexible way of making money that you can fit in around your family, or current 9-5, and you don’t need any experience, or a big budget, to get started.
How to Get Started with Flipping Products
The best, and cheapest, way of getting started is by selling unwanted items you already have.
You can sell your unwanted items online on eBay, in local selling groups on Facebook, sites such as Gumtree or Craigslist, or start a vintage store on Etsy.
As you get more experienced and discover which items sell at most profit, you can start buying items for future sale at thrift stores, flea markets or online.
As well as products to sell, you’ll need a camera to take high quality photos to show off your items, and somewhere to store and package your items before you ship them.
What Should you Sell?
Some popular products to sell are:
- Children’s clothes
- Designer label clothes and accessories
- Upcycled furniture
- Specialist equipment (eg; fitness equipment)
- Vintage memorabilia
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Handmade Physical Product Sales
How to Make Selling Physical Handmade Products Profitable
Use your skills and enthusiasm for creating and turn it into a business.
Be aware that selling physical products can quickly become a time consuming, unprofitable nightmare when you factor in making and postage and packaging time alongside all the marketing and business admin you need to find time for too.
To make physical product sales profitable and sustainable, design and create products with an end goal of outsourcing the manufacturing process (or the admin and marketing if you want to do the actual making.)
How to Start an Online Shop
Your e-commerce platform handles the order and payment process and will notify you when you get an order. You are then responsible for getting your orders made and shipped on time.
Product Ideas for E-Commerce Stores
Successful products are individual and a little bit different from mass produced items you’ll find in high street stores. You won’t be able to compete on price with high street shops so you need to appeal to your customers’ desire for uniqueness, quality, ethical products and personal connection with makers.
Here’s a few product ideas you could make your own…
- Organic beauty products
- OOAK baby clothing
- Unique design stationery and gifts (eg; notepads, mugs, art prints…)
- Handmade accessories
- Hand designed home decor
- Nursery decor
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Digital Product Sales
How do you Make Money Selling Digital Products?
Digital products work alongside most online businesses and many online entrepreneurs create & sell digital products as their primary business.
Digital products are anything that can be purchased and delivered entirely online. Benefits to selling Digital Products include:
- A scaleable business model. You can sell hundreds (or thousands) of digital products with the same amount of effort it takes to sell one.
- They are suited to pretty much any business niche you can think of.
- Instant gratification for your customers.
How to Get Started Selling Digital Products
When you have created your Products, you upload them to an E commerce site like Etsy, or a service such as SendOwl, write product descriptions, and set your prices and they’re ready for sale.
Purchases, payments and customer downloads are all handled automatically by the e-commerce platform you choose. All you need to do is create your products and work hard at your online merchandising and marketing.
Digital Product Ideas
Not sure what I mean by digital products? Need a bit of inspiration for relating the concept to your business? Here’s a few ideas…
- Online workshops
- Virtual Summit
- Printables (eg; Planner inserts, patterns, invitations, art, cards, stickers, scrapbook papers etc…)
- Templates (eg; Blog themes, resumes, logos, paper crafts, paper cutting, social media, stationery etc…)
- Stock Photography
- Mock ups
- Fonts and design elements
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Become a Coach
What Does a Coach Do?
As a Coach you work with clients to help them ‘sort out their lives’ (or specific parts of it). Your job as a Coach is not to tell your clients what to do, but to ask the right questions and help them make their own choices about what their goals really are and how they should go about achieving them.
How to Provide a Coaching Service
Coaching can be done one-one-one or in a group environment, in person or online using a service like Skype or Zoom, email, or even a private Facebook Group.
Most coaches market their services from their own websites, blogs, email lists and social media. Many offer a free discovery call so you can get to know potential clients (and them know you) before committing to work together.
What Should you Coach People in?
You can coach people in pretty much anything. You don’t need any qualifications to be a Coach, just a strong desire to help people succeed, great communication skills and experience in the area you’re coaching people in.
Here’s some ideas of Coaching niches to get you inspired….
- Personal development
- Baby sleep
- Health and wellness
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As an online Entrepreneur you’re always learning new skills; writing, editing, WordPress, time management, financial management, marketing….. we have to learn to do all of it!
There are thousands of other entrepreneur just like you, starting their online businesses every week. The more people that start new businesses, the more your business skills will be in demand. There is something that you enjoy doing, and are good at, that someone out there is willing to pay you to do for them.
And, one of the huge benefits of being an active part of the female entrepreneur community is you are right there where the potential clients are.
How to Get Started Selling Services
As a beginner service provider, you don’t even have to have your own website; you can start on sites like Upwork and Fiverr. Hanging out and offering help in Facebook groups will put you in front of people that need your services and give you ideas about what your potential clients are struggling with (helping you market your services more effectively)
When you are ready to start offering services from your own site, blogging is a great way to show your expertise in your niche.
Make your business more client friendly, efficient and easy to manage with a process for easy client on boarding, a contract, a way of effectively managing client communication and invoicing and payment software!
Which Services Should you Provide?
You don’t have to provide lots of different services, people look for expertise and are willing to pay someone to do just one job if it’s done really well.
Consider creating a few different packages to cater for all budgets and remember you are not just selling a service, you’re selling a solution to your clients’ problems.
Here are some ideas of in demand services
- Web design
- Social Media management
- Content marketing management
- Legal advice
- Copy editing
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Become A Virtual Assistant
What is a Virtual Assistant?
A Virtual Assistant (or VA) works for, normally, online entrepreneurs, helping them with the day-to-day tasks of running a business. If you are self motivated, organized, efficient and have a good general knowledge of online business and blogging, then VA might be the job for you!
As a VA you are, of course, selling a service, so what I just said about marketing your service business applies to you as a budding VA too.
I tend to think of the difference between a VA and a service provider is a VA is more like a Secretary or PA and a service provider is more of a consultant with a specific speciality.
As a new Virtual Assistant you will probably start with more general admin type tasks and as your experience grows you might want to specialise in a particular area (and charge more!)
What Services do Virtual Assistants Provide?
Virtual assistants do any tasks you can possibly think of that can be handled virtually! Here’s just some of the popular services you could provide….
- Blog post writing
- Social media scheduling
- Social media image creation
- Email writing and scheduling
- Pinterest account maintenance
- Website updates
- Inbox management
- Blog post formatting
- Online shop updates and maintenance
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Sell Print on Demand Products
What is Print on demand?
Print on Demand is the perfect additional income stream for artists, illustrators, designers and photographers. It enables you to sell your art as physical prints and on merchandise such as mobile phone covers, notebooks, mugs, T-shirts, tote bags and all sorts of other things!
You get to sell products without having to print, store and ship them. Or deal with the selling process, or customer service.
How to Get Started with Print on Demand
It’s very simple to get started with Print on Demand. Generally all you have to do is choose where you want to sell your artwork then upload it to the site, write your descriptions, and add keywords. Some sites, such as RedBubble, give you complete control over how much you want to sell your items for, and which items your artwork is sold on, while others set the price and you get a commission. It’s up to you to decide which site is best for you.
In addition to your artwork, you will need a scanner, or good quality camera, plus image editing software to digitise your art to the correct specifications for uploading it for sale.
When your items are ready for sale, you’ll still need to market your products on social media, or a Blog.
Where can you sell your Art using Print on Demand?
These sites are the more popular sites that have a wider range of product options available.
- A Shopify Store integrated with Printful
- An Etsy Store integrated with Printful and Shipstation
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Start a Blog
Blogging is, of course, my favourite way of making money online! Blogging gives me the freedom to fit work in around my other commitments, make money even when I’m sleeping or spending time with my family, and make money doing something I love!
What is Blogging?
Blogging is sharing your experience and knowledge, normally on a specific subject, in regular blog post articles.
Blogging has grown hugely in popularity due to very little start up costs, no qualifications required and the rising spread of successful bloggers sharing their income reports and openly talking about exactly how much they earn from their blogs (some people that have been working at blogging for several years make 5-figures a month!!)
How to Make Money Blogging
The possibilities for making money blogging are pretty endless, especially with the rise of bloggers selling e-books, courses and other digital products relating to their blog subject.
However it is possible to make money with your blog without selling anything. The most popular ways are:
- Sponsored posts – you get paid, or compensated with something free (ranging from small products right up to holidays!) in return for writing about a brand’s products and sharing them on your social media channels.
- Ads – pay per click ads generate a small commission every time someone clicks on an ad you display on your blog. Or you could ‘rent out space’ on your blog for brands to advertise to your readers.
- Affiliate income – I use affiliate marketing on this blog as an extra income stream. Affiliate marketing works when you share a product on your blog with a special link that generate a commission for you when one of your readers clicks through and buys something.
Most blogging income is more profitable after you’ve built up a good sized audience but you can make money with a smaller blog by focusing on a specific niche, making it easier to choose affiliate and sponsored post partners that will speak to your audience.
What Could you Blog About?
Basically, you can write about anything that you know a lot about that other people are interested in finding out about! Popular niches include:
- Saving money & frugal living
- Making money & home business
- Health & wellness
- Food & healthy eating
- DIY & interiors
- Crafts and hobbies
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Me! Here’s some of my most popular posts to get you started:
- Why you Need to Stop Thinking About Starting a Blog (and Just Take the Plunge)
- 57 Blog Ideas for Moms who Don’t Know What to Blog About
- How to Start a Blog in 20 Minutes or Less
I hope that list has left you inspired and enthusiastic about just some of the Online Business opportunities available to you.