Working from home can seem like a dream situation. Having the ability to earn an income while you take care of your home and children means significantly more financial freedom, affording you the ability to partake in the little luxuries that can sometimes seem distant for single-income or single-parent households.
The good news is, starting a home-based business isn’t all that far out of reach. In fact, 52% of currently operating companies in the U.S. are home businesses; there are plenty of men and women out there who make working from the kitchen table into a lifestyle. Plus, some huge corporations—like Gerber and Baby Einstein—were home businesses in the beginning. You never know where starting your own could take you!
The following 5 ideas can be good places to start with your home-based career.
While it can sometimes be difficult to get noticed in the crowded world of bloggers, if you have a talent or skill (or even just a great style of writing about something you’re not that good at), blogging can prove to be pretty lucrative. If you’re able to cultivate your following through your personal networks and plenty of pushing on social media, you might be able to turn affiliate marketing and advertising dollars into a pretty tidy sum at the end of the month.
2. Virtual Assistant
For busy managers and C-level executives, having an assistant can be imperative to a smoothly-running day. With the rise of remote work and Internet-based freelancing, Virtual Assistants (VAs) are becoming ever more prevalent. As a VA, you’ll keep track of your employer’s schedule, perform research, take care of simple “housekeeping” tasks, and act as general support. Being a VA often requires you to work fairly consistent hours; but if you want to work them in your pajamas, no one will have to know!
3. Child Daycare
If you’re at home taking care of your own child, there’s a good chance you could take on a few more! While there are some regulations in place and the insurance price tag can sometimes seem a little hefty, starting your own at-home childcare business can be as simple as reaching out to the other mothers in your circle to let them know you’re starting a daycare. With enough space in your home and some research into what makes daycare centers stand out, childcare businesses can easily multiply into big money at the end of the day.
4. Online Marketplace Store
Caution: selling items on ebay and other Internet resale sites can become addictive. It’s easy to start with items you already have—like your collections of books that are gathering dust—and then expand by visiting local tag sales, thrift shops, and consignment stores to snag items that you can sell for a markup online. If you’re more into crafting your own goods, the internet is great place to do that too! Setting up an Etsy shop can turn into an awesome passive income if you’re a whiz at knitting scarves, designing posters, embroidering tee-shirts, or the like.
5. Special Event Planning
If you’re all about throwing social events for yourself and your friends, you might have the makings of a special event planner. A job you can typically do almost 100% from home, you’ll work with clients to design their event and source vendors to make it into a reality. The key to being a great special event planner is organization; taking the weight of keeping track of a ton of moving pieces off of your clients’ shoulders. If you’re good at it, you might even be able to move into corporate events or weddings—the big leagues of the event planning world.