Starting a home business is a great way for a stay at home mom and dad to make some extra income for the family. Apple, Hershey’s and Ford all started as home businesses! Today, more than half of all United States businesses are home based.
Whether you need the money to make ends meet, to allow your kids more extracurricular activities, or to follow your lifelong passion, there are many home based businesses available to start generating money. Start by thinking about what you’re good at and what you would like to do. Think about how much time you have to work and what experience you have.
Freelancing and Crowdsourcing
In today’s high-tech, data-fueled job market lies a relatively unknown sector called the cloud. More and more employers are turning to the cloud to get their work done quickly and efficiently. The cloud allows employers to crowdsource their work. This means they break their work up into the smallest tasks possible, release these tasks into the cloud and allow anyone in the world (with proper qualifications) to perform the work. Sites like Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, ClickWorker and Freelancer allow employers and workers to find each other easily.
Party businesses are a great home business for any woman and man. The hours are flexible, you get to meet new people and share your passion with the world. From makeup to crazy ”skinnywraps”, candles to kitchenware, there’s plenty for you to choose from. Remember the classics, like Avon, Mary Kay and Tupperware. There are also newer companies, like Thirty-One Gifts, that aim toward empowering women through their products. One of the fatest growing company today… It Works Global! might be a perfect match for you.
Awaken your creative side and start a home business by making and selling crafts. Make custom decorative signs, paint glassware or decoupage scrap paper onto something old and make it new again. Selling items online has never been easier. Check Facebook for local garage sale or trade groups in your area. You can also sell your handmade items on Etsy, a very popular handmade and vintage sale site. Give your unique items as gifts on holidays and birthdays, or donate to charity raffles along with your business card for even more customers. Check with your local government’s zoning laws for restrictions on sales activities that can be performed on your property.
There is a plethora of home based franchises available, but be wary of scams. To find a franchise that works best for you, find one that will give you the financial results you desire with a simple system that can be applied quickly. Do your homework before investing in a franchise.
Be very careful if you choose to pursue marketing programs. Many of these companies target home businesses for women; they know that women desire to be stay at home moms with a full-time income.
If you need help starting your home business, there are many low-interest loan programs to help you get start-up financing. Whatever route you choose to follow, be sure to build and run your business following legal and regulatory guidelines to avoid any potential trouble in the future.
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