Let’s face it, a lot of people would love to work from home. No more commuting to work, sitting next to sweaty people on the train or getting stuck in the same spot of traffic every morning. The pros definitley outweigh the cons, but it’s not for everyone.
If you do decide to work from home, you need to be able to set yourself a good work/home balance. You need to set breaks, a lunch hour away from your desk and a proper finish time. Sometimes this isn’t possible, for example if you’re running a shop and you have orders coming in at all times, but you can still try to finish the rest of your work at a somewhat decent time.
I’ve made a list of ideas for if you want to start a business and work from home. If you read this post you’ll see my story of how I started my online boutique.
Just remember, patience is key! Unfortunately whatever you start isn’t going to make you rich overnight, so time and patience together will hopefully pay off for you in the long run.
Working from home ideas!
Blogging is a brilliant way to start working from home. Find your niche, find a brand name, make 10+ posts, and then go live! Make social media accounts you can use to promote your blog and stay in touch with followers. Once you have a big enough following, you can start to monetize your blog – subscribe to my updates to read my post on that shortly! This isn’t a quick fix by any means, as it normally takes a good 6 months if not more of blogging before you’ll start seeing an income, but its worth it!
Starting an online shop
Starting an online shop is hard. Finding stock, marketing, tracking accounts, running social media, driving sales, it’s all on you. The easiest way to go into this is through a dropshipper. Dropshipping basically means you’re selling a product on behalf of someone else, and you keep whatever money is left once you’ve bought it. Read my post here on the ins and outs of dropshipping to see if it’s for you.
Start an eBay business
Starting an eBay business might be the best option for you if you want to sell but you don’t want a website to have to maintain. Start off by opening a dedicated eBay account for selling. Buy 10-15 small items, 99p or cheaper items just to build up some buyer feedback. When it comes to selling you could dropship via eBay, sell items from home or you could become a reseller. A reseller goes to charity shops, car boot sales or even other eBay auctions and buys low selling products to sell on for a higher price. You can sell a wide variety of products or you can find your niche and focus on one category.
This can be done in 3 main ways – through a blog, through a social media account with a high follower count, or through a self-made website. Basically you sign up to an affiliate marketing scheme, you share your link to a shop/product, the link puts a cookie into the shoppers web browser and when they make a sale, you receive a percentage of the sale. Some companies will take a long time to pay out, but if you have a big enough following and you’re marketing relevant products, there is a potential for it to be a good side earner.
Matched betting is brilliant for making money in a short amount of time. Completely legal and tax-free, it is a side earner I have used myself in the past and made a good bit of money from it. If you’re interested, read my post about it here and get started on your own money making mission!
What are you good at? Are you a writer, copy writer, photographer or teacher? You could freelance to make some extra money alongside whatever other income you have. You can sign up to sites like People Per Hour and Up Work if you’re looking to work online, or if you have a physical skill such as teaching or coaching, you can speak to companies direct about freelancing for them.
I will put this on the list anyway, although it seems like every one is in some kind of MLM scheme! You can’t scroll through Facebook without seeing someone advertising Darceys, The Body Shop or Forever Living. These kind of schemes are more to benefit the person who ‘recruited you’ rather than yourself, but if it’s in a field that you enjoy, why not give it a try!
Selling homemade crafts, food, art etc
If you’re not very tech savvy or you’d rather not be sat in front of the computer all day, this could be an option for you. If you are already skilled at something crafty, you can start selling on Facebook, Etsy or Gumtree. If not, you’re never too old to learn! Take a look at what’s ‘trending’ currently and what everyone is buying to help you decide what to make.
If none of these appeal to you, you can always take it old school! Babysitting, dog walking, cleaning and ironing are always jobs that people will need doing! Just check to see if there are any rules about these in your local area, for example any licenses/insurance you might need, and once you’ve got yourself a name and your equipment, you’re good to go!
Do you work from home? What do you do? Let me know in the comments!