Searching for home business ideas to free you from the rat race? Well, you’re not alone.
With advancements in technology and the digital world, it’s now easier than ever to work from home, be a freelancer, or even start your own business.
Having a home business not only lets you step off the corporate ladder, it gives you the freedom and flexibility to set your own hours to suit your lifestyle and cut down on transport time and costs – you can even claim tax back on home business expenses such as power and phone bills.
Setting up a home business is an excellent choice for parents of young children.
Instead of forking out for daycare which is barely covered by your salary, you can fit your schedule around the needs of your household, spend more time with your family, and still have a fulfilling career.
Case in point: I’m nearly making more from my blogs than I did in my corporate career and I only work 15 hours a week – from home.
Whether you desire the freedom of working online – where you can take your laptop “office” anywhere you go or want to set up a home-based business, there are virtually endless options to choose from to make your dream a reality.
Here, we take a look at some ideas to get you started.
Home Business Ideas: Digital Careers
There has been a massive boom in the popularity of the digital nomad lifestyle over the last few years, as people are able to become mobile and work on the go.
There’s no reason why you can’t be a “digital nomad” and live the laptop lifestyle from your home.
The benefits are that you can do the job anywhere – a local café, park, or beach, waiting for a doctor’s appointment or from the comfort of your own couch.
The beauty of many of these business ideas is that if you don’t already have the skills, there are countless online courses you can take to learn them, many of which are free.
The areas listed below are all increasing in popularity, so even if you start your business with only you fulfilling the tasks, there is potential for rapid growth if your business grows well – you could see yourself managing a team of people offering the services below.
Set up your own business according to your skills – by all means, if you are a graphic designer or web developer, go for it along these lines, but if you have little to no formal training, you can still create a successful business offering support skills online such as:
If you’re a natural writer with an eye for proper spelling and grammar, you can set up as a copywriter or editor – essentially, copywriters write content for a huge variety of sources, including websites, blogs, product reviews, marketing material and more.
Editors are often responsible for organizing content and making sure everything is relevant and error free.
2. Virtual Assistant
Many busy professionals are looking for VA services to help with their day to day business. You may be scheduling appointments, replying to emails, taking customer calls, writing documents, managing social media and marketing or simple data entry.
Literally, all you need is a computer, a fast typing speed and a good grasp of English!
Here are a few more popular ideas for starting an at home digital-based business:
- Website design
- Graphic design
- Social media manager
- SEO Expert
- Financial Planner
- (more ideas here)
Businesses in your own home
Don’t fancy spending your days stuck to a computer screen? No problem, if you have a bit of space in your home, you may be inspired by some of the following ideas.
4. Home pet-care
Love animals and have some extra outdoor space in your home? How about a doggy daycare, cattery, or pet grooming business?
New Zealand is a nation of animal lovers who get the guilts leaving their beloved fur-babies home alone and many are more than willing to pay to have them well cared for while they are at the office or on holiday.
If you’ve got skills involving makeup or hairdressing, transform a room in your house into an at-home salon and offer a variety of hair and/or makeup services.
This is an easy one to make portable if it suits your schedule.
6. Holistic Services
Massage, healing, reiki, yoga, natural therapies, homeopathy, herbalism, aromatherapy – all these areas of “alternative” or traditional healing are hugely popular and easy to run from your own home – or deck out a van and hit the road with your skills.
If this is something that appeals to you, invest in some professional training and convert your spare room into a haven of healing.
If you’re already looking after your own littlies at home, why not considering adding a few to the bunch?
Although you’ll need to consider licenses and legal requirements, this is a fantastic option if you have the space to convert your home into a fun and friendly daycare option for infants and toddlers – if your time is limited, you can even look into after-school care options for a few hours during the week.
Consider what other skills you have or things you find enjoyable that can be turned into a business, such as:
- Personal Trainer
- Sewing services/Dressmaking
- Gift basket service
- Music teacher
- Language tutor
This is an idea that requires little to no professional training. Set yourself up as a cleaner, either for homes or businesses.
Invest in the equipment and you can start off as a one-person team, working only the hours that suit you, with the potential for exponential growth.
9. Gardening and landscaping
Love being outdoors and have a bit of a green thumb?
Offer your services as a gardener or get creative with landscape design, if that’s up your alley.
You can work as little or as much as you want, starting with small jobs and expanding to a full-on team of professionals over time.
10. Event planner
Ideal for the natural-born organiser, and let’s face it, most parents are adept at juggling a dozen tasks at once, making lists and time management.
Becoming a wedding or event planner utilises all these skills and only requires research, building relationships with vendors, and marketing your business well.