5 work-from-home business ideas
Sick of the nine-to-five daily grind? Or are you unemployed and struggling to find paid work? Do not despair, as there is nothing stopping many people from becoming their own boss and working from home. It may sound daunting at first, but a large number of individuals now run their own businesses from the comfort of their desktop and there are many options out there for those who feel the self-employed life would be the best one for them. Here are five work-from-home business ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
Have you got a way with words? If you can communicate in a clear and engaging way and you love crafting articles, you might be able to find yourself a place in the world of freelance writing. The internet has brought with it a host of new opportunities for wordsmiths to show off their skills and make money. Blogging and content writing are both much sought-after talents by businesses who want to draw attention to their website, while a popular personal blog could also bring in cash through advertising and affiliations.
If you play a musical instrument or have a knack for a particularly subject - especially English, science or maths - you could be sitting on a cash cow. A lot of parents are willing to pay a reasonable rate for a patient and helpful teacher to guide their children through key exams, help them catch up with the class when they are struggling or pick up new skills. Some adults are also keen on hiring a private tutor, particularly if they are learning English as a foreign language. In the UK, tutors do not need to have any special qualifications, but they should be trained to at least the level their student is trying to reach!
You no longer need to be trained as a web designer to be able to build a professional website, with an increasing number of tech-savvy people creating online pages and applications in their spare time. This skill is in great demand as more businesses move their operations online. If you know your way around CSS and HTML and are confident you can build a great website, why not go freelance? Remember to show potential clients what you can do by sending them a portfolio of your previous work.
Every business needs an accountant, so professionals in the field are always in great demand. If you have the required training but are sick of your daily commute, or are struggling to win a place on the payroll of a large firm, why not go it alone and offer your services to small companies in your area or online? Freelance accounting could be your ideal career.
Selling on Online Marketplaces
If you are a seasoned bargain spotter this could be just the home-based business for you. It is now possible to buy goods at low prices and sell them for a profit without even leaving your front door. Sites such as eBay and Amazon offer home-based businesses the opportunity to set up their own shops as well as an arena to find great deals for resale.
This guest post was written and contributed by Zoe on behalf of contract accountant specialists Brookson.